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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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#PerfectWeight – Being in the Driver’s Seat

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround, but WagsAhoy.com only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

In case you missed it, make sure to check out our last post sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet where we talked about establishing habits and routines in order to maintain weight and overall health for your pet.

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Did you know that 50% of pets are technically overweight? Surprising, huh?

The objective of the 10 Week Turnaround campaign (#PerfectWeight) is to educate parents about the importance of healthy weight for their pets.

 

Today we are going to share the story of a friend of ours who took the challenge and is well on her way to her perfect weight after 10 weeks of eating Hill’s Diet’s Perfect Weight formula.

Zero already lost 6 pounds from her 10 weeks, well on her way to her goal of 20 pounds of weight loss! Check out the rest of her story here.

The struggle is real for overweight pets:

20150509_154746We told you in a previous post about how Gilligan has realized some pretty great weight loss himself, going from a maximum of 15 pounds down to just 12.9 pounds! That said, 12.9 was in fact a little too slim, so he has seen some increased treats since then, and is now starting to look just right for the spring, and beyond. Remember:

  • Starting is the hardest part of a new routine. Be strong!
  • Be consistent, and stick with your routine!
  • Maintain feeding times, on time, and keep exercise consistent.
  • Monitor your pet’s weight against the amount of food you feed for meals and treats. Make small adjustments if you see the weight moving in a direction that you’re not going for. Use a measuring cup for feeding so you can keep portions under control.

 

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“Yeah… it is probably for the best that the humans refuse to share their nachos with me… don’t want to ruin my perfect sausage link figure!”

Need a little help kick starting your pet’s weight loss? Hill’s Science Diet has a sweepstakes going on where you can enter to win 10 Weeks of Perfect Weight! Prizes are given away on a bi-weekly schedule, so if you didn’t win last time, now is your chance to try again!

Enter the sweepstakes today for your chance to win – click here!*

*Don’t forget to read the full terms and conditions of the sweepstakes entry.

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Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food now comes in a new variety that’s specially formulated to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and improve quality of life in small and toy breed dogs (which make up 40% of the dog population). It features prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion and 100% balanced nutrition.

70% of dogs and cats who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks!

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Staying Consistent in Food Routines

Keep Things Simple and Healthy!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround, but WagsAhoy.com only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

03_HSD_P_RGB_USCNDid you know that 50% of pets are technically overweight? Yikes!

The objective of the 10 Week Turnaround campaign (#PerfectWeight) is to educate parents about the importance of healthy weight for their pets. Hopefully what we share with you here will help you make a more informed decision about your pet’s health.

In our last post sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet we talked about the importance of establishing a schedule for exercise and feeding for your pet. We talk a lot about this principle but: your schedule is only going to be as effective as you are consistent in following it as a routine.

In general, dogs tend to respond well to consistency. Here are some examples of this:

  • If you wake up at the same time each day and your dog wakes up with you, chances are your dog will expect to wake up at that time each day, even if you choose to take a break one day! (we all know this one)
  • If your dog’s feeding time(s) is(are) the same time each day, he or she will expect to eat at that(those) time(s) each day.
  • When offering a command to your dog such as “Sit,” your dog is much more likely to perform the command successfully if you are consistent with your tone of voice, body language, hand gesture, and responses to both successful performance (praise) and poor performance (correction/ “no” language).

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Our last post a calendar to help you establish and maintain a routine feeding schedule. For those of you who missed it, click here to access and download the calendar.

Remember:

  • You should be clear on exactly when, what,and how much food your dog is fed. Gilligan is fed meals at 6am and 6pm each day, eats his dry kibble formula at these meals with broccoli for treats during walks/training, and receives 3/8 cup of kibble per meal. Especially be prepared to provide clear instructions to anyone else feeding your dog so that the feeding schedule, nutrition and portions remain consistent.
  • Not sure what the right amount is to feed your pet? Start with the Feeding Guidelines on the Bag and adjust as needed. Depending on where you live in the country your pet might be more active in the summer or winter so that should be taken into account and adjusted. Gilligan eats closer to 1/4 cup per meal in the winter when walks and activity are less than in the summer.SONY DSC
  • Measuring cups make feeding time so easy and gives you the peace of mind that your pet is getting the proper nutrition it needs to stay healthy without being overfed. Don’t leave it to chance!
  • 20141222_093844Consistency with potty and exercise time is also important for your pet and their overall health. Your walks and bathrooms times are best done at the same time each day, especially on the weekends when it can be tempting to sleep in.

 

Remember to take things slowly. This isn’t a fad diet or a race. Refer to your 10 Week Turnaround Calendar in order to remind yourself where you are in the process and that each step is an important one.

Need a little help kick starting your pet’s weight loss? Hill’s Science Diet has a sweepstakes going on where you can enter to win 10 Weeks of Perfect Weight!

Enter the sweepstakes today for your chance to win – click here!

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Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food now comes in a new variety that’s specially formulated to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and improve quality of life in small and toy breed dogs (which make up 40% of the dog population). It features prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion and 100% balanced nutrition.

70% of dogs and cats who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks!

Now you can Follow, Like and Share the joy of Gilligan with friends on InstagramTwitterFacebook, WordPress, and YouTube. Thanks so much for stopping by today! 🙂

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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Making Time for Fitness – Scheduled Weight Time

Good Health Requires Commitment to Good Habits

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround, but WagsAhoy.com only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

In case you missed it, make sure to check out our last post sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet where we discuss the importance of nutrition awareness and understanding how portion and treat choice can impact your dog (especially if he or she is small like Gilligan!).

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Did you know that 50% of pets are technically overweight? Yikes!

The objective of the 10 Week Turnaround campaign (#PerfectWeight) is to educate parents about the importance of healthy weight for their pets. Hopefully what we share with you here will help you make a more informed decision about your pet’s health.

20150321_115003Since our last post, Gilligan has enjoyed some serious success in achieving his own ideal weight. At a trip to the vet in mid-March, Gilly weighed in on the scale as he usually does at the beginning of each visit.

This past month, we were thrilled to find that Weens weighed in at 12.9 pounds, down from a weight of 15 pounds just a few short months ago in December (for more about his last visit to the vet, check out our prior post)!

15 pounds was quoted by Gilligan’s vet as “a max” in terms of his weight, so it was clear that some remedy needed to be put in place.

Gilligan’s achievement can be attributed to a combination of healthy nutrition in terms of both food type and portions, as well as a steady routine of exercise, the latter of which we’ll discuss today.

20150321_120238Simply, Gilligan’s goal is to enjoy a walk every day, or its equivalent. For a stretch of time between Gilligan’s last two vet visits, his humans would keep track of days he’d been walked by marking them on a calendar.

In this household, Gilligan’s daily walk goal is flexible in that he may miss a day or two depending on the weather, but we try to make up for a missed day by taking a longer walk the following day. Generally, 20 minutes of walking each day is a good benchmark, and we may extend this time if a day was missed. In the event that the weather is too poor for a walk (and Gilly is fairly sensitive to rain, etc. so this is often), we make sure to play active indoor games including running up and down the hallway, and Sit/Down/Stay training using healthy broccoli for treats.

Hill’s has provided the below calendar designed for tracking purposes, so we would certainly encourage you to click on it to download and use it as part of your pet’s 10 Week Turnaround!

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Note this calendar is set to track a timespan of 10 weeks, and includes some guides in terms of benchmarking your progress throughout the process such as the weekly pound counter column. We would highly recommend this calendar or some modification as a tool within your healthy weight program.

If you’re new to using a calendar tool like the above, here are some simple steps to make the most use of it:

  1. Identify how much exercise your pet gets on a Daily and Weekly basis right now.
  2. Decide upon a daily and a weekly goal for your pet’s exercise routine; if helpful, jot these down on your calendar so you can “cross them off” as you go.
  3. Have a plan for “make-up” exercise in the event you miss something in the schedule. This is OK and happens to any busy person these days! Just be ready to adjust.
  4. Assess your progress at the end of each week, determining if there were any obstacles to meeting your goal, and whether you should make any adjustments.

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Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food now comes in a new variety that’s specially formulated to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and improve quality of life in small and toy breed dogs (which make up 40% of the dog population). It features prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion and 100% balanced nutrition.

70% of dogs and cats who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks!

Now you can Follow, Like and Share the joy of Gilligan with friends on InstagramTwitterFacebook, WordPress, and YouTube. Thanks so much for stopping by today! 🙂

Weight a Minute – 10 Week Turnaround!

Cause You’re Not Trying to be a Couch Potato!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround, but WagsAhoy.com only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Weight control is not only important for humans. It’s important for all people. And as we discussed in a book review during a prior post, dogs can be people too!

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Did you know that 50% of pets are technically overweight? Oh dear!

The objective of the 10 Week Turnaround campaign (#PerfectWeight) is to educate parents about the importance of healthy weight for their pets. Hopefully what we share with you here will help you make a more informed decision about your pet’s nutrition.

SONY DSCIt’s been a tough winter, and Gilligan sure is glad to be back out as the thaw is setting in! Staying fit is a very important part of Gilly’s lifestyle, especially because of all the risks associated with being overweight that specifically face the Dachshund breed.

Hill’s understands the importance of proper nutrition. They will tell you how important it is to be mindful of the impact of even your treat choices on your dog’s overall health, as is demonstrated by the below chart from their Treat Translator page.

When you consider the fact that Gilligan’s owners are more than ten times his size by body weight, this seems less far-fetched (feeding him 1oz of cheese is the equivalent of his Papa eating well over half a pound!).

We’ve shared with you that Gilligan’s snack of choice these days is frozen broccoli. We would highly recommend it.

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Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food now comes in a new variety that’s specially formulated to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and improve quality of life in small and toy breed dogs (which make up 40% of the dog population). It features prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion and 100% balanced nutrition.

70% of dogs and cats who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks!

From their handsome choice of cover model, we’re certain they understand the importance of weight control for pups like our hero Gilligan. 😉

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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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