Gummi tried something new on Monday!
I have to admit we’re all rather impressed with the little guy.. wasn’t all that long ago we tried to make him search for treats on the ground and he could hardly manage to eat more than 3 before he gave up and wanted to do something else.
PeeEss: we apologize to those of you using the blog reader thingies for suddenly “posting” a lot of old posts. Importing the blog to wordpress made all our tags into categories, and when we finally figured out how to revert them back to tags we also went back and re-categorized some of the more important posts in their respective categories. Apparently updating them made them re-appear. Sorry about that!
I haz a new toy!
So much FUN!
Tug with me, Mom!!
How cool is the new toy Mom made for ME? She said that when she’s on her butt with her leg up she might as well do something useful. I agree. Make more, make more!
Kisses to all,
Gummi ❤ ❤ ❤
As you know we here at Camp WriggleButts feed a home made, raw prey model diet. This isn’t something you can do without spending some time learning about nutrition and how to make the food balanced and correct. Although we’d love for every cat and dog and ferret out there to have a natural diet like us we understand that it’s not likely to happen, at least not in our lifetime. We came across these great videos about reading pet food labels and just wanted to share. Learning how to figure out what’s in the bag/can and whether it’s good for us can be hard, and these videos are quite easy to understand and very informative. What Dr. Karen Becker says is very representative of what we’ve learned after years of reading studies and articles and text books so we feel confident in recommending them.
Note – these are American videos and so all the talk about choosing American products is of course only valid in the US, although the part about avoiding Chinese treats is probably true for all of us. We generally recommend you to source your food as locally as possibly, and that goes for both two- and four-legged friends.
The planned post for today about Gummi’s new toy can wait until tomorrow. We hope these might be of use to some of you and we’ll probably include them in our food section of the website once Mom has the time to make it all better.
Hyssing, Virus, Gummi and Bajas
PeeEss: Mom’s knee is much better already after a weekend having it up most of the time. She also went on an exciting visit on Saturday that we’ll get around to tell you about eventually.
I’m feeling a little sad today… Every now and then I start to think about Old Dogs and it breaks my heart. Especially the thought of one particular Old Dog – Bajas. A year ago I had an eight year old puppy. People would ask me how old my puppy was and I’d be so proud of my little old man.. Couldn’t they see his face was getting gray? But his bubbly personality would make such an impact they’d just assume he had to be a puppy. But he wasn’t. As a puppy he was a nightmare! As a little old man he was a delight – well behaved and still puppy like. But when he fell and hurt his back this spring things started to change. Being immobilized to such an extent he’s lost almost all his muscle tone. He can’t go for walks or many of the other things he enjoyed so much.. He’s turned into an Old Dog. Every time he falls over my heart breaks.. And every time he does his happy pug dance when we enter the room I’m reminded of how much I love him.
I’ve been worrying about the day he’s experiencing more trouble than joy. I’ve been worrying about what will happen when it gets cold – will it cause him pain? Then yesterday I realized something. Winter is coming… It’s going to be snow and ice and ickyness outside. He’s already falling over on the grass… what will happen when it’s heaps of snow or slippery ice? There’s only so much we can do to help him. I realized that there’s a chance the footing will become such a challenge that we might have to make a difficult decision. It makes me so sad to think about. So I’m not going to – we’ll see whether it will become an issue eventually. It’s nothing we can do either way, so we’ll just enjoy the happy moments for now.
Hug your pug!
Happy Saturday everyone! We’ve had some fun at the Cartoonize site. They let you make a cartoon look-alike of your cats.. So here is Hyssing:
You’re not allowed to add the spots on the nose (his half mustache), but it’s still fun! The one of Virus may actually be looking more correct, but we didn’t want the two cartoon cats end up looking too much alike so we made Hyssing a bit different.
And now.. the pièce de résistance…. we decided to see how close we’d get to DOG look-alike with the kitty cartoonizer. They don’t have one for dogs, unfortunately…
Not so bad all in all, kitty challenges taken into consideration.. Now Gummi, on the other hand.. wasn’t quite so lucky! We haven’t stopped laughing since we saw this:
Heheheheheheheehheehehe…. Happy Caturday everyone!
We just wanted to give you a heads up – Susan Garrett has this great free “webinar” at the moment about how you can make learning games. That should be great for two-legged and four-legged alike, so we wanted to give you the link! Mom really wants to sign up to the online class Recallers 3.0 but it’s probably going to be too pricey.. We all love making training games, though. Here’s the link: http://www.brilliantrecalls.com/sq/8030-for-the-love-of-games
Something completely different.. Remember how Mom is a complete clutz? Well, she’s done it again. When we came home from training on Wednesday she slipped on a patch of ice and banged her knee. She didn’t think it was so bad until she got back up from the couch to get to bed.. She couldn’t put any weight on it at all.. So Thursday morning she was getting up early and heading to an obligatory class.. but instead she had to crawl back to bed.. It was just too painful and she didn’t dare try to drive (or get into the car for that matter). Thankfully (for her) P.A. had a day off and could drive her to the doctor and then to the hospital for x-rays. Nothing broken, thankfully. Today she’s already able to bend the knee a little so in the end it wasn’t so bad. Plus – she was supposed to work this weekend, but since she can’t walk she’ll stay home with us! Yay! Better trip her again soon!
A year ago we had already encountered a little snow by now.. Now we’ve got lots of frost on the trees but still no snow.. Actually it’s RAINING outside as we’re typing this. Can you believe it? Minus 2 degrees C and rain.. Better tell P.A. to drive safely on his way home from work. Is Gummi NEVER going to see proper snow or what?!
If you haven’t already we want to encourage you to look at our post from yesterday about helping our friend Zula win the photo competition!
We didn’t get any training done last week as Mom was sick – we didn’t even go to our class. We can assure you Mom has to feel like c***p to stay home from that! Either way – we’ve done a little better this week even if Mom isn’t completely back to normal. (Yeah, yeah – her normal, not proper normal.) Have we told you how we’ve joined a few from our dog club and rented an indoor training place on Tuesdays? Two weeks ago Gummi did mostly relaxation stuff as there were sooo much to smell and look at in the new place. This week we got some more training done.
It’s below zero (Celcius) outside and dark, but here it’s warm and nice and bright!
He’s spending quite a bit of time sniffing the carpet.. all the dogs that have been in here have left plenty of scents. Since nagging dogs to pay attention is generally rewarding them for *not* paying attention. (Why look at Mom if she lets you know when she wants you to.) I’ve decided I’ll just ignore his sniffing and it does seem to be less and less of it and once I have his attention he works well. It’s challenging to just stand there while he sniffs, though..
We trained backing up, stay in position, paw target (mouse pad), picking up the dumbbell.. um.. I think that’s about it. He also offered a lot of rolling over and jumping onto the chair. We also trained “greeting” – had one of the others approach us and back up every time he pulled in her direction. It’s along the “It’s yer choice” principles so it looks like he got the point. We haven’t done this since the middle of puppy class, I think.
Today we went to class, which is outside. I was a bit worried he’d get cold (I put on plenty of warm clothes). Thankfully he can still use Bajas’ knit sweater.. the one I’ve started for him is still less than half done.
They’ve got their Christmas lights up.. it’s sad, really, how soon the decorations come up.. Shouldn’t be any until December if you ask me! Either way we had a good class. Started out with some individual work. Did a little backing up (so-so) and then worked with the dumbbell. He’s really doing well with that! Then we worked with the lady who owns a Shorthaired Collie called Pia. Started out with more dumbbell work, this time holding onto it rather than picking it up. He still doesn’t hold it long on his own, but if I pull on it he will hold on tight which is great. Then we did recall and, not surprisingly, he did great! He’s so cute, running as fast as he can. I love the silly little dog!