Archive for April, 2009

eatBetter and drinkBetter Dog Bowls?

April 29th, 2009 at 9:11 am 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.



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.




Hail and Bow Down to Buddy Belts

April 27th, 2009 at 8:31 am

After nearly two years of using the same Buddy Belt Dog Harness, I finally decided to get Porky a new color.  We are thankful to the makers of this great product for saving Porky’s neck…and possibly, his life.  He was choking so bad before that sometimes he puked, even without a harness on.  Although we had always used harnesses, he was and still is a super puller on the lead.  He just gets so excited about everything.

Hail down to the makers of this life saving dog harness…it is so comfortable that they don’t even feel it’s on them and easy to use.  Both Pugs walk better on the lead but still pull but there is minimal to no choking which is a miracle.  Porky has shown great improvement and reduction in direct choking (psycho pulling on the lead) and indirect choking (random choking even when he was not on his lead).  Brownie started using this harness at a younger age so he shows no signs of choking but still, not sure if it is a Pug thing, pulls a great deal on the lead.

Anyhoo, back to the Porker.  He deserves it…he brings a great deal of joy into our lives and makes this house our home.  Our first dog and the “Marley” of the Pug world, his shenanigans and Houdini antics have hit every nerve we have but we love him so so much.  Here he is in his new Belly Band Bone Print and Buddy Belt Mod Yellow Harness.

Brownie’s old black Buddy Belt is two years old so a while after this photo was taken, I got him a new Special Edition Buddy Belt in Moss Green with Texas Star…photos to come!





Belly Bands are a Savior!

April 26th, 2009 at 8:26 am

First off, we miss blogging and sharing stories and photos of our wonderful Puggies.  It’s been a very busy year.  We had some problems with the blog and finally got our web designer to help us upgrade to the newest WordPress.  Now we are all ready to catch up. Porky & Brownie misses every doggy and is looking forward to getting caught up with everyone’s blogs.  Pug kisses!

Back to the post.  Porky and Brownie are both potty trained but sometimes there are still accidents.  Especially when they go to work and their are a lot of dog smells everywhere.  We got these wonderful Mr. Wags Belly Bands.  This helps deter them from lifting…Porky is a liftaholic.  The last time we had a doggy party at FunnyFur, Porky lifted and peed over 35+ times over the span of a few hours.  He drank like two quarts of water, too.  He’s crazy about water and marking.  I got the Mr. Wags Belly Band Deep Cup since Porky is both well endowed in that department and has lots of pee.  We put feminine panty liners and lined it but found since he has so much pee, there was less clean up when we used the Always with Wings extra long.  We actually went to Costco to buy it in bulk for the dogs.  It’s been great.  We were in denial for the longest time but this just made life so much easier.

The beauty is this…since we used the belly bands for a few months, we were able to thoroughly clean our home of any remaining old smells and we have not had an accident in the last few months.  This is a huge step forward.  Since last month, we have stopped using the belly bands and the Puggies don’t try to pee in the house at all.  Hurrah for belly bands!