While Heidi has been staying with us she has been exposed to some things she thinks are really great. If she could speak our language she would tell you all about these items (in random order):
1. Her crate is the place to be when it’s not by you! She has never hesitated going into her crate and enjoys stretching out in this spacious crate. The crate is 35.5″ Tall, 28.5″ Wide, and 47.5″ Deep. It is labeled for a dog larger than Heidi but she wasn’t interested in going into the crate the next size down. The trick is to get a thick supportive bed & a cozy cool blanket for on top of it (or warm blanket for the winter). I also made a crate cover that covers all but the front of the crate (I can easily lift the side pieces if she needs more air circulation).
2. Venison Jerky Treats
This morning she “table surfed” for the first time for these suckers! I was gathering her belongings on the dining room table & had a zip-lock baggy of these. I found the empty, torn up baggie in her crate.
I order a lot of stuff from Amazon.com since you can earn money thru smile.amazon.com for an organization such as Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon (plus the prices can be quite cheaper). Click on the image for the link to where I purchased them from. To make them last longer (and Heidi not gain weight) I cut them up into smaller pieces.
Heidi LOVES chewing on her bone SOOOOO much! She gets so much joy & entertainment out of these bones. A must have for when she’s crated.
4. Gentle Leader (Large Size)
This isn’t Heidi’s favorite but she loves her walks so much she wouldn’t mind this being on her list. Heidi moves fast on her walks & can eat stuff she’s not supposed to so it’s nice to have better control of her movements.
5.Chilly Dogs Soaker Coat
Heidi likes drying off in her bath robe after baths, swimming, or walks in the rain. I like it because she dries faster & that means less wet dog smell & wet furniture in the house. Click on the picture for more info.
6. Grooming Supplies
Heidi uses the de-tangling com mostly around her ears, especially when the fur gets wet from ear cleanings & after getting wet from rain, bath or swimming.
I used the mat remover a few times around her ears, a great tool to have! I’m certain more fur would have been lost if I had used scissors to cut out the mats.
This is how the slicker brush should have been designed from the beginning. I refused to use slicker brushes because I’d end up bleeding trying to clean them. Now it only takes a push of a button & I’m able to wipe the fur off. I use this brush a few times a week & as long as I’m gentle Heidi has no problem with it.
Heidi gets the fur on her feet trimmed regularly with these little scissors. She’s not a big fan but at least I know she’s not getting stabbed with a pointy tip.
MinkSheen Pet Shampoo has done wonders for Heidi’s coat & skin. She was on a medicated shampoo for a while but it was making her itchy. This shampoo has really softened up her whole coat, helps keep insects away (at least a few days after a bath), smells great & gets LOTS of compliments.
A cup for breakfast and a cup for dinner is all she needs (don’t listen to her if she says she wants more) to keep her new healthy figure.
* Heidi will eagerly eat this food (this is a huge deal considering we tried at least 10 different foods, wet & dry, with her not eating for close to 4 days).
*She doesn’t itch nearly as much since the food switch.
*Keeping her allergies under control also works towards keeping her ears and skin healthy. She doesn’t want to go through those medical problems ever again & you wouldn’t want to either.
8. Thyroid Medicine
Heidi thinks this is the GREATEST STUFF EVER because it helped her lose weight and grow back all her missing fur!
Heidi takes Soloxine (.7mg) to manage her hypothyroidism. She gets 1 pill with her breakfast and 1 pill with her dinner. It is critical that she doesn’t miss any doses. We use a pill box for dog medication that holds a weeks worth. This way it is easier to see when you need to call in a request for a refill. Remember that if it has been a year since last thyroid blood work was done, she’ll need to get her thyroid level check before they’ll give you the refill.
This isn’t everything that Heidi loves but it’s a good start. I am anxious to see how many of these things the next foster dog will love!