Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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

What to do about Dog Smell

Dog Smell – What to do between baths!

Currently, we are giving Boaz a bath every two weeks and he gets a full grooming (by a trained groomer) every two months.  However, he is still a dog and will smell between baths, so I’ve been researching how to keep him and my home smelling  better and cleaner between those bath times.

image of Bo groomed and laying on our old carpet

image of Bo groomed and laying on our old carpet

I did look for dog wipes that are commercial and I’ve ordered a container from Amazon.  I looked only for products with 4 stars or more.  I found these with 5 star reviews and have ordered them.  Greenbone Snap Naps 84 Count Natural Lemongrass Deodorizing Pet Wipes    They cost $7.99 for an 84 count.  There were more with 5 star reviews, but more expensive, so I’m trying these first. Continue reading