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  • The Cost of things: August 2014

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Thursday September 11th, 2014 at 01:45 PM

    Incredibly busy lately. I have about two posts in me for September, and this is one, already way later than usual.

    This is my fourth year of tracking pet finances at the House of Two Bows. This is an ongoing effort to get a practical sense of what it costs to keep two 20 ~ 30 pound adult dogs in an area of the US with relatively high costs of living. Previous posts in this series can be found under the category of finances.

    The Cost of (Pet) Things for August 2014:

    Food: $211 [previous month,...
  • Sighting: Chow & Dog Chow in Denmark

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Thursday August 28th, 2014 at 09:36 AM

    Everywhere I go, I feel like I have an I (Heart) Dogs sign floating above my head.

    I dropped offline for a while, as I was busy flying back and forth across the world specifically, to Denmark, where I spent a little time in Copenhagen before heading over to Aarhus for a four-day conference. Super glad to be back home.

    Whenever I travel now, I keep an eye on the local canine landscape. Frankly, I was a little disappointed by how few Nordic dogs I spotted! Sure, I saw a few, but relative to the...

  • DIY delicacies

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Tuesday August 12th, 2014 at 04:45 PM

    This is what about $5 worth of dehydrated chicken hearts produces:

    At $2.69/pound, the meat wasnt on sale. They came from the grocery store that tends to have less fat on their chicken hearts, so I barely had to trim anything. Slicing each heart in half before throwing it into the dehydrator also stretches out the portions.

    Thisll last a month or two? I keep one container at a time in the fridge (theyre smaller than they appear). The rest go in the freezer until needed.

  • The Cost of things: July 2014

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Tuesday August 5th, 2014 at 09:59 AM

    This is my fourth year of tracking pet finances at the House of Two Bows. This is an ongoing effort to get a practical sense of what it costs to keep two 20 ~ 30 pound adult dogs in an area of the US with relatively high costs of living. Previous posts in this series can be found under the category of finances.

    The Cost of (Pet) Things for July 2014:

    Food: $30 [previous month, $21] Treats: $31 [previous, $6] Grooming: $5 [previous, $0] Vet & Medical: $411 [previous, $0] Accessories and...
  • Threshold: Bowdu’s July checkup

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Wednesday July 30th, 2014 at 01:14 PM

    I dreaded the accounting on this one, but delaying it doesnt make the expense go away. Bowdus last vet checkup was a heavy one, financial and psychological.

    For Bowdus annual exam, I had an additional concern. Bowdus back legs his back right leg, in particular had been shaky for quite some time now. Last year, the vet said it indicative of muscle weakness, a symptom that often accompanies hypothyroidism. Bowdus energy levels remain consistent, so we maintained observational hover pattern.

    ...

  • Idle privilege

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 03:27 PM

    The dogs get to be lazy when Im not.

    Ive been ruminating lately on how good lives take hard work. Some labors are more visible than others, which doesnt make them inherently more or less valuable, just different.

    During SPARCS2014, Ray Coppinger spoke of how he finds it cruel and freakish to reduce dogs, with their evolutionary history as working animals, to the lazy lifestyles of modern pethood. When you take the work away from the working dog, the drive always remains, as a matter of...

  • Playing possum

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Monday July 14th, 2014 at 09:00 AM

    When a possum wandered into the backyard this weekend, I learned something about Bowdus prey drive.

    Specifically, his prey drive doesnt kick in if the creature doesnt dart and just huddles in place, hissing and making ugly faces. The worst that Bowdu did to the hapless opossum was bark and play bow, occasionally starting forward but he did not make physical contact.

    After a while of the same expression from an otherwise motionless creature, he lost interest.

    Or maybe he was confused, especially...

  • Off and on and intercepted

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Tuesday July 8th, 2014 at 09:00 AM

    Bowpi can be a pretty flexible pile of puppydawg when in rest

    and in action.

    The pit bulls owner was very conscientious about how rough her dog was playing with Bowpi, due to her size. Is this okay? Can your dog play like this? she kept asking. I forget sometimes that many people see Basenjis as small dogs, because they dont display the kind of frailty one associates with toys and minis.

    Bowpi does get overwhelmed by larger dogs pretty quickly, particularly during chase. Shes good at...

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