Monday, January 30, 2006

Labrador Dog Shampoo

Here is a quick and easy shampoo you can make for your Labrador Retriever. It will leave your Labs coat very shiny, it's very mild, and helps sooth their skin.


Aloe Vera
Castile Soap

Mix one part Castile soap with one part Aloe Vera gel. Slightly dilute with water and add to your Labradors coat. Rinse with warm water and repeat if necessary.

A nice easy shampoo, and a fresh, clean smelling Labrador.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Labrador Retriever - More Freebies For Your Dog

Time to list more freebies to claim for your Labrador Retriever. Why do we list freebies? Well we all know how expensive it can get owning a Labrador, so when you can get something for nothing, it sure helps out.

If anyone knows of any dog related freebies, please feel free to share, just drop us an email or feel FREE to comment. Thanks and enjoy your free Lab products.

Grab a free pooper scooper from Scoopex

Fleabusters Coupon - For this one you have to fill out the survey for a coupon for Fleabusters products or services.

Take the Pet Fit challenge and you will receive a free gift - Science Diet

FREE Full Color Catalog and a FREE Sample of Dog Food

100 gram supply VetBalance - VetBalance will instantly add more than 54 key nutrients to every single meal. With this one you do have to pay shipping and handling, but it's still worth it.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Dry Itchy Skin - readers email

Jane from New York:

Here is a cure that I use for my Labrador Retrievers dry itchy skin. Mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part water. Then, while making sure to care around his face, ears and private area, I rinse my Labrador in the solution.

This solution always makes his skin seem better, and helps to relieve all the itching, not to mention the outstanding shine it gives his coat.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Labrador Retrievers - Hold A Special Place In Our Hearts

Ok, this applies to all dogs in general, but we just love Labradors so much. Another article that is so true . Our dogs (Labradors) do hold such a special place in our hearts. Sometimes though, we might not realize this until it is to late. Great article Mr. Sam Cook, of the Duluth News Tribune.

Sam Cook: Dogs hold a place in our hearts

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Labradors Save Mans Life

Here is a great story of two Labrador Retrievers who saved their owners life.

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Choosing A Name For Your Labrador Retriever

If you have decided on purchasing a new Labrador Retriever puppy, your next step is to choose a name. There are just so many possible Labrador pup names. Here is a great list provided by M & L Labrador Retriever's (be sure to visit the rest of their site while your there).

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Prevent accidental exposure to dangerous chemicals

Winter Weather Products Create Potentially Dangerous Hazards For Dogs And Cats

Two of the most dangerous chemicals your Labrador Retriever can come in contact with this winter are ice melt and antifreeze. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is urging pet owners to use caution...

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Labrador Dry Skin

First off, would like to say thanks for all the great emails I receive, nice to talk to all of you. Please continue to send stories, pictures or anything else to do with Labrador Retrievers. I will try to post everything I receive (will not post your email address, unless you want). Thanks again.

Received an email today from Toni who is from Maine. Toni states she has a three year old, female, yellow Labrador named Laci (waiting for picture Toni). She wanted to know if I knew of anything to help her Laci's dry skin problem.


I did have a problem with my black Labradors dry skin, and many dogs do suffer from dry skin. Causes of this can be a dry home, weather, allergies, new medication or diet. How did I help alleviate the problem?

First off, I was told by my veterinarian to add a complete oil (sunflower,corn) to the dogs diet, as this would add essential fatty acids to help aid this.

I also rinse her in chamomile tea. I just boil up a kettle of the tea, then cool it to room temperature and pour it over her. This helps to sooth her dry skin. I like to use some Aloe Vera also, as it helps to sooth the skin also. Plus Aloe is non-toxic, so don't have to worry about her ingesting it. She doesn't seem to like the taste anyway.

Hope this helps!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

WizDog has arrived

Our WizDog indoor dog potty arrived today (See Training Your Puppy and Dog post for more on WizDog). The construction of the product looks good and is light weight. Very curious to see how it stands up to my Labradors use, or if they use it at all. The concept of the channeled grate is a good idea for keeping paws clean. I purchased two systems because of the size of my Labs. My husband put it together and lined them with newspaper. So far so good. Let's see if it works. Will keep you advised on what happens.

Also recieved a training book with WizDog, that I will read through and comment on.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The 5 important life lessons I learned from my dog

This is such a good article, we would like to thank Deanna for writing it. Sometimes we take things for granted and overlook the simple things!

Our son has been on a long, arduous campaign for our family to adopt a dog. I have to admit we are weakening.

I have always loved dogs and I can well remember my own beloved childhood friends as well as that desperate desire for my very own canine companion. Plus he is an active child who loves the outdoors and he is an only child with no children his age living nearby so a dog could be a wonderful playmate and friend.


But I also feel in my heart it is simply too soon for me to open my heart to another dog. It has only been a year since I lost my beloved labrador Shamus and I still miss her terribly. Friends have told me to get another dog, but I find that rather hard-hearted. If my husband died people wouldn't send me right out to pick a new one and if my son died people wouldn't simply suggest I get pregnant again. Yes I will eventually adopt another dog to join our family, just as many people do remarry or have other children, but I am not done grieving for the loss of Shamus. You see she was a special dog and she was a very large part of my life.

Shamus joined our family during the first year of our marriage, more than a decade before our son made an appearance, and moved from New York to Kentucky with us.

She was the sweetest, most loving dog imaginable but then she was a lab and we know that is part of their nature. When she was younger my husband would take her hunting and she loved to hunt so much despite being lazy. However, I always swore that made her a better retriever because she didn't want to waste a step! She was such an agreeable dog that my husband said she was the best dog he'd ever had; she was so eager-to-please (another lab trait) that she was a joy to train.

During the last years of her life she steadily grew weaker and struggled with many health issues but she was still so loving and uncomplaining. It was very difficult for us as we watched her decline and I dreaded being forced to make a decision, but in the end she made that decision on her own. Despite the many months of knowing her death was coming it was still so very hard to say good-bye. It was even more difficult to know that the world contains one less gentle heart and one less being that loves me.But the lessons she taught me live on:

The 5 important life lessons I learned from my dog…

You can learn a lot from being a pet owner and the lessons begin from the first day your furry family member steps into your life and continue after you say your final farewell. In many ways, my dog was a far better person than I can ever hope to become.

1. Stay in touch with your loved ones

And I mean really in touch! Every pet owner knows what I mean. We humans don't touch each other enough. Sure, we cuddle our babies, and fondle our new lovers, but in every relationship there comes a point when kisses are perfunctory farewells and hugs are doled out sparingly.Dogs know that a simple touch from someone you love can make any situation better and sometimes make all the difference in the world. They appreciate the wonder and magic of a kiss (or lick) just because they love you and know that sometimes just sitting close enough to touch frequently keeps the cold, dark nights at bay.

2. Never overlook the chance for a nap

While most of us can't work into our schedules the 20-hours of sleep time that dogs enjoy, we could all benefit from taking advantage of some down time to relax and rejuvenate. There are few of us who are getting enough rest and many are subsisting on far less sleep than is really adequate. This is no way to live let alone thrive. Your dog knows how to relax, just roll on your back and let your tongue loll out. You'd be surprised how wonderful it feels!Dogs know that sleep should be high on your priority list-surely higher than laundry and cleaning although not higher than any food-related activity. Give yourself some down time and you'll feel the better for it.

3. Jealousy is a waste of time

It would have been understandable if our dog took an instant dislike to our newborn. After all, for 11 years she had been the "baby" of the family. Even more than that, during the nine months of my pregnancy I'd been very sick and she'd been my constant companion on couch and bed. Now suddenly that was over and there was precious little time for grooming, walks, or cuddling. All our attention was focused on someone else. Jealous? Not our Shamus. She instantly bonded with the little screamer even though we didn't let her get too close while we sussed the situation out.She was better than any baby monitor available as she would come find us at the first sign of stirring and distress. She was the best nursemaid as she carefully investigated any visitors approaching the baby and always slept by his bed to guard against intruders and be vigilante for his every need. Then as the baby grew and became more mobile she was the epitome of patience with all his hair-gripping, lip-tugging, ear-pulling explorations.She was his his guardian angel, playmate, and furry walker and she loved every minute of it.

4. The best toys are found not bought

Expensive squeaky toy? Shredded in minutes. Knobby ball? Lost in the bushes. Rubber bone? Shoved under couch. Frisbee found by the side of the road? Played with every day and stowed carefully on bed when not in use. A person's hand? Endless play opportunities.Dogs and young children teach us an important lesson about gifts. Your time and attention are the greatest gift of all and with a little imagination and energy you don't need any toys at all, let alone expensive, electronic gadgets.

5. You are never too old to play

Arthritis and muscular atrophy sometimes make it a challenge for Shamus to get around, but she still loves to wrestle and will even romp for a little while. Although she can't be as active and play fetch for hours as she once did, she still wants to be in the center of the action and participate as much as she can.We humans forget that the need for play and fellowship does not disappear when we leave childhood. There is no such thing as being too old to play. Perhaps we need to revise our choice of game and venue, but no matter what our age, there should be no limit to our ability to join in the fun!

What lessons has your dog taught you? What role does your dog play in your home?

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Teacher, coach, and writer Deanna Mascle is a Renaissance Woman Online who published four Ezines and three newsletters as well as maintaining several web sites that reflect her experience and interests.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Trimming Your Labrador Retrievers Nails

Regular nail trimming is important to your Labrador Retrievers health and well being. Nails that are not properly clipped can crack and split, which can lead to infection in that area. Long nails can be uncomfortable for your Labrador and for an owner’s leg. A regular trimming, at least once a week or every two weeks, will save both you and your Labrador Retriever a lot of pain and aggravation.

Purchase a good quality nail clipper, one that is appropriate for your Labradors claws. You might also want to purchase a clotting agent, such as Kwik-Stop, or a styptic pen. It is not unusual for people to clip a toenail too short and for bleeding to occur.

Start by having your Lab lie down or secure him with his collar and leash.

What you are looking for is called the quick (pink part of the nail), which is the live tissue inside the nail. This will be easer to see in yellow nails than dark ones. TIP: Sometimes shining a flashlight through the back of the nail will help you locate the quirk. You want to cut back to the beginning of the quick. Cutting the quick will cause some bleeding, which happens from time to time.

Black nails can be a little more difficult to locate the quick. If you turn your Labs paw over and look closely you will see a little round thick part on the bottom side of the nail, which is the quick.

When you’re ready to cut, make sure you aren’t on the quick, and make a smooth, quick squeeze with your clippers, letting the nail fall away. If you clip small, thin slices off of the nail tip, you will be able to see a small black or pink, moist looking disk in the center of the cut nail. This disk is the start of your quick, and this is as far as you should trim. Some people do cut the nail back until a slight amount of bleeding occurs, in an attempt to shorten the nail further. However it’s not advisable as it can make for an unpleasant experience for your Labrador.

Continue clipping until all of your Lab’s paws are complete and then you can file down the sharp edges, or just let your Labrador wear the edges smooth.

Every now and then you might hit the quick when trimming. Don’t panic, just blot with a towel and apply your Kwik-Stop, or styptic pen and this should stop the bleeding after a few minutes.

Follow the above steps and in no time you will be clipping your Labs nails just like the professionals.

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Recalled Dog Food Still A Threat!

Diamond-brand dog food was recalled on December 21, 2006. A threat still remains that some owners still have this contaminated dog food and are feeding it to their dogs. If you know of anyone who uses this product please inform them to stop feeding their dogs until they read this article. The Daily Star Online

Complete information on the diamond-brand dog food recall can be found at the company website,

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Watch The Labradors Win!

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, will air live January 14 and 15, 2006 on Animal Planet and The Discovery Channel at 8pm on both nights. The AKC National Agility Championship will be televised on Animal Planet at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2006. The Labrador Retriever has 30 entries. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship offers more than $225,000 in prize money.

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Most Popular Purebred Dog In America

As if you needed to guess which purebred dog is the most popular in America. According to the AKC's 2005 Registration Statistics, the Labrador Retriever Leads the Pack! AKC News

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Labradors Used To Detect Cancer

As if our dog's sense of smell was not acute enough, it is now believed that they may be able to play a role in detecting early signs of lung and breast cancer, simply by sniffing specific breath samples. Can Dogs Detect Cancer?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

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Labrador Lost and Found

Here are two sites to search in the unfortunate event your Labrador Retriever gets lost. You can also use these site if you were to find a stray Labrador.

Lost Paws

Fido Finder - on this site you can register your Labrador before he ever gets lost.

Help reunite owners with their Labradors!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Labrador Retriever's viewpoint of homecoming of mistress

This makes me laugh everytime I read it because it is so true with my Labradors. I'm sure you"ll agree your Labradors act the same way.

A short story about a typical Labrador Retriever's viewpoint of the homecoming of his mistress. Written by an anonymous Labrador Retriever.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Labrador Freebies

Here are a couple of Labrador freebies I found for you.

Sample Canine Personality Profile - gives you unique insight into your pooch's personality.

Improve Taste Sample - formulated to help correct your dog's skin and coat problems.

IHN Canine - A complete, high potency multivitamin for dogs of all age

Free Pet Journal - record your pet's health, personal information and special memories.

FREE Birthday gift for your pet!

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Is spaying or neutering for your dog?

Earlier this afternoon, I was talking to a girlfriend, who just recently acquired a Labrador Retriever puppy, about having Labs spayed or neutered. She was asking me what she should do, and what I did with my dogs.
I told her it was going to be a tough choice she would have to make. I explained that I had my two Labs (Dakota and Meeko) spayed for various reasons, the first one being that I did not buy my Labradors with the intent to breed them. The second reason I stated was that I knew that there was a decreased risk of cancer and other heath related issues in my Labradors after the procedure is done. I finished by telling her this was an important decision , and that she should also consult with her veterinarian more about this.
Anyway, as I was looking up information this evening, when I came across this article, which I know will be helpful for her, and might be helpful to other Labrador owners who are facing the same decision right now...
Is spaying or neutering for your dog?

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

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According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2006 is the Year of the Dog, and to celebrate New Zealand Post has issued a series of stamps recognizing the significant contribution that dogs of all shapes and sizes make to our daily lives.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Training Your Puppy and Dog - Product Alert

Browsing the internet today when I came across this website on an indoor Dog Potty.

No More Housetraining Nightmare! Never Worry About Your Dog's Bathroom Needs Again!

Wizdog LLC - Indoor Dog Potty is a revolutionary housetraining system for all dogs and puppies. Pee pads get shredded or stepped-in after liquid elimination and tracked all over carpet and furniture. Consisting of a durable plastic pan and fitted grate, liquid waste dispenses through the grate onto newspaper or pee pad, separated from your dog's paws. This is the cleanest, simplest and lowest cost solution to dog housetraining. Go take a look for yourself - Wizdog LLC

Decided to purchase two, both of my labs are good size, and still working on convincing my husband to add a third Labrador (yellow, so we have all three). Will keep you updated on how it is working. Anyone that has used this product, please share your experiences (good or bad).

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Dental Care For Your Labrador

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, eighty percent of all dogs show signs of periodontal (gum) disease by the age of three. Periodontal disease is one of the most common conditions seen by veterinarians today.

Too often we overlook the need for dental care for our dogs, which is a shame, because good dental care can add as much as five years to your dog’s life.
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Monday, January 02, 2006

Pet Rescue Stickers

Make sue you get your Free Pet Rescue Stickers to alert people that you labrador is in your home in the event of an emergencies!

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The Life of a Puppy

Here is a cute poem about your pup growing up.
Make sure you print this poem out to pass on to your other Labrador lovers.

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A Party For Your Dog?

How about hosting a Pupperware party. An interesting concept, enabling you to spoil your dog and bring income in at the same time. Anyone who has hosted a Pupperware party, please let us know how it went.

Kansas City Starr - 12/29/05 - At ‘Pupperware’ parties, pets haul in the goods: “For lots of reasons, people are spoiling their pets,” Shure said. ” ... We are finding that the people who get involved with us treat the pet as part of the family.”

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Sunday, January 01, 2006


Our second lab is Meeko, aka "Dopey" and "The Bull". Meeko came to us from Oklahoma. Whelped on November 4, 2004, to Sir: Rusty Big Dummy and Dam: Coco Baby, she is a wonderful chocolate purebred Labrador and growing like a weed.

Called "Dopey" by my daughter because she just turns her head and gives you a dopey look everytime you talk to her. We call her "The Bull" because she runs around plowing into things, knocking them over. She also likes to snort a lot.

Meekos favorite thing to do is eat. She will eat just about anything, including the garbage. Still working on her swimming, as she is not as fluent as Dakota is (she seems to panic sometimes). She also love a game of catch, even though she will try to eat the object you throw to her.

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This is Dakota, my family's first lab. Born February 19, 2004, to Sir: Jade Keeda Rahder and Dam: Faith's Magnum Thunderhead. Dakota came to us from South Dakota. Dakota is a beautiful female black purebred Labrador. We call her "Ms. Pacer" or "Nervous Nellie" because she constantly paces around the living room and kitchen.

Dakota loves to swim, as she will swim in the pool for hours, and likes to have a good game of catch. She is an excellent watch dog, patrolling the house at night, she hears everything.

The funny thing about her is she seems to love men much more than woman. It seems she shows so much more love toward my husband and dad than to anyone else.

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Happy New Year 2006

Wishing you and your families (including your labs) a very happy and healthy New Year .

Labrador Freebies:

Free dog food supplement - use "Taste Sample" link on left

Help enhance your dog's joint function and mobility.Free DGP sample

Pet Recovery Team helps reunite lost pets with their families through a special network which includes giving each one of your pets an id tag bearing your pet's name and your contact telephone numbers. No charge for your pet's lifetime registration.

Free can ofMighty Dog® brand dog food.

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