I loved Oprah’s favorite things show. A lot of the stuff I didn’t have a need for, heck, a lot of the stuff I couldn’t even afford, but sometimes you’d find a gem. Something you didn’t know existed but it would solve a problem or it was just something you just fell in love with. So I thought I’d do a “favorite things list” for Cleo, things that I loved for him. But I think first I need to create a list of Cleo’s favorite things.
Snacks and Toys:
Zukes snacks are a favorite it doesn’t matter what flavor. I use them for photo shoots and Cleo has broken into my camera bag more than once to help himself. He loves them. He will do anything for them, when I grab the bag he runs over and starts doing random tricks to try to get me to give him the snack sooner.
Thinkers by Plato are a snack made with Duck. Duck has DHA which helps their brain function, they appear to be yummy too because he gobbles them down pretty fast.
Greenies – Cleo loves munching on these and I love them because they really do help stinky breath.
Cleo doesn’t fetch. He likes to play tug and he really likes to kill the squeakers in stuffed toys. But this duck from Multipet has hung on for a year. For some reason it’s the one stuffed toy he hasn’t torn to shreds. He carries it around with him and squeaks it but he hasn’t murdered it yet. That doesn’t mean I won’t come home tomorrow and find duck stuffing everywhere but for now it’s his friend.
Crackle Heads toy from JW Pet Company. Like I said, Cleo doesn’t fetch but he chews on the Crackle toy to make noise when he wants to play. He crunches it and pretends to give it to me and then runs. Crinkle, run, repeat.
What else does Cleo like besides snacks and toys? Walks, belly rubs, naps, and a nice cool drink from the toilet. He’s a dog, he doesn’t have a long list. And since he’s a dog he can’t give away bundles of his favorite things like Oprah did.
Does your dog have a favorite product? Let us know, maybe Cleo would like it too.
I recently met with Lisa from Relax Your Dog, she is a canine therapeutic massage therapist. I have to admit I wasn’t sold on the idea of a massage therapist for a dog… I pet Cleo all the time and rub his sore legs and scratch his ears. What can she really do that I can’t? It turns out she can do quite a bit.
Working with stressed out dogs, geriatric dogs, and dogs that are recovering from injury, Lisa provides a trust-based, therapeutic massage that can help decrease blood pressure, inflammation, stress, anxiety, soreness, pain, and tension. Any of the benefits that humans get from a massage help a dog as well.
She’s quite interesting and knows so much about animal behavior and nutrition. I’m interested in learning more about what she does and if you want to learn more contact her through her website www.relaxyourdog.com
This week’s 52 week project is Fall. In Colorado we have a short but very beautiful fall season and with 300 plus days of sunshine it’s almost always a great time to be outside.
Sophie and I headed to a local park and got a few pictures in before all the leaves blow off the trees. She’s a sweetie, a gentle soul, and I couldn’t wait to see her in the park with her tall legs, sweet face, and of course the Great Dane sit.
TGIF! This week’s challenge for the 52 week project is water!!
Water is definitely a challenge for us. Cleo is not a fan, he hates getting wet. He hides when he hears the bath running, if you reach for the garden hose he runs inside, if it’s raining he waits hours to go outside. Unless it’s snow, he wants nothing to do with it. I could have used another model this week but I was busy and I just didn’t have enough time.
After I thought about it capturing a close up of Cleo drinking water seemed like a good idea. Wait, not so fast… Cleo has a favorite dish he likes to drink from and it’s not a pretty sight. That’s right it’s the toilet. Not a pretty picture to say the least. And how do I get an interesting photo? Well fortunately for me I have a GoPro with waterproof housing. Yes I did, I put my GoPro in the toilet. Be disgusted, it’s ok, my husband is too. But my guess is you haven’t seen this view before.
Now that we’ve disgusted you and hopefully made you laugh, check out Sacramento pet photographer, Lisa Van Dyke and follow the blog ring until you get back to StinkDog Photos where you can laugh and cringe one more time.
For all my Denver, CO peeps. Last week I was getting a coffee in the Highlands and saw a sidewalk sign that said dogs
and cats are welcome. I walked over and was surprised to find a new pet store in the neighborhood.
Simpawtico has healthy foods and treats, really cute collars and toys, and their prices are great. I bought Cleo a new collar from Walk-e-Woo, Thinkers treats made of duck, and a cute Cuz toy to get doggies attention while I’m taking photos. The owner Kevin couldn’t be nicer or more helpful.
Support local shops, check out their website, and then stop by and
see them! Welcome to the Highlands Simpawtico.