Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 45 - My dog is seriously silly

A few more pictures from the Sato Reunion 2009 - Bella discovers the joy of kiddie pools!

It took us a while to coax her into the pool.

Until she realized she could drink it.

But wait, how much head do you need to put in water to drink?

She's not drinking - she's blowing bubbles!
(Click to view full size and see the bubbles.)

And then she got creative...

Dunk!

Ahhhh! Much better, thank you.



31 comments:

  1. So silly but so cute!  Blowing bubbles in the kiddie pool!  A new summer past-time!

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  2. That dunk looks like it was soooo refreshing! XO, Lu

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  3. What fun pictures of Bella!  I sure hope she has her own pool at home 'cause she knows how to have some serious fun in one! LOL!

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  4. I see your inner duck power has opened, little Bella! May the forces of H20 be with you.

    Oh good, someone I can ask my question to. I noticed Bella wearing a prong collar. My question would be if it were a great idea to use it on a dog that pulls while walking. I want to walk my dogs but when Coal pulls (and he's really really strong for his size), I'm afraid I'd stumble and let go of the leash.  I've had rope burns with previous leashes with him. So do you think it were better to use a prong collar for him?

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee

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  5. That looks like a great way to stay cool.

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  6. CUTE!!! She is really enjoying it. I really like the one where she is about to roll in it. I've gotta get my dog Maya a kiddie pool.  :0)

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  7. She's adorable! Trinity loves the water to and drinking it, when it's 80 degrees. Weird!

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  8. Hi Haopee,

    We've actually stopped using the prong collar.  It didn't work well for pulling and we found a couple of options that offered better results with less fear of damage or pain. If you haven't seen them yet, I'd recommend looking into the Gentle Leader head halter (that goes around the head and nose) or the No-Pull harness (that goes around the body and chest). 

    The head halter and the body harness (the ones where the leash attaches in the front), spin the dog to face you if they even try to pull so it teaches them that pulling isn't going to get them what they want.  (As opposed to teaching them that pulling hurts.)  That premise works much better with Bella.  

    You can see pictures of her in her head halter in 2010 here: http://www.bringingupbella.com/2012/06/missing-out-on-all-fun.html  We don't even have the leash attached to the head halter because we found she responds so much better just with it on that we don't need to use it for actual control anymore.  

    I do understand your concern - Bella has pulled me down more than once (my fault for not using these halters in the yard) and I've gotten hurt.  But when I do use them, I'm so much more in control of her and not afraid to take her anywhere.  They've been a god-send.  Good luck.

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  9. Yay, fun in the kiddie pool! I do like the bubbles picture a lot. 

    We've thought about getting a pool like that for Elka.

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  10. Georgia Little PeaJune 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    We have a pippi that we use too. I'm trying to get Georgia to soak her itchy paws in it (oatmeal salt soak) and she HATES it! I wish she could see how much fun Bella is having!

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  11. Bella looks like she was having a lot of fun! Maggie and Duke were afraid of their kiddie pool so we donated it to Buddy Dog. They love walking in puddles, streams and lakes, but the man-made blue pool was too scary. Weirdo dogs.

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  12. Dachshund Nola and her MomJune 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    LOL! That is the cutest thing ever
    Nola's Mom

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  13. I love it!  Time to cool down in the kiddie pool.  I hadn't seen Dublin in a while, but when he came over a couple weekends ago he decided to dunk his nose in the water bowl several times.  Made a mess and made me laugh!

    Happy Wednesday!
    Colby

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  14. Looks like she really enjoys her kiddie pool :) So cute!

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  15. Dachshund Nola and her MomJune 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    I've given you an award! http://dachshundnola.blogspot.com/2012/06/fires-awards-and-chicken-names.html

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  16. Bella, you can blow bubbles!  You look so REFRESHED by that pool!

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  17. Firstly, let me just warn you that my message might be text speak since I 'm using my phone to reply to this. I've always been interested in that harness but it's not available here in my city. We usually don't shop online since they usually don't offer shipping here. That is why I'm trying to figure out what else to use because treats are out of the question. I wouldn't want a swarm of food aggressive dogs after us. Thank you, I'll try finding the likes you've mentioned again since I will be going to my sister's again.

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  18. Bella is way cleverer than Frankie and Beryl.  I bought them a kiddie pool and neither of them will use it:(  Which is weird in Frankie's case as he loves the river and sea when it's hot.  Does Bella have her own pool?  

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  19. Ah, I see.  Hmm, I'll have to think about other options for you.  (I could always purchase one here and mail it to you...)

    The problem with the prong collar and pulling is the same as the choke chain and pulling.  Both collars are meant to offer single points of correction.  The collar should be worn loosely and a quick jerk offered as correction to a distinct behavior.  A dog who pulls never has the collar in a loose position so you can never use the jerk as a correction.  In essence, it's in correction mode all the time.

    I wonder if my readers have any other suggestions for you?  

    In the meantime, I'm not kidding about mailing a harness or head halter to you if online stores won't.  (Aren't you just in the Philipines?  That's kind of crazy that stores won't ship to you.)

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  20. Well, Bella does have her own pool and, believe it or not, she doesn't use that one.  :o  

    It was insanely hot on this particular day - like close to 100F, in the city and on a paved lot. And she was stressed.  Jan had to pick her up and put her in the pool at first but once she was in, she got the hang of it.  She has never done more than sip at her own kiddie pool (but then we don't live in the city and don't have a lot, well, any pavement here on the property...) 

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  21. You can almost hear her giggling! Deccy x

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  22. Love it!  Especially the photo where she checks to see if you're watching!

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  23. Alfie | Alfie's BlogJune 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Rooo Bella - that pool looks like great fun! I wonder if I can get my humans to buy me one too! *waggy tail*

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  24. That's a good point. I tried the choke collar but he'd choke himself to death and not care about the collar. So thank you for reminding me about the reasons why choke collars and prong collars aren't effective in my current situation. I used to look for the  head halter you mentioned but I have never found one here.

    I know, it's crazy. While other online shops will ship, they charge exorbitant fees. Sometimes, more expensive than the items themselves. My sister usually pays a little over a $100 to send packages to us.

    Yes, it is weird that we don't have it here... or I guess since I don't live in a very big city and that the Philippines is made of multiple little islands, shipping can be quite a hassle.

    Thank you for the offer it is much appreciated. But not to worry, I am planning to go to my sister's. They have a number of pet stores there that I might just have some luck on those head halters. Just imagine, we only have the major mall chain offering us dog crates(and they only have one style and limited sizes).

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  25. Yay Bella! Jiggsy has a baby pool that he uses, but no one else will try it.

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  26. Wow mom! Look at this giant water bowl...it's so big I can step in it! :-)

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  27. Try the WonderWalker body harness. We've had really good luck with that on June and Larry. We first found it at a local pet store, but PetsMart carries it now, so one should be pretty easy to find. And they come in half sizes as well as S/M/L, so it makes it easier to find one that's a good fit for your dog.

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  28. She is ridiculously adorable, but you knew that.

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  29. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog!  That sure looks like a wonderful way to cool off.

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  30. Yay for pools! That's funny you stuck your head down under and blew bubbles :) Glad you got cooled off :) Bet you get your own pool soon :D

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

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