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Celebrate Celtic Canines!

Saint Patrick’s Day is here, and what way to better celebrate the luck of the Irish than to see how lucky they’ve been with their dogs? Here are nine Native Dogs of Ireland that are recognized by the Irish Kennel Club(http://www.ikc.ie/).

1. Irish Wolfhound

- Aptly named, the Irish Wolfhound is a big dog, weighing in between 100 and 120 pounds! This breed is very old, with some estimates citing the dogs originating in Ireland over 5,000 years ago. These large canines used to be deployed as tools of war, but in recent centuries their ferocity has disappeared, leaving behind a truly gentle giant.

2. Kerry Beagle

 

 

-Not to be confused with the American beagle, this dog is larger and longer than its United States’ counterpart. Like the Irish Wolfhound it is one Ireland’s oldest breeds, perhaps originating from Celtic hounds. They have a strong hunting instinct but are good with children and other dogs. These dogs just need a lot of exercise to be happy!

3. Irish Terrier

-The Irish terrier are likely the oldest of the Emerald Isle’s native terriers. They are lean dogs with a reddish coat that need lots of physical activity. They are good family dogs and find success in canine sporting events such as agility competitions.

4. Irish Red Setter

-These dog are the total package! They are very smart, with gorgeous mahogany coats, and are true athletes. These dogs really fancy having a job, and have found success with hunting waterfowl and other game species. They were recognized as a breed in Ireland during the 18th century.

5. Irish Red and White Setter                                                                                        

-This dog breed is nearly identical to the Irish Red Setter, but it is not a solid color. The Irish red and white settler is also distinct for its use as a gun dog, and require ample exercise.

6. Irish Water Spaniel

-These dogs have some curly coats! As their name suggests they love the water, which make them excellent dogs to use when hunting waterfowl. They were recognized in Ireland in the early 19th century, and are possibly derived from dogs brought over in Portuguese fishing boats.

7. Kerry Blue Terrier

-The Kerry Blue’s coat is striking, with its exotic dark blue hue. It was recognized as a distinct breed in the 20th century, and was originally bred to capture vermin on farms. These terriers make great all around farm dogs and family dogs.

8. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

-This playful dog has a sweet personality and lovely fur to boot! They made their first appearance in the show ring at the Irish Kennel Club Championship back in 1937, on St. Patrick’s Day no less! It is worth noting that these dogs can be particularly vulnerable in hot weather because of their dense coats.

9. Glen of Imaal Terrier

-Mouse hunter at work! The Glen of Imaal Terrier (named for the region in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland) were originally bred as a vermin-hunting aficionados. Nowadays this hearty terrier breed are beloved family dogs.

So what do you think? Did you learn something today? Did one of these Celtic canines really grab your heart? Well then click on the link below to our Facebook page to vote on your favorite Irish breed and get a chance to win a 6 pack of Eau de Bedtime-Canine Calming Scent. Hurry, the poll closes March 16th!

https://www.facebook.com/bedtime4dogs/

14 Ways to Spoil Your Canine Valentine!

“It’s me or the dog!” is not something anyone wants to hear in February. Fortunately, we know which one you’d choose, so here are 14 things you can do with your dog(s) to spoil your Canine Valentine!
1. Homemade Dog Biscuits

Nothing says love like a sweet treat to brighten your dog’s day! Did you know that’s how our company started? Bedtime Bones was a homemade biscuit made to help the Chief Inspiration Officer get a good night of sleep. So find a recipe and a favorite flavor and get cooking!

2. Finger/Paw-painting
There is a saying that the secret to art is love. What better way to show your love than to have a painting session with you and your pooch? Grab some paint, and see what the two of you can create! Make sure you use edible (i.e. safe paints) and clean those paws after.  (There are elephants who create priceless art-really!)
Shopping Day

3. Shop till You Drop! 

With the dreary weather in February it’s easy for people to start feeling down. That’s why it’s so important to treat yourself! Reward you and your dog after a long week of work by going out on the town! Get yourself a nice necklace, and maybe a flashy collar for your furry friend? Look for a local resource that can help you identify the places that will welcome Fido.

4. Nature Hike
With all that free time you have, why not take a bit of a road trip? Pack up you and your canine and travel to your closest nature area and go enjoy all the sights, smells, and sounds there are to offer! Remember to check the nature area you are going to permits pets on the property. Here's a resource.

5. Spa Day

Time to pamper you and your pooch! Take a luxurious bath with a delectable bath bomb, and when you’re done, get your dog squeaky clean too. Veterinarians recommend bathing your dog no more than once a month, otherwise you’ll risk drying out their skin. Careful with the water temp and be liberal with the rubbing!

6. Hide and Treat

Let’s put those homemade treats to good use!  Hide dog biscuits throughout the house. It’ll be a nice surprise for your dog, and give them something to do while you’re not by their side.

7. Play Time All the Time

Most dogs love to play, so why not treat your pup to a fun game of fetch? Buy (or make) a valentine themed toy for your dog and go to town! You can even make a heart shaped toy that requires no sewing just to keep on theme! 

8. Picnic in the Park

If the weather is warm enough, why not have an outdoor lunch date with your pooch? Find your local park and take some time to roll out the blanket and absorb some sun. And if it’s too cold? Well then the two of you can romp around in the snowy fun!

9. Movie Night

On Thursday night why not take some time to unwind, and watch a movie? Be sure to pick out something you’ll both like- "Lady and the Tramp" is a true classic!

10. A Moonlight Walk

After a long week at work, take some time to reflect by taking a late night walk with you and your dog. Stroll down the sidewalk under the soft glow of the street lamps, look up at the twinkling stars and full moon, and take a moment to remember how lucky you are to have your furry friend in your life.

11. Lazy Breakfast in Bed

After that late night walk, why not sleep in a little! Stay in your pajamas, read, watch tv, and just relax. Your pup can cuddle with you or crawl up on their own pillow right next to you of course. ☺

12. Sync up your Wardrobe
You know those families who wear matching shirts to the amusement parks?  Well, your dog is family too.  Try out a twinning day to feel the love with your canine pal! Maybe try matching bandanas? 


13. Doggy Massage
If you’ve ever gotten a massage, you know how good it feels! So why not try your hand at giving your dog some body love? Check out how to be a master pooch masseuse! 

14. Poetry Reading
Recent studies say that reading for six minutes before you go to bed can make you sleep better. And talking to your pet in calm manner before bed helps your dog relax and ensure they sleep well too. Ding ding! How about a little poetry reading for your pooch. Why not it's Valentine Day?

*Michaela Fisher is our guest blogger and animal lover. See more from her here regularly.

5 SIMPLE HOME CLEANLINESS TIPS FOR PET PARENTS

Pets are great company and sometimes messy companions! It is often difficult to keep our homes at the cleanliness level we prefer when you add all that fur!  Here are 5 simple tips ...
  • Give your pet their own designated area with a dedicated bed and food dishes in your home so the mess is contained
  • Dedicate an outdoor area where they can be comfortable defecating and urinating and spend time training them to use the area.  Maintain it so they continue to use it.
  • Groom your pet regularly whether it be brushing and bathing at home, a professional groomer or a combination of both.
  • Keep your dogs feeding area cleaned up especially when they have decided to play with their kibble or their water dish.
  • Vacuum regularly and in the corners and crevices.  Hair can get into fan blades and corners.  Be diligent and make sure to empty and clean your vacuum filters so the vacuum continues to do a good job. 

Make sure to keep up the routine so all that furry love doesn't get ahead of you and your pet!

This guest post is written by Joe Cole, he works at Coupon Goo.

Happy New Year! How Are Your Doggy-Resolutions Going?

Happy New Year from Bedtime4Dogs!

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It takes 21 days to make a habit-how are your doggy resolutions going so far? Every day is a new day-let us help even if it's not quite January...

The start of a new year is a great time to try something new. It’s a clean slate, and what better way to start out the year than by treating your furry friend right? Below are five resolutions you can take to assure your dog and you have a happy, tail waggin’ year. :)

  1. Commit to taking your dog to the park at least twice a week. Walks around the block are great- but parks offer so much space, and so many smells! Plus it’s an opportunity to socialize, both for you and your dog.
  2. Teach your dog a new trick this year. This is an awesome way to get your dog thinking and stimulated, making for a healthier and happier pet.
  3. Consider getting your dog a new bed! Torn beds not only look messy but can also pose a health risk to your dog (dogs may chew/swallow stuffing). Take a look at our beds here: https://www.bedtime4dogs.com/collections/beds
  4. Splurge for a microchip. Microchips are not trackable, but they can be scanned, providing information such as the dog’s name, their owner, and their address. This can be invaluable if your dog loses their collar. The best part? They’re not as expensive as you think! Microchipping your dog can cost as little as $50.00.
  5. Make sure you and your dog are getting a good night sleep! For you, try abstaining from your phone, or any other screen 30 minutes before you go to bed. And for the dog, try our bedtime bones, we promise your dog will love them! https://www.bedtime4dogs.com/collections/bones

Have other resolutions in mind for 2017? Send us an email to karlene@bedtime4dogs.com with a picture of your pooch and tell us what you are doing! We love to share so by sending us your precious pooch we will be telling others!

But Wait There's More...Good News

This is the kind of stuff that warms my heart.  We are in the "Good News" section of the Huffington Post.  That's just good karma, right?  It's here right here...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-donaldson/superzoo-roundup_b_7908206.html

But wait there's more....We are also voted among the top 10 Cutest Brands-http://www.bodieontheroad.com/the-10-cutest-pet-brand-names-at-superzoo-2015/

We like to be called cute too :)