Page 10+ The Doggie Bloggie
Welcome to the place where we will update with silly thoughts and updates from Parker's life.
|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on June 20, 2018 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
Importance of Joint Health this summer. Ways to keep your dog active.
At age ten Parker continues to have an active life. He gets out and walks around hospitals, schools, libraries, jails, and courthouses. He runs around on stage or doing scenes in front of the camera. He gets out and goes on walks, and sometimes he even gets to do a little agility like the old days. He loves to play fetch with his 1,984 tennis balls and can’t escape a little wrestle time with his little brothers.
The last couple of years, Parker’s veterinarian has been keeping an eye on his joints. His range of motion is incredibly good, and an x-ray only picked up a little bit of arthritis in his back. We feel very fortunate. The only thing we have really taken notice of is that when presented an opportunity to use stairs or an elevator, he will always choose the elevator.
We all have normal wear and tear on our joints. Some of the normal signs of age you might expect to see may also be signs of joint pain. Difficulty going up and down stairs is a sign that your dog may be having trouble with their joints. Other key things to watch for are being less active, having difficulty sitting or standing, increased sleeping, being stiff or uncomfortable when getting up, and decreased interest in the normal things they once loved.
Regular exercise is important in maintaining muscles, bones, joints. If your dog is inactive, they are more likely to have trouble with joints and muscle stiffness.
There are many ways to keep your dog active and healthy! Moderate exercise, including walking, is probably the best way to maintain joint health. But there are other ways to get your dog in good shape so that they feel good as they age. Here are some ways we keep Parker active and any dog would benefit from.
Go for a walk – Parker goes for many walks. Most people go for walks out in a park or around the neighborhood. Parker gets to do that, plus he gets out and does his therapy work and cancer walks. We never want to overdo it though. We are constantly watching him and making sure he’s comfortable. Remember to always keep water with you (a mistake we have made once or twice)! Don’t go crazy and do a marathon. Keep your activity at a moderate, consistent level.
Throw the ball – This is probably one of Parker’s favorite activities. He loves going out in the backyard and chasing after the ball. He now tells us when he’s tired and will lay down. Some dogs don’t have an off switch (this was Parker a few years ago). Just watch for signs that they may be getting tired. You don’t want to overdo it!
Doggy play dates – Get together with a friend (and their friendly or compatible dog). Have them over to your house to play or go out to a dog-friendly location. The dogs will have a blast, and you and your friend can have some quality time together. Parker enjoys seeing his cousins, Bonnie and Clyde, and his therapy dog friends, Odie, Arlo and others.
Have a training session - Training sessions get you out of the house (if you take a class) and off the couch, keeping your AND your dog’s minds and bodies active. Even if you just do some training in your living room, you are stimulating their bodies and their brains. Parker used to compete in agility. Since he’s ten years old now, he no longer competes, but he loves to do weaves and jump over a low bar every once in awhile, especially while we are training Reser and Gill. He still loves to learn new things, even at age ten!
Watch their weight - Being overweight creates more stress on those joints, and it’s also known that obese dogs have a higher rate of cancer. Breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors have a tendency to overeat and many people make the mistake of allowing their dogs to gain weight.
Eat Right – This is related to watching their weight, but it’s also a good idea to make sure your dog gets a little more than just kibble. You can supplement your dog’s food with carrots, broccoli, green beans, and a variety of other foods. Make sure it is dog safe. It’s usually best to consult with your veterinarian.
Supplements - We also have discovered a joint health supplement. We started Parker on Cosequin, which contains Glucosamine (a building block of cartilage), MSM, which may help discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and activity, Chondroitin Sulfate (which helps block certain enzymes that break down cartilage), and Omega-3’s (EPA & DHA, which help support skin and coat health). Parker gets one tablet every day and he loves it. We can’t even say the word “Cosequin” without him hearing and then insisting he gets one (so instead we have to spell it, unless it’s time for him to get it)!
As our dogs age, we all want what’s best for them. We want them to be healthy, comfortable, happy and loved. The more we work with them to maintain their health, the happier they will be and hopefully the longer they will live!
|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on June 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM||comments (2)|
Check out what came in the mail!!!
Orijen Alberta Wild Boar Dog Treats! Have you ever tried them?
I was pretty excited to hear they were for me. My girl said I had to share them with Daisy and Diego though.
What does freeze-dried mean? That's what my girl says these are. Cool! All I care about was that the bag smelled DELICIOUS.
They are the perfect size for training. You know, when you just need a little morsel of doggy goodness to tell you that you just did something really good? This way it doesn't fill you up (as if that would ever happen with me, I'm a GOLDEN RETRIEVER)! But the idea is that you can eat MORE of them. And I'm down with that!
My girl opened the bag up and made me work for my first bite. I was using some serious self-control here balancing the smelly tidbit on my nose. She said the magic release word ("OKAY!!!!") and boy did I bounce that treat off my nose and snarf it down. And MMMMM - mmmm - mmmmm!!! It was tasty!
They say pictures speak a thousand words. So here ya go.
These babies are free of grains and other carbohydrates, and are never made with artificial preservatives, chemicals, or fillers. Instead, they are freeze dried to perfection to hold in the rich flavor.
Here's the scoop!
Single-source protein treat
100% pure boar meat
Freeze dried to lock in flavor and nutrition
NO fillers, chemical, additives or preservatives
Resealable bag for freshness
If you try these out, let me know what you think!! I'm one satisfied pup.
|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on February 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM||comments (2)|
It's that time of year again -- award season! A week ago I asked my friends on Facebook to nominate their dogs that were positively changing their community or the world. Afterall, that's what The Golden Dog Awards are all about.
This is the 2nd year I've held these awards and I am always thrilled to see so many amazing dogs out there. I love to see dogs making a positive difference in the world!
This year was no different. We had a number of WONDERFUL entries!! Thank you to ALL of the participants!
MEET THE 2013 NOMINEES!
From service and therapy work to helping out shelter animals and everything in between, these puppies are doing GOOD things. And there's one common factor: Love.
Voting took place from Monday, February 18, 2013 and ended at 12:00 am on February 25th.
After all the dust settled and about 1,000 people voting, 5 contenders ended up on top.
Here are the TOP FIVE DOGS (in no particular order)!
These pups all deserve a round of A'PAWS! Each finalist will be sent a Golden Dog Awards Certificate.
And THIS is where I got to hand over the reigns to someone else: there's NO WAY I could EVER choose between these 5 fabulous doggies (in my mind, I wanted to give EACH ONE a trophy)! So the author of Just South of Normal, Molly Patton, took over and had the VERY hard job of judging.
Entries were judged based on story - How is your dog making a difference in your community or the world? - and photo.
Without further adeau.... the author of Just South of Normal, the creator of the popular YouTube series Ella, More or Less..... MOLLY PATTON!
Boy, this was tough! There were several finalists whose good works, fundraising efforts, or mission/objectives made my heart soar. I am amazed how much these pups are doing for others (besides just “being cute” and “giving love” –things many dogs are great at!) And how do you pick one dog over another, when several are just total workhorses (workdogs?) and completely awesome? Yeah, this was not easy.
But there can only be one Golden Dog trophy winner this year, and so I have had to make a final decision.
I’ve decided to select: ELLE!
According to her description, Elle visits retirement homes, libraries and schools, meaning she gets to spend time with, and positively affect, people of all ages. I was touched to learn that Elle also “helps kids learn how to be safe around dogs and demonstrates the true, wonderful nature of [her] misunderstood breed.” I’m not a Pit Bull owner (actually, I don’t personally know any Pit Bulls or mixes) but I AM familiar with the prejudice toward the breed. How wonderful that Elle is able to spread “positive awareness.” She is not only helping to promote understanding by humans, but she’s standing up for dogs around the world!
The thing that finalized this decision was the photo(s). At first I only saw the kids holding the books, but when I looked closer I saw that Elle the dog was in each photo, sitting in a chair, at the table, WITH the kids! Awww! How cool is it that she helps children develop a love for reading WHILE ALSO teaching compassion and understanding? This put her over the top.
Way to go, Elle! Thank you for the good things you do, and thank you ALL the dogs whose profiles I’ve viewed. What a great, inspiring, good-looking group of pups!
Wow! Congratulations, Elle! You will be receiving this years Golden Dog Award!
I want to thank ALL of the humans who nominated their furry little inspirations. You ALL do fabulous work. Please keep on doing what you do best -- CHANGING THE WORLD!
This ends another fabulous year of The Golden Dog Awards! Congrats to all! This is ParkerPup signing out. XOXO
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|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on August 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM||comments (3)|
I've already received requests for my doggy cake recipe. Yum! Here you go. <3 Love, ParkerPup
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey or apple sauce (optional)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup whole wheat
1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease pan.
2. Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey or applesauce, if desired, in a large bowl; blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the carrot mixture. Spoon cake batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes; then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Mashed potatoes -- either homemade or instant works great, too! The only thing I'd suggest is to take out salt and butter. And of course, don't use sour cream or anything terribly fatty. I stick with skim milk. You may wish to add food coloring if you'd like a bit of color.
Doggie-edible things like dog biscuits, dry dog food, carrots, peas, cheerios, corn flakes. My girl knows one of my favorite things in the world is my orange ball -- so look what ended up on my cake! And dog biscuits. Personalize it and have fun!
|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on June 24, 2012 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
I want to show you something that came in the mail for me a few weeks ago...
I'd never tried them before, but my dad said I would probably like them because Nuzzles are made with DUCK and cranberries! Mmm! Yummy! Sounds good, right?
Doesn't that ingredient statement look good???
Would you pleeeeeeeease open these for me, Dad? Please? Pleeease?
BOY! Did I like Nuzzles! Daisy did, too! And just for the record, so did Diego, he just wouldn't pose for any photos. They were delicious!
When I do my tricks or when I'm training, I'll have a number of different treats in my dad's treat bag: normal treats, and then high value treats. The high value treats are those that I get REALLY excited about and will work extra hard for. Can you guess where Nuzzles landed?
Yup! They are a high value treat!
They are made by The Honest Kitchen and are available at MrChewy.com. The Honest Kitchen makes a variety of yummy flavors.
Ch-ch-check them out!
|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on April 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM||comments (1)|
We were asked by MrChewy.com to review their treats! Have you heard of Mr. Chewy before? They have more than 70 brands of dog food and treats, and very competitive prices.
Of COURSE, I told my family to say YES! YES! YES!
So after about a week, I got a HUGE package in the mail!
We opened it and all of these GLORIOUS smells came wafting out! Treats galore!! I was in HEAVEN! Surely this whole box can't just be for me, can it?
Well, no. I do have to share with Daisy & Diego. Mr. Chewy has some really great brands.
Check these treats out -- they are Peanut Butter & Jelly flavored and super cute!! They are just the right size, too. They are a little bigger than a training treat and smaller than the really big treats. And FYI, this size is great for the puppy-dog waistline, which you do have to watch in my line of work. Can't be too chunky for either my modeling or my agility!
And have you ever seen these before? They are wishbones!! Super-delicious!
Our friend, Jeff, has been trying to get us to try Elk Antlers for the longest time. Well, guess what!! We did!!! They are a little less dense than deer antlers, but great for the chewer in your family (Oh, hi, that would be ANY of us -- Daisy, Diego, and myself!) We love to chew, and we're great at sharing this one.
I love California Natural treats, too. And look what else was in the box!!!! Lamb & Rice treats! These treats are a little bigger in size, but super yummy. These treats are made with only natural ingredients.
Daisy was real eager to try the Sweet Potato & Bison treats by Natural Balance.
We hadn't tried these before and were very eager to do so. We would do just about anything for a taste -- even balancing them on our nose.
We've been trying to train Diego -- look cute and you get more cookies!! But he has to learn some of our tricks, too. My family has taught him how to wait for a cookie. Boy, was he willing to perform his new trick for one of these!!
Can we have more?? Daisy & I didn't quite taste them the first time (I ate it too fast).
This time we'll pay attention, I swear!!!
And my FAVORITE THING IN THE BOX??????????
A REDBARN BULLY STICK!!!
These are my FAVE-O-RITE!!!!!
Nom, nom, nom.
Thank you so much, Mr. Chewy!!!
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|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on April 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM||comments (46)|
I want to help find a cure for cancer! My dad had cancer 6 years ago. My family lost 2 goldens to cancer.
A little background about me if this is your first time here: I'm a golden retriever, a professional model/actor, a registered therapy dog and an agility pup. I currently work with a program called Read to the Dogs at the library. When I was evaluated for my therapy work, I was approved to work in 'complex' environments. Because of this, I will also be working with children's oncology, which means I will be visiting children in the hospital who have cancer. My family chose this kind of work for me because of how cancer affected their lives. We want to help make a difference to someone who is going through a very scary time.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 1,638,910 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2012. It is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. This means cancer is the cause for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
It doesn't just affect people. Cancer affects animals, too.
I am traveling from my home in Portland, Oregon in a little over a week with my dad and my girl to visit California. I will be participating in the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk on Sunday, April 29 in Elk Grove, California. I mentioned I will be walking for YOU -- we've all been affected in some way or another.
SO... I've got my Sharpie pen and a lot of blank space. Give me the names of who I am walking for! A doggy that's fighting cancer right now, one that fought and lost the battle, one that won. I'm not picky, I'm against cancer of all types -- if you have a 2-legged friend you'd like me to walk for, give me that name as well. If I run out of space, I've got 2 big pockets that I will fill with names.
Will you help me fill my vest? If you have friends who might want me to walk for them, will you share my Facebook page with them?
My cancer campaign will be highlighted on Facebook. I'll be posting photos of my entire trip, and I'm taking all of you with me in spirit. Let's fight cancer!!
IF you would also like to make a donation (not necessary for me to walk for you), I'd highly suggest The Morris Animal Foundation OR the American Cancer Society. The links provided are to my fundraising pages on both sites. If you have a cancer organization you would prefer to donate to, please do. We're hoping if we can strike just a little bit of added awareness, it might generate more who might be willing to help. This would mean more research, and more hope for a cure. Thank you for being a part of that. ♥
Read on to see the status of my vest -- and remember, if it fills up, it doesn't mean I can't walk for someone. Give me a name and I will carry any and ALL additional names in my vest pockets.
4/17/2012 9:00 pm:
4/19/12 9:00 pm:
I'll have more detailed photos of the vest up later -- for now, we're starting to fill up pockets. <3 The fabric will have a nice border sewn onto it to match the vest. Still taking names!
|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on October 16, 2011 at 10:00 PM||comments (1)|
A few weeks ago, I did a photoshoot for a Tempur-Pedic ad. I had so much fun! First - here are a few behind the scenes photos:
This is the call sheet! I did 3 main shoots with 3 different scenes.
This was one of the cuties I got to work with. He worked with me in a holiday scene! Isn't he cute???
Me and my friend during down time. He was SO COOL!
I got LOTS of lovin' from the crew. Did I mention everyone at this shoot was SO NICE??? (Afterwards, the producer even sent me a surprise package with a cool dog bone in it!)
ANNDDDD... here's some of the final product:
|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on September 17, 2011 at 2:30 AM||comments (0)|
When Dad said he was taking me to the Oregon State University rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square, I thought, "What's a rally?"
He told me that there would be lots of beavers there. Hmm, OK! That sounds neat! I like fuzzy animals, and beavers are WAY cooler than squirrels (and ducks, too).
We got there and so many people were cheering! I immediately knew THIS was a happenin' place.
Now, here's the deal - I'm used to being put in the spotlight. I thought surely these nice people could use a little, ahem, celebrity atmosphere!
I quietly practiced my best, "Go, Team!" bark before I worked my way into the huddle and waited to see what the directions would be for the next cheer...
I decided maybe they were kind of busy, so I walked over to where the loud music was coming from. Then a BRILLIANT IDEA HIT ME! I can be in the band!!! I'm awesome on my squeaker toys at home. This band doesn't have any of those. They are missing out on all my musical talents!
The band directer said they needed someone on bells, but they didn't have any openings for squeakie toy players.
Darn! They didn't need me in the band. I bet band camp is fun. Guess I'll never know. Still, I had a word with the band director in case he changed his mind.
But while I'm here with these cool band dudes, might as well work a little bit of my charm......
LOL! I love the band. But I still have things to do, people to greet.
This booth had some nice people. I'm GREAT at advertising stuff. I can hand out pamphlets and schedules. No prob!!
ORRR... this booth might need me to hand out some stuff for them. I'm great at helping, right guys???
After handing out some orange and black gear to fans, I was STILL thinking about those darn cheerleaders. I went back over to see if they wanted help with their routine, but quickly decided they probably didn't.
Don't worry, I found some other short cheerleaders who were fond of gravity like myself.
OSU, I decided, has LOTS of cool people. Football players, band members, cheerleaders, and someone else who I think I would get along GREAT with!!!
At one point I turned around and saw Benny, himself!
Heehee! Benny hangs out with football players, basketball players and cheerleaders all the time (and the band, too, now that I think about it). I think I would be good at that. See?
I found one little girl that was younger than me!
What a fun day!! I love Oregon State. And I had such a great time with all my OSU friends. I am a proud Beaver.. er, dog.
I'm a proud furry Beaver-believer!! GO BEAVS!!!
|Posted by Jennifer McFarling on July 24, 2011 at 6:15 PM||comments (1)|
The results are in! We have a Grand Prize Winner!
But we also have a surprise in store...
Check out the video for the scoop!!
Those Parker chose will be notified so check your email!
Thanks to ALL who participated. Every single doggy in the contest was so deserving. Congratulations!