Pet Bakery


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in General Dog Topics | Posted on 30-11-2011

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Canine Cookie Co Pet Bakery

I love to bake cakes for my family; I love the smell the house if filled with when baking treats for tea.  When I bake my speciality, cupcakes, I do so in large batches so that I can share my creations with neighbours and friends.  Even the pets appreciate my baking, which forms the basis of this post.

When Woody was somewhat younger than his current 2 years of age, he watched me bake a large batch of cakes, which were for a special family occasion.  I had planned my day around my cake chores and that extended to making up a huge batch of fresh butter cream icing. Read the rest of this entry »

Compare Pet Insurance


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in General Dog Topics | Posted on 27-11-2011


Pet Insurance

Pets, like us humans, get sick too and when that happens often our first course of action is to take them to the vets.  Providing the best care and treatment for our poorly pet costs and depending on the diagnosis and prognosis, costs can escalate quickly.

Without pet specific insurance in place the costs associated with treating our furry companion can rise quickly leaving a big hole in our wallet.

Around the world there is a huge variation in the amount of pet owners who have pet specific insurance.  Comparisons demonstrate that 49% of Swedish pet owners insure their pets, compared to 19% of Canadian owners and just 3% of US pet owners. Read the rest of this entry »

The Death of a Pet


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in Cat Vet Care | Posted on 18-11-2011

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Sick cat

Sick cat Jasper

Our home has been a very sad place for the last few days.  We have had to make a very hard decision today to have our beloved 17 year old cat, Jasper, put to sleep.

As sad it is was we know we have made the right decision for him, he was uncomfortable.  It is not our first time as a family, we have had to put down many of our beloved pets over the years and it never gets any easier.

I have to praise my vet’s practice for their professionalism and care shown to the owners and especially the animals.

I wanted to share with all of you the lovely rainbow bridge poem, it gets me every time I read it.

Goodnight Jasper, rest in peace, till we meet again

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

Author unknown…


Dog ate Chocolate


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in General Dog Topics | Posted on 13-11-2011


Dog ate Chocolate

Dog ate Chocolate

You probably know that you should never give chocolate to dogs, right?  But do you know why?  Well in short consumption by a dog could prove fatal and requires Veterinarian consultation as soon as possible.  Chocolate ingredients include theobromine and caffeine, both of which contribute to poisoning.

The lethal dose of theobromine in dogs is 100-150mg per kilo bodyweight. Dark or cooking chocolate contains the most theobromine (1400mg per 100g), while milk chocolate contains 150mg per 100g. Half of a 250g block of baking chocolate is enough to be dangerous to a 10kg dog.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning including vomiting, diarrhoea and hyperactivity presents within 6 – 12 hours.  Your dog may become thirsty and wobbly on his feet.  As the poison takes hold he will develop a rapid and irregular heart rate, he will pant, have seizures and muscle spasms ending in coma and death.  On occasions death can be sudden will few symptoms, this is considered to be because of a fatal irregularity of the heart rhythm.

Early treatment by a Veterinarian is crucial if you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate.  If your dog has consumed chocolate within an hour of seeking help your vet will try to make your dog vomit and activated charcoal by mouth will slow any further absorption of the theobromine in the gastrointestinal tract.  Your Vet will also support your dog’s body with intravenous fluids and possibly sedatives to control muscle spasms.

Best course of action to prevent your dog getting to your stock of chocolate, eat it all yourself!!

Seek early treatment from your Veterinarian if you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate


How to Find the Dog For You – Activity Requirements


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in General Dog Topics | Posted on 09-11-2011


Find the Dog For You

Find the Dog For You

If you are looking for the right dog for your lifestyle you need to ask yourself some questions.  Be honest with yourself, don’t cut corners and let your heart rule your head.

Take into account how much time you have got to walk your dog each and every day come rain or shine, is the time you have available suitable for your chosen breed?

If you are a couch potato and wanting to find a low energy dog, a high energy dog is not for your lifestyle.  If you are an energetic person walking mile upon mile a low energy small legged dog might not be the ideal match for you either.

Are you an apartment dweller with no outside space available without leaving your apartment?  Or have you got a large garden and access to open walking space for exercising your pooch? Read the rest of this entry »

Guy Fawkes Night – Keep Pets Safe


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in General Dog Topics | Posted on 03-11-2011

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Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night - Keep Pets Safe

Guy Fawkes Night on the 5 November is approaching fast, remember remember the fifth of November gunpowder, treason and plot.

Whilst most of celebrate the historical event with family and friends around a bonfire, eating hot dogs and soup and watching the sky light up with fireworks a huge number of pets are rigid with fear at the bangs and crashes. Read the rest of this entry »

Pure White Schnoodle Pups – 13 Weeks Old


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in Schnoodle Breeders | Posted on 02-11-2011


White Schnoodle Pups

White Schnoodle Pups

Just 2 of the original 6 pure white schnoodle puppies are available.  At 13 weeks old the pups are looking for their forever homes.

Christine, the breeder, based in Carmathenshire has been badly let down by ‘timewasters’, a not uncommon problem where people’s hearts rule their heads. Read the rest of this entry »

Veterinary Service – How Does Your Vet Stack Up


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in Cat Vet Care | Posted on 01-11-2011

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Sick cat

Sick cat Jasper

Here is my dilemma, my elderly cat Jasper, who is 17 years old, is suffering from a swollen stomach and clearly needs medical attention.  Apart from vaccinations boosters and some rotten teeth needing to be removed he has not needed vet attention previously.  I have him insured, for all his 17 years, as are all my pets.  My trip to the vets with him has proved to be a frustration and I am none the wiser as to the cause of his swelling, treatment options or prognosis.

Don’t get me wrong vets are highly skilled professionals and I respect the fact that training is a long process, longer in fact that training as a Doctor.  But why do you feel costs escalate for treatment when you declare the pet is insured?

Jasper underwent sedation and x-rays on his swollen stomach late in the afternoon.  Read the rest of this entry »

Clumber Spaniels – 1 of 24 Endangered Breeds


Posted by Schnoodle Mummy | Posted in General Dog Topics | Posted on 01-11-2011

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Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel - Vulnerable Native Breed

Clumber Spaniels are just one of 24 vulnerable native breeds, according to the Kennel Club.

With numbers of puppies regisered each year diminishing the breeds are in very real danger of becoming extinct.




Irish Red & White Setters,

5  Clumber Spaniels  Read the rest of this entry »

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