Monday, November 29, 2010

Weekend Dog Happenings...

* A few weeks ago we asked to see what your dogs do over the weekend. I'm sure we have some great photos and stories from this past holiday weekend! Send them our way! Here is loyal Lucky Fiona client Teddy enjoying a weekend earlier in the month. Send your photos and stories to :
Hi Shannon,
I just read through the blog and I thought you might like to see exactly what Teddy does on the weekend...
Just this past weekend we stayed in NYC and I got to see what he is truly passionate about in life. It's not about the country and chasing squirrels. It's about finding the perfect spot to curl up and soak up some sun.
The second shot is what we like to call... "Have you seen how cute I am?". He does it all weekend long. Let's sit as close as humanly possible to my parents.
We miss you and love you,
JR, Char and Teddy

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Leftover Turkey Hash Recipe for Dogs

* Courtesy of that pooch lovin' Rachael Ray - make some for the dog you're thankful for in your life!

Leftover Thanksgiving Hash
Makes 3 cups Prep 10 min | Cook 5 min
1 sweet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup leftover skinless roast turkey meat, shredded
1/2 cup leftover stuffing or 1 piece toast, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
2 tablespoons prepared cranberry sauce
Directions: * In a small pot of boiling, salted water, cook the sweet potato until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool. * In a mixing bowl, stir together the sweet potato, turkey, stuffing and sage. Top with the cranberry sauce and serve.
WARNING: Do not use stuffing containing onions and/or garlic, which can be toxic to cats and dogs. Recipe by Andrew Kaplan via Rachael Ray's Magazine

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pogue, Puke & Being Humbled by an 8 month old English Setter

Dogs have a way of humbling us. What a wonderful gift! I was reminded of this life lesson this weekend when presented with our deaf dog Pogue's first foray into induced vomiting. What is it with these male setters? I have lived with setters for 15 years and none of my girls have EVER had the dreaded peroxide syringe forced down their throat after ingesting something they shouldn't. My first Irish Setter Seamus had the infamous pan of dark chocolate brownies 10 minutes before we were leaving for a dinner party where we were responsible for bringing dessert. Dugan, well, those who read this blog know Dugan's track record of eating things he shouldn't is variety at it's best. In 11 years with us he's ingested everything from a giant sized Toblerone, a bag of whole wheat flour, a canister of multivitamins and my personal favorite 17 Peanut Butter & Chocolate Power Bars ingested in 10 minutes by opening the pantry door and seeing what looked good while I leash trained Caelan in our cul-de-sac for 10 FREAKIN' MINUTES. One golden wrapper of said Power Bar is stapled to the front of his vet record file as a reminder to us all not to shop at Costco in bulk for protein bars.
I swear I could see a look of pride in Dugan's eyes as he passed the forced-vomit-40cc- syringe- torch down to his young protege this past Saturday night.
Dugan and Pogue had a tag team effort going on. While I ran upstairs to get dressed and ready to go to a charity volunteer event that Alex is chairing for his company they made their move. Alex was in the shower and let's face it, he is not the most vigilant in thwarting deviant behavior anyway. (flashback last week - "Oh, I didn't know the dogs weren't supposed to chew your flip-flops? I thought they were toys. They are they same color as that one toy they have.") Dugan took the lead and popped open the child lock on the cabinet under the sink that houses the garbage can. I imagine he gave Pogue the paws-up sign that I move slow coming down stairs due to bad knee so let's get going! Dugan wasted no time eating old pizza crust and Pogue found gold...or I should say silver in the form of an aluminum Philadelphia cream cheese wrapper left over from that morning's bagels. You know those damn wrappers hold onto cream cheese for dear life so you always throw them out with creamy cheese goodness still there. Pogue had found his treasure.
Caelan meanwhile, our tattle tale female Irish Setter started her "shrieky bark" which she only uses when another dog is doing something they shouldn't like harassing a cat. My ears immediately alerted to this distinct bark, which by the way would have sounded like any other bark to my husband. I sprinted downstairs, okay well, I hobbled really, really fast to see Pogue chomping away at the wrapper and garbage all over the kitchen floor. I did the "no" sign, I did the "naughty" hand sign, I even did the karate chop "Stop it right now I'm totally serious about it" sign. Pogue stood poised and ready for flight out the doggie door, slurping and chomping foil wrapper. I took one step towards him and he flew out the door into the back yard.
I followed in a great looking ensemble of a shirt, no pants and garden clogs I keep at the back door. (did I mention I was getting dressed earlier?) Thankful for our privacy fence and fearful GoogleEarth satellites may be capturing this moment in time I played catch me if you can with Pogue. He gave me one final chase on and off the deck before swallowing the wrapper whole. Shit. Intestinal blockage on a Saturday. E-Vet is $100 to walk in the door to make my dog puke.
My husband, fully clothed and ready to leave came upon the scene of me swearing my head off in the powder room with Pogue on a leash, while looking for non-expired peroxide. Dugan by the way cleared off anything edible from the garbage mess and was laying in the living room like "I did nothing. You can't prove anything."
Believe it or not the humbling had not even begun.
Seamus would take the peroxide like a kid swallowing nasty cough medicine, he didn't like it, but he didn't fight it. Our dear Dugan actually sits outside like a good patient when you force the peroxide down his throat. Is this because he is such a veteran? I don't know. But he does and I guess I took this for granted as little Pogue was having nothing of it. 35 minutes of my 6 foot 1 husband and my so-called years of "animal skills" and that little bastard Pogue evaded every effort in getting peroxide into him. 37 pounds of wily puppy that contorted himself like a Cirque de Soleil performer to avoid that syringe in his throat. Alex and I were covered in peroxide from failed attempts leaving bleached out marks on our clothes as mementos forevermore. I may have unintentionally highlighted some of my hair as well.
We attempted to mask the syringe with canned pumpkin, tripe, peanut butter and in sheer desperation ice cream. Pogue saw through it all and clamped his jaw shut like a vice the moment the peroxide hit his mouth. As the minutes ticked by the profanities increased as Alex was the one setting up the booth at the event and we were supposed to leave already and now he was covered in sticky ice cream, smelly tripe and as a final "F-You" he stepped in doggie doo.
Alex went to change his shoes and I had a "come to Jesus moment" with Pogue. I'm not proud of manhandling my sweet spotty boy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. No more sweet talk, he couldn't hear it anyway. I fell back on my vet clinic days and restrained that dog with my legs like a wild boar and stuck that syringe far down his throat until the peroxide was drained from the syringe. 30 seconds later he vomited 3 times. An array of ice cream, tripe, peanut butter and one whole Philadelphia Cream Cheese wrapper. Alex of course missed it all so I can be the bad lady who forces things down the puppy's throat. Sigh.
The following days proved to be more battle of wills and humbling as Pogue made it very clear he will not be pilled nor ingest Maalox without a fight. When I ran my pet sitting business people used to hire me for $20 medication visits to come and pill their cats or dogs. I always felt like I was robbing them as it was so simple and I would scoff "what the hell is wrong with these people, it's so easy!" Well, those words came to haunt me as pukey pup (who couldn't have any food the first 24 hours post vomit till his stomach settled) would not take his tummy meds without much theatrics. Howling, whining, spitting pink colored tablets out in my face. In fact I think Pogue is ready for the theater as he acted like a starving sickly waif from a silent movie all weekend. He only wanted me to hold him while wrapped in a soft blanket. He would add a shudder every now and then for effect between snoozing. Alex was booted from the bed Saturday night so Pogue could lay under the covers with me and recuperate.
I'm happy to report today Pogue is back to his old self. Digestion is back in normal working order. Child-lock on garbage cabinet has been adjusted. I will never judge anybody else for not being able to dose something to their animal companion. I have lovely new highlights. I am humble.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Late Breaking News! Oskar is in!!!!

Hold the phone! We just were notified that we had a donation not accounted for! The kind donor did not notate a dog's name in the notes so it looked like one of our Etsy sales in our ledger when we went through all the vote invoices this evening. We are pleased to say Oskar will be in the calendar! Since Daisy & Candy were tied at 55 votes each and live together we will let them share a month. This way nobody get's bumped! Plus $30 more to split with the 3 organizations! Whew. No more numbers for tonight! Thanks to Oskar's DogMom for bringing this to our attention!

The Top 12!

Your Top 12 Lucky Fiona Calendar Dogs ~ Congrats!


* Thanks so much for everybody's support for this years photo contest for the 2011 Friends of Lucky Fiona Calendar! So proud to report we raised $1374 for 3 wonderful organizations - Dekalb Animal Shelter ~ Heart of Texas Lab Rescue ~ Ohio English Setter Rescue will each receive $448 to help animals in need.
Here is the breakdown of votes ~
- Our 12 Calendar Dogs -
1. Bruce - $210
2. Briley - $182
3. Izzy - $133
4. Daisy & Candy (combined after late addition vote for Oskar) - $110
5. Guinness - $102
6. Teddy - $101
7. Felicity - $88
8. Remy - $77
9. Oskar -$73
10. Emily - $65
11. Burberry - $56
12. Bailey - $51
14. Mabel -$28
15. Alex - $17
16. Lilla (the goat) - $15
17. Declan - $12
18. Ruger - $7
19. Kota - $7
20. Bentley - $7
21. Jake - $6
22. Clancey - $6
23. Dudley - $5
24. Tink - $3
25. Thea - $2
26. Molly - $2
27. Duke - $2
28. Fiona - $2
29. Cara - $1
30. Gina - $1
31. Bella - $1
32. Lucy - $1
33. Mr. Joey - $1

*Calendars will be on sale tomorrow in our Etsy shop! We thank everybody from the bottom of our hearts who submitted photos and donated to raise funds for these wonderful humane groups! In addition to bragging rights - our top 12 winners also will receive Gift Certificates good for 2011 for a Custom Collar of their choice.

Calendar Contest ENDS TODAY at 5:00 p.m. Central time

2011 Friends of Lucky Fiona Calendar Contest
LAST DAY to vote! Just $1 per vote and 100% of proceeds going to charity. Contest ends at 5:00p.m. central time. We've raised $1118 as of this morning - wouldn't an even $1200 or more to split between 3 organizations (Dekalb Animal Shelter, Heart of Texas Lab Rescue & Ohio English Setter Rescue)be a dream come true! 12 Calendar Boys and Girls to be announced at 6:00p.m. central time. The accounting firm of Alex will be double checking all donations/votes (you know me and math) So vote!
So happy to report EVERY photo has had votes - thanks to all who have been such great supporters!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What Does Your Dog Do on the Weekend?

* We asked what your dog likes to do on the weekend and have received some great stories and photos - here is our first from the West Coast where Declan the Irish Setter enjoys his weekends with is DogMom Amy.

Hi Shannon -
Declan loves to go to the coast with his friend Finn.
He also loves just hanging out in Portland, reading a book or playing fetch at the park. But his favorite place on the weekend is 1000 Acres, a huge area where the Sandy and Columbia rivers meet, with a view of Mt. Hood.
- Amy

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pogue & Lily Enjoy A November Day in the Sunshine

Nothing makes Lily & Pogue happier than a run at our local dog park on a chilly yet sunny Sunday afternoon. Would love to see what your happy pooches love doing on the weekends! Send photos and descriptions to

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A message from Dugan - One Grumpy Old Dog

* Since Dugan told the animal communicator last week he was the "favorite" it behooves us to let him write today's blog. The subject is something we can tell you he is very passionate about.

Daylight Savings Time
by Dugan Finn Rainboth Barry

Okay humans, enough about this Daybright Savings crap, it sounds like a bank name anyway. You can try to explain to me every which way to Sunday the concept and the truth is I don't care. Feed me and feed me when I know I am supposed to be fed, which is more specifically when I want to be fed.
Do dogs wear watches? Hmmm? Do they? No. No they don't. Believe me, if dogs could wear watches those overpriced bastards at The Company of Dogs would create them in every color for every size breed. (you idiots would buy them too, you know you would)
This is not open for negotiating. I don't care if that ticking thing on the wall says 6:00a.m. I goddamn know in my starving gut it is really 7:00a.m. and I want breakfast. Don't play mediator with me offering to split the time down the middle and feeding me at 6:30 till I get used to the time change. This will not happen.
Don't ignore my howling (which is the first clinical sign of dog starvation by the way) by shutting your bedroom door. You are just damn lucky I am arthritic and don't like to climb the stairs in the morning or I would have clawed that damn door. I think my shredding of your decor couch pillow this morning should be message enough that ignoring the situation is not a solution.
So let's summarize. I'm a dog and I am obviously in charge of this household. I don't use clocks. I want food when I want it.
Now get on board goddamn it. Having to explain this hooey to you has really cut into my morning nap time.
~ Dugan
p.s. Don't even think of scolding me for pulling your jackets off the coat rack in the laundry room and licking all your coat pockets that may or may not have had treat remnants in them. I was freakin' starving lady.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Friends of Lucky Fiona 2011 Calendar Finalists!

It was tough but we received 89 entries and picked 33 as finalists - the rest is up to you! Pick our 12 lucky winners to be January- December on this year's calendar. Votes cost just $1 each and all proceeds go to non-profit humane organizations. Tell your friends and vote as often as you like for your favorites!
To vote for any of these photos for our yearly "2011 Friends of Fiona Calendar Contest" simply do the following:
~ $1 per vote ~ Vote as many times as you wish! ~
Donate via Paypal @
* 100% of proceeds will be evenly split between 3 Animal Charities *
Dekalb Animal Shelter (where our beloved Fiona was rescued from)
Heart of Texas Lab Rescue
Ohio English Setter Rescue
Directions for voting:
Paypal is at
Hit "Send Money" Tab
Enter email address:
Check off "Services" option
In MESSAGE BOX list name of dog(s) you want your vote to go to!
Voting tallies will be updated daily via Facebook and on Flickr.
Email: with any queries.