-Chris Haines, Cliff Haines, and Elysia Buehner
Last week I was asked what we use to de-shed our dogs. That got me thinking about some of the items we use here on a daily basis that we really depend on.
1. FURMINATOR - this is our de-shedding tool of choice. Jason found a generic version of it at Menards and it works just as well for less money. It really does the job, and even works to get snarls out of my long coat shepherd.
2. JOHNSON'S BABY SHAMPOO - We've found this works great, it's inexpensive and it's gentle on all... our dogs and puppies skin.
3. KONG BALLS!!! We can't get enough of these around here. ALL 9 of our dogs prefer the red balls, size small. They're virtually indestructible. Don't bother with tennis balls - shepherds are strong chewers and they don't stand a chance.
4. CHUCK IT STICK - This saves the shoulder from constantly having to throw the ball and it goes much further. We get rid of the ball that comes with it and use the small Kong balls. The dogs go nuts for this game!
5. LUPINE LEASHES & COLLARS - Within 30 seconds of being born all of our puppies get one of these collars put on them so we can keep track of who's who. All of our big dogs also wear them. I also prefer the Lupine leash. They have lots of neat designs and they're tough. If anything happens to it, Lupine will replace it for free. Some veterinarians carry them, otherwise pet stores or Amazon will have them.
Those are just a few of the tried and true things that have worked for us...thought it may be helpful to pass them along.
We receive so many wonderful photos that we post as soon as we can on Facebook, but I also like to add them to the photo gallery on our website...along with some you may not have seen before. ENJOY!
I was able to spend some quality time with Tasso today, and shoot some proper photos of him. He is from Germany, and is one of the most majestic looking dogs we've ever seen. One look in his beautiful brown eyes and you won't soon forget him. He is a giant teddy bear and we're very glad to have him here. Funny side note: As I was trying to get him to look at me for a photo, I was making silly noises, (as I usually do when I'm working with dogs...anything to make them perk up and look my direction) Tasso actually thought the noise was coming from my camera and came running to my protection....such a sweet boy!
Scarlett is my long coat Shepherd. If you live around here you'll see me out walking her almost every evening...EXCEPT when it gets too hot, like it occasionally does in Minnesota during the summer months. Heat stroke is something I take very seriously, as I know people who've had dogs actually die from it. Be mindful of your friend with the fur coat on when the temps are sky high, and know the sings of heat stroke:
Today we remember ALL who served!
The Military Dog...
My eyes are your eyes, to watch you
and to protect you and yours,
My ears are your ears, to hear and ...
detect evil minds in the dark,
My nose is your nose, to scent the
invader of your domain,
And so you may live, my life is also yours.
(Pictured: our son, JC with Phaja)
Vom Sippel Shepherd's received our 2 newest additions this morning at 3:30am. Our new stud is TASSO VOM RITTERBERG. He is a import from Germany. Also, VAC-VAGVOLGYI FATIMA, she is a import from Hungary. They have adjusted very well during their first few hours here.