<![CDATA[PAWesome Vacations - Home]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:13:50 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Why does my dog (sometimes) throw up in the morning? Oh...Happy World Health Day!]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:13:25 GMThttp://pawesomevacations.com/home/why-does-my-dog-sometimes-throw-up-in-the-morning-ohhappy-world-health-dayMy husky is perfect. Everything about her is perfect. Her size, her demeanor, her weight, her obedience, her eating, her bodily functions...She. Is. Perfect! However, she is a living, breathing, fully functioning creature and, with all that, she occasionally gets sick. By "sick" I mean she throws up from time to time in the mornings. There's no other alarm clock as effective as the impending disaster that the sounds of a dog about to throw up foretells. I don't care how great that dream is that you're having, how late you were up, or how restless your sleep was...when you hear that deep churning, gut cramping "wooohhg, wooohhg" sound you will spring into action! Especially if the place it is originating from can be found sharing your bed! Gah! I just washed the sheets and duvet! The first few times it happened I would jump up, pick her up, and put her in the bathroom to throw up on the linoleum for a much easier cleanup. After those first few times she has figured out to jump out of bed and wait for me to tell her where to go. This is especially helpful as there's been a time or two where we were downstairs and closer to her kennel, or the dog door, and her training to look for where to go was incredibly useful! 

Some fur-parents might get worried about their pet anytime it throws up...this would be unnecessary in Calypso's case. Every time she has thrown up it has always been bile. You know...that nasty, yellow-green, slimy fluid that aids digestion...and, maybe not so well known, is the last resort throw up content when your stomach is empty. It happens to have the same function in animals as it does humans. It's also a rare occasion with her.

Calypso's eating schedule is twice a day. Her breakfast, actually all of my pups, is around 7am, and her dinner is between 7pm and 8pm. What I found is that the only times she has gotten "sick" is when there's been too much time between meals, or she had significant exercise and I hadn't made up for that in her amount of food. After she eats she never get's ill/throws up again. Like I said, she's pretty darned PERFECT!

However, this is not the case for all animals, and one should always keep their eyes on their pet if they think something is off in their health. In the spirit of World Health Day, I have two offerings. The first is a link to a website that is a great resource on dogs and throwing up bile (what a gift!!). The second is a simple graphic that lists 5 Symptoms of a Sick Dog. I am not a veterinarian, so please always consult your pet's health professional if you have any concerns about your pet's health.

Happy World Health Day...make it great for you and for your fur-friends!!

Why is my dog throwing up bile?

<![CDATA[Why should I take my dog to a dog park?]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 19:34:00 GMThttp://pawesomevacations.com/home/why-should-i-take-my-dog-to-a-dog-parkSurprisingly, I get asked this question fairly often, "Why should I take my dog to a dog park?" There are all kinds of answers I could give you, but first, I'll ask you some questions (feel free to talk to yourself a little bit here--maybe even to your dog):
  • Do you like being cooped up inside the house day after day?
  • Did your parents raise you by keeping you in a cage-like box for long periods of time only letting you out to eat and empty your waste? 
  • Were you allowed to speak to other humans when you were growing up?
  • Are you alone in the world, or do you have at least one friend (outside of your immediate family)?
  • If you had 4 legs would you just want to lie around all day every day?
  • Would you like me to quit asking questions and just answer the original one?
I imagine that last one had you nodding...perhaps even laughing by that point, and I sure hope that no one that reads this was triggered and is now reliving some unfortunate history that had either been forgotten, or pushed deep down...  Here's a picture of some happy pups to get us back on track and shake it off!
The point, I hope, didn't fly over your head. Taking your dog to the dog park is vital in having them become socially mature, just like having you around other people (kids when you were young) had you develop social skills. Do you wonder why your dog seems to be constantly nagging you to play, or wrestle, or sometimes acts out? My Siberian Husky once gave me a clear message by chewing a hole into my wall, eating drywall and insulation--we hadn't been to the park in a couple days--message received! Your dog has energy that needs to be released in some way. Now, I want to stress that the dog park is not the place to take a dog to just "get out some energy". Take your dog for a walk, a jog, a hike, take him/her somewhere private to play fetch, or get creative like I do with my husky--I harness her up like a sled dog and have her pull me on a long board to release the energy she naturally has (it's CRAZY FUN)! Besides that energy, your dog wants to be around other dogs. I"m sure he/she loves you more than the moon, but sniffing your butt is not nearly as interesting as sniffing another dog's. Ah, the places they've been, the things they've seen...so much (I imagine) is discovered in that all important greeting sniff. 

Excess energy aside, your dog is naturally a social creature. They are pack animals so they want to interact with other butt sniffing, ball chasing, water lapping, tail wagging, fur covered, treat seeking creatures. Taking your dog to the dog park early on in their adolescence (after they've had their appropriate shots, of course) has them develop socially appropriate behavior later on in life. If you rescue an animal and they are a few years along, or if your dog just hasn't been socialized and is now a few years old, you may want to take the process a bit slower. Join a Meetup group for dog owners and have puppy play dates to introduce your dog to one or two other dogs at a time, rather than taking him/her to a busy dog park. Meetup isn't your style? Maybe do the same with a friend, or two, that also has a dog. Either way, the first couple times you go with your pup to the park it's usually a little scary for them. They could whine, hide, cry, or act really submissive and may even get ganged up on by a few other dogs--not usually bitten or in a fighting manner--more so the dogs will capitalize on another dog that is submissive rather than confidant in the park. Humans do it all the time...remember back in elementary, middle, or high school and kids were ruthless to those that were submissive, quiet, or appeared weak? Yeah...bullying sucks...and, it happens at the dog park sometimes between pups. It's not bad, it just can happen. 

Calypso, the first 3 times I took her to the dog park was excited to go, yet screamed when other dogs would come towards her, even though I had two other small dogs at home. She was only 5 months old when we started going...and by the 4th time she was gaining confidence. At my dog park there are two sides, one is for small dogs, the other is for big dogs. Calpyso, my husky, is a medium sized dog and was often getting dominated by bigger dogs on the "big dog" side. So, we started going to the small dog park. Her confidence only grew, now I can take her to either one and she does perfectly well with all sizes of dogs. I keep my eye on her, though, as some dogs are not socially appropriate and sometimes they get a little too aggressive. I simply say it's time to go, and we either go to the small dog park, or go home. 

Does your dog bark and pull when they see another dog when you are out for a walk? Chances are that could be helped by socializing your dog at the dog park. Calypso became far more calm and trainable after being at the dog park. She quit pulling on the leash when we go for a walk or run. Also, now when we see another dog it's not like seeing cake on a Tuesday (EVERYBODY loves cake on a Tuesday!), she doesn't pull, she waits until we're close, tests the waters to see if the other dog is friendly, proceeds to greet sniff the other dog, and then we move along our way. She also seems happier after getting park time. I would say she smiles more, but you wouldn't believe me...

Also, you may meet some really cool people at the dog park! It's almost like you can see if people were socialized growing up in how they are at the dog park. Some go off to a corner and speak to no one. Some have a group they get with every day or night at the park. And, some wander from person to person simply saying "hello". Do they have people parks?? Oh...

Bottom line is that going to the dog park benefits your dog socially, while it also benefits you emotionally and mentally. Can you imagine what went through my head when I saw the hole in the wall? Talk about unnecessary, and unwelcome, stress and fear! I will not ever skimp on the dog park with my pups ever again. I hope this has helped and given you some insight as to why the dog park is so helpful for your dog and for you! 
<![CDATA[7 Reasons why traveling with your pet is the BEST!]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:01:42 GMThttp://pawesomevacations.com/home/7-reasons-why-traveling-with-your-pet-is-the-bestIf you've done any traveling at all then you know that sometimes it can be a lonely adventure. Don't get me wrong, I believe (for the most part) traveling is one of the most amazing and impactful things we can do as humans. Yet, if you have fur-members in your family then something seems missing when you're off in the mountains, on the beach, or walking miles in a new city (gotta get those 10,000+ steps in). 

Whether you're already familiar with traveling with your pet/s, you're considering starting, or you are sans-pet and thinking about how adding a pet to your life will impact your wanderlust behavior here are 7 reasons I have found that traveling with your pet is the BEST!!
  1. No more sad eyes, droopy ears, and wag-less tails through the house window when you load up your travel bag into the car, close the door, and drive away on your trip. It's honestly something I used to have nightmares about when I used to travel without my pups. They would watch me pack from the corner of my bedroom, every so often jumping up onto the bed and into my bag only to be scooted away, and ALWAYS looking back at me with those sad, puppy-dog eyes...yeah, you know the ones. I'd say, at least one hundred times, how much I love them, how I'd be home before they knew it, that I was leaving them in the best care, and how much I love them...I know, I said that one before, but I said it more often than the others...MUCH more. Gah, the guilt was thick...of all the things to feel guilty about I never expected that! Of course, when I returned home they were always happy to see me. Thankfully dogs don't tend to hold grudges..pheww...thank goodness for that short memory pups have, but my memory isn't so forgiving and leaving them needed to change.

    I travel often via road-trip to San Diego, it was in fact the source of my idea for PAWesome Vacations, and when I started traveling with the pups I had no idea how wonderful it would be. All that guilt disappeared, and my trips were ever-so-much-more memorable with them by my side...reasons 2-7 will explain in more detail. They now get excited whenever I pull out my travel bags...they know it's likely they are going with me somewhere fantastic.

  2. No more questionable care while you are away. The very first time I traveled away from my pups (at the time I just had Theo and Ellie--my chiweenie and morkie) they weren't even a year old. I was heading out of Phoenix for my framily's (friends that are chosen family) annual New Years get away. We go somewhere new, usually a Bed and Breakfast, VRBO, or some other remote-ish location, every year. This particular year we were heading up to a BnB by Clarkdale, AZ, not far from Jerome, AZ. We were staying at a fantastic BnB nestled up to some mountains with a newly created vineyard nearby. The pups were staying with someone I thought would care for them well as she had a dog of her own. I'll save the trip details for a later post when I revisit with the pups. I will also share, in greater detail, how friendships go sour and finding a great dog-sitter/pet-sitter is imperative to traveling with peace of mind...in a later post. In short, her actions played a part in me traveling with my pets forevermore.

    Finding the right care for your loved fur-famiy is important, and there are plenty of services that aide in finding someone appropriate. After this experience on New Years I chose to only have trusted Pack-Aunts watch my pups (if I had to leave them) or, I traveled with them. The people that watch my pups send me pictures, videos, they share on social networks how much fun they are having, and all of this brings me peace of mind on those rare occasions I have to travel sans-pets. Traveling with them is MUCH easier on me and them...and will be for you, as well.

  3. Good reason to PAWS and enjoy your trip! Sorry, not sorry for the wordplay...it's going to continue to happen, just woosa! Like I said earlier, I drive to San Diego often and when I started traveling with the pups I got to know that 5 and a half hour trip quite well. My car can get me there on a full tank of gas with over a quarter of a tank left...so, stopping along the way is not necessary. When I started road-tripping with the pups I had to pull over to let them stretch their legs, go to the bathroom (which suddenly just dawned on me as a strange thing to say as dogs don't go to the "bath room" to do their business, HA!), and maybe get a bit of water or food. I had to start looking for appropriate stops for them, and for me, and it was something I had basically blocked out on that trip so many times before. I started seeing the landscape so much differently, beauty, and sunsets that would take your breath away. In San Diego I found myself getting up early to walk Calypso (my husky) on the beach, stroll around Carlsbad, and have breakfast outside with her by my feet. We would repeat the beach as dusk descended. I found myself enjoying my trips far more when there was reason to take it a little slower.

  4. You never have to dine alone. Okay, I'm not entirely sure "never" is appropriate here as not everywhere is pet-friendly, yet..but, for the most part there's always at least one restaurant that is pet-friendly that you and your fur-companion can enjoy a nice meal together at. As a single traveler there remains a stigma to dining alone. Heck, there remains a stigma to dining alone no matter where you are. However, mostly that's a self-view rather than others are actually judging you, but I would be remiss to say that it doesn't exist. I mentioned earlier about having Calypso at my feet during breakfast. She would get some great puppy friendly meal, as well, and sitting there "alone" never felt lonely anymore. Plus, people LOVE seeing dogs when they are out to eat...she got so much attention and I got to meet some local-yocals!

  5. You're more adventurous (thus healthy) and you get cooler pictures! I found myself exploring more, going farther, and taking pictures to remember my trips once I started bringing my dogs with me. I would go jogging to places I normally wouldn't if I didn't have Calypso with me, and I would end up meeting some really neat people along the way. I found that every trip I took with my pups I would actually lose weight as I would be far more active! That was a fun byproduct! Also, I wanted to take more pictures to not forget the moments I was having. My memory truly isn't the best, so pictures are priceless to me.

  6. Extra physical protection! None of my dogs are "attack dogs" or aggressive in any way, however, if you come at me you can bet that they will protect me. There have been several times where Calypso and I have been on a hike and she will literally stop in her tracks, growl, and back up from someone approaching, where everyone else along the way she had licked their hand, or put her head under their hand to be pet. Built in protection and security. I trust that pup's intuition and senses more than my own when it comes to sniffing out danger. When I'm traveling somewhere new, having her with me provides comfort and safety I otherwise wouldn't feel. That's a fantastic plus for single women that travel!

  7. It's just so much more fun! Need I say more?
    Here's a video of Calypso on the beach if you're not sure yet...
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