Some people might say it is demented to actually put a costume on a dog, but these are some pretty ingenious outfits. Each year my wife and I dress up our dog, Porthos, in a costume. He's a white dalmatian-lab mix and we've had him play Snoopy, a gangsta, and a goblin-rider from Lord of the Rings. The costumes below are really good and some of them are easy to make to keep your dog warm and fashionable this Halloween. Which ones are your favorites?
There is a new Three Musketeers film planned for 2011. It will be released in 3D (isn't everything these days?) and stars Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Ray Stevenson (HBO's Rome), and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds). Personally, I am excited to see it. It is my favorite book of all time and I grew up on tales of the Three Musketeers. It got me to thinking, though. Which is the best of the Three Musketeers movies? What were your favorites? Any movie with the characters in it is fair game. Let's hear what you have to say! For the record, there have been 84 portrayals of the Three Musketeers on movies and television, to date. Read more...
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Each year, an unknown amount of dogs and cats die or are seriously injured around the home from items we probably all have sitting around! Almost all of these cases are accidental and some go unnoticed until it is too late. Being a dog and cat owner, I often worry about what my animals are getting themselves into. When my wife and I first brought our dog home, it was the first puppy either one of us had dealt with in nearly thirty years. There was a lot of learning to do! Since that time, we've had our share of emergency room visits and vet bills. Hopefully this article will spare you the worry and despair of not letting your furry loved ones go through the same thing. Please feel free to add to this post so that others may keep their animals safe. Read more...
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A cat makes life fun. I never thought I would like cats. Growing up, we never really had animals around the house - other than fish, which I tried my best to kill when I was about three years old (long story, but suffice to say it turned out bad for all involved). When I got married, I talked my wife into getting a dog, Porthos, who've I've written about before. However, my wife, who is a cat lover, talked me into getting two cats from the animal shelter only a few months later. I would never have believed it, but cats really have made life fun. So much so, we adopted a third, just last year. Here's why... Read more...
The Three Musketeers is a story written about by Alexandre Dumas (1844) about the exploits of a young Gascon and how he meets a group of French soldiers noted for their muskets and fierce swordplay and swashbuckling exploits. Dumas was famous for taking historical facts and weaving them into a story worth repeating over and over. While the specific events of the book are left to Dumas’ imagination, the people were loosely based upon historical fact. The Three Musketeers has been translated into hundreds of languages and has been turned into numerous movies, television shows, and cartoons. There is even a candy bar named after the famous trio.
If you are going to train your dog, train him/her with this life-saving skill. The ability to get your dog to come to you on command can save your dog from being hit by a car or running into something that could be dangerous to them. It is also a very easy trick for you to teach your pet. Here are the five steps to training your dog to "come".
1. Start by putting your dog in the same room with you. Face him or her (with some of their favorite treats in your hand) and say their name followed by "Come"! (For example: "Fido! Come!") It is important to sound excited when you shout this command because you want your dog to feel like it is more fun to be where you are than what they are doing at the moment.
2. When your dog comes to you, reward them with a treat and give them positive reinforcement by saying "Good dog!"
3. Slowly increase the distance within your house, farther away each time. Go into a different room and call the dog. Always sound excited when you say the command, "Come!"
4. Eventually take your dog outside and follow the same command in your backyard, then your front yard. If you do not have a fenced in yard, you can do this trick on a long leash. Your dog will pick up the command quickly.
5. Always reward them with a treat when you are training the dog. After awhile, you can stop giving them a treat each time so you lower their expectations. Soon your dog will have this trick down and you can try it off the leash.
Please note, that off-leash use of this skill is dependent upon the breed of dog you have. While Labradors and Setters may be very good at this skill, while certain types of hound dogs may chase after a squirrel or rabbit for miles.
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