Thursday, November 16, 2006

Beautiful Babies

Beautiful Babies...





Life is a journey... enjoy the trip... Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs


Simply Handsome


Beautiful Healthy Pomeranian Puppies... Ranch Raised... hand raised furballs, microchipped, vaccinated, parti, black, cream, sable, orange, chocolate, white. $575.00 - $875.00 plus shipping …

Come see us on the web... at Robbins Run Ranch Visitors are welcome at our happy hairball home in Southeastern sure to make an appointment so you can have our full attention as you visit our Happy Hairballs (alias Pomeranians) Our puppies raised with love and 30 plus years experience... interviews are required...

Life is a journey...enjoy the trip... Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs


Robbins Run Ranch: Living the Dream With Our Pomeranians

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Purpose of a Dog - from a 4 yr. old

This story came in from an email from Beverly Wendling... thanks Beverly.. the Photo is of Sassy... one of my girls...

How true...

Being 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 the four-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 four-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.

May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Accommodating Your Elderly Pets

When pets get older, there are some accommodations you may want to make for them. A pet's behavior may change as it ages. The first recommendation would be a visit to the veterinarian. Many symptoms interpreted in elderly contributed to age may actually be medical conditions.

If your pet seems less active, confused, disoriented, and disinterest in household activity, it could signal cognitive dysfunction. Cognitive dysfunction is a treatable geriatric disease.

Weight gain is a common problem with older pets. Exercise is still important for older pet health. It helps them stay toned and will help stimulate internal function. They may need shorter exercise periods at a slower pace. Try walking your pet during less extreme temperatures of the day.

Grooming is another area that becomes more difficult for older pets. As their joints get stiff, it may be harder for your pet to groom hard-to-reach areas. Their skin can also become dry or matted so it is important to brush your pet thoroughly.

As your pet ages, it may be harder for them to get around the places that they are familiar with. Some ideas to help your pet navigate are the following: If your pet likes to sleep on your bed, and is still continent, perhaps a small stair would assist them to reach the top of the bed. If they have trouble navigating the stairs due to hip problems, perhaps a ramp with cleat strips to give their paws grip may help. Also, check the outdoor run area of your pet. Holes, steep grades and gravel may make their outdoor travels difficult. Observe your pet climbing wooden deck stairs, sometimes those can be slippery for older pets. Simple sandpaper treads can be applied for grip.

Overall, think about your aging pet and their needs. Some simple changes could make their life more comfortable.

About the Author

This article has been submitted in affiliation with http://www.PetLovers.Com/ which is a site for Pet Forums.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006


pups playing

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Housebreaking a Puppy

You absolutely love your new addition to your family. Cute, cuddly, and he tickles you with his wet nose! You have a brand new puppy. As the excitement wears off you may be wondering the most effective method for housebreaking your new family member. This article will examine some ways effectively to housebreak your puppy.

If you have not done so already, it is important to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for your puppy to have a complete examination. If he is in ill health in anyway this can affect the success you have at housebreaking him. It is important to take care of any illnesses that he may have before you begin housebreaking your puppy. You want your puppy's diet to be reliable with a high-quality dry puppy food. As tempting as it may be you should avoid feeding your puppy table scraps and if you prefer canned dog food remember that this type of food can loosen his stool, which will increase the difficulty of housebreaking him/her.

While you are attempting to housebreak your puppy, you will need to keep close eye on him. You may crate train him or keep him confined in a small space with newspapers, in necessary. It will only take a small amount of time for your puppy to have a house-soiling accident. Some signals to watch for when your puppy is ready to go outside is when they start sniffing the floor, walking in circles, or suddenly running out of sight. When you see this behavior, it is time to take them outdoors. You do not want to leave your puppy alone for extended periods of time. They need a balance of companionship and exercise. If you leave your puppy alone for extensive amounts of time this can be very detrimental to your puppy and can sabotage your efforts at housebreaking along with contributing to numerous other behavioral problems.

In the beginning phase of training, keep a journal of the times your puppy urinates and defecates. Note the intervals in between elimination. This will give you an idea of when to take him outside and will lessen the accidents that occur within the home. Puppies normally need to urinate shortly after they eat, drink water, play, chew, or sleep (quite frequently until they learn to control their bladder). For the majority of puppies over ten weeks old that means you should be prepared to take them outside no less than five to ten times per day. When you are taking your puppy for a walk, you should not come back in until they have either urinated or defecated outside. Yes, they will want to sniff, run, and jump - this is normal - but you are also teaching them that outside is where they urinate. Something to remember, puppies are smart, and if it happens to be cold or they simply do not want to be outside they will tinkle a little bit and want to go in. Do not give in to this (even if you are cold) remain outside until they have fully eliminated the bladder. As soon as your puppy eliminates outdoors offer him generous praise and a special treat.

Praising your puppy is an excellent behavior modification tool and works great for housebreaking (along with those treats). Choose a trigger word when you take him out such as, "potty," "business," or another word of your choosing. Say this word when you take him outdoors and while you want him to eliminate. Repeat this word when he is done and you are going inside for a treat. Delayed praise is ineffective and will not yield the results you are looking for.

You may find that your puppy prefers certain surfaces to eliminate on, such as rugs. When you notice this keep your puppy away from these areas until he has learned the appropriate place to eliminate.

About the Author

Zahid N. Sindhu is a dog enthusiast who, after noticing the lack of an online resource for dog lovers in Pakistan, decided to launch The site features a comprehensive list of breeds, breeders, veterinarians and online classifieds. The site also has a forum where people meet to discuss their canine friends.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

12:16 am... I do believe Autumn is here...

First Post for this blog... the Arfing News... ok... my mind just went totally Tkhe hairballs...Pomeranians are enjoying the cooler weather. It's sheer pleasure to watch them jump and bound around since the temps have gone down a bit...

Making some progress on the interior of the whelping house... one piece of corrugated tin at a time... the tin should deter mice. Hopefully... yes it's true... I've declared war on mice... ugh...

Puppies are doing fine... little

it's bedtime for bonzo... gotta get some zzzzzs
Life is a journey... enjoy the trip... Mary E. Robbins & the Happy Hairballs