Friday, November 17, 2017

How To Walk Your Dog Like These Celebrity Dog Lovers

We all can’t be rich and famous, taking our canine companions to celebrity dog resorts or hiring architects for custom-built dog houses. But we can, with a little planning and the right...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

10 of the Best Canine Stars in Kid’s Movies (Dog Stars!)

Best dogs starring in kids’ movies: What was your favourite movie when you were younger? Children’s movies are enjoyable and exciting, filled with plenty of action, adventure and comedy. But in...

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Have Trouble Sleeping After A Bad Day? Your Dog Does Too!

Ever feel like your dog is just a human with paws? Now, a Hungarian study discovered that dogs suffer with sleep issues after enduring a stressful experience, just like we do.

The study found that, like humans, dogs who experienced a negative situation, took longer to fall asleep than the group who had a positive one. The dogs were subjected to negative experiences such as being tied in one place or being ignored by their owner. The positive experiences lasted six minutes and included fun, engaging things like petting and playing.

Not only did the stressed-out dogs have trouble getting to sleep, they continued to suffer even once they entered dreamland. The pups who had a bad day had less time in true deep sleep and had more minutes in the lighter REM sleep. While REM sleep is essential for dreaming, it doesn’t provide most restful sleep that our bodies need.

This study, done by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, used EEG monitors to track the sleep activity of 16 dogs, both purebred and mixed breed. Researchers also tracked heart rate variability to confirm the negative experiences were in fact being perceived negatively by the dogs. The positive experiences, however, such as petting, ear scratches and light play, increased oxytocin levels (the anti-stress hormone) in both dogs and their humans.

It’s important to note that the occasional restless night won’t harm your dog. However, consistent sleep issues can lead to problems with aggression and behavior changes, says Dr. Anna Kis, lead researcher of the study.

More research is needed on the sleeping habits of our four-legged friends, and it is a growing area of interest. In a recent study on sleep spindles, also led by Dr. Kis, it was found that proper sleep aids in dogs learning capabilities and memory formation.

Each day we discover something else that makes dogs even more amazing, as if we needed another reason to love them.
So tonight before you go to bed, give your pup a belly rub, scratch their ears, and wish them sweet dreams. They’ll thank you for it later.

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I Fed My Dog Freshpet Dog Food For 14 Days!

Freshpet® asked me if I wanted to try out their food for two weeks. I asked, “You’re making food for humans?”

“No dummy,” they replied, “would you like to give your dog Remy, Freshpet dog food for 14 days and report on any changes you see in him?”

Hmmm, I thought. “Okay, let’s give it a shot.”

The Freshpet dog food arrived a week later. It looked great in it’s beautiful packaging.

We started with the Chunky Chicken & Turkey Recipe Rolls. Slicing them up and giving them to Remy. Then when they were finished we moved over to the Home Cooked Chicken Recipes.

I really didn’t know what to expect over these two weeks. Of course this isn’t a scientific study and I wasn’t taking notes but I did notice two things over this time.

Remy is now 13 years & 4 months old. He’s much slower overall, even when I’m feeding him and especially in the morning. Sometimes I have to pull him out of bed to get him to eat.

With Freshet, that has stopped. When I got up in the morning he was waiting at the door to go eat. I haven’t seen that behavior in a long time. The second thing I noticed, was that he seemed to have more energy and acted, a little bit more, like a puppy when I was getting ready to take him outside.

And that is two very good things to see in your old pup. Thanks, Freshpet!

Freshpet Facts

  • You can find Freshpet at your local Pet Store, always stored in the Freshpet refrigerator.
  • Freshpet has no additives or preservatives.
  • It’s never made with pre-processed meat powders, “chicken meals,” or by-products – just real US meat as the #1 ingredient, and real veggies you can see.
  • Freshpet is made right here in the USA.
  • Freshpet is pre-cooked so it’s easier for you dinnertime.

Freshpet® brands include Freshpet® Select and Dog Joy™, available at select grocery and mass-market retailers; Deli Fresh®, Vital™ and Dognation™, available at pet specialty stores.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

5 Celebrity Inspired Dog Walking Outfits

Just because you’re walking your dog, it doesn’t mean you can wear pajamas! After all, you want both you and your pooch to look amazing. Most dog owners walk their pets for at least eight...

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Berkley Jenson Sent Remy A New Bed & Some Treats!

This post is sponsored by BJ’s Wholesale Club. Dog Files is being compensated for helping spread the word about BJ’s Wholesale Club Pet Food.

Today was a great day for Remy! Berkley Jenson of BJ’s Wholesale Club surprised us with a giant care package. As you can see from the photo above, Remy is in heaven about it. Okay, I maybe knew it was coming, but it was still a surprise for Remy!

Berkley Jenson contacted me a few weeks earlier and asked if they could send a package for Remy. As you can tell, since you’re reading this right now, I said “sure”.

The bed is 38″ round bed which is the perfect size for a 55 lb. doggie like Remy. It’s also reversible with warm and cool fabrics and machine washable. It’s also treated with MaxGuard to reduce odor and bacterial growth. Not that our dogs smell but, sometimes they do. 😉

One of the most important things when evaluating a dog bed is, of course, will your dog continue to choose it to lay on it. Let’s face it, it’s quite a big piece of furniture to have around if your pooch doesn’t like it.

On this account, I can happily say that this big, fluffy, round bed has become a favorite of Remy’s. He likes to sleep in it after breakfast and during the afternoon. What a life this dog has! I’m happy to have it for him! Thanks, Berkley Jenson!

As you can see from the photos, Remy took to the cushy bed right away!

The bed is called the Berkley Jenson 38″ Tufted Round Pet Bed and if there was one thing I could tell from Remy is that it is extremely comfy.

As an added surpise, (I only thought the bed was coming), Berkley Jenson added in a bunch of treats for Remy.

First up, is a giant 6.61 lbs. tub of Berkley Jensen Gravy Coated Baked Dog Biscuits. One of the best aspects of the tub is it’s resealable and that’s something that has always seemed to be  pain with most dog treats. In the tub are three flavors of dog treats, Chicken, Lamb, and Bacon flavor and they are crunchy enough to help clean teeth and reduce tartar. They are also fortified with vitamins & minerals and Remy really enjoys crunching down on them.

Secondly, we have their Pig Ears Bag and their Pork & Berry Links Bag. The Pig Ears are oven roasted and the Pork & Berry Links are grain and gluten free. Remy turns into a wild child when I throw a few of these to him! All in all, very nice treats at a good price.

As an added surpise, (I only thought the bed was coming), Berkley Jenson added in a bunch of treats for Remy.

First up, is a giant 6.61 lbs. tub of Berkley Jensen Gravy Coated Baked Dog Biscuits. One of the best aspects of the tub is it’s resealable and that’s something that has always seemed to be  pain with most dog treats. In the tub are three flavors of dog treats, Chicken, Lamb, and Bacon flavor and they are crunchy enough to help clean teeth and reduce tartar. They are also fortified with vitamins & minerals and Remy really enjoys crunching down on them.

Secondly, we have their Pig Ears Bag and their Pork & Berry Links Bag. The Pig Ears are oven roasted and the Pork & Berry Links are grain and gluten free. Remy turns into a wild child when I throw a few of these to him! All in all, very nice treats at a good price.

The Berkley Jenson Brand is sold exclusively at BJ’s Wholesale Club. If you are a member, you can find the coupon collection flyer with some great deals (listed below) at the front of your local club. Coupons are valid till 11/8/17.

Save $4 on Berkley Jensen Seafood Lover’s Classic Variety Pack Cat Food 
Save $6 on Cosequin DS Plus MSM Joint Health Supplement for Dogs, 132 ct. 
Save $5 on Berkley Jensen Pet Bed 
Save $4 on Berkley Jensen All Natural Wet Dog Food

 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Sorry, Wrong Number (A Texting Story)

Ever have a quirky old lady sidle up to you in the coffee aisle at the grocery store and jabber at you like you’re old friends as if she was picking up from where she left off ten minutes ago? And you’ve never seen this woman before in your life, let alone ten minutes ago?

Well that’s what happened to me the other day, only it wasn’t in the coffee aisle at the grocery store. It was a text message. Actually, three of them…

text message from stranger

Oh, what a conundrum! Do I immediately let them know that they have the wrong person, thereby resulting in the least amount of stress for everyone? Or do I get sucked in by my inner smart ass and create some mischief?

I mean, this person, let’s call her LaWanda, obviously sent a potentially offensive letter to another person, let’s call her Agnus, who is apparently from Mississippi. And LaWanda thoughtlessly thought, “Oh, I’ll bet Agnus would get a kick out of this story about three busloads of Mississippi school children going missing only to be found six months later inside the the stomach fossil of a dinosaur. Haha! That Agnus, she loves a good dinosaur tale.”

But then LaWanda didn’t hear back from Agnus. And she began to wonder why Agnus didn’t at least call her to deliver a courtesy chuckle. She got nothing but crickets.

And then it dawned on her.

OMG, thought LaWanda, I plum forgot Agnus was from Mississippi. What if she knew one of those dino-abducted children? I’d better send her one of those text thingies that’s all the rage with my grandkids.

And so she did. Only she didn’t. And now poor Agnus is still mad. And LaWanda will never know that Agnus did not receive her lame attempt at an apology.

Oh, what to do, what to do.

And then it hit me.

Hey, I know! I’ll text back. Only I won’t tell her at first because my inner wise-cracker wants to play.

And so began our conversation with my response:

text message from stranger

Oh, yes I did.

So she said:

Was that it? Was it over? It couldn’t be! The mystery remained and LaWanda still needed to settle things with Agnus, so:

I really, really hoped she had a good sense of humor because this could go anywhere and get really awkward.

Now you would think all she had to say was, “Sure thing!” or “What is it?”

Nope.

Was what my question? Did she think I was wondering how she came to believe I was from Mississippi? So now I’m (I mean Agnus is) a liar?

And who says “chest-of-drawers” any more?

And I can’t call her! Is she kidding? This was supposed to be a little silly back-and-forth thing and I’d tell her it was all a mistake and we would have a good laugh and go about our lives.

But now she’s in my bedroom?

Well, I guess I should ask her a question then. It’ll get us to the end of the story faster.

 

Right? Because this is a slow train wreck now. And I’m the engineer. And I should be ashamed of myself, because this is going to end in tears.

Or murder.

Or both.

Lord help me, she told me what she wanted for Christmas.

 

Ack!! Now I’ve gone and done it. She is praying for me, or Agnus, because of what happened in Mississippi. And she wants to hear all about the family? But she doesn’t know if Agnus likes Chinese food?

Can’t she hear by my voice that I am clearly not Agnus already?

Well, this has obviously gone far enough. The train wreck is about to commence if I don’t pull the emergency brake. Time for me to confess.

The problem is…this is a very delicate matter. I can’t just say, HAHA! — You’ve been punk’d! I was just playing a joke on you. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!  

Because that would be mean. And I don’t want to hurt LaWanda’s feelings. It’s bad enough I’m going to Hell, but do I also have to feel bad about it and leave poor innocent LaWanda scarred in the process? I had to be careful about how I worded my next response.

text message from stranger

There. See? It was all just a misunderstanding. Nobody gets hurt. I awaited her reply, then my phone alerted me to her answer.

I’m not sure why she felt the need to repeat herself and I had no idea what a “b & care operator” is, so I Googled it.

Google doesn’t seem to know either.

However, Agnus has not only forgotten that her actual name is Loretta, but she has also lost her damn mind because she doesn’t even know that she is Loretta. Or, I don’t know that I’m Loretta. O something.

And this is when LaWanda decides to actually call me. On the phone.

And I don’t answer it.

And now I’m going to Hell twice.

I need to straighten LaWanda out and fast before she calls the dudes in the white coats to suddenly haul Loretta off to the crazy house.

Please let it work this time, please let it work this time…

She invented the number? The phone number? My phone number? Or did she invent the “No”, in which case she’s a lot older than I thought. Hasn’t “No” been around a while?

OK, so now I’m back down to only going to Hell once, and just for good measure…

Because LaWanda at least deserves a compliment after putting up with my sorry ass. But she had to have the last word…

Yeah thanks, LaWanda, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen now.

 

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