Pet Beds

It used to be that beds for dogs were fairly uncomplicated things. You could put down a rug, a folded blanket, or a pile of old towels in a corner or close to the fireplace, and that was it. But pet beds have come a long way since those days.

Occasionally folks don’t have a special mattress for their dog, but let it sleepwith them on their own mattress. Or from time to time dog crates double as beds for the night. But others want their dogs to have something distinctive, and you will discover some fascinating and fun versions of these beds out there. Dog beds might be as utilitarian or as elaborate as you would like them to be. In most cases, your dog won’t really care, unless it is a option between a uncomplicated mat on the floor or a memory foam mattress that gives aching joints a bit of relief. If you want your dog to sleep at the foot of your mattress, or it really likes that rug close to the fireplace, then you might not need to have anything special. But you can find some real cool dog beds, and many pet owners really go for unusual designs.

While there are  many choices for to find bed that makes your dog happy, heated dog beds increase you options with the many shapes and styles available.  Some dogs prefer this type of bed. My dog loves to sprawl on the bed so an open style is best for me. There are hundreds of choices for dog beds to accommodate our different styles and choices. You should have no problem finding what you and your dog need and something that will fit with your home decor.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is here, and that means it’s National Pet Dental Health Month. It can be easy to overlook your dog’s oral health on a day-to-day basis. This campaign is a great reminder to take care of your dog’s teeth now and all year round.

Oral hygiene is an essential part of caring for your dog. Many people think “doggie breath” is inevitable. In reality, halitosis is a sign of an oral problem. Dental disease causes discomfort and can lead to loss of appetite, weight loss, and systemic diseases. Prevention is the cornerstone of canine dental health. Daily home care is essential, but dogs also need a professional cleaning about once a year (give or take depending on the dog). February is a great time to visit your vet for an oral exam and cleaning, as many offer discounts in honor of National Pet Dental Health Month. Regardless of the month, remember to keep those pearly whites sparkling.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as “Yorkies,” offer big personalities in a small package. Though members of the Toy Group, they are terriers by nature and are brave, determined, investigative and energetic. They have long, luxurious blue and tan coats. This portable pooch is one of the most popular breeds according the AKC® Registration Statistics.

A Look Back
Named for the English city from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the nineteenth century to catch rats in clothing mills. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings, the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs’ fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society.

Right Breed for You?
Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interaction with their people. Their long coat requires regular brushing.

Colors
Puppies are born black and tan and are normally darker in body color, showing an intermingling of black hair in the tan until they are matured. Color of hair on body and richness of tan on head and legs are of prime importance in adult dogs, to which the following color requirements apply: Blue: Is a dark steel-blue, not a silver-blue and not mingled with fawn, bronzy or black hairs. Tan: All tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, shading to still lighter tan at the tips. There should be no sooty or black hair intermingled with any of the tan.