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Friday Snippets

Friday Snippets

Stanley’s bed

When I decided that Stanley was NOT going to sleep with me I looked around for a solution to my problem. I ended up getting a wide baby gate with mesh (so he can see through it) that fit the double doors leading to the bathroom. My master bathroom is long so I put a comfy little round bed at the end so Stanley could see me. (Seeing me is important to Stanley if he can’t get full body contact.)

One day I noticed that he wasn’t using his cute little round bed. Instead, he started pulling it out of the bathroom and dragging it into the living room where it became a toy.

I cannot tell a lie. Stanley has gained weight. He gained a pound on the last groomer’s appointment. He doesn’t get people food but he does get training treats. Bottom line, he probably didn’t fit into his round bed. Instead, he started sleeping on one of the bathroom rugs.

I bought him a Serta dog bed.

I never, in a million years, thought I would have to talk Stanley into using it. It has a thick mattress and bolsters on three sides. It’s comfy and cushy and Stanley is absolutely terrified of it.

I forgot – and I have to keep being reminded – that Stanley does NOT adapt well to change. Any change at all.

So, after the first night, when he slept on the other end of the bathroom, I decided to begin Operation LoveMyBed. I rubbed my hands all over the bed so he would get my smell. I put the nightgown I’d worn one night down on the bottom mattress. I threw training treats on top of the bed. Whenever he went near the bed he got another cookie. For two nights I coaxed him closer and closer. Finally, I picked him up and put him in the bed and told him what a good boy he was. Of course, he jumped right back out, but that was okay. 

I was working on my laptop in bed the other night and I heard his tags jingle. I played it cool, but I looked over at bathroom door. Stanley was getting closer to the bed. I kept working. I didn’t say anything to him, but I would glance over there from time to time. Finally, I saw two little ears appear above the bolsters on the bed.

Success!

He has decided that the plush, comfy, decadent bed is just to his liking. Finally.

Dog food recall

Did you hear that Hill’s Science Diet canned dog food was voluntarily recalled because of too much Vitamin D? I didn’t hear about it on the news, but then I don’t watch the news anymore. Here’s the link: https://www.hillspet.com/productlist

Fascinating dog information

I told y’all that I’d invested in a FitBark for Stanley to let me know his activity level during the day. He’s gained that pound and I want to ensure he loses it and doesn’t gain more. FitBark has a great interactive map that provides lots of information about different breeds even if you don’t have a FitBark. The only proviso is that you have to access this site via a desktop computer: https://www.fitbark.com/insights/nutrition/

 

Have a lovely, safe, warm weekend!

The Worm and the Dog

The Worm and the Dog

This is a lumbar roll that you use when you have back issues. You either sleep with it or you use it to keep your posture good as you’re sitting.

I bought this sucker years ago and recently found it in the bowels of my closet. Yes, my closet has intestines.

Picture this without being tied. It’s about four feet long and it’s very soft and squishy.

Little did I know that it would turn out to the the BEST dog toy. Stanley adores it.

It’s basically foam rubber. Stanley runs through the house with it, shakes it like mad, then straddles it and growls while he kills it repeatedly. I have never laughed so hard at anything than at Stanley with what I’m calling the worm. 

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The worm reminds me of when you buy something really cool for your kids, but they love the box better.

Maybe I should explore my closet’s intestines more often.

I Bought Stanley a FitBark

I Bought Stanley a FitBark

The other day I was watching a program about obese dogs and they mentioned the FitBark. Stanley lost half a pound since his last appointment so he’s now 23.3, but I really don’t want him to gain weight. I thought the FitBark would be great. It fits on his collar, is light and unobtrusive, and doesn’t seem to bother him at all. You download a program for your phone and it syncs just like the FitBit, showing you oodles of information. (The FitBit is a small device that you can wear either on a necklace or a bracelet that tracks your steps, your activity level, and your sleep from day to day. I wear one and it helps me to keep more active each day.)

I’m having the most fun with this thing. Stanley’s activity level is slightly better than dogs of his breed and size. His sleep quality is 88%, but I think that’s because I’m always in the bathroom between 1 – 5 AM.  Yesterday he expended 840 calories and traveled almost 5 miles. He slept 12.10 hours, was active 10.39 hours, and played 1.11 minutes. I don’t know how they measure play because he was a whirling dervish for a lot of that active time.

I’m already trying to figure out ways to get him more active. (I can pair my FitBit with the FitBark so that we’re more active together, too.)

Here’s the Fitbark website if you’d like more information.

Boy, Do I Disagree

Boy, Do I Disagree

Quoted from the New York Post: “Women sleep better next to dogs than their human partners, according to a study published this month by researchers at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.”

Uh, no.

This woman doesn’t.

The study goes on to say that: “The study found that both cats and humans were equally disruptive to women’s sleep and provided them with fewer feelings of comfort and security than dogs.”

Unless you have a 24 pound Scottish Terrier mix who paints himself onto your derriere and moves when you move. Heaven forbid you want to sleep on your back. He’ll climb onto your front.

He also snores.

Nope, I go along with the Mayo Clinic/Arizona report (quoted in the same article) that found that people who slept with a dog in the bedroom got more rest than people who didn’t, but that having a dog in the bed with you could disrupt your sleep.

Stanley sleeps in the bathroom. I sleep in the bed. We both get along better that way. 🙂

How about you? Do you sleep with a dog?

I Can’t Believe I Did This

I Can’t Believe I Did This

Let me see if I can explain this in a way that makes sense.

This is my desk. It’s a partners’ desk, but I use all the available surface and only sit on one side.

I sit with the bookcases to my right. About 12″ to my right are two file drawers. I use a recliner when I work, so I can put my feet up, rock back and forth or just change position easily. It’s an oversized La-Z-Boy recliner, so it’s big – and wide. 

Stanley whines when he wants to come up and join me. Stanley is the MOST verbal dog I’ve ever known. I defy you to be dictating when he whines. Sometimes I let him up and he jumps up on one arm and walks over me to get to the right arm. There he sits in a curled up ball, making it almost impossible to type.

Most of the time I tell him, “No, Stanley, I have to work.” He then sits on my feet and pouts.

The other day I had a brilliant idea to find something to bridge that gap of about a foot between the arm of the recliner and the file cabinet. If I could find something with the right measurements, I could put Stanley’s blanket there and he could sit there while I worked. He would be right next to me, but I would still be able to type. 

Voila! The above table that I bought. It is 11.5″ deep and 24″ wide. It’s also short enough that I can push it under the desk when it’s not in use.

I don’t know if y’all have adapted your lives to your pets, but there is no end to the adaptation in the Ranney household. When the table comes I’m going to put it together and hopefully my brilliant idea will work. I’ll post pictures one way or the other.

How about you? Have you changed your life for your pet?