Mark Zuckerberg is world famous for being one of the founders of Facebook, but he should ALSO be known for having a very special dog named Beast.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, own a Puli. Although you may not know a Puli by name, you should definitely know them by sight. Many refer to them as “mop dogs” due to the way their fur grows in a cord-like manner. Like this.
These energetic, hard-working pups were originally developed in Hungary to herd livestock. But these days, we think they’re naturally suited to be the perfect spy. Just look at how Beast is able to blend into his surroundings, perfectly camouflaged.
Is that a dog? Or a mop? (It’s a dog.)
Is that an elegant rug? Or is it in fact an elegant dog? We may never know.
OH MY WORD, IT’S BOTH! It’s a dog ON a rug.
With over 2 million Facebook followers, Beast follows in the family business’ footsteps by being his own social media guru. It’s not easy being internationally known, but Beast makes it look easy. He is probably the most famous Puli in the world. (At least, he likes to think so.)
But Beast isn’t just a world-famous, mop-look-alike spy dog. Like any Puli, he’s also sensitive and protective of his owners. In fact, Beast recently became an older (fur) brother to Mark and Priscilla’s baby girl, Max Zuckerberg.
It looks like Beast’s resume just keeps getting more impressive: Dog. Mop. Spy. Brother.
And now? Baby-sitter. His name may be Beast, but he is a beauty — inside and out!
A dog (or pack of dogs) happily romping in the backyard is a classic dog-owner dream. Achieving this, though, takes more thought than just sending your dog out in the yard and hoping for the best. Take the time to make sure your yard provides your dog with the amenities he or she needs and loves. Fortunately, pet-friendly yard amenities can be great for people, too!
1. Keep the water flowing. Fresh water, and plenty of it, is essential. Why not take this opportunity to add a water feature to your landscape that your dog can access? A splash fountain or stream is ideal, and you’ll enjoy it, too.
A small pond or pool is another option, especially for water-loving dogs. But before you build or even allow access to an existing pool, do a safety check. Dogs should be able to get out easily if they fall in. This means a gently sloping side or easily accessible shallow steps.
2. Consider safety first. Dogs may have descended from free-ranging wolves, but our domesticated friends do best with boundaries. You might opt for a fully fenced backyard or a dog run within a larger area. Either way, you’ll know your dog is both happy and safe.
A chain-link fence is easy to install and provides a safe enclosure, but it isn’t necessarily the most attractive approach. As an alternative, consider a fencing material that matches your landscape style. Go with picket fences for a cottage design, sleek horizontal boards for a contemporary look or posts and wire for a rustic feel.
No matter what style you choose, make sure it is sturdy enough to contain your family friend and designed so a curious dog can’t get stuck between the boards.
3. Provide readily available shade and shelter. This is another essential, as dogs can get sunburned and suffer from heatstroke. A large tree will provide shade, but if trees aren’t possible, look into overhead tarps and shade cloths that stretch over part of the area.
If there’s room, add a doghouse. They’ve come a long way from plastic boxes, as a quick look in a pet store or online catalog will show you.
4. Keep your landscaping toxin free. Some common plants are surprisingly dangerous if dogs eat them, including azaleas, lilies and mums. Check with your vet and the ASPCA for a list of plants that can irritate or even kill your pet.
Landscaping materials and chemical controls can also cause problems. While mulch is a great choice for a garden and mostly soft on paws, steer clear of cocoa mulch. The smell may be great, but if your dog eats it, it can cause the same bad reactions as chocolate.
5. Have a place for play. A tired dog is a good dog, whereas an unexercised or bored dog will look for trouble. Provide space where your dog can run and chase, and you will have far fewer problems. Make the space as large as possible to keep your dog entertained.
6. Add some paths. Dogs love to prowl and patrol, so paths to explore are as much fun for them as they are for people.
7. Choose comfortable materials. Landscaping materials shouldn’t get too hot, should be easy to walk on and ideally should not cling to fur and feet. Concrete, brick, flagstone, pebbles and smooth rocks are all good choices.
Lawns are another choice, though they may be destroyed more easily than harder materials. Artificial turf is also gaining in popularity. If you go that route, check that it doesn’t become too hot for tender paws.
8. Add extra features. If your dog is friendly and curious but not prone to barking at everything that goes by, you might want to create a window in a fence or gate for watching the outside world.
If your pup would prefer to survey his or her personal kingdom instead, a designated sitting spot or large flat rock might be just the right thing.
Another option is to create a fun play area. Take a hint from dog play courses and consider using plants and hardscaping to create obstacles to weave through, balance beams to walk on or tunnels to roam through. The one shown here is also people size, but you can always create one that’s just dog size. It can be your pet’s hiding spot. Even dogs sometimes need to get away from it all.
By Marianne Lipanovich, Houzz
We may not wear fabulous red capes or have incredible super powers, but our dogs sure treat us like we do. Here’s how:
1. They get excited about the smallest things.
Walk in the front door? Yay! High-five? Just as exciting! Trash bag blowing in the wind? Seriously the scariest thing that’s ever happened, thank God you’re there to protect them.
2. They help us spread joy to others.
Making others happy is such a satisfying feeling. If you’ve ever spent time doing volunteer work with your therapy dog or simply put a smile on a friend’s face by having them meet your dog, you know what we mean.
3. They make us better versions of ourselves.
In our physical traits, our personality traits, and just overall people.
4. They make us the popular kid on the playground.
How many new people have you made from walking your dog through the neighborhood or bringing them out for an afternoon around town? When you have a cute fluffy pup by your side, everyone wants to be your friend.
5. They celebrate anything and everything we do.
Whenever you’re happy, they’re happy.
6. They shower us with unconditional love.
Even if you’ve just scolded them for ripping up your furniture, they’re all licks and tail wags mere seconds later.
7. They give us a reason to wake up every day.
Slobbery wet kisses (and creepy glances) aside, they give us a purpose that we’re passionate about. And that’s really what the whole meaning of life is, isn’t it?
8. They make us feel like we can do anything.
If they can power through life’s obstacles with a huge smile on their face, then we can, too.
9. They have unending appreciation for the great lengths we go to for them.
Dogs just have that sixth sense, knowing exactly how much love we pour into caring for them. And it means the world to them.
10. They bring order to our lives.
They love routine, and that’s a huge benefit for many of us to incorporate into our lives!
11. They motivate us to work harder so we can give them better lives.
Money in the bank means an extra trip to the doggy spa. (And the human spa.)
12. All it takes is one word to get their tails wagging.
For most it’s simply, “Treat?” Other hits include: “Dinner,” “Walk,” and “Home.”
13. They energize us with their unique personalities.
Have you ever not been amused by a hilarious frap session? That’s what we thought.
14. They teach us to appreciate the little things.
Food, water, shelter, and a little love is all you really need.
15. They give you a huge sense of accomplishment.
What’s more rewarding than successfully caring for another living being?
16. They change our outlook and perspective on life.
Ask any dog owner and they’ll likely tell you that owning a dog has changed who they are as a person and how they look at the world.
17. They help us achieve things we never thought we could.
Whether they’re a service dog helping you power through graduation, or your work out buddy accompanying you on longer and longer runs, they’re always there by your side. Best. Sidekick. Ever.
Feature image via @abracodecao/Instagram
Would you like it if you could never take a bath, clean your hair or trim your nails? Of course not! Now imagine how your dog feels? Good grooming is healthy and happy part of his life, too.
Some grooming steps like brushing can be handled at home. Performing this regularly will not only keep your dog looking good, but will also give you a chance to inspect your dog for swelling, fleas, and possible infections.
Depending on your abilities, you may also want to take your dog to a professional groomer. Short-coated dogs may only require a bath and brush, and an occasional trim of the nails. Long- and thick-coated dogs, however, may be more prone to tangles and mats. For these breeds, you may want to consider using a professional groomer. The question is, how do you choose the groomer that is right for you and your dog?
Why a Professional Groomer?
In our busy lives, we may not always have the time or know-how to keep our dogs looking good. Some dogs (like Cocker Spaniels) require special cuts to keep that classic look. Any dog may need to be groomed to remove multiple mats or are too fidgety for you to handle. Then there are those times your wandering dog meets up with a skunk or somehow acquires a mystery odor that home remedies just don’t help. A grooming pro can help in any and all these situations. They are trained to groom your dog with a gentle hand during difficult situations and know just what to do when you need your French poodle to look like a French poodle again. However, grooming pros can’t perform magic; it’s up to you to stay on top of your dog’s grooming needs.
Finding a Groomer
Begin by checking with friends and family. They may have someone they know well from years of experience. Your vet, dog trainer, or even your doggy daycare spot may also be able to recommend someone. You can also contact the National Dog Groomers Association (who certify groomers) through their website. If all else fails, there’s always the Internet or the local phone book.
There are no requirements for a groomer to be licensed by a government agency. Many, however, are certified or registered by a local school or association (see National Dog Groomers above). To see if there are any complaints on file, call up the local Better Business Bureau.
After gathering a list of groomers, call them to check on prices for your breed of dog (they vary), different grooming packages they offer, hours they are open, etc. If they are willing, ask for a current customer to interview about their experiences.
Take a Tour of the Grooming Facility
Prior to deciding on a groomer, pay the business a visit. When you do, these are signs of a good grooming salon to look for:
- Is the lighting adequate?
- Is the facility clean and free of any heavy odors?
- Do the staff groomers handle their clients in a caring and professional manner?
- Are the kennels for dogs and cats separated? Are they of varying sizes to accommodate different breeds?
- Are pets checked consistently for overheating during the drying process?
- Does the salon keep records regarding a pet’s health, vaccinations, past visits etc.?
The Price of a Pampered Pooch
The price of grooming can differ due to location, breed, what services are needed (e.g., heavy mat removal will cost more), and the style of the cut. A typical fee might be $35 for a shampoo, brush, and dry, whereas adding a cut might run $5 to $10 more. Coat problems will add more to the fee. In some areas there are groomers who will make house calls with a specially equipped van. These services typically run $10 to $15 higher than a salon fee.
The Trials and Trepidations of Grooming
Your dog will probably not take to grooming naturally. Fido needs to get used to the process, something you can do long before he needs a grooming. Begin by massaging your dog all over so he gets used to being touched all over his body. Next, introduce brushing, adding a few minutes each day, and reward him afterwards. A bath and brush at home will go a long way toward getting your dog to behave for the groomer.
Before the First Appointment
First, be sure your dog has been vaccinated for rabies, kennel cough, and other infectious diseases. Many groomers will require proof of current vaccinations before they will accept your dog as a client. Dogs that have been spayed or neutered are more likely to be calmer and more tolerant of the grooming. However, if your dog is anxious or fidgety, this can make grooming hard for both your dog and the groomer. You may need to take some time and work with a trainer to help calm your dog down before a groomer will accept him.
When you schedule the grooming, let the groomer know of any extraordinary requirements your pet may have. Alerting the groomer to health conditions, such as arthritis, or sensitive areas on your dog’s body can help them prepare and be cautious. If your dog is too hyperactive, check with your vet–he may recommend a sedative. Some veterinary offices employ groomers who can then monitor your pet and provide medical attention should they notice anything wrong.
Lastly, when it comes time to bring Fido in, make your goodbyes short and sweet. As with leaving home, your dog may get stressed with a long, tearful departure. When he is done, you both will take pleasure in his shiny coat and sweet smell.
Source: Adapted from the Humane Society of the United States
Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/8912-finding-dog-groomer-hsus-wahl#3gY45B8QVGCwXTqM.99
Sure, having a dog is a wonderful, incredible, life-affirming thing. But it’s also a lot of work. This is a job that sometimes requires you be up-all-night, to obsess all day, to cancel plans at the drop of a hat. It’s the best thing you’ll ever do, but it’s far from easy.
1. You are always on cuddle call.
Don’t want to be touched? Too bad. You’re about to get pawed.
2. You will sometimes fear you may overheat from said cuddle call, but you must endure.
Because your pup turns into a hot pocket right away. Great for winter. Not so ideal for summer.
3. Your cuticles will sometimes ache from scratching your pooch too much.
Rover needs scratches and you need a manicure. Time to book that appointment.
4. You will agonize over choosing just the right toys.
Anything less than perfection simply isn’t good enough for your favorite dog in the world. Now what won’t he shred in five seconds…
5. And choosing the perfect costume.
Style counts and Facebook photos are forever.
6. Walking makes your gym membership pretty pointless.
Were you really going to lift weights, anyway?
7. Dealing with strangers’ small talk about how precious your pup is.
OK, yeah, we know. *eye roll* Is that a text? Excuse me, I need to talk to my mother-in-law now.
8. You always know that someone is at home, missing you.
Oh, to be loved and remembered! As long as he doesn’t eat the sofa while you’re out.
9. Picking up poops big and small.
Sometimes they’re so massive it doesn’t really make sense.