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THE LANTHER’S TOP 5 FAVE FINDS OF ALL TIME

Greetings Lanther-iffic Friends!!!

The Human and I realized that I have a few tried and true pet products. Some of these items were clearly integral in helping to acclimate me to my new home when I was first adopted. Some came along later. But all continue to be staples in the home. These products are as loved by me as an old, beat-up teddy bear. What Human? Oh, right… she just said that ALL of my teddy bears are beat-up… and ultimately destuffed. True! BOL!!! Anyway, I present to you below, THE LANTHER’S TOP 5 FAVE FINDS OF ALL TIME.

(Please note that this list is based on my environment, habits, personality, abilities and likes, and may not be appropriate for all dogs. You will need to use your judgement about whether or not products are appropriate per situation and per pet, and additionally what sizes and types are best suited).

Onto the TOP 5!!!

1. KONG Extreme (in sizes Large and XL)

The KONG Extreme is a tougher version of the standard KONG (comes in the color black) for dogs like me who are formidable chewers with big strong jaws***. KONGs are fun as both a toy and a treat dispenser. Being a highly food-motivated dog, my favorite part is the treat dispenser feature. Humans fill the center hollow cavity with something dog-safe and yummy. Fillers can really be quite variable, and at the discretion of your Human. My Human likes to slather the inside with peanut butter, pack it solid with cooked chicken or lamb meat or jam in a bunch of on-hand dog treats. Sometimes she even freezes the whole KONG with its contents to make it tougher to extract. Not only is it a great treat for dogs, but it keeps canine minds engaged and stimulated while they systematically work to get the “yummy” out. My specific success story with the KONG is that The Human was able to use it to help alleviate my initial separation anxiety. She would fill up my KONG every time she would be gone for an extended period of time. Presenting me with something engaging and tasty equaled a reward and a positive thing when she left. I came to associate good things with her extended departures (plus I understood that getting a filled KONG and her walking out the door, meant I should not expect her back for a while).

***As with all toys and treat dispensers… be aware of your dog’s chewing habits and supervise them. If they do start to chew off bits and pieces, don’t let them keep the KONG. There are other versions available in red and blue, each with specific durability and intended use (see KONG’s product details).

2. Nylabone (multiple shapes and textures in size XL for Dogs over 50 Lbs)

Ah, the Nyalabone! There are many shapes, sizes and durability levels from which to select. And I am a fan of multiple forms. The Human sticks with the items from Nylabone’s “Powerful Chewers” category. My favorites are the standard, no frill products (no fancy spinner or attachments), which include:

DuraChew Bone – Original (textured design)

DuraChew – Monster Bone

Long Lasting Durable Chew – Original

 

3. Harness Lead

Yes, I am a spokesdog for Harness Lead, but I truly love and believe in this product. Harness Lead has been a wonderful tool for me during my exercise activities of hiking, traveling and swimming. The escape-proof (can’t wriggle free) feature is one of The Human’s favorite aspects. Secondly, I like to swim… in salty ocean water at the beach. So The Human loves that Harness Lead has no spring-loaded metal clips (as on leashes) that can rust or jam up with sand, and become inoperable or broken. It is comfortable around the girth of my body, rather than a collar pulling on my neck (LOVE!!!). It is machine washable and comes in various colors: black, blue, plum, red and pink. And it comes in two lengths, one for small and one for large breeds. I especially like that this product was an idea developed by the owner, an animal shelter volunteer, who was seeking a better solution for walking shelter dogs. The owner has also donated a large number of Harness Leads to animal shelters around the country, free of charge, so that they may benefit the animals residing in their care.  It’s a great product with a strong foundation in animal welfare.

www.HarnessLead.com

Baloo HL RockStream Animal Wellness

4. Tuffie Toys Ultimate Odd Ball  (Tuff Scale 8)

No toy is indestructible. Tuffie Toys makes an entire line of multiply stitched, layered plush toys. For the extreme dogs like myself who like to tear and shake toys to rip out squeakers and stuffing, these last much, much longer. Tuffie Toys are rated on numbered scales for durability and “toughness” against the determination and strength of us dogs (1 being lowest, 10 being highest). There are certain shapes of toys with high ratings that I have managed to kill off more quickly than The Human would like… BUT… the ODD BALL seems to be a formidable opponent. I have had it for several months now and have not yet ripped open a seam. Maybe it’s the shape. I haven’t quite gotten a fang into it to tear it open yet. Mine is red with paw prints, but if you click the link to the site you will see there are other color and pattern print options for your selection. I like to beat the snot out of my Odd Ball regularly. Even if I destroy it at some point, The Human said this will be a repurchase based on its durability and entertainment value.

5. SPOT Dura-Fused Leather Dog Toys (available in various animal shapes)

One day at our local pet store (a Mom and Pop type), The Human brought me inside to check out “the goods.” I’m a bit of a kleptomaniac in pet stores. I like to grab all the toys, especially if they are super fuzzy or squeaky. I especially like to help myself to the open bins of dried sausage treats (but that’s another story). On this particular day we happened upon this dog toy “in buffalo.” As noted in some other brand lines, flatter-shaped toys usually stand a better chance of lasting. Not only was this one mostly flat, but durably stitched and overall looked pretty rugged. We went home with it by my insistence, and now a month later it still lives with no seam tears or punctures. It was also very reasonably priced according to The Human. We happened to grab the buffalo, but other interesting animal shapes are also available. Online we found a squirrel, raccoon, fox, bear and rabbit. SPOT is part of Ethical Products Inc. You can look for them in your local pet stores or by doing a simple online search for this phrase: “SPOT Dura-Fused Leather Buffalo Dog Toy” which brings up multiple vendors of the buffalo and other animals. *OR… here’s a quick link to the Google search for simplicity: SEARCH FOR SPOT

Conclusion

Not all toys and products are for everyone or every dog, but this is a list of some of my super favorite things that work well for me all-around. I hope you found my Fave Finds useful. If you try anything out from the list, let me know how it goes!

***You will notice I did NOT get into favorite treats… I will save treats for another kind of FAVES LIST!!!

#SFF #WOOFRAH!!!

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General Baloo aka The Lanther

Commanding General, Special Food Forces (SFF)

Seals Are Just Dog Mermaids: Therefore Dogs Should Be Allowed on Summer Beaches!

***above photo is courtesy of MICHAEL BAGLEY PHOTOGRAPHY… the most PAWSOME pet photography studio in ALL THE LAND!!!

It is nearly summertime at the Jersey Shore. That’s not the best thing if you’re a dog, because the townships impose a “no dog” rule for the beaches during active summer tourist season.  The beach is my favorite place IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!!! I am the KING OF MY JETTIES (I have two, one south and one north – and yes, they are MINE!… I mark them regularly!)

It’s not fair that summer brings with it beach evictions for canines. I pick up my dookie, so that’s not the problem (ok, The Human picks it up, but same-same). I want to enjoy the beach when the temperatures are truly ideal for an ocean swim! Do you know how cold the Atlantic is pre-Summer? Brrr!!! I mean, I’ve got fur but eeek!

I recently posted the following graphic about seals on The Lanther’s Facebook and The Lanther’s Twitter pages, and now I post it here to further my argument in favor of a movement I call, “Paws on the Sand.”

Seals Dog Mermaids

Seals ARE just dog mermaids. So let’s follow the logic.

If seals are just dog mermaids, then dogs are land seals. Seals are allowed on the beach anytime they want. In fact, they are given the right of way by marine life officials – humans must yield and stay away.  So therefore, if seals are allowed on the beach all year-long, and seals are just dog mermaids… dogs should be allowed on the beach all year-long, right? I mean, ARE YA PICKING UP WHAT I’M PUTTING DOWN? (Yes, my Human, I know you pick up what I put down, I mentioned that earlier if you paid attention).

Write a letter to your government leaders supporting “Paws on the Sand” today! And try not to drool on or eat the letter prior to mailing!

THIS MESSAGE IS APPROVED BY THE LANTHER AND HIS BAND OF MERRY DOG RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

(most of which are 4-legged, panting and furry).

WOOF!!!

The Lanther’s Winter Ballet

It troubles me to see how long of a hiatus I have taken from blogging! It is, OF COURSE, The Human’s fault. If I listed the ways that she has been lazy around here, I’d have writer’s paw and the outline to a future novel! But I digress… onto more important things than the lethargy of The Human.

It has been quite a Fall/Winter this year. I have immensely enjoyed my time at the shore, being able to run amok on barren beaches, few people in sight. The Human was a trooper in the face of the bitter cold and cutting winds of Mistress Winter. She had me out and running several times a day, nearly every day. She often braved the chilly temperatures dressed embarrassingly like a mismatched bag lady, but what really matters is that she got out there with me. One of her favorite style choices came to be a bright red ski suit, meant for snow, but used on the sandy beach (sigh), FASHION POLICE!!! Embarrassment aside… for her extreme dedication to my exercise needs, I love her… (for her continued exposure of my young mind to senseless, over-dramatic reality TV,  I DO NOT – but that’s another story).

In honor of a winter that was so amazing, I present to you, my audience…

THE LANTHER’S WINTER BALLET:

A brilliant display of vivid images capturing the skilled choreography of my red ski-suited Human and I.

We were honored to have the great and talented Michael Bagley of Michael Bagley Photography document our performance photographically (Thanks, you’re awesome Dude!). Goodbye sweet peaceful winter that we enjoyed so much!

Moon Beach Landing 2

The Lanther and The Human

 

Summer Wind

The summer wind, came blowin’ in – from across the sea
It lingered there, so warm and fair – to walk with me
All summer long, we sang a song – and strolled on golden sand
Two sweethearts, and the summer wind
Frank Sinatra, The Summer Wind
……………………………..

Summer is ending it seems. Only a bit after Labor Day and already I can smell the breath of Fall. My Human says she can smell only my breath, which is why she broke out the doggy toothbrush and doggy toothpaste this morning, and got all up in my grill. I hardly think my breath was as bad as she dramatically proclaimed. And Girl, please! Like your breath is a clump of sweet green grass! I digress…

Summer is coming to a close, but with that, beach access will be reopened to dogs. All summer, humans get to wallow and loaf on the beaches like happy pods of seals. We dogs are banned during prime swimming season. Hello? Selfish much? I am a beach dog… and I am grumpy without my beach!

We dogs at least have the bay beaches during the interim… which is where I spent my afternoon today!

Point Bark

Me with my human beach bunny at Point Bark. It’s totally gnarly ;)

I caught my first tube today…

CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO!!!

Literacy on our Beaches

I may seem like just your standard beach bum surfer dog, but “Hey oh, listen what I say, oh!” I graduated top of my pack! 

See what I did there in the sand?  Boom!  The Lanther’s got mad skills!!!

Now back to my beach! 

 

 


Me and My Shadow

She follows me around everywhere. All the dogs on the beach are like, “does your human have to always be on your tail?” So I’m like, “Human, can you unleash me by the water and let me walk the rest of the way on my own like a big dog, so my dog friends don’t see you? It is totally embarrassing. OMG! I’m a teenager! Not a baby ;)”

Just kidding Human – you can be my shadow anytime! Woof!

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Lanther’s Return to the Giant Driftwood

I had so much fun the last time, that I had to venture out to the beach for another round with the Legendary Giant Driftwood.  It was hidden in a special secret place by my human assistants, so it would be ready for my return.  And it was!!!

The poor tree limb didn’t last beyond this outing though, as it started to break apart (partly at the mercy of my mouth), plus I wouldn’t leave it where the humans hid it at the end of play. But boy was it fun while it lasted!

You can see my ocean swimming skills beginning to really improve in this video.  Do you know I was actually timid of water when I first came face to face with it?  I didn’t even feel comfy swimming in relatively still water, now look at me go! The Lanther at one with the rolling sea!!! Awooo!!!

Enter Sandman

…chase tennis ball… mmmphh… milkbone… {snore} … Zzzz

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Bed and Biscuit

My human dipped out on me this week. She hooked a dog up though, booked me a a room at a special doggy bed and biscuit. It is resorty… big playgrounds, a salt water pool and a spacious suite with a large plush bed, and no cages, just regular walls and picture windows to see out. She didn’t come through on the ocean view though (making note of that in her performance evaluation).

I get a lot of walks. I also meet and play with dogs several times a day in groups. There’s a Golden who is kind of a bitch, a Yorkie who keeps licking his privates and a Rottie who has dragon breath. But mostly cool dogs.

I got two new toys to keep with me on down time. New toys rock! I got a plush lizard which I taught a serious lesson… gangsta style… a new mini jolly ball that has a handle… AND… wait for it… the new iBone! It has Siri, so I can ask it to tell me where to find the closest peanut butter kong or how to say, “Can I lick your face?” in Pekingese, Weimeranian, Malamute and like 100 other languages!

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