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Welcoming the New Year 2012!

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So here we are staring the New Year in its face. I feel 2012 will be a good year, filled of new projects and witnessing some success of old ones. I look forward to all the possibilities that another year brings! I have the usual resolutions, like lose a few pounds, exercise more, eat better food and partake in random acts of kindness. These may all be standard for most folks, unless you believe in the Mayan calendar then just party like its 1999!
Ozzie has a few New Years resolutions of his own. He will try to eat only the best food for his own personal diet and stay away from pizza crust and Moo Goo Gai Pan! More exercise like activity is on the agenda for him as well but who is to say that hopping up on the couch is not exercise! Of course he is resolute in taking more power naps to sharpen his canine brain. He happens to be working on that right now!
We hope that you all find some resolutions that you can keep like Ozzie and have a healthy, happy wonderful New Year!
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Sit Ozzie ...Please!

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Ozzie is still recovering from the holidays! We had friends and family over and tons of food. Uncle Freddie held back a bit and didn't feed Ozzie any banana cream pie this time! We also had a canine guest this year. My brother's girlfriend, Bonnie, brought along her miniature Australian Shepherd, Rosie. She is a very intelligent dog and understands a whole slew of commands! Bonnie trains and shows dogs with Rosie being her pride and joy! Ozzie was friendly towards Rosie but didn't seem too impressed by her litany of tricks. After all Ozzie does know "sit" and "paw" but didn't care to show off. This is how it goes, the difference between a mini Aussie Shepherd and an English Bulldog following commands:
"Roll over Rosie!"
"Here you go, was that good enough? I will do it again if you want!"
"Roll over Ozzie!"
"What? Roll over? Let me think about that and get back to you. I don't normally do that unless I have just…

Finally Friday and the Eve of the Eve

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Time is a wasting as I still have loose ends in my shopping to tie up! This holiday scene comes and goes so fast! Ozzie is anticipating more goodies to eat though I have to keep a better eye on him. He seems to dabble in foods that he shouldn't at holiday gatherings.
We attempted to get Ozzie to pose by the Christmas tree but he really wasn't happy about it. I think he thought he looked like a court jester in his Christmas collar but I like it!
Well I better get a move on the day, Santa will be here before you know it!
Ozzie and I would like to wish you all a joyous Christmas and Hanukkah and a healthy, happy New Year!


Down Wind Wednesday

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At your own risk!

I think Ozzie is feeling a bit better today. Though I feel the chicken and rice diet along with the Pepcid has created a new problem. Ozzie is a bit constipated and has really awful gas. Not that having gas is unusual for bulldogs. They are prolific producers of farts. This bout of gas is exceptional and constant.

Perhaps a little fiber will help. I will try giving Ozzie some canned pumpkin later on. (Not the one for pie filling but the plain pumpkin puree.) In the meantime we have a lot of holiday candles that have some wonderful scents. Perhaps they will mask the noxious fumes coming from Oz's bulldog butt!
In the meanwhile check out this Youtube video of one doggie who knocks over the family Christmas tree. Bet he ends up with coal in his stocking after this fiasco!
http://youtu.be/cDMwO6axHag

Seasonal Tummy Woes for the Oz

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The holiday season has kicked off with a bang or should I say with a yak! "Yak" as in throwing up! Ozzie was apparently the victim of some" not meant for dogs" holiday food or a good ole stomach virus since last night!
Poor Oz, I didn't even realize he was sick last night. When I took him out in the morning I saw the evidence in the yard. When I got back inside the "evidence" was also on my rug. A couple of hours later he was looking to go outside again and just as I let him out he threw up all over the deck!
I called the vet and they told me to bring him right in. Ozzie was not a happy camper to say the least when I tried to get him in the car to go to the vets! When we there Dr Tracey examined him, feeling his gut and listening to his heart. All seemed right on that front but she recommended giving him some fluids under his skin ( subcutaneously) to aid in re-hydrating him and some meds for his stomach. When the 2 vet technicians came in with needle i…

Finally Friday and Ain't Gonna Wear It!

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It's already the 16th and I still have a lot of Christmas shopping still staring me in the face. I don't know what happens to me when I get into a mall. My head empties of any thoughts of presents for friends and family and I end up shopping for myself. Not very productive for the holidays I know!
We are planning to go into the city this weekend and see the tree at Rockefeller Center and all the other holiday sights that make New York City such a magical place during the Christmas season! I look forward to it every year and hopefully it's not too cold, though you just have to dress for warmth not fashion! ( Always challenging for us ladies somehow!) I can hear my husband say now "Why didn't you wear your thermal underwear underneath that?" "Because a cami looks a lot nicer!" Ah, Venus versus Mars!
I tried again this year to get Ozzie to wear his Santa hat, but no luck. I was sneaking up on him as he was napping when he peeked out and freaked out! He m…

Lunch Break

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I am on the outside looking in. I see you making lunch, don't think you can shut me out from begging and drooling at your feet. Let me in, let me in! Arf!

Safe and Jolly for the Holidays

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Ho ho ho! give me bulliesticks!
Ho ho and ring-a-ling and all that kind of holiday stuff. I am sure I will be dashing through the mall again today to get a handle on my Christmas shopping. Ozzie will be doing his usual napping and keeping an eye on things while I am out.
Just a few safety tips for your pets during the holidays ahead. Other than the usual foods that are no no's , chocolate, onions, macadamia nuts etc. there are decorations and plants that present hazards to your pooch. Poinsettia, Mistletoe and Holly can cause indigestion, nausea and diarrhea just for starters. Do yourself a favor and get the fake version if you must have them. The water in the Christmas tree can cause digestion upset since the tree can contain fertilizers and stagnant tree water can harbor all types of bacteria. ( I know my cat use to love drinking the tree water for some reason!) Also keep all the glass ornaments up high on O Tannenbaum, since rough little bulldogs have the tendency to plough by a…

Finally Friday and a Shopping We Will Go!

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I am desperately trying to jump start my Christmas shopping which is sorely behind schedule. I haven't ordered a thing yet except a 2012 bulldog calendar (see below) for my husband! I went to the Christmas Tree Shop yesterday and was able to get a few small items, though after spending 27.00 there I am not sure what the heck I bought! Its the kind of place that if you don't have a specific agenda for you end up just grabbing everything that appeals because its so cheap! I did manage to get Ozzie a bone shaped stuffed toy. He had one of them last year that he use to rest his head on until he got crazy one day and ripped it up! They are only 4.99 there and I caved in and gave it to him yesterday. Oh well, maybe I should put it away and give it back on Christmas day?!
I am trying to find a few gifts that may be good fun for the doggies that have been nice not naughty this year. Check out some of the items that I posted pictures of and see links below to shop for them and other it…

A Clean Start

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There is a particular bulldog I know that is smelling a bit better these days. That bulldog would be Ozzie after his much needed bath. We went back to Petsmart this time. They are a little bit cheaper than the local groomer and I thought with the money I saved I could get Ozzie a toy or treat of some kind. Of course as usual once we were there he had to be dragged into the back where the bathing takes place. I felt bad after I laughed at the bulldog butt that was holding onto the tile floor for dear life as he was lead to the door. It was a funny looking sight but I am sure not too funny to the Oz.When I returned a couple of hours later he was beaming. All nicely coifed he didn't want to leave the groomer, Judy's side. She said it must of been the California massage that he received. Hey who wouldn't want to go after that?! We had to lure him out of the groomers room with a biscuit. From there he marched directly to check out clerk where he knew there were more treats to b…

Santa and Ozzie

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Ozzie had his picture taken with Santa on Saturday. A Visit with Santa Paws was held at the animal hospital where Ozzie goes to see Dr. Tracey. There were many other dogs there all waiting to have their turn to sit with the man with the white beard!
Ozzie seemed less than thrilled. I think he thought he was there to get a shot or something rather than just to have his picture taken. I told Ozzie this was his big opportunity to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas, though I think I heard him say he wanted "nice homes for all animals without one and peace on earth ...oops and don't forget a dozen bully sticks!"


Finally Friday and Lets Get Shopping!

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So we are in full swing for the Christmas season! The tree is lit in Rockefeller Center and the race is on for completing ones holiday shopping. I have found Christmas cards with English Bulldog puppies on the front that are ador-a-bull. They were only $5.00 for a box of 18 cards at Target! Such a buy! Now if I could only write them out and mail them!
Ozzie seems to have no sense of urgency in getting anything done for the holidays. He just spends his spare time laying around instead of shopping or wrapping gifts. At least on Saturday he is getting his picture taken with Santa. I wish he had his bath before then but we couldn't make his appointment until Tuesday. Hopefully Santa won't mind a stinky bulldog too much!
Here is hoping you all have a chance to visit with Santa this weekend like the Oz!

The New and Improved Bulldog?

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There was an article about English Bulldogs in a recent edition of the New York Times. It discussed the breeds pitfalls and how there is an effort underway to bring about serious changes in the bulldog. They do have a plethora of health problems ranging from respiratory to skin infections to eye ailments etc etc! I am all for improving the genetics of the breed. It would make for a healthier dog and would result in less suffering for the animal and its owner. Some say it would take away the cuteness factor. I don't think so, as long as they have the same loving temperament I could live with the physical changes.
Ozzie has commented that he feels he is a perfect specimen of a bulldog. Perhaps in Ozzie's world he is but just talk to his vet and my checking account. They will give you a different opinion! Don't worry Oz we love you just the way you are!
Can the Bulldog be Saved?

Cyber Bulldog Monday

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With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us we are back to routine! With that brings the excitement of the Christmas season. It was so warm this weekend we put up our Christmas lights so to avoid doing it next week when the weather reverts back to its normal cold self!
Ozzie enjoyed the weather that enabled him to sit on the front porch and bathe in the sun's warmth. Everybody that walked by stop to pet him and he just gobbled up all the attention! (Pardon the turkey pun!)

Speaking of the Christmas season, today is Cyber Monday. The day when many folks get great deals online and put a dent in their holiday shopping. Not a bad idea to sit at home and press a few buttons to buy presents versus trying to find a parking spot at the mall that doesn't require a two mile hike to the entrance! I am still not sure who wants what and I really have to get with the program and become a motivated shopper!
Here are a few sites to do some shopping for our furry friends. Hope you all get some grea…

Finally Black Friday

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Ozzie is snoring away this morning, still sleeping off his turkey hangover I suppose! He was fed tempting holiday morsels from guests yesterday and mostly from Uncle Freddie, so today I think its back to dog food exclusively!
Today is the infamous Black Friday where people lose their minds and wait on endless lines in the middle of the night freezing their fannies off. Well there is no useless gadget, flat screen TV or toy that I need to have that much, so I will just stay in today and clean up after yesterday's festivities. I plan to do most of my shopping online if possible so this way I don't have to fight the crowds at the mall. Ozzie has yet to give me his Christmas wish list for 2011, but I suspect there will be the usual requests of bullie sticks and nylabones. I have attached a site that has great deals for dogs and offers free shipping, its Barking Deals.com. I think I will shop there today from the comfort of my laptop!
The town Christmas Parade is tonight and it will…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Count down to T-Day! I suspect a lot of folks have last minute rushing around to either get ready for Thanksgiving dinner or travel to grandma's house. I tried to get Ozzie into the holiday spirit with a turkey hat I bought from the Christmas Store but he really wasn't digging it at all! "Give me the real stuff, not some dumb turkey hat!" he protested.
Speaking of protesting I really am not happy with the idea of stores opening up on Thanksgiving evening. It takes away from the sprit of the holiday. Thanksgiving is not about shopping for cheap gadgets and gotta have toys, its about celebrating gratitude for what we have and the friends and family that join us on that day. Once again, corporate America has cheapened the meaning of the holidays. Though I suppose there are those people who validate their philosophy and will line up out there at midnight when the doors open to get that great deal, whatever it may be!
Please remember to watch your pets and make sure that …

Bull Dog Therapy

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I usually post on Mondays but I came down with a lousy cold and was somewhat incapacitated yesterday. I went to the doctor who confirmed that my throat was a rosy red and told me to buy some over the counter medication. For a thirty dollar copay I wish I had gotten a little more help than that! I went home after the doctors and decided to lay down for a little while. As soon as I got on the couch, Ozzie decided to join me. There we snoozed away and when I got up I must say I felt a little better. I will contribute it to bulldog therapy.
I have got to get going and finish my shopping for Thursday. I have 20 people coming over for Thanksgiving dinner and haven't done much. Off to the grocery store to get my fresh turkey!

Finally Friday and So Long Regis!

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I am very distracted this morning because I am watching Regis's final day on "Live with Regis and Kelly". He has been a morning staple in this household for many years as I assume many others across America. Ozzie is usually taking his morning nap by 9:00 AM most times so he misses the show altogether. Anyway it's sad to see him go and I am not sure if Kelly sans Regis will be something I would want to tune in to every morning. (Besides I was more a Kathy Lee Gifford fan!) Good luck Regis. thanks for all the memories and enjoy your "Second Act"!
Anyway that being said I have to get shopping and ready the house for Thanksgiving next week. We are having roughly 20 people coming which means one big turkey! Ozzie will be taking his spot under the dining room table waiting patiently for the fallout! I am also getting a package together for the boy scouts who are collecting for the food pantry in town which has gotten very low on provisions lately. For the holiday…

Eat or not to Eat!

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Please don't eat the daisies!

Since the holidays are on the horizon and we are going to have all sorts of goodies in the pantry I thought it may be a good time to review all things food that are not good for our doggies.
I know Ozzie likes to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables (variety is the spice of life!) but there are some things that fall in this category that are no-no's. You most likely know of the dangers of grapes and raisins, they can be toxic to your dog and onions and garlic can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. ( Onion being the bigger offender of the two.) As far as turkey goes, never give cooked bones from a turkey to your pet, they can splinter and cause severe damage to their intestinal track. As far as that yummy crispy skin from the bird do not be tempted to offer that because that causes acute pancreatitis and at the very least will upset his tummy!
I have attached a link that gives a list of items to avoid. In the meanwhile I have to a make more Th…

Thanksgiving Treat for Your Pup

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"Yummo!"

Happy Monday all! I wanted to share a recipe I tried out on the Oz this weekend, Thanksgiving meatballs . It's for the holidays or any day for that fact. It's quick and easy and requires a few simple ingredients.
1 pound of ground turkey 1 egg, beaten handful of dried cranberries 1 slice of whole wheat bread
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet lined with foil and spread a little olive oil on the foil so the meatballs won't stick. Mix together the turkey with the cranberries. Take the bread and moisten it in the beaten egg, ( you may want to add a little water to stretch the egg) then break it up and add to the turkey mix along with the remaining egg. Make meatballs at your desired size. Arrange them on the cookie sheet and bake them in the oven for about 20 - 25 minutes.
Once they are cooled serve them to your favorite pooch. It's a great way for them to enjoy a little taste of Thanksgiving. Ozzie gives them two paws up!
P.S. to this po…

Finally Friday and Happy Veterans Day!

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Another week has flown by and here we are. We have no particular plans for the weekend which is sometimes a good thing (like Martha would say) Maybe I will finally get to making those Pumpkin doggie cookies!
The leaves are at their peak here and with the windy brisk weather of today they are taking flight! Many neighborhood trees have suffered damage from the freak snow storm the other week, so their display is not as dazzling as it would be with missing branches and all!
Ozzie and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks to all who have served this great country! Not to be forgotten on this day are the dogs that courageously served in the armed forces. They too have made the sacrifice and along side their human counterparts and have served bravely over the years. If you want to read about dogs in the military check out The United States War Dog Association.
In the meantime Ozzie has prepared a little speech for this special day, take it away Oz!

Ahem...On this Veteran's Day …

Catch That Labrador!

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Phew! What a very exciting morning in the neighborhood! I had noticed a lot of commotion outside in front of our house as I sat at my desk. I then saw kids chasing after something down the street. It was a big brown lab galloping along Cleveland Ave! As the kids left for school the dog made his mad escape out the front door! I went outside to see what I could do. With doggie treat in hand I made my way towards the wily young pup. I approached him slowly and he ran to me. Yikes this dog was big at least 90 pounds and jumped up at me in uncontrollable, slobbering puppy like enthusiasm! I managed to hang onto his collar as a neighbor of mine lured him with her unwilling beagle who was just trying to do his business. He followed her for several steps than took off in the other direction towards the Boulevard! I ran home to get my car keys to follow the runaway pooch. As I circled the block I saw the kids and they pointed down the block. I went to the main street hoping not to find a dog…

Messy Monday and Poo on my Shoe

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Ozzie went visiting this weekend to see his buddies Harley and Tank. It's been a while since he has been there, ( last summer?) and I think Harley may have forgotten about him and was a little leery of the Oz. Let's face it, if you never see any other dogs other than your Labradoodle brother and all of a sudden this flat faced dog built like a fire hydrant shows up at your door it can be kind of frightening. Especially if you are only a 12 pound Pomeranian-Chihuahua. Ozzie just wanted to play so he chased Harley around who was not liking it one bit! Tank stepped in to bark at Ozzie to stop like the good big brother he is. They seemed to work things out in their own canine fashion and the boys were all "chillin" together at the end of the evening.
I found out the leaves on the ground in our yard make the perfect camouflage for poop! It becomes a game of sorts where you are challenged to find the hidden kabobs. I definitely lost the game the other day when I thought I…

Finally Friday and Turn it Back!

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Ozzie is looking forward to a relaxing weekend, (what weekend is not relaxing?). The weather this time around should be wonderful! No snowstorms in our forecast! The Northeast is still recovering from last Saturday's storm which brought down thousands of branches and trees along with that many electrical wires! Some folks still patiently wait for their power to be restored while power companies work around the clock to get things back to normal. Most people have furnaces that require electric to operate them so that means no heat for them as well! We were lucky and only experienced a momentary dimming of our power.
I want to mention a story that has been in the news this week about contaminated pet food that may be making pet owners sick. Not that they decided to eat kibble alongside Fido but the handling of the food and then touching ones mouth could transmit salmonella. The FDA announced they would be testing dog and cat food, along with feed for rodents, reptiles, fish and bir…

King of the Couch

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This is the usual routine for us here at the Ozzie residence. I take the couch cushions off so I can get in there with the vacuum and clean up the piles of dog hair left behind from our favorite canine. Ozzie in much anticipation to get back on his beloved couch cannot wait and sits there, sans cushions! In the process of this he leaves more hair behind for me to pick up! Thanks Oz!
P.S. For those of you wondering what Ozzie wore for Halloween, it wasn't much. With the snow and all I just didn't feel in the mood and neither did Ozzie. He ended up wearing a dog-bone patterned bandana and anxiously answered the door each time the kids rang for trick-or-treat. The kids were so thrilled that a bulldog answered the door and supervised the candy being doled out that it didn't matter much what he wore!

Happy Howl-o-Ween!

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We are starting off our day with snow covered ground and freezing temps. No it's not Christmas time but Halloween! Who would of thought we would get 5 inches of snow the weekend before Halloween? The trees have barely changed color and now they have been assaulted by wind and snow, the likes of mid-January! Many trees in our neighborhood have broken branches from the weight of the snow on the leafed limbs! That has also resulted in power outages all over. We were lucky enough to of been spared unlike some of our neighbors who have no power until at least Wednesday of this week!
I wonder how this will affect the trick or treaters later on this afternoon? It's suppose to be in the 50's today so it shouldn't be cold. Just a strange juxtaposition to see costumed kids against a snowy back ground! I am just going to throw Ozzie's pirate cape on him and say he is Prince of the Bulldogs, since he looks so regal in it! I am not sure Oz will cooperate at this point but it'…

Finally Friday and Let it Snow?

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Yup the weather forecast is calling for rain changing to snow on Saturday with a possible 1 - 3 inch accumulation in the NYC metropolitan area. Up north in Sussex County NJ where our friends, Terri and Dan and their doggies Tank and Harley live, they are predicting 4-8 inches of the white stuff! When was the last time it snowed before Halloween. Can't say I recall that happening .....ever! So much for global warming!
It certainly ruins plans we had for Saturday night. We always go into the city the Saturday night before Halloween to take our own spooky ghost tour of historic and infamously haunted sites. We usually end up at some point at McSorley's the oldest bar in the city. Believe me it looks it too! The bartenders are a bunch of characters that dress up for Halloween and serve beer three fisted at a time to tables. The walls are covered with memorbilia from over the years and the foot railing at the bar has Houdini's handcuffs attached to it. Yes the place certainly h…

Smile and Say Cheese...Then Eat It!

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Cheese! Ok I said it, now give me some Provolone!
I found what I believe is to be a good deal on Barking Deals.com. It's for Flavor Tek Dental Spray for dogs. It's all natural and not only does it give your pup better smelling breath, it helps combat tartar and keeps gums healthy. ( So they say! ) It's on sale for 13.99 for a 4 oz spray bottle, regularly 39.99 with free shipping. The offer is good for only 4 days so if your interested you best get shopping. I am going to try the product on Ozzie and report the results. Brushing his teeth is challenging at best and he is not the most cooperative dog when it comes to brushing. He constantly is trying to eat the dog toothpaste, usually chicken flavored, as if it was some pate appetizer I am serving him. Not that I will stop the brushing but this spray may make my life easier and Ozzie's breath fresher!

Flea is a Crowd - Mike Rowe, Chuck and a Flea

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Ozzie and I have been invited by Norvartis Animal Health to check out their latest product for flea and heartworm protection, Sentinel Flavor tabs.
Even though the cooler weather has arrived there are still fleas that lurk outdoors and we must continue to give our dogs protection against the nasty buggers. Not only do they make our pets miserable but they invade our homes, hiding in bedding, carpets, furniture and even the floorboards of your home. Following are some revolting flea facts: Adult fleas represent just 5% of the flea festation-the other 95% are the egss, maggot like larve and pupae hiding in your home. (Yuck)A female flea can lay 50 eggs every day-as many as 2000 eggs in her two to three month life cycle. (busy little fleas aren't they?)Larvae are repelled by light and burrow into the carpet, fabric, cracks and crevices (Ewwh) Sentinel has enlisted the nations most experienced authority on dirty situations, Mike Rowe the host of The Discovery Channel's "Dirty J…

Ozzie's Manic Monday

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"Leaf me alone!" Ha a little Autumn humor!

Ozzie sunning with a pumpkin!


Finally Friday and the Good, the Bad and the Ugly about Bulldogs

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Pass the suntan lotion please!

Well we all made it through another week! It's been an eventful one as far as the news goes! Gaddafi meets his maker and the world is rid of another nutty evil dictator! Like Martha says, that is a good thing!
A disturbing tale of exotic animals on the loose in Zanesville Ohio the other day. I am still upset over the killing of 48 beautiful animals that was a tragic lost to us all. Perhaps now finally Ohio and other states that don't have laws on owning exotic animals as pets will enact legislation that will prevent this kind of irresponsible and selfish situations from occurring again!
Ozzie has just been "chillin" enjoying the cooler weather, sunning himself in the front parlor in the afternoons. It's a tough life but someone has to live it! What to do? Nap on the couch or on his sherpa mat? Decisions, decisions!
The other day a friend of mine told me her son was considering getting a bulldog and she asked for some advice on the subj…

Chew Bully, Chew!

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Just a chew between your cheek and paw will do ya!

Dogs love to chew. It's part of their genetic makeup. Bulldogs are intense chewers that require some real sturdy chew toys to keep them satisfied. Ozzie's favorite are his assortment of nylabones which are durable plastic bones that he will gnaw on very happily for hours. I never experienced him chewing on any of my shoes or other possessions other than a cardboard box or two. (He enjoys cardboard for some reason?!) Of course there are always bullie sticks but they are more of an outside chew, since they often result in a stinky slobbering mess!
The other night I was watching one of my favorite shows, Modern Family, where husband and wife Jay and Gloria, now have a French Bulldog named Stella. Jay spoils Stella silly and Stella loves to chew on all of Gloria's shoes and clothes. Of course Gloria is very upset by this behavior and blames it on Jay's lack of discipline with the dog. In this clip Gloria has had enough and t…