All Fashions for Your Pooch

Dog owners strut your pups this fall season

The season of fall is here and with it will follow new trends and weather that our clothes are bound to accommodate to. A new hat maybe? Perhaps a new jacket would help keep the upcoming chill or drizzly downpour at bay. Our clothing changes frequently from summertime swimwear to winter jackets; we constantly change our appearance and style throughout the year.

But what about our dogs? Don’t they have a little dressing up to do this fall season? Many dog owners enjoy helping their dogs address the weather changes and perhaps even look a little stylish in the process as well.

Coats for the fall

Jackets are easy and stylish for the cooler weather. For toys and short-coat dogs, this can often be effective as well as stylish. Consider styles that fit your dog’s personality, in more ways than just straightforward. For the sweet puppy personality, try a leather jacket that contradicts their character to start some fall conversations in the park.

What about their own personal coats? A lot of dogs are going to start growing in their winter coats to help keep them warm. Dual-coat dogs are going to start shedding, so don’t forget that a trip to groomers can be comforting and a little less messy for your home’s interiors.

Of course, you could always exemplify their natural coats with the simple addition of a bow-tie. This works best for dogs with a natural “tuxedo” look (black coats with a white belly). They’re easy enough to find and can definitely add some style to your pooch. With the style of professionalism to match their companion, this simple addition gets them ready for any social event so that they can show off what really makes them so very charming.

There is also the fun of sprucing up for the holidays. This fall opens up holiday options like Halloween and Thanksgiving, so outfits that look a little spooky might be a great way to start getting ready for the fun. An orange shirt with a spider is classic, or even something that makes a statement- (hugz are my favorite treat!).

Though fashion is important, keeping them warm and out of the weather is also a concern. Rain coats for your pooch are growing in popularity. They can’t carry around an umbrella, so a coat and hoodie may be great for those moments when they need to go out and take care of their potty business.

Basic attire

Shirts are great for matching the season. A little sweater to keep them warm when you’re out for walks in the park. But, what about a harness to hold fast to your pooch during walks in the park? Collars and leashes are worn year around, and this fall is a great chance to get your dog a new set of clothes. As far as leashes are concerned, fall has a very rustic sense, and in many cases a good leather collar can give your dog a very proper and wise look about them. Consider a leather leash with their name embossed on it to ensure that they always find their way back home.

Patterns matter and fall is full of oranges, reds, and yellows. Stripes and colored patterns matching the season are always a tradition. This includes harnesses, especially for those who enjoy camping during this time of year. In these cases, you will want to consider bright colors so you can keep track of your pup in the fall foliage. Plaid is always popular and gives your dog the look as though they were truly born for the outdoors, even if they spend most of their time on your lap enjoying a scratch behind the ear. Harnesses are perhaps the most useful attire that can demonstrate fashion.

The bandana style never goes wrong (unless they decide it would make a better chew toy). The great thing about bandanas is that they come in all manner of style. With the approaching sports seasons (football), give your dog a style of support for your favorite team. Bandanas aren’t very expensive and can definitely give your dog a different look for each occasion so they can stay with the trend.

This fall is a season of falling leaves and beautiful colors. The weather is nice and your pup is eager to enjoy a few walks in the park with their best friend. With the cool weather, it’s time to get outdoors and show off your dog’s new attire and start a few trends of your own.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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The New and Improved Porch Potty

The new Porch Potty for dog owners

For those who enjoy the fun activities and companionship of a dog, but don’t always have the time to clean up the mess, grass litter boxes like the Porch Potty have worked to make potty time as simple as possible.

Designed for either indoor or outdoor use, the Porch Potty is renowned for its ability to self-cleanse, reducing the need to regularly clean the potty yourself. Basically, it is an automated dog potty for your pooch so they too can enjoy the luxury of indoor plumbing.

A principle to simplify

The structure is simple, but more amazingly is that it is responsible for cleaning itself. Premium potty units utilize a built-in sprinkler system that washes down any sticky residue (and the smells that go along with it) to reduce the need to clean regularly. You would still have to pick up any larger materials, but we may have to look forward to robots for that particular job.

When rinsed, the porous grass keeps larger debris on top and funnels smaller materials to the center where it is channeled into a drop point. Here, you can simply hook the garden hose up or relieve it into a basin.

As for the self-draining aspect- a fourteen foot drain hose is included. You simply run the hose to a drainage area, allowing all liquid waste to eliminate away from the potty area. With the premium package, the sprinkler system helps to flush away any larger debris regularly, or you can pour water over grass to clean it manually if you need to.

If running a hose isn’t an option, a large three gallon catch basin is available to replace the hose. It’s removable so the contents can easily be disposed of regularly.

The potty area

The trademark item of the Porch Potty is the fire hydrant. The hydrant is pre-scented to entice the dog to “go” there. This helps reduce the need to invest in sprays and helps the dog maintain familiarity- especially if they enjoy marking things.

The new design is far more stylish and yet still as durable as its previous models. The structure is based upon a metal frame but entails a whicker exterior to improve the look and feel whether it’s out on your porch or inside your home. It is ideal if you’re debating on matching charm to functionality in your home. The new design reduces the obtuseness and provides a far more eye-friendly appearance when you have guests.

Grass options for the potty unit allow you to choose from either synthetic grass or natural grass sod. The soilless sod- dubbed “training sod”- possesses no dirt or mud and has never been used on the ground. It’s grown hydroponically and a nutrient source is built in to ensure the sod stays healthy and resistant to urine burns for a longer period of time. This helps to ensure that dirt clods or chunks won’t fall into the funneling system and clog anything up. Special delivery packaging ensures that it remains fresh and ensures longevity, especially when combined with the sprinkler system.

Primarily, all Porch Potties come with a synthetic grass mat, which is designed for both durability and permeability. This helps it to remain cleaner during the self-cleansing process. The synthetic option is perfect for dogs that are already familiar with potty area similarities (the yard or park), but if a natural grass is desired, there is no change in design. You simply remove the synthetic mat and replace it with the natural sod. Additionally, the synthetic grass is very handy for situations in which natural sod needs to be replaced and you’re waiting for delivery.

The best thing about the Porch Potty is that it allows you the convenience of leaving your dog at home without worrying that while you’re away at work, sleeping late, or otherwise out enjoying a social event, something bad will happen. Your dog doesn’t have to squirm and wiggle to hold it in while you’re away. They can relax as well and potty at their own convenience. The Porch Potty is basically convenient for everyone!

The Porch Potty does the work for you so that you can sleep in on your day off while your pup takes care of business in their own personal potty. Porch Potty make life easier for dog owners and their companions so that we can spend more time having fun and enjoying the important things in life.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Rocky Gets into a Fight

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Leash? Check. Water? Check. Snackies? Check. Me? Check. We’re ready to have some fun.

The old man opened the door and I rushed out to wait by the car door. Today has gone as planned. We got up, ate breakfast, and now it’s time to get over to the park to play with some friends and perhaps meet a few new ones.

There’s always new tails at the park, many of which enjoy playing just as much as the next dog. It’s a great chance for both of us to get out and stretch our legs, so we make it a weekly tradition. For the most part, the other dogs are fun to play with, but there is the occasional “grumpy” out there that doesn’t like their ball touched.

But this time, things started out a little different. We took our usual route to the park, allowing me to announce to everyone outside my window exactly what we planned to do and that they should meet us there for some fun playtime. Once we arrived, the old man and I walked up to the gate, which is where I met him. Yes, it was that dog. The one that doesn’t like it when you look at him. He’s such a self-conscious fellow, anti-social if you get the drift. All you have to do is look at him and he gets mad.

And today, he’s at the park. I’d usually stay away from dogs like that, but he was there to meet me at the gate. He barked.

I barked back.

Luckily his companion heard the irritability and talked him out of some potential commotion. I looked up at the old man. He seemed as intimidated as I was. I’m not a big dog, and fighting isn’t my strong point. I prefer to bark my way out of things rather than put up my paws and try to duke it out with a dog three times my size. Sure, I’d do what it takes to protect my faithful friend, but I’d prefer it not come down to that.

Once the path was clear, we entered and I was let off my leash to enjoy the wide open spaces. A man threw a ball. So, everyone tried to get it. I said hello to a few familiar noses and we played catch for a while.

Usually, Izzy would join us, but I think there were some pies baking in the oven that demanded his immediate attention, so it’s just the old man and me today. Buck might still show up to add to the fun, which any dog could hope for. After all, it’s not a party until everyone’s there.

And that’s when my daydream was rudely interrupted. It was him- right in my face- chasing me instead of the ball. How rude!

“You smell!” he barked.

“So do you!” I barked back and turned back towards the old man. I’d feel much safer knowing the old man was close.

But he cut me off and grabbed my ear. Not the playful way either. It hurt. I didn’t know what else to do so I bit the nearest thing I could find- his nose. And I didn’t let go. He yelped and let go of my ear, but I still held on. He wiggled and pawed, but I was determined to hold fast.

“Mercy!” he whined.

“Promise me you’ll be a good dog!’ the barks came out muffled, but he understood.

“I will!”

I let go and dropped to the ground. I could see his companion rushing over to help and several other people had arrived. A few dogs circled and barked at us, but the commotion had subsided. At least that’s what I thought.

The old man had arrived, slow but steady he walks on all three legs. That dog’s companion seemed mad, not at his own dog, but at me. He yelled at me and pushed me away, like I was all to blame. But the old man would have none of it. And neither would the other companions. They told the companion and his dog to play nice or don’t play at all. At least that’s what I understood. After all, people can bark some silly words sometimes.

Dogs know when there’s a bully around, and they always take the fun out of a day at the park. We enjoy playing, but there is occasionally that dog that just doesn’t get along with everyone else. And the thing about a dog and their companion is that they work as a team. We work as one and act just alike, learning and growing together. It’s good to have a friend, but it’s up to our friends to help guide us and teach us how to play together so we can all have fun.

Maybe next time, everyone can play nicely. But in the meantime, Christy is playing doctor on my ear…Ouch!

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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