DiDi: Who can confidently stand alone?

DiDi: Alone on a snowy day relying on myself even though I know a human let me outside.

Howl,

It took me a few years on this planet and knowing that I could hunt for my dinner if needed to realize that I can rely on my own four paws. I stepped out of Bella’s shadow and discovered what I wanted out of my life. More play, nature and time in the kitchen cooking with mommy. Less double dates with Bella, shopping trips and romantic comedy movies.

The best part of standing on your own is finding those special people who appreciate you and want to stand with you.

   DiDi: Bella and Toby join me for some snowy fun. 12 legs are better than 4.

Can you proudly stand on all four of your paws?

Woof,

DiDi

Bella and DiDi: 3 ways to survive winter weather

Howl,

Many of us are involved in a bitter tug of war game with winter. This season loves to dump its large storms in our yard and then leave us with the aftermath.

Last week, when winter dropped off another storm we decided a guide for navigating this weather must be made. See below.

1. When a winter storm arrives, make a pathway to anything you might need outside such as the lawn for taking care of business, the car or firewood.

Bella and DiDi: If you have four paws, the better your path will be.

2. Although winter can be nasty at times, take a moment to enjoy the soft sound of the snow falling. Immerse yourself in the snow flakes for a bit.

Bella: This snow is beautiful and it highlights my black fur so nicely.

3. Be sure to have the proper winter gear on when you plan on spending a long period of time outside in the storm. Who wants to be cold or bring the storm into the house?

DiDi: No one told me that I have a parka, hat and scarf! It’s okay I will dry off by rolling around on the sofa.

Happy Winter!

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

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Anonymous Scottish Terrier: I got a bad haircut and am mortified. What do I do?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Last week, my humans took me to the grooming shop for my monthly haircut. Believe it or not, I actually don’t mind this and have become quite comfortable with my groomer, Rebecca. She and I have come up with a style for my fur which makes me feel good.

This time, I walked in the door and saw that Rebecca was not there. Another groomer, who shall remain nameless was going to cut my fur.

I started the experience with an open mind but was not happy with the result. The fur over my eyes was not groomed so I can’t see properly (I may need a ponytail on top of my head in order to see where I am going). Also, my undercarriage was barely trimmed so it touches the grounded when I am walking.  In addition to that, the fur on my back was cut shorter than usual.

I don’t feel comfortable with my new look and am embarrassed to go out in public. The other dogs will make fun of me. What do I do about this situation?

-Anonymous Scottish Terrier

Howl Anonymous Scottish Terrier,

This is a ghastly thing to have happen. One should always want to show off their fur. Also, you shouldn’t need a scrunchie for your fur in order to see where you are going.

We have had a couple of bad haircuts in our day. One time, the groomer didn’t get the memo that we wear puppy cuts so we ended up looking like shorn like sheep who had surrendered their coats for fabric making. It was a very cold and itchy experience. Thankfully, our humans didn’t like the look either because ever since then we have kept most of our fur.

For now, there isn’t much you can do about your new look. We suggest maybe gently bumping into some furniture so that your humans get the idea that you can’t see. Maybe they could take some scissors and trim your bangs?

Of course, you could always bark about the problem. Be very vocal for a couple of days and see if that gets you anywhere. If your humans are used to you looking a different way they might be unhappy with your new look too.

Just because you have a new do, doesn’t mean you should be self-conscious in front of your fellow canines.  A haircut does not define what kind of dog you are. Humans and animals change their looks all the time. They actually might like your new style.

We hope you can embrace your new look for the time being. If Rebecca isn’t back next month, we suggest you call a grooming hotline to get a new recommendation.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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