DESIGNER PUPPYS: Everything you wanted to know about raising designer or mixed breed dogs,
featuring The BOYZ: Prince Alvin His Cuteness (on left) and Sir Simon The Sad, Cockapoo pups.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

For Dog Lovers: Read My SquidPaws Article about Cockapoo Dogs Alvin and Simon

If you follow my posts, you may notice links to articles (lenses) on, a writing platform.

The people who run the forum issue challenges to lensmasters (writers) called quests. A recent quest called for an article written using the theme called "SquidPaws."

My article for the quest is called My Love Affair with Cockapoo Dogs Alvin and Simon. Yup, it is a sappy title, but the vast majority of dog lovers with identify with its contents. Here's the link:

Happy Reading! You can post comments on this blog or in the lens itself.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

When Your Dog Needs His Anal Glands Removed . . .

I've posted several times about Alvin's infected anal glands (search this blog for "dog dragging butt" or "scooting"). The poor dog's visited the vet several times this year to get rid of his anal gland infections.

Finally, after an expensive several months, we decided Alvin's vet should perform the surgery to remove Alvin's glands.

You can find the documentary about this surgery in this article:

Lessons learned from this experience so far -

Buy a soft e-collar (see the link above) and see if the hospital will use it post-surgery.

Keep the surgical site as clean as possible.

Control the dog with a leash as much as possible. If he runs around and jumps up on furniture he can break stitches.

Lots of luck if your dog has this surgery. It's not pretty at all!