Celebrating Snow – or Not

Does your dog love snow? Or hate it? Up in northeastern Illinois, we received about a foot of snow last night, after two months of not having any. My cockers hate it, and Buffy wouldn’t go out this morning until I shoveled. She tends to pee right outside the door unless I shovel a path in the yard.

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Cocker spaniels in the deep snow

Buffy (brown) & Chipper (B & W) in a path I shoveled for them.

Cassie, my springer, loved snow. She often took snow baths, throwing herself on hard crusted snow (ouch)!

Springer spaniel rolling in the snow

Cassie rolling in the snow.

But she didn’t like it when it was too deep. Where to poop? We had a blizzard a few years back and he waited hours for us to shovel the driveway and part of the street before she would do her business.

Dog pooping in the snow

I wouldn’t want snow up my butt either!

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Would You Buy a GPS Tracker for Your Dog?

I definitely would if I had a young dog. Currently my two older cockers barely leave my side. They’re Velcro dogs. A young dog is more likely to wander. But even with an older dog, who knows what goes through their heads when they see, or smell an opportunity?

I still remember Chipper, our family’s cocker spaniel when I was eleven years old back in 1970. He was about eight at that time and always hung around the yard when we were outside. We didn’t have a fence. One day I was in my yard with friends and we decided to go to one of their houses. Chipper was just lying on the grass and I “forgot” to bring him into the house. Really, I was just lazy.

Sandy Kubillus & Chipper in 1968

Chipper and me when I was 9.

An hour later, I came home and Chipper was gone. My Mom, older brother and sister all went looking around the neighborhood for him. He had never run away before. We hoped Chipper didn’t go towards the busy street only a block away. I rode my bike around the neighborhood and called his name everywhere. It grew dark. No one found him.

Needless to say, we all had a miserable evening. I never told anyone until now, that it was my fault. The next morning—Chipper had not returned. I must have looked miserable at school, since my teacher called me out into the hall and asked me what had happened. We thought Chipper was gone forever—likely hit by a car.

Twenty-four hours after we had last seen Chipper, a police officer called and said they found a dog with an expired rabies tag. Back in those days, no one followed up if a dog didn’t have a current rabies vaccine. Chipper only had the tag since he had reportedly bitten a kid the year before from an open window in our parked car. Because of that bite (which my dad said looked like a scratch), Chipper had his shots updated. If he hadn’t had that tag, we would have never seen him again.

Chipper had walked five miles straight north, past multiple busy streets, and collapsed on the street in a cul-du-sac. The kids in the neighborhood mentioned seeing a dog at lunchtime, but everyone thought he’d wander away. He didn’t move. Finally, one parent decided to call the police, who checked his tag and called us.

My whole family piled into our car to go retrieve Chipper. He could barely stand, but wagged his stumpy tail when he saw us. Dad scooped him up and placed him on my mom’s lap for the ride home. Chipper slept through to the next day and survived another four years. Mom bought a name tag with our phone number and kept his rabies tags up to date. We never knew how Chipper had survived, but Mom resolved never to let it happen again.

Pet GPS Trackers

I just read an article in Veterinary Advantage about pet gps devices. I hadn’t known these existed before, but it makes sense with all the other tracking devices that people use like Fitbits. Of course I have heard of radio collars to track wildlife, but now anyone could buy one for their pet. When I googled “GPS devices for dogs,” I found many on the market. Most are attachments to the dog’s collar.

Two types of trackers exist:

  • Radio trackers, which are what they use for hunting dogs, but they have a limited range, similar to a Walkie Talkie. These have been around for a long time.
    • According to Top 13 GPS Trackers for your Pets, the range on some can vary from 400 feet to 9 miles, and batteries can last from a day to several months. Costs range from $100 – $800.
  • GPS trackers use new technology and real time data. They typically require a monthly subscription since they use cellular data.
    • Range is not an issue with gps units, but the battery life typically is only a few days to at most two weeks. Costs range from $100 – $250 with monthly subscriptions from free (for the more expensive models) to about $10/month, according to Top 13 GPS Trackers for your Pets.

Both types have limitations. With the battery needing constant recharging, it’s hard to see gps trackers as worthwhile. But I guess it’s like our phones, which can only last a day or two. Just if you decide to buy one, make sure you keep it charged.

According to the Pet Wearables article, gps trackers are just in their infancy. Maybe by the time I get my next young dog, we can implant a gps device like their identity microchips! Hopefully that won’t be too far off. J

Please let me know if you would buy a gps tracker for your dog, and if so, would you remember to keep it charged?

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Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

The storm season began early this year! We had thunderstorms last night and Chipper kept me awake. I put him on Solliquin pills a week ago and apparently the effects can take up to 30 days to show an effect. Last year I had used Harmonease, which is no longer produced, so my vet gave me Solliquin.

Do you have a fraidy dog?

Chipper & Harmonease

Chipper and Harmonease

I tried anxiety wraps with my springer, but they only made her hot.

Dog in a Thundershirt wrap

Cassie in her Thundershirt and a bootie for her sore paw

What worked well last night was locking Chipper in his cage. He settled down very quickly and I got some sleep!

Cocker spaniel in a cage covered with a blanket

Buffy in her cage covered with a blanket to keep her warm.

See my post on this at Fireworks-Thunder-Loud Noises – Oh My

How do you keep your dog calm during a thunderstorm?

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Dog in kiddie pool

Water Dogs in Water of all Forms

My Cassie was a real water dog loving water in all its forms.

Dog standing in creek

Cassie in Long Run Creek site visit during environmental work. Cassie worked with me as a water consultant.

dog walking in a river

Cassie loved wading into rivers.

Dog rolling in snow

Cassie creating snow angels.

dog rolling in summer snow with Mitch Beales

Cassie rolling in a small patch of snow in the Colorado mountains in the summer with my husband.

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Do your dogs love water?

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