I really enjoy random, useless knowledge that does nothing to enhance my life but it’s just some fun stuff that I picked up along the way. You know the information, like how seahorses are monogamous? Cool, I know! Does absolutely nothing to help me with my finances or time management skills – just silly facts that makes me appear more interesting then I really am! It got me thinking…do dogs see in black and white?
The short answer is No. Dogs can see some color, just not as many as human beings.
Scientists have discovered, that while humans have three cone photoreceptor cells in our eyes to see the color of the rainbow, our beloved friends have only two ‘cones’. We can distinguish between reds and blues, yellow and greens. Dogs cannot see reds or greens at all because everything is slightly tinted on a blue-yellow color scale.
You are sitting on the couch and you smell something stinky. You look around, sniff your shirt and then you see it! Your beautiful pooch, gazing in your eyes, tongue hanging out, waiting for a loving scratch on her ears. Oh my – Bath Time!
Whether you use a Self Service Dog Wash, your personal bath tub or garden hose, there is a proper way to give your dog a bath. It sounds simple enough but there are many mistakes pet owners make that causes more harm to your pet’s skin and coat. Following these steps will prevent any unintentional problems.
Step One – Quality Products
Oatmeal is not always the answer. There are many pet products on the market nowadays that treat various skin ailments and coat conditions. You want to purchase a natural product unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian. Pet store employees are very knowledgeable but local groomers will know best. Contact a groomer in your area, describe your pet and they will be happy to guide you in the right direction.
1. Hard work. Puppies are like newborn babies. They need to be walked in the middle of the night, comforted when they are scared and crying, and plenty of interactions to help them grow up into well-balanced, happy pets. Consider the amount of time this entails. If your life is running from one activity to the next, maybe it is better to hold off until things slow down.
2. Cost. Owning a pet, especially a puppy is expensive. Consider the fact that most dogs will live between 10-20 years. They require multiple visits to a vet, monthly medicines (such as flea & tick preventatives), vaccines, licenses (in some states), food, accessories, grooming and vitamins. Typically, cost of ownership in the first year will be the highest. Ranging somewhere between $1000 and $3000. Total costs over your dog’s lifetime will range between $10,000 and $20,000. If you don’t have it in the budget, time to hold off.
I must admit, I’m not really the bumper sticker kind of person. My car is boring and nondescript. Hard to find in parking lots, if you know what I mean! But I was driving the other day and saw a bumper sticker on a Mini Cooper that said ‘My Dog Is A Republican’ and well, it made me chuckle.
A few miles down the road, I saw ‘My Dog is Smarter than Your Honor Role Student.’ Glancing to the right was the ‘My Kid is an Honor Role Student’ – driving side by side. I really started to laugh and got to thinking that there is this whole underground bumper sticker battle going on right under my nose! Thousands of people boldly declaring to the world their thoughts and views in 4-8 words: