All Things Dog Blog
Introducing my favourite serial killer!


 

WHO COULD DO THIS TO THEIR DOG?

Me, that’s who.

No it’s not a fashion statement. But I’ve been walking this big furry serial killer around for a couple weeks now. The truth is I have the most beautiful and warm hearted dog. It’s not up for debate. It’s an empirical fact.

BUT. This very sweet, fluffy, giant muppet is a secondhand guy. And when I adopted him I adopted his ANXIETY too. And well… I have learned to love & care for both of them.

FRANKLY IT’S NOT ALWAYS BEEN AN EASY RIDE

This adorable guy stands tall and acts completely friendly. He will approach strangers with a happy tail and ears. UNTIL a stranger pats him. Or when he needs to examined by a vet. Then…. WATCH OUT! 

So… I have spent a year seasoning my beloved criminal to this muzzle… because he and I were both so traumatised by our last visit to the vet. I knew he was a bit rough around the edges but I didn’t  know the full Cujo that was in him until then. Chewie really scared the crap out of us all!

INTRODUCING THE MAGIC TREAT MASK!

That’s what we affectionately call master Chewie’s muzzle here at the den. And let me tell you, the wearer is highly rewarded with the best treats every time. It has taken me a long time to get my guy onboard with this tool. I mean I was frankly scared to put it on him because he is QUITE reactive to having things done to him. But now I can keep Chewie (and the world at large!) much safer.

I SHARE THIS WITH YOU FOR 2 REASONS

#1 ADORABLE DOGS BITE TOO!

My incredibly adorable dog bites. With almost no warning. ALWAYS ask a human if you may approach/touch a dog. This is not about how good you are with dogs or how much dogs like you. This is not about the breed. This is not about how cute or scary the dog looks. This is about your safety and the safety of the dog.

#2 MUZZLES ARE KIND, not cruel.

Once you love a reactive dog this really clicks. My sweet Chewie suffered from being approached/touched constantly when we were in public. Because he is so fabulously tall & good looking. But Chewie CAN NOT be touched by strangers when he is on lead. This was making us both so anxious that he couldn’t go many places with me. The muzzle totally solves that. No one approaches my furry Hannibal Lecter now. He has his freedom back!

Ok, thanks so much for listening.👂 I feel better having said that.

Stay safe. Be kind. 😇

And have a super waggly one!
Zoe & Chewie

 

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