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About Titan

I am a two and a half year old poodle with a blog - about being a dog of course.

Happy Fathers Day

dad and meWoozers, this is my second Fathers Day celebration with my dad.  Happy Fathers Day Dad!!! I’m so pawcited about it. I’m not sure what we will do.  But it has to be something special because he is always helping Mom and me so much. Unfortunately, I’m not always the most gracious pup on earth. I’m thinking a gift card to one of his favorite stores would be just the thing. Oh geeze, that means getting Mom’s credit card out of her Filofax again. That is so hard to do with my paws. I don’t know why she can’t just tie it around my neck to make things easier. Just think of the money I would save her (yeah, right.)

It will most likely be something simple like sitting on the large deck watching squirrels and kicking back a brewskie or two (okay, maybe just a lick or two.) There are so many places to sit around here, it’s hard to decide. I can say one thing about Mom and Dad – they love having their sitting arrangements, inside and out. I wonder if other homes have as many as we do? Mom once said she was afraid to leave home for fear that Dad would would redesign another room or two, while she was gone.

I’m sure we will eventually move to the park bench in the back yard, so I can show off my many talents like, running full steam ahead, chasing things I don’t really see, jumping into all the bushes, pouncing on the critters in the grass and of course digging a hole or two. I love digging holes. Continue reading

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Keeping Your Dog Calm During Thunder Storms

stormfromt-sized-for-postKeeping Your Dog Calm During thunder storms can be more stressful for you than your than your dog. It takes time (and several storms) to figure out what works the best. Being born during one of the worse thunder storm and a F4 tornado, has made me kind of an expert on the matter. Thunder no matter how far away sends fear through my veins.

I have my own theory of survival when it comes to thunder storms. One clap of thunder or one flash of lightening, I am movin’ full speed ahead to find a lap to sit my behind down in and a chest to flatten out against, so I can hear a heartbeat.  On that horrific day in 2012 my Momma Doggie told my sisters and me, that if we could hear and/or feel a heart beat, we would always be safe and secure. Oh, and just so you will know, a wind-up alarm clock under a blanket does not count as a heart beat. Continue reading

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Happy Easter Weekend

Cute and fluffy Maltese as a bunny for Easter.Happy Easter Weekend and Oh bunny me.  And to think that I thought the Santa outfit was bad!

 

I am wishing all of you a wonderful, spring-like and safe Easter weekend, wherever your travels may take you. My travels are going to be from the kitchen to the back yard and then to the office, in that order.

 

 

 

 

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Dog Skin Conditions-Let The Itch Begin

seriously - I'm real - 199-181Dog Skin Conditions  – Let The Itch Begin, yep, that is about all I can say about it right now.

On Monday it was 60 degrees where I live. Yesterday it was in the upper 70’s and I played outside with Princess and Coco for hours.  It was total enjoyment. Last night when I went out for my midnight-run, it was in the low 30’s and snow flakes were a-fly-in!

Now I’m not the smartest paw on these four legs, but I do know chaos when I experience it, and trust me, the weather is in total chaos right now. There are only four words to describe it – let the itch begin!

Doggie skin conditions can be pawblematic to diagnose and even more pawblematic to resolve. Finding the cause of our constant itching is crucial because it is irritating us (and most likely you) to no end. How would you like to wake up a pawzillion times a night scratching? Okay, I’ll admit it, if your dog sleeps with you like I do with Mom and Dad, when we itch and scratch at night you most likely wake from the pounding on the bed. Sorry, when you’ve got an itch, you gotta scratch it. Just ask your pooch and they will tell you –  that’s the truth.

Skin conditions in dogs can range from small hot spots to their entire coat falling out and their skin turning black. Continue reading

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Dogs And Puppies Sucking On Toys And Blankets

gund polar bearDogs And Puppies Sucking On Toys And Blankets is a phenomenon that puzzles most humans. So I am going to tell you all about it, from my point of view.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m still a puppy at heart. I love my Polar plush toy teddy bear. He fits into my arms and paws perfectly and his ears are perfect for licking and sucking on. I’m not sure why my time with Polar is so comforting and makes me feel content. I just know that it does.

After dinner Mom usually settles into her office for a few hours of writing and I settle into my office bed with Polar.

Human babies usually become attached to their blanket and later on a cuddly toy. What we do is the doggie version. Of course babies and children usually outgrow the desire to suck on objects, dogs usually do not.  Once we discover the joys of sucking on blankets and toys, we usually continue it throughout our lives.

If you watch closely, you will notice that we usually revert to the sucking behavior when we are sleepy. If we do not have a cuddly toy, we will most likely push and pull our bedding into a position that it fits pawperfectly into our paws and mouth. Some of us will just hold the object in our mouths and others will knead it with their paws. Continue reading

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How Dog Safe Is Your Office II

busted book photoHow Dog Safe Is Your Office II. Busted! Oh geez, she found my expert chewing toothy work this morning. So much for a peaceful weekend. To make matters worse, the three books I inflicted my special talent on were something Mom calls out of print vintage books. At least now I know what that horrible taste was when I was chewing on them. Glue and book binding materials. Believe me, not a great combination when it comes taste.

So, my question is simple, who would put out of print books on the bottom shelf of anything? If you want to keep your treasures safe, that means paying attention to things that your puppy or dog can reach, especially on the floor level.

Now what is she doing? She already cleaned up my paper mess. It looks like she is spraying something on the books and notebooks. Curiosity has the best of me, so I just gotta go and look. “It’s okay Titan, give it a lick and see how you like it.”  Really, after the snit pitched over the books and now she is saying give it a try. It’s gotta be a trick of some kind.

Water!!!! I need water now! What is that horrible taste? Where is that container, I gotta see what that was she was spraying on everything at eye level. Bitter Apple? Now that is just down right cruel – it tastes horrible. So much for the library bottom shelves for entertainment.

A Few weeks Later and A Few Inches Taller

Now we are talking. I’ve grow several inches and let me tell you, my line of vision is providing a whole new perspective on what I can get into. It is amazing what I can reach when I stand on my hind paws, stretch really hard and stretch out one of my front paws. Bingo, I just scored a pair of glasses laying on Mom’s desk. Oh, there is a remote control, that should be good for some entertainment and chewing. There is a stack of magazines on the corner of one desk, I wonder how long it will take me to get those down? I’m not the smartest pup on the block, but I’m going to go on record and say Mom and Dad have greatly under estimated my abilities.

Hm, what is this, a black handle of some kind dangling over the edge of the desk. One good yank should do it. Look out…incoming, tons of stuff incoming to the floor. Oh wow, this is a huge score, Mom’s handbag. All kinds of things in here. Yea, I found a Milkbone* and a mint. Darn it’s in a wrapper and my paws are not working. Time to resort to my baby teeth. That should do it.

What’s this black leather book? Oh, now I remember,  her Filofax*. This is where she has her life on file. With a flip of the cover I found credit cards to munch on and in another section there are funny looking green and white pieces of paper. Oh my, do they smell good. There are so many scents on them and a couple look brand new. The ring section offers lots of paper pages to chew on.

Now what is this, another black bag with a zipper. I think I may have met my match on this one. After pawing it a bit, it won’t budge. It smells like makeup. I’ll pass, guys don’t wear makeup.

All this human stuff is interesting, but what has really got my attention is all those cords. Gee, there are just so many to choose from. Even though Mom and Dad did a great job of tying them up when I first arrived, now I can reach them and those fancy plastic ties they used. I’ll have to be sneaky about it, but I’m sure I will get around to them soon.

Oh no, snit alert! It seems we do not have Internet service again. Last week it was because of the storms. I can’t imagine what it could be this week. Mom’s talking to AT&T. This might be a good time to just sit back and look really innocent. Phew, so far so good, they have gone through a zillion check lists and everything is working just fine, except the Internet part. Oh no, one more thing to check, the cord between the modem and the computer. What tooth marks? Oh, those tooth marks. Thank goodness, there was an extra cord in the closet.

mailing tubesIt’s time for some serious cord control measures. The lady from AT&T suggested using mailing tubes to string the cords through. Considering my fetish for all things paper and cardboard, I don’t think that is going to be a great option.

cord coversMom found two perfect answers on Amazon, Wiremold C110 White Cordmate Kit and AVF UA180W-A Premium Cable Management (6 Feet Roll Up).

I guess by now you get the idea that keeping ahead of your fur child is going to be an ongoing process. When you get frustrated, stop for a few minutes and remember the unconditional love we give you and know we will outgrow this phase at about age two.

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How dog safe is your home office?

NPW-week-logoIt’s National Entrepreneurship Week, or in my world, National Pawpreneurship Week. How dog safe is your home office? So this today’s post and tomorrows post is going to focus on keeping your home office safe for your fur-children to be in.

I have to say, I have loved my two years in of being a working doggie and best of all – my office. Yes, of course, it started out as Mom’s office, then it became my condo/crate bedroom (for five months) and now it is officially my office and play room. Nothing like moving in and taking over.

Taking over this space didn’t come without some major Titan-inflicted destruction and consequences. If I could find it, it was mine. The first few days went well enough, I was truly too little and scared to find or mess with anything. Mom and dad spent those days crawling around (now there is a word picture for you) looking for everything they could find to put up or at least hide with silk planters, too large for me to navigate. Score one for the home team – Mom and Dad. Trust me, it would be a short lived victory.

imagesOkay, so the really interesting things were out of reach – for now. It was time to move on to the things they didn’t think about. Let me think for a moment…oh right, my first major project was Mom’s Andy Warhol shoe rug. It had this really great black braiding along the edges. Just perfect for sinking my baby paws and teeth into. The fact that it was black definitely played to my advantage, my toothy work did not show up right away. But like all things puppy, that got boring. It was time to move on to bigger and better things. Continue reading

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Valentine Day Love

thumb-680x459-f-valentines-day-card-for-honeyIt’s here, it’s here, – it’s finally Valentine’s Day. Time for Valentine Day love.  I am so excited. Now I can share the special Valentine card I had made for Honey. I hope she likes it.

Happy Valentine’s Day Honey

So today’s post is going to be one of fun filled with love. I hope you have a wonderful and happy Valentine’s Day. Ours is going to be a snuggling kind of afternoon and evening. We are expecting another major snow storm, which should be starting about now. I’m going to be tummy high in snow when I go outside later this afternoon. It’s a good thing I got my hair cut on Wednesday. The snow won’t clump in my fur like it did during the last snow we had. Somehow the words “stay in here until you thaw out” are not very comforting when you come back inside with snow clumps hanging from your fur and you have really cold feet. I’ve got it down to a science now. I whimper a bit and out comes the big towel which is wrapped around me and and then I’m cradled in Mom or Dad’s arms until I thaw out. Ah, thank goodness for doggie noises – they work every time.

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Valentine Day Fun

Siri Series faceFinding Valentine Day goodies on line is a major experience unto its own and not necessarily meant for us four-pawed creatures. One thing I learned for sure, they are pretty adamant about you paying for most of the goodies you choose. I tried explaining that I was almost the cutest dog on the Internet, but I quickly found out that cute will only get you so far.

IF there is one thing I dislike it is being beaten at my own game. Since this was my idea, I put on my I’m gonna win hat and kept sniffing until I came up with some really great goodies.

So grab a pawcafe’,  get ready to be amazed and start planning your Valentine’s Day now.

 

Boo the doggie valentine cardGuess I had better get “this one” over with first. Will this Boo character ever let me have my day in the sunshine? I guess not, but this was really too cute to pass up. http://bit.ly/titansboovalentine

Mom suggested printing out several and making candy favors. I’ll let her explain how to do that.  “Thanks Titan, your readers will really like this one. They will need a marker, paper, a color printer, scissors, a glue stick and some candy – I’m going to use M&M’s for mine and your dads and, baby Milk Bones* for yours. Print two (2) of the Boo hearts per person. Cut the hearts out.  Glue the hearts, photo side out, together around the edges, leaving a half inch opening. Fill the heart with your candy of choice and glue the opening shut. There you have it, a quick and easy candy/Milk Bone favor. Give them out as Valentine’s Day cards or place them on the dinner plates Valentine’s night. Oh, and be sure to remember that chocolate is toxic and can be lethal if eaten by your dog.”

 

doggie dog house valentine photoAnother great idea I found was the doggie dog house (heaven knows I spend enough time in there.) You will find a full color printable at the following link, http://bit.ly/titansdoghouse.

 

 

 

 

Titan and Honey Valentines Wordall

This is a card I did for Honey, using the Wordall website.  http://bit.ly/Honeywordall

 

 

 

 

Moheart-on-nose-520827-sm uses this great photo website that has FREE photos. I checked and there are 22 pages of Valentine photos and 50 pages of Love photos. Be sure to note that the top couple rows and the bottom row of photos are from iStock photo and there is a charge for those. The middle section is where you will find the FREE photos. You will find them here, http://bit.ly/titanssxcphotos.

Another site I founamoure cared was the American Greeting Card company,  http://bit.ly/americangreeting. I found the perfect card for Honey.

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Danger For Dogs

Sick dogWhat a job this blogging thing has turned out to be. Who knew just how many opinions there would be on most topics. How is a guy supposed to know what is right or wrong? I finally decided to take that question to Mom before continuing to research today’s topic of chocolate danger for dogs.

“Titan, the Internet is a vast and wonderful resource of information. Did you know that back “in the day” to research your blog post, you would have needed to get in a car and go to the local library? Unfortunately, most libraries do not allow pets, so you would have been out of luck. The difference in library research and Internet research is the freedom of speech and press. The library research comes from professional and trusted sources. Anyone can write anything and put it on the Internet.  That is why I am teaching you the correct way to research your blog topics.”

Salynn Boyles will be the first to tell you that sharing some foods with your pet may be ok, unless it is chocolate. She immediately points out that chocolate can kill your beloved pet. She goes on to inform us that veterinarians tell WebMD.com that chocolate is one of the most common causes of canine poisoning. Continue reading

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