Rita is not a destructo-chewer (thank heaven!), but I love to give her something to munch on in the afternoons when she's bored and wants me to stop staring at the box on my desk. Since I normally write in the afternoons, I need to keep her entertained. But I've never been really sure about what's best to give her.
We've tried a few things, starting with bully sticks. You might remember I posted these pics of her enjoying her bully sticks before.
|"Give it to me!"
And you might remember/already know that bully sticks = a bull's "pizzle." Luckily I found her non-stinky bull's pizzle (I've heard complaints about the smell before. Stinky bull's pizzle. No thank you.), but still... there's just something about these that is downright gross if you think about it too much. I mean, I guess it's good that we are using every part of the animal and all . . . but where's this pizzle been? Do I really want my girl munching on it?
|"That's good pizzle, Momma! I give it a two dew-claws up rating!"
|"Mmmm. So good. Wish Momma would give me the full rack."
Turns out, you need to look for rolled rawhides that look like this on the end:
|Now, that is one piece of hide!
|"Hmm. I need to study this and figure out the best way to attack."
|"I bow to the superior power this giant rawhide has over me!"
|"Maybe I should sneak up on it!"
|"It smells fantastic. So... cow-y. Mmmm."
|"Guess I'll just dive in."
I think we have a winner!
Do your dogs like to chew? What do you give them to keep them busy?
In Other News...
I finally realized that I should take advantage of the "Pages" feature on Blogger and have added an "About us" page and an excerpt from the What the Dog Ate. I don't know why this didn't occur to me sooner... D'oh.
|My new ad! Thanks Ge'!
Finally, I was excited to see that What the Dog Ate is the 3rd "Top Rated" e-book in the "Comic Fiction" category on Amazon. You can check it out here (the link shows the top sellers - and the book's place on that list fluctuates every day, but to the right on that page it shows the top 3 highest rated books - and there's my book! Hopefully it stays that way, or even moves up a spot. If you've read the book - or any book - the best thing you can do for an author is to leave an honest review for them on Amazon or Goodreads. Thanks!)
Oh - I just remembered one other thing... Tomorrow I'm going to be helping out with the annual HOPE telethon for the Helen Woodward Animal Center (the place I volunteer). I'm going to help with the adoptable dog handling and, in theory, I might be on TV in the 1 - 2.30 slot. My hope for the HOPE telethon is that I don't embarrass myself on TV. I'll let you know how it goes next week!