How To Help Your Mourning Dog?

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When a person experiences the death a loved one, we might know that she feels grief based on what they say. However, in most instances it’s what she does or how she reacts that tells us she’s actually suffering. She might lose her focus, become disoriented and listless, doesn’t eat well and becomes disinterested in anything that happens around her. She might also cry or go without sleeping more than usual.

An animal that’s experiencing the loss of a companion may also react similarly. When your dog mourns the loss of an alpha dog, it can be heartbreaking. Even though it is not visibly known how much dogs understand about death, it is very clear that your dog can become very depressed after losing a companion. When the alpha dog dies, owners will notice a few changes in the dogs that are left behind. They might become lethargic or aloof. Some may become clingy or stop eating. Based on the outward signs, it’s clear that dogs do grieve when their companion dies.

HOW TO HELP A MOURNING DOG

While long periods of mourning aren’t normal in most dogs, simply understanding and showing patience to a dog in mourning period can help anguished dogs cope. Here’s a comprehensive guide on what to do when the alpha dog passes away in the household. I wish I did my research sooner. I hope this will help another parent.

More Time and Attention

One important way to help your dog recover is by spending more time together’ cuddle more, take longer walks or even devote an extra twenty minutes to throw around the tennis ball. In case your dog won’t eat, do not tempt her with the human comfort foods like ice cream or pizza. Instead, you should stoke her appetite by offering doggy treats and minimizing stress (no changes to her territory or house guests). Try taking the dog to any dog park. If your dog looks like she wants to play, you should schedule doggy play dates. However, if your dog decided to stay away from other animals, you should respect her need for time to stay alone.

A New Position

When your pet is mourning the loss of an alpha dog, she is mourning a pack member as well as the loss of their previous pack position. Your dog might now be a follower without the leader. As a result, it is important to help your dog find a healthy and new position within your home.

Gentle Distraction

If your dog is mourning, you should provide her with more attention, activity and affection. Try keeping her mind off the loss by doing the things that she likes. You can buy her toys that are specially-designed for mental stimulation. You can also take her for a walk, bring her on the car trips or even invite people over.

Even though your dog might be older, she can keep on learning for her whole life. Teach her easy games or new tricks. You should also set aside few minutes daily to bond with your dog. Spend around 15 minutes brushing her or giving her a massage – she will start looking forward to this new routine.

Patience is Key

Remember the old adage “time heals all wounds”? This saying applies to your dog as well. Do not fret in case your dog doesn’t instantly respond to the extra attention or new activities. Just wait patiently and she will eventually come around.

During your dog’s mourning process, don’t give her attention when she is exhibiting behaviors that you don’t like because this will reinforce the negative behavior. If your dog is barking, howling or whining, don’t distract her. Just give her your attention when she is resting quietly or sitting.

Time for a New Dog

Animals are also sensitive to the human emotions. As such, you should try minimizing extravagant displays of grief in front of your dog. If you are tempted to replace the dog that passed, hold it off. You should wait before making new additions so as to give your dog (and you) enough time to adjust. Your dog is accustomed to her former companion thus introducing an attention-seeking and hyperactive puppy can be emotionally and physically stressful.

Also, it is important to realize that your dog will eventually adjust to life without an alpha companion and she might actually thrive on her own.

No one knows exactly how long a dog’s memory is. However, based on anecdotal evidences, it’s clear dogs do remember their companions for quite some time. Whereas the process might take a few weeks or months, almost all owners will eventually notice a return to normal activities. However, if mourning signs last longer than normal, you should take your dog to a vet to rule out any underlying medical problems.

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Rawfeed – Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Review

It’s no secret Corgis gain weight very easily. A chubby Corgi is adorable but it can cause a lot of health issues for our little buddies. Kenshin got up to 40 lbs once! I did some research on the Raw Food Diet and got him on it immediately when I realized how overweight my buddy was. He loved his “diet” and dropped down to his ideal 25 lbs within months. I get asked a lot what I feed my dogs so I decided to write a post about it.

Rawfeed Diet, which emphasizes bones, raw meat, vegetables and fruit, are fast becoming a popular choice among dog lovers. Take it from me. I have 3 dogs and my 2 older dogs have been very overweight on dry food. I have tried good quality grain free dog food and finally switched to raw feed. I would go to the butcher and buy meats, bones, organs, but eventually decided to go the commercial rawfeed route because I didn’t have the time anymore. My dogs and I love it and their coats are still very beautiful and soft on Darwins.

Why I Like Darwins 
I was thoroughly impressed with Darwins natural raw pet food. This is a well-balanced and nutritious feeding schedule for your dog. Not only that, doing so will ensure your best friend sports a shinier coat, cleaner teeth, fresher breath, healthy skin, smaller stools and high energy levels.

I would assume that any dog lover would only want the best for their dogs. In this regard, Darwins meals designed for pets do not disappoint in any way. It is specially formulated to conform to all state and federal requirements that is also in line with the AAFCO guidelines.

After all, dogs digestive systems are made to deal with natural rawfeed that is packed with essential nutrients.
Currently, your dog may experience some serious health issues due to eating processed foods. Some people would even feed their dogs table food, which can be downright dangerous. You may love your guacamole. However, feeding it to your dog is not such a good idea due to the fact that the avocado in it contains persin, which proves to be very toxic.

In my opinion, it is far better to go with Darwins raw dog food that will not only save you valuable time, but also ensure your dog gets fed the best all natural pet food. They certainly spoil you for choice in that you can make your selection from either their Premium Line Natural Selections, or the Value Line Zoologics.

Darwins Natural Selections are made up from organically grown vegetables and free range meat that do not contain any fillers or grains. Some of the flavors you can present your dog with, would include; beef, chicken, bison, duck, or turkey.

Darwins Zoologics would be less expensive and consist of conventional vegetables and meat that originate from the farms that would supply local supermarkets. No need to worry as the animals they use are not pumped full of antibiotics and generally get fed some grain.

I have switched to Darwins rawfeed as I found it greatly enhanced the life of my dogs with regards to their health. It proved to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only are their products super affordable, but it is very fresh too. I am a big believer in feeding your dog raw food. I believe there is an intro special for about $15 for 10lb of food if you’d like to try it out.

When I have the extra time, I still visit my local butcher. If you’re in the Seattle area, I love Double D Meets! Their staff is super friendly and you can’t beat the prices! I live in Queen Anne and they’re up in Mountlake Terrace so I guess it’s not very “local” but it’s worth the drive. If you know of a closer butcher that doesn’t charge a gazillion dollars for some dog bones, please let me know =)

http://doubleddmeats.com

 

Corgi Convention at Marymoor Off Leash Park

I think I’m going to start calling the meet ups Corgi Conventions. My friends started saying this when they were making fun of me and now it’s grown on me. I like the sound of it =) Today was a beautiful sunny day and it was the perfect day for the dog park. What’s better than a sunny day spent at the dog park? Sunny day at the dog park with 30+ corgis running around!

Someone made a comment about Umi being too skinny today. Now every time we go out, someone always brings up Umi’s size but today, I felt like this person was implying I wasn’t feeding my dog. It bummed me out, I quickly blurted out, “Well, they’re all on the same diet! I don’t know why she’s so much thinner, I think that’s just how she is.” I don’t know why I felt the need to explain my feeding ritual to a complete stranger but I so desperately wanted her to know I wasn’t starving my baby girl …

Anyway .. besides this little incident we had a great day! Check out the photos below!
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Our First Barkbox!

Perfect timing for our first BarkBox! Right before Christmas! What came in our BarkBox this month!

  • Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Bulb – we put some treats in this toy and it kept the doggies busy for quite some time!
  • Superior Farms Lamb Biscuits – 100% natural lamb and it’s grain and gluten free!
  • Safemade Holiday Tartan Bandana – you can see Kenshin modeling it below .. sorta
  • Simply Fido Penguin with Crinkle Paper Body – my pups showed no interest in this but seems like a good idea. Sounds like there’s an empty water bottle in there and they love to play with water bottles lol so maybe they’ll warm up to it
  • Etta Says Duck Chew – crunchy and savory and they promote healthy choppers and gums! My pups chewed it up within a minute! so it’s safe to say they loved it!

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Corgi Walk

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What a stylish lil fella!

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Kenshin checking out this sweater that lights up lol

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Umi wants to see too!

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Everyone had such cute outfits on !

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Twinsies!

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Cuties! So fluffy!

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As usual Kenshin does not want to dress up – it’s just not his thing

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Handsome !

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Cardigan Buds

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Puppy!

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Uh oh .. someone wore the same sweater he did …

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These walks are exhausting for such short lil legs!

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This is adorable! Excuse me while I play paparazzi

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her “I see treats” face

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You can’t tell but Kenshin was very scared to come out onto the dock

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Watching duckies

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Time to go home!

PNW Corgi Picnic 2014!

It’s that time of the year again! The Annual PNW Corgi Picnic!!!! Thanks to Kathy and Leo for opening their home for over 150 corgis and their humans! My corgis had the best time! How amazing would it be if you woke up to a yardful of corgis every morning???????? I’d seriously never leave my house 🙂

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When Umi met her sister, Lily …

Umi’s sister found us on Instagram and we met up at Westcrest Park today =) How crazy right?!!?!!?

Mini corgi meetup!

Mini corgi meetup!

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Ahhhh I think I see a treat in your teeth, don’t worry I’ll get it!

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They look like mine but they’re not mine

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lol this guy dug a hole to nap in

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Follow the leader!

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Gohan is trying to figure out which one Umi is!

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Corgi pile up!

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Did another corgi just join us?

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Corgi hug!

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Auto & Lily

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Hide and Seek

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Kenshin & Umi

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Sunset

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Umi or Lily?

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Wink!

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