Maizee’s Dream: An Oscar Winning Puppy!

I stayed up a little later than I usually do last night watching tv with my Mommy & Daddy.  I was mesmerized by all the beautiful dresses, jewelry, lights, music, dancing and singing!  It was a show called the Oscars.  Apparently they have all the best actors and actresses in the world dress up and come to a big party every year.  And they give away gold statues to the people they think are the very best actors and actresses.  It was pretty cool!

After the show was over with, I fell asleep fast.  I had a dream, a wonderful dream.  It was the Puppy Oscars and I was invited to come!  I got all dressed up in a beautiful pink gown with crystals all over it!  And I had a beautiful collar with diamonds and pearls.  Oh, I just felt wonderful in the outfit!  I was able to walk on the red carpet with a bunch of photographers taking pictures of me, and then the cutie Ryan Seacrest wanted to interview me!  He asked me about my gorgeous gown and told me how lovely I was!  I tried not to blush but I did have a bit of a puppy blush!

When I got to my seat, I watched all the other doggies dressed up in their best outfits perform on stage and win awards.  And finally it came to my category: Best Female Puppy in a Movie!  The nominees were listed and they were tough competition.  I was up against Meryl Schnauzer, Michelle Yorkie, Mara Dachshund and Viola Beagle!  They were the BEST Puppy actresses in the whole world.  I just knew I couldn’t beat them but I still had butterflies in my stomach!  They opened the envelope and then I heard my name…Maizee!  Oh my goodness!  I was shocked!  I ran up on stage and took my beautiful statue and thanked everyone I could think of: My Mommy, My Daddy, My brothers and sisters, the Cat, the bird – everybody!  It was such a thrilling moment!  I wanted to stay in that moment forever.

And then the birds woke up and let out a big squawk which woke me up fast.  It took me a second to realize the dream wasn’t real.  At first I was sad, but then I looked around and saw my comfy bed, my bowl full of yummy food, my back yard playground and all the toys I had, and thought this was a great place to be.  I can still dream of being a famous puppy actress, but I’m happy just where I am!

Maizee Celebrates National Dog Biscuit Day

Today is one of my favorite days of the year!  It’s National Dog Biscuit Day!  Can you believe it?  A day dedicated to doggy biscuits!  What a wonderful world we live in!

My Mommy and Daddy like to feed me dog treats that compliment my dog food diet.  They make sure there are nutrients in my treats just like my food, to help me grow up
healthy and strong.  I get high-quality dog treats in my favorite flavor – chicken!
My Mommy and Daddy only give me a little bit of treats a day and I always want more.  But today I get a little more than average!

If you are a dog Mommy or Daddy who likes to cook, you can make your pup homemade treats.  Just be careful and make sure you get the recipe from a reputable source, like your veterinarian or a pet professional.  Some recipes call for things that are bad for puppies, like onions, grapes and even chocolate!  And if your pup has any
allergies, check the ingredient lists for recipes and store bought treats to make sure they do not have any allergens. If you are up to it, try this recipe. It’s yummy!

I hope you all enjoy National Dog Biscuit Day!  Give your dog an extra treat today.

Happy Snacking!

Treats can be a healthy part of a dogs diet but should not exceed 10% of their daily food intake.  What is your dogs favorite treat?

 

Keeping Maizee’s Teeth Pearly White: Dog Dental Care Tips

I have to admit, I’m proud of my teeth!  They are so pretty and white.  And most importantly, they are healthy and strong!  That’s good because I use my teeth to do more than just eat, my teeth are like my hands.  And the vet says that healthy teeth means healthy puppies, which is good enough for me.

When my Mommy and Daddy first started cleaning my teeth, I really didn’t like it at all.  They started massaging my lips, gums and teeth with their fingers.  It felt really weird, but after a week or so I got used to it.  Which I guess was the point because after I got used to that, they started using doggy toothpaste on my lips and gums.  I liked the toothpaste because it tasted like one of my favorite foods – chicken!  I ate it all up!

Then came the toothbrush!  Oh my!  It was a bunch of bristles they put over their finger.  They put the toothpaste on the tooth brush and rubbed my teeth and gums with it.  They move it in small circular motion, which is kind of relaxing.  Then they move my lips around so they can get to the teeth on the side.  I just sit there and let them, though it’s definitely not my favorite part of the day.  I usually try to eat all the toothpaste off the brush before they can get to my teeth and gums, but I never get it all.  They do this 2 to 3 times a week to keep my teeth healthy.  It doesn’t take long, so I don’t mind too much.  And I really do enjoy the tasty toothpaste!

Did you know that 80% of dogs and cats will have periodontal disease by the age of 4?  What do you do to keep your pets teeth clean?

Maizee says “Brrr!” Tips to Protect Your Dog in the Cold

Wow!  When I have gone outside the past few mornings, I haven’t wanted to stay out too long because it is sooo cold!  It makes me shiver and shake and I don’t like it.  And I’m a pretty big puppy so I can take the cold better than smaller dogs, baby dogs or
senior dogs!

My Mommy and Daddy limit our time outside when it’s cold, just like they do when it’s raining.  We go outside for a short amount of time, and they always stay with us, even when we’re in the fenced in yard.  This is because we can get too cold if we are left outside too long, so they keep a close eye on us.  They make sure we do not start shivering too much which is a sign of a doggie getting way too cold!  We go outside, play a little bit and do our business, then go inside to the cozy warmth.

My brothers and sisters are tiny doggies.  And since they are so small, they have to
wear sweaters outside when the weather is really cold.  This helps them stay warm!  Dogs with short hair, senior doggies and baby puppies should also wear sweaters in cold weather to help keep them warm.  A lot of people think sweaters are silly and
the owners are just trying to make their puppies look like people.  But that’s not true!  Sweaters are important for dog health in the cold.  If your pup doesn’t like wearing a sweater, they have Velcro jackets which are easier to put on and may be tolerated better than a sweater.

If it’s icy, like it was on Sunday night and Monday morning, or snowy, you really have to watch our paws!  We can get ice and snow stuck on them which is painful!  Plus, the snow and ice may have harmful substances on them, such as salt or slag.  When we get inside and see our dirty paws, we will quickly lick them clean!  These nasty substances can get into our tummies and make us sick.  So either doggie booties, or a good cleaning of our paws before going inside, is needed.

Pups like to be warm just like people.  When it’s cold out, make sure to pay special
attention to us so we don’t get doggie hypothermia or frostbite.  The above tips will help keep us safe.  If you notice any signs of us in pain or sick, call our vet.  Even though most of us hate going to the vet, he will make us feel better again!

What are you doing to help your dog survive the cold?

Hello world! I’m Maizee!

Hi! I’m Maizee and I’m a rescue pup from the Humane Society of Charlotte.  When I was just four weeks old, a kind neighbor rescued me off of a porch next door where I was living.  I was pretty dirty and had a really bad case of fleas.  I was not happy. She wanted me to have a better life so she took me to the shelter where I was cleaned up and given my first shots.  I heard the folks at the shelter say I would need to have a foster family until I was old enough to be adopted to my forever home.  I was not sure what that meant, but it sounded pretty good to me.  Later that day, I heard them say my new foster mom was on the way to pick me up. I was so excited, but nervous too!
When they handed me to my new foster mom, I fell in love!  She was so sweet and loved all over me with kisses and hugs. I hoped I never had to leave her arms.  She held me in her lap all the way to my new foster home.  And when she took me inside, there was a whole new family. It was a zoo!  I had been rescued by a Zoo!!  Not really, but there were 4 other dogs, a cat and two ‘huge’ birds called amazon parrots.  Those birds seemed really happy to see me cuz they screamed really, really loud.
The other dogs seemed happy to see me to and they sniffed me all over.  To be honest, I really didn’t know what to think about all that sniffing but I was just happy to be there.  And there was a bonus family member; my new foster Dad.  He was really cool and took me in his arms and just kissed and loved me. I heard them talking and it sounded like I might have a forever home if I was a good pup! I was going to be very, very good cuz I really liked it here.
That night, I had a nice warm place to sleep with no fleas or scary outdoor sounds.  I had a nice bed, in a wonderful safe crate.  I slept good that night, better than I had ever slept.
The next day, my foster mom told my foster dad that she wanted to keep me..forever!!!!  Yeah, and he said ok.  They arranged it with the Humane Society and I was adopted with papers and everything that next week.  And let me tell you friends, I LUCKED UP! This place is soooo cool.  I get bones and treats and great food and love and they let me lay on the furniture and all kinds of stuff. And my animal siblings are wonderful, even the cat and birds, althought I have to say those birds are still really, really loud!
That begins my story.  I like telling this story and I want to tell you more about me. So I think I will keep this journal thing going.  See you tomorrow! Maizee