What's New and Exciting?

December 22, 2007 - Mommy and Daddy are MARRIED!♥♥♥
February 9, 2008 - Starr's 1st Woofday!
February 14, 2008 - ♥Woofentine's Day!♥

Friday, December 28, 2007

WHOA! What a Howliday!

Well, we are back from all the howliday festivities that included Mommy and Daddy`s wedding! YIPPIE!!!! Numerous Christmas gatherings with the family! And... some down time with Mommy and Daddy where they just spent time with US! We all snuggled in bed and watched Christmas movies! That is one of our favourite things to do!!! ♥

Mommy and Daddy`s wedding was beautiful. They had such a wonderful time and are so happy now. Mommy says that we were so well behaved the weekend of the wedding. She was worried that we were going to be MONSTERS! bol bol bol Aparantly, we have a special surprise coming our way for being such good girls. SCORE!!! Can`t wait to find out what it is!

Christmas was, well, busy!!! There was lots of travelling here and there to see this person and that person. Needless to say, we got spoiled!!!! How can you not love Christmas and all the attention you get... bol

However, for Mommy and Daddy, Christmas was not all that they wanted it to be. They BOTH came down with the flu (along with everyone else they know) so they were not up to par. Despite being feverish and freequent trips to the washroom (eek!) they found a way to pull it together and spend the howlidays with our family! BRAVO! bol bol bol

Anyway, Christmas morning at our house was different this year than others. With the wedding, there was no time for Christmas decorations and what not. Our Christmas tree didn`t get put up because Mommy and Daddy took it to the hall for the wedding. SHEESH! Nonetheless, Mommy and Daddy still got us lots of pressies and had them all set up in the livingroom on Christmas morning! YAY! We love pressies!!!!!

We will report more on what we got for Christmas real soon. Mommy has to get our pics up!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wedding/Howliday Hiatus

We just wanted to let you know that we are leaving this afternoon for Cobourg where Mommy and Daddy's wedding will be on Saturday. Mommy just finished packing the truck and told me that we could come on the 'puter and woof you all before we leave.

There are no wireless signals to make our laptop work at our GG'ma's house so we won't be wooffing until we get back home. *pouts* We should be coming home between the wedding and Christmas, but we don't know if we will for sure.


If we don't get on before Christmas, we wish you ALL a Very Merry Christmas! We hope you all get lots of pressies from Santa Paws and special Christmas dinner!! Have a wonderful time with all your friends and family. We will miss you all bunches and can't wait to get back to hear what every pup got from Santa Paws!


♥ Denali, Starr & Faith

PS: Mommy and Daddy want to wish all your pawrents a very Merry Christmas too. They say to be healthy and save and drive careful when travelling.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Dog's Christmas Carol

I thought this was super cute and wanted to share it.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
It's quite creative!

A Dogs Christmas Carol

(sung to the tune of Winter Wonderland)

Dog tags ring, are you listening'?
In the lane, snow is glistenin'.
It's yellow, NOT white I've been there tonight,
Marking up my winter wonderland.

Smell that tree? That's my fragrance.
It's a sign for wandering vagrants;
Avoid where I pee, it's MY pro-per-ty!
Marked up as my winter wonderland.

In the meadow dad will build a snowman,
following the classical design.
Then I'll lift my leg and let it go Man,
So all the world will know that it's

Straight from me to the fence post,
flows my natural incense boast;
Stay off my TURF, this small piece of earth,
I marked it as my winter wonderland.

We're Going Away For the Holidays!

With the howliday season upon us I am sure many of us pups may be doing some travelling. This is no exception for us. With Mommy and Daddy's wedding being out of town, we will be going along with them for the trip and festivities!!! YAY! And then it will CHRISTMAS and we will be going along to visit all our family. ♥ The howliday season is so much fun.

With travelling in mind, we thought that we would share some travel tips with you which we got from my boyfriend Simba's blog.
  • Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. And P.S., it’s smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.
  • Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive.
  • Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
  • What in your pet’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
  • Make sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number, and any other relevant contact information.
  • Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn’t a problem, it’s always smart to be on the safe side.
  • When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he’s not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.

Source: ASPCA Website

Wishing you all safe and happy travels this howliday season!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Pit Bull Christmas Carol...

I found this while sniffing around and it hits so close to home for me that I just had to share it with all of you. I was rescued from the Toronto Humane Society not long after Bill 132 - Ontario's Pit Bull Ban was passed. My Mommy and Daddy gave me a second chance and saved me from a possible unhappy ending. THEY SAVED MY LIFE!!! ♥


Pit Bull Christmas Carol...

***And a carol for us Staffies and all other bullies!!***

T'was the night before Christmas and the shelter is dark, The whole place is silent, not even a bark. The dogs are all locked in their pens for the night, The staff has gone home and turned out the light.

As I lay my head down on the cold concrete floor, I fondly recall the home I had before. The family I loved, who loved me right back, We'd share everything -- from secret to snack. Things couldn't be better at this time last year, But that has all changed and now I am here.
I won't see the tree, the lights, or the snow, I'm scared and alone, my spirits are low. The others like me weren't put up for adoption, A new family and home, for us isn't an option. We've been locked up in cells as if we were crooks, We don't deserve homes because of our looks. Not Diesel, or Bingo, or the young one named Percy, Deserve to be loved nor shown any mercy.
While families celebrate holiday cheer, I know in my heart that my end is near. The vet will arrive, the lights will go on, By the time you awake, we all will be gone. A stranger will come and take me away, I'll never wake to see another day. As I close my eyes I'll shed you a tear, The fondest of memories I'll always keep near.
The only thing I've ever asked of Santa Claus, Is to stop all these unfair and ridiculous laws. You said without me, your life was not full, So why does it matter that I'm a "pit bull"?
In my dream Santa shouts when he's finished his deed, * "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL...REGARDLESS OF BREED"


Next time you're at your local shelter looking for a new friend, don't pass us by...


Here are some links that might be of interest:

A DOG'S PURPOSE - The Perspective of a 6 Year Old

I was watching as Mommy opened her email today...
Mommy received this in an email and I thought it would be nice to share with you all....
Hope you enjoy it! ♥

A DOG'S PURPOSE - The Perspective of a 6 Year Old...

As a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life --like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Be always grateful for each new day.


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tails, Feet, and Ears ... OH MY!!!

This is a small example of the things we have been eating in the past few weeks. YES!!! You heard right... Eating! We have been eating some really, well, what some would concider, strange things for breakfats, dinner and snacks! Why you ask? Well, let me explain.....

Mommy and Daddy have decided to switch us to a Prey Model diet nicknamed "Frankenprey". What that means is that we are given raw prey to eat, ecactally like a wild wolf. Since we can not hunt and kill our own prey and it isn't always easy to come across prey (whole animal including all body parts, organs, bones, etc.), Mommy and Daddy must feed us "frankenprey" which is human made prey. This means that Mommy must make "prey in a bowl" for us. A meal will include meaty meat, bones, organs and anything else "juicy" that Mommy can get her hands on. Sounds kinda yucky, but boy is it YUMMY to us!

Our switch was not made hastily. Mommy spent many hours pouring over information... reading books, doing research online, talking to experts and people who feed raw before deciding, after about 6 monmths, that raw was the way to go for us. Even as we go, we are all still learning about raw feeding and the Prey Model diet.

So, what have we been eating you ask?

Here is a list of things that we have had in the past few weeks:

  • CHICKEN: breasts (boneless and bone-in), quarters, wings, backs, necks, hearts, feet

  • BEEF: roasts (all different cuts), stewing beef bones, ribs (all different cuts), ground beef, tongue, bleached honeycomb tripe, liver

  • PORK: chops (all different cuts), roasts (all different cuts), ribs (all different cuts), kidneys, feet, tails

  • LAMB: shoulder chops

  • GOAT: random pieces

  • SMELTS: gutted and deheaded with bone in

Here is a list of some of the things in the freezer we are waiting to try:

  • CHICKEN: whole chicken, frames, gizzards

  • BEEF: lung, heart

  • PORK: hocks, snout, ears, liver, stomach

  • STEWING HEN: whole hen

  • TURKEY: breast (bone-in), wings, thighs, drums, feet, gibblets

  • QUAIL: whole quail

  • SALMON: heads

  • MACKERAL: whole mackeral

  • CORNISH HEN: whole hen

  • DUCK: whole duck

Here is a list of some of the things we are looking for to try:

  • CHICKEN: heads, ground chicken

  • BEEF: green tripe, brains

  • PORK: brains, testicles, ground pork

  • LAMB: roast, leg, organs, ground lamb

  • GOAT: roast, leg, organs, ground goat

  • RABBIT: whole, all parts, organs, etc.

  • OTHER WILD GAME: all parts, organs, etc.

  • OTHER FISH: all parts, organs etc.


Are you grossed out yet? Mommy and Daddy thought it was pretty gross, but now they love feeding us our meet. They have broadened their horizians and have been trying new things since starting us on our diet. YAY MOMMY & DADDY!

Here are some basic Prey Model guidelines:

Why feed raw?

- Prey model feeders feel that dogs are physiologically carnivores. Dogs have been shown by geneticists to be a variation of the grey wolf. They differ by 0.2% in the mitochondrial DNA (and I suspect much of this difference has to do with coloring and shape and size).

- David Mech, the forefront wolf biologist who has studied them intensely in their own natural habitat (not an artificial wolf colony), has observed that as natural carnivores, the wolf's diet consists mostly of large prey, and supplemented by smaller prey in leaner times, and very occasionally, he'll notice some vegetation grazing, but again only during extremely lean times. Wolves are carnivores. They CAN subsist on non-meat products, but by and large, they need raw prey to thrive and reproduce.

- So by trying to appropriate a whole prey through feeding of various body parts, we feed what the dog has been designed by nature to eat. Because the dog's physiology is designed to be carnivorous, this is what we feed them.

- Physiology:

  • no grinding molars (all sharp scissor like teeth)

  • strong wide jaws to really open up, take in a large piece, and crunch down and gnaw

  • no amylase in the saliva to begin digestion, and therefore, very acidic stomach juices (at about 1 - 2 on the litmus scale, 7 being neutral - humans' stomach acidity is only around 5)

  • very short digestive tract to keep food moving along out

  • not to mention they are natural hunters, every dog has an instinct to hunt - this instinct is part and parcel of being a carnivore. I don't see wolves stalking a berry branch...

- By that logic, because a dog/wolf is designed to feed the way they do in teh wild, evolution has shown us this is path of least resistance. To ask your dog to eat what they're not biologically designed to do is therefore providing obstacles along the path of least resistance. To many rawfeeders, this is basically asking for trouble.

How much to feed?

- Essentially, most dogs require about 2 - 3% of their body in raw food to maintain good health and weight. Working dogs may require more, some furry couch warmers may require 1%.

- This amount that you determine what your dog does well on is a trial and error kind of thing. Most people start with 2%, then either feed more or back up depending on how their dog's body feels.

- The amount does NOT have to be the exact same amount every day. Some days you can certainly feed more, then feed slightly less the next day to compensate for the larger amount of food prior. Some people feed the gorge/fast method, where they allow their dogs to eat two or three times the daily amount, then just fast their dogs the next day or however long, to compensate again for the larger amount.

- Know your dog. I have a self-regulator on my hands who generally will only eat about twice the daily amount even though there may be five days worth of food sitting in front of her in the form of a goat leg. She won't fast herself the next day, she'll just eat slightly less than normal. Again, use the dog's body and energy level as a guideline. Looking porky? back off on the amount, and feed slightly less fatty if necessary. (Although fat is an integral part of the diet...)

- You can feed once a day, or twice a day. It's up to you.

- Puppies? Most raw prey model feeders feed 2 - 3% of the projected adult body weight. So a little GSD puppy, who may grow to be 80 lbs, will still be fed about 2% of the 80 lbs as a puppy. Just spaced out over a few feedings since puppies do better wiht more frequent feedings. Once they hit about 6 mths, you can back off to twice a day, and once a year old, you can do once a day, or even the gorge/fast if that's what you prefer.

What to include in the diet?

-Prey model feeders don't generally feed anything other than raw meat, edible bone, and organs. We don't think veggies form a necessary part of the diet because a) we subscribe to dogs being carnivores following their physiology; b) veggies and fruit form only about 1% of the grey wolf's natural diet - it's more like grazing on a sweet berry if it's there. Kiind of like the way I like to nosh on candy.

- The ratio of meat/bone/organs is 80%/10%/10%. Half the organ allotment is liver, following the notion that the liver is the largest internal secreting organ. We use this ratio as kind of the general ratio that most prey animals are in their makeup. It may vary, of course, and again, this 80/10/10 ratio is a guideline, but really most animals are made in ratios not too far from this one.

- Meat: this is muscle meats. Muscle attached to bones, and also parts of the body that are organs, but are muscular in nature (non-secreting). This includes, tongue, heart, gizzards, trachea, skin (yes skin secretes, but it secretes waste through water and salt aka sweat OUT of the body, so we don't count that, hee.) I count stomach as a muscle meat, but in keeping to form with the whole prey, I don't stomach as the main part of the meat ratio - so despite how much Summer adores green tripe, she only gets it a couple times a week.

- Edible bone: we consider weight-bearing bones of large animals as teeth breakers and not very edible. Edible bones tend to be less dense, more porous. Depending on the size of the dog, edible bones range from chickens, to turkey, to duck, to fish, to rabbit, to pork, to goat, to lamb. Some powereaters do manage to chew off the ends of beef ribs. It's a Know Thy Dog situation.

- Secreting organs: liver should be half the organ allotment. The rest can be made up of kidney, spleen, thymus, pancreas, lung, testicles (mountain oysters), brains.

NOTE: remember, we call it prey model, because those of us who can't feed whole prey, we try to appropriate the whole prey through various body parts at various times. It's a prey built over time. Frankenprey, as many people call it.

So again, this ratio can be met over time. It helps me to know how much Summer eats in a week, roughly, then cut up hunks of organs that make up 10% of the weekly amount. Then these organ hunks can be fed throughout the week. This way, I know in each week, Summer is getting 10% of organs in her diet, and half of this is liver. (So the 10% organ amount is divided into 4 smaller hunks, and twice a week, she gets a liver hunk, and twice a week she gets other organ hunks. I space out the variety to give it more balance.)

Another note about edible bone - most store bought cuts of meat with bone in them tend to be high in bone. So even if you see a nice pork shoulder roast covered in gobs of meat, the bone in there probably makes up about 15 - 20% of the piece. Store bought whole chickens have been gutted and de-feathered, so the bone ratio tends to be a little higher than real whole prey. I like to feed more meat when I find what I'm feeding Summer may possibly have too much bone in there. (Which is most of the time.) How to tell? Look at the writing in the poop! If your dog is straining slightly, and the poops come out crumbly and powdery and once they hit the ground, they fall apart, that's generally too much bone. If the poops are squishy and have no form (NOT diarrhea), then feed a tad more bone. It doesn't take a huge bone tweak to make a difference in the poop.

Source: Dogster.com Food & Nutrition Fourm post by Summer: Raw Prey Model Guidelines

Here are some websites about Raw Feeding:

Vet Dr Tom Lonsdale's Website

Myths About Raw Feeding

My Pet Carnivore

United States Raw Meaty Bones

Monday, December 10, 2007


We have been receiving the most beautiful Christmas cards in the mail from all our pals. We have even been getting the most pawesome pics of our pals, as well. Our fridge is just covered in pics of our pals which we love to look at becasue you are all so adorable. Our mantle, top of the tv, buffet table, and multiple other places are all covered in cards and more arrive each and every day. ♥

It's so nice to receive all these cards with little messages letting us know that our pals are thinking of us. We are so lucky to have such great pals who think of us this time of year!!

We have received so many cards, and I'm sure there are more to come, we would like to thanks each and everyone of you for you kindness and thoughtful words.

We did card exchanges in some of our Dogster groups including: A Chihuahua Is Love, MPMM, ♥All Fur Fun7hearts; and many more.



This weekend Mommy and Daddy had to go to Cobourg where they are getting married in 12 days to take care of some last minute wedding preparations. This is also where our Great Grandma and Grandpa live. Naturally, Mommy took me along for the weekend because I am just too cute and adorable to leave at home! ♥

Saturday night we went down and went to bed as soon as we got there because it was pretty late. Sunday morning when we got up, I went running out of the bedroom, down the hall and into the kitchen to see .... GREAT GRANDMA! YIPPIE! She was so surprised to see me because she didn't know Mommy and Daddy were bringing me along and she was already in bed when we got there the night before. She scooped me up and gave me lots of hugs and kisses and even a little piece of toast crust! YUM!

After getting lovings from GG'ma I went outside to do my "thang". OH MY! I had forgot just how large their property is! Talk about wide open spaces to run and play. Acres and acres for Tinkie to run! And that's EXACTLY what I did. I ran and ran until I could run no more! Well, I could run no more because I didn't have my boots on and my little paws were getting cold. So, I came in and looked at Mommy. "Where's breakfast?"

She served me a wonderful breakfast: 3oz of raw meet. YUMM! Yes, we are on the "frankenprey" raw diet. What was in my bowl you ask? Well, there was a piece of chicken back with the bones, because bones are part of the diet, ya know. There was also a small pieces of beef liver and pork kidney and I think I tasted a tiny piece of lamp chop in there too! I gobbled down my breakfast in 2 seconds flat! Poor GG'ma thought I was going to choke myself! But, I was fine because I know what I'm doing when it comes to my YUMMY breakfast!

After breakfast Mommy got my toys out and GG'pa and Daddy played with me while Mommy and GG'ma got ready for church ... whatever that is. I'm not quite sure because I'm not allowed to go there with them. So off all my humans headed. They were gone for about a few hours. I took the time to spread out on my blankie in front of the ginormous window and enjoy what little sun I could get!

I was out cold in a deep sleep when they came in making all kinds of racket! But, I didn't let that stop me from perking up and getting my lovings when they all come in. Boy, do I love being the center of attention! ♥ They ALL played with me for awhile before they started to do stuff! I followed Mommy and GG'ma around as they did their "tasks".

In the afternoon the door bell rang! ARRRRROOOOO ARRROOO ARRRRRROOOOOOOO I had to alert my humans that an intruder was entering the house. Mommy told me to shush that it was just Rev. Parsons from the church who was here to do the pre wedding "counseling" with Mommy and Daddy. ARRRROOOO ARRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOO ARRROOOOOO I wasn't sure what to make of this character. He was kinda funny looking. He tired to give me lovings, but I wasn't too sure. Mommy told me that he was from the church and he is a very nice man, but I still wasn't sure. ARRROOOO ARRROOO ARRRRRROOOOOOO So, GG'ma and GG'pa took me downstairs with them while Mommy and Daddy sat with this Rev. guy upstairs.

After what seemed like forever Mommy came downstairs and said Rev. Parsons had left and told me to come upstairs so I could go outside. SCORE! Time to run zoomies!! I did some serious zoomies around and around and around the house and I even make pupangels in the snow! ♥ Rolling in the snow is so much fun!

Anyway, after suppertime Daddy packed the care while GG'ma and GG'pa gave me some lovings and said goodbye. We, me, Mommy and Daddy, go in the care and made the long drive home. I was so excited when I got home and saw my sisters. We went in the yard and ran zoomies and rolled in the snow. I like my time away from them, but I miss them too. I told them all about my fun time at GG'ma and GG'pa's and they told me about their fun weekend with Uncle Matthew. I forgot to mention that he stayed at our house with them.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Secret Santa Paws Has Arrived

My Secret Santa Paws gift arrived today!
In one of my groups on Dogster called MPMM - Min Pin Manchester Mania we are having a Secret Santa Paws gift exchange. We all entered our names and were assigned pups to send a Christmas present to.
This evening the door bell rang. *woof woof woof* Who's at the door? Daddy get the door and there was a man there with a great BIG box. This box, was BIG. Bigger than any box we've ever received before. WoW! You can imagine my delight when Daddy came in and gave me the box. I sniffed and nudged at it and tried my best to open it, but Mommy quickly put an end to that. She said that it's my Christmas present and I have to wait until Christmas to open it! WHATEVER! I'm just gonna go try again after she goes to bed. BOL BOL BOL
Thanks Secret Santa Paws pal!!!

I Have the BEST Pals Ever!

So, my birthday was the other day and I had such a pawsome day! Mommy made pupcakes for all my pals and a HUGE woofday cake for me to share with my sisters and it was OH SO YUMMY!! I got so many nice pressies too! So many fun new toys and treats. YUM! I have to say my most favourite pressie was a stuffed mokey that makes monkey noises when I play with it. I also got a new Kong. I LOVE kong toys. Mommy makes these pawesome mixes that she puts in them and I love to lick it all out! I am going to have hours of fun with my new Kong.
The thing that made my woofday so special was my pals! All the wonderful gifts, messages and love I got touched me so deeply. It really shows me who my pals are and what they mean. ♥

Thank you so much to each and every one of you! You mean the world to me and I love you all!

We Have A Blog

It's official! We FINALLY have a blog!

This is OUR blog, so we will be writing about what we want, when we want, and that's that!!!

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