Bringing Home Puppy

Even Dogs Like iPhone!
December 22, 2010, 5:02 pm
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Its true!
Did you have any idea just how many apps there are for dogs and dog people?  Like, hundreds.  Seriously.  And lots of them are free even!

So yeah, you can use Elf ur Face to make your dog into an Elf, but you can also do a whole lot more!  Allow me to explain:

Travelling with your dog?  There’s an app for that!   Nestle Purina Petcare has an app that will help you find pet friendly hotels, campgrounds parks, walkers, groomers etc., anywhere in the US!  Fido Factor will help find pet friendly stores and hotspots in major US cities like San Francisco and Boston.

Need to find a dog park?  Try Eukanuba Off Leash, or Dog Park Finder.  And when you’re at the park, you can use one of 11 Dog Whistle apps to get your little buddy to come back to you!

Fear the worst?  Should something terrible happen to your pooch, there are many apps to help:  PetMD will direct you to the nearest vet, Pet Symptoms will help you pinpoint what might be wrong, and iPet Alert will notify your vet and area businesses if your pup goes missing.

Need training tips?  There are at least 7 apps for that, including a few that will train you to train your dog to perform tricks.  Even Cesar Millan has his own app!

For your dog walker, check out DogiDuty, which will send you reports on if your dog had a #1, #2, had a bite to eat, or played with their friends.

You can even translate your dogs barks into human language (allegedly), using DogTrans!

Don’t have a dog yet?  You can use multiple apps to do research on breeds, breeders, and find dogs in need of homes.  There are even games which quiz you on various dog breeds.  Once you’ve got your new pet, there’s an app to help you name it!

And you don’t even need a dog for the Dog Poo app, which, apparently “sounds like squishing real dog poo in your hand”.  All I know is this: whoever knows what the “real” sound of squishing dog poo in their hands is like, has got bigger problems than deciding which apps to buy.


Timmy on the Loose!
July 7, 2009, 8:59 pm
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Based on our observations and Tim’s successful training thus far, we decided it was time to take him to an off leash park.  There is a small park near us that is completely enclosed, so we thought this would be a good start for all of us.  For the first time we went on a day when there were no other dogs to distract him, and took turns hiding and calling him over.  No problem.

It was time to run with the big boys.

We had no reason to be nervous.  Tim made new friends right away, and he ran, and ran, and ran.  This dog LOVES to run.

He teases other dogs into chasing him, he wrestles, he bites.  And did I mention he runs???

The best part is that he comes back to us when we call him.

Here is a pic of Tim with his Min Pin friend:

Tim and the Min

The other best part?  When we get home from the park, Timmy goes right into his crate and sleeps.  For HOURS.  Its pretty much the cutest thing ever.  And like Cesar Millan says: The keys to a well-behaved dog are Exercise, Discipline and Love.  In that order!