One of my greatest fears concerning Leo, other than losing
him, is him getting lost or taken. One of the first questions I had asked the
vet during Leo’s first vet visit was when we should put a microchip in his back.
A few weeks later, during another vaccination-filled vet visit, our vet
inserted a microchip in between Leo’s shoulders. Leo also wears his collar at
all times (not in the crate or when he’s home alone), and it has his id tags as
well as a tag that has his microchip id on it. It’s good to know that if
something were to ever happen, there’s a good chance I would be able to find
Leo’s id tags contain our numbers, of course so if someone
found him they could call us, but if his collar somehow fell off, his microchip
could be scanned and our information would pop up.
While I don’t think Leo would run away, I am afraid of him
taking off and getting lost. He is leashed at all times because he likes to
chase ducks, squirrels, or anything that catches his interest. I’m not sure
why, but he also has an affinity for moving vehicles (anyone else have this
problem??). When we’re at the park, I
make sure to watch Leo like a hawk, partly to make sure he’s playing nice with
other dogs, but also to make sure he doesn’t run off with someone else or run
through the gate when someone is coming in.
Maybe one day Leo will walk at my side like a perfectly
trained dog, and I won’t ever have to worry about him taking off. Fingers
Heads up! Anytime is a great time to chip your pet, but
since this month is Chip your pet Month, it’s the perfect time to get your pet
Summer is an exciting time for everyone. The weather is nicer, more time is spent outside, and it’s likely filled with trips and celebrations. For humans, summer is all fun and games. For pets, sometimes it can be a whole different story. If your pet suffers from anxiety or gets stressed out easily, a behavior and calming support supplement like Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid might be a great solution.
As summer approaches, many events that might seem harmless
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happen much more frequently in the summer, are two major events that can cause
your pet to cower and hide, become aggressive or even run away. Boarding your
pet while you travel or leaving your pet at home alone for long periods of time
can also cause them to stress out. Other stress-inducing events can include new
and unfamiliar people or animals, vet visits, car rides, old age, and more.
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Pacing, tensed muscles
Excessive barking or meowing
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Even though Leo was born in a litter of 11 and grew up with siblings until he was 8 weeks old, Leo is an only “child”. We don’t have any real kids at home nor do we have any other pets, meaning all of the attention is on Leo. He has all the toys to choose from at home (and at work), and he gets all the attention from us at home and from everyone at work. In short, he’s a spoiled pup. He thinks all toys are his and all the attention should be his. This, of course, isn’t a problem at home but can be quite entertaining at work or at the dog park.
Usually when we’re at the dog park, we walk the path while
Leo plays with other dogs and runs around. However, because I love dogs, I stop
frequently to pet them. More times than not, it’s a quick pet and the dogs run
off to play with other dogs. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to pet a dog who loves
to be pet and will stick around for more than a few seconds. This is a big
no-no in Leo’s eyes, especially if I call said dog “good boy/girl”. If he
notices me petting a dog for too long, he’ll come running from anywhere in the
park to claim his attention from me. Once Leo has won my attention back, he’ll
run off again to play with other dogs.
At work, Leo’s “only child” tendencies usually appear during
play dates with Dexter or Asher. If we visit Dexter’s or Asher’s office, Leo
spends the whole time stealing their toys and running away with them. He’ll
even try to bring them back to my office because he thinks that the toys are
As of right now, Leo will be the only child for the foreseeable
future. Whenever we do decide to bring home another puppy or a kitten, he will
be in for a rude awakening.
I am definitely one of those dog moms that bring their dog
everywhere. I know I’ve mentioned before how little time Leo spends at home
alone because he’s at work with me during the day. Well, he also tags along
with us almost everywhere we go all the time. Leo is always willing to jump in
the car because he knows we’re going somewhere fun, whether it’s the dog park,
work, the beach, a restaurant, or even just a new place to walk around.
Lucky for us, Florida is a very dog-friendly state, so we’re
always bringing Leo with us to dinner or fests. Since he was a puppy we were
bringing him with us to restaurants, partly because we wanted to but also to
make sure he was well-socialized. It was hard at first because Leo wouldn’t sit
still (understandable for a puppy), and he would pull at the leash to try and
get to whatever was distracting him. We started giving him chew toys while we
sat down so he would be occupied. Now, he usually sits or lies down and
somewhat patiently awaits his attention. Sometimes he’ll try and pull away if
there’s another dog nearby, but for the most part, Leo is the best boy, and I love
to have him around.
One of the reasons Leo loves going out to restaurants is because
of all the attention he gets (surprise, surprise). So many people, including
waiters and waitresses, other restaurant patrons, and people walking by, will
stop to say hi and pet Leo. He probably gets so many visitors because he will
stare people down and wag his tail as an invitation so he can get all the pets.
He also loves it because a lot of places have a “doggy” menu, and I can’t pass
that up so he sometimes gets a doggy biscuit or slice of bacon for being a good
Most families with pets consider their pets as a furry part of the family, and most would agree that a house just isn’t a home without a pet. With Mother’s Day coming up, we wanted to host the Pet Moms Day sweepstakes to celebrate devoted pet moms, too!
Whether you consider yourself a pet parent or a pet owner,
research shows that your pets love you and consider you as their parent. Pet
moms would agree that it takes a lot of love and commitment to be a pet mom. Similarly
to human children, pets depend on their pet parents for everything. Pets
require daily feedings, vet check-ups, playtime, cuddle sessions, dog park
visits, litter box cleanings, and more. It’s hard work being a pet parent, but
it is also a very rewarding experience that deserves to be celebrated.
Pet Moms Day
The prize package in our Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes has been handpicked for pet moms who love mementos of their adored pets. What better way to celebrate your cherished pet than to frame and proudly showcase a favorite picture of them? Ten lucky winners will win a Pearhead Pawprint Keepsake frame to feature their beloved pet.
All Pet Moms Sweepstakes winners will get to choose between a wall or desk frame kit. This high-quality frame features both a favorite pet photo as well as a custom paw print impression that you can simply make in your own home!
The Pearhead Pawprints Keepsake Hinged Desk Frame measures
11.5″ x 7.5″, and the Pearhead Pawprints Keepsake Wall Frame measures 12″ x
9.5″. Both frames hold a 4″ x 6″ pet photo on one side and a custom-molded
pawprint impression on the other side. Both frames are made of high-quality mahogany
wood, and each kit contains the frame, acid-free mat, air-dry impression
material, rolling pin, shaping ruler, spacer, double-sided adhesive tape, and
instructions on how to put it all together.
How to enter the Pet
Moms Day Sweepstakes
To enter, visit our Pet Mom’s Day Sweepstakes page, tell us what you love most about being a pet mom, and submit your entry. Enter once from May 1st through May 12th.
Pet Moms Day
The Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes runs from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) May 1, 2019, until May 12, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT. Ten (10) winners will be chosen at random on Monday, May 13, 2019. Winners will be notified via email. For complete rules, visit our Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes page.
Leo loves all people and pets, and he especially loves kids.
A lot of the times they don’t love him, which makes him love them even more.
Leo’s first encounter with kids was when he was about 10 weeks old. He met my
then 7-year-old nephew, 5-year-old niece and 9-week-old nephew/godson. Since
Leo was a baby, we knew it was important to make sure that my older nephew and
niece were gentle with Leo. As he grew,
my niece especially grew afraid of him because he was so excitable. We were no
longer worried about them being gentle with Leo. We had to teach them to be
calm around Leo. If Leo moved in the slightest when my niece tried to pet him,
she would scream and run away, causing Leo to chase after her because to him it
was all a game. I think it was a game for her too because when Leo would stop
running, she would stop until he began chasing her again.
Watching Leo interact with kids is amusing. On walks or at
the dog park, kids that are clearly comfortable with large dogs will ask to pet
him and he gleefully welcomes the attention. When timid children come up and
ask to pet Leo, he gets so excited. He must sense their fear or nervousness and
think it means they are excited which only excites him more. When I notice this
is happening, I grab Leo’s head, start scratching his ears, and tell the kid to
pet his back. If I don’t, then I know Leo is going to try and lick the kid’s
face which would scare them even more.
I don’t mind if kids come up to pet Leo without asking
because I know he wouldn’t hurt them, especially now as he’s calmed down a bit
and knows not to jump up. However, it’s so important to teach kids to ask
before petting a dog because not all dogs are friendly. Even if they are
friendly, some dogs might not welcome attention as eagerly as others.