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Welcome to the October 28, 2009 edition of puppy in training carnival. So this time around I’m trying the Blog Carnival InstaCarnival. Of course with my witty comments about each article and a little bit of editing here and there.
So lets get it on! (too much MMA for me)
The Pet Chatter presents It’s a toxic world, especially for our pets. posted at Pet Chatter, saying, “Our world is full of dangerous toxins that present a threat to the lives of our canines. Be informed and be safe.” Beware…this is a sad story. Hopefully it helps others be more conscious of the dangerous toxins in our everyday lives.
Surbhi Bhatia presents Doggie Woes posted at The Viewspaper » The Viewspaper. A good article questioning why so many love there purebred, hybrid puppies, but look down to the mutt on the street corner.
Gary Mullen presents 50 ways to entertain your dog posted at World of Pets Blog. Are you at home bored with your dog? If so, take a look at this list and I’m sure you’ll find something interesting to do.
edieness presents Afraid of the Dark posted at Unspecified Mass, saying, “I started this blog and was not sure which way to go with it. Then I got a puppy and she seems to be taking over Unspecified Mass.” Yep it’s always good to blog about your puppy.
That concludes this edition.
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Over the last few weeks we’ve been reviewing dog bowls specifically dog food bowls for fast eating dogs. I had perfect test subjects: Stetson and Derby my two Labrador Retrievers. If you know Labrador Retrievers then you know these guys love to eat. If you’re interested in checking out the bowls we reviewed then go to this page: Dog Bowl Reviews.
As a Guide Dog puppy raiser we are out in public all the time and we need dog food and water bowls for traveling. Well, dog water bowls aren’t always “dog water bowls.” In the case of today’s review our “dog water bowl” is actually just a device used for dispensing water out of an ordinary plastic water bottle. Confused? Well let me enlighten you with this weeks Dog “Product” review…The Pet Top Portable Drinking Device.
Pet Top Portable Drinking Device Review
We first saw the Pet Top Portable Drinking Device at the OC Pet Expo a couple years ago and used it quite a bit with both Stetson and Derby. Here are the specifications on the device:
Product: Pet Top Portable Drinking Device
Designed to supply a neat and clean water supply to your pet when your on the go.
Fits most standard water bottles.
Unique ratchet-action keeps the Pet Top® portable drinking device open at your desired setting while in use, so your pet gets the right amount of water throughout!
Our unique patented Pet Top® portable drinking device for pets is designed to provide a neat and convenient water supply for your pet when you’re on the go and can’t be bothered with the mess, hassle and waste of pouring water into a bowl.
Take the Pet Top® portable drinking device with you to the park, in the car, on a walk, or anywhere your pet needs a drink. It’s small enough to fit in a jogging pack, purse or pocket when not in use. And since it fits most standard water bottles, you’ll always have a ready source of water nearby. You can even reuse a water bottle.
Puppy In Training Product Review
Pet Top Portable Drinking Device Video Review
Once again Stetson is our trusty test subject. He was pretty thirsty on this day and did a great job licking away at the Pet Top Portable Drinking Device. Take a look at the video:
What did you guys think of the video? The Pet Top Portable Drinking Device worked as advertised and I can confirm that it does fit on pretty much every water bowl I’ve tried.
My Thoughts on the Pet Top Portable Drinking Device
What are my final thoughts on this product. Well for starters it worked great and is very portable. One of the main features I like about the Portable Drinking Device is the fact that I can grab this little orange cap, a couple water bottles, Stetson, Linus, and I can share the water very easy and conveniently. It’s easy to keep clean and my dogs required very little training to use the device (I just had to wait until they were thirsty).
The one thing I didn’t like about this device and actually a bit of a deal breaker for taking with my Guide dogs was the fact that the water dripped outside Stetson’s mouth. This was really unavoidable even after adjusting the water flow by tightening up the cap. If I’m in doors with one of my guide dog puppies I can’t have water dripping all over the floor or carpet I need something better suited for indoors. Also, another negative about loosening and tightening the cap: if the cap is too tight very little water comes out and it takes forever to quench your dogs thirst. If you loosen the cap then you end up with a bigger mess of water on the floor which is not that big a deal as long as you’re outside.
To sum up:
I love how portable the device is. It’s fits easily in your pocket (in my cargo shorts)
It’s great how it fits on most any water bottle
Easy to keep clean and interchange water bottles between people and dogs
Water drips on the ground. How much depends on how much you loosen or tighten the cap for water flow
Even when you have the Pet Top on very loose for maximum water flow Stetson sat there for minutes drinking water (I time lapsed the video to speed things up)
It’s great that it fits on any water bottle, but we’re trying to be more green and eco-friendly by avoiding the plastic water bottle – I originally had this as a con, but in reality I’m sure you can find a used water bottle just about anywhere from anyone of your friends which does promote recycling.
Overall we really enjoyed the Pet Top Portable Drinking Device and we would recommend it to people as long as they know that some of the water will drip to the ground. Of course this is not a problem if your just taking your dog to the park, camping, or hiking. However, if you need to give your dog water indoors you might need a device or dog water bowl that does not drip or cause a mess.
The third annual Orange County Super Pet Adoption Event at the Irvine Animal Care Center is just around the corner. We were at the Super Pet Adoption Event last year and plan on checking out the festivities again this year. If you’re interested in adopting a pet then this is a must see event as there are over 40 rescue groups in attendance with approximately 700 homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits. I even saw several pigs, chickens, and goats at last years Pet Adoption.
Here are some more details on this years Super Pet Adoption:
OC Super Pet Adoption 2009
WHAT:Orange County Super Pet Adoption Event WHEN:Sunday, June 7th 10am – 5pm WHERE:Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618
More than 40 rescue groups will bring about 700 homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Other activities include:
“Ask the Vet” booth
“Ask the Trainer” booth
Special Guest Appearance by Snoopy from Knott’s Berry Farm
This is one of the larger pet adoption events in Orange County. If you enjoyed the Orange County Pet Expo back in April we highly recommend visiting the Irvine Animal Care Center June 7th for the Orange County Super Pet Adoption
You can help a 12 year old girl feed shelter animalsabsolutely free and from the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is visit her website FreeKibble.com and take the 1 question quiz. It take 5 seconds. No annoying forms to fill out…just a single click of the button.
However, you may want to take the time to browse the entire website to learn more about this extraordinary 12 year old girl named Mimi Ausland.
Freekibble.com’s primary mission is to provide good, healthy food to dogs and cats to those shelters who are working so hard to see that none of them go hungry – they need our help. In addition to providing free kibble to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, we’ve added 10 new shelters to the program (from Oregon to Florida!) and plan to expand the program to many more! Thanks to everyone for supporting freekibble by playing the trivia game – every piece of kibble counts!
You might have been thinking what about all those kitties in the shelters. Don’t worry there’s also a site for the cat lover in you. Visit FreeKibbleKat.com and take the 1 question quiz to donate 10 pieces of cat kibble to the animal shelters. I’m sure my mom will be visiting FreeKibbleKat.com everyday now!
As of this writing the FreeKibbleKat.com website has donated 34,948,870 pieces of kibble for shelter cats and kitties in need of food. Overall between the two sites they have donated 512,889 nutritious meals to hungry cats and dogs.
Great job Mimi on your websites! You are an inspiration to me and many others.
If you’d like to take the Freekibble.com or Freekibblekat.com quiz then click on one or both images below:
Have you ever heard of big black dog syndrome? Until just recently I never thought twice about the color of my dogs fur then I heard about big black dog syndrome. I was amazed when I heard that big black dogs were euthanized at a much higher rate then other dogs.
What Is Big Black Dog Syndrome?
As mentioned earlier Big Black Dog Syndrome is basically the fact that big black dogs get euthanized at a much higher rate then other dogs.
There are many ideas and theories as to why black dogs don’t get adopted as easily:
They don’t show in kennels as well – features on a black dog can often times not be seen very well when shown in a kennel.
Grey hairs show more easily on their coat making them appear older then they actually are
Superstitions and bad press – stories, poems, movies have often portrayed black dogs as fearsome and evil.
Teeth on a black dog can look whiter and more menacing
Stetson and his siblings – from left to right Stetson, Stuart, Salem, and Sukie.
Linus the Big Black Dog
Linus is more of a medium sized dog at 55 pounds, but he’s tall and lean and therefore looks a little bigger then he really is.
I wasn’t sure what kind of dog I was going to get when I picked up Linus from the shelter, but the color of his fur was just one minor detail amongst the different criteria I planned on using to choose my next pet. Before choosing Linus I visited several breeders and had my eye on one particular chunky little yellow Labrador Retriever we visited out in Riverside, CA.
However, a few days after putting a deposit down on the little yellow lab I saw pictures of a couple puppies at animal shelter in Carson, CA. The puppies were mixed Australian Shepherds and in the picture one had a the tri-color look (black, tan, and white) and the other was solid black with a small white spot on his chest.
When we saw the two puppies I remember commenting on how beautiful the tri-color puppy was and was instantly taken by her beautiful coat. However, I still was intent on testing personality over looks (isn’t that what we always do when starting a relationship). After putting both puppies through several personality tests I thought both dogs passed with flying colors, but I was leaning towards the solid black puppy versus the tri-color. In the end I ended up taking home the solid black puppy and named him Linus. While I was much more attracted to the tri-color coat I ultimately (and now happily) went with the dog I thought matched my personality best.
I guess Linus wasn’t a big puppy, but I knew he was going to be a medium to large dog. If you plan on getting a dog take a good look at the black dogs as well as the other colored dogs. A black dog can be just as good a pet as a golden, white, tri-color, blue merle, and any other color you can think of.
Have you heard of black dog syndrome? Do you have a black dog and why did you choose him or her?
Do you have an adorable puppy who’s driving you nuts? Not long ago we brought home our first guide dog puppy and after the initial excitement wore off we soon realized we were in for an extreme test of our patience.
My name is Colby and I’ve been raising and training guide dog puppies for the past 5 years. Follow me and my pups on our journey from puppy to working guide dog.