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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Safety of our Pets: Let's discuss Retractable Leashes...



I know that we have all talked about this before, but there is a discussion going on in one of my Bichon groups regarding how UN-safe retractable leashes are for our furry friends. 

 Please, please be careful should you decide to purchase one of these...after doing a bit of research, I am convinced it is not the safest choice.

A retractable leash is not so much a leash as it is a length of thin cord wound around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle. The handles of most retractable leashes are designed to fit comfortably in a human hand. A button on the handle controls how much of the cord is extended.

Retractable leashes are popular primarily because they aren't as confining as regular leashes, allowing dogs more freedom to sniff and poke around on walks. But unfortunately, there are many downsides to this type of leash.

10 Reasons Not to Use a Retractable Leash

1. The length of retractable leashes, some of which can extend up to 26 feet, allows dogs to get far enough away from their humans that a situation can quickly turn dangerous. A dog on a retractable leash is often able to run into the middle of the street, for example, or make uninvited contact with other dogs or people.

2. In the above scenario, or one in which your pet is being approached by an aggressive dog, it is nearly impossible to get control of the situation if the need arises. It's much easier to regain control of – or protect -- a dog at the end of a six-foot standard flat leash than it is if he's 20 or so feet away at the end of what amounts to a thin string.

3. The thin cord of a retractable leash can break – especially when a powerful dog is on the other end of it. If a strong, good-sized dog takes off at full speed, the cord can snap. Not only can that put the dog and whatever he may be chasing in danger, but also the cord can snap back and injure the human at the other end.

4. If a dog walker gets tangled up in the cord of a retractable leash, or grabs it in an attempt to reel in their dog, it can result in burns, cuts, and even amputation. In addition, many people have been pulled right off their feet by a dog that reaches the end of the leash and keeps going. This can result in bruises, "road rash," broken bones, and worse.

5. Dogs have also received terrible injuries as a result of the sudden jerk on their neck that occurs when they run out the leash, including neck wounds, lacerated tracheas, and injuries to the spine.
Retractable leashes allow dogs more freedom to pull at the end of them, which can look like aggression to another dog who may decide to "fight back."

6. The handles of retractable leashes are bulky and can be easily pulled out of human hands, resulting in a runaway dog.

7. Along those same lines, many dogs – especially fearful ones – are terrorized by the sound of a dropped retractable leash handle and may take off running, which is dangerous enough. To make matters worse, the object of the poor dog's fear is then "chasing" her, and if the leash is retracting as she runs, the handle is gaining ground on her – she can't escape it. Even if this scenario ultimately ends without physical harm to the dog (or anyone else), it can create lingering fear in the dog not only of leashes, but also of being walked.

8. Retractable leashes, like most retractable devices, have a tendency to malfunction over time, either refusing to extend, refusing to retract, or unspooling at will.

9. Retractable leashes are an especially bad idea for dogs that haven't been trained to walk politely on a regular leash. By their very nature, retractables train dogs to pull while on leash, because they learn that pulling extends the lead.

10. If your dog is well trained, gentle mannered and smart enough to master a regular leash and a retractable leash without being confused, you could be one of the rare guardians that can walk your pooch on any kind of leash without increasing risks to either one of you.

By Dr. Becker

Just to add a bit of "spice" to this post...so it is not all doom and gloom...



Credit for the picture goes Sasquatch Pet Beds!!

I have no affiliation with this company and no experience with their beds, I simply thought they were cute!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: The Chloe Edition



We are joining BlogPaws today for the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When It Snows...






















We are fortunate this year in that we did not get the amounts of snow that we normally get!  There are many people complaining because they didn't get to ski as much as they would like.  I am SO ready for winter to be done and over with.  

I am ready to get out of here and in to a place with Palm Trees and Sunshine! 

Ben went to check on the cottage and found that things are looking good this year, so far.  Which is a very good thing.

These photos were taken a couple of years ago when we had to go shovel off the roof!

Sure am glad we don't have to do that very much!!
Saturday, February 18, 2017

App of the Day: Featuring Prisma


As most of you know...at least those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile now...I do LOVE my apps!!  Honestly, I have hundreds of them...and I use them ALL!!

This one is called Prisma.  It is one of the newer ones I have and there are about a zillion things you can do to your photos to change them up!  It is kind of fun to change the look of the photos to match different moods! :)

So, here is one photo I took of the girls...in several different styles.  Which one do you like the best?

Happy Saturday everyone!  I am so glad it is supposed to warm up a bit this weekend.




Friday, February 17, 2017

Flower Friday

 

Because I live in Western New York...we have no flowers in the winter!

I have included some of my sister's flowers...she lives in North Carolina!

Also, the girls had their spa day yesterday and Miss Teena put Buttiepillars in their furs!

Chloe was not being cooperative so LadyBug is today's model!
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dear #Chewy: Thanks for the Sweet Valentine!






We were excited when a special surprise arrived at our house on Valentine's Day!  I should say that the girls were not as excited as mama was!!

What a sweet and thoughtful gift from Chewy.com!



Thank you so much for making mama's day extra special!



We weren't too happy that she would NOT share with us!!

BUT, she has promised us a special package in the mail arriving TODAY!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!!





As you all know, I enjoy holidays...ALOT!!

 I celebrate them ALL in every way I can!!

 As the years go by, Valentine's Day does not have the same....uh....punch...that it used to!!

 When my husband and I first started dating, we used to do it up big time. Every single year we would go to Niagara Falls, Canada to celebrate Valentine's Day. In a very BIG way!! Flowers, candles, chocolate, gifts, gorgeous hotel with jacuzzi...overlooking the magnificent Niagara Falls. We did that for several years. Then, we switched to Key West vacations in April and smaller Valentine's Day celebrations.

One year, my husband (boyfriend at the time) put together a DVD of lots of our happy & special times together. One year he spray painted a HUGE heart out in the snow, outlined with sparklers that said I love you! One year he actually dressed up AS a HEART....oh, I better not describe that whole scene to you. But you get the idea!!

Those were the days, my friends...now that we've been married forever  24 years, we go a little bit easier on the celebrating!

In case anyone is wondering, YES, the girls do get special treats and gourmet dinners!

Hope you all have a SUPER HAPPY Valentine's Day!!!