Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dog Soaking Up Sunday Sunshine

My dog Valentino loves soaking up sunshine. And that is what he has been doing on this lazy Sunday!

We awoke to a chilly Sunday morning. With temps in the mid-thirties, our morning dog walk was a tidbit cold so it was tad short but sweet. Returning home, Valentino curled up for his mid-morning nap -- in a bit of sunshine, of course!

Sunshine Found by my Hound Dog

My dog Valentino proves that a bit o' sunshine can always be found by a hound!

In the early afternoon it was time for us both to soak up a bit of sol so out onto the front porch we went. Valentino was delighted that the sunshine had warmed his front porch mat. With me sitting nearby, he was quite content to lay on the warm mat while watching neighborhood comings and goings.

My Dog Valentino Soaking Up Sunday Sunshine

My dog Valentino soaks up a bit o' Sunday Sunshine on the front porch.

Dogs need Vitamin D just as humans and all living creatures do. So now we know why our furry friends enjoy soaking up sunshine, inside and outside.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Cold and Wet Weather Clothes for Dogs

Built for the road ahead but not for dogs!
Cold weather clothing for our dogs is important. We want to keep our dogs as warm and dry and as comfortable as we want our bodies in the colder months of the year.

Sometimes we get creative when dressing our dogs. We try out an old sweater or shirt of our own we believe might fit our pet better than the last dog sweater we bought.

Last week when cold wet weather nipped at our paws, I took an old sweatshirt of mine, trimmed the sleeves a bit, and had my dog Valentino try it on for size.

While the Ford phrase on the back of my shirt says it's built for the road ahead, my dog Valentino barks, "But it's not built for me!"

DIY Human-to-Dog Shirt
While my hand-me-down-to-the-dog shirt seemingly protected Valentino from the windy cold of late Fall, he wasn't comfortable at all! He walked as if in restraints, even though the sweatshirt seemed roomy enough.

Dog Sweatshirt When his favorite critters to chase came into view, Valentino would pick up the pace for a few steps then come to a halt. He'd just stand there and give me his hound dog whine. Undoubtedly he felt there was no way he could chase a stray cat in a getup like that!

Clearly, my human sweatshirt was not intended for my dog. He walked as if it were pawsitively impossible to move along. Obviously, my DIY human-to-dog shirt was a complete failure.

While walking the neighborhood, my dog Valentino kept looking around as if to say, "If anyone sees me in this getup I am sure to die!"

Embarrassing Dog Clothes

My dog had difficulty taking care of business—I had to move the shirt away from his private parts for him to do so. He was clearly not impressed. And yes, I saved Valentino the embarrassment of capturing that chaos on camera!

Sure, my dog has a perfectly fine red sweater for keeping him warm during the winter season. Still, with rainy days and wet winter white flakes headed our way he has nothing to wear which will also keep him dry.

My dog Valentino needs a raincoat! Preferably one that will also keep him warm while keeping him dry.

Thanks to a fellow writer and her dog I feel I found the perfect cold and wet weather coat for my dog. Yes! I window shopped online and it was her purchase for her dog that made my final decision easier. I ordered Valentino a coat. It arrived today while I was at work. My dog and I will put it to the test this weekend!

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017 from Me and V

We wish our loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving 2017 from Me and V

My dog Valentino and I wish all our friends and family a blessed Thanksgiving Day in the year 2017. This blessing comes with a dog pawsitive tidbit for the year 2018. We ask that you each, in your own way and from deep down in your hearts...

Make 2018 a year of giving thanks for that which you are given and a year of giving to others, so they may do the same.

I give thanks for two blessings of invitations to spend this holiday sharing good food and friendship with families near and dear to me. However, I chose to spend this Thanksgiving Day at home (but not alone) with my dog Valentino.

Why? you may ask. Because my dog Valentino has been my best friend and closest-to-my-heart family member every day of the past three years.

Thankfully, for this holiday I shared good food and good friendship with a dear family--my church family! Hope United Methodist Church had their yearly Thanksgiving gathering on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I was a guest at the table of my work family in the midst of this fellowship gathering of faithfulness.

I trust that you have something for which to give thanks. I trust that you shall share a tidbit of thankfulness within your comment for Me and V here at Dog Pawsitive Tidbits today. We thank you!