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?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dog Toys With and Without Polyfill

dog toy, plushAlthough Whirly Dog Supplies makes and sells the best dog clothes and pet apparel at Whirly Dog Supplies, we also sell dog toys. Playtime provides your dog not only entertainment, but it is also a great way to provide exercise through interactive play. Your dog's health and happiness are most important.

Lately, people are looking for non-polyfill dog toys. Through research and testing we believe your dog may benefit from toys made without polyfill. Moving forward the dog toys that Whirly Dog Supplies makes will not contain this material. Many people do not realize that polyfill materials today are made from petroleum based material. So not only can it cause possible health problems for your pet, it may also help our environment by choosing alternatives for filling material. Furthermore, we can also "Go Green" by using left over scraps of material, thread, etc to fill our toys.

Let's consider what we are giving our pets when buying dog toys and supplies. You love your dog and they are a part of your family. Keeping our pets and our environment healthy should be most important.

Lastly, ALWAYS supervise your pet when they are playing with dog toys. If any toy becomes damage, please discard it.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Purchase Only Handcrafted Dog Clothes

maltese, small dog wearing dog pajamasWhirly Dog Supplies, who handcraft dog clothes and pet apparel made in the United States of America is often asked, by their customers, what makes our dog clothes and pet apparel better then what they can purchase in a large chain pet store at a lower price. Our answer is two fold: Quality and Uniqueness/Style.

Every dog owner and dog lover adores their pet. Pets are our friends. Their unique personality and their love drive us to give them the best we can. Many people actually spend more on their pets grooming, toys, clothing, and accessories then they do on themselves or their family member. Yet they still shop at large corporate driven stores for the best value when it comes to clothes for their pet.

Considerate these two factors before making your next purchase of pet apparel:

dog wearing dog shirtQuality
When you purchase a dog jacket, dog dress, or some cute dog pajamas you may not necessarily consider how long they will last. Dogs will be dogs - they run, jump, roll around, chew, and play... causing wear and tear on their dog clothing. Whirly Dog Supplies searches for fabrics and notions with durability and quality in mind. Also, when they are made, time is taken to insure every seam and every hem is perfect.

Dog clothes and pet apparel made in other countries lose quality control because workers are made to work long days for very little pay or a cup of rice. Factories, also known as "sweat shops" require workers to produce hundreds of pieces of dog garments each day, conditions in these factories are horrible, and the physical and mental abuse these poor people have to endure surely effects their work. When you take home a dog jacket you purchased for cheap price of $5.00 at a large "mega pet store" you can expect the seams to come apart, fabric to tear, or defects to show within a few days or weeks.

reinforced velcro straps on dog clothesYou can rely on strength and durability when you purchase dog clothes and pet apparel from Whirly Dog Supplies. We have dogs in our family, we understand the need for quality. We make dog garments to last a lifetime.

Unique
When you purchase clothing for your pet that are handmade you are getting apparel that is truly as unique as you and your pet are. When taking our dog to the dog park one day, we actually saw two dogs wearing the same dog wrap/jacket by two different owners. After approaching the dog owners, we found that they seemed annoyed that the other person had the exact same color and style outfit as the other dog. We found they had shopped at the same pet store here in Portland, Oregon.

small dog wearing whirly dog supplies brand dog dressWhirly Dog Supplies often buys fabrics that are clearance or remnants, because we believe in keeping our environment clean and not filling our landfills. "Going Green" not only helps the world we live in, but it also provides pet owners with fun and fashionable dog clothes that are unique and have their own look, pattern, and/or print. Although we may obtain several yards on one style of fabric and make 10 dog pajamas of that one pair of dog pajamas (for example) you will have peace of mind that 1,000 of them weren't made in a factory. So if you take your dog out in public, or have guests come to your home, your pet will be noticed because no one will have ever seen the pet apparel before. Your dog will truly get noticed and stand out in a crowd! Furthermore, much of our clothing is "One of a Kind", if the fabrics have been discontinued or no longer available, making them truly unique.

So next time you consider buying dog clothes, consider Whirly Dog Supplies quality and unique pet apparel.

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.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dog Care In Cold Weather

group of small dogs in winterFall is here and Winter is just around the corner. Just as hot weather can be a concern with your dog during summer, the chilly winter weather is also something we must keep in mind for the protection of your dog.

Many people understand that when the weather is hot during the summer we need to keep in mind how the heat effects our dogs. Such as, the extreme heat that is generated in a parked car - the same is true when it is cold outside. Typically, it is colder inside the parked car then outside as well. We never, even in mild temperatures, want to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle for extended periods of time.

Also, be mindful of the cold when taking them for a walk outside. Many dogs have short hair, or even breeds such as the Maltese don't have an undercoat and may become hypothermic during extreme low temperatures. One may even consider purchasing dog coats, dog hoodies, or a dog sweater which can be found at Whirly Dog Supplies to aid in keeping your dog warm and dry.

Please be understanding to your dog this winter, consider dog clothing and pet apparel, and limit or supervise your pet during colder times of year. Lastly, never leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle, it is a health and safety issue.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tips for Traveling on the Road with an Older Dog

Road trips are a great way to spend some quality time with your pets. No matter what the destination may be, packing up your pooch and hitting the road is ripe with not only adventure, but also opportunities to bond.

For those with older dogs, you may be hesitant to brave the open road with your furry friend, but by taking a few extra precautions, you can ensure that you both have an awesome time.

Unlike puppies, older dogs are a little bit more settled, making them more easygoing and easier to deal with. However, like any pet, there are challenges to overcome, but for those eager to travel, bringing your dog along is definitely worth the effort.

Containment


Keeping your dog contained can be difficult, even when you’re not on vacation. Although your pup has surely been around the block a few times, an escape can prove fatal if you aren’t attentive. Whether in the car, at the hotel or elsewhere, making sure your dog is properly contained is a crucial part of any road trip.

  • If you’re taking a weekend camping trip, or plan on spending some time in the great outdoors, a wireless dog fence is a convenient and portable way to keep your dog from scampering off too far and getting into trouble.

  • Crating your dog while on the road is highly recommended, since it lessens the potential for injury in case of an accident or abrupt stop. It’s also far less distracting if your dog is crated as opposed to roaming around the car.

  • However, if your dog is crated, make sure to make frequent stops for him to stretch his legs and avoid stiffening up while on the road.


Comfort


Comfort on a road trip can be hard to come by for anyone. Cramped conditions in the car or hotel rooms that leave something to be desired, as well as crowded tourist attractions all await those eager to brave the open road. But, whether you’re furry or not, being comfortable on a road trip is possible, so long as you plan ahead.

  • Bring as many familiar toys and blankets as you can so that your dog feels more at home. It may take up a lot of storage space, but it will be worth packing the extra bags.

  • Don’t feed your dog too much right before you hit the road. This can cause him to get sick during the drive, and in the end, is just another mess for you to clean up.

  • Avoid exposing your dog to too much sunlight. Utilize shade whenever possible and always keep water handy in case he starts feeling dehydrated.


Breaks


Breaks for your dog are just as important, if not more so, than they are for you. Depending on the quality of his bones and joints, a lengthy walk around the hotel, down the beach or around the boardwalk can prove quite painful for an older dog. If you plan on spending a lot of your trip on foot, make sure that you take frequent breaks, at least for your dog’s sake.

  • Road trips are stressful for everyone. If you and your dog start showing signs of fatigue, don’t be afraid to take a little break to relax your nerves and temper.

  • While out and about, distractions are aplenty. This can be overwhelming for both you and your dog, so, if you two are feeling overstimulated, find a spot off the main drag and grab some solitude.

  • Do not, under any circumstances, push your dog any harder than necessary. It can be harmful to his health and can turn even the most joyous of road trips into an unmitigated disaster.


Road trips with your dog are surely worth celebrating. They give you a chance to soak up new places, new faces and even new smells. Although not always the most pleasant of experiences, traveling is almost always worth a headache or two. But, with some extra planning up front, you can do away with a lot of stress and enjoy some quality time with your dog.

 

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.