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Pig Ears For Dogs

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Just like humans, pets deserve a special treat every so often, and times like these call for dog owners to go out of their way to do something their dogs will love. Surprises of this nature go a long way in showing your canine companion that you appreciate them for all the unconditional love they give you.

Dog owners have all sorts of questions. Among the most commonly asked, is whether dogs should be given pig’s ears for a treat. To help make an informed decision, we provide the following advantages/disadvantages list:

The Good…

1. It is almost impossible for a dog to turn down a pig’s ears dog treat. They find the chews simply delicious and will even love and obey you more. Perhaps this is the most appealing advantage of this type of dog’s chews. At the very least, you know that your gift will be received with a lot of joy and love.

2. Giving your dog pig’s ears allows you to kill two birds using one stone. Apart from it being a gesture of appreciation, you get to capitalize on the benefit the chews have on your dog’s teeth. The chews keep your companion’s teeth clean and the gums healthy, and this translates to fresh breath. Furthermore, the chews are also odorless.

3. Since these type of chews have a thick hide and density, they permit easy chewing particularly for small dogs, delicate chewers, as well as senior dogs.

4. Compared to other dog chews, pig’s ears are relatively inexpensive and readily available. They are sold both online and in local pet stores.

The Bad…

1. This type of dog chews is associated with a dangerous level of fat – especially for dogs that are prone to obesity. As such, if you decide to administer it to your dog, moderate the intake.

2. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, stay clear of pig’s ears chews as they may cause vomiting or diarrhea.

3. Sometimes, pig’s ears are infected with salmonella bacteria; an infection that can lead to gastrointestinal infection. Some of the symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, lethargy, and vomiting. For this reason, the chews should only be purchased from a reputable company. Ensure that your source usually conducts heat treatment on their products for about half a day. Heat treatment is an effective way of eliminating possible bacteria.

Note: salmonella is transmittable from pigs or dogs to humans – the more reasons you should handle dog’s feces carefully. Also, remember to wash your hands thoroughly after interacting with the chews.

When administered as a treat, pig’s ears are a good way of rewarding your dog for their company, love, and obedience. As long as you observe safety rules, they are the best for small dogs, senior dogs, and delicate chewers. To prevent or curb incidences of digestive obstructions, choking and the consequences of the highly sensitive stomach, supervise your dog while it chews.

Service and Therapy Dogs

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Dogs have been assisting humans since the beginning of recorded history. Service and therapy dogs aid us with work, provide us with companionship and help raise our spirits. But it wasn’t until the 20th century that dogs were officially recognized for their therapeutic abilities.

Service dogs are usually identified by most people as guide dogs for the seeing impaired. There are other types of service dogs ranging from ones that sniff out drugs and bombs, to those who search for and rescue people trapped in avalanches or buried under the debris of an earthquake.

Therapy dogs are a significant part of treatment for many people who are physically, socially, emotionally or cognitively challenged. Hospital and nursing home patients, especially children and the elderly, benefit from these animals. Canines and humans have always shared a common bond and therapy dogs make a major contribution to the lives of the people they serve.

Animal assisted therapy teams visit hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living centers to help lift patient’s spirits and assist in their recovery. Therapy dogs visit the sick and elderly, sometimes just sitting by a patient’s side and being petted. Patients can also take therapy dogs for walks, play with them, or groom them. Some therapy dogs are trained to sit quietly while children read to them. Many therapy dogs have their own disabilities or limitations and help to serve as inspiration to humans with disabilities.

Dogs of any breed, size or age can become therapy dogs, but not all dogs are suited for the job. For example, my own dog, a purebred Golden Retriever was bred and raised by Guide Dogs For The Blind, but at some point during his training, he obviously decided he wasn’t cut out for the job and he failed to graduate (I believe he did so deliberately).

Therapy dog candidates must possess certain traits to qualify for their career. Temperament is the most important factor as a therapy dog candidate must be friendly and non-aggressive. It has to get along extraordinarily well with children, adults, and other animals. The dog also has to be confident, patient, calm, gentle and receptive to training.

Appointments with facilities that encourage the visits of therapy dogs can be arranged by calling the institution you would like to take your dog to and ask to speak to the person or department that handles such visits. Visiting hospitals and nursing homes with your assisted therapy dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Finding the Right Companion Dog

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Finding the right companion dog never occurred to me while living in a small town in Northern California where I had rented an old cabin on a five acre parcel of rural land. I had moved to this remote location following a bitter divorce battle that left me with barely anything I had previously owned. My closest neighbor, whom I still had not met, lived about two miles away.

Being a writer, I was used to long periods of solitude while working. This isolated location offered not only the tranquil setting I required in order to concentrate on my writing chores, but also provided a much-needed seclusion that occasionally became depressing. I wasn’t ready to re-enter the dating scene after 15 years of marriage, so I had moved to the boondocks to spend my time writing the great American novel. Unfortunately, that well-intentioned project had been put on hold when my divorce necessitated working at hack jobs just to pay alimony.

One day while hunched over my laptop writing a short article titled “Finding the Right Companion Dog” for one of the major dog magazines, I was struggling to come up with some perceptive and profound words to write about sharing your life with a loving pet. I happened to glance out the window and noticed a spotted, tired-looking old dog standing in my front yard.

He had wandered in from God knows where, and looked around my yard like he couldn’t figure out where he was. I took a bowl of fresh, cool water out and laid it in front of him. He drank thirstily and then looked up at me with wise, soulful eyes that had obviously seen a lot more of the world’s woes than I had.

He was wearing an old frayed collar but there were no dog tags or other identification attached to it. He wasn’t emaciated, and in fact looked very well-fed. I figured he must belong to someone, perhaps my only neighbor.

I turned to go back inside my cabin with the intention of going back to work and pounding out the rest of my article on “Finding the Right Companion Dog” which was already overdue. The dog followed me into the cabin, looked around my living room, and then trotted over to my sofa where he hopped up and promptly fell asleep.

A few hours later I saw him wake up, get down off the sofa and head for the door. I went over and let him out, silently thanking him for a few hours of his companionship.

The next afternoon I heard him scratching at the screen door so I opened it and let him in. He jumped up on the sofa, laid down, and slept for a good two hours. This routine continued for nearly two weeks and I began to enjoy his daily presence. I never felt as if he were an intruder, and began to accept him as a welcome companion.

One day my curiosity got the better of me. I needed to know who this dog was and where he lived. I hastily scribbled a note and taped it to his collar. The note read, “Every afternoon your dog comes to my cabin and announces his arrival by scratching at my door. I let him in and he hops up on my sofa and takes a long nap. I don’t mind his coming over; it helps with my writing and I really enjoy his companionship. I find that I almost count on him being here every day to spend time with me. I just wanted to be sure you knew where your dog was spending his afternoons and to assure myself that it’s okay with you.”

The next afternoon the old dog arrived like clockwork and I noticed he had a different note pinned to his collar. I removed the note and read, ” I suspect he’s just trying to catch up on his sleep. This old dog lives in a home with eight small children and four young puppies.”

“Is it possible that I could accompany him tomorrow? I need some sleep too.”


Monday, May 16th, 2011

A DOG’S DAILY DIARY:My Favorite Things

When it comes to the simple pleasures of enjoying whatever life hands us, I thought you might enjoy reading this wonderful excerpt written by Warren Eckstein. It sure sums up a typical day for my dog!

7:00 am – Breakfast! My favorite thing!
8:00 am –A walk around the neighborhood! My favorite thing!
9:00 am – Went for a ride in the car! My favorite thing!
10:00 am – Got my belly rubbed! My favorite thing!
11:00 am – Played ‘catch the Frisbee’ with my master! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Ate two Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Ran circles around the backyard! My favorite thing!
2:00 pm – Played hide my master’s shoe! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail and got petted again! My favorite thing!
4:00 pm – Curled up with my master while he read a book! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Dinnertime! My favorite thing!
6:00 pm – Went for a long walk in the park! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Watched the news on TV with my master! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Ate two more Milk Bones ! My favorite thing!
9:00 pm – Curled up in front of the fireplace! My favorite thing!
10:00 pm – Went for another short stroll in the neighborhood (to do my duty)! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Went to sleep on my master’s bed! My favorite thing!

Question: Are you having as much fun as your dog?

A special thanks of appreciation to Warren for writing this entertaining and enlightening little story. You can visit Warren at http://www.warreneckstein.com

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