Tibby The Corgi

4 Tibby Approved Toys - Durable and Affordable

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Hiya Peeps!

I've been meaning to do a few posts about common questions that people often ask me about what Tibby eats, plays with, and other tips I get asked, A LOT. Hopefully this little mini-series of blog posts will be helpful to you and answer some of your questions.

Over the last 3 years, we've gone though a LOT of toys (I think she has more toys than I did growing up), whether its from a dog-box subscription service, from the pet store, or from Amazon (I'm lazy and I like to shop in my sweatpants okay). I know a lot of people do get stuff from subscription boxes, but in my experience, a lot of the items that are randomly selected don't work for Tibby. She has a sensitive stomach, and jaws of steel. There's been quite a few times that Tibby has chewed up pieces of toys in boxes and swallowed them, or has eaten treats from boxes that cause runny poops (and we all don't want that, do we?).  

The criteria for what I look for when buying Tibby toys is:

1.Durability (Will It Survive Tibby's Iron Jaws Of Death)

2.Does Tibby Love It (No Point In Accumulating Toys She Doesn't Like)

3. Is It Affordable And Good Value (I'm Not Paying $50 For A Toy Cuz...That's Ridiculous. NO.)

 Without further ado, here is a list of all the toys that Tibby loves that won't break the bank!

1. Benebone Chews

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Tibby has Dragon breath. This is an undisputed fact. I feel embarrassed when my friends come over, and tell me "Tibby is the cutest - BUT THAT BREATH". Like most dog owners, I TRY (no, i really do) to brush her teeth, but I definitely don't brush them as much as I should. 

I find that Greenies aren't the best for her digestive system, and bully sticks stink and stain carpets. That's when I found Benebone chews. They're sort of like Nylabones, but they're gentler, 100% made in USA, and isn't rough on sensitive stomachs. The way they are shaped makes it challenging for dogs and keep them entertained. The ridges really do help scrape off plaque. 

Tibby LOVES Benebone Chews, and I love them too. 

 2. Any Chuck It Item, EVER. 

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These things are indestructible, no joke. We've been using the same Chuck It Ultra Balls, at least twice a week for two years, and it looks brand new. Tibby is obsessed with this ball and prefers it over any other balls she has. The orange and blue colours help her see it in grass. You definitely need the launcher too. It flies so far and you won't throw out your shoulder throwing balls for your dog.

3. Puzzle Games!

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Doggies also need brain-exercise too. These dog puzzles help keep their brains sharp and some of them can take a while for them to solve. For Tibby, she LOVES the ones that have treats hidden inside. It tires her out and she gets so excited whenever we whip out her puzzle toys.

4. Dog Lures

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Tibby has an insane amount of energy. In the 3 years I've had her, we've never even gotten close to tiring her out. Sometimes, we'll go for a 10KM walk, and she gets home and fraps around the house. Like, seriously dude? A uphill 10KM hike doesn't tire you out?

If your pup is the type that loves to pounce on lasers, I highly recommend getting a dog lure for them. Tibby loves to play with these guys, and an added bonus is that they're not in her mouth long enough so that she can tear them up and eat them. #WINNING

Let me know if you have any other awesome toy suggestions by leaving a comment below :) If your dog also LOVES these toys, let me know too!

-XOXO Tibby's Hoomin Mother

7 Ways To Incorporate Your Dog Into Your Wedding (Tibby Approved)

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Hiya guys!

Well, it's almost that time again. Wedding season is upon us. If you are getting married, CONGRATS! I figured that I should write a blogpost about how to incorporate your dog into your wedding as we've been going through the process ourselves. Us (Tibby's parents) are getting married later this year and barring any runaway bride/groom situation, this is how we are incorporating Tibby into our wedding. 

I hope this article will be helpful to those of you who are newly engaged, thinking of getting married, or not even close to getting married, but, who gives a FLUFF, let's see some pictures of Tibby and other dogs in flower collars and shot by an ACTUAL photographer (and not that hack job stuff her mom is always posting).

OKAY! Onto the tips!

1.In Your Wedding Invitations

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Create a wedding invite that incorporates either a picture of your dog or (if i can recommend something) a cartoon version! We paid someone on Etsy to draw this for us, and we printed ourselves through Vistaprint. This way is not only cheaper, it's a lot cuter too. Our guests seem to really love it (Yes - I know Tibby doesn't have a tail) =_=''.

 2. Invite Your Dog To Your Engagement Shoot

Make a day of it with your dog and invite them to your engagement shoot.

Pro Tips: Do NOT bring your dog if its going to rain (see picture below - not pictured is the pounds of sand she brought into our car and house after). Also, bring something that will keep them focused. I brought dog treats to our engagement shoot so that she would be looking into the camera more.

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We're actually redoing our engagement shoot because there was torrential downpour (lovely). I'll add new pictures once we get it back!

 

3. Choose A Dog Friendly Venue

 If you are a loud and proud dog parent, like us, it is unthinkable to leave your fur baby at home.  That's why we looked into a venue that was dog friendly (which, in Canada FYI, is very limited). Most places where there is an outdoors area for the ceremony are a good bet. If you are not having your fur baby at your reception, make sure you have someone responsible take them home or to a safe location. 

4. Put A Prop With Them On It In The Photobooth

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This tip comes from Chad's mom (@chad_thecorgi on Instagram! Follow em!) who did this at their wedding (CONGRATS AGAIN you guys!). They made these ultra-cute photo props for their wedding. I died when I saw them. I will be doing this amazing idea for my wedding as well :) Thanks again to Chad's mama Tracey for letting me use these photos and idea <3<3

 

5. Give Them A Job At The Ceremony

 Get your pupper involved in the ceremony! Good ideas, are for them to be the flower dog, ring bearer, or best dog. They will preform these duties admirably. Make sure someone has some poo bags on hand in case they decide to do a number one or two while walking you down the aisle :P You can ask your florist to make your dog a special flower collar (maybe not as big as a wreath - Tibby loves being extra), or get them a little bowtie for a special touch. 

 

6. Incorporate Them Into Your Outfit

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Consider using your dog to inspire some of your accessory choices. It doesn't have to be over the top. For us, we chose to get some adorable corgi cufflinks for CorgDad's suit. This is great for photos with or without your dog.

7. Make Sure Someone You Trust Is In Charge Of Them The Whole Night

It's important for someone to be in charge of their needs the whole night. This could be a good duty for one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen, especially if they know your pup well. This way, you can feel comfortable spending time to take pictures, mingle with your guests without worrying about if your dog is being taken care of. If your dog is not invited to the reception, arrange for someone to take them home, or put them up at a pet hotel for a night and ask the staff from the hotel to pick them up. They need a little honeymoon too ;)

 So here's to a fun filled wedding for the happy couple as well as the happy furbabies. Let me know if you have some awesome tips to include your dog in the wedding in the comments below.

Until next time!

-XOXO Tibby's Mom

 

 

 

6 Instaworthy Halloween Dog Costumes

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Hey Everyone! One of the most common questions that I get asked is where I get adorable costumes for Tibby. Since Halloween is almost upon us, I thought I would put together a list of costumes we have used as well as some other costumes/ideas I think would be great this Halloween! I will also share what size Tibby wears in each costume. For your reference, she's 27 lbs but I usually size up because I don't want her fur to get too squished. For most non-fluffy corgis, sizing down from Tibby's size would be a great fit. Please tag me in these costumes if you decide to get any of them, I want to see your dogs lookin' adorable!

1. Doggy PJs!

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These PJs are SOOO cute! I seriously want to get a matching onesie to match Tibby (is that lame? I feel like I'm pretty lame...whatever). Tibby wears a XXL (XXL would be a good fit for non-fluffies as well). I've also put some links to other adorable dog PJs that you might be interested in as well.

2. Pawlice Dog Costume

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Pawfficer Wiggums is on the case...if the case that needs solving is who ate all the donuts (you know who did it).

  3. Dragon

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This is a top contender for my Halloween costume this year. I want to dress up as  Daenerys, and have Tibby dress up as one of her dragons. Now if I could only round up two more corgis... (any volunteers?).

4. Classy Gentleman/Lady

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If you would describe your pooch as "fancy" and "extra", you should consider getting him or her a tux or dress. It's also good because you can use it again whenever you decide to take your dog as a date to the fanciest event of the year (I suggest the Met Gala, or the Oscars). 

 

5. Pupkin Spice Latte

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Nothing says basic and fall like a pumpkin spice latte. But what's even better than a PSL, a PUPkin Spiced Latte. Tibby has this costume and though its hard to photograph it is HILARIOUS in person. She's wearing an XL size.

6. Your Minion Dog

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Ba-ba-banas! Tibby has a serious addiction to bananas, which makes me suspect that she's actually a minion. I mean, she's yellow, hyperactive and doesn't speak coherently. All the signs are there (now if I could only get her to do my bidding).

 

I hope that this list helps you in your search for your dog's perfect costume! Tag me on Instagram if your dog wears any of these. Remember, if it's not on Instagram, it probably didn't happen.

 

XOXO - Tibby's Mom

What To Expect When You're Expecting (A Dog) - Part 2 - A List of Items You Need

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Hi Everyone! As you may have gotten here from my Part 1 of Series, here is a comprehensive list of stuff that I recommend getting for your new dog. There's so much stuff available out there, and through trial and a lot of error, here are the items that are essentials I recommend getting to prepare your home for your first dog.

For Your Dog

 

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1. Leash 

I recommend getting a 6 foot leash that is not retractible. Retractible leashes can be good for well trained dogs in wide open spaces, but if your dog is interacting with other dogs, it's really easy for them to get tangled up. I really like these Mendota leashes. I've been using one from them for the last 3-4 years, and it hasn't shown much wear and tear, even through Tibby is a puller.

 2. Collar 

I recommend getting a harness style collar for your dog over a traditional collar that only goes around their neck. This is because a traditional collar puts a lot of strain on your dog's trachea (windpipe) and neck, especially if they are a puller (OMG and Tibby is a massive puller!). They essentially choke your dog and can cause reverse sneezing or a choking sound :(. I've used the Puppia harness in the past, and now that Tibby is fully grown, we've transitioned to a leather harness called a Buddy Belt (cuz Tibby's a bougie betch okay). Buddy Belts are really good for sausage shaped dogs (you know who you are out there), and very durable. It's also made in Canada which is a nice bonus.

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3. Dog Bowls (For Water and Food)

For dog bowls, I recommend getting some sort of stainless steel bowl. I find that it's just a lot easier to handle and clean because you can just toss them in the dishwasher for a through cleaning. I also recommend that the water bowl be a lot  bigger (or double/triple the size even!) then the food bowl. The food bowl should be comfortable sizes for their snouts. If they are not vertically challenged, an elevated food bowl can help with their neck. A silicon non-slip mat can also help with containing the mess to the mat and prevent your dog from tipping their bowls over. 

4. Dog Crate

I highly recommend crate training your dog. Not only does it give your dog their own "room" in your house, help with potty training; it also provides a safe space where your dog feels secure. Whenever I travel with Tibby and she feels nervous about her new settling, she likes to feel the security and familiarity of her crate there. She knows that there is a "safe" space for her to go if she feels nervous. If you have to leave your dog for extended periods of time and want them to have more space, consider getting a dog pen. This way, they won't get into mishap while you are out. 

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5. A Place To Sleep

Depending on your sleeping arrangements with your dog, you might need a bed for them to sleep on. I find that dogs tend to favour a bed that wraps around them and makes them feel secure, or hugged by the bed. Or you know, they could be like Tibby and prefer to sleep on cold, hard tile (I think probably because Tibby thinks that her body is basically a pillow. She's not wrong).

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6. A High Quality Food

 In Part 1, I talked about my recommendations for a high quality dog food. I don't have anything against going raw, just make sure that it is handled properly! If you are looking for a good kibble, I think checking dogfoodadvisor.com is a great way to start. Unless your dog has a real dietary need, there is no reason they need to be on the low quality "science diet" kibble your vet is selling. Also - make sure you get the right kind of kibble for your dog's life stage! Puppies have different nutritional requirements than adult or senior dogs.

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7. High Quality Treats

As with the food that your dog gets, the treats that you give them should also be high quality and free from fillers such as corns, grains, and byproducts. I tend to feed Tibby single ingredient treats (her favourites are pork liver and beef tender sticks). They're really easy to break into small pieces which helps when you need to feed your dog a lot for training and praising.

8. Toys For Their Stage in Life

Some toys I recommend getting puppies are teething toys which help your puppy when their gums hurt and they are getting their adult teeth. This way, they'll be less likely to chew the things you don't want them to chew (your laptop cables, your flooring XD) and focus on chewing their toys. I like the ones which have a hole where you can stuff peanut butter or freeze ice in it so it can occupy your puppy for longer. Another word of caution is that tug toys might not be the best toy for your puppy who is teething. Playing with these toys while they are a puppy can cause their puppy teeth to be yanked out! I've included some of Tibby's favourite tried and true toys below. 

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For Caring For Your Dog

1.Grooming Products

Depending on your dog's different hair type, you will need different grooming products. I've written on how to groom a double coat dog. The link can be found here :) 

2. Nail Clippers or A Dremel

Clip those claws! Keeping your dog's nails neat and trim is  For the brave ones among you, you might might to try your hand at nail clippers. But after using both, I actually recommend using the Dremel, especially if you are getting a puppy and they aren't scared of getting their nails done yet. Start off really slowly and reward them for progress. The earlier you start with the Dremel, the better they will tolerate it. Even Tibby, who HATES getting her nails clipped begrudgingly tolerates the Dremel.

3. Toothbrushes/Toothpaste

Brushing your dog's teeth is no easy task. Apparently you are suppose to brush your dog's teeth twice a day. I'm the first to admit that I am not able to accomplish this...like at all. But I try my best. Using an dog formulated enzyme toothpaste helps. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips for keeping your dog's teeth clean!!!

4. Poop Bags

Having a dog means you have to pick up their doo doos. I recommend this brand called earth rated. Their bags feel a lot thicker than the regular generic poo bags. Though the green bags may suggest they are compostable, they are not and if you want to get bio degradable poo bags, they make a high quality poo bag that is white. See below :)

5. Potty Training Pads

If you are potty training your dog and you don't live in a space with access to grass, you should get some potty training pads. 

6. Cleaning Supplies

Speaking of potties and accidents, you need the right cleaning supplies for your dog. Make sure you get an enzyme cleaner for the part where your dog has an accident! 

7. Anti-Nipping Spray

For those things that cannot be moved away, I recommend using bitter apple spray. This is the brand I used and it works pretty well! 

8. Identification

An ID is super important for your new dog. Put your information on your dog's ID and any very important information on your dog in the rare instance that they get lost and can't find their way back to you. 

 

Hopefully my list has helped relieve some of the stress that comes with preparing for your fluffy bundle of joy :) If you have any other suggestions for things that you should prepare for your new dog, add them to the comments!

 

What To Expect When You're Expecting (A New Dog) - PART 1

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Hi Everyone! I often receive a lot of questions about what to expect with your first dog, and what I would recommend. I figured I should compile all of this into a few blog posts so I can lazily share the link instead of saying the same things over and over again XD Please take everything I recommend with a grain of salt: at the end of the day it is your decision whether or not you want to adopt any of these practices with your new dog. If you have any tips/tricks/ideas - leave me a comment :)

Here's the links to all the parts, or if you feel like skipping some parts of it (cuz I ramble on and on and I ramble a lot!)

1. Part 1: What I Wish People Told Me

2. Part 2: A List of Essential Items To Prep Your Home

If I haven't congratulated you already on your new dog, CONGRATS! Getting a new dog is an exciting and overwhelming time. You are scrambling to get your home ready for your new arrival, buying copious amounts of toys, and treats, and frantically reading every blog and getting advice from everyone who owns a dog already.

Here's some things that I wish people told me.

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1. They WILL Chew Everything, and You Can Train Them Not To

If you happen to be getting a puppy, they WILL be chewing on everything. And I mean everything. Nothing is off limits. Think, flooring, baseboards, the crate, the cable to your very expensive new computer (COUGH TIBBY COUGH). Nothing is off limits. Much like when you need to have to baby proof your home when you have a baby, you need to dog proof your home with a puppy. Try to keep anything that can be chewed far out of reach of your dog. For those things that cannot be moved away, I recommend using bitter apple spray. This is the brand I used and it works pretty well! 

 Another thing they will chew or teeth on, is you. Specially with corgis, who are known for their nipping behaviour. When puppies are living with their litter, they play with their littermate by mouthing on them. When they bite a bit too hard, the other puppy will yelp and cry. This teaches them that this behaviour is going "too far". You can train them to stop biting by playing with your puppy and once they nip or bite your hand too hard, yelp "OWW" and ignore them for 10-20 seconds. Then you can resume playing again. This will teach them that when you bite too hard, it stops the "fun" and biting is not something they want to do.

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2. Not EVERYTHING Your Vet Recommends Is Good

Okay - hear me out! Most vets do want the best for your dog, but some things they recommend should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially when it comes to their dietary recommendations. Often, vets will recommend "specialty formulas" or "prescription formulas" for your dog (they also usually carry these foods in their offices). I understand that vets to make money too, but usually the kibbles/foods they sell are truly low quality. In fact, I believe they often cause more problems than they solve. When I first got Tibby, our vet at the time recommended that we get a "prescription diet" kibble because it's "better formulated"  If they ask you to buy the kibbles, check the ingredients and ratings for the kibble first! A few red flags for low quality kibbles - the first ingredient isn't meat, it contains corn, first few ingredients contain a lot of of cheap fillers like corn, grains or wheat.

I want to also add a little note about eating Raw vs Eating Kibbles. I can only speak from personal experience and I have tried both. Tibby actually did do very well on Raw. I noticed her teeth were cleaner, her poops were small and solid, and she had a lot of energy. HOWEVER, that was when we buying the food directly from the manufacturer. After we moved, the only place we could purchase this raw food was through the local pet store. I'm not sure how they mishandled the food, but Tibby had a lot of stomach problems and we couldn't keep her on the diet any longer and had to take her to the vet countless times. Since then, we've made the switch to a high quality kibble. Her teeth are not as amazing as when she was on Raw but her energy level and poops are the same as when she was on raw. So my recommendation is that you should go with whatever you feel comfortable with, if you choose raw, please make sure the proper food handling practices are in place!

Another thing that vets also do is recommend medications that your dog doesn't necessarily need. Don't be afraid to take the time to ask them what each medication and vaccine is meant to prevent/treat. If you don't feel comfortable it never hurts to get a second opinion from other vet. When I first got Tibby, and she got hot spots, our vet recommended no less than 2 different pills and a cream for her hot spots. Needless to say it was overkill.

 

3. If They Need To Go, They Need To Go

If the dog that you are getting happens to be a puppy, they most likely won't be potty trained by the time they get to you. When I first got Tibby, at 11 weeks she had to go every 4-6 hours (including at night). Nothing beats getting up at 5 AM with a tiny bundle of fluff, running into the elevator and hoping she can hold it in util you get to the outside. I personally think that crate training can be great for potting training your dog. No puppy wants to pee/poop where they are sleeping. This gives them an incentive to warn you when they have to go. If you're lucky, they will make a sad yelping sound when they need to go (that's the alarm)! If you are lucky enough to have a backyard, get decent (enough) and then quickly let your dog out. Reward them with praise and treats for going outside. If you live in a condo, or don't have quick access to a yard, you may have to get puppy training pads. These incentivize your puppy to pee and poo on the pad. Once they go on the right spot, praise them and give them treats!

When they have accidents, make sure you use an enzymatic spray. Enzymatic spray breaks down the ammonia in the pee/poo so that your dog can no longer smell it, and constantly pee/poo there because they think that is their "spot".


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4. Socialize In A Safe Environment

Most breeders will recommend that you don't take your dog out to socialize until they get their full set of shots (around 16 weeks). However, before 16 weeks is an important and crucial time for starting your dog's socialization process, especially if they weren't given an opportunity to properly socialize before then. You shouldn't take your dog to a place where a lot of other dogs frequent, but you should consider setting up doggy playdates with other dogs who are vaccinated already or attending "puppy kindergarten" classes. For puppy kindergartens, most of them just require that you have gotten the first set of vaccines (and if your breeder is reputable, then they should already have had these shots).

To see a complete and maybe exhaustive list of things I recommend getting for your dog, tune into PART 2