<![CDATA[Wiggly Butt Designs: Your pet will approve! - Blog]]>Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:02:47 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[10 reasons I'm thankful for my dog]]>Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:01:08 GMThttp://www.wigglybuttdesigns.com/blog/10-reasons-im-thankful-for-my-dogI've been having a tough week. The reasons why aren't important, but making the most of it is. And to help me stay positive, I have my dog. So here's a quick list of reasons why I'm thankful for Daisy:

1. She wiggles and whines every time I come home. Even if I've only been gone for 5 min. It's nice to be missed

2. I know way more of my neighbors now. It's nice to be part of a community rather than just living in an anonymous condo

3. She tolerates when I hug and squeeze her. I know she hates it, but she tolerates it

4. She was a breeze to house train. She even never pooped once in the house! 

5. She gets extra excited when my husband and I are in the same room. She understands "family" and wants us to be together... which is important for all of us to remember

6. She harmonizes her howl with other bassets. It cracks me up.

7. She is calm enough to be a great teaching tool for kids (& adults!) that are afraid of dogs

8. She waits for permission before getting on the couch or bed. And we never trained her to

9. She may not be the smartest dog, but she tries really hard. And that's important.

10. Umm, have you seen her?! Cuteness overload!


I'm sure there are a million more, but that's a good start. So tell us: Why are you thankful for your pet?
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Me & Daisy. Copyright Boston Dog Photography by Cheryl Colombo. Best money we ever spent!
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<![CDATA[What to say when the unthinkable happens?]]>Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:18:33 GMThttp://www.wigglybuttdesigns.com/blog/what-to-say-when-the-unthinkable-happensYou may have noticed that my last blog post was a few months ago. April 9th to be exact. That hasn't been by design, but shortly after I wrote my last post some things happened here in Boston that shook me to my core.

As I'm sure you know, on April 15th two men (cowards? idiots?) detonated bombs at the Boston Marathon. My husband and I were about a block away from the second blast. You certainly never expect to be in the middle of a terrorist attack, and it took time to process and accept everything that happened (both that day and since). I felt it would be odd to not comment on it given I was so close to what happened, but this is a happy "dog" blog so it's not really the place to discuss it either. Therefore, I just want to share how having a pet affected things that day, and how pets help us through difficult times in general. 

It took about an hour for us to walk home that afternoon, and I was concerned that Daisy would be upset from the blasts too. After all, she's terrified of the July 4th fireworks and those go off on the Esplanade - further away from our condo than the blasts. But as soon as I turned my key in the door there Daisy was, wiggling her butt and licking my knees as usual. She was happy to see us and wanted to play! Despite my state of shock she knocked me back into my normal routine, which was the best thing that could have happened. The dog needed walks, needed to be fed, needed pets. So I obliged, and it gave the next week a desperately needed normalcy. 

On days when I was upset, Daisy was there to give pets to. When I needed a smile I just had to look at her cute little face. When I didn't want to get out of bed, she did her "pee dance" and I knew she was the priority, not me. All things considered I was very lucky and don't have anything to complain about, but having Daisy next to me just made everything easier.

Comfort and therapy animals are often in the news. From the Lutheran Comfort Dogs in Boston and Newtown, CT to dogs helping witnesses testify in court, dogs (and cats! not intentionally forgetting the therapy cats out there :) can bring a calming effect to people. Studies have shown that petting animals lowers blood pressure. Personally, Daisy provides all of the above for me, as well as being a fun companion during the day. Working from home has its privileges :) 

Partially thanks to Daisy, I hope to restart my normal blogging routine with this post. We have a lot of exciting things going on here at AdopTee's & Wiggly Butt Designs, and they need to be shared. I mean, with all the benefits that animals provide us humans, the least we can do is create products for them to make their butts wiggle! ]]>
<![CDATA[Bow ties: behind the scenes]]>Tue, 09 Apr 2013 23:03:19 GMThttp://www.wigglybuttdesigns.com/blog/bow-ties-behind-the-scenesLast week we introduced our newest product, the doggie bow tie! As with any AdopTee's or Wiggly Butt Designs product, there was a lot of thought, development and testing that occurred before we released it to the public. We thought we'd give you a little "behind the scenes" insight into what went into creating our doggie bow ties. 

Believe it or not, the idea for the bow tie came from our existing bandanas. When I cut up a piece of fabric into bandanas, I am left with a lot of smaller pieces. They could be very useful, if only I could find a use for them. So I thought about what other pet accessories would be cute but only use a small amount of fabric? The bow tie popped into my head!
Daisy in her bow tie
Daisy in her ampersand bow tie
The construction of the bow tie was another matter. Having a dog with long-ish hair, velcro wasn't an option. I've tried it before and it catches on her fur. Once again, the bandanas were the answer; They should slide over the collar. I tried several ideas before using elastic. Elastic is great because it holds the bow tie close yet fits over any size collar. 
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Elastic keeps the bow tie snug on the collar
Finally, I had to determine the right size. I made many prototypes, and finally settled on the currently available size of 6"X4" (in all honestly I'm still working on a smaller version for small dogs)! It looks great in front or in back (more like a hair bow) and looks good on dogs of all sizes.

The solid-colored bandanas came next. I wanted to make a traditional "tuxedo style" bow tie for weddings or other doggie formal occasions. So I searched for ribbons that would look good with black fabric until I had the right look. While searching for ribbons I realized there are TONS of cute ribbons out there. Many more than fabric options. So I decided to make a range of solid-colored bandanas with different ribbons. I am only just scratching the surface of those ideas so stay tuned! I'm even working on Red Sox bow tie...

After several successful trips through the washer and dryer, the bow tie was ready for prime time. Daisy wore a prototype around the neighborhood for a few days as a "road test" with great results. A few photographs later I was able to launch the Wiggly Butt Designs doggie bow tie for everyone! I hope you like it as much as we do!
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Bow ties are great for little dogs too!
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<![CDATA[Shelter dog spotlight: Buckley]]>Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:14:59 GMThttp://www.wigglybuttdesigns.com/blog/shelter-dog-spotlight-buckley
From time to time I'd like to spotlight adoptable animals on the blog. Our first entry is Buckley, who is a happy 10-week old puppy that shares a striking resemblance to my own mystery mutt, Daisy.
 
But first, a little background: My husband and I adopted our dog, Daisy, when she was 7ish months old. She was a stray in SC, picked up by the municipal pound. Lucky for her she was plucked from there by the Northeast Animal Shelter and transported to Salem, MA. We just happened to be visiting the day she came out of quarantine. It was clearly fate that so many things aligned for us to take her home that day. So many animals have these "mystery" backgrounds, which makes them all the more lovable.

Buckley was found as a stray in TN younger than 8 weeks, with no siblings or parents. Must be fate again, because after having three potential families back out (through not fault of Buckley's) I'm making it my mission to find this guy the BEST home out there. He deserves it. He's already been through a lot in his little life.

Here is Buckley's Petfinder profile through Great Dog Rescue New England. I've been working with his foster mom in TN and have learned that she calls him "teapot" because he's short and stout. He's built like a tank and loves to play, eat, sniff and play some more. LOOK AT THAT FACE! (It's exactly what I pictured Daisy as when she was that age.) He is likely basset hound (maybe beagle or other hound?) and probably some golden/lab/or shepherd mix. I obviously have no idea if he'll look like Daisy when fully grown, but we do know he has the traditional triangular lab ears, golden fur and short legs.

Buckley is currently located in TN but may be traveling to Mass by mid-next week. I'd love to have a home waiting for him when he gets here! If not, he will be snatched up immediately as soon as someone sees that face. All dogs are special, but this little guy has something extra. I can feel it, just as a I did when I saw Daisy. Let's find an extra special home for this extra special guy! If you'd like to adopt Buckley there is an application like on his PetFinder profile
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<![CDATA[Heading into the home stretch]]>Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:50:33 GMThttp://www.wigglybuttdesigns.com/blog/heading-into-the-home-stretchWinter may feel like it's winding down, but native New Englanders know another big storm is always just around the corner. Winters here can be treacherous, and this one has been no different. (Actually, despite blizzard Nemo we might be catching a break compared to the misery the middle of the country is going through). Anyways, as we dry off from yet another soggy day, here is a guide to the must-have supplies your dog needs to stay healthy and happy during the winter months.

Waterproof jacket. Even if your dog loves the snow and never gets cold, he should have a waterproof jacket for those wet weather days. Don't think of it as 'dressing up your dog', think of it as 'saving your clothes and furniture from that wet dog smell'. Even a lightweight jacket will keep the majority of your pet's fur dry. Tanner and Dash makes good quality items, and Fab Dog has awesome raincoats that fold into their own little pouch. Bonus: it rains in the summer too, so this purchase will get a lot of use.

Pet-friendly ice melt. Imagine walking around barefoot over the piles of salt we throw on our driveways and sidewalks every day. Common road salt (the kind that most cities use on roads) can burn poor pooches' paws, and causes cracks and irritation. If they lick their paws to get it off, salt can also wreak havoc with their digestive system. Be kind to your pup by using pet-friendly ice melt like Paw Thaw. You should be able to find this at any hardware or pet store in your area.

Dog booties / paw salve. Until everyone starts using pet-friendly ice melt, we need other ways to protect our pups. The best way to avoid salt burns, irritation and ingestion is by covering up your dog's paws with booties when they go outside. Most dogs will resist at first, but in the long run they will thank you. MuttLucks are a great option. For those dogs that absolutely won't put up with wearing booties (mine is among that group), try using a salve on their paws such as Musher's Secret. These salves act as sort of a "doggie Chap-Stik" by coating the dog's paws with wax, helping to avoid getting salt on the pads of the paws and soothing them if it does. Bonus: Musher's Secret is also great in the summertime for protecting against burns from hot sidewalks.

Doggie chamois. Even if your dog wears a jacket and booties, he's bound to track snow, salt and mud into the house after walks. Stash a chamois near your door for a quick wipe down. The extra time spent wiping down Fido will be worth it when you don't have to wash your floors every day. A great option is the super absorbent (and machine washable) BowWow Pet Shammy. I own two, because one always seems to be in the wash! Warning: they do lose absorbency after each wash, but they hold the dirt better than towels (i.e. the dirt s

With your dogs outfitted so well for winter weather, they'll want to stay outside all day. So dog owners should stock up on their long underwear, wool socks and thick gloves. It's cold out there!
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Make sure your dog is more prepared for winter than this!
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<![CDATA[Is she friendly?]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:44:22 GMThttp://www.wigglybuttdesigns.com/blog/is-she-friendlyThe other day Daisy and I were walking down the street, and a woman with her adorable 4 month old puppy approached. The woman, trying her best to control the puppy but hardly succeeding, asked brightly, "Is she friendly?!"
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Looks pretty friendly to me! Photo courtesy: Boston Dog Photography, Cheryl Columbo. Your pet will never look better!
 The question threw me. Daisy is incredibly friendly. She loves people and adores children. She plays at the dog park, and she's been welcomed in nursing homes and retail stores. But Daisy is anxious around other dogs on leash. Especially puppies; All the jumping, licking and overall lack of personal space bugs her. 

I'm sure the woman with the puppy was trying to be polite when asking before she let her dog come up to Daisy. But it's not just about being "unfriendly". It can be a lot more complicated, and most dog owners don't have the time, patience or energy to explain the subtleties (not that other dog owners care to listen either). Whether to save time or face, I've lied and told people she was sick. (Tell someone your dog had giardia and watch how fast they leave you alone!) Mostly I use, "yes she's friendly, but she's in training", which is true. She's in training to overcome her anxiety around dogs.

Why do I bring all of this up? I recently found a new, fantastic way to tell dog owners to give you some space. Because in reality it is truly about needing space, not about being unfriendly. The idea is called The Yellow Dog Project and I think it's brilliant:
In order for The Yellow Dog Project to work, everyone has to know about it. So spread the word! And the next time you pass a dog on the street, remember that all dogs are friendly in their own way! Some just need a little space :)

AdopTee's will have yellow ribbons available at our upcoming events for a $1 donation to a local shelter, along with additional information about The Yellow Dog Project.
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<![CDATA[Happiness is a warm puppy]]>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:13:14 GMThttp://www.wigglybuttdesigns.com/blog/happiness-is-a-warm-puppyWelcome to Daisy's blog. You're all smart people, so you know that since Daisy is a dog she's not really writing this blog. So allow me introduce myself to kick things off.

My name is Elaine, and last year I founded AdopTee's. About two years ago I found myself stressed out beyond belief, with little time for my family, friends and the things I've always enjoyed doing. One day, after a particularly rough day at work, I decided I had to make a change. I had to bring joy back into my life. So I quit my job, got a dog and got back to basics.

I worked in data analytics, which is a fancy way of saying I look through large amounts of data to find patterns and insights. Most of the time my clients were looking to maximize something key to their business: revenue, profit, (minimize) costs, etc. But when applying this concept to my life, deciding what to optimize wasn't so clear. Money? Family? Toys? I decided to optimize for happiness, both short- and long-term. And happiness for me, as it turns out, revolves largely around Daisy the dog.

Daisy the Dog
Happiness is a warm puppy
My goal for this blog is to bring Daisy's musings to life. To see the world through the innocent eyes of a dog. To educate about animal rescue. To bring together a community of animal lovers. And, if nothing else, to bring a smile to someone's day. Daisy is pretty good at that I must say.
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<![CDATA[Testing]]>Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:39:05 GMThttp://www.wigglybuttdesigns.com/blog/testingTesting 1,2,3]]>