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Great Scott! Devoted Pup

We are back!

As we mentioned in our brief post last week, we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus as Gilligan’s humans (who happen to include your faithful author) have been away gettied married and going on honeymoon.

Gilligan spent some time with several excellent sitters, and we will bring you some glimpses into his time there in the lap of wiener luxury, but first…

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One tale from Edinburgh, Scotland that is sure to thrill you dog-lovers out there, is that of Greyfriars Bobby.

Bobby was a Skye Terrier who lived in the 19th century. Legend has it that when Bobby’s owner passed away, leaving him behind, he spent the rest of his 14 years of life sitting in front of his owner’s grave and guarding it. Locals who passed by the grave on their way to and from the nearby pub came to know and love Bobby, and they would feed him bits of food when they saw him.

Then one day, Bobby passed away peacefully by the side of his owner’s grave.

Eventually, this tavern was named after the renowned canine, and a statue erected in his honor.

Just a “wee bit” of Scottish lore for you today for Black and White Sunday! Stay tuned for many more stories of the adventures our hero Gilligan and his humans have been getting into.

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Ween Serving Love

Game Point!

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Rain Showers to Mayflowers

It’s mid-April, and boy has a lot been going on for our hero Gilligan this past month!

Gilligan’s Mama just returned from an international trip to the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and he’s super glad to have her back!

Beyond that, after a painfully snowy, cold and wet winter, it is finally Spring! All of the snow has finally melted as of this week, and Gilligan is back to enjoying his favorite parks in all their glory (see what the park looked like before the thaw here).

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“Wow! Looks like some of the leaves never fell!”

The onset of Spring means another thing: motorcycles are back on the streets! While Gilligan’s Mama and Papa find the vehicles to be too dangerous and have refused his pleas to let him ride (even in a sidecar, sorry little guy), after a great day at the park he did get a chance to visit a friend’s garage and pose in the seat of this rad red Suzuki. Hopefully this will not become further fuel for Gilligan’s “bad boy” self image. 😉

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An Unfair Fight

Today, April 8th, is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.

Just a few brief words about Gilligan on this day, then we’re going to share a couple of things you can do today as a pet parent to help the cause of raising awareness to end the practice of dog fighting.

Looks Can be Deceiving

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As much as Gilligan is in many ways the little angel he appears to be, when it comes to meeting and greeting other dogs, he can be a bit of a terror. He often exhibits a fighting/ aggressive response to the anxiety of being introduced to a new dog.

If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior, make sure to always safeguard against potential incidents by using a muzzle (we use the following for Gilligan: Baskerville 5-Inch Rubber Ultra Muzzle, Size-1, Black). You may want to work with a behaviorist who can help with counter-training the aggressive behavior.

What You Can Do

The above aside, putting dogs in mortal danger by pitting them against one another for sport is just plain wrong! If you would like to take up the fight against dog fighting, here are a few things you can do:

  1. Ask the Department of Justice to #GetTough on dog fighters by creating harsher sentencing guidelines. Simply fill this quick form out and let the the DOJ know that you support prosecution of this horrific form of cruelty: http://bit.ly/1HxeMSL
  2. Download a #GetTough on dog fighting toolkit kit which includes a printable sign, Facebook & Twitter cover image, and digital shareables:http://www.aspca.org/GetTough
  3. Visit the ASPCA’s Fight Cruelty section to find out more about the ASPCA’s work to end dog fighting. Read about recent dog fighting raids and rescues, as well as facts about pit bull cruelty and breed specific legislation: https://www.aspca.org/dogfighting
  4. Take a photo of your dog with the digital poster you can print then share it on social media.

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Awakening the Hibernating Park

Today’s Wordless Wednesday’s theme is “Pets Gone Wild!” Since we won’t be doing a very good job of being “Wordless” today, we’ll at least do this theme justice by once again featuring perhaps the wildest photo of Gilligan ever taken, which we showed you in a post entitled Drink of Choice: Puptrón.

Behold! Weenzilla!

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And now for our feature story. 🙂

The Thaw Continues

We’ve been celebrating the onset of the Spring thaw after what was a record-breaking blizzard season for us here in the Boston area. As the snow has gradually melted, we’ve been showing you that Gilligan has been able to gradually go for walkies again without being defeated by the cold and ice.

Now, we celebrate another baby step: getting back to the park!

You’ll notice we say “to the park,” and not “in the park.” That’s because the park itself, despite some significant thawing, is not yet accessible; only the walkways around the park have thawed sufficiently for us to navigate.

Today’s post will show that after the intense winter we had, the thawing of the park is a bit of a process, which we will compare to the slow awakening of a hibernating giant.

Compare our photo from the first frost, to this week’s photo of the same patch of pathway around the river:

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The photo to the left shows another angle of the riverside area where Gilly was situated in the first photo.

In case it isn’t clear enough: Gilligan can’t even stand where he was standing in the first photo anymore!

And so we must be content to walk around the park, until it thaws sufficiently. For another enlightening comparison, let’s look at a photo we took of the basketball court area of the park when it was too wet to navigate a few months back (before the snow), as compared to the utterly snow-locked state of things this week:

 

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Before…
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After! Look at the little BENCH off to the right, by the base of that tree! Crazy, huh?

We’ll leave you with one last (and certainly NOT least) photo showcasing how ridiculous the snow coverage at the park remains. Good luck trying to open the gate and get into the court for a round of tennis!

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Hypnotically Cute Ween

Look deep into my eyes…

“You’re getting treat-y, VERRRY treat-y…”


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What Gets This Wiener Up in the Morning?

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Thanks for feeding me! Can we go back to bed, please?
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I know you just took a shower, but… look how comfy! Eh?
Thanks for putting my dog bed here so I can snooze while you get dressed!
Thanks for putting my dog bed here so I can snooze while you get dressed! I guess that’s an ok compromise!
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Wait, what’s that I smell? Breakfast?
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Oh boy… if eating meat is wrong, I don’t want to be right!
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If I help you with your homework, maybe you’ll let me have some then? Let’s read more about the meat industry… maybe you won’t feel as hungry for those tacos?
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Well, I’ve tried my best, and once again your food remains “Not For Pups.” *yawn* I think I feel a nap coming on…

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A Tail-Waggin’ Toofer

A Double Feature, Featuring Your Favorite Double Long Wiener!

Gilligan following up his dental routine with a little exercise for his “teef:”

And the amazing weenie happy dance at dinner-time!:

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DIY Doggy Dental Care

In honor of this month’s theme of pet dental hygiene awareness, we’re going to break the Wordless-ness of Wednesday and “say AH!” to give you a glimpse into the ever-evolving and ever-improving routines that Gilligan observes that contribute to a healthy set of teeth for him.

Some of this will repeat information we shared in our post entitled simply, “Dental Hygiene” from several months ago. We’ll summarize the information from that post before going into some new info about how we’ve built upon the foundation of care techniques that was established then.

About Dog Dental Hygiene in General

Cleanings at the vet can be expensive, sometimes even more than a human dental cleaning (I know, right? Ridiculous!). On top of that, dachshunds do tend to be at risk for periodontitis and other gum and tooth infections that can, over time, jeopardize your pup’s teeth, put him or her in serious mouth pain, and make your dog-breath situation go from bad to much, much worse.

So it is important to maintain routine upkeep and brush those lovely doxie chompers regularly. Especially if you let them go, in addition to the above long-term risks, they can begin to build plaque and make for a more intense job for your doggy dentist down the road.

Unfortunately, Gilly hates your conventional human toothbrush.

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With it being such a challenge to keep Gilligan still during brushing, a more sustainable approach was needed that Gilligan would be willing to sit through time and again.

So, we decided to explore the Pro Dental Dog Finger Toothbrush. Those puppies (pun intended) are roughly $2 per Finger.

Next, throw in your toothpaste. About $14 including shipping for a CET Vanilla Mint toothpaste tube (70 mg), which has made Gilly’s teeth cleaner and his breath just as lovely as the thought behind the kisses.

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Long story short, it’s “mission accomplished:” our favorite sausage dog really took to the finger brush MUCH better than to the handheld toothbrush; he just can’t get enough of the vanilla mint toothpaste; and now his breath is actually pretty enjoyable, even when he goes to bury his tongue halfway down your nose!

Below is the video we shared previously, showing the progression from the unsuccessful standard brush, to the roaring success of the finger brush coupled with delicious vanilla mint toothpaste, which Gilligan loves.

New Information*

Since the time of the first post on dental hygiene, we’ve learned a couple of things about Gilligan’s teeth, dental care needs and options from when we visited our local vet. The following are “Before” photos that we took of Gilligan’s canines prior to beginning his brushing routine with the CET toothpaste and Pro Dental Finger Brush.

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You’ll notice not only that his teeth are stained and yellow, but that they contain plaque build-up in various areas around the edges and closer to the gums.

What we learned from our vet (we brought Gilligan in AFTER we established our routine of brushing with CET and Pro Dental):

  1. The biggest risks to a dog’s overall dental health are actually those associated with gum disease. Despite some plaque build-up, Gilligan received a good bill of overall dental health due to the fact that his gums look healthy. Once you start noticing patches of deep red or black on your dog’s gums, this may indicate the beginning of a gum infection, which is really what you want to avoid as it could lead to complications throughout the mouth.
  2. As stupid as this sounds, for all of his humans’ care in establishing a good routine for Gilligan before, they failed to detect a decent amount of his teeth, namely those in the back/molar area of the mouth. Because Gilly has a tendency to clench his mouth muscles up during dental treatment, they have since discovered (with the vet’s help) that it’s necessary to pull the lips back at the corner in order to access these. When the vet first unearthed these teeth, they were stained as well, however as you can see in the below most recent photo, this was easy to clear up with routine brushing and these teeth are now very healthy.SONY DSC
  3. Now for the biggest item: the cost of a professional dental cleaning at Gilligan’s vet was quoted as running about $500. That’s right. What our vet shared with us was that, while regular brushing helps to prevent the build-up of new plaque and generally maintain the health of the teeth and gums, it will NOT remove plaque that has already built up. What the vets will do during this cleaning, in general terms, is to use more powerful dental equipment to scrape the existing plaque off of the dog’s teeth (much like your human dentist does during a professional cleaning with you), AND (and this is the part that makes it expensive:) they will anesthetize the dog so that he will refrain from squirming around during the procedure and risking injury to himself.
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With $500 being a lot of money, Gilligan’s humans decided to take on some of this dental work at home.*

*Disclaimer (WE CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH): Please think long and hard about any decision to perform any dental cleaning on your dog that involves the use of sharp cleaning tools. We DO NOT recommend trying this at home as a replacement for a thorough procedure at your vet. Please consider all of the risks involved, some of which we will discuss below.

Today’s dental care involved the introduction of a dental pick, taken from an unopened $2 dental care pack. Below is the full kit used for today’s cleaning. *For Gilligan, the pick is only being used for his prominent (2) front canine teeth, as these are where the majority of plaque build-up exists, and they are exposed enough to where the pick is not inserted anyplace where it might get caught on or puncture other areas of the mouth.

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Note the protective plastic sleeve over the tip of the pick. This should NOT be discarded; rather, it should be replaced back over the pick once cleaning is finished in order to protect the edge from wearing and bacteria. *The primary reason this sleeve exists is because THIS IS A SHARP INSTRUMENT; it is sharp and hard enough to scrape plaque off of the teeth of humans and dogs alike. Be VERY careful if you are using this. If you do decide to try this at home, hold the instrument as close to the tip as you can with gloved fingers; if your dog is squirming and will not hold still, or is sneezing excessively, avoid any sudden movements and consider stopping immediately.

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Before scraping any plaque, our dentist gets Gilligan feeling good with a preliminary brush using the delicious CET Vanilla Mint toothpaste. This will also make the left-over plaque on Gilligan’s teeth easy to identify. Latex gloves are now a staple of the routine, as the brushing usually involves getting the finger further back inside the mouth to get at those hidden back molars we mentioned.

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When re-using the same finger brush, it is very important to thoroughly rinse it both before and after use to avoid the build-up and transmission of unwanted bacteria.

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Gilligan was clearly not a huge fan of the pick step, but overall he was good about holding still long enough to make the cleaning of his two canines safe. He did sneeze once, but our dentist’s careful grip prevented any danger of injury from the pick.

The Results

Our “After” photos here show that our dentist was able to remove some of the plaque very effectively. The process was cut short as soon as Gilligan started demonstrating impatience and moving around too much, so you will notice that some small bits of plaque remain.

Overall, this was a good way to remove some of the major plaque on Gilligan’s teeth, but before we go, we’ll once again emphasize that this was only tried on his two canines, and we would caution you once again to seriously weigh the risks before attempting this or any level of home dentistry with your pet that involves the use of any sharp, potentially dangerous tool.

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“I folded everything! Can we play now?”
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