SuperTreats Dog Biscuit Review
Supertreats YUM!

Supertreats YUM!

The other day an e-mail arrived from the nice folks over at Thrive! foods offering Finn a sampling of their new treat the “SuperTreat”. The concept they are going for is fairly neat as well. The treats are marketed with a special program called “Suprise” which is basically just a single serving of the treats but they’ve made it extra easy to buy one and have it shipped to a pooch you love. For hard-core dog owners (and really aren’t we all) there is sometimes a debate on wheter or not to get presents for a dog but this seems to solve that problem. The treats are:

Good enough for people to eat with their dog – they taste great (Banana Biscotti, Ginger Snaps, Peanut Butter Granola, Dehydrated Papaya Chews) and we use human-grade ingredients made in an FDA certified facility.

The variety we got were the Vitality Granola bites. Finn of course scarfed these things down in no-time so they do get the puppy approval. Because they have the whole FDA approved ingredients thing going for them I even tried one. It’s no poptart, and you won’t find me packing them for myself on any hikes, but the treats were palatable and I must admit I’ve had worse food that was actually made for humans.

All in all not a bad little package and these will definatly be kept in mind for future dog presents.

Note: I am in no way affiliated with SuperTreats! or Thrive! foods. They did however send quality free product which is an easy way to please Finn and friends.

SuperTreats Mailing

SuperTreats Mailing

Neutering, Xrays- Ten Memories #2

#2 Memories From the First Year of Pet Ownership- Neutering and Hip X-Rays

I’ve watched too much Price Is Right to not know what spay and neutering is important whether or not you win a cool RV. Only days after getting Finn we saw his vet for a little check, he was fine then but we used it as an opportunity to book a visit to get our puppy, how do you say, ‘fixed’. Poor little guy.

I believe it was the right decision for Finn for a variety of reasons, to keep him safe, avoid health problems, and as we learned to avoid spreading a genetic disease. While he was sedated for the surgery they took some X-Rays that showed Finnegan’s hips were succeptible to hip dysplasia. It was after the surgery when they called, so I was relieved he was fine for now, but terribly worried about what seemed like a horrible diagnosis. Over the next few days I did some research and realized although it is not ideal, a diagnosis for Hip Dysplasia was manageable which helped calm Finn’s Mom and me. It is something we need to keep in mind, we should monitor Finn’s weight and be aware of his activity level, but until he starts to show pain we need to take it easy. That just left the cone.

Coneheads. That’s what dogs wind up being after most surgeries. Little bear was no different, and when I got him home in his drugged out state he wadled around bumping his little plastic protector into all sorts of things. The next week and a half were filled with mad dashes ending in *clunck* as Finnegan never really figured out how to deal with having such a huge head. That’s what you get for not being able to withhold from eating your own stitches though.

Such a major medical procedure and diagnosis made a real impact on us as dog owners. It was a reminder that we were now responsible for the well being of something else, and we took that seriously. If feels nice to care for and even worry about a pet. My only hope is that Finnegan gets as much enjoyment out of his life as he brings to others.

The First Night with a Pet

July first marked the first anniversary of our life with Finnegan, a beautiful golden retriever. With the new website and this milestone I find myself reflecting back on all the things that have happened in the past year and all the things I have learned. There were the hours spent lounging on the couch or playing fetch, buying toys at the pet store only to see them ripped apart in mere minutes, exciting trips to dog parks and hikes and countless other experiences that I treasure. In an attempt to explain what a whirlwind at has been, and all the things I have learned I have complied a list of the ten most memorable moments, some fun and some worrisome, from the first year of pet ownership. Because some of them involve full stories I’ll be posting them serially over the course of the month. If you are a pet owner feel free to chime in and let me know how you dealt with some of these issues or what your favorite memories were from your first year of having a pet.

#1 The First Night of Owning a Dog -Day 1

We had discussed getting a dog for a few months and after much deliberation we decided on a breed, the golden retriever. The research was extensive, including books on ownership, tons of informative websites and plenty of google image searches (on the part of Finn’s mom who could oogle baby puppies for days on end). We tried to register with rescue organizations, filling out forms at three separate organizations but unfortunately the response was not as timely as we would have hoped. I had a month and a half before I would start my job so in an effort to use the time to acclimate ourselves to the life with a dog we turned to the classified ads. There were a few listings for golden litters and we set up visits on a Sunday morning.

The first stop we made was to Finn’s breeders. We got to meet his mom and dad, both of whom were beautiful well mannered pets that were in great health and generally seemed like the type of dog we were searching for. At the time Finn’s name was "Orange" (each of the litter had a different color ribbon used to identify them and save the breeders from growing too attached). He was 15 weeks old, a bundle of energy and looked simply adorable. The breeder’s told us how great his parents were and all about his litter. His father was 12 and was clearly a part of their family, his mother a 4 year old was also a great family pet. From the litter of eight, five already had new homes. A sixth was leaving that day which left "Orange" and Bella. Bella, who was staying with the family, had a close call when she was caught under her sleeping mother and had to be revived via CPR. After such a harrowing experience the breeder’s could not bear to part with her. Once our meeting with "Orange" and friends was over we set off to fulfill our obligation to the other breeder with whom we had set up a meeting. We had a great feeling about "Orange" and almost made the decision right there but decided since we had already set up the second meeting it was the least we could do to show up. At the other breeder our minds were made up in a matter of minutes, we played with the litter for a little bit, chatted with the breeder and left telling them "we’ll think about it and give you a call when we make a decision".

Back in the car the discussion went something like this:
Me: "Ummm… so what do you think"
Finn’s Mom: "I liked Orange, he was just…"
Me: "Let’s go pick up Finn!" (we had decided on his name previously)
Finn’s Mom: "YAYYY!!!!"

We called Finn’s first family and gave them the news. On the way back to their place we stopped at a Petco to get Finn’s first toy, a ball he would NEVER play with. Twenty minutes later we arrived at the breeder’s and set to filling out the paperwork; AKC registration, health history, and transfer of ownership, as well as collecting a large packet that included immunization and breed information that the breeder’s thought we would enjoy (we did). As we left, loading Finn into a small crate we had brought with us, it was apparent he was going to be missed. The teary eyes further convinced us that he had been raised properly  and reiterated that this little pooch’s life and well being was now in our hands.

The trip home was a nervous drive well below the speed limit. Finn piddled a little while poking his head out the top of the carrier we used to secure him, but his demeanor was one of excitement and not fear. Finn’s Mom sat in back with him, making sure that he knew he had someone to watch over him. Back at the house we let Finn out to romp in his new yard and introduced him to his room, complete with couches he could jump on, his water dish and food bowl and a spot for his crate. For the rest of the day we played with Finn, gave him treats and did everything possible to make the transition an exciting and pleasant one.

Night one started by putting Finn into the carrier we had brought him home in, but that did not last. The carrier we had was part of our planning for a puppy but because Finn, at 15 weeks, was older then the puppy we anticipated he didn’t seem to fit. The small size coupled with the fact that it was his first night alone forced us to make the decision that it would be less traumatic if we let him roam, and we resolved to get a suitable crate the next day. Equipped with a piddle pad the small room, the size of a single garage port, had all the amenities a puppy needs. We heard the golden nugget whimper for only a few minutes before the excitement of the day took over and he curled into a ball and got busy sleeping.

Our first day as pet owners was an exciting and memorable one, but it was only the beginning of all the wonderful things to come…


Memories 2-10 to come. Have a memorable tale of your first experience as a dog owner? Love to hear it, share in the comments or e-mail it along.

Finnegan’s Official

July first marks one year with Finnegan and in that time many wonderful things have occured. Coming soon will be the top ten memories from the first year of pet ownership. For now here is the new official flag of My Dog Finn.

My Dog Finn new start!

Welcome friends of Finn. It’s going to take a little while to get things up and running but this will be the new home of My Dog Finn.