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How it is to have a toddler and two dogs

22.04.2018
by Ivana
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How it is to have a baby or a toddler and a dog or even dogs? I´ve always imagined my life with a hubby, kids and pets, just like we all know this kind of domestic happiness from Hollywood movies. But do pets really bring us happiness in our everyday life or do they mean […]
How many lives does a dog have?
30.10.2017
by Ivana
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We all know the myth that cats do have 9 lives. But what about dogs? How many lives do they have? Why am I questioning myself that? Well our little cutie Naomi got into life-threatening situations several times, especially on our travels. Thank God everything went fine each time. Few years ago we were for few days in Munich. Like most tourists we visited the English garden that is well known for the river Isar. What happened? As soon as Naomi saw the river she jumped into the water and the turbulent flow carried her away. She only survived because she is such a great swimmer and because Iwan got into the water to rescue her. You can read this story here.  On our latest vacation in Croatia she had almost hang herself. No, you did not misread. We were visiting my family from Serbia, that were at the same time on holidays in Croatia and their apartment had a veranda. Naomi and Flacky were leashed. While Flacky is calm and always a great dog Naomi is all into drama. Our very thin crazy dog had the idea to ignore the grids and to leap down. Right, she jumped. What happened? Since she was leashed at the neckline, she was hanging down. Fortunately there were a passerby who reacted immediately and unleashed Naomi. We were all shocked and very thankful at the same time. The stranger and his great reaction saved her life, otherwise her neck would have been broken. We decided to never ever go on holidays in another country with Naomi. This is just too dangerous! She is going to stay with my dad like many times before. Always look on the bright side of life, right? The side benefit is that retrospectively we can laught about this story and that we are very grateful for everything. Once more we saw how easy it is to loose someone very precious and that we all should cherish each other. We are very happy that Naomi had her second happy ending this year, maybe you remember she already had to go through a surgery this year. How about you and your pets? Do you have any crazy experiences or stories that you would like to share? Naomella_How-many-lives-does-a-dog-have-blogpost
How to protect your own pet from aggressive dogs
16.10.2016
by Ivana
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Today I'd like to tell you a true story about something terrible that is happening lately in my surrounding. While people do walk their dogs a pit bull ran across the street and attacks their dogs. This let me think about my dogs and what I could do to defend them. One thing is for sure, my Cocker Spaniels would not survive an attack by an pit bull. People informed the police station and we learned that three attacks happened by the same dog. Concequences? None! I checked on the internet what Iwan and I could do to save the life of our little ones if they would be attacked by a dangerous dog. I've come to the conclusion that the best way to protect our dogs is to carry a pepper-spray all the time with us and to use if needed. There are special pepper-sprays to defend yourself or your dog from agressive dogs. They are compact and affordable too and even available in fashionable designs. Have you ever been in the situation that you had to defend your dog? Do you have any tips on this topic? The black bottled pepper-spray belongs to Iwan while I am not walking the dogs without the stylish blue edition.

A Story with a Happy Ending

22.05.2017
by Ivana
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My dears, I´ve mentioned in the last blogpost that our little cutie Naomi had a surgery at the end of March and I promised you to tell you all the details soon. So here we go. The other day at the end of my pregnancy I discovered a knot in the breast area while cuddling […]
Tips for winter holidays with dogs
19.11.2015
by Ivana
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Have you already been together with your dog on vacations in winter? When I think of Naomi and Flacky and how crazy they are about snow I could never leave them at home and spend winter holidays without them. Iwan and I, we would definitely feel guilty and miss them a lot! Our for-legged friends deserve holidays and a change of surroundings as much as we do. Here come some tips for winter holidays with a dog: 1. When booking a hotel room or a cottage, ask if dogs are allowed as well as for the price per night per dog. 2. Bring dog food and treats (here). Unlike when on a city trip there may not be a grocery store nearby and you may not have the possibility to buy dog meat anywhere near. 3. If you are staying at a place that only allows having a dog but offers no further services bring your own dog bed or a blanket, so that your little fourlegged-friend is feeling cozy. 4. Ask at your stay if dogs bark is an issue. In this case ask in addition if they have dog sitter or a person you can pay for taking care of your dog for few hours. On winter holidays you are probably not going to have your dog all the time with you, for example when skiing, your dog have to stay alone at the hotel room or cottage. Naomi and Flacky do not bow-wow when staying alone at home, but on holidays due to the unknown surrounding they do. 5. Don´t forget to bring pet garment (here), if necessary. Flacky does not need one, but Naomi is freezing without her coat on cold winter days. 6. Make sure that your dog has a chip registration and an adress label, just in case your little cutie gets lost. 7. When you pack for travel don´t forget the care products (hier) and at least two towels. Always free your dog from snow knots and towel him or her down. 8. Don´t forget to bring dog waste bags, just in case your vacation spot does not provide them. 9. You should have some of your dog´s favorite toys (here) with you to comfort your dog while travelling. 10. Make sure you bring natural tranquilizer, just in case your dog gets overexcited during travel. If you are going to spend your winter holidays in a sunny region, here you´ll find my tips for a summer vacation with dogs. If you do have additional tips I´d love to know. :)
Tips for a summer vacation with dogs
23.07.2015
by Ivana
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Naomi and Flacky are part of our family, so for sure we want to have them on vacation with us as often as possible. We have learned a lot within the past 5 years. As much as it is fun to have a dog on vacation with you, sometimes it also can be risky and tedious. There is definitely more organizational effort to make before enjoying the summer, sun, sand and the sea with your four-legged friend. Get a vet check-up Make sure you have all the necessary vaccinations as well as a passport in case you are making holidays outside your home country. Keep you dog occupied and calm during travel Have your dog´s favorite toys as well as bones and other dog treats with you to comfort your dog so that your little darling is much as possible relaxing during the travel. Make sure you bring natural tranquilizer In case your dog gets overexcited during travel you should manage to have some tranqulizer at hand. Carry water Special no-spill traval bowls you´ll find in pet supply stores. Keep your dog on a short leash That´s essential when exploring new places. We´ve done once the mistake to unleash our dogs in a totally new city and park and almost lost Naomi like you can read here. Bring a special balm for paws Because of the hot weather asphalt also gets hot and burns your dogs´paws. It´s essential to buy a special balm at a pet store before going on a summer vacation with your dog. Be aware of higher costs For travelling with train the price of the ticket for your dog may be higher than for your own ticket. We´ve experienced this once when we spend few days in Munich in Germany like you can read here. Research politics regarding dogs Make sure that the hotel or cottage welcomes dogs. Inform yourself if dogs are allowed on the beach or if there is a beach nearby where dogs are allowed, as well as if public means of transport welcome dogs. In Austria for example you can have dogs with you in buses, trams, the underground etc. while in Slovenia it is forbidden. Pack a pet travel kit Bring enough food for the entire vacation just in case you cannot find a pet supply store on your stay. If you do have additional tips I´d love to know. :)