Blogtober Day 13: Try a new food. Is it nice?

Regular readers will remember the Blogtober Dog Blog Challenge that I did during October. It was lots of fun, but very time consuming – if you look closely there are a few days that I missed out on posting, but I committed to completing the challenge, so they will come slowly but surely!

The one I’m catching up on today is where Phoebe and Cooper try a new food. Full disclosure: I actually did do this one on the 13th of October, I just didn’t post it because I wanted to do a post on the actual recipe and baking process. I realise that it could’ve come later, but nonetheless, it’s here now, so let’s see what Phoebe and Cooper thought of the Peanut Butter Biscuits…

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Cooper says:

Is it nice?! Oh boy, Oh boy! They’re delicious!! I can’t get enough of them!

I even tried my best to brave the kitchen counter obstacles that Mom laid out to try and get more of them, but I was foiled at the last minute. 😦 Guess I’ll just have to wait patiently for Mom to give me more later on…

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Phoebe says:

Wonderful! Peanut butter is my favourite thing in the world, and to now have them in the form of biscuits?! Amazing! My mom can get me to do anything (even ignore other dogs when we go on walks!) when those treats are out!

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

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You can see the full recipe and instructions for these yummy biscuits by clicking here. And you can check out the full 31 Day Dog Blogtober Challenge here

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Blogtober Day 30: Blogtober round up. Did you have fun?

It’s the end of the 31 Day Dog Blog Blogtober Challenge, and I am filled with both relief and disappointment that it’s over. Doing a challenge like this can be very demanding on your time, but it’s so nice to look back at the month and see how many posts you manage to achieve in such a short time!

Did I have fun? The answer would be “yes”. Would I recommend that others do a similar challenge? “yes” – especially if you are new to the blogosphere. In fact, there is already a great blogger who is doing her own version of this challenge – please go check out Sarah’s great blog about her adventures with her dog Choppy. Her 30 Day challenge can be found here.

The good stuff about the Blogtober challenge:

  • Blogging everyday gets your creative juices flowing. As I’m sure every blogger and writer knows, there are times when you lose the momentum of keeping regular posts, and finding new topics to write about. A challenge like this focuses your mind and gets you thinking about posts again
  • A challenge puts you in contact with other bloggers. By going onto WordPress every day, you not only increase visibility of your own blog, but you notice so many other great blogs that you would miss if you only log on once every week or two weeks.
  • It’s fun! For this challenge I changed from the usual informative tone of the blog and toyed with the concept of writing from Phoebe and Coopers’ point of view. Applying their personalities and giving them each a “voice” was entertaining, and gave me great insight into interpreting who they each are as separate dogs. It was often very entertaining!

The not-so-good stuff about the Blogtober challenge:

  • Time! The most precious commodity there is! The discipline needed to take even just a few minutes everyday to sit at the computer and tap out responses from both Phoebe and Cooper was sometimes challenging. There were also a few days that I just never managed to post – but I will still complete them in November, and link back to them!
  • Topics aren’t always easy or relevant. As this was my own, made up challenge, I scoured other challenges and randomly put topics together that I thought would be interesting. If I do the challenge again, I would definitely change or modify some of them.

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And with that, let’s wrap this up with a farewell from your Blogtober hosts, Phoebe and Cooper!

bye Cooper

Bye Phoebe

Bye Phoebe

Blogtober Day 29: How much of the world have you seen?

Travelling the world far and wide to find the perfect furever home!

Travelling the world far and wide to find the perfect furever home!

Cooper says:

To be honest, not much. I was born somewhere in the Boksburg area, and then I was left at kennels in the Benoni area (neighbouring suburbs in the East of Joburg, Gauteng). This is the same place my Mom found me at, so actually I haven’t done much travelling at all. But I don’t really mind that I haven’t been to many exotic places – I already know that home is my favourite place in the world!

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Phoebe says:

I’ve managed to see quite a bit of the world, and consider myself as “well-travelled” in  both dog and human terms. I was born in Ruretse (Gaborone) Botswana and my entire dog-family were taken in by a rescue organisation there run by a South African couple. Then something went wrong with their visa’s and they had to move back to South Africa quickly. They couldn’t find another rescue organisation for us in Botswana, so all 40 dogs in their care were then sent to Cape Town, South Africa where we waited to find our new adoptive parents.

I stayed in a foster home there for a short while, but in the end we were all kept on a farm outside of the city. Life was tough, but there were lovely volunteers along the way who made an effort to make us comfortable. When I heard of a lady in Pretoria wanting to adopt my sister Lavender, I got the travel bug and decided in that split second that I would cheat the system and go on that new adventure to a new location in Lavender’s place! I’m so glad I did!

I love my history of travelling, but I’m also glad to have finally settled down in my furever home!

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You can see the full 31 Day Blogtober Challenge here

Blogtober Day 28: Any advice for future / present dog owners?

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Phoebe says:

I won’t harp on about the obvious parts of being a dog owner (or Pet Parent as my Mom puts it), as I’m just going to go ahead and assume that everyone knows that food, vet checks, water etc are the basic essentials. My advice is more about become a parent to a Rescue Dog, as this is my own experience.

My top things for you to consider are:

  1. Know that rescue/shelter dogs are all capable of loving and being loved. You may need a little more patience with us in the beginning, but we’re just as full of love as the next dog!
  2. Understand that it may take time for us to be 100% comfortable in our new surroundings and relationships. We can’t tell you about everything that happened in our past to make us scared and fearful, but if you’re kind, patient and observant you’ll soon see what we are trying to tell you and what we need help with.
  3. Get professional help when you aren’t sure what is wrong with us. Remember that a single visit to a Vet, Behaviourist or Trainer could easily solve most problems in no time!

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Cooper says:

I’m not usually one to give advice, but I think some important things for you to remember when getting a new (adopted) dog are:

  1. Don’t be afraid of adopting a rescue or shelter dog. It’s true that many shelter and rescue dogs have long and sad histories, but I think this is a big problem that created a stereotype of us by many well meaning rescue organisations. Some dogs are perfectly fine, puppies are a clean slate, and sometimes we end up in kennels because our owners got very ill, passed away, or had to move unexpectedly – many of us know love and a warm house, so being in shelter is scary for us, but being in a home again is second nature! Take me for instance – I’m not going to pretend I’m perfect (but who is?!), but I’ve known love and protection so I’m not scared, I just have a few dog greeting issues because I missed out on proper socialisation!
  2. Think long and hard if you are ready for the challenges that a new dog may present. Take the ability for them to socialise with other dogs, cats and children into account, and be ready to either work with a behaviourist to solve them, or take other measures to keep everyone involved safe and secure.
  3. Spay and neuter. Seriously. Unless you area registered breeder and have homes for all the puppies you are breeding, there’s no reason to overpopulate!

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Mom says:

Exercise!

  1. Good for the Body: The obvious. Most of our dogs are cooped up in our yards with no access to the outside world. They also need to stretch their legs and get a gulp of fresh air!
  2. Good for the Mind: A bored dog is a destructive and “naughty” dog. Keeping their brain exercised comes not only from physical activity, but also from puzzle toys such as muffin pan games and Kongs.
  3. Good for the Soul: Some dogs have very real afflictions that cause them to feel more than just bored or “blue”. Examples of these are severe anxiety and Separation Anxiety. A good walk can help the dog tremendously.

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You can view the complete Blogtober Challenge here

Blogtober Day 27: What’s your favourite treat?

Cooper says:

Did you say treat? Oh I’d love one, thank you! I’m known to gobble anything in my reach, so picking favourite would be a tough one…. Hmmmm… Here’s a short (and most certainly not exhaustive!) list of my Top 3 Treats:

  1. Biltong. My all time favourite! But I’m not actually allowed to have it because of the high salt content 😦 I still try to steal it from my Mom and Dad whenever I can though!
  2. Vienna Sausages. The chicken ones are great, but my folks won’t use them for training anymore because I get so obsessed with the sausages that any thought of following instructions flies out of the window in my frantic search for more of them.
  3. Dog Biscuits. Any kind will do, whether they’re my Mom’s home-made ones, or store-bought, I’ll wolf them down in delight!
Phoebe and I take our job as Mom's helpers very seriously... When she bakes those yummy Peanut Butter Biscuits we help out by cleaning the utensils! :-)

Phoebe and I take our job as Mom’s helpers very seriously… When she bakes those yummy Peanut Butter Biscuits we help out by cleaning the utensils! 🙂

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Phoebe says:

Like all dogs I also have a weakness for delicious treats. Though I’m nowhere near as obsessed with them as Cooper is. I also differ from him in that I have excellent manners and will only politely take a treat if it’s clearly offered to me by my Mom. Digging up food, or even munching on stray food on the kitchen floor or from overflowing garbage cans is just so unladylike!

My Top 3 Treats are:

  1. The delicious chicken liver biscuits my Mom and Gran baked. Yummy!
  2. Peanut butter! Whenever I need medicine, or the odd treat, my Mom will give us a teaspoon of low-salt peanut butter. She also even made us some peanut butter biscuits that I just love!
  3. Popcorn. It’s so exciting whenever my Mom and Dad settle down on the couch after I hear all that pop! pop! pop!-ing from the kitchen. The crunchy, lite popcorn is the best accompaniment to a movie marathon for the whole family!
Yummers! Mom's famous home-made biscuits! My favourite!

Yummers! Mom’s famous home-made biscuits! My favourite!

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You can check out the full 31 Day Dog Blogtober Challenge here

Blogtober Day 26: Do you have any ongoing health niggles?

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Cooper says:

Nothing serious, but I have very itchy skin. It’s not bad enough for veterinary care, but my Mom has to make sure I get special food and that I regularly get a bath to keep my coat shiny and my skin irritation free!

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Phoebe says:

My ongoing health niggle is my ears. The infection was so bad when I first arrived at my Mom that the Vet and Mom thought there may be a chance that it had caused so much damage that I may actually even be deaf. Luckily the infection cleared up and I have no damage to my hearing, but I still have to have my ears regularly checked and cleaned. My ears get the most irritated when it’s about to rain, so at least I help my Mom by being an unintentional Weatherdog! 🙂

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Mom says:

Keeping Phoebe and Cooper healthy is an essential part of their overall care. Because they were both rescue dogs from dubious backgrounds they came with quite few problems. Through them I’ve learned the importance of the process of elimination when it comes to understanding a “problem” behaviour – are they acting out because of a hurt paw, upset stomache, aching ear, or is there a psychological, behavioural problem on its own. Having a great Vet and Behaviourist who respect the importance of each others’ professions and opinions has helped me put Phoebe and Cooper on the road to living happy lives in every sphere!

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You can see the full 31 Day Blogtober Challenge here

Blogtober Day 23: Who is your human celebrity counterpart?

Cooper says:

I’m a huge fan of Zach Galifianakis, and think I can see quite a few similarities between him and me! We’re both really funny guys, handsome in a very un-hollywood like way, and even more freaky: his Mom is of Scottish-English descent, and his Dad is Greek. It’s like we’re living the same life!!

See? We're both handsome, happy, funny guys!

See? We’re both handsome, happy, funny guys!

I’d be happy to be compared to this likable, lovable comedian!

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Phoebe says:

From the little Mom and I have seen in the magazines and TV, I think I’m very similar to Kirsten Stewart. Now, hear me out… I’m not talking about her character in that vampire movie where she is so sad and sullen while being in love. No, I’m talking about the glimpses of the beautiful, shy, and introverted girl who happens to be in probably the worst industry in the world for people like her.

Kindred spirits?

Kindred spirits?

I understand how her shyness and introversion is continuously misinterpreted as being angry and arrogant. And when the news broke that she had an affair I totally understood the feeling she must have had of knowing you’ve done something wrong, but being condemned in the public space to a point where the “punishment” through the tabloids did not fit the “crime”. For me, my introversion and fear are often criticised and I’m condemned when I act out – I feel a kind of kinship with her!

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You can check out the full 31 Day Blogtober Challenge here