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Monday, October 28, 2019

Horror Movies for Dogs

How about a little Halloween fun?

TheyCanTalk.com has a hilarious series of comics today - Horror Movies for Dogs.


The Haunted Butt - TheyCanTalk.com
Night of the Living Vacuums - TheyCanTalk.com
Psycho Cat - TheyCanTalk.com
It's Balloons - TheyCanTalk.com
July the 4th - TheyCanTalk.com
The Vet - TheyCanTalk.com

His comics are always amazing - but he's really outdone himself this week!


Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Feature Friday - Chloe the Mastiff-Rottweiler Mix

Today on I Have Plans With My Dog we're featuring the grand old lady, Chloe.

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler

Chloe is 14 years old, and is a Mastiff-Rottweiler cross, or Mastweiler for short. Because of her colouring and shagginess, most people think she's a Lab or Retriever mix. She weighs about 80 pounds, which is small for her breed. She has the prettiest eyes and smoky eyeliner. In fact, she was Miss December in the Humane Society calendar one year!

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler

We got Chloe when she was about 10 months old. She was pretty much full grown by then, but still had all the puppy bad habits - she chewed up a TV remote, the armrest of the couch, and several carpet edges in the first few months we had her.

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler

But she quickly became one of the best dogs ever. We lived out in the country then and we could trust her to stay away from the road, not to wander off the property, and to come when called. She was a tough student in obedience class though as she isn't particularly food motivated. Even now, when you tell her to sit or shake a paw she'll think about it before deciding what she wants to do.

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler

Chloe absolutely adores people. She loves them more than dogs, food, or toys. In a past life she must have been a lap dog because she likes nothing better than to lean against you while you pet her fur. I like to pretend that the dogs all love me best, but Chloe has always been Tom's dog.

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler

She wasn't thrilled when we got Sasha, but the two have become (sort of) friends. Probably more like siblings, as they could play together or avoid each other, depending on the mood. She tolerates the new pups, but she doesn't really spend any time with them. She's become a grumpy old lady.

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler

Chloe lo-o-o-o-o-ves stuffed animals. She'll carry around 2 or 3 at a time, getting them all grubby and damp. Her favourite toy is...whichever one another dog is playing with. She'll wait quietly until the other dog is distracted and then casually walk by, scooping up the toy on her way out of the room. We always find a stash of stolen toys in the bedroom.

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler

She'll also let you dress her up in just about anything. She's worn every set of bunny ears, sunglasses, and Halloween costume that has come into the house. She even ended up wrapped in Christmas lights one year when I was decorating.

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler

Now that she's older she's starting to slow down. She doesn't wrestle with Sasha anymore and she's very careful when she's walking up and down the stairs. She likes to spend her time curled up in one of the many dog beds, looking out the window or snoozing. It's heartbreaking to see but we have to accept it as a part of life. We have so many good memories with her that there's no reason to be sad.

chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler
chloe mastiff rottweiler mastweiler





Monday, October 21, 2019

Halloween Costume Ideas for Your Dog

Are you ready for Halloween? I don't mean carving the pumpkin. Or decorating your porch. Or even buying the candy (even though that's pretty important). I'm talking about your dog's costume!

halloween costume ideas for your dog

Do you dress up your dogs? Do they like it? Mine have mixed reactions - Chloe tolerates it and Sasha loves it. Last year was the little dogs' first Halloween so they were a little confused.

Here are a few of our most memorable costumes from Halloweens past, as well as some dog costume ideas you may not have considered.

My number one favourite of all time is Chloe as The Poop Factory.

poop factory dog costume
poop factory dog costume

We made this costume by hand for an online DIY party and I'm so proud of it. I especially love the smokestacks with cotton "smoke" coming out the top. She wore this for a couple of years, until the Halloween that it rained and the factory fell apart on the way to the neighbour's house.

Another popular one in our house is the bumble bee dog costume. It's a child's costume made of thick felt so it's lasted quite a while.

bumble bee dog costume

In fact, last year all four of the dogs had a chance to wear it. They look thrilled, don't they?

bumble bee dog costume

I think Zac looks like a devil in it. Maybe he's a killer bee.

bumble bee dog costume

Sometimes all you need is a sheriff's hat to change your whole attitude. I'm not sure if she thinks she's the horse or the cowboy. She looks like she takes her job pretty seriously though.

sheriff dog costume

If you have a smaller dog the options are endless. Why, why aren't there more costumes for big dogs? Big dogs like to get dolled up too.

This Beetlejuice dog costume is just everything. I think Scarlett would rock this look.


And if I saw a dog in this teddy bear costume walking towards me I wouldn't be able to handle it. It's just too cute.


I've been wanting to buy this lion's mane wig for Chloe for years. I think ever since I saw that Amazon commercial where the baby is afraid of the dog, until the owner buys him the wig. Do you remember that one? It still makes me cry.


This Bantha dog costume just blows my mind. There's also an ewok, R2-D2, or an AT-AT.


And this is not a dog costume but I just had to share it. Who doesn't love a guinea pig dressed as a mermaid?



What are your favourite costumes? Do you do something new each year?



Friday, October 18, 2019

Feature Friday - Scarlett the Potcake (Dadli Dog)

Happy weekend, everyone!

I thought I might introduce my dogs, one each week. This week I'd like you to meet little Miss Scarlett.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

Scarlett was born in Parham, Antigua - one of seven puppies. She and her siblings were brought to the PAAWS Antigua shelter at about 8 weeks old. Unfortunately, four of the puppies didn't survive. Scarlett was named Unity by the staff and lived in the puppy kennel with her two sisters, Uzzy and Unique.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

Uzzy and Unique were adopted fairly quickly, but Unity stayed at the shelter for two long years.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

A "potcake dog" is a mixed-breed dog from the Caribbean islands. They truly are mutts, with no two dogs being the same - though the most common ones are tan with long noses and slightly darker muzzles. They get their name from the food they were traditionally fed - the congealed peas and rice mixture left over in the bottom of the cooking pot. In Antigua they're also called Dadli dogs, after the original name of the island.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

We were in Antigua on vacation in 2017 and stopped by the shelter to help out. The staff has a lot to do and don't always have time to walk and socialize the dogs every day. They appreciate when visitors come by to help them out. They brought us dogs at a time and we walked them around the block, stopping under a shady tree to take pictures each time. We walked 14 dogs that day!

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

Our oldest dog, Chloe, is getting too old to roughhouse and we wanted to add another dog to our pack who would give our younger dog, Sasha, someone to run around with. We had taken a liking to Scarlett so we contacted the shelter to see if she was still available for adoption. And she was!

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

There were a few months of back and forth emails as we tried to figure out how to get her to Canada. Also, the shelter asked if we would be interested in adopting Scarlett's kennel-mate, Zac, as they had spent most of their lives together and had bonded. We had walked Zac with Scarlett that day and thought he was pretty cute, so why not?

It ended up being about half the price to accompany a dog on the plane than to send them on their own, so we decided to fly to Antigua, spend the week on vacation, and then fly the dogs back.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

Once we were back, we set up the office as the new dogs' room. We cleared out almost everything and added in their travel kennels and dog beds. We even built a gate in the doorway so that they were secured but could still see out.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

This room has become Scarlett's sanctuary. Even now that they have the run of the house, she still spends a large amount of time there, sleeping, or just watching the world go by.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

It turned out that Scarlett is extremely timid - loud noises and quick movements will send her running. We didn't know this when we met her as she's very agreeable when she's on a leash. So she didn't end up becoming Sasha's playmate (Zac filled that spot). But even so, she and Sasha have become best friends. Sasha knows when it's time to play and when it's time to be quiet. She and Scarlett spend quality time together every day, snoozing on the bed or on the couch.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua
Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

We've learned that, as introverted as she is, Scarlett loves (LOVES!) to be outside and to go for car rides. When she sees her leash come out she starts bouncing around and her tail wags in frantic circles. She's such a serious dog that I adore it when she just can't contain her happiness.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua
Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

We've been able to draw her out of her shell over the last 18 months - she spends more time with us hanging out watching TV, she gets very excited when we get home, and she's especially bouncy first thing in the morning. As soon as Tom wakes up she starts jumping all over him looking for hugs and ear rubs.

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua

Being a Caribbean dog, she isn't thrilled with our Canadian winters so she has learned all about sweaters and coats. And of course she has to show off that she's Canadian now!

Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua
Scarlett potcake dadli dog PAAWS Antigua


**If you would like to support PAAWS Antigua or would like to know more about potcakes in general, please click on one of these links:

PAAWS Antigua

Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue

Potcake Place (Turks & Caicos)