A Publication of St. Louis Critter Sitters
November 2006


Breed of the Month – The Pug

DESCRIPTION The Pug has a square, thickset, stocky compact, body, with a sleek, soft coat that comes in apricot, fawn, black and silver - all with a short, flat, black muzzle and velvety ears. Rose shaped ears are preferred. Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots. The eyes are prominent, expressive, dark and lustrous. The teeth should meet in a slightly undershot bite. The back is short, with a level top line. Their tail lies in a tight curl, or in the best specimens, a double curl on the back. Their limbs are straight and strong which gives them a jaunty, rolling gait that is quite distinctive.

TEMPERAMENT A Pug is "a lot of dog in a small space." They are perky, rambunctious and loyal, affectionate and loving, with a happy disposition. They are playful and charming. Clever and mischievous - with a heart-winning personality. They can be a bit willful. Highly intelligent, it bores easily with repetitive training practices. Pugs are sensitive to the tone of your voice, so harsh punishment is unnecessary. The dog is neither excitable nor dull. They are good watchdogs, very devoted and are not yappers. Pugs get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and visitors. Do not forget though, that they require lots of attention and become jealous if their owner ignores them.

St. Louis Critter Sitters
Recipe Corner

Turkey Loaf for Dogs

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked mixed vegetables
  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup canned low-fat gravy

Preparation:

Grease a 9" loaf pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, vegetables, garlic powder, egg, barley and oats. Mix the ingredients together well and place the mixture into the prepared loaf pan.

Press the mixture to flatten and level, then use a table knife to cut a few shallow slits on top.

Pour the gravy over the loaf and bake to 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until nicely browned on top.

Cool, and then cut the loaf into about six slices. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil and store in the refrigerator. To feed - Break the slices into bite-size pieces.

 

DON’T WE LOOK ALIKE!

A DOGS THANKSGIVING DAY!

It can be fun to keep our dogs with as we enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, but it's so hard to resist the temptation to share Thanksgiving dinner with them. Here's a few tips to help keep your furry family members happy and healthy as you gather 'round the table this Thanksgiving Day....

While cooked turkey meat is safe for dogs to eat, be extremely cautious when discarding items used to cook the turkey which may be tempting to dogs, such as skewers, string, pop-up timers, and roasting bags. Swallowing such things can cause an intestinal blockage or perforation.

Turkey bones should never be fed to dogs. All poultry bones splinter easily, and, whether splintered or whole, they can lodge inside or perforate a dog's intestines. Place turkey bones and other garbage in cans with tight fitting, dog-proof lids. If your trash cans are over-filled with extra holiday trash, place the filled bags of garbage behind a closed door with a dog-proof latch.

Turkey skin is something dogs love to eat, but consuming fatty food like poultry skin can lead to gastric distress and Pancreatitis, a serious inflammatory condition of the pancreas that causes vomiting and dehydration.

If you think you must share some of your Thanksgiving feast with your dogs, do it safely....
  • A sudden change in diet, like a big bowl of full of turkey and all the trimmings could cause an upset stomach and diarrhea.
  • Add a few pieces of boneless, skinless turkey meat to their regular food. For dogs that eat dry food, you can add a small amount of broth, just enough to moisten their regular dry dog food, or....
  • Bake something special ahead of time to give your dog on Thanksgiving Day like Turkey Dinner Loaf (see recipe on next column).
During Thanksgiving Dinner...
  • Give your dog a special new chewy, an irresistible new toy, or a treat filled Kong Toy or Buster Cube to keep him occupied during the meal.
  • Some well-meaning guests may not know that you don't want anyone to share food with the dog. Before serving, let everyone know that they should not give anything to the dog.
  • Keep a watchful eye on children who might want to feed the cute doggy anyway.
  • Keep a watchful eye on dogs that can't resist the opportunity to steal food from little hands.
Helping a Board Dog

Keeping a dog entertained and engaged is good for both dog and owner. Not only will your dog be happier, but he will generally exhibit better behavior. Dogs that are bored or lonely are prone to exhibit annoying or destructive behaviors such as excessive barking, digging, or chewing. High energy dogs are especially likely to act out if not given attention and exercise. Giving your dog attention is a critical part of keeping him happy. Dogs are social animals and need regular interaction with people. Also, this is much of the fun of being a dog owner. Interacting with your pet either for grooming, or for play, or for a walk, or simply to pat him is critical to your pet and increases the bond between pet and owner. If one leaves a dog alone in the yard a majority of the time your pet will be lonely which can translate to anxiety or obsessive behaviors such as barking. For high energy pets, like labs and other sporting dogs, they need more attention, interaction, and exercise than most other dogs. As most people can’t spend all their time with their pet, providing other ways for dogs to stay active and engaged when alone is helpful. For some a favorite toy fills the bill, keeping them entertained for hours. However, many dogs will need more variety, challenge, and exercise. Providing an area that is interactive can help. A place to dig or run, toys that are challenging, or areas that can be explored will help a dog keep his mind and body active which makes for a happier pet.

One can add variety to the activities that they do with their dog which is fun for pet and owner. Take your dog to a new place for a walk or hike. If you go, it is wise to check in advance about an area’s dog policy. For some dogs like Golden Retrievers a trip to a lake or other swimming hole is as good as it gets. There are also organized sports for dogs. Agility is one of the most common, a competition where a dog runs a timed obstacle course. Flyball is a sport played by teams of dogs. These activities are great not only for exercise, but as an opportunity for dogs to interact with other dogs and people. The possibilities for added activity and entertainment are practically endless. The more you do with your dog the happier you are both likely to be.

We would like to wish all of our customers a Happy Thanksgiving!