Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Charlie Pants Health Update

As I posted earlier, Charlie has been really sick for the past two days.  I have been woken both days to diarrhea and vomit all over my carpet. Poor guy.

Well after running blood tests on his kidneys, liver, pancreas, and thyroid it turns out that Charlie has pancreatitis and a possible hypothyroid. He was given a large dose of antibiotics and some medicine to help stop his severe diarrhea and vomiting.  He was also quite dehydrated and we discussed admitting him to administer fluids, but they gave me some ideas to get him to drink some water and if that doesn't work he will be admitted to the vet tomorrow.

I thought I would pass the vet's lovely tips of how to get a sick pup to drink water when they are dehydrated onto my readers.

If your dog wont drink water try buying low sodium chicken broth and mixing about 2 Tablespoons of the broth with about 1/3 cup of water.  Sick dogs might not want to drink water but they love to drink broth water.

It worked brilliantly. Charlie drank the whole bowl and so far has kept it down for 2 hours.

They also suggested that some dogs love Gatorade. So you could try that as well.  I pray Charlie keeps his food down.

Tips for bland food for when pup is sick:

boiled chicken
egg cooked
pasta (no sauce)
pumpkin mash(good for fiber and to harden stool)
plain yogurt

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Charlie is Soooo Sick

I don't know what is wrong with him, he is vomiting and has severe diarrhea and is acting so lethargic. We have a vet appointment today and I will let you know what is going on.

I can't handle him being sick. It breaks my heart.  Fingers crossed it is nothing. 

What do you do when when your dog is sick with diarrhea and vomit?

Charlie Pants's health update HERE.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Charlie's Clues: Underwater Dog Photography of Seth Casteel

The Amazing Underwater Dog Photography of Seth Casteel

I am sure many of you have seen these fantastic images by Seth Casteel of images of dogs playing in the water.  I just think they are so fun and exciting and that Seth is a brilliant photographer.  I would love one of these of Charlie, although he is such a wuss around water that if I threw him in he would probably just look like a flailing fat seal from below. What do you think of these pictures?

I also really love his series called Pets & Their People . 


Check out more underwater dog photos HERE.
Check out his website Little Friends Photo 
 Like his Facebook page   

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Travel Time: Washington DC

I am so excited to be heading to Washington DC tomorrow.  Charlie Pants and I are heading there to teach Speech Level Singing lessons and will be there till Sunday evening. I have a couple of busy days filled with lots of singing and teaching and I am hoping to find some down time to relax and visit some of Charlie's and my favorite places in the DC metro area.

I am also hoping to get to review the Hotel Monaco-Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, in Alexandria, Virginia.  Check out the Hotel Monaco-Alexandria's Adventures with Fido list. 

Hotel Monaco

 Have you ever stayed there?  Doesn't it look like the dream hotel to travel to and stay with your dog?  I am waiting to hear back about such an adventure and will keep you posted if I get the honor.

In the meantime here are a couple of favorite spots we frequent:

DC Cupcakes, in Georgetown

Shopping in Old Town Alexandria

Clarendon, Trader Joe's, The Mall, The Museums, 

With friend Sarah outside the National Gallery of Art. Look close cause Charlie was cold and is inside my red bag.

Yikes I have a lot to do.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spotted: Trail Dog Treats

 Whose dog doesn't love a tasty treat?

Trail Dog Treats are a wheat free, soy free, dairy free product and made locally in the beautiful state of Colorado by the talented Nancy and her trusted and loyal companion Tatum. Read more of their story HERE.

Charlie, who is the pickiest of treat connoisseurs (you wouldn't know it judging by his every expanding girth), loved these treats and when Charlie approves you must listen.

Trail Dog Treats offers the finest in homemade treats for dogs on the go. They use only top quality local, organic ingredients to promote a healthy lifestyle. Trail Dog Treats are not only delicious, but they provide energy to run, walk, hike and play ball all day long!

Trail Dog Treats Website and online store.

Trail Dog Treats Facebook Page. Give them a LIKE if you believe in having a healthy, active pet.

Charlie's favorite was the Eldora Energy Cookie (Rolled Oats, Rye Flour, All Natural Peanut Butter, Sugar, Water, Canola Oil, Cinnamon, Sodium Bicarbonate)

Nancy and Tatum can be found exploring the trails of Colorado, sponsoring sporting and non-profit events, participating in races, and supporting local animal non-profit organizations.  Trail Dog Treats promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for our furry friends!

What a cool company! Jack and Charlie give it 8 paws and two tongue licks up!

Available for purchase at the following Colorado Locations:

Pet Station
2300 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80222-5905
(303) 757-6800

For Heaven’s Sake Book Store
4900 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 964-9339

Puppercrombie & Bitch
3224 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80211

The Barnyard
104 Main Street
Frisco, CO 80443

4224 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 855-7505

In Season Local Market
3210 Wyandot Street
Denver, CO 80211

In Season Local Market
924 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027

Denver Dumb Friends League
2080 S Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231

Carmine Lonardo's Meat Market & Deli
15380 E Smoky Hill Rd
Aurora, CO 80015

The Green Paw
1299 Washington Ave #110
Golden, CO 80401

Green Buddies
3805 E Colfax Ave
Denver, C) 80206

Chow Down Pet Supply
1260 Bergen Parkway
Evergreen, CO 80439

Busters Natural Pet Supply
27122 Main St, Unit #125
Evergreen, CO 80433

Quality Paws
46 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

The Whole Cat & Dog
1540 S. Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

Monday, February 20, 2012

Charlie's Clues: His Favorite New Dog Treats

Stay tuned tomorrow for info on Trail Dog Treats, Charlie's new favorite dog treat.

 The wheat free, soy free, and dairy free organic and locally made in Colorado dog treat for the active and healthy pup.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Weekend Wag: Portlandia Again

 I know I have mentioned my love for Portlandia before as demonstrated here, but I wanted to share another funny skit called "Who's Dog is This?'  Enjoy and take your pup to the dog park or open space to run around like wild this weekend. 

Happy Weekend

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Our Life According to My Iphone

Top Left to Right: Larimer Square, Downtown Denver (it has my all time favorite coffee shop called The Market), game night (we are sometimes a boring married couple), Charlie went to church and hated it so much that we had to leave early cause he kept barking at me...thanks Charlie, pups in snow too cold to potty, Charlie Pants and I watching Thursday night TV, Jack crazy in the snow, Charlie and I snow shoed to a movie, & Jack taking a nap.

What did your week look like?
xoxo CP & me

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Our Valentine's Day

Usually Paul and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day.  I kind of think it is a bogus holiday full of forced love confessions. This Valentine's Day we decided to get each other gifts (I think mostly we just used Valentine's Day as an opportunity to buy each other something we knew the other person would buy themselves anyway :)

I bought Paul a laptop messenger bag from J Crew. Very sexy casual business man look. And by the way did you know that J Crew offers a 15 % student discount.  Love that.

Paul surprised me with a cello.  I have wanted one for years and have always said that if I could do life over again I would become a concert cellist, so I guess now is my chance.  The cello is old, and worn and beautiful. I have named it Hans because he is from West Germany and dates back to the early 1900s or something like that.  So far I can play a pretty depressed version of Happy Birthday.

Charlie and Jack got some toys and I made out with Charlie for a good 5 minutes so he was very happy.

We also went to Qdoba to utilize their BOGO free dinner meal, all you have to do is kiss someone to get yours free. I let some lady kiss me so she could get two meals for the price of one.  It was very exhilarating.

How was your V-Day?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Gifts for Your Furry Friend

Charlie and I wanted to share our loves for Valentine's Day. Happy Love Day dear readers.  May you get a big wet kiss today from your four legged friend.

From top left to right: Hearts Dog Collars by Sooper Tramp, Valentine's Dog Sweater Pattern by Savannah Cottage on Etsy, Humunga Lips Durable Dog Toy by Muttropolis, Hand Stamped Dog Tag by Foxwise on Etsy, Doggie Treats at Whole Pets, Dog Valentine Tennis Balls by Zanies

PS. Did you see what I made Charlie Pants for Valentine's Day?

P.S.S.  Did you download your free copy of Priscilla Ahn's album called Sweet Hearts? Great gift idea for the music lover in your life. You can email them a free download.

This post sponsored by Sooper Tramp.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Charlie's Clues: How to Make a Dog Sleeping Bag

Today's Charlie's Clues includes a fun DIY project, a dog sleeping bag.  Since Charlie is a service dog and goes with me everywhere I have to bring a blanket for him with me for 2 reasons.

1.  The dog training organization said it is important to bring a blanket to a place of business such as a restaurant so that the dog hair stays contained on your mat and you bring the dog hair with you when you leave the business.

2. Charlie doesn't have an undercoat so he is always freezing.

Charlie loves my puffy coat and like to crawl inside and I had a genius idea, what if Charlie had his own sleeping bag to crawl into when we go places.

I found this children's coat size XL at Old Navy for only $10 (good time to buy as all coats are on clearance right now).  I imagine using a puffy vest would even be more genius.

First I turned the coat inside out and sewed the bottom shut like so

Then I sewed the arms shut about one to two inches off of the seem where the sleeve meets the body of the coat

Cut off the left over sleeve

Flipped it right side out and Voila!

Charlie's new Dog Sleeping Bag.  I decided to keep the hood on so Charlie can lay his sweet little head on it.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Weekend Wag: Superbowl Commercials

I loved the 2012 Superbowl commercials! So many great dog commercials. Here are some of my favorites Please share which Superbowl commercial was your favorite and include a link so we can all enjoy!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Life&Story: Dog Rescued from Ice

A yellow lab is rescued from the water after falling through the ice! A man hears a dogs cry and finds it stuck in the icy waters of the Indian River! Theresa Fire Dept. responds and rescues the dog after several close calls. What a sweet and heart breaking video.  I just want to cuddle with this sweet pup. Get out the kleenex.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Giveaway: Dog Words Subway Art

I decided to have a go at the subway art going around and thought I would make one for all the dog lovers out there.  Today's giveaway includes this free download of my Dog Words Subway Art.

Download HERE

or Download HERE

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Spotted: Allia Zobel Nolan

Boy do I have a great gift idea for the dog and cat lover in your life!

Allia Zobel Nolan is a brilliant author whose writing oozes wit, humor, and love at every turn. If you ever wondered what that sly little pooch of yours is thinking check out Dog Confessions: Shocking Tales Straight from the Doghouse.  Nolan has listened to these naughty doggies' confessions and shares them with pet enthusiasts everywhere.  I just loved the funny and telling photos of these sneaky pups. 

This picture and saying reminds me of Charlie and while Charlie isn't a chihuahua he does resemble this little bugger.  Charlie, who still hates to poo outside in the winter time and time and time again I find little hidden treasures just for me, I am sure thinks "I don't need no stinkin' training. I can break the house myself" on a regular basis.
For those cat lovers who know their kitty is by far superior to its drooling nemisis I know you will enjoy I'd Rather Be a Cat: The Official "Better Than Dogs" Cat Book.

This book tackles the question “Which are better, cats or dogs?” and delivers the purr-fect answer—with coy sentences and adorable photos.  These sweet cat faces will melt your heart and turn even the most skeptical cat lover into a feline frenzy. 
You can find Nolan on Facebook and Twitter. Please visit her website
But if Charlie and I had to choose we would give our paws up that dogs are better than cats.

Which would you choose the adorable, drooling pooch or the purring princess kitty?

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Charlie's Clues: Service Dogs in Las Vegas

As promised from before I thought I would share some tips on traveling to Las Vegas with a service dog.

1. Talk with hotel when you book your room and let them know you are traveling with a service dog so there will be no surprises when you arrive. (When you stay at a hotel with a service dog should not be charged any sort of pet deposit or pet fee and if they try tell them that is against the ADA).

2. Be prepared for a lot of people and crowds.  I chose to only go out with Charlie during the day and early part of the evening because Vegas just gets too crowded at night.  It is possible to go out with your working dog at night just remember to always be between people and your dog, meaning walk next to a wall if possible and have your dog skimming the wall so that people wont step on him or bump into him and so he doesn't solicit attention from people.

3.  I would say for the most part the hotels & casinos seem to be well versed in ADA and service dog laws so I didn't seem to run into too many problems.  Be prepared with an ID for your working dog just in case and make sure he/she is always wearing his/her working vest.

I just wanted to thank Glenn, a manager from the New York, New York hotel, who saw Charlie and me at the casino and through a great conversation and his interest in Charlie's abilities he bought me and my friend Tracy lunch at any restaurant at the hotel.  We chose Gonzalez Y Gonzalez, a mexican restaurant, and the food and service was terrific.  
I highly recommend the fresh guacamole made at your table. Tracy, Charlie, and I had a fabulous time and truly appreciate Glenn's generous hospitality. Next time I go back to Vegas I will most definitely be staying at the New York, New York hotel.
 CP wanted nothing to do with my fancy drink, but here he is on the floor of Gonzalez Y Gonzalez.

I will say that if you are traveling with a service dog to Las Vegas the New York, New York hotel seems to be an ideal place to stay.  The staff was extremely welcoming and friendly to Charlie and me.  4 stars and two paws up rating from Charlie Pants.

Interesting hotel carpets at the Tropicana hotel.  CP lays like this when he is bored. Punk.

Pictures of us in Vegas here, here, and here

PS. have you been on the New York New York roller coaster. Amazing! Don't worry Charlie did not go on it :)