Since I recently found ticks on both of the boys I thought it would be great this month to team up with Bayer Animal Health and Clifford the Big Red Dog to celebrate National Pet Month and National Lyme Disease Awareness Month with a post about common and misleading tick myths, vector borne diseases and how to keep your dog safe from these nasty things.
Myth 1: Ticks bite. Fact: Ticks don’t actually bite they stab their mouth parts into the skin of the host. So it’s actually not a “tick bite” it’s a tick “stabbing”. Their mouth parts are what release the toxins into the host. The host is you or your pet.
Myth 2: Checking my dog for ticks is enough, isn’t it? Fact: Ticks are so small that they normally can’t be found until about 3 days after they have already attached to the host and had a blood meal. By then many pathogens could have already been transmitted to the host.
Myth 3: My dog lives in the city so it doesn’t need tick protection. Truth: Recent studies have shown that ticks aren’t just for country dogs. Many ticks also live in urban parks and gardens. Ticks live in weeds and tall grass. They are choosy about where that is.
Anyone who has a Newfoundland or multiple large dogs know that it’s very difficult to have nice things for long.
At no fault of their own, they are just hard on anything that they come in contact with.
What’s yours is theirs and what’s theirs is theirs.
Carpet, floors, walls, yards, baseboards, cabinets, furniture, grass, flowers, car interiors, windows. You name it. It doesn’t last long or it doesn’t last at all.
This weekend we were reminded of that as we started preparing our backyard for summer.
We have an average size yard. It’s not too big and it’s not too small.
It would actually be bigger if it wasn’t broken into sections.
But it has to be broken into sections because we have a dog that likes to eat rocks.
So be it.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between dog slobber and dog drool?
I mean when your staring at your dog who has two long shoelaces dangling from their mouth do you wonder if you should call it drool or slobber?
Serious do you?
Probably not. You just call it as you see it.
I think we all have our favorite terms for the spit that pours out of our dog’s mouth. I personally like slobber or flooger.
To each their own.
But seriously, what is the difference between dog slobber and dog drool? Is there a difference in texture? Flingability?Length?
The boring answer is nothing. There is no difference between the 2 words. It’s all about the grammar.
They are both a liquid that comes out of the mouth and they both can be used as a noun or a verb.
Let’s take a closer look in this handy dandy word picture I made for you.
As I mentioned in Monday’s post I found a tick attached to Leroy’s head last Friday. On Saturday I found a tick attached to Sherman’s head. Tick season is here.
I knew it was coming but I was dragging my feet on starting any type of control because I wasn’t exactly sure what route I wanted to go. Last year was the first year that we had an issue with ticks and I wasn’t using anything until I started seeing them so this year I knew I had to plan.
I’ve been thinking about tick control it for months but I guess I just needed to actually see one before I decided what course of action to take.
There’s a lot of tick control options out there for dogs. So much so that it can get overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you know which one to use? Which one works best? Which one is the safest? Topical? Oral? Collar? Sprays? Oh my!
It was an emotional weekend at our house.
School is starting to wind down for the kids which means that there are a ton of school related functions happening.
It’s kind of a bittersweet ending of the school year for me.
Gracie will be heading off to middle school and Bobby will heading off to high school.
Gracie will be attending a brand new state of the art middle school. Our city is combining the 2 current middle schools into one and it will be 6-8 instead of 7-8 like it previously was. It’s a 3 level school and it’s massive. I know she’s going to do just fine but I’m still nervous for her. Middle school is such a change from elementary school.
Bobby will be headed off to high which will open up a whole new world for him. This is it. This is when it really counts. He’ll be playing high school football and whatever other sports he chooses to pursue. I’m nervous for him. His interest in academics has been anything but involved despite our emphasis on how vital it is to his future. It has to click this year. It has too.
A dog’s hair can come in different varieties but for the most part they can be broken down into two categories, single coat or double coat.
A dog that has a single coat has one layer of hair. A dog that has a double coat has 2 layers.
Newfoundlands, Golden Retrievers, Great Pyrenees, Labrador Retrievers, Pomeranians, Siberian Huskies, Collies, German Shepherds, Samoyeds and Corgi’s are just few of the breeds that have double coats.
So what exactly is a double coat?
A double coat is 2 layers of hair. On the top you will find the guard hairs and below that you will see a soft undercoat.
Guard hairs: The top layer consists of the guard hairs. The guard hairs are the pretty hairs that you see. They act as a barrier to repel water and catch dirt and debris. Depending on the breed the guard hairs can be long, short, curly, coarse, corded, smooth or wire. Guard hairs are the stronger part of the hair and are meant to be permanent. They are normally not lost during shedding season.
Undercoat: The layer underneath the guard hairs is the undercoat. It’s softer, lighter in color, shorter and thicker than the guard hairs. The density of the undercoat depends on the breed. Newfoundlands have a thick dense undercoat. Usually the fluffier the dog the denser the undercoat is. The undercoat has a purpose. It acts as an insulator for the dog. It keeps the dog warm in cold, wet weather and cool in warm, humid weather. A dog will usually blow most of it’s undercoat 2-3 times a year, depending on the breed and it’s environment.
I’ve come to a point in parenting where I often question my skills, or if I have any parenting skills at all. The kids are just at the age where I find myself asking the questions, “Where do they get that from?” “Did I forget something?” “Did I miss a step?” “I went wrong somewhere, but where?”
And forget talking to them about anything in length, or, I can talk but they’re not listening.
I get it. I’ve been there. I was their age once but, but, but……….just give me a tiny sign that I haven’t done this all wrong. That maybe a slither of something is seeping through.
Thankfully I got a tiny sign the other day.
I had just sat down on the couch after working the whole day in the yard. I was tired. My body ached.
In comes Gracie.
“Mom. I need to talk to you about something.” she said.
“I’m all ears.” I told her. (Whenever the kids say they need to talk I get a little excited, I’m not gonna lie)
Sunday is the day to celebrate all of the amazing mothers in the world. I’m blessed with being a mom to two wonderful children and two wonderful Newfies. The presence of both the kids and the Newfs has made my life anything but dull. It’s challenging, it’s rewarding, it’s amazing. The combination of these things has made my life a true blessing. My children are turning into amazing adults right before my eyes and my Newfies are turning into beautiful senior dogs faster than I could imagine.
Any woman who has a Newfie knows that it’s not a walk in the park to care for these amazing dogs. It takes a ton of work and some days it’s a real struggle but you’ll never hear them complain because in the end they all know that their Newfie is worth every second.
The truth is, a Newfie Mom is amazingly awesome and credit needs to be given where credit is due. On the surface it looks like they simply care for a big dog with a lot of hair but here’s a few other things that Newfie moms do:
Repair Woman. She can take apart any vacuum cleaner, unclog the hair from it and put it back together in less than 10 minutes. Three days a week. All year long. She knows that there is NO vacuum cleaner that can handle Newfie hair without her intervention.
Beauty Stylist. She can wash, dry and trim a 150 pound double coated dog and then turn around and trim her own hair and the hair of her children’s with the same scissors all in one day.
Decorator. She can pick the perfect shade of paint so that dog slobber will blend easily. She can cover her beautiful laminate or tile floors with an array of colorful nonskid throw rugs that brighten up any room. She knows what items can withstand a happy Newfie tail walking by an end table and what items need to go up high.
Canine Bone Cancer: The Big Story on Osteosarcoma: Developed by Orvis.
Osteosarcoma is an aggressive cancerous tumor that develops in the bone cells of a dog and rapidly spreads throughout the body resulting in death. There is currently no cure.
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.”