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Dog Life Vest – Product Review

My Review of Life Vests for Large Dogs


Vivaglory Dog Life Jacket Size Adjustable Dog Lifesaver Safety Reflective Vest Pet Life Preserver


$31.99 on Amazon


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Boaz is quite the “water dog”

Our Kayaking Schnauzer

Mel and I picked up our two kayaks this week and yesterday, we took Bo with us to the nearest lake, just down the cliffs from us – Lake Norwood for our first solo “float”.

My kayak's standup bar

My kayak’s standup bar

My kayak is a fire-orange Diablo Amigo, which is 12.5′ and very stable.  I had a “standup bar” attached so I can pull myself up and down from the seat.  The bar is actually for someone who wants to fish standing up in the kayak; but for me,  it is a help to get up and down.   I have no problem getting in and out of it now.  The kayak has room for Bo to ride with me when he wants and if he’s not too rowdy, he won’t tip us over.

Here’s a link to a picture of my Amigo.

Dog Crates – Product Review!

My Review of Dog Crates for Large Dogs


Precision Pet Two-Door Great Crate, Black


$87.51 on Amazon


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My Dog Boaz and Life Near the Lakes

Boaz is now an adult

Boaz is now 2.5 years old and weighs just under 130 pounds. Yes, he has turned into a big boy, even bigger than a normal male Giant Schnauzer. We waited until he was almost two years old before having him neutered so his bone plates would close. The neutering did seem to calm him down a little. He has become nicer around people. Not that he was bad before, but he would sometimes get a little too excited around visitors. Now he calms down pretty quick.

I’ve also begun to let Bo pull me and my wheelchair frequently, especially when I need some help up a slight ramp. He does this very willingly and easily. For now, I’ve been just holding his collar, but I’m going to get a proper harness soon so he can’t be hurt. He walks very fast when pulling me and yet I’ve had little trouble getting him to turn the way I want to go. I take him in Lowe’s and in the tractor supply store and he is great. I’ve taken him in pet stores too, but he does sometimes show a little too much interest in the dog treats. Once, when he was younger and his groomer was at the back of a pet store, I would end up buying a treat he stole every time I took him for grooming. – lol.

A New Way of Living

Moving into Retirement

There has been a lot of changes in our lives the past few months.

  • Bo has turned 2 years old
  • Mel has retired
  • We have sold our White Hall home of 27 years and moved to the Bella Vista home.

Life does have a way of changing, doesn’t it?  Mel and I and of course, Boaz, are all adjusting to this new way of life.  Our Bella Vista home has a white rock yard and no fenced in area.  So Boaz is very much a house dog now.  Mel takes him for short walks during the day and we both throw balls for him to run after from our driveway.  Our neighborhood is very quiet with very little traffic, which I’m glad for.  Mel or both of us together take Bo for long walks around Bella Vista Lake and sometimes other trails (at least Mel does, my wheelchair prevents me from going down some of the trails).

an image of Baoz wading in Little Sugar Creek

Boaz wading in Little Sugar Creek

A few days ago, we walked around Lake Bella Vista and Mel and Bo went ahead of me.  I caught up with them about half way around the lake.  Boaz will wringing wet because Mel had let him wade and then swim in Little Sugar Creek.  I had my camera and wanted to see that, so we went back to the creek area and Bo had so much fun wading and swimming.  I got a few pictures of him swimming.


It looks like Boaz is really a water loving dog. He was so happy in the water that we almost never got him to come out.  We decided to take him “swimming” more often.

Helping Pull my Chair

An image of Boaz in Little Sugar Creek

Boaz in Little Sugar Creek

an image of Boaz finally coming of the creek

Boaz finally comes out of the creek.

On the way back from the creek, I grabbed Boaz’s collar and he pulled me all the way back to the parking lot, with no problem at all.  This was the first time I had let him do that.  I though “how cool is this.”  Bo seemed to have no problem at all pulling me down the trail.  He weighs 115 pounds now and is full grown, so I know this doesn’t hurt him as I’ve read that a dog can pull up to 4 times their own weight.  Plus I’m on wheels which makes it easier.


I’m determined to keep training Boaz for obedience and to help me.  I really want to teach him to fetch and carry for me.  I’ve been reading about how to do that.  I plan to blog about that next and hopefully I’ll have a success story for Boaz to add to that blog.


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– Shirley

Boaz is growing fast and sweeter each day

Our Sweet Boaz

Boaz is now 15 months old and each day he is sweeter and has more personality.  I’m at home a lot during cold weather because I hate to mess with getting my wheelchair out to the car and loaded up.  Mel is still working, so Bo and I spend lots of time together.  He follows me around wherever I go, from room to room and even waits outside the bathroom when I potty – he would be in the room with me except my wheelchair blocks him from coming in.

During the day I will open the front door and just leave the screen locked, so he can see out.  He loves to lay by the door and see cars and people go by.  He loves the UPS guy and has a big dog bark when I have a delivery.  One guy loves to pet and play with Bo if I’m outside with him.  The other little guy is terrified of him, so I try to put him inside when that one is the delivery man.

When Mel gets home each night, Boaz gets so excited and Mel will let him out and they both go to get the mail together.  In the mornings, Mel and Bo will get the newspaper, Bo runs to get it and brings it back to Mel. Bo loves to do that each morning.  When the paper is late, both of them get upset. Continue reading

Summer Heat and Your Giant Schnauzer!

Dog woes during hot weather!

Arkansas is known for its heat and humidity, especially in the summer and early fall.  This year our spring was late and the heat in summer began closer to July; but boy did it come in with a bang.

Our Boaz is pretty much an inside dog, going out for walks, play and to potty.  This past winter, he loved the snow and ice days and he had a wonderfully thick and beautiful coat which protected him from the cold.  In fact, even in winter and in the house, he was always finding the coolest part of the house to lay down and rest.  My husband, Mel, takes him out for a short walk each morning and a much longer walk each evening and Bo loves it – he gets more exercise and gets to meet people also while he’s on his walks.

Then here comes summer and with it the heat, into the low 90’s in late June and then up to 98,99 and over 100 in July for days at a time.  With humidity of 70-90%, it feels awful.  Dogs can become ill and even die in weather like this.  In fact, during late June, on one of his walks with Mel, Boaz became disoriented and was even staggering a little,  luckily Mel got him water and inside soon, along with a lukewarm soak in the tub;  enough that he recovered.  After that, I did some research on heat issues with dogs. Continue reading

Vacationing with Boaz

Taking it Easy with Boaz

Image of Bo at the Dog Park

Image of Bo at the Dog Park

This week, I’ve been vacationing with Boaz and my MIL who is 88 years old. We are in the city of Bella Vista, Arkansas at our vacation/retirement home.

Mel and I purchased the home to eventually retire to and meanwhile we use it as a vacation home. This small city is one of the best in Arkansas to live or vacation in. Located in the Ozark hills almost into Southern Missouri, the area is surrounded by green covered pine and hardwood forests, beautiful mountain lakes and lots of clear flowing streams and waterfalls. For those who are not so into nature and wildlife, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Pea-ridge Battlefield, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, the Walnut Historic District of Rogers, the first Walmart store, Razorback football, basketball and other sports are driving distance away. Continue reading

An Exciting Weekend for Boaz!

Boaz’s Weekend

This has been an interesting weekend for both Boaz and Mel and I. After all the rain last week, I was feeling pretty down. I was exhausted from coming back from our vacation, where Bo, myself and my MIL has gone to get away from the house here in White Hall. We had packed up all the house except the kitchen and laundry room for old carpet to be removed and new vinyl plank flooring to be installed.
It looks great, but I’m actually still unpacking and going through stuff. While I’m unpacking, I’m organizing and throwing lots of stuff away. Boaz has been having a field day sneaking around, getting stuff out of boxes and chewing them up.
He’s loving to find papers and old pens which we are finding pieces of everywhere we go. He even tore Mel’s crossword puzzles up and the Sunday paper. For chewing up the paper, he was banished to outside until Mel finished reading every single word on what was left of the paper.

But Bo has also had a great weekend with several long walks and run-jogs with Mel. Bo loves these walks and Mel says he does just fine on them but they both come back with their tongues hanging out. Continue reading

Another Obedience Class Today

Obedience Training Today

Image of Bo, Trainer Candee Teitel and Mel working on LEAVE IT

Image of Bo, Trainer Candee Teitel and Mel working on LEAVE IT

Today is Saturday and I took Boaz and my husband, Mel, to obedience class today. We had an hour long training class.

Today,  our Trainer, Candee Tietel, worked with us on the following:

  • Leave It
  • Walking on Heel on a leash
  • Going up and down steps
  • Getting in and out of the car without having to be picked up
  • Waiting at the  door before rushing  in or out

I had recently ordered a seat protector for the backseat of my car, because Bo loves to splash through mud and water and his feet leave marks on the leather seats.  So I ordered a seat cover to use and today was the first day we used it.  Mel said it was no ;problem getting it on the seat back and bottom and Bo seemed very happy laying on it.  I’m going to do a review on it soon.(Solvit 62313 Waterproof Bench Seat Cover for Pets). Continue reading