We All Make Mistakes

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We all make mistakes.

Some of us more than others.

I made a mistake the other morning.

Luckily, some dog caught me or things could of went bad pretty quickly.

Saturday morning I prepared breakfast for the boys as normal.

Sherman got his food and supplements and Leroy got his food and supplements.

I gave Sherman his first round of food and gave Leroy his first round of food.

Sherman immediately began to chow down like he always does but Leroy put his down in the bowl and immediately turned around and walked away.

My first thought was, “Oh God. He’s not feeling good.”

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Grooming Tools For The Newfoundland Dog

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One of the most common questions I get about the dogs is what type of grooming tools I use on them.

In the seven years that I’ve been blogging I have never devoted a whole post to this topic and the only reason I can think of for not doing that is because, in my opinion, grooming tools are ultimately based on personal preference. There’s a standard that you go by but it ultimately comes down to what works best for you and what is in your budget.

However, since Newfoundlands require daily grooming and some people who get a Newfie are never given a guide as to what grooming tools are best, I put together a list of the most common tools that are used by those of us who have being using them for years on our own dogs.

Here’s a list of the most common grooming tools that are used on Newfoundlands:

Brushes

  • Pin brush. This is my everyday brush and by far my favorite. I use the Chris Christensen 20mm oblong pin brush. A pin brush is great for everyday grooming. Used for removing tangles from longer coats. The pins move through the hair removing tangles while the ends of the brush gather dead hair. Pin brushes come in a ton of different sizes and varieties. It’s personal preference which one you choose but try to stay away from the ones with the little plastic balls on the top. Those will just fall off  and I’ve had issues with them snagging the coat. I’m personally not a fan of the longer pins which is why I use a 20mm BUT a lot of people will use something longer.
  • Undercoat rake. An undercoat rake is used to remove undercoat and tangles from double coated breeds like the Newfoundland. The long teeth (pins/tines) get deep down into the coat and grab out loose fur and matts. They come in a wide range of styles with different teeth lengths for different coats and textures. The rakes that come with different lengths and double rows are best for removing undercoat. A single length, single row is best for everyday use.
  • Slicker brush. Used for de-matting and removing dead hair from the undercoat. The wire pins move through the coat to untangle hair while the bent ends gather dead hair.  Slicker brushes come in all different sizes and can be found with soft or firm pins. I don’t use a slicker brush often. Actually, I can’t even find mine right now.
  • Mars Coat King. Easily removes dead hair and undercoat. Normally used to de-bulk heavy coated areas like the chest, and pants, It’s actually a stripper and has blades. It should be used sparingly and with care.I don’t use it often but when I do I use for Sherman’s chest and his pants area where he is very thick.  While sizes vary and people use a variety of sizes the most common among Newfie people seems to be 18″ blade double wide and that is the one I have BUT some people may use a different size.
  • Mat Splitter. These tools are used to help cut up matts so that you can comb them easier. They come in several varieties. I don’t use it often but I have one with a single blade.  Use caution when using a mat splitter. They are sharp and can leave holes.

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Are Cicadas Toxic To Dogs?

We’re about to be invaded by bugs.

According to Cicada Mania, the 17 year cicadas are expected to invade parts of Ohio, Western Virginia, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania by the billions next month. Some areas will see more than others.

Yuck.

While some people are excited for the invasion, I can assure you that I am not one of those people.

I’m not a fan of crunchy bugs falling out of trees on my head or covering the ground in which I walk on.

The last time they invaded was 17 years ago and I barely remember it, probably because I hid under my bed for 2 months.

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Image from Cleveland Metro Parks Field Blog

These bugs have been underground since 1999 waiting to emerge.

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The Shoe Bandit.

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Spring in Ohio can be quite a mystery.

Everyday is different.

One day it’s 75 degrees, the next it’s 30 degrees, and some days it’s just an even 60 degrees.

There’s no rhyme or season and this can wreak havoc on your footwear.

You don’t know what shoes you’re going to wear until you wake up in the morning and let the dogs outside.

This is why every pair of shoes that I own are by the front door right now.

Winter boots, flats, flip flops, running shoes, dress boot, sandals.

That’s 6 pairs of shoes all in a pile by the door.

If your a Math whiz like me, that means 12 shoes.

So why is that there is only six shoes in the pile right now?

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Newfs n’ Brews. Hard Soda

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I did it. I fell into the hard soda craze.

It started a few weeks ago and it escalated from there.

Curiosity got the best of me.

All the hard sodas. Root beer, orange, ginger ale, grape, cherry cola, cream soda. YUM.

I don’t even know if it’s a beer or not.

As far as I’m concerned it’s carbonated water with booze and sugar.

So far I’ve tried Henry’s Hard Orange, Not Your Father’s Root Beer,  Cooney Islands Root Beer, Henry’s Hard Ginger Ale and Best Damn Cherry Cola.

My favorite is by far the Henry’s Hard Orange made with cane sugar. (4.2% ABV)  “Malt beverage with natural flavor and certified colors.’ It reminds me Zima but orange flavored. Remember the 90’s and Zima? Good times.

In a close second was the Henry’s Hard Ginger Ale.(4.2% ABV). “Made with cane sugar,” a “malt beverage with natural flavors. This one was super smooth, gingery and just yum. Great for a hot day.

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The Bigger The Newfoundland The Better? Why Bigger Is Not Always Better

The Bigger The Newfoundland The Better? Why Bigger Is Not Always

I’ve been noticing a trend a lately.

Actually, it’s probably not a trend, I think I’m just paying closer attention.

I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about Newfoundlands that weigh over 200 pounds.

“I want a HUGE Newfoundland.”

“My uncle’s cousin had a Newfoundland that was 250 pounds.” (Ok. This isn’t a new one. Everyone’s uncle’s cousin had a Newfoundland that was 250 pounds.)

“We breed Newfoundlands for SIZE.”

“His father was 300 pounds so he’s going to be a BIG boy!”

What the what?

Are we talking about the same breed?

Have Newfies gone on steroids?

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PetSafe Outdoor Dog Fountain Replacement Filters.

PetSafe Outdoor Dog Fountain

This weekend I got our PetSafe Outdoor Dog Fountain cleaned and set up for the Spring. I don’t use it in the winter because the water freezes too fast. The boys get bummed out because they love drinking out of it but now it’s back up and ready to roll for Summer. They were so excited to see me filling it up this weekend and watched my every move while I got it ready

I love our PetSafe Outdoor Dog Fountain. It holds a ton of water, it keeps the water fresh and cool and I feel it’s a perfect water fountain for giant breed dogs.

What I don’t like about it is that it’s kind of a pain to maintain with Newfoundlands. I realized this a few weeks into using ours. Because of the slobber and hair I need to dump and wash the fountain a few times a week. I also need to change the sponge and charcoal filters monthly, if not more. The charcoal filter can sometimes go longer but the foam filter gets slimy and smelly if it goes any longer than that.

I keep doing it because I love my dogs and my dogs love this fountain but the filters can get expensive and the foam ones are hard to find. I can find the charcoal filters at a local pet store but the foam ones I’ve had to order online. I usually pay about $11.99 for a pack of 3 charcoal filters.

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The Night Creepers

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I’ve been having a little issue with night creepers lately.

A few weeks ago Gracie was having a difficult time sleeping so she would come in my room and stand next to the side of my bed and stare at me.

I’m a pretty hard sleeper but if someone is staring at me while I’m sleeping I wake up. Seriously. I slept through a severe thunderstorm a few weeks ago. Everybody was talking about how bad it was in the morning and I was like, “Interesting. I didn’t hear a thing.”

The first, second and third time that  I woke up to Gracie staring at me in the middle of the night I jumped so high I almost fell out of bed.

The fourth time I screamed and actually fell out of bed and that’s when I told her. “You can’t do that. If you need to wake me up just walk in my room and nudge me. STOP STARING AT ME. It’s creepy. Don’t you ever watch scary movies? Like when the possessed little girl is staring at her mother sleeping right before she stabs her to death? You know what? You’re going to church tomorrow ”

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Helpful Tips On Taking Your Dog To The BallField

Helpful Tips On Taking Your Dog To The BallField

This weekend marks the beginning of baseball season for us. (Actually it’s the first tournament game. Practice started back in December)

After a 2 year break Bobby decided to go back to travel ball and I’m pretty excited.

After being at the ball fields every summer for 7 years I was happy to have a break from it but last summer I started to miss the sound of the ball hitting the bat, the smell of the field, the “strike” call of the umpire, the pit in my stomach when Bobby was pitching or up to bat, and of course I missed bringing the boys to the field.

It’s not easy to bring a Newfoundland to a ballfield in the summer, not only to they draw a crowd but you also have to pack appropriately and be prepared for surprises. Heck, Leroy’s baseball bag is bigger than my baseball bag.

Here’s a few helpful tips that have helped us over the years have a fun and safe dog trip to the ballfield:

Check to make sure that the ballfield you are going to is dog friendly. You can often call the city or just visit the field and see if any signs are posted. I only bring Leroy to home games because I know dogs are allowed there, I know which dogs to expect to be there and it’s only 2 minutes away from my house. We actually have a park that consists of about 12 baseball fields scattered throughout the park. All of them are dog friendly. ( When I say ballfield I’m referring to local ballparks not major league ballparks.)

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