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Apologies for the long silences between posts and thank you to everyone who has left comments (advice, tips, personal stories etc) on this blog, particularly with regards to Boogie’s skin issues. I have been out-of-town; now I am happy to be back home and snuggling with the Boogs again. He is less itchy now that the weather has cooled down. His coat is still very thin with the same bald patches, and his poor skin has been dry, flaky, and dandruffy.
I am trying a few new things:
- No chicken in his diet at all. He has been eating lamb and/or fish-based meals. It has only been 1 week… I can’t tell if there is any difference.
- Adding Pet Kelp to his food. 3 weeks, now. Can’t tell if this is making any difference with his skin, but his poop is looking very good!
- Virgin Coconut Oil massage, every other day <– THIS is making a difference! Skin is noticeably less dry.
- New Year Resolution: Make pet treats with the new dehydrator (which is still in its box)
I am determined to do anything to avoid more vet visits & antibiotics! In fact, I took advantage of Monica Segal‘s recent Black Friday Sale and ordered a dietary consultation for Boogie in the new year. I need help figuring out what foods (if any) that Boogie’s system may not be tolerant of.
Check out Jordan Rothman’s new book The Misunderstood Dog, with my illustrations. I would describe it as a simpler, easier-to-read version of “The Culture Clash”, written for dog owners. The Boston on the cover is the author’s dog. Here is the Amazon.com page.
Order a snazzy little name tag that I designed for blanketID. A percentage of sales goes to Boston Buddies rescue. I think this would make an awesome Xmas gift. They come in red or blue, and small or large sizes. The photos that I have of Boogie wearing this blanketID tag on his collar are kinda blurry…. Will try again later. ORDER HERE
Who is going to Clicker Expo in San Francisco next month? I would love to meet up! I know names but not faces, so if you recognize me, please say hi! I will be there for the full three days. First time that I am staying for the whole expo and very excited!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! – Lili & Boogie x
No, I didn’t bring Boogie. Though when I look at the photo that my friend Christa sent me while I was away (of Boogie curled up in Butch’s tiny bed) I’d like to believe that Boogie was telling us: “Look at how small I really am! I can fit underneath an airline seat!”
Boogie is a whopping 26 lbs. Too big to fly.
In Seattle I had the pleasure of visiting the huge and impressive Ahimsa Dog Training Center where I met up with Grisha Stewart (author of the BAT book that I illustrated) and her amazing Peanut, a dog of many skills and tricks.
I also finally met Jen and Gigi whom I have known for YEARS on the internet. I have drawn Gigi the doxie girl, many times and she is so much tinier in real life than how I always imagined her! My drawings of Gigi also appear on the labels of Jen’s custom-made lipbalms: Your Lips But Better.
We had breakfast, walked the dogs, visited the Fremont Troll under the bridge, and took photos. It was fun!
A photo with Grisha and Jen -
It’s great to be back home with Boogie.
After a week on Temaril-P, he is less itchy but I am still concerned about the hair loss… there are bald spots and some areas where his coat is scary thin. Back to the vet on Friday.
Thanks to everyone who has been recommending supplements and holistic treatments! I really appreciate it! The tricky part is knowing what to choose… there are SO MANY products out there…
In other news, the MALL DOGS documentary that I hope to be working on, has not met its Kickstarter fundraising goal so if you have backed this project – THANK YOU! – You won’t be owing Kickstarter any money. We are now asking for support over at www.dogparent.com Please spread the word and chip in if you can.
Last but not least, I am registered to attend Clicker Expo 2013 in San Francisco! Three days! Woohoo. I have also already picked the seminars that I want to go to. Anyone going to Clicker Expo next year?
I would also LOVE to go to the Bob Bailey/Sophia Yin event in November, but alas, unless a miracle happens or a very high-paying job comes in soon, there is only so much travel that I can afford to do this year.
Two days ago, a giant box arrived from a new Los Angeles company called Pawalla. Boogie was very lucky to be selected to review a sample Pawalla monthly box. Just look at this! Wow.
Eric from Pawalla:
…our pet nutritionist constantly reviews foods from different brands, and selects her favorite all-natural products to put in our monthly box. The products selected are also customized based on both the size and life stage of the pet (we offer a monthly box for both cats & dogs). So the idea is to help discover and try new products that have been vetted and recommended by a nutritionist. If you do find something you especially like, we will also offer it for sale at a competitive price from our online store.
Not only this, the box comes with toys! The first thing I gave to Boogie was the Wapati Labs Elk Antler Chew. Boogie had never seen or smelt an antler chew before so this was a new and exciting thing. He loves it. And then he played with the KONG Traxx tire toy, got a piece of Sam’s Yam Sweet Potato Chew (remnants of which are now all over my rug) and some KONG chewy treats on our walk. Yesterday morning I opened up a can of Weruva Amazon Liver: Chicken & Chicken Liver in Pumpkin Soup to add a spoonful to Boogie’s usual breakfast and Boogie stood by the kitchen door, eyes wide open, perked up and waiting. He knew he was getting something different today. He loved that too!
This morning he sampled some Nutrisca Freeze Dried Chicken with his usual breakfast, and tomorrow maybe some Mulligan’s Beef Stew. I know there’s a rule about not switching dog food too dramatically to prevent upset tummies, so I am adding only tiny portions of the new food to Boogie’s regular THK and S&C food. We have a slight problem with stinky poots, but poops are fine.
The Pawalla Box seems to be an excellent way to try out new non-mainstream brands of dog food (and other goodies) that you might otherwise not know about, and I am happy to see that the selected foods are mostly holistic, grain-free and made in the USA. There is a list here of what comes in the monthly box. $26 for all this seems very reasonable! I think these boxes would make great gifts too.
**UPDATE – to all Boogie blog readers, use the coupon code BOOGIE20 to receive 20% off the first month of your Pawalla subscription.**
In other news, I have been making more Boogie artwork available for sale. Check out www.society6.com/LiliChin
I sure wish I had an iPhone. (For a list of online places where I sell Boogie stuff, click here)
It has been while since I’ve blogged about food. Over the past 2-3 years, I have been partial to the ‘Varietal Feeding’ approach so Boogie has been eating homecooked meals, Stella & Chewy’s patties, Delifresh’s Vital, and The Honest Kitchen.
Not only is varietal feeding important from the standpoint of preventing boredom, it also helps to ensure that Fido will receive a broader spectrum of nutrition, including enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants, compared with when he eats one single processed food every day.
Many pet food manufacturers caution pet owners not to add anything to their products, claiming that doing so will throw off the balance of nutrients. But a modern, domestic canine’s digestive system is not so primitive that it cannot handle a varied diet. As variety is introduced to the diet, so the body becomes more robust, and even more able to derive benefit from new, fresh ingredients.
Three new foods to blog about this week!
1. The Honest Kitchen’s LOVE is a grain-free, gluten-free beef-based dehydrated dog food and it’s one THK flavor that Boogie hadn’t tried before. (Yes, he has tried all of them. I think his fave is FORCE)
How cool is it that THK now uses resealable bags!
One thing I like about THK’s foods is their versatility. You can serve THK with other ingredients like cooked meats and veggies, use as a topping, or incorporate into baked doggie treats.
Tonight I served Boogie his first dinner of LOVE, hydrated with QUIET TEA and he finished up everything. Yep, he likes it.
Quiet Tea™ is designed for dogs and cats, to help promote calmness and alleviate anxiety, tension and excitability during stressful or over-stimulating situations caused by factors such as separation, thunderstorms, travel, or events.
I am still doubtful that Boogie would drink this tea because he doesn’t drink much of anything at all. Not even water. Example: yesterday I offered Boogie some kefir. He took a few licks and walked away. When I added a dollop of yogurt (which is essentially the same thing but in non-liquid form), he licked the bowl clean.
When I hydrated his food with this Quiet Tea, I was very surprised that Boogie did not stop eating and stare at me as he sometimes does “You expect me to eat this?” The tea has a very strong herbal smell … not a smell I imagine that dogs would enjoy, but what would I know.
Perhaps, I’ll make a Quiet Tea Sorbet.…
3. Homemade doggie ice cream: The Pawfect Parfait. Click here for the recipe. The ingredients are all safe for dogs and I consulted The Honest Kitchen recipe book to make sure. The ice cream base is banana blended with raw honey and low-fat kefir. Boogie doesn’t eat banana (like I said, he is a picky eater… doesn’t like any fruit except watermelon) but when it’s all mushed up with yogurt I guess it’s no longer banana. Mixed in are sweet crispy bacon pieces and swirls of unsalted peanut butter. I almost added the rendered bacon fat to the ice cream for extra bacon-y aroma, but decided against this… Don’t want my dog to get pancreatitis or get fat!
Empty clean bowl. I will take this as a sign that Boogie liked the ice cream! Yay.
UPDATE: We just had a visit from our neighbors - Oliver, Piccolo and Benji. Four dogs at an ice cream party! Boogie is now over-the-limit for today.
Mark your calendars! I am donating three mini prints of Boogie and some dog toys to the upcoming Boston Buddies (Facebook) Online Auction. These are from a new series of Boogie drawings, Boogie Music. There’s Boogie on Theremin, Boogie on Bongos, and Boogie on Gretsch. That’s Bo Diddley’s guitar, and the amp levels are up to 11.
OK, OK, I’ve done enough camera-posing. Where’s that treat?
Have I posted this before?
I have drawn several “dog body language” illustrations, but my Boogie Doggie Language version is the largest one, and available for FREE download! This has also been translated to Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Thai, … more languages coming soon.
***EDIT TO ADD: http://www.thebalancedcanine.com/canine-language/ – reading body language in context!
Recently I started reading How To Raise A Jewish Dog.
This is not a dog training book, it’s supposed to be filed in the HUMOR category and OMG, it’s hilarious.
This book is a parody of the Monks of New Skete book (haven’t read, no interest in reading) and the authors say you don’t have to be Jewish or want to be Jewish to follow this program, which is not about training or rewards or punishments, but about “solving problems together”. Techniques include Praising Dog to Other People, Guilting (in private), Situational Matyrdom, Pampering, and Use of Subtext. Ha.
Pages for your amusement:
“Enlightened Acceptance” happens too frequently in this household
Jeroen Tuenen is a dog artist based in Berlin, Germany. Jeroen contacted me about doing a trade and we both agreed that he would paint Boogie and I would draw Mr. Big, his Frenchie.
I didn’t expect this… Jeroen painted not one but EIGHT portraits of the Boogs!!! These are simply amazing.
From Jeroen’s blog:
I love them all. And how pouty is Boogie?
I had to choose only one of these but Jeroen generously offered me two because I couldn’t decide between the very top two with green backgrounds.
Meanwhile, here is my drawing of the handsome Mr. Big, who appears on a kids TV show in Berlin. Yes, on a leopard print couch.
I <3 black and white smooshy-faced dogs .
Related link: Boogie by Other Artists