Monday, 23 April 2018

Oli's 12th Birthday Sneak Peek


The big 1-2!  Thanks for all the social media love and birthday wishes you've shared with Oli in celebration of his birthday celebration last week. Oli's pawty this year had a golden oldie theme, with all of the tasty treats in hues of all natural golden yellow and orange. Come and take a peek at all the yummy golden goodies!

Monday, 16 April 2018

DIY Stamped Dog Treats (Plus Peanut Butter Bacon Bones!)


Santa Paws brought all sorts of interesting little goodies for crafting and baking (clearly the elves had read our post with Christmas Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Lovers) including a set of DIY alphabet cookie stamps. I have a number of cute cookie stamps and presses in my baking stash, including a set of larger letters, but these mini letters are perfect for using on smaller treats and are just the right size for my favourite bone-shaped cookie cutter.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Dog Vision vs. Human Vision: A Life Changing Owner Learning


Don't adjust your screens...this is the same post cataract surgery walkies photo of Oli as shared here, adjusted to represent a typical healthy dog's view of the same scene.   When trying to better understand the differences between human vision and our dog's vision so that we could better assist our senior Oli with his post-cataract surgery visual deficits, I had a (long overdue) lightbulb moment that changed everything for us in how we approach our dogs' view of the world. I knew that dogs didn't perceive colour the same way as we did, but never understood the potential implications of dog vision vs. human vision and how I could use that knowledge to better support our dogs with visual cues as well as boost their general fun. 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Senior Dog Love - DIY Emergency Dog Mobility Support Sling

This is not the most exciting or glamorous DIY post, but if it helps another dog owner at some point then it's totally worth it. As shared in our post cataract surgery summary, Oli's temporary vision loss meant that we needed a pet sling urgently.  We have steps at both entrances, so no matter what, potty time would require assistance and there was zero chance of finding one in our small city nor time for a special order. Oli is a big boy and lifting is no easy task. So I quickly made one with materials on hand while they were on the drive home from surgery.