Indy reporting: This is the second blog post I have written to help you get out and get more exercise with your dog. (The first one is immediately below this one) Many people really enjoy day trips. They are like mini adventures for you and your family. However, you should always try and take your dog with you too. Dogs love spending time with their humans and seeing new and interesting places. They love to delight in new smells and experience all sorts of fun activities – just like you do. To make travelling with your dog fun and easy I’ve put together 3 more important tips: 1. Pack plenty of towels. Dogs love to jump into puddles, creeks and ponds. They love to swim and frolic and the smellier the water, the better! And they are such generous creatures, they’ll want to share the stink all over the car and everyone sitting in it! Taking old towels or even old bedsheets will help ‘contain’ slime, vomit, slobber, dirt and mud. 2. Secure your dog well in the car. Accidents can and do happen and you don’t want to add to the danger by having anything unsecured in your car, including your dog. Use a specially designed harness or a crate to keep your dog safe while traveling. 3. Do some basic recall training. Nothing will spoil your day out more than a five hour search for the dog in a strange place. Recall training does take time, but it will ensure your dog comes back when you call it. In fact, dogs who behave well in public are ones who have undergone some sort of obedience training. They understand that they must listen and spoken to by their owners. This doesn’t mean you have to be cruel. Positive, reward based training yields much greater results than harsh training methods which destroy trust. Spending time with your dog is a great way to strengthen the bond you share, get some much needed exercise and explore new and exciting places.
As the commando of a team of dogs who rescue other dogs from neglect and a lover of all things sporty, I created this blog post to help you get out and get more exercise with your dog. Many people really enjoy day trips. They are like mini adventures for you and your family. However, you should always try and take your dog with you too. Dogs love spending time with their humans and seeing new and interesting places. They love to delight in new smells and experience all sorts of fun activities – just like you do. To make travelling with your dog fun and easy I’ve put together these 3 important tips: 1. Don’t feed your dog before or during the trip. Dogs get travel sickness a lot, and nothing will spoil your day more than the smell of dog vomit. It’s very yucky! Definitely don’t feed your dog before a trip and, if you must treat him or her, just a few dry snacks; nothing too fatty. Fatty treats will only upset the dog’s tummy.
If you have a vomit-monster, try a few drops of lavender oil on his collar or bedding. This will help keep him relaxed. Practice taking your dog out on short trips so he gets used to travelling in the car, too. 2. Carry extra water bottles and containers. You probably have a water bottle in the car and a bowl if you travel with your dog regularly, but these can be left behind at some stops or even broken. Always have a least two bowls and two bottles of fresh water for your dog to drink. This is important if you are going to be away for a long period of time or if you’re going somewhere and you’re not sure if fresh water will be available. 3. Take a spare leash and collar. Dogs love to run and pull, and nothing will spoil a day trip than a broken collar or a lost leash and a dog running madly off in the distance!
Today we sent off our donation to Animal Aide. Like me, Astro, the rest of the dogs from Astro’s Adventures books believe in giving when and where we can. If you have been lucky enough to read any of our books, you might have noticed a small note at the front that says that proceeds from the sale of the books goes to animals in need. Unfortunately, the profit margin of book sales is never great. Some eBooks only pay 30c others maybe $1 or $2, but true to our word, we give a little bit back. Below is our receipt for $24.60 to Animal Aide Victoria. These guys do such a good job looking after all manner of animals who need care. They don’t get any assistance from the government and rely heavily on the generosity of others. We like to help out when we can. We hope that you too might find $5 or more to assist all those dogs and cats who don’t have a safe place to call home. These animals are in need of as much care as they can get. Many are abandoned for not fault of their own. The Astro’s Adventures books are about a group of dogs who save other dogs from neglect. It’s all make believe and fun, of course, but the serious side to this is that there are people who do this work every day. So, we hope that you will join us and give a little bit every now and then to your local animal shelter.
There aren’t many things in a dog’s life which bring them more joy than the off-leash park. Whoever thought that idea deserves to go into the Best Human of All Hall of Fame (but, more about that later). 1. Off leash parks, for those who are not in the know, are large areas where dogs can run, sniff and pop in the long grass. 2. They are wonderful places to meet other dogs. Being in a yard all day can be lonely. Dogs like to sniff other dogs’ backsides and, run and chase each other. 3. There are usually lots of trees in these places and we all know what trees are good for! 4. Dog owners normally take toys like Frisbees and balls and because of all the space they throw them further which means we get to run, run, run! 5. There are often wet places like ponds or rivers or large puddles. These are perfect for rolling in and having a good lay down after all that running around. So, don’t be shy about taking your dog to an off-leash park. Click here if you need some tips and remember your dog will love you for it!
s a dog I get to spend some fun times with my human and other humans too. We go to the park nearly every day. We go to the beach a few times a year. While ‘she who must be obeyed’ does insist on taking me to the torturer (aka the vet), on the whole I think she’s pretty fab. So, as funny and awkward as humans can be I would like to pay tribute to them by compiling this list of the three most wonderful things about humans. 1.They tend to go to work most of the time leaving their dogs to get some much needed rest, chase the cat and, if needed, bark at anything and everything that goes past the house. 2.They spend more money on food for their dogs than they do themselves. This might not be the case if there’s a mini-human in the house. They tend to get spoilt a lot and get all sorts of luxuries lavished upon them. I have no explanation for this, but I’m guessing it’s because they smell so nice. 3.Humans are quite weak. I don’t mean physically, but I mean emotionally. I only have to bat my eyelids and do my best hangdog face and I get fed treats from the table, the mini-bar and from other human’s plate. So, there you are – 3 reasons why keeping your own human is wonderful for all dogs.
An Astro the Dog report: Most dog lovers will tell you that just being near their dog helps relax and de-stress them. Science tells us that petting any kind of animal – well, probably not a crocodile or spider, but definitely cute, furry ones – helps you humans feel happier. Did you know that the same goes for your dog? In fact, research suggests that dogs actually benefit more and are happier when they are with their owners than their owners actually do. It’s true! And being a dog I can vouch for this. When I’m getting tummy rubs from ‘she who must be obeyed’ I feel so much happier and relaxed. I can vouch for it myself. In fact, just seeing my owner makes me feel happier and, as we all know, a happy dog is a loving dog. And, along with from the tummy rubs, the gourmet dog food, my own masseur and dietitian, I love my owner more than she’ll ever know. But does she deserve it? Well, for the most part I guess so. She is a very good owner. She provides me with the basics and the few luxuries mentioned above plus my own dog walker and a live-in carer when she goes away. Some humans might say that she loves me more than I love her, but I’m afraid science disagrees and no one can argue with science. I have to confess though that I think that I definitely lover her more – can you blame me!
We dogs love just about every time of the year. Let’s face it, we just love to get out and about with our owners winter, summer; rain or sunshine. Winter, however, can pose some problems which us dogs have to deal with. Sometimes it’s just too cold and there’s not enough daylight hours to run about when our owners get home from work. However, as an older, more mature dog, I would like to share with you the 10 best things about winter. 1. Cuddling up by the fire on a cold winter’s night 2. Getting lots of cuddles on a cold winter’s night 3. Getting extra treats and leftovers (nothing to fatty though!) 4. Sliding across the ice and snow 5. Leaping through the snow after that pesky cat 6. No baths! (It’s too cold!) 7. Wearing stylish and snug winter coats 8. Traveling in the heated car with the window open (your toes stay warm while that delicious fresh air goes right up your nose) 9. Watching your owner’s favorite sports show and stealing the snacks when they’re not looking 10. Not having to be treated for those nasty fleas or ticks because it’s too cold! So, there you have it – Astro’s 10 fun things that dogs love about winter. I’m sure your dog has some more. Don’t forget to share them below!
We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures and what it is like to be star of such a great set of children’s books. As a dog, you might understand, I wouldn’t normally think I get out of the yard much. But, as one of the operatives selected to save other dogs from neglect, I have been lucky enough to have some wonderful adventures all over the world. Our latest adventure was in Ireland and is called The Lucky Leprechaun – what a naughty little chap he was! I have also travelled around Australia, to the United States, India and China. Not bad for an ordinary dog, don’t you think? The rest of the team are Commander Rocky, Alfie, Digger, Stella, Indy, Hans and Dingo. They all have wonderful talents and skills they use in each adventure. Digger is an expert at digging tunnels (but, you probably guessed that by his name). Stella is blind, but she often knows something is going to happen before it does. It can be a bit creepy, but it has come in very handy – I can tell you! Alfie is my best friend and he is very funny. Thanks for dropping by – don’t forget to come back and to also check out my books. They are heaps of fun for kids and grown-ups.