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Monday, July 27, 2020

These two beautiful Road's End girls , Bella and Zoe , are 9 and 11 years old.
They live in Oregon.
Photo-credit to the owner.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Greetings from Mattie.
Road's End Matilda lives in CA.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Add Sardines to your Pet's Diet

WANT TO KNOW WHY THE LOW-COST, NUTRIENT-PACKED "SARDINE" IS A MUST ADD TO YOUR PET'S DIET PLAN? THEN CHECK OUT THE "TOP 10" REASONS WHY!
If you're like me, you’re always searching for an herb or whole food add that will help extend the life of your furry BFF.
But if I told you one of these treasures was a small, salt-water, soft-boned, oil-rich, silvery fish that smells worse than most grandparents’ feet, would you still try it out?
Hailed as one of the richest sources of omega-3, vitamin D and vitamin B-12 (to name a few), this whole food addition (which got its name from the Italian island of Sardinia) is called the sardine!
I can hear the groaning now... "Sardines look and smell gross!” most of you are probably saying.
True, but if you check out my top 10 reasons why you should ignore the smell and fall in love, you won't regret it AND your pet will love you for it!
Check out these 10 awesome reasons as to why this is a must-add:  
1.) PROTEIN PACKED
Your carnivorous dog and cat need protein for proper muscle and connective tissue development. Protein provides structure for skin, hair, joints, bones and nails to name a few! Sardines and fish, which are considered a high quality protein, are full of the essential amino acids your pets cannot produce and need from this type food.
2.) JOINT AND BONE SUPPORT
Sardines are not only one of the most concentrated sources of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA for joint health, but they are packed with a rich source of bone-building and bone strengthening vitamin D!
3.) HEART HEALTH
Sardines are an excellent source of vitamin B12, which promotes an overall cardiovascular well-being. Now tie in the DHA and EPA that are also found in the sardine and you have a cocktail of awesomeness aiding in heart health!
4.) BEATS UP ON CANCER
Studies have shown that omega-3s found in the sardine can inhibit the formation of tumours and prevent cancer from metastasizing. They do this by inducing a process in cancer cells called apoptosis. Today, science is also showing that an ample source of vitamin D, from the sardine, may turn out to play an important role in the prevention of certain types of cancer as well.
5.) BRAIN HEALTH
Studies in people show that supplementing with DHA (found in sardines), is beneficial in supporting cognitive health in aging brains. A study on beagle puppies found DHA improved cognitive learning and motor skills during the developmental stages. Therefore, sardines help sharpen your pet's learning abilities, memory, eye function and psychomotor skills.
6.) HELPS RELIEVE ALLERGIES
Research suggests that supplementing with fatty acids found in sardines, is useful in preventing atopy (allergies to inhaled substances such as pollens and molds) from developing in young animals. Also, because of the incredible anti-inflammatory properties that the sardines carry, they are a great add to help reduce the chronic redness and inflamed skin some pets experience from these allergies.
7.) CAN HELP YOUR PET LOSE WEIGHT
The rich source of omega-3s found in the sardine can activate a type of protein that turns on fat-burning genes in your pet's body! Used correctly, they can help slim down pudgy pets.
8.) POSITIVE EFFECTS AGAINST SEIZING PETS
Research shows that the omega, packed in the sardine, contains potent anti-inflammatory properties that fight the inflammation mediators in epileptic patients while increasing seizure thresholds, in other words, helping to suppress attacks.
9.) KIDNEY SUPPORT
A study on dogs found that while omega 6 supplementation accelerated the decline in kidney function of early stages of kidney disease, supplementing with omega-3 had protective effects. In human studies, it was found that people with long-term use of fish oil, like the oil found in sardines, slowed the loss of kidney function!
10.) MOOD IMPROVER AND ANTI-DEPRESSANT
EPA and DHA found in sardines, according to research, can also improve mood. EPA from marine sources like sardines can decrease cytokines associated with depression.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TOXINS FOUND IN TODAY'S FISH SUPPLY? AREN'T SARDINES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS?
You see, sardines are a short lived fish. Therefore they don't have a lot of time to accumulate a ton of toxins from the water. They are at the bottom of the aquatic food chain as well, meaning they only feast on plankton. So they don't concentrate heavy metals, such as mercury, and contaminants as do other fish.
OK, NOW FOR THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: HOW MUCH SARDINE SHOULD YOU FEED TO YOUR PET?
Let's go to expert and pet food formulator, Steve Brown, for this one shall we?
"The best canned sardines for dogs (and cats) are those in water with no salt added. Avoid sardines packed in soy, corn, sunflower, safflower, or other omega-6 rich oils.
Use the entire can of sardines within two days after opening it, and refrigerate the open can, so that the fragile fats do not go rancid.
Don’t overdo it! EPA and DHA, like most nutrients, provide wonderful health benefits in small amounts, and are detrimental in excess amounts or without sufficient antioxidant protection.
Here are my sardine recommendations for adult dogs.
Feed twice this much to puppies and pregnant or lactating females.
Dog’s Weight 3.75-oz can sardines
5 lbs 1/4 can per week
15 lbs 1/2 can per week
25 lbs 5/8 can per week
50 lbs 1 can per week
100 lbs 1 3/4 cans per week
A 3.75-ounce can of sardines has about 200 calories, so reduce the amount of dry food given on “sardine days” accordingly. Rule of thumb: One can of sardines in water has about the same number of calories as ½ cup of most dog foods.
For cats, no more than a 1/4 to maximum 1/2 a week.
Remember to always check with your veterinarian for specific doses, and always practice variation, moderation and balance when introducing new foods to your pets.
So go grab a clothes pin, plug your nose, and add some aquatic love to your pet's bowls. Most will love you for it!
Planet Paws
@PlanetPaws.ca

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

This awesome little guy "Road's End Figaro" aka "Otto" lives in Portland, Oregon
He was born December 2019, and I just got some new photos of him.
Pictured are his photos from now and as a puppy.


Figaro 7 months old

At 7.5 weeks

Figaro 9 weeks old

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Beautiful Road's End Pax.
Photo credit to the owner.
Pax lives in the State of Washington.


Friday, July 17, 2020

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Road's End Sunny & Charlie where born in March of this year.
I just got new pictures of them from the owners in CA.
Pictured here at 3.5 months of age, and at 6.5 weeks old.





Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Papillon, Phalene, U Ask: Short Hair vs Long Hair

I re-posted following post from a few years ago.
The Paps you see here are all older now, or no longer living with us.

You are asking often about Short Haired Papillons. So, let me focus here on both kinds:
Some Papillons have a shorter hair coat, others have a longer coat.
There are several factors involved, as of why, and how short/long the hair is on a full grown Papillon, or Phalene.

  • Genetics; have a look at your Papillons Pedigree, and photos of his parents, grandparents, and down the line.
  • Climate: if you live in the tropics with him, do not expect the same hair length, or hair volume, as the dog of your friend  in Alaska.
  • Diet: a poor quality diet produces a poor hair coat. 
  • Maintenance: regular brushing and bathing helps to a shiny coat on your dog, regardless of length, and will support hair growth/length of a longer coat.
  • Neutered vs not- neutered: a neutered dog grows much nicer hair, he/she does not have to go through the constant hormone changes, whelping,  litter, and stress from heat cycles.
  • Play-time: especially here with a look at his ear fringes and culottes (hair on his hind legs). The more your Papillon gets to play with other dogs, the more fringes, and other hair will get ripped out, or damaged, broken .

Praline, with all her hair & fringes requires daily brushing.
Praline is spayed and is not very interested in playing with other dogs. 

Pros and Cons: more brushing to do on a long hair coated papi, more maintenance over all.
The original Papillon was meant to be a wash and go dog. Next to no maintenance.
Do you want to deprive your dog of play,  so just, that he will grow longer hair?
Matti is a low maintenance dog, only her fringes need attention more often.

My Road's End Papi Story:
I have Papillons with long and shorter hair coats. The long hair dogs are high maintenance,I love their coats, but I pay for it. There is always a chance, as my Praline did, that they choke on their own fringes, or their chest hair gets caught in their teeth.

Our tiger Man wears a bandanna, he gets his chest hair frequently tangled in his teeth.
Tiger is a high maintenance dog, he has a lot of hair (dense). Needs frequent baths with brushing.


All my dogs get to play, so that in the beginning they do not show too much fringe. When they get older, they play less and everything starts to grow better on them.
Some of my dogs where little bandannas, that keeps their chest hair cleaner and more away from their mouth. I tried  snoods  for their ear fringes before, but again, you will have to restrict your dog pretty much from play with other dogs. In our case, the snoot was removed right away by other dogs while at play.
(A snood is nothing but a tube with elastic band on both ends. The tube goes over his head. (A snoot is a different thing))

Phalene Blitz has nice long hair, but it is very silky and not so dense. He requires some brushing and bathing. Very little sticks to his fur.


Brolle is a high maintenance dog. Everything sticks to his dense hair coat. His groin area needs to be bathed frequently, and brushed; his fringes need to be addressed on a daily base.









Road's End Papillons StormTracker Stormy

Our girl Stormy, 3.5 years old

Silenzio's Brolle




Our boy Brolle, 12 years old.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

How to Make Flea and Tick Spray for Pets

MATERIALS

  • 2 oz Water
  • 2 oz Witch Hazel
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

TOOLS

  • Dark colored spray bottle, 4 oz.
  • Plastic pipettes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill bottle halfway with water.
  2. Fill the rest with witch hazel. Leave a little room for the oils.
  3. Add essential oils using the pipettes.
  4. Shake well to combine.

TO USE

  1. Shake before each use.
  2. Spray on your dog, coating the fur generously with the spray, before heading outdoors.

NOTES

It's important to use blue or amber colored glass bottles. Essential oils can lose their potency when exposed to UV rays, and they also eat away at plastic.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Pets & Toxic Plants


Pet Body Condition Score


Shaving your Papillon's Hair Coat for the Summer? Be aware:

If you are planning to have your Papillon, or any (small) dog shaved for the summer, think again:
Dogs do not have any sweat glands , nor do they have a great amount of blood vessels on their skin.
They simply do not have the ability to dissipate body heat during hot summer days. Dogs do have sweat glands on their foot pads, but that alone is not sufficient to to regulate their temperature.
By shaving your dog, you actually predispose them to  sunburn, and heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke.
If you keep your dog well combed , brushed, mat free, he will have a better circulation of air through his hair, which acts as a cooling effect.


I shave on some of my dogs their bellies, groin, and armpits, but even that only to the minimal.
We have "bugs" out here, like bees, ants, stinging flies. All those bugs have it much easier to sting a shaved dog than one with plenty of hair.

Conclusion:
Keep your friend well groomed, have plenty of fresh water, and don't shave your dog.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Hi Antje!

I am 6 months old today.  I love my new home and my big sister Semilla.  She is very patient with me and we play a lot.  When we play chase I can run as fast as Seme, but I’m not as coordinated as she is so she usually catches me!

 

I have lots of toys in my toy basket.  I spend most of the day pulling them out and leaving them all over the house.  I really like toys with squeakers and I can make them all work.  I just discovered the door stops and I love making them zing.  I also like stealing socks and paper and digging holes in the yard, but I’m not supposed to do that!  I get to do laundry with Seme…. I like to ride in the clothes basket on the warm clothes.  Mom says I am still pretty feisty, but I am learning my manners and I am a very good girl.  I can walk on a leash and I know how to sit, come and stay.  I don’t bark very much, but when I do mom tells me “quiet” and I listen.

 

I am getting fringe on my ears, tail, and legs.  I have sort of wavy hair on my back half.  Dad teases me that my tail is crazy like the Cat in the Hat!  It is going to be beautiful when it grows out.  I have learned to sit still in the morning when mom washes my face, combs my hair, and brushes my teeth.  That was really hard to learn, but I have finally figured out how to do it!   I am going to be a little bigger than Seme.  She weighs 5 lbs and I already weigh 5 ½ lbs.  We are about the same height and length, but I am still growing. 

 

I am going to go on my first trip in a few weeks to Bend.  We are going to stay in a pet friendly hotel and I am excited to see new places.  I love to ride in the car!

 

I miss you and all of my papillon family and hope you are all doing well!

 

Happy birthday to me!

Bianca







(Both Paps are Road's End Paps)