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The Dogs of Christmas
By W. Bruce Cameron
Copyright 2013 New York, NY
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, brings you his latest work in the wonderful The Dogs of Christmas.
“EVERY DOG STORY IS A LOVE STORY”…Bruce Cameron wrote those words not Adopted Mom, but we couldn’t agree more. Even those terrible stories we read about despicable animal abuse; ultimately become stories of love, rescue, and redemption…at least for the dogs and they are the most important part of the story in our opinion.
The Dogs of Christmas features several different love stories central to the theme. There is the human story of characters Josh & Kerri, and the human/ canine bond of Josh and Lucy, the soulful-eyed pregnant pup that comes into their lives – capturing the kindness and natural empathy for a creature needing assistance.
Almost immediately Josh realizes he has more then he can handle and contacts the local shelter where he meets the lovely and compassionate Kerri who comes to his aid.
Love, Trust, Relationships, and Puppies…find all of these as you enjoy reading The Dogs of Christmas
We really enjoyed this story! The writing is compelling, with characters we wanted to follow. Mr. Cameron is a proven author with skills and accolades to his credit. We definitely recommend this book for a great read.
Hold on now, keep scrolling…it’s time for the big Book GiveAway…and by big we mean..3 WINNERS!!!
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Leave a comment at the end of this post relating an anecdote you have concerning Dogs & Christmas (or Chanukah, or Kwanza for that matter). If you haven’t got a real one, make one up.
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Adopted Mom Blog received a copy of the book The Dog’s of Christmas for review purposes. In addition, Mr. Cameron generously provided 3 copies to support a GiveAway for 3 lucky readers of our pet blog. Opinions expressed in this review are our own and not influenced by any outside source. We receive no financial compensation from featuring this book at our blog.
As a child we had several dogs growing up in our house. My mother primarily cared for the dogs; the kids mostly petted and played with them. In those days they did not know all the things they know now, and the advances in pet health were still around the corner.
I have no memory of my mother “brushing the dog’s teeth”. There was no special attention paid to canine teeth. Baths were the important thing. Especially if your dog had the misfortune of coming into contact with a skunk. Which is exactly what happened with our beautiful long-haired Sheltie Collie…but back to teeth.
Nowadays it is common for new pet owners to be encouraged to brush their dog’s teeth. Pet stores offer shelves of pet toothpastes, toothbrushes, oral sprays, even doggie mints for bad breath.
When I adopted ChazzTheDog, I immediately bought toothpaste and a finger brush. I was told it was the best selling canine toothpaste flavor at the store. Well, Chazz apparently did not know that he should like poultry flavored toothpaste – and did not take to it very well. I found the finger brush more difficult to manipulate. We next tried a vanilla flavored paste which he licked straight off my finger. I got a longer tooth brush, but not a full sized bristle brush. It is actually a rubberized brush with flexible bristle.
I began brushing his teeth about 3 days a week. Since he couldn’t rinse his mouth out; I also purchased an canine oral spray to use following the brushing. Despite our best efforts, I could see tartar and some spots appearing on Chazz’s teeth. Following that, I found out I could have his teeth professionally cleaned. I read that this has been shown to extend a dog’s life between three to five years. Well that was enough for me.
Non-anesthetic teeth cleaning can be pricey. I have seen it range between $160 – $225.00 for a session. Chazz is now 5 years old. He has had his teeth cleaned twice. He is overdue now, but the place I had it done at is now looking for a new vet dentist, so they can offer their canine dental clinics once again. The first experience was eventful. It turned out Chazz had gingivitis; so when they cleaned at his gum line they bled. Chazz swallowed some of this blood. When the cleaning was completed they returned Chazz to me, setting him on the cement floor. Chazz took two steps toward me and promptly vomited. They assured me this was from the blood he had swallowed and nothing more critical. Chazz went back a second time and everything went fine.
Vets say that as in humans, the health and condition of your dog’s mouth, gums, teeth, and even tongue can be indicators of his/her overall condition. As you know readers, we here at AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog Blog are not vets or animal trainer/ professionals of any kind. We do our research, try to educate ourself, and make the best decisions we can. And yes, finances play a part as well. Chazz has all his needs taken care of. Shelter, food, treats, toys, clothes, bed, leashes, and most of all love. I do the best I can with the resources I can spend on & for him.
serif;">Well, now there's something new in the canine dental health products.
OraPup Dog Breath Brush. http://www2.orapup.com/ It comes in a variety of colors, with flexible bristles on a paddle shaped brush your dog can lick. You simply spread about a ½ teaspoon of the flavoring around the bristles and then give it to your dog. My dog, Chazz, a medium sized Terrier/Shiba Inu mix took to it immediately.
There was no forcing or fight to get him to lick the bristles clean. At one end a raised edge works as a scraper for the dog’s tongue.
It’s simple and easy to do. The flavoring in this case Beef/Bacon comes in a plastic squeeze applicator bottle for quick application onto the paddle. Quickly, not only did Chazz understand that the way to get the flavoring was to lick the paddle bristles; but he used one of his paws to hold it in just the spot and position that he liked to get at it.
So stop fighting with your dog to get him to improve his dental health. Get an OraPup Dog Breath Brush and watch him or her jump right on board.
GiveAway for an OraPup Dog Breath Starter Kit
Leave a comment at the end of this post answering the question, How bad does your dog’s breath get? Describe and give example
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Go to Orapup.com and leave a comment
Restrictions: Open to USA Residents only
18 yrs old & up
GiveAway entries accepted April 4th – April 11th
Winner will be announced at the blog on Friday April 12, 2013
So tell us about your dog’s (funky) breath…we want to know what your dealing with!
Good Luck to all the Participants
DISCLAIMER: Adopted Mom To ChazzTheDog received no compensation for this review. The opinions expressed our completely our own and have not be influenced by any outside source. We purchased our own OraPup dog breath brush used in our test. Orapup kindly provided a Starter Kit for the GiveAway.
The writer and editor of this blog, Adopted Mom, has an impawtent correction to make.
Recently we posted about receiving our first ever Blogger Award, The Next Big Thing. We were very proud and pawcited to announce this. Well, looks like we made an oopsie.
This week we received a comment from our furriend Pepper, over at Pepperpaws.blogspot.com. Pepper reminded us that she actually gave us our first blogger award in June of 2012. Here’s what she said:
Now for the 10 Fabulous Bloggers, in no particular order, that I have chosen to pass the Sunshine Award on to:
1. https://adoptedmomtochazzthedog.wordpress.com/ For concise, well written content. She is a great mentor to me.
Yes, AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog Blog encouraged and mentored Pepper and her Mom at the beginning of their blogging adventures. How could we forget that Pepper had passed on the Sunshine Award to us??? Well, we’re not sure. That’s why we are referring to this omission as an Oopsie.
So, we apologize to Pepper & her Mom and in no way meant to disregard this honor. Sometimes Mommie’s furget stuff and it’s hard to get good help sometimes! Awooooooo Sheesh Mommie!!
We hope they furgive us our mistake and accept this apology post.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye:
February 23rd – International Dog Biscuit Day
This post is a collection of info I found on the internet when researching under the term :
International Dog Biscuit Day
Celebrated all over the world, as well as here in the USA, the team here at AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog has decided to report the “straight poop” on just what this dawgie holiday is all about.
Pups large & small, male or female enjoy a good biscuit now and then. ChazzTheDog enjoys his soaked and softer.
Some like a good Peanut Butter & Carob Bone baked by our friends at Pawty Time Treats (featured in the Product Review section)
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Oh, how far we’ve come with dog treats!
Kolchak has an opinion on all this biscuit talk and here it is:
Happy International Dog Biscuit Day!!
Barked by Kolchak Puggle
Some fortunate pet parents, fed up with the high cost of store bought treats and biscuits, were given the opportunity to take advantage of a special cooking class being offered in conjunction with the holiday – and learned how to make their own treats for their furbabies.
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day a Cooking Class for Your Dog at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center
This is my very speshul furriend PepperPom. Those of you who are pals on Twitter, know Pepper is my gurlfurriend. She said I could put this picture of her in this post.
She luvs her special cookies from her special shop. Nommy!
3 Dogs & A Chick dog bakery and specialty shop located along the beautiful Emerald Coast in Downtown Ft Walton Beach, Florida. That’s where PepperPom, above, gets all her favorite treats for holidays, birthdays, and for no other reason then to have her a snack before nite nite!!
Last but not least is another concerned dog owner who just wants to enjoy a snack with his dog to celebrate the day. Let’s just see who has the pickier palate!!
Leave a comment, and tell Chazz & Adopted Mom your favorite story about your favorite treat!!!
Woof at ya later!!!
I realize Halloween has come & gone and we are moving on to Thanksgiving as far as holidays go, but I want to offer one last goodbye post. All in all, we had a great time, and hope to be back next year.
MuttMania participated in the Long Beach, CA 11th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade, Vendor & Adoption Fair on Sunday October 30,2011. This was so much fun, a lot of hard work, loaded with important messages to get out in the community regarding dog homelessness, adoption & rescue work…not sure where to begin…so gonna say it with some images.
These are a mere handful of pictures, photographed by a good friend of mine, Andrew Potts, at the site , Lincoln Park a public space. Al vendors were required to have a special item, AdoptedMom decided to do a Holiday Dog Boutique – XMAS, Chanukah, New Years!
PRODUCT REVIEW: pupCHIPS®
CATEGORY – Snack Food
It’s 3 o’clock and you’re starting to feel those familiar little hunger pangs. Lunch was hours ago; and you just have that hollow feeling, like you could eat a little something…
Of course a snack! Some fruit, an energy bar, a handful of nuts/pretzels, yogurt, trying to keep it healthy of course.
Well, why not enjoy that snack while your best furbabie has one as well? Take time out and share snacktime with your pooch. Just open up a bag of crispy, crunchy, pupCHIPS for your four-legged friend.
PupCHIPS is a new snack for your dog, “just because you love them”. Different than a treat earned in training, for doing a trick, for behaving politely when company is over, or any of those reasons – this is a snack for fido…just because you want to.
PupCHIPS come in flavors of Chicken, Liver, Salmon, and Yogurt & Berry.
CHICKEN: Ground Rice, Ground Corn, Chicken Liver, Ground Barley, Chicken Powder, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potato Flour, Chicken Fat, Dried Brewers Yeast, Ground Flax Seed , Salt, Beta Carotene, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Chondroitin Sulfate, Hydrolyzed Poultry Liver,Tapioca, Natural Flavors, preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement.
Honestly, my dog, Chazz does not like crunchy. He doesn’t care for food that is hard or snappy. So when I gave him the “chips” to taste test…he wasn’t very interested…at first. He kind of pushes at it with his nose, but the chips never get near his open mouth. Later, I had an idea and I got out one of his bowls. Poured some chips in and added a little water to soften them up. I placed the bowl on the floor & returned to my computer & some work that needed finishing. When I came back downstairs the bowl was empty, pupCHIPS were gone! So the flavor was yummy! Chazz liked them and gives them a 3 paws up rating!!!
And your dog will like them too. PupCHIPS come in easy portable snack size packs that fit in your purse, backpack, or dog carrier. You no longer need to drag a travel bowl, can or bag of dog food with you when you’re going to be gone a short while. Convenient & easy to bring along pupCHIPS is the answer.
For more information or to purchase online go to http://www.pupchips.com
Review Attribution: AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog did not receive any kind of compensation for this product review. AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog did receive sample packages of pupCHIPS for the purpose of feeding to ChazzTheDog and doing a Product Review. The opinions expressed are strictly my own, one individual; and were not influenced in any manner from the outside.