Just giving you your daily dosage of cuteness brought to you by the loving dogs at Clancy Aussie Doodles!
Just giving you your daily dosage of cuteness brought to you by the loving dogs at Clancy Aussie Doodles!
We had a fun day today playing with the puppies!
Check it out!
Here is a video of playtime with Bentley-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4STPX2bKIA
And here is a video of Gimli-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFuatRLg2po
The puppies are 7 weeks old now! They are getting big and strong and becoming more adorable each day! Watching them grow up and develop their own personalities is wonderful!
Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be full of joy, family, and dreams of Labradoodles puppies!
This year I am thankful for my awesome friends and family. I thank God every day for them. I am also thankful for my adorable posse of Australian Labradoodles, whose fluffy faces always bring joy to my day. Furthermore, I am thankful for soon to be CHRISTMAS PUPPIES!!
I thank the men and women who have fought and died for our country and our freedom.
May God bless you on this day.
An estimated 73 million dogs and 90 million cats live in U.S. homes, and Americans are increasingly remodeling not only for themselves but also for their four-legged friends.
“People want to live comfortably in their home, but they also want their home to be a safe haven for their pet,” says Charlotte Reed, a pet expert and author in New York. Creating such a pet sanctuary can include some small — and a few large — renovations.
Here are 10 smart ideas on how you can make your home friendly and safe for your pet — and what impact these changes might have on your home if you decide to move out.
Linoleum flooring is becoming popular among designers because it has anti-microbial properties, it’s easy to maintain and it is more environmentally sustainable than vinyl flooring, says Nancy Chwiecko, associate professor of interior design at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., and author of the book “There’s a Dog in the House.”
Wood floors, too, are easier to maintain than carpet if you have a pet. Pick light to medium finishes, lower-luster glosses or distressed woods to help minimize scratches from pet nails. Keep your pet’s nails rounded and short to prevent scratches.
If you prefer carpet, consider modular floor-carpet tiles from companies such as Flor because they can be replaced easily in case of accidents, Chwiecko says. Flor will recycle any returned tiles.
Dog-hosing stations are popular in custom homes in locations where pets can track in sand, dirt and mud.
You can give your pooch a quick rinse before he comes inside, in a washtub with a spray hose and tile wall in your mudroom or garage. Such a station can be built for about $750 to $1,000, says Mike Whittington, an independent subcontractor and building estimator in Floris, Iowa. Be sure to have hot and cold water and water-resistant flooring.
A cheaper option might be to put towels by the door and teaching your dog to wait outside until you clean its paws and fur, says Mychelle Blake, president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. A child gate can help block off sections of your house near the back door, she says, so mud doesn’t get tracked all over the house until the dog is clean and dry.
If you work long hours or spend a lot of time away from home, pet doors can be a great way to make sure your dog isn’t stuck inside the house for hours on end.
Pet doors can be pricey, costing between $80 and $500. But there’s an array of options, says Jon Mortensen, owner of Seattle-based PetDoorStore.com, which sells thousands of pet doors each year. There are doors for walls, screens, windows — even sliding-glass doors. Some doors are activated by microchip for more security; others are built to withstand 50 mph winds.
Childproof latches can be useful when you have a puppy or kitten that is fascinated with drinking or playing in the toilet or getting into cupboards. It’s important to keep pets from getting into food, cleaners and medicine. Lysol-type cleaners, chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts and xylitol sweetener in gum can be toxic — even fatal — for dogs. Spinach leaves, potpourri and acetaminophen, the key ingredient in Tylenol, are extremely toxic for cats.
“Pets can chew through plastic bottles, so keep medicines away from your pets,” says Dr. Patricia Olson, chief veterinary adviser for the American Humane Association.
Remember, too, that cats and dogs like to chew on electrical cords, so tuck them away, unplug them or use plastic covers that snap over them. Child gates are an easy way to keep your dog away from certain areas of the house.
If you live in a high-rise with open windows, screens are vital to keeping your pets safe, especially cats.
“People have the misconception that cats have good instincts and won’t jump out,” says Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan.
During warm months, the hospital sees two to four cats a week that are hurt or killed in falls. She says that many people think that bars or child window guards will help, but cats can get through them. Cats will also jump from balconies and fire escapes, she says.
If you rent and do not want to spend money on permanent screens, you could buy inexpensive, accordion-style screens that fit various-size windows.
More cat owners are sprucing up their pet’s litter box with specially designed wooden cabinets that can cost anywhere from $30 to $300. The cabinets conceal litter boxes, offer privacy for cats and keep other pets out.
This is a bathroom cabinet purchased at Ikea; the owners cut the hole themselves.
Before you buy one, consider the personality of your cat, Blake says. Some cats may refuse to go in them because they feel too confined and trapped. Ensure, too, that you do not put your cabinet or litter box near loud noises that can scare your animal. Blake says that she had a friend whose cat refused to go in the litter box because it was placed next to a furnace.
“I think good fencing is vital,” Chwiecko says. “You’re going to have a happier dog, a happier family and happier neighbors.”
Invisible fences can be a good option for people whose neighborhoods do not permit physical fences. But many pet experts do not recommend them because they can inflict pain, and some dogs test the fences every day. Some dogs also have also become more aggressive because they associate the shock from the fence with passers-by, Blake says.
If you have a physical fence, ensure it is in good condition and free of loose boards or metal that could hurt your pet or allow it to get out. Another tip: Keep benches and big rocks away from fences; they can be launching points for a dog to jump the fence.
Many common plants, including baby’s breath and crabapples, can be toxic to cats and dogs. Lilies are especially toxic to cats, Murray says. If you have a cat, be sure to remove any lilies from your flower arrangements.
If you fertilize or spray for weeds, remember to remove food dishes from the area, and keep your pets away for at least 24 hours. If you have an exterminator or lawn service come regularly to spray, keep pets inside until it is safe to let them back out. The Environmental Protection Agency‘s website includes information about poisonous lawn-spray chemicals.
Paint your walls with satin paint because a drooling or wet dog can stain walls painted with flat paint, Blake says. If your dog is a chewer or a licker, pick paints that are pet-safe. Benjamin Moore’s Pristine Eco Spec is low in volatile organic compounds, for example.
If you have a dog that is prone to chewing, watch that it does not ingest drywall, which will make it sick, Blake says. She found that out firsthand when her dog got sick after a wall chew. Consider if your dog is stressed or bored, and keep it away from walls using baby gates and plenty of chew toys, she says.
If you have a cat and a second-story apartment window, you can find nifty window extensions for $40 that let your pet get outdoors in a safe environment. The extensions can be installed like an air-conditioning unit and offer windows on all sides. They can be removed just as easily.
You also can cut a window into your fence so Rover can get a good look at passers-by. Pet Peek is a window you can install in your fence for $34.98.
“You place it down on the fence, so your dog can be comfortable and see what’s going on,” says Caroline Best, founder of Best Friends Care LLC, makers of Pet Peek.
There are you 10 ways to improve a home to make it more friendly for pets…
A gated run offers a dog some security while he plays outside.
Your dog loves to be outside. It is natural and healthy for a dog to release his pent-up energy with outdoor exercise, stretching its muscles and tiring itself out through play. However, a responsible dog owner will build a run to permit her dog to get his exercise, rather than allowing him to roam the neighborhood unfettered. In addition, a run will keep a dog safe from such dangers as speeding cars or aggressive animals, not to mention preventing unplanned canine pregnancy. These instructions will result in a gated run measuring 30 feet long and 15 feet wide with one gate.
Prepare the Space
3. Mark one long side of the dog run. Set the first surveyor’s marker, indicating one of the front corners of the pen, using the mallet to drive it into the ground. Walk 30 feet toward what will be the rear of the run. Drive the second marker into the ground.
4. Mark the front and rear sides of the dog run. Starting at one of the corner markers, walk 15 feet in a direction perpendicular to the long side that has been set. Drive the third stake into the ground. Repeat this process, walking parallel to the first short side, to set the fourth marker.
5. String the twine between the markers to frame the outline of the pen. Use the carpenter’s square to determine if all corners are at 90-degree angles. Adjust the orientation of the posts as needed.
Build the Gate
6.Measure and cut the lumber. You will need two pieces of lumber 3 1/2 feet long and two pieces of lumber 3 feet long.
7. Frame the gate. Place the 3 1/2-foot long pieces of lumber on a flat surface. Rest the narrow edge of the lumber on the flat surface. Place the 3-foot-long pieces of lumber at each end of the long piece, parallel to each other and perpendicular to the long piece. Place the second long side, narrow edge resting on the flat surface, against the ends of the shorter sides. The four pieces of lumber should form a rectangle, wide edges meeting each other, with the shorter pieces of lumber sandwiched between the longer pieces.
8. Nail all four sides together, bracing them on one side with the “L” brackets.
9. Attach the fence boards to the gate. Flip the gate frame onto its opposite side. Place the fence boards on the side opposite the “L” brackets. Space the boards evenly and ensure that the top edges are level before nailing them in place. Attach the hinges to the top and the bottom of one long side of the gate.
Set the Posts
10. Drive the fence posts into the ground along the line marked by the string, starting at one corner of the run. Space the metal posts at 5-foot intervals along both long sides and one narrow side of the run. Including the corner posts, there should be seven poles on each wide side with two poles between them.
11. Drive one fence post into the ground at the open end of the run.
12. Dig a hole for one wooden post. This hole should be about 2 feet deep, so that 4 feet of post remain above the surface of the ground.
13. Use the constructed gate as a guide to determine where the second post hole should be dug. Remember that the gate door must swing freely. A gate opening that is slightly wide can be narrowed with spacers, as needed.
14. Drive the remaining posts into the ground, maintaining the 5-foot interval until all posts have been used.
15. Put the wooden posts in place. Prepare the concrete by mixing it with water, using the bucket as a container. Fill the post holes with concrete. Make certain the post is standing up straight before filling the second hole. Allow the concrete to set overnight.
Finishing the Run
16. Attach the metal fencing. Begin at one wooden post, securing the end of the metal wire to the post with metal staples. Unroll the metal wire along the frame of the run, pulling it as tight as possible. Secure the wire to each post using a minimum of three zip ties. Use additional ties at the corners of the run, as needed.
17. Secure the fencing to the second post using metal staples. Cut the metal fencing with the wire cutters.
18. Attach the hardware. Secure the gate hinges to the wooden poles, so that the bottom of the gate is an inch or less above the ground. Attach the latch to the opposite side of the gate.
Tips & Tricks
On September 11, 2001, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial U.S. jetliners, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the North and SouthTowers of the WorldTradeCenter and a third plane into the Pentagon. After learning of the other attacks, passengers and crew members on the fourth plane attempted to commandeer control, and the plane crashed into an empty field in Western Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that day, the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil.
Within hours of the September 11, 2001 attacks, millions of people across the word felt compelled to respond to the crisis. Volunteers and trained professionals from near and far rushed to help in the rescue and recovery efforts at the WorldTradeCenter, Pentagon, and Flight 93 sites.
Today I just want to take a moment to remember and pray for all the lives lost, the men and women who have so bravely served our country both overseas and at home, and I also want to pray for all those affected on that September day.
God bless America!