Sunday, July 13, 2014

Why puppy eat their own poop

It has been passed two weeks already since we first brought Jessie back. She has growth a bit. At least not losing any weight as she has developed quite a steady meal time. She can eat up to four times a day. That goes the same in her defecation frequency. She would call for attention in her certain parking tone to tell that she needs food or the urge to ease herself.

But something odd we notice. She would eat her own poops. That's pretty gross sight to see, and not normal. We would wash her mouth after that since we are not fast enough to stop it. At least it makes her hygienic.

According to PetMd.com it is a normal behaviour. The following are the some reason that leads to the weird habit:-
1. Curiousity
2. Poor digestion
3. Boredom
4. Stress
5. Hunger


To avoid the possible repeat of this habit, it is recommended to:-
1. Give enough of food
2. Clean immediately after puppy eliminates.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Pets does improve kids behaviour


After one week having Jessie in our midst does show some changes in our kids - Ivan and Reanne behaviour. Most noticeably is that our kids have demonstrate caring and empathy by showing concern over Jessie well being i.e whether she eats well, needs to play and needs to ease herself.

vetStreet.com write about the Five Ways Pets Are Great for Children, which include:-
Pets may prevent allergies
Pets may help prevent obesity
Pets may improve grades
Pets teach responsibility
Pets teach unconditional love

Another article by UK Pet Health Council - The benefits of pet ownership for children also echoed the benefit pets will give to kids. It said that research proving that pet ownership has considerable educational and therapeutic benefits for children. Studies demonstrate children who interact with animals have higher levels of self esteem, have greater empathy and better social skills. 

Hope to see more positive behaviour improvement from our kids. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Is she a rottweiler or dachshund?

Finally we adopted a puppy into our family on 30th June. A friend of my parents whose adult dog just gave birth a month plus ago and we happen to be the last visitor to come and adopt the last puppy. We were told the puppy is a cross breed between golden retriever (male) and dachshund (female). At first it was purely a visit to see whether the puppy is suitable for us but somehow I guess it was love at the first sight especially for our kids, Ivan and Reanne who are super excited on the idea to have a puppy. At the same time, my parents' friend were eager to give the puppy away. So we end up adopting the cute puppy on the spot.

Poor puppy was covered with ticks when it was handed to us. We immediately brought it to our cousin who happen to operate a pet's grooming shop to see how to help the poor puppy. It was already well past 7pm in the evening. On the way, we brainstorm with the kids what name to be given to the cute puppy and we finally agreed on Jessie. Then it took almost 2 hours to painstakingly hand pick those parasites all over the puppy body. By the time we reach home, it was already 9pm. 

While settling down that night, we try to figure out Jessie's breed as her feature does look like a rottweiler and at the same a dachshund.