With the warm sun comes wedding season. While wedding trends change from year to year incorporating loved ones is always part of the tradition. Having your beloved canine involved is always something that crosses a bride & grooms mind when planning their wedding. Once you’ve designated what your pooch will be doing and who will be watching them throughout the ceremony what is more important than what they will wear!?
Alongside the bride & groom, your dog must look very dapper in your wedding party. Luckily Ruff Knits is a Canadian Custom Canine Clothier specializing in wedding apparel for your dog. They have tuxedos, bow ties, rose collars, dresses & suits too
Ruff Knit's very own wearing the rose collar
Chino with his lovely bow tie
Some important points to keep in mind when incorporating your dog into the wedding of your dreams:
- Entrust someone to handle your dog throughout the event and to bring them home
- If your dog is your ring bearer use fake rings and do not risk the possibility of losing the rings
- Check that your venue is dog-friendly (either indoors or outdoors)
- Bring your dog to the rehearsal to do a practice run (dress rehearsal and all)
- Entertain the idea of using a calming spray for your dog for the event since emotions run high at weddings
- Have treats handy to keep your pooch entertained as well as water to keep them hydrated
- Make sure your guests are all comfortable with your dog and remind them to not feed your dog from their own food
- If you cannot designate a person to your dog hire a dog walker/sitter for the day of
- Make sure no guest are allergic to dogs
- Make sure you decide on a particular role for your dog.
- Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise before the ceremony so that they are calm and have relieved themselves
- Get your dog comfortable with the attire they will be wearing at the wedding so that it is not only introduced to them on the day of
- most importantly enjoy the day and have a game plan for your dog’s care so that you can be stress free
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Recently I have received many inquiries regarding raw food. Overall, we have had Chino on raw dog food for almost a year and have been extremely delighted with it some of the benefits that we have experienced from doing so are as follows:
- Less shedding
- Clean teeth (no need for brushing or dental vet visits)
- Smaller stools
- We have visited the vet once for a routine visit and shots (whereas before we were constantly there because he was scratching excessively until he bled from allergic reactions)
- Regulated his weight gain as a puppy he did not get big rapidly – gradual weight increase
- Helped with muscle development because he is chewing through bones etc.
- Shiny coat
Feeding a raw food diet also gives your dog a large variety that kibble does not. You can feed a wide range of different proteins such as:
- Fish (rich in omega which helps with shiny coats, mackerel and salmon are good)
Raw food is fed depending on your dog’s weight and activity level there are various raw food calculators online that will calculate the amount of food you should be feeding your dog, usually it is between 2-3% of their weight. At first it is recommended that you stick to one protein source before introducing the vast variety.
Many people believe that raw food is very pricey but dependent on how much of it you are feeding it can cost as low as $1.50 a day depending on the protein you are feeding and weather you are buying bulk from a butcher or commercial packaged at your local pet store. Feeding raw does not mean that you are buying your dog a New York T-bone steak all the time sometimes organ meats and bones with a bit of meat are sufficient enough for a meal depending on the weight and at your local butcher these are the meats that no one wants therefore they are discounted.
Unlike changing your dog’s dry kibble food which is recommended you do it gradually over a period of time the switch from dry to raw can be done cold turkey without the huge side effects that come from switching from one dry food to another.
Various myths surround the feeding of raw food ranging from bones being dangerous for your dogs (when raw they are not dangerous, chicken bones are soft and bendable when raw when a chicken bone is cooked it when it becomes an issue and can splinter and become a choking hazard).
Another common myth is that dogs become aggressive after eating raw food because they get a taste for blood this is completely FALSE. Think about it when you eat sushi or a steak do you become an aggressive blood sucking vampire? Exactly.
If you are thinking of feeding your dog raw keep in mind that dogs do no NEED vegetables and fruit but if you’d like to incorporate them into their diet be sure to puree them (think baby food) so that they are able to digest them properly and they should also be raw not cooked as they lose nutritional value. You can also add raw eggs to your dogs food and it’s an added treat for them.
Also keep in mind that cats can also be on a raw food diet, for those of you who own both – having one source of food for both animals could be easier.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment on our blog directly or email
This afternoon while on a group walk I was approached by Global TV reporters. They asked if another walker and I knew about a recent incident that happened in the area recently about a dog eating rat poison in an alley way that is frequented by lots of dogs to get to a main street off of Lombard. I had not heard about the incident but felt it was really important to inform everyone about this as rat poisoning can be deadly to a dog. There are many precautions that dog owners can take and that all of our walkers take as well. Below are a few tips and preventative measures, signs of rat poison ingestion and various treatments. Please keep in mind that the preventive measures are for outdoor scenarios, as a pet owner if you are experiencing rodent problems contact an exterminator for their professional opinion and safety of your pet within your home.
PREVENTION OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
- Always have your dog on a leash if you are in an area you are unfamiliar with or that is not well lit that you are unable to see if your dog gets into something
- Wash or wipe your dog’s paws upon arriving home to ensure that there is no residue of any poisonous substance on their paws that they may lick off
SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF RAT POISON INGESTIONS
- Pale Gums
- Difficulty Breathing
- Blood (urine, feces, nose)
- These are a few of a large number of symptoms and some may not appear for 24-48 hours after the ingestion.
- Contact your vet immediately
- Induce Vomiting (either by giving your dog table salt or hydrogen peroxide)
- Vitamin K
- Activated Charcoal
- Consult the dosages and amounts depending on your dog’s weight
Rat poison often looks very similar to your dog’s dry food (pellet form) and can be disguised in the snow very easily. This particular incident I hope is an oversight by a caretaker and that security in the buildings are able to view their security cameras in order to see who it really is. The report did mention that there were reports of poison being in several areas and not just in the one spot where the dog ingested it.
The news report will air today on Global Television between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. I will follow up with any more information as it becomes available.
Just wanted to annouce that we are now currently offering cat visits in your home for $16/visit. The visit includes litter change, food & water as well as play time for your fur babies.
This past weekend we attended Winter Woofstock 2011. We had a blast! There was a lot more space this year and a special area for the dogs to do their business. There were many great vendors and organizations present and many new unfamiliar ones as well. Chino was super spoiled as he got a lot of treats and goodies at every booth we visited. We also got him a new collar & leash from big-paws.com who specially caters to large breed dogs AMAAAAAZING, it is very difficult to find a collar that fits Chino’s big head AND looks good. Babies & Beasts also specialize in making custom coats for those who are a bit pudgy at the waist line – those of you with bulldogs know what I mean. Biologic Vet was also on site with their amazing supplements, Bosco & Roxy’s with their delicious looking treats as well. Canine Customs was also there with their cool collar. We had a lot of people recognize Chino from previous Woofstock events and from swimming all over Ontario too He saw some old friends and made some new ones including one that looked as though he was looking into the mirror of the future. Check out our pictures below.
This weekend is the event we have all been waiting for WINTER WOOFSTOCK
It takes place Saturday November 19 & Sunday November 20 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Located on the CNE Grounds
If you purchase your tickets online at www.winterwoofstock.com you’ll recieve $2 off the door price
There will be lots to do and see including breakfast with Santa, Costume Competitions & More
Chino At Winter Woofstock 2010
Saturday September 24th & Sunday September 25th 2011
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday
16626 Airport Road, Caledon East, ON L7C 2W9 (The Caledon Inn)
Admission is onlt a $2 Donation going to a great cause.
Hope to see you all there!