Losing a Pet – What to Do When your Pekingese Crosses Over

 


Losing a pet is part of the cycle and it can be very painful and traumatic to your little ones if you do not know how to handle it. As with learning, a kid’s curiosity, awareness and understanding about death grows little by little. And there are so many parts that make up the entire concept of death — aging, life cycle, life span and what happens after death. That is quite a whole lot for a kid to learn.

Death is not something that your kid should be sheltered from. It begins as soon as the kid is able to notice that the dead leaves are beginning to fall off the tree. Learning about this from the people that she trusts and loves puts her at ease.

As a matter of fact, when your kid reaches age 4, he/she would start to wonder about death. So you must weave it into his/her dramatic play and introduce words like die, shoot, kill, dead. This is going to be good for them as this is all part of their learning process.

It is really hard for everyone to handle death, especially a member of the family. Though it is less likely that your kid would be exposed first on a person that is dying, thank goodness! More or less your kid’s first death experience would be the one regarding his pet. And as a parent, you should know how to deal with that.

Losing a Pet – What to Do When your Pekingese Crosses Over

Losing a Pet

When a child that is 7 years old and younger sees that his pet is dead:

  • Don’t sugar coat. Less it more. Give a clear, clean information  Sugar coating the reality would only complicate things. Simply tell your kid that your pet couldn’t walk, see, lick, bark, play, pee or poop.
  • Do not avoid it. As sad and hard as it is, your pet has to experience sadness from the experience.
  • Answer all his questions honestly and age appropriately.
  • Do not mention cremation. If he asks what you are going to do with your pet’s body, it is wise to tell him that you will take it to vet since he has a special place for dead pets. Do not mention about cremation since it would be scary for him at his age.

What you are going to feel:

Different people experience grief in different ways. Besides your sorrow and loss, you may also experience the following emotions:

  • Guilt may occur if you feel responsible for your pet’s death. It is pointless and often wrong to burden yourself with guilt for the accident or illness that claimed your pet’s life.
  • Denial makes it difficult to accept that your pet is really gone. Some pet owners carry this to extremes, and fear their pet is still alive and suffering somewhere.
  • Anger may be directed at the illness that killed your pet, the driver of the speeding car, the veterinarian who “failed” to save its life. Sometimes it is justified, but when carried to extremes, it distracts you from the important task of resolving your grief.
  • Depression is a natural consequence of grief, but can leave you powerless to cope with your feelings. Extreme depression robs you of motivation and energy, causing you to dwell upon your sorrow.

Losing a pet is not that easy, I know. And the most important step is to accept it and be honest about your feelings. Do not ever deny your pain, anger and guilt. Express it by screaming, crying, talk it out, etc… Locking away doesn’t make it all go away. Others find comfort in writing poems, stories, photo collage or the likes. Do not be afraid to get another puppy since he/she may not the be the same as the old one but he/she will always bring a whole new happiness in your home.

Have you ever tried losing a pet? How did you handle the emotions? What did you tell your kids? Tell us your story below.

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Choosing a Dog – What the Pekignese Breed Say About You

Choosing a dog is no joke and it also says a lot about your very own personality. From the tiny Chihuahua to the mighty Great Dane, dogs come in various shapes and sizes and show different kinds of temperaments. Studies shows that the type of dog breed that you pick can actually say a lot of things about your very own personalty. Let me share to you the interpretations about the dog breeds and think how similar you really are.

Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, Tinkerbell may be more than just an accessory. Owners of toy dogs like Hilton and Isaac Newton, score high in the personality traits like openness, open to new experiences, intellectually curious, and are very appreciative of culture and arts. On the other hand, owners of Labrador, the overly friendly breed are the most agreeable personalities around. Furthermore, people also tend to report that their pet’s personality is a lot like theirs.

Choosing a Dog – What the Pekignese Breed Say About You

Choosing a Dog

What your Dog Say About You

  • Terriers. This breed are playful companions, energetic and fun loving. Owners of terriers are said to be able to focus on the task at hand and are flexible. Just like their pets, terrier owners are also brave, competitive and feisty. They are also known to have a good sense of humor and extremely talkative.
  • Labradors and Golden Retrievers. This breed are very good-natured, friendly and make wonderful family companions. Owners of this dog usually put their families first and are carefree and easy going. This breed are known to have active lifestyle and adore the outdoors. Owners are usually lovable, honest and social butterflies.
  • Bulldogs. This breed is so persistent, determined and doesn’t know how to give up easily. Owners of this breed are known to be silly, loves to laugh however can be stubborn at times. They are also very efficient and methodical in completing tasks. While they seem to appear intimidating, bulldogs are loving and gentle members of the family. Owners are also known for being hopeless romantics with sentimental streaks.
  • Poodles, Pekingese, Chihuhuas and Toy Breeds. Owners of these dogs are loyal, sincere and fun loving. Owners are also known to love traveling since small dogs make wonderful travel companions plus they can easily be put into a carrier. Owners of such dogs take pride in their physical appearance also they own very neat and orderly homes. They are also versatile and can afford to enjoy evenings with a bottle of wine or partying around town.
  • Boxers. This breed exudes high amounts of energy. Owners are said to live life to the fullest and are known for their playful personality. Boxer owners are usually busy, quickly welcomes strangers and love life to the fullest. They are mostly hapy-go-lucky people.
  • Beagles. One of the smartest breed in the world. They are innately inquisitive, loyal and are willing to learn new things. Owners are also open to new experiences, willful and curious. The owners make great friends and would bring laughter to everyone’s life. They can also have a mischievous side.
  • Irish Setters, English Pointers, Weimaraners. These breeds are naturally likable, alert and well-rounded family pets. Owners enjoy an active lifestyle, love hunting and other outdoor activities. They are also intelligent, motivated, esily excited and have a great sense of courage.
  • Cocker Spaniels. This breed are so sweet, gentle and respectful. Owners tend to be trustworthy, affectionate and charming. The owners may lead a busy lives but they prioritize their families first. They also keep in close touch with lifelong friends and don’t prefer to spend time with strangers.
  • Sight Hound Group (Basenji, Greyhound, Whippet). These breed are very calm, relaxed, and introverted. These dogs love the company of family and friends, they also prefer to spend time with smaller dog breeds. They are very curious, alert and organized. Owners of this group are agile, fast and often excel at sports (especially track and field.)
  • Dachshunds. This breed are brave, stubborn and act invincible. When owners of this breed want something, they don’t give up until they get it. Owners adore gardening and just like their pets, dig things up. They can also be bossy at times and dislike it when things don’t go their way.
  • German Shepherds. This dog are usually shy around strangers however they warm up once they get to know the person. Owners would of anything for their friends and are loyal companions and tend to be protective to their loved ones.
  • Pugs. They are the class clowns of the canine species. People who own pugs are often cheerful and have a zest for live life to the fullest. Just like a pug who adores belly rubs, the owners also enjoy massages and spa pampering.
  • Rottweilers. They are intense an determined. This dog commands a degree of respect and is known to be a very courageous breed. Owners are loyal, confident and devoted to their loved ones and friends. They are lid back but quickly reacts if a person rubs them the wrong way.
  • Siberian Huskies. Owners of this breed are very huge sports fans. Whether it’s basketball or football, it’s likely that they are watching the game somewhere. Those who own this breed are into outdoor sports like skiing and snowboarding. They can be strong willed but are also lovable towards strangers.
  • Mixed Breeds. Mutt owners are often fun loving, carefree and open minded. They enjoy riding the wave of life while following strict plans. They don’t mind on the small stuff and would rather focus their attention on the bigger picture. During their free time, owners of mutt are often seen doing volunteer works or happily spending time with their group of friends.

Choosing a dog has not always been easy since you are trying to find the perfect match for you. So the next time you see a biker dude walking leather-collared Rott or a Paris Hilton clone with a clipped Poodle in Shantung leash, you may have a difficulty in analyzing how it reflects them. But how about your own pet? What kind of portrait does your pet on you? You may not have thought about it, but everything about your chosen dog reveals a great deal about you; may it be for worse or better.

So, do you agree on the statement above? Tell us about what you think on the space provided below.

 

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Dog Breeds for Protection – Is Pekingese a Part of It?

Every dog owner is knowledgeable on what dog breeds for protection are. So, you think the Pekingese breed is a part of it? Read on to find out.

All throughout history, one of the main and functional jobs of having a pet dog is for protection: guarding us from unwanted animals and people alike. While most dogs these days will act as home guardians instinctively, there are still top dog breeds that known for possessing the traits needed to best ward off unwanted company.

Because of their courage, physical strength, loyalty, resistance to pain and temperament, experts consider the following breeds as top guard dogs:

  1. Rottweiler – This breed is originally bred as cattle-protecting canines, they are known as relentless protectors of their pack. They are very intelligent and very loyal to their owners. They are also known to be aloof to strangers until they are properly introduced and are apt pupils as well.
  2. Komodor – Originally bred to protect herds of sheep, this breed possesses a natural guard dog skill. They are courageous, active, loyal and are widely known for their strength and dignity. If properly trained and socialized, they make a very devoted family pet.
  3. Bullmastiff – They are known for their protection instincts, courageousness, physical strength and an extreme loyal family pet. If a stranger trespasses your home, he will use his strength to block or knock that stranger down. He may be docile in a family set up but surely makes a wonderful house pet.
  4. Doberman Pinscher – If you own a large land and is trying to keep an eye on it, this breed is for you. Dobies are very fast and agile and would be able to reach an intruder in no time. They are known to be the 5th smartest dog in the world, they are alert, fearless and loyal.
  5. German Shepherd – They are fearless, bold and confident. This is an extremely intelligent breed and are fast to learn commands thus making them the police favorite. They have a calm demeanor when the household is fine but would react so fast when he feels his pack is threatened.
  6. Puli – This breed is known for their innate suspicious behavior. They are always on the look out and would bark to alert their masters if there is something out of the ordinary. They are smart and would also require constant companionship. They are great for families who have an active lifestyle since they also love hiking, running and other outdoor activities.
  7. Kuvasz – This breed has a strong instinct to guard its pack and home as well as very territorial. This breed is aloof to strangers but literally craves for attention from its family.
  8. Giant Schnauzer – They are strong, dominant and powerful dogs that requires very strict training. They require a lot of physical and mental stimulation as well as constant attention. Their extreme loyalty to the family makes them a perfect guard dog.
  9. Staffordshire Terrier – They are often confused with American Pit Bull Terrier, this breed was originally bred for bulls and bear fighting. Their protective and aggressive nature makes them an excellent guard dog but must be properly socialized and trained since puppy hood.
  10. Rhodesian Ridgeback – They were originally bred to hunt lions, thus this breed has a very strong prey drive and an independent nature. They are natural and loyal watchdogs. They are also known to be selective with their barking, so when he barks, take it seriously and check it out immediately. They require proper training since they are not naturally obedient. They also love cuddle and affection from its owners.

 

Dog Breeds for Protection – Is Pekingese a Part of It?

Dog Breeds for Protection

Other Breeds Known to be a Natural Family Guard Dogs

  • Ca de Bou
  • Akita Inu
  • Cane Corso
  • Tosa Inu
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Neapolitan Maastiff
  • Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Chow Chow

For those who don’t want to deal with an extra responsibility for owning such a guard dog but are looking for a pet that would alert them of intruders, you should try to consider getting a watch dog. There are a number of breeds that are known for their persistent barking and their natural ability to alert their owners of the danger and also has the ability to scare away intruders.

Excellent Watchdog Breeds:

  • Chihuahua
  • Shih Tzu
  • Dachshund
  • Terriers
  • Pekingese
  • Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer

Owning dog breeds for protection comes with an added responsibility. While all of the aforementioned breeds are known to be wonderful family pets, owners must be clear on the fact that these canines tend to be more aggressive in nature compared to the other dog breeds. And to ensure the safety of the rest of the family, neighbors and guests, these dogs must be properly introduced, socialized and trained.

Now, you know which category your baby Pekingese belongs to. What is your say about this post? Share your inputs with us below.

 

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Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese or Not?

Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese?

With all the ruckus recently about sweet potatoes and its effects on dogs, let us clarify everything first. After this post, you would be able to determine if should you or should you not make a sweet potato dog treat for your pet.

Let us first discuss about the good side, here. September is the harvest time for sweet potatoes and yes, they are an acceptable diet for your pet. This root crop is usually used as an acceptable filler source – one that won’t cause any digestive problems. Compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are more nutritious. They are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and are considered as an antiodiabetic food. Experts found out that it aids in stabilizing the blood sugar levels as well as lowers the insulin resistance. It is also rich in Vitamin A which fights against emphysema. Furthermore, it is also rich in vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Copper and Fiber.

However, you should also be cautious when you are incorporating sweet potatoes in your pet’s diet. Take note that sweet potatoes are full of starch so weight gain is a big possibility if you give him too much, too often. Another thing to consider is that its skin contains harmful chemicals once moldy. To inspect all the sweet potatoes you’re using and prevent feeding him a moldy one. Just use sweet potatoes sparingly.

Furthermore, a sweet potato treat from China is associated with a certain disease. According to VIN (Veterinary Information Network), vets are now reporting health related issues that is linked with sweet potato treats that are made in China (same goes for the Chicken jerky treats).

Laboratory tests show on sick canines that they have kidney problems and their showing symptoms are similar to Fanconi Syndrome. Though most patients recovered, there are still a considerable number of deaths related to this issue.

Signs and symptoms would immediately show up within hours or even days after your pet has consumed the treat. Symptoms would include decrease appetites, diarrhea, lethargy, increased thirst/urination and vomiting.

Sweet Potato Dog Treat

Doggy Treats to Avoid

These brands are the ones allegedly implicated in the sweet potato treat health issues:

  • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle Purina)
  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs
  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties)

If you Opt for Commercially Prepared Treats…

Just know that if you go for ready made treats that are made in China, your pet may be at risk. Chicken jerky treats, Chicken tenders, sweet potato treats or chicken treats all pose a potential threat towards your beloved pet. If you really insist on buying prepared treats, be safe and go for brands that are made in the US.

Also consider making your own sweet potato treats at home, it is healthier that way. Simply buy fresh sweet potato produce and create various kinds of treats out of it. You can always Google for home-made treat recipes as your guide in cooking.

Making your own sweet potato dog treat for your pet is much safer and healthier. FDA found out that the sweet potato dog treat that were made in China were contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide, Phorate. You don’t want your pet to ingest on this, do you?

Have you ever given your pekingese a sweet potato treat? If so, I sure hope not the one from China. How did you cook it? Feel free to share your recipe and knowledge with us below.

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Pica in Dogs: Does your Pekingese Have Pica?

Pica in Dogs: Does your Pekingese Have Pica?

What is pica in dogs? Eating non-food items is coined as pica. Although you may see it as a sign that his diet is lacking some nutrient; however when it occurs is puppies and young dogs the most common cause is actually boredom. Consuming non-food items occasionally may turn into a compulsive behavior, which may be a dangerous habit. The most common form of pica is your pet eating rocks, but he can also eat other things like containers, human clothing, wood or other wooden objects and plastic materials.

It is normal for puppies to chow down on all types of objects, non-food items included. Though, experts are not sure on why they indulge in this, most puppies do this in order to investigate their surroundings. And most puppies will just outgrow this behavior when they reach 6 months of age and along with a reprimand from their owner.

It is already considered as a compulsive behavior if he still continues to do so even when he is already a full grown adult. Compulsive behavior won’t go away if you leave it untreated, you must help her with a special training. Ask your vet about it for more info.

On the other hand, it is common to see dogs eat grass. Some dogs would graze when they don’t feel good and would want to vomit, while others do this to improve their digestion. They also indulge in it because it helps in getting rid of worms or can treat stomach ailments. As long as your pet only eats soil and grass occasionally, then this type of pica won’t have any issue.

Pica in Dogs

Resolving the Problem

If you notice that your pet has pica issues, giving him lots of appropriate things and toys for him to play with as well as a chance to play with you might help in resolving this issue and prevent the development of compulsive behavior. Just bear in mind that if you give him things to chew on, be sure that it is a chew toy designed for him so that he won’t bite off chunks of it and choke in the long run. If you suspect that his pica is diet related issue, then switch him to a higher quality dog food, it could help resolve the problem, if you see no improvement then consult your vet already.

Pica in Pups

  • Give him a plenty of mental exercise to keep him busy. Give him different toys and safe things to chew on.
  • Provide lots of physical exercise too. Play catch, tug of war, fetch and go on walks with your pet. Allow him to run around the yard as well while you supervise.
  • Monitor him. Reprimand him verbally every time you see him chew on something that isn’t suppose to be. Redirect his attention and give her treats and toys instead.
  • If you see him already eating non-edible items, take it from his mouth immediately as it can cause blockages or illnesses once swallowed.

Handling Compulsive Pica

If you are not seeking the aid of an expert animal behaviorist, then here are some steps you can do at home to curb his bad habit.

  • Dog proof your home. Prevent him from gaining access to all non-edible items that he is loves on eating. Supervise him most of the time when you are out in the open. If necessary, you can put basket muzzle on him when you go out on walks.
  • Discourage him. Every time you see him trying to chew on something that isn’t right, then reprimand him. Try to give him his toys and treats to redirect his attention, if he does so, praise him for that.
  • Give him lots to do. Mental and physical exercise can help a lot. Go on walks, play with him, give him lots of challenging toys to keep him pre-occupied for hours and also allow him to mingle with his dog buddies at the park.
  • Consult the vet. Ask your vet about medications that could minimize your pet’s stress and compulsive behavior.
  • Teach him a new skill. Teaching him a new skill would prevent him from doing his compulsive behavior. Reward him for good performance and scold him of he tries to eat something that is not edible.
  • Use deterrents. Using of safe taste deterrents on the items that your pet loves to chew on is also an idea. Useful and safe deterrents include ground pepper, tabasco sauce, Grannick’s bitter apple gel or spray. Be consistent on your application on the items and restrict her water source for 10-20 minutes for maximum results. The bad taste and limit of water source would discourage her from chewing on those items again. If you see him approaching on that item he loves to chew and would turn away, praise him immediately.

Pica in dogs is normal however it is not healthy since if could harm him. As an owner, you must do something to help him stop this bad behavior of his. If you think that you cannot handle the situation on your own, you better seek the help of an expert right away.

Is your pekingese well behaved? Good for you, if so, because mine is quite mischievous; trying to nibble on my garments whenever he can! What is your story? Share it with us below.

 

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