He gets a lot of flack here on this blog for things such as eating our linoleum kitchen floor, eating socks, and rolling in dead things like baby birds and dead worms, but underneath all of his shenanigans, we still
don’t want to choke him love him.
May I reintroduce you to our furry friend.
Champ or as my son calls him, “Beana”.
He’s 9 years old but still has the spunk of a 2 year old pup. People told us that if we confiscated his man bits, he’d settle down and I call those people liars. But that’s ok. He needed all of it when my son learned how to walk.
He has many talents like ventriloquist snoring. Do you know how many times I’ve elbowed Shawn in the throat at night because I thought that it was him snoring?
He can clear a room out in 2.5 seconds. Do you know how many times I’ve kicked Shawn in the spleen because I thought it was him?
He can stand up like a bear in exchange for a treat. Do you know how many times I’ve told Shawn to stop growling like a bear when he opens the cookie jar and has found a “Wish you were here because these cookies were delicious” note inside.
No matter what he does, we get over it, because look at him
Speaking of cute faces, does your pet look “pawfect” as much as mine does?
This is your chance to showcase those adorable faces in Purina’s Wonderfur Winter Contest by submitting a photo of your beloved four legged friend (dogs and cats). You could win the chance to have your pet featured on Purina® Wonderfur Winter™ holiday treats package next year!
If you want to make them look their festive best in your photo submission (which you can do here http://www.wonderfurwinter.ca) then you can benefit from these wonderful tips about grooming from Cheryl McNaughten who has partnered with Purina.
A clean pet is a happy pet, which is why washing your dog once a month is important. Cats often clean themselves, so let them take care of it. For dogs, use baby shampoo which won’t harm your pup if it gets in their eyes. Do not use conditioner, leave that to the experts and be sure to use lukewarm water so your furry friend doesn’t catch a cold! Once your pet is sparkling clean, towel dry and then use a hair dryer on the coolest setting to dry off their fur.
Brush it out
Grooming your pet will ensure they look their holiday best! When grooming your pet on your own it is important to prepare yourselves with the right tools. Consider a slicker brush, as it is easy to hold and use on short to medium haired dogs. Or, use a rake brush, which is ideal for those pups that have a double coat and shed a lot (i.e. Husky and Shepherd). Combs also work well for removing mats; just remember to use a metal comb with a tephlon coating as plastic combs will cause static. For your purring friend, make sure to use a small slicker brush and comb.
To create a sleak and stylish look on your curly haired dog simply brush out the hair while blow drying. This works especially well for dogs like doodles or poodles. When it comes to festive fur fashion consider shaving a holiday inspired candy cane or star into your dog’s fur. Looking to brighten things up for the holidays? Using flavoured drink crystals owners can dye their dog’s hair bright and bold colours. Perhaps a green and red tail for the holiday season? Special dog-appropriate nail polish is now also available for those looking to create that paw-fect look. If your pet doesn’t have the patience for beautification, a festive accessory like reindeer antlers or a pretty ribbon for that added holiday touch.
Flash those pearly whites
Dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Train your pet at a young age to be comfortable with teeth brushing. Encourage them to sit and stay while you put the brush in their mouth as you praise them. If you do this daily, with luck, you may be able to get your dog to a point where he will let you brush his teeth. Human toothpaste is not safe for your pet, so look for a pet-approved product. You can also try any of the various chew products (toys or treats) that scrape off plaque as pups gnaw on them.
So now that you have your tips, what are you waiting for?
If you are a Canadian resident, head on over to http://www.wonderfurwinter.ca and submit a photo of your fur baby. Winners will be chosen by the most votes so make sure to tell your family and friends to vote!!
And remember, pampering your pet is not just about grooming. It’s rewarding them with delicious Wonderfur Winter treats.
Enter below and good luck!
(CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY)
*Disclaimer: I received Wonderfur Winter Treats in exchange for this review. All Opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by Purina.