Sunday, February 28, 2010

Why Isn't Dog Sledding a Winter Olympic Sport?


After seeing all the beauty of Canada and watching the fascinating winter sports competitions, and even their great little segment on sled dogs, I do have to wonder why dog sledding is not an Olympic sport? Naturally, the typical courses are too long, but sprint-style would be perfect. There is no other beauty in my mind than watching these beautiful, awesome, and strong dogs happy in their element doing what's in the blood, all set against the winter beauty of places such as Canada, Alaska, etc. There has not been a dog sledding event competition in the Olympics since 1932 in Lake Placid. I think it may be high time that's reconsidered! Here's an interesting clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhrCfj3ILdY

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mud, Mud, Everywhere!

Well, we're in the midst of a winter storm, today it's rain mixed with snow, tomorrow a "snow hurricane" is heading our way...all of which makes one think of fluffy white stuff. So, how in the middle of winter can my Sibes find a mud hole? The create one! It only takes one frisky, curious, mud-loving Husky pup to entice the whole pack family to join in the muddy swim. And, naturally, when they're done, they just want to come back inside for some Husky hugs. Ummm...can you say "baths first!"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February is Canine Dental Health Month



For this, my "maiden-voyage" blog, if you will, I'm kicking off with a tip of the hat to February being Pet Dental Health Month. How many of us tend to our dog's teeth and gums on a regular basis? Just as we enjoy playing, snuggling, and taking our dogs to the vet for check-ups, we also need to brush those canine teeth!

Our five "kids" (as we refer to them as) all now enjoy getting their teeth brushed. I do have to use the mint flavored pet toothpaste, though. No chicken flavor or anything funky like that. They love the smell of mint. Our one girl, the alpha queen, just loves to sniff anyone who has just brushed their own teeth! So getting her used to the process herself was easy! As you can see from her photo here, she is quite proud of her smile!

Some of our kids prefer the finger brush to the standard toothbrush. But that's okay. They both work well. The finger brush actually allows some gum massaging, which is a great benefit. Whatever way you tend to your dog's teeth...give yourself five "bones" for a job well done! In years to come, your dog will thank you for it when he/she has a mouth full of healthy teeth and gums.

Do you have any special way or hint for getting your pet to enjoy dental care? We'd love to hear it!

Until next time, be safe, be happy, and have lots of fun with your pets!