What you need to know when you and your dog go to the dog park

I was reading a blog post from one of Swedens biggest blogs (click) and the post was about Annica’s puppy getting a not so nice welcome in the dog park. Her small puppy got chased by another much larger puppy that did not understand that it should be careful with the smaller one.

I read all the comments in that post and also the comments on Swedens biggest “Gossip” blog (click) that took up the incident and people commented that they were scared to go to the dog park. It’s quite dramatic when your dog gets attacked or chased by another dog or dogs and you have right to be upset but there are some things you can think about before entering a dog park with your dog, so that you are more prepared for whatever happens inside.

1, Before you step into the dog park take a look around to see what kind of dogs that are inside and watch how they play.

Dogs are not always magically suited to play with each outer. Think for a moment if it would be a fun group of dogs for your dog to play with. Willes first encounter with a group of dogs that knew each other well was three grown Irish setters. I had him in my arms when I opened the gate, took off his leash and put him down and stood there with him like a shield so he knew where he could hide if he wanted to. It went swimmingly. I was prepared to ask the setters to leave us or pick him up but Wille was a tough little man and did not need any assistance from me.

2, You need to be the one that is in charge of the situation and not leave it to your dog to fend for itself.

Talk to the owner that probably is standing there. Pick up your dog and go talk to them so that everyone can get along. I never did let Wille approach a dog I did not know or if the owner was not near us. I just picked him up and asked the dog to leave us alone or waited for the owner to approach us and talked to them before I let Wille play with the dog. There was no way I was letting my little man play with a dog I did not know. He is my responsibility!

3, Pay attention when your dog is playing with other dogs and be prepared to butt in if it gets too rough.

I don’t know how many times I have told dogs to go away or leave Wille alone. Said “I´m sorry” to the owner and just dived in with my head first into the group of dogs and pushed them away from Wille. One puppy when Wille was twelve weeks old did not want Wille to play with the other puppies so she stood over him and made him lay on his back. I watch for a few seconds, the owner did not do anything so I said “sorry but no” and pushes the puppy of him. Did not pick him up but the little bitch needed to move away from him.

4, Pick a good time for you and your dog to be at the park.

When is it probably going to be a lot of dogs and people in a dog park? Around twelve o’clock, after five and on the weekends. I always picked a time when I knew that there were not so many dogs in the park and we ended up having a lovely walk with other puppies and their owner. We were always at the park around seven or eight o´clock in the morning or evening.

I am sorry to hear that people are afraid to go to the dog park because of things that might happen. The dog park can be a fun place for both you and your dog but if you are nervous, or your dog is, you might be better of having playdates instead and not entering a dog park with dogs you do not know. It should be fun and playful to be there!

With that said, yes, it still can happen things but it can also happen right outside your front door so you need to be prepared.


Is garlic killling my dog?

I am always on the lookout for new things to try, special natural health treatments that I think would work for Wille and me. Right now, as you know, I am interested in tick and flea repellent. I want something easy and natural that I can manage without a lot of work. So, Google is a girl’s best friend but also to read like a hundred other people’s statements about what they use for their dogs. When I try something on Wille, I do it after a lot of research and consideration.

What horrible thing did I do?

I week or two back I started to give Wille garlic after that I have read about it in Dogs Naturally magazine (click). You can give your dog garlic in moderation, and it is an old way of keeping ticks and fleas from the dog.

The thing is that when I started to tell people that I had taken off the amber necklace and gave Wille garlic instead, many of them said that I was poisoning him. I calmly asked them where they got that information from and if they could send me a link or something so that it was not just their words with little of truth behind. No one did send me anything. People that was for garlic send me, on the other hand, more links on Swedish veterinarian sites (click) that said that garlic in moderation could help against ticks. This link is one of many links with information about it.

How much do I give?

I give Wille 0.5 clove a day. Do not know if it works on every dog and if it is dangerous for some but if you want to try, do your research beforehand, use fresh garlic, chop it well and increase slowly.


Who gets 1000-3000 babies a year and are best friend with the beaver?

Did you know that the female tick lay 1000-3000 egg a year? Oh my god! That is quite a number of new ticks from one single animal or vermin if you like.

I am reading about ticks right now and it is a fascinating animal, nasty, but fascinating. Had no idea that a beaver is the ideal animal for them to feast on. Have to do with the damp environment the beaver live in.

Around 1-3 ticks of 15 000 in Sweden carry the disease Borrelia but in an resarch done by Naturvårdsverket (click) in Sweden 2016 it showed that deers “clean” the ticks from Borrelia. Deers are incapable to pass the disease on to another animal. They think that it is the Vole (field mouse) that has the Borrelia and that Borrelia would decrease the years we have fewer Vole. Now I get this invention I have written about earlier (click). They will be done with the research in 2018.

I was also suprised to read SVA:s (veterinarian reseach) information about Borrelia and dogs. Borrelios is quite common in dogs but the they rarely get sick. I have read something similar with humans, an resarch done in the northern part of Sweden, they collected 10 000 ticks for resarch, they came to the conclusion that many of the people that got bitten of a tick that carried Borrelia did not get the disease. Sorry, I can not find the link to that resarch.

I have just started to read about this and when you start you find a whole lot of information.


To live on a beautyful place

I have lived on this island for six years now and I am still so grateful that I ended up here and not somewhere else. I had sold my apartment and needed to be out two weeks after I got the contract on my first rental here on Lidingö. So stupid thing for me to do but when you have that feeling that you need to get the hell out of some place if you don´t want to lose your mind, you just go with the flow.

With no backup, my family said that I could not stay with them and that I only had myself to blame for my situation, which was true, I headed out to Lidingö one hot day in June. It was pure luck that I got that apartment. I had only been apart of the queue system for three years and usually, you need to have queued for eight years to get an apartment out here. But lady luck was on my side that day.

It was one of the hottest days that year and graduation time for a lot of teenagers so no one had time to go and check out the apartment. I ended up at second place on the list and a few nail-biting days later I could relax, the apartment was mine. The man that was first on the list didn´t pass the landlord’s requirements.


We do need a pool for the hot days

I am thinking of buying a small pool for Wille for days like this when it is too hot outside to go anywhere.

Wondering if it would work with an inflatable one or if it has to be of hard plastic so it doesn´t break. Wille usually only lays down in the water but it is still a small risk that he would break it and if we do have company their dogs maybe would play rough in the pool so it breaks. However, it would be easier with an inflatable one.

Do you have a pool for your dogs?


Do you know when something is wrong?

I always know when Wille is not feeling that well. He always wants to sleep on the bed, near me, during the night. I wake up in the morning with half his body laying over me and his head near my face, as if he wants to hug me.

If he is like that, I know that it something wrong. He usually sleeps on the floor and if he sleeps on the bed, he sleeps at the end of the bed and not near me.

Does your dog do anything strange so you know when it is not feeling that well?

Thursday morning I did a check up on him (after that kind of night) and his left front leg was warm. We didn´t go on a long walk that day just so he could rest that leg and since then it has been okay.

I am glad that he has that little thing he does so I know when thing aren’t as they should be. So I know when I need to have extra eyes on him or go thru his body with my hands to I can catch any sore spots.


Some say you have to sacrifice some dogs for the greater good. I say no, you save everyone!

I am reading about animal testing and it is not a pleasant reading (click). Has the world stopped evolving? Have we not become more intelligent than we were sixty years ago? There is probably a bunch of intelligent people inside those houses so why is this still going on? I bet it is because of money and not a kind thought to save the world. If we wanted to change things we would have, a long time ago, but we choose not to and holding tight to something that we, as human beings, should not accept. Where is the empathy? Has everybody money on their mind or is there another, excellent, reason for keep on doing this that I can not see?

At least the European countries should have changed their laws by now, but it is mandatory to test on animals in some countries if you want to sell, what it is you are selling, there. Yes, it is still going on in Sweden too, even if it is not mandatory to test on animals.

Some debate that you have to sacrifice some for the greater good. I say no, you save everyone! Be the intelligent people that you are and make magic in the world without torturing innocent dogs. My perception of the world has changed, and it all started with that damn drug Bravecto that people praise so much (click). I am no saint, but I try my best to be as educated as I can be, failing sometimes, but I try. I feel that people want to live in a better world but will not see the consequences of their actions.


I am cancelling the weekend

We were supposed to go to Gimo dog show this weekend, but I have to cancel. I have trimmed off his long coat for the summer, and both Wille and I are happy that he has more air under his belly. I made his ears as short as I could so he no longer steps on them, when he has his nose against the ground. He is gorgeous with long ears but to be able to be outside and not have them dragging on the ground is kind of nice. I havn´t trimmed him properly, just cut of his long coat but I like when he looks a little sloopy. For me it makes him more of a everyday cocker spaniel and not that kind of dog that people stop their cars for and jumps out to talk to us. Has happend!

A few weeks ago a lady spotted us on one of our walks, hitted the brakes on her car and turned around just so she could ask me what I did with Willes coat that made him look so beautiful. Peoples reaktions when it comes to Wille, still suprice me. What is it whit him that makes people drop everything they have and cross an medow just to say hello. Have also happened! When Wille was a little puppy and we were on our puppy everyday-obedience-class. We had a lot of puppies around us but the man left his wife on the walkway and crossed the medow because he wanted to say hello to Wille. He must have had exellent eyesight, we were fairly far away.