Friday, February 26, 2010

Slow Down Bowls

Gibson wolfs down his food. Wolfs. As in, I pour his food into his bowl, drop the measuring cup back into the bag, turn around, and he's done. Outsiders marvel at this. They just cannot believe he eats so fast. Even if they've owned dogs for 20+ years, they've never seen one eat at such lightening speed.

I knew this wasn't exactly healthy. Yes, it's kind of a 'corgi thing', but there is still the issue of gulping too much air and getting sick, or worse... Plus, eating so fast makes you less satisfied/feel less full than if you take your time (which is just great for a dog who seems to have a bottomless stomach). So, I decided to take action and buy Gibson some new bowls to slow him down.

New "Slow Down" Bowls
Where's the food, ma!?

I call them 'slow down bowls', but they're really called EatBetter & DrinkBetter bowls. Basically, they both have little obstacles to slow down eating and drinking:

New "Slow Down" Bowls

The food bowl divides the food into three sections and the water bowl has a floating disc that only allows a small amount of water to be drank at a time. And ya know what? They actually work. He eats (well, still wolfs down) one section of food, licks every crumb from that section, and then moves on to the next! It is still a very quick meal, but it is noticeably longer.

The water bowl? I suppose it works, but drinking was never really a concern. I mostly bought it so that it matches the food bowl :) I like the little floaty thing though, it's a pretty smart design.

I think the funniest thing about the bowls, is that it came w/instructions that said something like, "gradually begin switching your dog over to his new bowl by adding a few pieces of food each day so that he gets used to using it." HA! Would any dog who eats so fast that they need a specially designed bowl, really CARE what they are eating that food out of?

New "Slow Down" Bowls

I doubt Gibson has even noticed.... :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Car Shakes (somewhat) Solved

Thank you everyone for your advice w/my "Car Shakes" issue. We've only been in the car once since then, and this was my solution:

New Car Seat!

A Booster Seat! (Thanks for the recommendation, Lesley!)

It worked pretty well for the first time out (we just went to Petco). He didn't make a peep the whole time or try to climb out (we still need to get a harness for it). He did have the goofy face that you see in the photo the whole time and was still shaking a bit (according to my husband). I think it may work better when it is just me and Gibson in the car and I can attach the seat to the passenger seat next to me (especially since for it to work in the back meant that I had to adjust my seat so that it was a perfect 90 degree angle! I'm used to 45 degrees lol).

The real test will be the next time we go for an hour and a half drive to my parents. I'll let you all know how he does :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Come on, Spring

I cannot wait until Spring.

So Gibson can do this all day and night:
Corgi Butt

And he has something to stimulate his mind other than to search endlessly for bunny poop in our back yard and not listen when he is called and be threatened by me to be enrolled back in basic obedience class...

I miss long walks that I actually enjoy taking him on...

And I can't wait til I don't have to wear all of this to take him for those long walks:
(Plus a scarf and nylon pants to put over my pants I'm wearing so they don't get wet..)

Ugh. Winter, you are taking way too long this year. Come on, Spring...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gentle Leader Hack

Gibson walks pretty well on a leash. When he's in the right mood at least...

For the most part, he'll either trot by my side or up in front of me at the same pace as I am going. If he's not in the walking mood, he'll drag behind me or be off sniffing for gold on the parkway. And then there's the times when he's reallly excited and wants to run until he reaches his favorite spots (i.e. the places where he knows people throw bread out for the birds. Ugh. Seriously, can you please not throw bread on or near the sidewalk area!?). Sometimes, I'll run with him (just to give him excercise), but most of the time when he's this excited, my arm nearly gets ripped off.

I've always kind of dealt with this, and have just tightened the lead when he reaches these bread buffet lines so he can only get a nibble or two. And while a gentle leader may control pulling, it never really crossed my mind to buy one to stop his behavior. Especially now, since I discovered this cost-free alternative...

APPARENTLY if I put Gibson's leash under one of his front legs, he won't pull. AT ALL. I used to always stop and fix his leash when this happened, but yesterday I was too lazy to AND IT WAS AMAZING! No pulling. Even when we were fast approaching his favorite spots!

Of course, I'm not suggesting that this will work for everyone.. but it seems to make sense why it would. Instead of the leash pulling his head back (making him pull harder), it pulls it down (his martingale collar might help too). It isn't perfect, since the leash can easily come out from underneath his leg, but it's a nice quick fix!

Note: I'm really not serious about this.. haha. It happened, was funny, but I am not going to go around putting Gibson's leash under his leg every day that he pulls on his leash ;)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

My Guys ♥

Gibson and my husband have somewhat of a love/hate relationship. Whether it's Gibson growling at Ben to stop touching him when he's sleepy, or Ben yelling at Gibson to stop chewing on his slippers while he's trying to walk through the house.. they don't always get along. Then out of no where, this happens:

My guys

And it melts my heart into a billion pieces. I love them so much ♥

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Calendar Corgis of the Month: Bella & Baxter!


Miss & Mr. February

Names: Bella & Baxter (aka BnB)
Corgi Moms: Annie and Maggie

Bella & Baxter Cuteness:

February Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

- Valentines Day
- Cuddling/Love
- Outdoor, snowy
- Indoor, warm and cozy
- Groundhog's Day
- Superbowl

Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Car Shakes

Gibson has never been too fun to be in a car with. Short trips are ok (as long as he sits on my lap... whoops), but long trips usually involve him crying UNTIL he can sit on my lap (um, not on the interstate, Mister!). This is annoying, but usually he gets tired of crying and falls asleep.

This all changed during our Christmas travels.

There was an ice storm the night before we left, so ice was falling off trees everywhere and flying off of semis and cars and bouncing off our car. To Gibson, this was like little aliens or something trying to kills us. So, the entire car trip (close to 5 hours total) Gibson was so petrified, that he shook.

I thought he'd be ok this past weekend, when I took a trip to my parents, but he did the same thing (shaking, darting to get on my lap, down ears, bugged out eyes). He even ran away when I tried to get him into the car (he used to jump in he'd be so excited for a trip).. Poor guy, I don't know what to do :(

I know part of the problem is that he is nervous when he can't see out the window (hence, wanting to sit on my lap), so I'm thinking maybe a 'booster seat' would help. Do any of you fabulous readers use of of those for your pup? Have any suggestions for me??

Gibson did have fun while he was at my parents though. We took 2 very long fun off-leash walks through the woods. He was soo happy looking. I knew he felt like a real live dog!

On the way home from the second walk, both he and his Auntie Coal slept on my leg. Almost cuddling (Coal doesn't really enjoy Gibson's company, usually)!

That's another thing though.. he was fine in the car when I wasn't driving... But he was on my lap the whole time looking out the window (when he wasn't sleeping). Hmm the whole thing is just frustrating :(

He did have a grand time in the woods though...
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