Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Fostering Love

Willy, Sugar (our house guest) and I were enjoying a lazy day and a warm sun puddle.  We will miss her when she goes.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Foster Dog and Her Sporn Harness

The Adorable Sugar 
Sugar, a wonderful dog I am fostering, is visiting us and getting settled in nicely. Her thoughtful owner sent her with a Sporn Harness. The harness has been amazingly easy to use and works so well that I'm considering getting one for my dog, Willy. If you are shopping for a harness for your dog, I highly recommend the Sporn by Yuppie Puppy.

Sporn Non Pull Mesh Harness Review

I've walked dogs with harnesses on occasion before. For example, my daughter-in-law used a harness for her small dog.  I don't know why, but I had a mental block with that particular harness and had trouble getting it on and off the dog. It was very frustrating to me and furthered my belief that dog harnesses are unnecessary.  But I don't have that problem with the Sporn harness at all. For some reason - perhaps the fleece covered straps - it is extremely easy to put on and take off the dog. The harness slips right on and the cord pulls tight to secure it.
Sporn Harness by Yuppie Puppy

It seems very well made and very comfortable for the dog. Two or three times Sugar suddenly decided she didn't like being attached to me and she fought against the harness very briefly. It stayed put and I was immediately relieved that she was not going to slip out and run away.

Why Use a Dog Harness?

I have never been a fan of the dog harness.  But now I see the benefit of using a harness. Especially with dogs like Willy (Treeing Feist) and Sugar (Rat Terrier).  With Feists, my concern has always been that their heads are very small. That makes backing out of a collar or slipping out and running away very easy.  I have used "choker chains" in the past, but they definitely aren't my preference.  

I currently use a PetSafe webbed collar that pulls tight on Willy without being a choker. It works very well for him most of the time. It tightens when he pulls so there's no chance of him slipping out of if if he were to fight against the collar. And when he's not pulling, it hangs loosely.  It has been an extremely good collar for him.
PetSafe Premiere Quick Snap Collar
The only time I have had seconds thoughts about using a collar with him is when we are in the woods when squirrels are running around.  He's a squirrel dog. He wants to chase squirrels. I'd love to let him every time. But I cannot let him off-leash at the local wooded areas.  Now that I've had experience with the Sporn Non Pull Harness, I think I'll get one for him for our walks in the woods to protect his poor neck.

I'll leave it to the experts to demonstrate the Sporn Harness. If you have a dog that pulls, or want an easy and reliable harness, check out what Yuppie Puppy has to offer. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sugar - Our Temporary Treasure

Car Magnet
Have you ever considered fostering a dog? 
I have. And this weekend Sugar has joined our family. She is my first foster. Her family has relocated and is in the process of settling in. So she has come to visit Willy, Mittens the spirited kitten, and I while her family gets settled.  We are thrilled to have her here.

Rat Terriers

I truly believe that not every person should be an owner of a Rat Terrier but that every owner of a Rat Terrier knows how amazing these dogs truly are.  Ratties are typically extremely smart, energetic, and an indescribable balance of independent and exceedingly loyal. 

True Statement 

Sugar is a rat terrier. I am super thrilled to have a rattie back in my home. And she is a wonderful dog. She's an adult and a bit shy. But frankly, who wouldn't be shy around my young and energetic Willy and my kitten who seriously think she rules the place?  Those two are enough to wear anyone out - human or animal.

Sugar - my foster dog

Someday, when the day is right, I will bring my own Rat Terrier puppy home. But until then, I am going to enjoy Sugar's sweet kisses and hugs while she's here.