Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy National Dog Day!

Relaxing on National Dog Day
Hi Everyone! Francesca and I are pleased to hear that today is National Dog Day. Of course there is a day for us. Dogs are the oldest domesticated animal. We've been people's best friend, like, forever. We have a special connection with people that makes us successful as pets, as working animals and as protectors.

Francesca and I are both rescue dogs. I am from Santa Fe, NM and Francesca is from McMinville, Oregon. We are very different yet we have a strong bond with our owner. We keep her on her toes. She never misses a feeding time and mows the lawn for us so we can roll and relax in our backyard.

We'll be celebrating today. We wish ALL DOGS a Happy National Dog Day!

Love, Cinnamon, the Coonhound

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Dog Days of Summer

Summer is for lazing on the lawn.


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Dog Friendly Kirkland, Washington - Put it on my list

We've been seeing quite a bit of the Doggie Country Club lately and not doing a lot of traveling. I kind of miss the days when I traveled to the beach, wrote dog-friendly travel reviews and enjoyed myself. But now that Francesca is with us, I guess it's double the work for our owner. Well, maybe only until Francesca gets a bit older. A dog can only hope!

Meanwhile I am putting together a wish list of where I want to travel. Recently our owner went to Kirkland, Washington. It's one of those places that has a dog water dish in front of every business... my kinda place. Here's why I want to go:

The Kirkland Heathman Hotel allows dogs.
The Heathman is located downtown within walking distance of the lake and parks. In fact, they love dogs and love to pamper them. Check out their pet-pampering package.

This bulldog was eating up the attention (and the chips)
From the Heathman you can walk to restaurants with outside patios where dogs are welcome. A great place for the humans to refresh on a warm day. The Heathman has a restaurant, Trellis, with an outdoor patio too.
Outdoor, pet-friendly patio.
Now if you want to go shopping, that will be convenient too. Within walking distance you can visit Booboo Barkery and Boutique. They had fresh baked dog biscuits, toys and even a birthday cake. 
A great birthday cake for those who actually know their birthdate.
I don't
So, once you've dined and shopped, it's time to head for the lake. Now you all know how much I like boats and fishing but this lake was a "fancy" type of lake. There are yachts, beautiful sailboats and lakefront condominiums. There are also docks to explore and parks galore.
I might like a ride on this yacht!
Kirkland has a whole page of things to do with your dog. I really think I should go there and explore. I'll watch my in-box for an email inviting me!

I love walking out on docks and enjoying the view.
But for now, I'll just dream about my next getaway!

Love, Cinnamon

Thursday, August 11, 2016

#12Bravecto What to Ask Your Vet about Flea and Tick Control

Hi. It’s me, Cinnamon. I'm back writing about BRAVECTO® (fluralaner) that Francesca and I take. I can't even remember what its like to have fleas or one of those blood-sucking ticks. Can you?

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Well, if you can, it's time to make that appointment with your veterinarian to ask about a flea and tick control that will wipe those horrible pests out! So what do you ask your vet? Here's a list so you will be prepared:

1. Ask what the latest research and products are. Things change so you might not even know about products like BRAVECTO®, the flea prevention I told you about in my last article. It’s a tasty chew and the only chew that kills fleas for 12 weeks with just one dose.*
2. Ask what product you should use. There are many types of products available. Your vet will want to know about your lifestyle and your dog's lifestyle and then take into consideration your dog's age and weight.

For example, sometimes it's an issue of your owner's lifestyle. Our owner is busy and travels here and there. Francesca and I both get our flea and tick prevention in the mail just at the right time when the dose is due.  Ask your vet if they work with a service that sends it out automatically.

3. Ask why some products are by prescription and which might be best for you. Your veterinarian can give you information so you can make a good decision. Prescription products have more in-depth safety and efficacy study requirements before they can be approved.

4. Ask what to expect. If you change to a product like BRAVECTO® will it be different? Is it OK to see fleas and ticks once in a while. Does that mean the product is working? Or, not?

If you and your veterinarian decide to switch to BRAVECTO® and you are a new user, signing up for MyPet.com My Pet Rewards can help you save money while protecting your dog from fleas and ticks. Register for savings here.

I have more time to play because I just don't think about fleas and ticks anymore!
Remember, the sooner the better!

* Disclaimer: BRAVECTO kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.

Important Safety Information: The most common adverse reactions recorded in clinical trials were vomiting, decreased appetite, diarrhea, lethargy, polydipsia, and flatulence. BRAVECTO has not been shown to be effective for 12 weeks duration in puppies less than 6 months of age. BRAVECTO is not effective against lone star ticks beyond 8 weeks after dosing.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information published. However, it remains the responsibility of the readers to familiarize themselves with the product information contained on the USA product label or package. More product information is available here

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Trips to the Vet: Tricks and Treats

Francesca and I have something to say. We feel tricked. We want to tell you what a visit to the Vet is like from the dog's perspective. So listen up! (I'm a little miffed to say the least!).

It was a lazy day.
Cinnamon: Yesterday I had a great day lazing around. It was warm outside and I didn't feel a whole lot like playing. Around 1:30 my owner got out my leash. I was really excited. It had to be good. Was it the dog park? A volksmarch? A trip to the river? I jumped in the car in anticipation.

We drove down the street and pulled into.... the Vet's office! Oh no!

I went in reluctantly and was greeted by our friends. I knew I needed a Bordatella booster but didn't know what else I was in store for! I got weighed. 53 pounds.... no weight loss for sure. And that was pretty embarrassing.

And then they dragged me into the "torture room," and lifted me onto the table. I was going to have my nails cut. I hate that! And two of the nails hurt when they cut them. Yeah, I have many more but I don't like to get hurt!

So finally it was over and something good happened. I got a treat from the jar and then, out of the back room, they found a VERY SPECIAL TREAT. I loved it. In fact, they gave me the whole bag to take home. But I wasn't fooled. I'LL NOT FORGET THE PAIN IN THE TORTURE ROOM! I have a memory, you know!

Francesca: Yesterday Cinnamon went to the Vet's office. I laughed as she drove away... my sadistic little laugh.

And when she came home, she brought some scrumptious treats. I was glad she went because it was all good for me!

Well, so I thought. Now today, about 1:30 p.m. my owner got MY leash and I got excited. Cinnamon just sat on the couch and smirked. She knew what was going to happen.

I jumped in the car and off we went.... to the VET! NOT ME TOO! I wasn't thrilled when I got there and really didn't want to go inside. I sniffed around the room ignoring the ladies who were trying to be nice to me. In fact, one of them wanted to pet me and I wasn't a bit thrilled. I TRUST NO ONE AT THE VET'S OFFICE.

So next, I was weighed.... a svelte 50 pounds - in comparison with Cinnamon's 53 chubby pounds. :)

Then they grabbed me. First they took my temperature and then stuck some ucky stuff in my mouth. Next was the WORST! They held my head and the Vet Tech stuck a HUGE needle into the back of my neck.... a HUGE needle! I was NOT PLEASED.

So finally it was over and it was treat time. I got some from the jar but then asked for a bag of the good stuff. And they gave me one!

Cinnamon: When Francesca got home we opened her bag of treats and enjoyed some. I heard that you can get these new treats at Freddie's and so we will be shopping there soon!

Francesca: I had such a rough time at the Vet's office I just plopped in the garden and refused to move. I'm not going to be tricked so easily next time!
Just don't bother me!


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Why I am a Neglected Dog

Here's proof that she doted on the horses ALL DAY!
My owner is a writer. In fact, I learned most of my writing skills from her! But writing, and particularly writing about horses, has gotten out of hand. Francesca and I are now neglected hounds and we WANT CHANGE!

So here's what last week was like. On Sunday, Francesca went to Day Care and I stayed home (familiar story). I lazed around the back yard. I lazed around the house. I counted the hours until I had company once again. There was no one to play with, no one to give me treats and no one to offer me fresh water. I was neglected from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. while she doted on the horses at a polo match!

OK, and then came Thursday. Francesca stayed home and I stayed home. BORING! We spent several hours in the den while she went out with friends to enjoy Mexican food. Well, I'm from New Mexico and I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD! I didn't get to go.

And after she fed us our kibble, she said good-bye and went to, you guessed it, a horse event. She went to see Odysseo by Cavalia in Portland. And I heard she got to go visit the horses after the show. I am beginning to hate horses. Now let me tell you, it was late when she finally got home.
Here's proof she stayed late and took pictures
of the horses at their bed time.
She let us outside in the pitch black darkness and we weren't sure what to do. Our schedule was all screwed up. So Francesca hatched a plan to pay her back for her neglect. First we didn't want to go back to bed and then Francesca woke her up TWICE during the night! That was after she broke into her bedroom and stole one of her slippers! GO FRANCESCA!

So we thought that would take care of things and put our owner on notice that her neglect would not be tolerated.

So what happened yesterday? Francesca went to Day Care and you guessed it... I stayed home alone! It was hot too! No one was there to fill my water bowls and no one was there to make sure I didn't lay out in the sun too long and get heat stroke! I WAS JUST ABOUT TO CALL THE HUMANE SOCIETY, when she arrived, just in the nick of time to feed us dinner.

Here I am... neglected.
So I've had it with horses and writing. I need attention, love, food, water all day... not just part of the day or in the evening.

Love, Discouraged, Neglected Cinnamon


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#12Bravecto Don’t Hesitate with Treatment for Fleas or Ticks

Hi. It’s me, Cinnamon. One time I was at the veterinarian’s office and I saw something really scary. A woman came in with her fluffy little poodle. What scared me wasn’t the poodle. It was the lady’s legs. They were filled with ugly red fleabites. That doesn’t have to happen if you use BRAVECTO® (fluralaner) like Francesca and I do.
This post is sponsored by BRAVECTO® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about BRAVECTO.  But we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Intervet Inc., nor Merck & Co Inc., are responsible for the content of this article and have not written, reviewed, or edited it in any fashion. For more information about BRAVECTO please click here.)

When I was at the shelter, I’d see dogs come in itching and looking pretty miserable. They were what we dogs call, flea ridden! Now things are probably different with your pets who have their forever home. They wouldn’t be like that. Or would they?

If you see a flea or two on your dog, keep in mind that what you see is only the tip of the iceberg. What you don’t see is the toughest part of the problem. You can pick off and kill those visible adult fleas. But by the time you see fleas on your dog, it’s likely you also have an infestation of the immature stages in your home. That’s what happened to the lady at the vet. I think she was more miserable than her dog!

So as an example, you might find ten fleas on your scratchy dog but there could be 40 or more in hiding. So then (get scared here!) with 40 fleas you can expect about 80 pupae, 280 larvae and 400 flea eggs hiding in your carpet, bedding, furniture and even between your floor boards.

So if you get good flea control started you’ll still continue to see fleas for several months as these life stages mature.

So now, I know you’re scared! So what to do? If you see one or two fleas on your dog, it’s not too late. Visit your veterinarian and see if you can start your dog on BRAVECTO®, the flea prevention I told you about in my last article. It’s a tasty chew and the only chew that kills fleas for 12 weeks with just one dose.*
Francesca and I both get our flea and tick prevention in the mail just at the right time when the dose is due. We encourage dog owners to take their dog to the vet so that they can begin flea and tick prevention with BRAVECTO® and ask your vet if they work with a service that sends it out automatically.

One reason I think I don’t get fleas is because BRAVECTO® is long lasting. The flea’s life cycle is long and those monthly treatments may leave gaps in protection, allowing a re-infestation of your dog and your home. It can take several months to get rid of those little buggers once you get them. Yuck!

If you are new to BRAVECTO®, signing up for MyPet.com My Pet Rewards can help you save money while protecting your dog from fleas and ticks. Register for savings here.
I have more time for squirrel hunting because I'm not worried
about fleas or ticks!
Remember, the sooner the better!

* Disclaimer: BRAVECTO kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.

Important Safety Information: The most common adverse reactions recorded in clinical trials were vomiting, decreased appetite, diarrhea, lethargy, polydipsia, and flatulence. BRAVECTO has not been shown to be effective for 12 weeks duration in puppies less than 6 months of age. BRAVECTO is not effective against lone star ticks beyond 8 weeks after dosing.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information published. However, it remains the responsibility of the readers to familiarize themselves with the product information contained on the USA product label or package. More product information is available here