For Those Using Frontline

For Those Using Frontline

For Those Using Frontline
As some of you know we have recently been having some issues with fleas. NO FUN! I tried everything: shampoos, sprays, collars, drops, even some homeopathic methods – but nothing seemed to work. Teeny and Tootsie were beginning to scratch themselves raw in some places. Finally I threw in the towel and called our vet for advice.
At our appointment, I asked the vet why our Frontline had failed us and asked how the problem gotten so out of control so fast. Our vet said that MANY people are coming in saying that they have noticed Frontline either isn’t working as well as it used to, or isn’t working at all. She told us the makers of Frontline swear the fleas are not working up a resistance to it, but she is not sure if she believes them because of so many cases similar to ours. All you have to do is Google “Frontline Stopped Working” and you will see how many people are saying the same thing.
We took our dogs off Frontline and have put them on Trifexis, a monthly pill that contains both flea/tick and heartworm preventative. We also had pest control company come out and bomb our house and yard, which meant all of us – both dogs and both humans – had to find a way to be out of the house for 6 hours. Not an easy task! So far it has been working well and we seem to be flea free. Paws crossed!
If your pooches are on Frontline to help protect them for fleas, just be aware that in many cases it is no longer working. Just wanted to pass along the information so you can all make informed decisions! 🙂

Teeny’s Birthday Party

Teeny’s Birthday Party

Teeny’s Birthday PartyPLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICS FROM TEENY’S PAWTY ON HIS VIRTUAL PETWORK PROFILE.
Teeny’s annual birthday bash was this past Saturday, and I think it’s safe to say it was our best ever!!! The “Seven Year Itch” themed party was old Hollywood glam, and lots of pooches dressed to kill. Our pals Party Animals planned the party and they did a great job.
Held at Metrodog in the Domain here in Austin, guests walked the red carpet and had their photos taken by the pawparazzi [aka Estevan Alfaro Photography]. Humans noshed on cupcakes from Lick It, Bite It, or Both and snacks from Silver Grill Cafe, washed down by a signature cocktail – a “Marteeny” – created in honor of the birthday boy. Four legged guests chowed down on treats and pupcake provided by It’s Pawsitively Irresisitible and relaxed with canine massages from Skillful Paws.
At the end of the party everyone gathered around Teeny and sang him happy birthday. He couldn’t wait to dig into his cake and as soon as I let him go he dove in headfirst! Video below:

Most importantly, we were able to raise a TON of toys for Emancipet. I can’t wait to see the look on all their animals furry faces when we drop off all those boxes full of goodies!
I already can’t wait until next year’s birthday pawty!

Teeny’s Party / Toy Drive Update

Teeny’s Party / Toy Drive Update

Teeny’s Party / Toy Drive Update
Teeny at his birthday
party in 2009.
Teeny’s birthday party is five days away! Are you ready?
We have decided that, in addition to the toys we are asking people to bring to the party to donate [more on that below], we will be donating 1 toy for each $10 spent at Metrodog, our pawsome host.
Not sure what to get the birthday boy? He doesn’t want any gifts – all he wants is for everyone to bring a toy to donate to Emancipet, one of our favorite animal organizations.
Just as a reminder, the party is on Saturday, June 25th from 7-9 at Metrodog in the Domain. To RSVP and find out all the fun stuff we have planned, please visit the official invite by clicking HERE. Hope to see all our Austin friends there!

Summertime… And The Livin’s Easy

Summertime… And The Livin’s Easy

Summertime… And The Livin’s Easy
Tootsie enjoying a wading pool  in the
“water park” at Snout by Snouthwest,
a dog festival in Austin on 6/5/11.
I just wanted to write a quick post, letting everyone know what we have been up to since our last entry. It’s crazy hot in Austin right now – well over 100 degrees every day for nearly a month now. The humans and canines in our family are staying inside as much as possible! Hot weather + very little rain apparently = prime flea conditions. Both our dogs are very itchy right now so if anyone has any hints/tips/suggestions on how to make them more comfortable, I’d be forever grateful! Flea baths, flea spray, flea collars… nothing seems to be helping!
The main thing I have been working on this month is Teeny’s upcoming “Seven Year Itch” themed birthday party. If you have not RSVP’d, please click here to do so. We are asking all guests to bring a new or gently used dog toy and we will be passing along all donated toys to our friends at Emancipet, one of our favorite local pet organizations. Teeny’s “uncle Erik,” who works for Sergeant’s, sent Teeny two hugs boxes of toys for his birthday for us to hand out at the party or donate as we wish. What a cool uncle!
Summertime… And The Livin’s Easy
Teeny and Tootsie sitting on top of the
two big boxes of toys their Uncle Erik
sent for Teeny’s upcoming party.
Teeny’s party will count as our toy drive for June. I haven’t begun to line up our toy drive for July, but I am discussing a fun “End of Summer” beach-themed play-day party at Southpaws Playschool, probably sometime in August. I will be sure and keep everyone informed about the details once I have more of them!
We have also been busy with the launch of our social network site for pets, Virtual Petwork. We are rockin’ and rollin’ and already have over 200 members! Our friends at Dog Tipper just reviewed the site; click here to read their review. If you haven’t signed up for an account yet, try it out – why not, it’s free!
Hope to see you all at Teeny’s party!

Tootsie’s Eye Surgery A Success!

February Toy Drive Info

Tootsie’s Eye Surgery A Success!
The month of February marks our miniature schnauzer Tootsie’s 5th Gotcha Dayanniversary. As many of you know, she is also recovering from cataract removal surgery – and recovering nicely, I might add! In any case, this seemed like the perfect time to do something special for her.
And so we shall! Our toy drive this month will benefit Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston [MSRH] in Tootsie’s honor. It will be an online nationwide drive, and we will raise toys in the following ways:
  1. The sale of our one-for-one toy: All toy donations generated from the sale of our one-for-one toy will benefit MSRH. When you buy one for your pooch we will donate one to MSRH. When you buy one as a gift we will donate one to MSRH. If you buy 5 we will donate 5! The only time this will NOT be the case is if our one-for-one toy is purchased for a specific organization; when this happens, we send the organization the purchased toy/s as well as the generated toy donation/s.
  2. Used toy mail-in campaign: We are encouraging readers to box up the used dog toys their pooches no longer play with and mail them to us! Dogs don’t care if toys are new or used – in fact, used toys can be more interesting because of all the new smells they come with! All toy donations we receive in the mail this month will be added to the box [or boxes!] headed to MSRH. If you’d like to do this, shoot us an email at [email protected] and we’ll send you our address.
  3. New fans and followers: This month I will donate 1 toy for each 50 new followers on Twitter, and 1 toy for each new “Fan” on Facebook and each new follower of this blog.
So spread the word and help us help needy dogs!

Tootsie’s Eye Surgery A Success!

Tootsie’s Eye Surgery A Success!

Tootsie’s Eye Surgery A Success!
I’m happy to report that Teeny’s little sister Tootsie had her cataract surgery last Wednesday, and so far all is well!
She’s still wearing the CONE OF SHAME while home alone and will be taking pills and having eye drops put in [two different drops, four times a day!] for the foreseeable future. But her quality of life has already drastically improved. Cataract removal surgery in dogs is 95% effective, and Tootsie is able to see clearly for the first time in two years. Even just looking at her you can tell a difference!
At her doctor’s suggestion, we’re trying to keep her as still-ish and calm-ish as possible. This is proving to be more difficult than you would think – you’d never guess she recently had surgery. Between zooming around the yard, playing up her “condition” for treats or attention, and annoying her big brother she has been pretty active. Her one week check-up is on Friday, so paws crossed that all is as well as it seems!
On a related note, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about our February toy drive. It will benefit Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston in honor of Tootsie’s 5th gotcha day. The drive will be an online one, but I am still working out all the finer details. I’ll let you guys know as soon as I get it all worked out!

Chicken and Rice Cake Dog Treats

Yesterday afternoon I made my dogs Season’s Eatings and Peas on Earth Cakes from last months edition of Everyday with Rachael Ray. Teeny’s little sister Tootsie is having her cataract surgery tomorrow, so I wanted to spoil her a little bit beforehand. The cakes were a big hit, especially with Teeny – as you can see in the picture below, he just held it in his mouth for a few minutes before he dug in. I think he was savoring the flavor! Want to make them for your own furry friend? The recipe is below.
Season’s Eatings and Peas on Earth Cakes
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup frozen peas [thawed]
1/4 cup rotisserie chicken [skin & bones discarded and meat shredded]
1 egg
2 tbsps plain breadcrumbs
2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1. In a medium bowl stir together rice, peas, chicken, egg, breadcrumbs and parsley. Form into 4 patties.
2. In a medium skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken patties and cook, turning once, until golden brown – around 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool.
3. Prepare to feel like the best dog owner in the world as you watch your pooch dig in!
Chicken and Rice Cake Dog Treats

 

Chicken and Rice Cake Dog Treats
Chicken and Rice Cake Dog Treats
Chicken and Rice Cake Dog Treats

Raising Toys For Australia

Raising Toys For Australia

Our sweet dog friend Phabulous Phoebe is having an emergency drive benefitting two different rescue organizations in Queensland, Australia. Click here to visit her website and see the “wish list” of needs they have put together. She is also accepting donations via PayPal.
We got to know Phoebe’s human Tammy through her dog Coco, who is one of our friends on Twitter! I really want to help support this worthy cause, so all toy donations generated from the sale of our one-for-one toy will be sent to Phoebe and included in with the goodies sent to Australia