Tag: keep your dog healthy

5 nonfat healthy dog treats

Has your Vet said your dog is overweight?

Is your dog beginning a middle age spread?

Is your dog a chow hound like our Sydney?

When will she give them to me?
Our Sydney in “Down, stay” behavior waiting for treats.

Tips to slim your hound

 Begin with caution: add each food a few pieces once a week then if your dog’s eating and elimination are normal, try others on the list. These foods are health raw training treats .

Sugar snap peas to break or cut into pieces

Apple slices, thin but not too small. Make you dog chew

Carrot pieces cut long for chewing

Broccoli-skin & stalk cut like above

Cucumber be sure to use the skin, if organic



Please suggest other vegetables and fruits that you give your dog. We love our readers and we love sharing new ideas with readers.


Thanks for reading, Deborah Taylor-French

Rainy day dog play

Rain never stops our play

We adopted Sydney in January. From traces on copy paper, I noticed he had been born on my birthday (or had I been born on his?)! Yes, I felt amazed. Sydney = kismet!

For me to at last find Sydney (in a local animal shelter) after searching local animal shelters, Petfinder.com and shelter Websites on the World Wide Web. Never had I worked so hard to find a dog to adopt. All in all it was seven months, that our dear child (a preteen at that time) waited and cried for her promised dog.

I smell goodies!
Sydney as a 1-year-old, learning new behaviors

All dogs in our family had previous homes. All dogs came to us about one year of age. I had trained each of them with positive methods of food rewards, praise and petting. Not true, the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

Happy campers
Keeshond Dancing Bear Dawn &

I taught five dogs new tricks

Rainy days a perfect for indoor training and play. Instead of playing chase the dog, make your dog  chase you. Have extra yummy treats. Make your dog sit and wait. Go and hide, any corner will do. Then call your dog and reward him or her the instant he or she sits at your feet. Repeat for a good five to ten minutes, depending on your dog’s interest, health and age.

All you need for a good game
  • Yummy & small bean-sized treats
  • a hungry dog
  • teach your dog to  sit and wait
  • a corner, bathroom or bedroom to hide in
  • call your dog’s name and say, “Sydney, come” in a cheery tone
  • reward with treat and pet your pooch
  • repeat

This is a Blog Paws blog hop. Please share and hop around to learn how to get exercise with your dog. Thank you.

Saving dogs on adoption at a time.
Keep on Hopping

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1 thing more toxic than chocolate for dogs

More toxic than chocolate?

Yes, and it’s everywhere.

Please visit my guest blog post on 4Knines blog “One common thing that is more toxic than chocolate for dogs”  Then please comment! Of course, after you comment, I’d love it if you would share far and wide for the love and lives of dogs. After working on this post for about a month I shared it as a guest post so that it may reach a larger audience of dog lovers, beyond my WordPress blog.

If you missed my first guest post on 4Knines blog, then go see my guest blog: “3 tips that could save your dog’s life”

"Hey Mom, what's up?"
Syd the kid

As a writerly treat and encouraging read, I’m sharing Ursula Le Guin’s famous acceptance speech and noting the context. Not a single writer of science fiction nor fantasy genre were honored before her award in 2014. She states that all her fellow authors in those genres were over looked for fiction that fell within the category of “realistic” or “realism.” Enjoy.

National Book Foundation Medal

Speech in Acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

To the givers of this beautiful eward, my thanks, from the heart. My family, my agents, my editors, know that my being here is their doing as well as my own, and that the beautiful reward is theirs as much as mine. And I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who’ve been excluded from literature for so long — my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction, writers of the imagination, who for fifty years have watched the beautiful rewards go to the so-called realists.Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.

Right now, we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximise corporate profit and advertising revenue is not the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship.Yet I see sales departments given control over editorial. I see my own publishers, in a silly panic of ignorance and greed, charging public libraries for an e-book 6 or 7 times more than they charge customers. We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience, and writers threatened by corporate fatwa. And I see a lot of us, the producers, who write the books and make the books, accepting this — letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant, and tell us what to publish, what to write.Books aren’t just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable — but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.I’ve had a long career as a writer, and a good one, in good company. Here at the end of it, I don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds; but the name of our beautiful reward isn’t profit. Its name is freedom.

Thank you.

Ursula K. Le Guin
November 19, 2014

This text may be quoted without obtaining permission from the author, or copied in full so long as the copyright information is included:

Copyright © 2014 Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin Website


Readers you will find a video of her Speech in Acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Amercian Letters by clicking this link: Ursula Le Guin National Book or paste this link into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9Nf-rsALk

Happy New Year 2016

to writers and readers, may your be blessed by art and publication of work written from freedom to freedom.

May all beings be happy.

Deborah Taylor-French


Protect dogs from toxins: Dog Food Alerts

Keep your dog healthy by recall alerts

My purpose for this blog and my tagline is ’saving dogs’ lives & dog lovers’ sanity. I want all my readers to know The Dog Food Advisor.  Editor Mike Sagman,  has personally helped Dog Leader Mysteries receive over 1,600 visitors in one day.  That is not why I want to write about him. Mike provides at least two essential services for dog lovers. Both remain free of charge.

Essential free services for dog lovers

Don’t miss out on these two important, and potentially life saving, services from the Dog Food Advisor. The most important thing I believe we dog lovers can do for our pets is keep them healthy. Keep the avoidable health issues down to a minimum. Do not leave medications, candy, gum or toxic chemicals where your dog can ingest them. Think of your dog as a toddler. For the lifetime of your pet you need to ‘child proof your home and car.’ Vets will tell you that many visits are unnecessary, if the dog owner had thought ahead and prevented the ingestion of toxic and damaging stuff.

Our sick  dog, Sydney, after ingesting a toxin

Our little, Sydney, got into toxins someone tossed into our backyard. He felt awful, would not drink, EAT, walk or play for days. We spent over $200 at an all night Vet clinic to find out why he suddenly became afraid of us, could not walk and would not come out from under the sofa. The Vet tested his urine and discovered he had ingested cannabis. Because we never use, buy or handle that, Marc had to look very hard the next day to find out where our dog gained access. Dogs do not like the smell of cannabis. They avoid it, unless it  is mixed with…please read my post, Marijuana made our dog sick.  Learn why you should be concerned for your dog.

2 sick Sid

 2 simple steps for dog care

Read about dog food brands and formulas. The Dog Food Advisor provides years of facts and ingredients, which he regularly updates on both dry and wet dog food plus dog treats.

Sign up for The Dog Food Advisor’s free dog food recall list. Simple, short and to the point emails on what has been recalled and why. Of course you can always follow the links to his site and read more about each recall alert. Below is a sample alert I received December 2, 2015.


“Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Dave’s Pet Food of Agawam, Massachusetts, has confirmed it is voluntarily recalling one production lot of its Dave’s Simply the Best dry dog food due to the presence of an “off odor”.To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:Dave’s Dog Food Recall of December 2015. Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.

Mike Sagman, Editor, The Dog Food Advisor

P.S. Not already on our dog food recall notification list yet?”


Sign up to get critical dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. There’s no cost for this service.

First go to the Dog Food Advisor and sign up for his recall email notices. Next, search and find the brand and type of food you are feeding your dog. For many of us, his food research was both eye-opening and empowering.

Thanks for reading. If you do visit the Dog Food Advisor and comment, please tell him I sent you. Thanks,

Deborah Taylor-French

Please leave comments, responses  or questions, I love hearing from my readers.

4 health tips for dogs 7 years +

Yikes, my dog’s getting older

  • Do you know what age veterinarians consider dogs seniors?
  • Do you know senior dogs need specific nutrition for their brains?
  • Do you know what you can do to reduce discomfort of aging muscles and bones?
  • Do you know how to help your dog before he becomes deaf?
Breakthrough innovation in nutrition for dogs 7 and older

“There are approximately 87 million dogs in the U.S. and an estimated 44 percent of them are 7 years old and older. And since dogs are considered senior by the time they reach age 7, that’s nearly 35 million senior dogs. But many dog owners who are closely attached to their pets may not be aware—or want to believe—that their furry loved one is considered senior at age 7. According to experts at Purina Pro Plan, a dog’s brain relies on energy from glucose to thrive; however, around 7 years old, the glucose metabolism in his brain begins to change, which can affect memory, learning, awareness or decision making.”

Off-leash dog on a California Trail
Off-leash dog on a California Trail

Best health tips for your senior dog

All seven year old dogs fall into the category of seniors in canine medicine.

Now your own human doctor may have recommend that you add flax oil, salmon oil or coconut oil to your diet. Due to brain research findings  these health protecting fats, when added to a balanced diet, help people maintain brain function. Older dogs can (and need) to be taught new tricks, review canine good citizen have proven to improve human seniors behaviors, plus help them play an active role in family life.

As for dogs, research shows similar results, which is good news for our senior dogs.

“Scientists at Nestlé Purina have been studying aging in pets for nearly 30 years, researching ways to help our beloved pets live longer, happier lives. A focus of this research has been on medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs)—nutrients derived from vegetable (botanical) oils—such as coconut oil, that provide an additional energy source for the brain in dogs age 7 and older. One such study published in 2010 confirmed improvements in alertness and mental sharpness when senior dogs were fed diets that included MCTs.” “Breakthrough innovation in nutrition for dogs 7 and older” The Community Voice

 Look to best nutrition ideas from recent research findings to keep your dog healthy.

I am not recommending Purina dog food of any type. I do not blog for Purina nor do I buy their food. I add supplements to my dog’s food and adjust his diet depending on his needs. We’ve been lucky that Sydney is basically a healthy dog. We keep up on his annual immunizations and wellness Vet checks. He has tended toward gaining weight, thus the new nickname “Pork Chop” and the use of fresh snap peas as treats.

I love Marc. Marc take me home!
Cone-head Sydney panting

Glucosamine products have been studied and used for the healing of skin wounds, stomach ailments, and joint problems. Their use in the relief and healing of the symptoms of joint disease is currently their biggest use. Glucosamine and chondroitin have been successfully used in humans, horses, dogs, and cats. This article deals only with glucosamine and chondroitin and their therapeutic use for osteoarthritis in the dog and cat.” 

“Glucosamine and chondroitin are normal substances found in the body of living animals. They are at their highest concentration in cartilage. Unfortunately, through degradation during digestion and processing, almost all of the glucosamine in an animal’s diet is unavailable for use. The body, therefore, synthesizes most of its own glucosamine through a biochemical reaction utilizing glucose. In normal healthy animals the body is able to synthesize enough glucosamine to keep the existing cartilage healthy, but when the animal ages or there is damage to joint cartilage it cannot produce enough to keep up with the body’s needs. This is where a supplemental form of glucosamine is needed.”

Pet Education.com “Glucosamine & Chondroitin for Hip Dysplasia & Arthritis in Dogs

4 health tips for dogs seven years+

  1. Add flax oil or 1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon of coconut oil to your dog’s breakfast.
  2. Add a daily dose of glucosamine and chondroitin. (Consult a veterinarian on recommended amount per dog body weight.)
  3. Teach your dog hand signals for canine good citizen behavioral cues.
  4. Buy a vibrating collar to teach your deaf dog when to come to you. 

Do visit and share Deaf Dog Education Action Fund post “Training Your Dog With A Vibrating Collar”

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