"Bark 'n' Scratch"

Volume I - Issue 13:  December 26, 2003
Published by:
Christopher Aust, Master Trainer

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=>  Christopher's Drool
=>  Christmas Pups
=>  Today's Quote
=>  Holistic Grooming
=>  Hero Dog
=>  Recommended Stuff
=>  And, the Little Guy Wins

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Christopher's Drool

Hi Gang!

Well, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Santa was generous to all. Now, it's off to the store to makes those returns and try to figure out what our friend was thinking when they bought this shirt! Yikes!

I read an article on holistic grooming which had a couple of great home-made recipes for coat conditioners as well as a list of chemicals to avoid when buying your bathing supplies. There is actually quite bit of information I thought was beneficial so I have the article below.

Now that the most of the festivities of the holiday are over, lets remember to keep the house safe for the four-legged family members. With all the new electronics and rechargeable toys, there always seems to be an abundance of electrical cords just waiting to be chewed on.

Remember to do all you can to return your dogs schedule to normal as quickly as possible to avoid anxiety or anxiousness. This will help to eliminate finding the corner of your new laptop chewed up by a nervous dog. If the dogs have developed a little "holiday spread" as a result of all the goodies, make sure they get a little extra exercise.

We may have to miss next week's edition of "Bark 'n' Scratch" since my editor is up to her eyeballs in some project or other with a deadline. I'll do what I can to make her feel guilty enough to work us in anyway, but I can't promise.

That's it for now. Everyone have a great New Year celebration and be safe. I'm really excited about 2004 as I have some great ideas for upcoming issues. Please continue to send in your comments. They are truly appreciated.



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Christmas Pups

Well, it's the day after Christmas, so you may not be saying, "Why did we think a dog was a good Christmas gift," yet - but you will soon. I know. I've done it myself and more than likely will again. A new dog or pup, to me, is the ultimate gift of love and emulates the meaning behind the holiday.

While the holidays are all about giving, family and cheer, lets face it, it's stressful. We have a lot going on during the holidays. Card lists, gift lists, office parties, shopping, party and dinner plans. Hardly time to keep a normal schedule or set up the house for the arrival of your new family member.

These are two critical steps not to miss in the beginning, but they are not insurmountable. In fact, what we will do is take a negative and turn it into a positive. Let's look at a worse case scenario here ...

8:00 PM Christmas Eve: After a healthy dose of cough suppressant, the children are sleeping. (kidding) There are still a dozen gifts to wrap, one Erector set to assemble, one dollhouse and a Lego Pirate Ship to figure out. Mom's handling the house; Dad's off to breeder to pick up new pup.

8:45 PM Christmas Eve: Dad arrives back at house with puppy. Allows it to walk outside for 15 minutes to let it go to the bathroom, even though breeder assured him the dog had already does his business for the night. Puppy shows no interest.

9:00 PM Christmas Eve: Dad takes puppy inside where it promptly craps on the carpet. Puppy is back outside for 15 more minutes, again, showing no interest.

9:15 PM Christmas Eve: Puppy shown new food and water bowl, which is quickly turned over and spilled across the kitchen floor.

10:45 PM Christmas Eve: Puppy finally sleeping. Erector set finished, dad works on the doll house. Dad hears a crash and observes Erector set on side with pup chewing on the bow. Dad jumps up yells at dog and runs to Erector set to check for damage. Puppy becomes scared and pees on Barbies Dream House.

1:00 AM Christmas Day: Finally, mom and dad get to bed. Five presents were rewrapped after the pup chewed them open. Pup finally piddled outside and is now in the parents bathroom sleeping.

1:05 AM Christmas Day: Pup not sleeping. Pup howling! Dad runs to quiet pup which is lonely. Doesn't want the kids to wake up and spoil the surprise for morning. Puppy fine when dad is there but won't let him leave. Dad and pup fall asleep on bathroom floor.

4:20 AM Christmas Day: Mom realizes Dad's not in bed and goes to check on him. Opens door to bathroom, hitting dad on head and waking him up. Mom, Dad and pup back to the bedroom and into the bed. Puppy takes over Mom's pillow.

7:00 AM Christmas Day: Kids hear puppy whining and come in and find dog. Lots of screaming and excitement. Puppy put outside to potty for 20 minutes to no avail. Brought inside and promptly craps on floor. Kids begin to open presents.

9:00 AM Christmas Day: Mom and Dad discover the new puppy is nothing more than a four legged chewing machine. Wrapping paper is shredded and in every corner of the house. Daughter's baby doll is in need of a new eye, and the Lego Pirate ship has a devastated mast.

4:00 PM Christmas Day: Kids have been feeding puppy all kinds of goodies all day. Dog is wired for sound. Dad walks into living room and finds puppy chewing on remote control for his new DVD surround sound, yells, runs over to pick it up, and nerve in back pinches as a result of sleeping on the floor of the bathroom all night. Puppy pees on floor and Mom puts dad on couch with heating pad where Dad discovers the DVD system is useless without the remote. Guests to arrive in two hours.

6:00 PM Christmas Day: Dad takes dog outside to do his business one last time before guests arrive. Puppy finally goes #2 in the yard! Yeah! Wait, is that worms? Dad bends, increasing pain in his back, inspects for worms but discovers it's just pieces from his remote.

11:00 PM Christmas Day: The guests are gone and the pup did pretty well. Begged a lot of food and jumped up quite a bit. Dad takes puppy outside one last time for the night where again it shows no interest. Puppy spends night in garage.

While this is an extreme example, it's not too far from the mark. So how do we pull a positive out of this? Just look at all you have learned about your dog's behavior and personality.

Just like people, dogs "telegraph" their intentions when they are preparing to do something. By observing their habits when exhibiting “bad” behavior you are better able to anticipate what they are about to get into. This way you can redirect their behavior without causing any increase in their stress levels.

A rough start is not indicative of a rough future. Get training or training advice as soon as possible. This will help to eleminate any bad habits and prevent new ones from developing over time. Maintain your regular schedule and introduce your dog to his schedule as well. The sooner, the better.

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Holistic Grooming
by Kyla Sims

Holistic grooming is a safe and natural way to take care of your dogs skin and coat. Regular grooming with the use of natural products helps to keep Fido clean, healthy, and happy! You may think grooming is a chore but it can be a rewarding experience for you and your pet.

Maintaining a holistic grooming regiment is simple. All you need is a 100% natural shampoo, a good quality natural bristle brush (we love George's natural brushes), some common household items, and of course a little of your time and some TLC.

Many skin problems such as a dry dull coat, oily coat, or dandruff are all signs of nutritional imbalances and poor skin health. You need to take care of the skin from the inside out and feed your dog a high quality all natural dog food or you can choose the ever popular raw food diet. If your dog has dry skin and a brittle coat you can try supplementing with some fish, flax, or hemp oils. These all contain high amounts of essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6, which we all know can add moisture and sheen to the skin and coat.

Rub a dub dub...

Bathing your dog with a 100% natural shampoo base enriched with herbs, vegetable proteins and pure essential oils is the best way to help clean the coat and nourish the skin. Many commercial shampoos contain phosphates and sodium based detergents that can dry out and irritate the skin. They can also strip the skin of natural oils that help protect it, throwing off the skin's natural balance. Chemical ingredients to stay away from are sodium lauryl sulfates, cocomide DEA, cocomide MEA, and TEA lauryl sulfate, and propylene glycol, just to name a few!

When bathing you want to use warm water and make sure you make bath time fun! Lather up the coat and give a gentle massage with your finger tips to help relax your pooch. Be sure to rinse all the shampoo out of the coat, soap residue can cause your dog to be very itchy. After the bath is a great time to cut your dog's nails. They will be very soft and a lot easier to cut.

After shampooing you should follow with a final rinse to help balance the skin. An apple cider vinegar rinse helps restore the skins natural Ph balance and rinses away any leftover soap residue.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar
1 pint warm water

Mix together. Pour over coat and massage in. If your dog has some skin problems consider rinsing with an herbal tea. Cyber Canine has pre made bath teas for dog's that work great! You can easily make these at home using your own tea bags or dried herbs. Chamomile tea soothes irritated or sensitive skin and it also helps brighten light colored hair! Rosemary has been praised for centuries as an all over great hair tonic. Here is a simple recipe you can make yourself at home-

Rosemary Rinse

1 tsp. of dried rosemary
1 pint of boiling water

Steep 10 min. Strain and cool. Pour over coat and massage in.

Daily Care...

Brushing your canine's coat daily will help distribute the skins natural oils through the coat, remove dirt and debris that may have accumulated during the day, and also help improve circulation. Shampooing your dog once a month or even once a week with a natural shampoo will also help improve the condition of your canine's coat. A regular deep tissue massage session after brushing helps to release any lactic acid buildup in the muscles and lets you examine the skin for any lumps, ticks, cuts, or wounds you might not have seen otherwise.

Oral Hygiene...

Maintaining those pearly whites is also very important for overall health. Periodontal disease is a very serious and possibly life threatening disease, which can be prevented with regular teeth cleaning. To maintain canine oral health brushing the teeth once a week is a good starting point. You may need to brush more often or less frequently depending on the individual dog. I love to use a little bit of baking soda on a moist gauze pad to help scrub away any plaque and make them shine! This method is much easier and more precise than using a toothbrush and the baking soda is all natural and totally safe to use. (just don't use too much)

Starting a regular holistic grooming regiment is quite simple and rewarding for both you and your dog. Your dog will be clean, healthy and happy, and by using natural ingredients from the earth you know you are helping to nourish your dog's body, mind, and soul! With natural grooming products on the rise you can now easily find natural shampoos and grooming products on the web or in your favorite pet shop!

Kyla Sims is the CEO and founder of SpotOrganics.com, which hand blends the finest organic aromatherapy sprays, grooming supplies and pet bedding materials anywhere.  Visit soon!

Hero Dog

Dog Helps Youngster To Safety
12/19/03 10:37 PM EST
Reported By: Beth Ipsen

A 3-year-old black and white pit bull resembling Pete the Pup from the 1940s "Little Rascals" shows grabbed the back of a girl's jacket and helped her out of a burning home Thursday night.

After 6-year-old Autumn Marley alerted her mother that the Nordale Road home where they were staying was on fire, the dog--also named Marley, by coincidence--grabbed the girl as she struggled to get out the back door of the burning house and helped her to safety, said the dog's owner, Jennifer Ingram.

"She's always been an awesome dog, but I didn't know she was capable to doing this," Ingram said of Marley, who she raised from a pup.

Thanks to Autumn's alert and Marley, no one was injured in the fire. However, the residence, with several additions was a total loss, Ingram said.

Ingram wasn't home at the time, but said her temporary roommate, Julie Marley, was cooking dinner for herself and her two daughters when Autumn noticed the entryway was on fire. The three couldn't go out the front door and Julie Marley had to force open a seldom used back door to escape from the burning building. After Julie Marley stumbled out the back door, she turned around to see Marley the dog had grabbed her youngest daughter by the jacket and was pulling her out the opening, Ingram said.

North Star Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Tyler said Julie Marley flagged down a motorist who called 911 shortly before 6 p.m. By the time firefighters arrived at the house near the Freeman Road intersection, the building was fully engulfed by fire.

Ingram, 22, was shopping with her boyfriend, Daniel Martin, when Marley called her to tell her the house was on fire. By the time she got to the home, there were firefighters and lights everywhere. Marley the dog had been running loose during the chaos.

"I'm going to take her to the vet tomorrow," Ingram said. "Her feet are frostbit."

Tyler said the fire went up into the ceiling and Autumn Marley discovered the fire before smoke alarms sounded. Tyler said the cause of the fire is unknown, but it started in the entryway.

What flames didn't reach in the house, heat and smoke seemed to touch, Tyler said.

An initial estimate of the damage was $20,000, the fire department said.

Ingram was at the house Friday with generators and flashlights her boss, John Keys, had loaned her while she and friends searched through the charred rubble in 25-below-zero temperatures for anything salvageable.

"We're trying to salvage everything thing we can, but it's not really looking good," Ingram said.

The American Red Cross has supplied Julie Marley and her children with clothes and Ingram with a pair of boots. The Red Cross set up a place to stay for the Marleys. Ingram is staying with a friend.

"I just thank God that nobody was hurt," Ingram said.

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And, the Little Guy Wins

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A man replied, "It's mine. Why do you ask?"

The first man walked up to him and said, "I'm sorry, but my dog just killed your dog."

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