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    Buddy and Lola's IPAD GIVEAWAY

    Buddy and Lola's IPAD GIVEAWAY

     DOG SELFIE PHOTO COMPETITION USA WIN AN IPAD

    The idea of “dog selfies” sounds a bit strange, but it’s great fun! Dogs can be as good as humans at making funny faces and there’s nothing better than taking funny pictures with you and your dog.  This month Buddy and Lola are running a very special dog selfie competition and you can WIN an IPAD worth $260! It’s easy to enter, it’s fun –  and who knows… you could be a winner. All you need to do is to take a picture of you and your dog and submit it onto our app (click on the link here ). Once you’ve clicked on the link you can also review – and vote on – the gallery of pics that have already been uploaded. Don’t forget to ask your family and friends to also take part by voting for your selfie because the picture with the most votes will win the IPAD!

    It’s a Dog’s Life !

    It’s a Dog’s Life !

    Animals living “in the wild” naturally have much higher activity levels.  After all, they have to find their own food.  Our pet dogs, however, may spend much of their day lazing about as they don’t have to hunt and catch their own food and they don’t have to escape predators.  But, of course, this was the life of the ancestors of our pet dogs and they still have those survival instincts and problem-solving ability which will come to the forefront in working dogs in particular. 

     Dogs living with us in our homes may get regular walks and play time but our busy modern lifestyles mean that we cannot always be there to provide mental stimulation.  Sometimes, this can lead to unwanted behaviors – such as chewing, barking or digging or even obsessive tail chasing or licking – simply due to boredom.

     You can help to keep your dog busy and happy and here’s some of our favorite ideas.

     BUDDY AND LOLA HEALTHY DOG TREATS

    • First, make sure they get plenty of walks (all that exercise is good for you too don’t forget) - a tired dog is a happy dog.
    • Hide their food to make them work for it.  Stuff food into toys, divide meals into separate spots around the house, or even scatter dry food out in the garden. You can also buy high-tech feeding devices that release just a little food at a time.
    • Of course, there are lots of interactive puzzle-type toys on the market too that will help your dog use all their problem-solving skills to get to that treat.
    • Give them something to really get their teeth into – instead of your furniture – check out the options at your local pet store – from natural ram horns or antlers to strong nylon toys.
    • Make sure they have the opportunity to be social with other dogs, ideally off-leash at the dog park.
    • Best of all, spend time with your dog.  Spend some quality time every day on teaching your dog a new trick, play tug-of-war or a simple game of fetch.  Why not check out local classes – Agility, Flyball and more.
    • Dogs are smarter than we think – the only limitation is your imagination!

    A day at the beach …

    A day at the beach …

     

    Heaven - the sun’s shining, they let you out of the car and you find yourself at the beach. So many interesting new smells to investigate and we made plenty of new doggy friends too.  We had such fun digging great big holes in the sand (though we didn’t find any buried bones which was a shame).  Then we thought it was time to cool off in the ocean but Lola wasn’t too sure about all that water and seemed to be more interested in sniffing out sandwiches - and she was happy to share!

     

    BUDDYANDLOLADOGS

    BUDDYANDLOLADOGS

    We always knew it, but now science has proved it...

    We always knew it, but now science has proved it...

    We’ve just discovered some fascinating science from The University of Missouri where they’ve carried out what was surely the most fun study ever comparing dog owners and non-dog owners and we’re not surprised to hear they found owning a dog can help us live longer.  Of course, here at Buddy & Lola we already knew that our canine BFFs have super powers that are beyond our understanding but research recently printed in the New Zealand Herald showed that people over the age of 60, tend to live longer with a doggy companion.

     

    Here comes the technical bit - the study used data on human-animal interactions, physical activity, frequency of doctor visits and health outcomes of the participants and found that people with higher degrees of pet bonding were more likely to take their dogs for a healthy walk, an activity which also meant they tended to be more social. 

    So that daily exercise and companionship with your dog can mean better overall health and less visits to the Doctor.  Those lovely long walks with your pooch not only help lower body mass index (important for both you and the dog!) but don’t forget that the unconditional love you have for your pet which gets you out and about more often to help keep them fit also means making you feel better both physically and mentally. We all know doggy owners love to get together and see their pets having fun too and this research proves this social interaction with other people helps extend our lives in the best possible way.

    Rebecca Johnson, a professor at the University's College of Veterinary Medicine who took part in the research, said: "These results can provide the basis for medical professionals to recommend pet ownership for older adults and can be translated into reduced health care expenditures for the aging population."  Retirement communities could adopt pet-friendly policies, such as establishing dog walking trails and dog exercise areas, in order to improve their residents' health, she said.

    At Buddy & Lola we say – just get out there and enjoy being with your dog whenever you can – you know it’s good for you!