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eatBetter and drinkBetter Dog Bowls?

April 29th, 2009 at 9:11 am

FunnyFur.com just recently started carrying these eatBetter Dog Bowls and drinkBetter Dog Bowls.  This answered a calling we had…both Pugs eat fast. Real fast. Porky is a super fine diner with food but when it comes to water, it’s a whole different story.  He is a water snob and prefers the water to be at a certain level inside the bowl..if it’s too full, he will use his paw to “paw” out water till it reaches down to his desired level.  He dunks his whole flat face and little head into the water bowl and drinks a bowl at a time.

After drinking, he drips water over the entire bathroom floor (measuring ~200 sqft) and all over the bedroom and family room.  Once one of us seems him, we will get a towl and dry him off.  This is why you see newspaper under his bowl.  This drinkBetter dog bowl is suppose to help them drink slower and reduce the drippy mess.

After using this water bowl for three months, we have found that we have to refill the bowl a lot.  It did minimize the mess by our sloppy drinker, Pork. I think our expectations were too high.  We were hoping for significant reduction in mess…which was not the case.  Brownie made a little mess before and now does not make any mess.

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Both Pugs finish eating their own food fast and try to eat the other one’s food.  This is why my morning “chores” take forever because I have to moderate and watch them.  We got the eatBetter Dog Bowls to help slow down the eating which is better for their digestion.

This is a big deal for us since Porky has had serious irritable bowl syndrome and still unknown causes for the month long bloody poo and puke every year.  It’s frustrating for us as pet parents and the clean up did not help.  Countless times throughout the night.  Porky moaned and cried in pain through out the night and could not stop going to his potty bin.  Countless test and visits to the Vet, thousands of dollars later, we still are not at ease as they could not find out why or what is the main cause.  It’s pretty to serious to have blood dripping nonstop from the butt (sorry for the graphic description).  I am hoping anyone with the same experience can help us.  And hopeful this bowl will help poor Porky’s digestion.

So far we have used these bowls for three months.  It’s not as easy to clean as stainless steel but the Pugs are eating slower.  We have not had any diarrhea or scary bloody stool (knock on wood).  So far so good.

Side note, since then, we have changed Porky to California Natural Herring & Potato formula food.  The poop smells left, has healthier texture, smells less deadly, and he has more energy.  Downside, he likes to have “midnight snacks” when we are sleeping and he has put on a little bit of weight.  Also, I mentioned Porky’s back legs dragging when he climbed up the stairs.  That has improved greatly since he changed his food.  I think the Omega 3 in fish diet is helping him boost his agility.  Oh, one more thing, we have been adding Forti Flora to his diet (thank you Lisa…you saved our nerves and poor little Porky’s life!).

Sorry…it seems that most of our recent posts are either graphic descriptions of poo or on these new products the boys got…we have been so preoccupied with their health problems that we try to find every product we can to help them.  For anyone in the same boat as us, you understand the desperation to help our animals be healthy and happy.

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Flaxseed Goodness for Puggy

December 21st, 2008 at 1:41 pm


There’s been a lot of talk about flax seed and how great it is. Flaxseed has been around forever but only in recent years, made a huge comeback for the health conscious. Here’s some interesting info I found on WedMD.com:

Flaxseed is very high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, Lee explains. It’s the omega 3s — “good” fats — that researchers are looking at in terms of their possible effects on lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, lowering the risk of breast, prostate, and colon cancers, and reducing the inflammation of arthritis,

I have been extremely concern over Porky’s hips and hind leg movement. It’s starting to drag a little when he climbs up the stairs. Part of it was due to his weight but he’s managed to lose a lot of weight in the last year. I have been giving him treats and supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin. I was talking about dog food with one of our customers and they told me to add flaxseed to Porky’s diet.
The customer comes in to get Innova Senior Plus for their 12 year old dog who not only is in fantastic physical shape and health for his age but also does agility. They told me their dog’s energy level did well with the Innova dog food and that they added a teaspoon of freshly grinded flaxseed to the normal kibble they give him. We were talking about the recent article in yahoo.com about whether glucosamine and chondroitin really work and the husband told me that he’s a scientist and they have conducted clinical trials which have shown that glucosamine really helps with joint health and condroitin does not. He also added that him, his wife, and dog all add all natural whole flaxseed to their daily diet. They buy it whole and grind it themselves. Other than the major benefits everyone knows about, it also helps with joint health. I went to GNC and got these two flaxseeds to try for Mr. Pork. Will keep you posted on the results after a month or so.


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Fun Day Out with Our Buddy Belts, Best Dog Harness Ever!

February 25th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

It’s been cold, cloudy, and/or raining the last few months so we have not been able to take the Puggies out for their usualy walks and play dates at the dog park. Porky and Brownie love sunny days and lounging/basking in the sun. The weather was great today so out we went for a long walk. P & B were very excited to be out and met a new friend and neighbor.

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Our communty faux lake has turtles, seagulls, and birds! Porky and Brownie loves playing with them but we try to leave them alone. The last time a frog (yes, there are tons of frogs here in our yard) was near the walkway, Brownie try to introduce himself and get to know the frog but accidentally injured him. His paw was too powerful. We put the injured frog in the garage and gave him water. He recovered and lived in our garage for a month or so. I saw him every morning when I left for work. At night, he ventured out. I figured he found a way into the garage without my help. It was interesting.

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This is our neighbor Buster. He’s actually really nice and playful but he was getting choked by his collar. We hope his Dad gets him a Buddy Belt and then he can pull without an angry face.

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Brownie LOVES to be outside…he’s an outdoor Puggy. Look at that smile!

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Brownie had to stop and poop…Porky stopped and waited. How sweet!

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We use to go crazy trying to teach the boys to walk nice since they would pull hard like they were sled dogs and then choke nonstop. But now that we have the Buddy Belts dog harness, it’s all good and we don’t feel guilty about pulling on them. It’s made for small dogs to save their neck and prevent damage to the trachea. Other harnesses still have pressure on the front chest (Pugs are deep chested) so it’s still choking against them when they pull on the leash. These Buddy Belts are different as the pressure is placed on the front legs (they step into the Buddy Belt and you buckle the belt on top). Neato! We love love love the Buddy Belts! This is our favorite for Puggies. You can buy them at FunnyFur.com and tell them Porky and Brownie sent you!

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These turtles are so smart. Everytime someone walks by, they go back in the water so I had to take this from way far away. Too cute! I am a nature lover. It’s so beautiful. The leaves and trees are changing colors for Spring…so pretty. We have a great day.

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Brownie on Duty

February 10th, 2008 at 12:35 am

Since Porky has been sick lately, Brownie has taken over his job of guarding the home.  He sits at the stairway to get the best view of any potential instruders, look out the window by the front door to scope out the street traffic, and barks at any sign of movement from outside the house. 

He loves to run in the dining room and look outside the transparent window shades and run, jump, and bark at the same time at cars that drive through the neighborhood.

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Part 3: Soft Volcanos

February 7th, 2008 at 9:42 am

Hey Everydoggy,

It seems that Porky is getting better and his poop is solidifying.  I am happpy to report that his usual volcano shape poo is back…still a little soft but we will take anything over the diarrhea.  This has been a trying time and frustrating month…for those that have had nonstop diarrhea, I am sure you feel my pain.  If all goes well, we hope to be off nurse duty and back on track with blogging and photo sharing shortly.

In the meantime, check out these cute tees that say “Don’t Bug This Pug”.  So Puglicious!  Check out all the colors at Funnyfur.com!

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Part 2: Endless Diarrhea…and New Nipple?

February 3rd, 2008 at 10:22 am

It’s been a tough month with Porky having diarrhea non-stop.  The Metronidazole the Vet prescribed would work and the poo would solidify but the moment he got off it (the Vet prescribed 5 days worth the first time and 7 days of it the second time), his gooey, bloody diarrhea came back.  We are at our wits end here.  Poor Porky has been going to the Vet at least once a week.  He has had various blood and stool test but they found nothing.  We have changed his food to prescription Royal Canin (potato and duck flavor) but he doesn’t seem to like it.  He was eating his normal food just fine, energy level great, and completely himself.  So we don’t know why he is having diarrhea.  We are phasing in to this new food but Porky is not too fond of it.  He was prescribed Loperamide and Sucralfate. which made his diarrhea a lot worse (he was going all night non-stop with drops of goo and blood), vomiting oatmeal like yellow mush along with solid pieces of food, and moaning in discomfort and pain in his tummy.  We are taking him to another hospital to get a ultrasound on his stomach and intestines.  SIGH.  Porky was so miserable on the meds so we stopped giving it to him.  I gave him his food along with a few drops of milk (he loves this).  Willow, Belle & Turbo’s mom recommended fortiflora so we ordered it and are anxious to try that since the Vet thought it was a great idea too.  Cross your fingers…hope it’s nothing too serious.  But we are getting scared and frustrated since it’s been a month already.  Our carpet and tiles are getting depleted from cleaning…and the bathroom smells…really bad.  I am on day shift cleaning and the hubby is on grave yard shift.  The vomit was so bad yesterday, I had to get out the Bissell Little Green machine several times and then left it out…I will leave it to your imagination.

On another scary note, Porky has a little bump which looks like a doggy nipple but completedly white like whitehead zit.  HELP!  I usually message his body to look for bugs and feel for abnormalities.  We discovered it about a month ago.  The Vet told us to watch it for growth and that it does not look harmful right now.  There has been no change.  Any other Puggy have this? 

Porky and Brownie usually sleep in separate areas but lately, Porky has been joing Brownie in his crate (we never close the door).  It’s so cute how they squish in the crate and cuddle.  Which makes me wonder…why so sweet?  They are never this nice to each other.  Is something serious going on or does Porky just needs extra TLC? 


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Thick Clear Gooey Poop with Blood

January 23rd, 2008 at 10:04 pm

I hope everything had a great holiday and wonderful New Year!  It’s been a quite few months on our blog since Porky & Brownie was visiting Grandma and Grandpa in San Diego.  They are back and so happy to be with us again (I hope)!  And of course, the extra weight from Grandma’s crazy treat binges will have to be shed.  We have new pictures I will reformat and upload over the weekend.

 On another note, Porky has been very sick.  He has been having really bad diarrhea…it’s thick, clear, gooey poop with some red goo blood.  He went to the Vet about 2 weeks ago and got some meds which helped make his poop solid.  After we ran out of the meds a few days ago, the diarrhea started again.  I am so worried about him.  Poor guy.  He is such a foodie and has never (I mean never ever) lost his appetite.  He did not eat for nearly two days.  I gave him some fresh baked Banana Nut bread this morning since he kept wining to me and I wanted him to have something in his little tummy. 

 I am happy to report that as of this evening, he finally ate his bowl of food and was famished.  No even a better remarkable note, Porky is now down to 23.5lbs and Brownie is down to 22.3lbs.  Wohoo!  Skinny Puggies…here we come!


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Buddy Belts are the Best Harness for Pugs!

October 5th, 2007 at 10:55 am

These Buddy Belts step in harness are the absolute best for Puggies! It saves their necks and prevents damage to tracheas caused by pulling. No more choking or coughing during walks and Puggies LOVE this harness! Learn more about them here. The size 6 seems to fit most Pugs well.

PS – Not only are these Buddy Belts functional, they are quite stylish and fashionable. :) Porky & Brownie LOVES their Buddy Belts!

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Scary Recall…2007 Pugs

May 23rd, 2007 at 8:55 am

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This “Dog Breeders Issue Massive Recall Of ’07 Pugs” article on theunion.com is freaky. It’s asking people to send back 2007 Pugs and to get them out of circulation!

The article states,

Citing centuries of quality- control issues that have resulted in chronic unreliability, cascading system failures, and even total unit shutdown, the American Pug Breeders Association announced a recall Monday of all pugs produced between February 2006 and the present day.

Read the article here.

P.S. – This article is NOT REAL. It is a joke that some crazy person thought was funny….we did not think it was funny.


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Infected Puggy…Heat Spots Suck

April 24th, 2007 at 9:58 pm

I was cleaning both Puggies’ ears and folds when I noticed a lot of blood on Porky and all these huge open infected wounds (I later learned from the Vet this is medically or commonly referred to as heat spots).  We were freaked out since we thought he got that from fighting with Brownie since B loves to chew and tug at Pork’s fur/skin.  We rushed him to the Vet immediately.  He was there most of the day.  They gave him an IV with Penicillin to stop any infections.  He ended up getting a reaction so then they gave him some steroids.  Needless to say our weekend was a bit shot after this.  These hairless, bloody patches are all over his neck and upper back…we have to give him anti-biotics, Benadryl (makes him more comfortable so he doesn’t itch the spots non-stop), spray antiseptics, clean paws with alcohol, and clean wounds with hydrogen peroxide.  Dad has been sleeping in the guest room with him and hugging him all night so he doesn’t scratch it (which may lead to infection all over his body and a never ending infection with nasty scars).  So all day long I am working with this pig sitting on my lap, sleeping at my feet, and being my shadow…he is staring at me right now.  Oh yeah, since he licks his paws, we can’t kiss him anymore because his nails has too much bacteria from scratching the infected area…it’s really disgusting and a lot of work.  Poor Brownie lost all freedom since we can’t have him lick it or cause further damage.  Pork is getting some major TLC right now.  *HUGE SIGH*  
These shots were snap after we came back from the Vet…everything cleaned, injured areas shaved, drugged on meds…yellow tape on his leg is from the IV.

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