Showing posts with label Stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stories. Show all posts

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.




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, December 12, 2013

Annoying People have Annoying Dogs

small dog looking out window of carHow many times do we see dogs left in cars and they bark constantly, your neighbors dog barks all night long, someone walking their dogs and every person they pass the dog barks, the list goes on and on... ?

Could this be due to the dog's environment and learned behavior? We think, many times yes!

The other day we stopped to buy some office supplies for Whirly Dog Supplies Information Website, and when we parked there was a little Maltese in the car parked in front of us, and two dogs - one Corgi and one Mixed breed in the car next to us.

When we were getting out of the car to go into the store, a rotund woman getting out of the car with the two dogs. She was waving her arms around and screaming at her two children, something to do with the fact that if they don't behave she wasn't taking them to McDonalds. After they left the car and went into the store, we noticed that the dogs kept barking non-stop at everyone that went by. They seemed to be behaving the same as the woman that was driving the car.

After shopping, we came back to our car and notice the dogs were still barking at us as well as everyone else nearby. Now, to back up to our arrival at the store we had notice directly in front of us there was a larger sedan parked and sitting patiently and looking out the window was a small Maltese. He/she was quiet as a mouse and seemed intent to look directly at the store, as if waiting for someone or something to come back and not caring about anything else.

As we were about to pull out of our parking space we noticed an elderly lady, moving very slow, hunched over as if her back was hurting, and with a sweet half-smile. Not a sound was ever heard from the little Maltese waiting for her. Here is an example of a quiet, sweet, and gentle little old lady with a quiet and sweet little dog.

I think children and pets learn from their environment and become what we teach them. Many people say "some people just shouldn't be parents" - can this be true for pet or dog owner's as well?! Let us know what you think. After reading our article, we'd love to hear your experiences.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fashion from a Shadow

image of a woman, shadow cast from a treeMany things inspire me in everyday life. Sometimes we see things such as a mountain, an animal, or even the shadow of a tree...

This morning I captured this image with my cell phone as immediately I notice that the shadow of an old tree, on the side of a building near the site of Whirly Dog Supplies, reminded me of a fashionable woman with one hand in the air and the other on her hip.

When creating our dog clothing and pet apparel, many things inspire me as a designer. Art and beauty come in many forms and this is something I will be working with when creating my next garment for the product line.

Let us know what you think of the image and feel free to share what inspires you in everyday life.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Where Does Your Dog Sleep at Night?

small dog sleeping in his bedA year ago, I purchased a black wrought iron four poster bed for Whirly. I took the simple mattress pad that was with it and added memory foam and a new cover. I also added a long body pillow on the back, added a sleeping pillow, and threw in his favorite blanket. Whirly has loved sleeping in the bed every night, partly because it is so soft and comfortable but also because it's in the bedroom with me. He usually never leaves my side throughout the day, whether I'm in the work room making pet apparel and dog clothes for Whirly Dog Supplies, or doing simple house work... he is always right at me feet.

I have noticed in the past week, he has been sleeping in the living room at night rather then in the bedroom with me. He has another bed out there which is a pillow type bed which he enjoys lounging in during evenings while watching television (that is, if he's not snuggled down in my lap).

whirly (maltese) sleeping in his dog bed located in living roomThis is totally unusual for him. Now, the past three weeks I have been battling a sinus infection and go to bed early. My partner comes in an hour or two later then me in the evenings and Whirly usually stays out there with him. However, in the past he would always come in to the bedroom to sleep when my partner came in, but not the past week. The only thing I can think of is possibly the fact that he's getting older (almost 11 years in four months) and he is just too darn comfortable to move and come in the bedroom, so he stays in his bed in the living room. Or... now that it is getting colder and winter is fast approaching, he would rather stay in the other room because the temperature is slightly warmer. But this is all new, we rescued him a few years ago and now this sudden change. I just find it a bit odd.

Where does your dog sleep at night?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Meet Tiny Tim aka Timmy

Please meet Tiny Tim aka Timmy.

Timmy is a 15 year old Maltese that was picked up on the streets of Louisville KY, as a stray two years ago, at the age of 13.  As you can see in the first picture, he did not look happy, he was very under weight and was extremely matted and flea infested.  He was kept at the animal shelter on the cat side because he was so small he could get out of the cages on the dog side. He weighed in at a whopping 4 pounds.

After several weeks at the shelter he was pulled by Kentucky Animal Relief Fund (KARF) http://www.kyanimalrelief.org/, a rescue group in Louisville.  He was placed with the most wonderful Foster Mama in the world, my friend Jeanie.  Four years prior I adopted another little rescue from Jeanie.  When she told me about this little fellow we both knew that he was meant to be my furever baby.  Jeanie named him Timmy and  what a perfect name for a perfect gentleman.

rescue, maltese dogTwo years ago I drove from North Carolina to Jeanie's home in the snow right before Christmas to adopt Timmy.  I took my other little rescue with me so that Jeanie could see how far that little dog had come since I adopted her.  Freckles is another miracle story for another day.  Timmy fell instantly in love with Freckles and they were inseparable until Freckles passed away several weeks ago. Timmy's greatest accomplishment was teaching my little mill dog survivor how to play. The third picture is Mr and Mrs Timmy and Freckles.

dog after being cared for and lovedThe Timmy today photo shows what a little love can do for an old fellow.  His favorite place is my lap.  He guards it fiercely even though he has no teeth.  He had severe mouth infection from lack of dental care when he was picked up.  The vet commented on how he did not understand why the little guy was not crying in constant pain it was so severe.

Today Timmy's hair has come back in abundance, he is a rolly polly little guy at 6 pounds and does the happy dance every day when I come home.  Freckles, the mill dog taught him to do that.  He is a little old man that never complains about his arthritic hips and knees. Timmy has an amazing spirit that someone threw away in Kentucky. 

two small dogs, friends, loveHe owns my heart and soul.  Thank you to KARF for pulling him from the shelter and thank you to Jeanie, the most wonderful foster ever. Thank you to Whirly Dog for getting the message out and doing all you do.

 

 




Whirly Dog Supplies - Makers of quality, stylish, and unique dog clothes and pet apparel would like to send out a BIG Thank You to Tracy J, for this letter and for bringing this beautiful little dog into her home, loving him, and giving him a wonderful life after being neglected.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thunder and Lightning and Dogs

whirly, the model for Whirly Dog Supplies, makers of quality stylish and unique dog clothes and pet apparelWe live in Portland Oregon, USA. We are coming to the end of summer and during the months of September and October cold air starts moving into the Pacific Northwest causing electrical storms.

Last night, just after midnight, we experience about an hour of a strong storm. Our dog Whirly, the inspiration and model for Whirly Dog Supplies, was barking and growling as the flashes of lightning lit up the bedroom. Whirly never barks or growls, we have (at the most) heard him bark a half of dozen times.

I got up to make sure Whirly was doing okay and comfort him. He wasn't scared or shaking, but he was on guard! He was sitting ridged and strong in the doorway to the bedroom with a very low rumble/growl rumbling from his throat. It seemed the flashes of lightning and booms of thunder put him on guard and he was protecting me. I was a bit surprised as he is such a mellow and docile small breed dog: well, not last night, he was a fierce protector.

How does your dog act during an electrical storm? We would love to hear your stories, feel free to leave a comment below.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Delightful Dog

We have the most delightful dog in our family, his name is Whirly. He is the inspiration for my son's business, Whirly Dog Supplies. We took him on a picnic at beginning of summer to a local park and had so much fun. Then a cold wind came up so we planned to go again when weather became warmer. We ate our take out lunch in the car as it was much warmer. Whirly is a wonderful dog and glad he has become a part of our family.