Winter Skin Needs

By Shirley Bittner
Anyone who has to endure a harsh Canadian winter knows that bitter northern winds and sub-zero temperatures can wreak havoc on our skin, often drying it out and causing unwanted itchiness. Fortunately, we mere mortals have the option of reaching for a bottle of moisturizer when things get rough, but what can we do for our dogs when dry winter skin cramps their style?

It is around this time of year that a lot of dogs begin to shed what is described as an abundance of excess coat in preparation for warmer months (yes, it may seem impossible, but spring is coming our way…we hope!) This shedding phenomenon causes a doggie version of dandruff and can sometimes trap tiny dirt particles close to the skin, making things a little uncomfortable for poor Rover. Luckily, however, the solution is quite simple.

While your first instinct may be to run out to your local pet store and buy bottles and bottles of luxurious pampered pooch shampoo, and although a good shampoo is important for a healthy coat, the best thing to do in this particular scenario is simply to brush. That’s right, brush!

There are lots of different tools available for a grooming task such as the one before you, ranging from soft rubber nubs to coarser wire brushes. We suggest consulting with your local groomer in order to choose the brush that will best suit your dog’s coat requirements.

Brush slowly and steadily to remove the unneeded fur and follow through with a leisurely toweled rub down. The combination of these actions encourages a chain reaction of sorts: better blood circulation, which then stimulates oil glands beneath the skin, which in turn promotes a better hair growth to shedding process without the awkward in between itching phase.

So remember, the key to a happy non-dry owner-dog duo is a regular brushing regime for the dog and plenty of hand-lotion for yourself!

By Laura L. Benn

Cheers to Dogs!

When the next special occasion comes a wagging, raise a glass of Mutt Lynch Winery’s fine wine. Award-winning vintages and sassy whimsical labels flavoured with some dog-awesome inspiration makes this winery truly one-of-a-kind. The fun names also make these bottles a joy to enjoy! Choose from Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead or Fou Fou le Blanc Sauvignon Blanc (to name a few!) And the best part is a portion from every bottle sold is donated to a local animal rescue organization. Fresh, fine and fabulous, Mutt Lynch Winery — perfect for Valentine’s!

A Puppy’s Guide to Love

Not sure what to do for Valentine’s this year? We suggest a lovely snog — literally! This beautiful hardcover book entitled, SNOG: A Puppy’s Guide to Love is such a beautiful compilation of Rachel Hale’s stunning photos that you really do want to cry while flipping through the pages. Rachel Hale, in case you didn’t know, is an absolute goddess when it comes to stylish pet photography. Her environmental style captures a simplistic sort of charm and grace that is almost impossible to describe. Stamped with the PAWSH seal of approval, you cannot go wrong giving this adorable title to your loved one this year. We promise!

Wooly Mice

Allison Vorstenbosch comes from cat people and shares her life with three furry bundles of feline joy: Thor, Link and Buttercup. Here’s a sneak-peak at what she’s buying them for Valentine’s this year, but don’t let the cat out of the bag! The cats have no idea what to expect!

Since even cats deserve a little love on Valentine’s day, mine get a good dose of catnip. Usually they’ll even get treated to a new toy like these special mice from Cattitude Creations. Wooly Mice are completely hand-knit and felted from 100% wool. Each mouse contains a generous amount of organic catnip to perk up any kitty that comes near.

They measure about 5″ in length and are very durable. These make a unique one of a kind gift for anyone you know who has a krazy kitty! But don’t forget! All cats relish a thorough belly rub and scratch behind the ears to know that they’re loved too!

By Allison Vorstenbosch

Superbowl Special!

If you are planning to settle down this Sunday to take in the much anticipated Steelers vs. Packers Superbowl, it might be a good idea to plan ahead for your dog too so that you are both entertained. But why get your faithful friend just any old toy, when you can pick them up a suitably themed amusement instead!

The Busy Buddy Football, for instance, is an excellent choice. Not only does it feature the oh-so clever ‘treat trapper’ (an ingenious design that grips all sorts of treats with a vengeance, making your pooch work like a football superstar for their reward), but it also bounces unpredictably when thrown and floats! In short, this is a great way to keep your furry ‘busy buddy’s’ nose out of your popcorn bowl and thoroughly occupied while you cheer for your team!

Of course, there’s no reason why your dog can’t join the pack of loyal fans! Doggie Nation has all sorts of cool team-specific pet items to make this Superbowl Sunday especially memorable. Check out these sporty dinner dishes, jerseys and leashes!

And what would any football event be without tail-gating (no pun intended) supplies? The Superbowl Sunday Dog Party Kit is terrific for Fido and all of his friends! What’s included? A large pet football, Bow-Wow Popcorn and delicious Buddy Biscuits!

Oh, and a six-pack of Bowser Beer too! That’s right, beer for dogs! (Please note, Bowser Beer is made of beef/chicken, malt barley and glucosamine. It contains absolutely NO alcohol, hops or commerical broth.) This unique brew is best enjoyed straight from the bottle of poured over a nice bowl of kibble during half-time.

So call up your friends, human and canine alike, and enjoy an amazing football experience together! Have a great time everyone! Here’s hoping it’s a good game with lots of bark about on Monday!