Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Day to Buy - HUGE Sale on Christmas Dog Clothes and Supplies

Everyone - PLEASE SHARE - This Is HUGE!
40% Off already On Sale Christmas Merchandise. (you will save up to 75% off retail prices)
We are having a BLOW OUT of all our Christmas items and today is the last day to purchase to receive your order in time for the holiday!
Go To: http://www.whirlydogsupplies.com and use coupon code: xmas14now
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Monday, December 15, 2014

NEW Adorable Penguin Dog Hoodie

Cute Penguin Dog Hoodies made with super soft and cuddly fleece that is green with little winter penguins. There's still time to get this for Christmas!!! US customers order by Dec 18th - BUY TODAY - we ship within 24hrs. http://www.whirlydogsupplies.com/penguins-green-fleece-dog-hoodie/ - SUPER Cute!!! A must-have for the holidays! 

Here's the pictures... So So Adorable!!!


adorable cute dog hoodie with penguin print on green fleece
  adorable cute dog hoodie with penguin print on green fleece

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Home and New Dog


Whirly Dog Supplies has moved to their new location, in beautiful Cascade Locks, Oregon. The move has brought new ideas for creating fun and fashionable dog clothing. And most exciting of all, it has brought the addition of a new family member named, Toby, a little Yorkshire Terrier, who we adopted from Multnomah County Animal Shelter, located in Troutdale, Oregon.

I want to take a minute and thank our followers for being so patient during the move. We left the big city of Portland, Oregon in June and have now finally (almost) settled in our new home. We are so excited to be here. Although it is a 30 minute drive from the big city, we are now in a beautiful location, the Columbia River Gorge. A couple of blocks away from us, you will find the beautiful Columbia River winding its way through the impressive Cascade Mountains. On the other side you will find the beautiful view of the Cascade Range, as seen in the picture to the left.

The inspirations of this new location are endless. The Columbia River Gorge offers so many attractions and natural beauty, my mind is spinning with all sorts of ideas for designing new dog clothes and pet apparel, here are just a few things about our new location:

  • The Columbia River Gorge, from west to east, transitions between temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in only 80 miles.

  • Incredible waterfalls - Multnomah Falls, Horsetail, Ponytail, Bridal Veil, and dozens more line the way along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

  • A short 40 mile stretch boasts a world of wine, starting with pinot noir and chardonnay in the cool hills at the west end of the gorge and tempranillo and syrah thrive in the drier, sunnier east end.

  • You will find hand-scooped ice cream, hand-crafted beer, windsurfing, kiteboarding and parasailing in the small town of Hood River, Oregon. Tons of fun for all ages.

  • There are over 800 species of flowers in the Columbia River Gorge, many native to Oregon and not found anywhere else in the world. Natural beauty explodes everywhere you go.

  • Over 290 species of birds and many other types of wildlife are found here as well.

  • US Congress has recognized the Gorge for it's uniqueness and designated it a National Scenic Area, the largest in America.

All the splendors of nature here are awe inspiring... I am dreaming up new clothing designs related to the landscape, wildlife, and the incredible scenery that surrounds our new location.

New Family Member - Toby, a little Yorkshire Terrier
Lastly, and most important, is the new addition to our family, Toby! He is a little 8 pound bundle of energy! My partner has always loved Yorkies. I happened to stop in the animal shelter to see if they had any dogs in need of a home, there he was, sitting quietly a sweet little Yorkshire Terrier in need of a loving home. Now that we have moved to the country, we have more space to bring another pet into our lives. Whirly, our senior maltese, is slowing down and often times lonely, I thought another dog would be a great companion for not only my partner and I but also for Whirly.

The animal shelter found Toby wandering in a field, malnourished, matted, with urine soaked fur. He was lost and alone. When I saw him, my heart went out to him and I knew I wanted to give him a new chance to have a wonderful life! I adopted him, brought him home, cleaned him up, and gave him tons of love. This all happened just over a month ago and now he is now happy, playful, and full of love. We are so pleased to have him in our lives. Keep following Whirly Dog Supplies' blog as we will be posting lots of pictures and stories of Toby and Whirly's adventures!

We are so happy with our move to Cascade Locks, we have a beautiful new home, a great location for our business, and lots and lots of love from a wonderful little dog named, Toby. We are truly blessed!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Moving With Your Dog



new house front viewWe have exciting news here in our home for us and for Whirly Dog Supplies. We have found a beautiful home just outside of the big city of Portland Oregon. It is secluded in the beautiful Columbia Gorge and has 1200 square feet on the main floor and another level (also, 1200 square feet) that will make for a great studio, to bring our customers new and exciting products. We made an offer on the house and it was accepted and now we are going through the whole home buying process. We are getting close to beginning the transition to our new home, of course nothing is guaranteed, and we are hoping all goes well. One of our main concerns in moving is the transition for Whirly, our little rescue dog. We want to make this a smooth and easy transition for him, with the least amount of stress because he his life has been full of pain and uncertainty.

Whirly has been through a rough life. He was used as a breeding dog at a puppy mill for the first 9 years of his life, then he became neglected and malnourished and with the abuse, the Oregon Humane Society had to come and take him along with dozens of other dogs from the owner/operator of the puppy mill. When he was rescued by the Humane Society, he was adopted but only kept for a few months by the family and brought back to the shelter. The moment I saw him in the animal shelter, I fell in love with him, and he has been with us the past three years. He is finally settled and is comfortable (for the most part) in his home. Living in the city, there are many distractions, noises, and things that stress Whirly - The new home is in a rural area that will allow him to relax and enjoy life without the "hustle and bustle" of the big city. We are taking measures to insure a smooth transition to his new environment. Below I have listed the three main moving events and explained, what I feel, is the best way to transition your dog to a new home. I am not an expert on animal behavior nor do I claim to be, but I am giving you advice from what I have learned with other pets and what worked for me, in the past. I hope it helps.

Packing and Preparing to Move
If possible, try to prepare and pack over a long period of time (at least a few weeks to a month). Many dogs are easily stressed or upset when new things come into their home or environment, such as lots of big boxes. It is an easier transition for the pet to slowly bring boxes in a few at a time. If you have the luxury of time on your side, only pack a few boxes per day. Be as organized as possible, have boxes labeled and sitting in a location that is out of the way and not drastically changing the landscape of the rooms in your home. Finally, don't change your dog's routines... keep the same walking, cuddle, and feeding times. It's so important to stay focused and not make drastic moves all at once. Not only is it easier on the dog, but it's less stressful for you as well!

Moving Day
The most important thing to remember, is you are going to be BUSY trying to organize, keep track of people and things. This is one of the biggest days of you, your family, and your pet's lives! Make it as easy as possible. The best thing I have found is to have a family member or trusted friend pet-sit your dog on the day of the move, which may be difficult if you are using everyone to help you. If you can't leave your pet with someone on this big day, I would suggest keeping them in a familiar room while people are moving boxes and furniture in and out. For your and your pet's safety, it's best not to have them "under foot". My dogs have always had their own bed in with me in my bedroom, so when I am moving, I leave them in the bedroom with their bed, a couple toys, and their favorite snuggle blanket or object of affection. Keep your pet comfortable, and out of harms way.

Settling into Your New Home
Getting used to your new home is always an adjustment for your pet, and YOU as well! The most important thing to remember is to Go Slow... transition your dog into the new home. Before you bring your pet to your new home, check out the interior, exterior, and the property/land the house sits on. Make sure there are no hazards for you or your pets - look for things that could harm or stress you or your dog, such as poisons, chemicals, or objects that could cause injury. Once the home is safe, introduce your pet to a small area of the home and then slowly allow them access to the rest of the house. For example, close all the doors to spare rooms, basements, bedrooms, laundry rooms, etc. and over the next couple of weeks, let your dog have access to each area of the house. Many of you out there might have cats... I have found letting them have access to only ONE room at a time is best, starting with where their litter box and food are located, then slowly allowing them access to the rest of the home. The same holds true with dog owners, however with dogs you may have to be letting outside to go to the bathroom. When you let them outside, keep them leashed, not only will it allow them to explore the new yard or grounds at a controlled and slower pace, it also allows you to do the same - many things can cause disruptions to the move in the outside environment such as; holes under fences, possible chemical or hazards in the new yard, and possibly even other wildlife like raccoons, birds, wild/untamed animals, as well as other neighboring cats and dogs that are not leashed or contained. It's so important to supervise your pet in the beginning, it just makes everyone's life easier and less stressful.

Enjoy life... and I hope these tips and ideas help you and your dog or any pet have a smooth transition to your new home.

We'd love to hear your experiences, please comment below and share your stories.




Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Now's the Time to Buy Dog Apparel



There's never been a better time to buy some of the most fun and cute dog apparel for your pet. Whirly Dog Supplies has a large selection of dog pajamas and dog sweaters, coats, and jackets perfect for cool spring and summer evenings or chilly mornings.


To keep you up to date here are our current sales:


Outerwear for your dog, including: Dog coats, sweaters, wraps, jackets and more.
Many items are up to 40% off.


Dog Pajamas are up to 50% off.


Don't miss these incredibly low prices for the best quality dog clothes on the market today!







Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Another Pitbull Attack - Debate



I was reading a story about another Pitbull attack and the debate it caused over who was at fault, the 4 year old child or the dog.

It's a story about a Pitbull who was chained up and neglected, named Mickey, in South Phoenix AZ that mauled a child who took the dog's bone away from him.

Here is my thoughts, right or wrong (and I am sticking to my opinion for every dog attack on children):

Parents / Babysitter of the child and the parents of the dog are All at fault. 

I think the majority of the fault lies with the child's parents and or the babysitter at the time - what the "H" "E" double tooth picks, are you doing not paying attention to the child? The little guy is only 4 years old! WAKE UP - there are 4.5 MILLION reports of dog bites per year in the United States. I get so sick of hearing all these people wining and complaining about "oh my poor baby boy/girl..." - no, you dumb a$$, if you love your kid, or you are a responsible adult (speaking to the babysitter at the time), you don't take your eye off of kid for a single second, EVER, until they are 18 years old. The 4 year old child needs to be taken away from you and You should be neutered! You are idiots and shouldn't be caring for a child if you can't take care of them. (human's are the only animals in the world that care more about themselves then they do their own babies, a dog would never let it's puppy stray away and get in harm's way!)
Dog's Parents - I hope the judge puts a chain around your neck and sticks you outside in the hot sun, cold rain, freezing snow, and then teases you with all the wonders of the world going by, while you are not paid any attention to, or thrown a bone once in a while. Then when you get violent and aggressive, I hope they throw you into a cage and threaten you with the death sentence.

I'm sorry, but I am so sick of all the STUPID PEOPLE in the world!!! Some people shouldn't be parents and some shouldn't be dog owners!

Much love to the dog, and Whirly Dog Supplies is wishing the best and hoping for a happy and LOVING forever home for poor little Mickey, the pitbull!

My message to the dog... "remember, there is someone out there that will love you, there is someone that won't neglect you or stick you on a chain leaving you alone for long periods of the day/night. There Is someone that will want You to spend every minute of the day with them, someone that will make you part of their family, someone that will love you just as you love them!"




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For The Love of a Senior Rescue Dog



My partner adopted an adorable little senior Maltese dog named Whirly from the Oregon Humane Society in March 2011, after I became disabled. I had developed many physical problems due to health issues, causing me to be home-bound most of the time. Whirly was to soon become my best friend and keep me company while at home. This sweet little dog would not only provide me with companionship, but he brought joy and love into my life, that in turn inspired me to design and create dog apparel and pet clothes. I now have a dog clothing business online selling dog clothing as well as other dog toys and supplies at Whirly Dog Supplies - www.whirlydogsupplies.com .

[caption id="attachment_253" align="alignleft" width="300"]whirly, maltese for adoption at Oregon Humane Society Oregon Humane Society's Adoption photo of Whirly
March 2011[/caption]

Whirly was rescued from a person on the Oregon Coast along with dozens of other dogs, Maltese and King Charles Spaniels. The dogs where originally used as breeding dogs in a puppy-mill and then became pets, sadly the owner couldn't care properly for them. After Whirly's rescue, the shelter had to shave his matted and stained hair, they had to remove all but three teeth that were abscessed, and care for other skin infections, and health issues. We were told that someone had adopted him but brought him back to the shelter after only 3 months. Unfortunately, they couldn't care for him due to his health issues and all of the work needed for the type of breed. Whirly was so docile and shy, his spirit had been broken. He had never knew true love from a human, he had been neglected and mistreated, and then after being adopted and taken to his potential "forever home" he was returned to the Humane Society just to be locked in a cage again. I believe he had lost all hope of finding someone to love him. One day we saw him online and quickly went down to the shelter to take a look at him. When we saw him in his cage he was shivering and scared, he looked at us as if to say, "please help me". There was another couple there looking at him at the same time, I told my partner to hurry and go tell the front desk that we want to adopt him before the other couple get him. I knew the moment Whirly and I looked at each other, he was the dog for me! It didn't take him long after being in our home to blossom into a wonderful little man. After about a year his little personality started shining through and now 3 years later, he is a loving, playful, and happy little part of our family.

[caption id="attachment_254" align="alignleft" width="262"]healthy and happy maltese dog with owner 3 Years Later - Whirly Healthy and Happy
2014[/caption]

Because the shelter had to shave off his hair, Whirly was cold most of the time. Maltese don't have an under-coat, so they get cold very easily and are prone to sunburn. Every time I would take whirly outside for a walk or to go to the bathroom and the temperature was below 50 degrees, he would shiver almost uncontrollably and want to cuddle into me for warmth. I went to various pet stores and purchased a variety of dog clothes; shirts, jackets, wraps, etc. but none of them fit him properly. Whirly was small but the sizes listed for small dogs didn't quite fit and the mediums were way too big, he was between sizes. I also noticed that the dog clothing was made of very low quality fabrics and were difficult to put on and take off. They didn't fit my needs. Whirly was trained to go potty outside, often upon returning from taking him for a short walk I needed to bring him in and take off his clothes quickly. With my disability I needed clothes that were fast and easy to put on and (most importantly) take off. I thought to myself, manufacturers should make pet clothes and dog apparel easy to use as many dogs are companions to people with disabilities and many elderly people own small breed dogs. To solve these issues, I decided to buy a sewing machine and I watched countless hours of YouTube videos, I spent days and months reading and learning to sew, and I became friends with a couple of seamstresses and a sewing teacher at our local fabric store that helped teach me. Being able to make dog clothing, not only helped Whirly out by keeping him warm and happy in comfy but it also gave me something to do while I am at home with a lot of time on my hands.

I studied the design of the pet clothes that I purchased and adjusted them for a better fit. Furthermore, they needed to be easy to use, I chose stretch knit fabrics for easy pull-over dog shirts and dresses and Velcro neck and chest closures for coats and jackets making the dog apparel super easy to put on and take off. Finally, I wanted quality and stylish or fun prints, so I chose great fabrics that everyone loves to create the garments. Furthermore, the great thing about making the dog clothes, was that I was using much better quality fabrics and notions then the clothes in big box stores are made of, as discussed in Dog Shirts, Made the Correct Way.

One day I was taking Whirly out for a short walk and a neighbor noticed the dog hoodie I had made and thought he looked so cute. She suggested I make more of the dog jackets and sell them as a hobby, she said "it is so cute, I am sure they would sell". She sells jewelry on Etsy, TwistedNW, I took her advice and I opened an Etsy Shop as well as an eBay Store. Later, after I started making a few sales, I created Whirly Dog Supplies and opened my own online store at www.whirlydogsupplies.com

I am so grateful to my loving partner for adopting this sweet little dog and to the Oregon Humane Society for rescuing him from a horrible life. He has inspired me and brought so much love to my life. I am truly blessed.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Whirly Dog Supplies' Dog Pajamas



Here at Whirly Dog Supplies, we are always striving to bring our customers the best products at the best value. We keep your pet in mind and design products that are not only stylish but comfortable for your pet to wear. Dog Pajamas have become one of our customer's favorites. Over the past few years we have modified the typical patterns and design to give the best fit for your dog.

When your dog wears our pajamas, they should be comfortable and look great in them. We love to entertain and have friends or family over for a dinner parties or an early morning coffee or tea gatherings. Having your dog nearby wearing a pair of pajamas is so much fun for everyone. Your guests will fall in love with the way your pet looks and your pet will love the attention he or she gets when they cuddle in your lap or next to your feet in our soft and comfy onesies.

Here is what we have learned in re-designing the standard dog pajamas patterns.



















Standard or Store BoughtWhirly Dog Supplies Pajamas
Length of legs are too long, when your dog is wearing them they end up pulling their feet out and end up getting tangled up in the garment.We have shortened the legs by half. This prevents the dog's feet from slipping through and provides better movement for the dog when walking or going to the bathroom.
Stretch cuffs are on the neck, ankles, and the underside of the dog pajamas.We have eliminated the fabric cuff on the underside of the garment. We found that it pulls down around the tail causing the dog not to want to go to the bathroom and it is uncomfortable for them to walk, run, and play while wearing them.
Inexpensive, low quality fabrics.Whirly Dog Supplies, hand picks 100% cotton flannels, super soft jerseys, and other fabrics that will provide, not only the best look, but also be Super comfortable for your pet to wear.

Your dog's comfort is so important. Having quality dog apparel and pet clothes is the key to your pet's happiness. Take a look at what we have to offer and you will see that Whirly Dog Supplies is the best option. The price is right and you can be confident you are getting a product everyone (including your dog) will love!




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Changing Dog Food



dog dish, dog bowls, image shows dog food, Pet SuppliesWe recently had to change our dog food because it was no longer available. The manufacturer stopped making it. Our dog, Whirly, is a 12 year old Maltese and we are concerned with his dietary requirements. I wanted to give you a few tips on how to change food with as few as possible problems.

Things to consider is; type of food you are currently feeding your pet, ingredients, and your pet's needs.

Finally, when you do find the food you want to transition your pet to, do it gradually. To prevent stomach upset or an adverse reaction, gradually add the new food to the old food so your dog can become acclimated easily over several days.

What type of food do you feed your dog?
I highly recommend researching brands, quality, and what ingredients your dog food has and then consider the food you are transitioning to. If you currently feed your dog an inexpensive grocery store brand, think about changing to a more expensive specialty food. You will use less, your dog will feel and look better, and you will have peace of mind that your pet will be getting quality ingredients without fillers or by-products.

Ingredients.
What is the age of your dog? Activity level? Any allergies or special diet needs?
Many inexpensive dog foods are filled with by-products, fillers, or poor quality ingredients that can cause health problems for your dog. Even if your dog doesn't have any special requirements, it is still a good idea to go with dog food that has holistic, all natural ingredients. For example: deboned chicken (rather then chicken byproduct), rice or potato flour, wild salmon or fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc.

Does your dog have special needs? 
Understand that puppies have different dietary needs then adults or seniors. Read the Nutrition Fact Box on the label and choose the proper amount of proteins, fat, and other nutrients needed for your dog.

Your dog is part of the family. Feed them like you would any member of the family you love. Their health and happiness is so important and choosing the right food is vitally important.




Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dog Shirts, Made the Correct Way




I have struggled over the past few years, since adopting our little Maltese dog, to get pet clothes and dog apparel that is good quality and fits correctly.

I have listed a dog t-shirt with a cute fire engine and dalmatian print on jersey knit fabric. (as seen in picture)

I purchased several dog shirts from various "Big Box Stores" such as Walmart, Petco, Petsmart, Target, and a few others. We sat and took them apart and really studied how they were made. Here is what we found:

  • Thin, poor quality fabrics.

  • Not all seams were properly sewn together.

  • The pattern wasn't cut correctly and areas in the seams had been folded over and then sewn together, adding several weak layers of fabric.

  • Sizes where smaller then they type of dog they were supposed to fit.

  • Fabric was not preshrunk, after washing as suggested by the manufacturer the garment decreased in size significantly.

What does all these mean to you, the pet owner who's looking for a quality dog shirt and spending $10-20 of your hard earned money?
Answer - You will get something that's not going to last and will fall apart after a few washings, or even a few times of your dog wearing the pet clothes.

I spent some time really studying how these dog clothes were manufactured. And I looked at the dog apparel and pet clothing patterns I had, as well as reviewing my own designs. The end result was a re-designed quality dog shirt, that will fit your dog better, uses quality designer fabrics, and are made to last keeping sharp attention to every detail.

Now, when you purchase dog apparel and pet clothes from Whirly Dog Supplies, you can have the confidence that you are buying a product that is of the highest quality, attention to detail makes the workmanship better then the rest, will fit your dog properly, and is designed to last!





Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Help for Stray Dogs in Sochi Russia



Sad homeless puppiesThe 2014 Winter Olympics just ended and the problem with stray and homeless stray dogs in Russia has come to light around the world.

Journalists, athletes, and celebrities have been shocked by the number of stray dogs and are hoping to adopt. There are an estimated 4,000 strays in Sochi alone. Russia states they are aware of the problem and are doing what they can to help.

Stray dogs aren't just a problem in Sochi alone. Worldwide there is around 200 million but do to the Olympics, the problem in Russia has been brought to the attention of the world. We are so thankful to those Olympians who are trying to help by adopting and getting these loving creatures homes, such as athletes like Gus Kenworthy.

If you are interested in getting  dog to the United States, it's not as hard as you would think... You can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention checklist regarding bringing animals into the United States. The CDC's website will give you all the information needed for the importation of pets to the United States; certificates of general health, vaccinations, airline restrictions, etc.




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Changes Coming to Dog Hoodies

dog hoodie made by whirly dog supplies, cute dog apparelHere at Whirly Dog Supplies, we have been making dog hoodies for about two years now and it's always been a struggle to make the hood on the jacket just the right size to meet our customer's needs. Like people, dogs have different sized heads, also to complicate things, they come in different shapes depending on the breed.

Our dog, Whirly, which is a Maltese has a small round head. Your "standard issue" dog hood on dog jackets notoriously fall down over his face. I have tried to design the hood using my dog as well as others to get them to come to just the eye brow area. But the other week a good friend, who is also a colleague (who makes and sells the most beautiful afghans on etsy, QuailCreekCreations) and a customer suggested that I start putting a draw string in the hoodies. She has a Maltese as well and finds it very hard to get the hoods of jackets not to fall down over the dog's face.

We went out to the fabric store yesterday and did some searching and found some material to use for draw strings, over the coming weeks I will be redesigning the hood portion of our dog hoodies/dog jackets and using them on some test subjects... stay tuned for updated news and info! They are going to be great.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dog Grooming, Not Easy



Whirly, the model of pet clothes and dog apparel sold at whirly dog supplies online stores.Depending on the breed of dog you have, dog grooming and be quite difficult. We have a Maltese, the model for pet clothes and dog apparel at Whirly Dog Supplies, and it took us over two days to get hi groomed to where he looked good.

If you are going to going to groom your pet, here's a few things you will want to keep in mind and have on hand before you begin:

Proper tools

  • Wash and brush your dog first

  • Use quality tools - clippers that have changeable blades and not the snap on plastic guards (the plastic guards simply don't work well)


A person to assist

  • Someone to hold the dog or lift the dog up in the air when grooming the legs and underside makes the job so much easier!


Patience

  • It takes time and looking and re-looking at your pet to see if there are errors or missed areas that need to be touched up!


We worked on Whirly for three hours trying to give him a "puppy cut" and we thought it looked acceptable but the next day I noticed the little dog had lots of choppy looking areas and the lower legs and feet needed to be touched up. So I had to do a little more clipping and trimming and now he looks good.

!whirly after he had been groomed.Whenever possible I am taking him to a professional groomer rather then trying to do it myself. If I ever try this endeavor again, I will make sure to spend a few hundred dollars for some quality grooming clippers... proper tools and assistance is a must

We would love to hear your stories and see pictures of your dog after you have groomed them. Feel free to comment below and tell us your experiences!




Monday, February 3, 2014

Dog Food and Dental Health



Is crunchy dog food better then soft for dental health?
We would love to hear your comments.

[caption id="attachment_213" align="alignleft" width="210"]dog dish, dog bowls, image shows dog food, Pet Supplies Is dry dog food best for your pet's oral health?[/caption]

I have always been taught growing up with dogs, that it's better to feed your pet dry dog food because as they chew it, it cleans their teeth. Now, I have a Maltese who was rescued from a puppy mill and has only three teeth left. He was used as a stud dog and he was neglected, leading to severe tooth decay and ultimately removal of several teeth.

Whirly, our adopted dog and the model for Whirly Dog Supplies pet clothes and dog apparel, is now in great health and his three remaining teeth are always clean and healthy. We buy dry kibble and add water to soften it so he is able to chew it and swallow without choking. I adopted him three years ago and to this day his teeth are always free from plaque buildup. So what does this say about the theory of Dry Dog Food is Better for the Dental Health of a Dog?

I recently read an article, "Is Dry Food Best For Pet's Teeth?" on Embrace Pet Insurance's website, discussing this very subject. It's a big debate and according to the article, some crunchy dog food has very little effect on removing plaque while others may help. This is due to several factors, such as: does your dog "gulp" down their food without chewing it? What are the ingredients in the food? What are your dog's metabolic needs? etc...

In summery... it may depend on they type of dry dog food, the ingredients of the food, or even the way your dog eats their food.




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dogs, Abscesses and Infections






Please Note: Some images are graphic and may not be suitable for all viewers.
Image in the article is of a dog's rectal area abscess that has ruptured.

So many times if our pets get sick we tend to wait it out, which may lead to serious consequences. It's so important to be diligent in caring for your pets and seek medical advice right away if something is wrong.

little maltese dog who is sick and cuddling in his bedI wanted to share my story of Whirly, the pet apparel model from Whirly Dog Supplies, who became ill and gave me quite a scare over the past couple of weeks, hoping that my experience may help others.

On Tuesday, January 14th 2014, afternoon my partner took Whirly for a walk on the way to pick up the mail. Whirly stopped to go to the bathroom and seemed to be straining to poop, which is very unlike him. Also, it was only a small amount.

The same situation occurred the next morning. This was quite concerning because Whirly never has problems going to the bathroom. Furthermore, the entire day he seemed lethargic and didn't have his normal "spark" and sweet personality. When I would pick him up to carry him, his entire body would tense and he would push his head into my chest. Upon sitting him down, where ever I put him is where he stayed (for hours). It seemed he didn't even want to walk. I researched as much as I could on the Internet and came up with all sorts of possible causes, I gave him plain white rice (cooked) with water, to the consistency of a thick soup or stew. He ate it readily. I figured I would wait through the night and see how he was the next morning.

I determined that Whirly may need to go to the Veterinarian, so I was prepared to leave immediately. When I took him down to go to the bathroom, he struggled for a few minutes to poop and then toppled over on his side. He just layed there with his legs stretched out, looking up at me helplessly. I picked him up and took him to the vet.

The doctor examined him and she had found a lump in the middle of a large swollen area on the left side of his bottom. She told me that I did the right thing by bringing him immediately to get medical attention. However, she couldn't determine the problem. The lump was soft but when she poked it with a needle, nothing came out, she said it's not abscessed otherwise blood or mucus would have been present. She tried expressing the anal glands but they were empty. The last thing she said it could be was Cancer, however cancerous tumors where usually hard, however it could be the early stages. If it was a bacterial or viral infection it may have been caused by him licking something like a blade of grass or even the floor and then licking his anal region, spreading it, and causing the infection. There was too many possibilities at this time.

She prescribed antibiotics, I took him home, and gave him tons of love. Over the coming days he began to get a little more energy and seemed much happier even though his rear end seemed painful. Monday morning I took him out for his routine "potty walk" and he seemed fine! But as we were coming in, I noticed his entire back end was covered in blood. The lump had ruptured. When I got him inside, I put him in a warm bath and washed all the blood off (carefully) wrapped him in a towel and took him back to the vet.

The doctor stated that it was an abscess and it had finally formed and broke. She wasn't going to do surgery to remove the area infected, she suggested we wait and let it heal in on itself. I am to continue the antibiotics until they are gone (about 4 more days) and twice per day wash the wound with antiseptic wash, along with giving him an anti-inflammatory. The picture below shows the abscess after it had been emptied and clean.rectal abscess on a dog

After only one day, you would think nothing was wrong with Whirly. He seems so happy and playful. This puts me at so much more ease. I was so scared I was going to lose him. He is an older dog, approximately 12 years old, and just like people dogs become weaker and need a little more TLC, tender loving care. It is so very important that we watch our pets and observe changes in behavior, diet, activity, and overall health.

No matter what... If your dog is experiencing any problems with their health TAKE THEM TO A DOCTOR!!!






Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bathroom Privacy

dog and bathroom door, no privacyIf you have a dog in your life, I'm sure you've stated "I have no alone time, not even to go to the bathroom".

We love our dogs, but they always want to be with us. We've included a picture of Whirly, our little model from Whirly Dog Supplies, trying to sneak a peek.

Have a great day, and remember, push the door closed until it clicks all the way shut.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dogs in People Beds

I always get a laugh when we put Whirly, the pet apparel and dog clothing model for Whirly Dog Supplies, in our bed because he doesn't seem to understand that it's time to sleep... he thinks it's time to play and dig.

I hope you enjoy the movie clip below, and we look forward to your comments and letting us know how your dog reacts when it's time to sleep.