Fashion Friday :-)

          What’s up Efurryone?! It’s a beautiful Friday here in NYC & I hopes all is well wherever you are all at furiends.  I’z  Been having a great week so far, but please say a prayer or two or three fur all doze anipals dat are stuck without home in shelters or on da streets & others who are sick & poorly.  If you can, please especially keep Molly the Yorkie  who suffered a stroke & Sebastian the Cat who has had a ruff year dat included a fire at his home, in your hearts & prayers & let ‘em know you’re finking of ‘em by sending ‘em a tweet or two…PLEASE!!!!

          I thought I’d have a little fun today & have a fashion Friday.  Basically just a few pics of yours truly lookin spiffy in some of my many tees & sweaters.  Dad has always liked dressing me up in the winter, but it’s only until recently  dat he started getting me more tees & hoodies to rock year round.  Dats because I had a bad skin infection & lost lots of hair on my back & wearing tees not only covered dat up , but also helped with stopping me from  scratching & biting my skin.  My pals Gracie Lu & Kalo 7 Wolfe Shih Poo would especially appreciate dis post I fink since dey such fahionistas.   Both of my pals are having or involved in contests by da way so check’em out. Gracies iz holding a dating contest on her blog fur our Italian Greyhound pal Vincent Rocket & Kalo is entered in a photo contest fur Modern Dog magazine so go make sure ya votes in each okay pals?So now fur a small taste of my puppy style!  Woof,Woof

Here I am in my camouflage gear getting ready to go on night maneuvers. I call it da Rambo–jungle chic. (Click to Enlarge)

Here, I completely switch it up & go fur da preppie school dog look. @ button all cotton shirt w/ collar by Kwigy-Bo :-) (Click to Enlarge)

As you can already see, I’z a very versatile pup. We likes ta keep our look fresh 7 be ready for any occasion around my house.

Another shot of me prepping it up from a different angle. Sometimes, when I’m feeling dangerous, I’ll flip da collar up.

How ya likes my urban B-boy stance!!! I likes ta rock my hat ta da back whenever I’m watchin’ Americas Best Dance Crew (Click to Enlarge)

          I’m finking of getting more accessories like hats & bandanas 8 I def haves ta look into deez doggle shades dat my sweet furiend Pixel mentioned ta me cuz efurryfing is so much brighter since my successful cataract surgery.

Here’s a shot of one my Snow Dog outfits fur doze weekends in Aspen complete with booties. the jacket has a skull wit a santa hat & says naughty on da back. BOL! (Click to Enlarge)

I do so love da snow & not only are da booties fashionable but dey protect my paws from all dat rock salt peeps throw down ta melt ice.

Dey don’t call me King Barky fur nothin’ BOL! Anudder Kwigy Bo classic dat only cost my mama 9 bucks at a sample sale. Seven years & still gud!

Da shirt say’s it all! I fink red goes great with my hair. Woof,woof!!!

          Spring & fall in NYC are pretty cool & so sometimes tees won’t do & sweaters are too heavy…On doze days we go with a hooded jacket. here are a few shots of some of my faves & we already showcased da camouflage one.

Peace, Love, and Aroooooooooo

Peace & Love ta all my anipals & furiends.

Sometimes, I’m just too cool ta look at da camera

Does dis sweater make my tail look big?

I wear hoodies, but I’m no hood!

Dad really, really likes dis sweater. Got it fur only 2 bucks on clearance from PPE Pet Supplies.

My future so bright, I gotta wear shades!

         Hopes ya all enjoyed my lil Fashion Show Friday Post…There will be more ta come next week. Fanks ta all my pals fur all da support & luvins. Stay Sexy! hehehehe

PAW LOVE, Hugs, and ArOOOOOOOOOOOO

Facts of Life

          Happy, Happy Wednesday Efurryone!!! Yesterday, Tuesday, was one of doze days dat starts out not so pretty—gloomy skies & rain it was—but den da clouds broke & da sun cames out & it warmed up quite a bit & next thing ya know, it was a great Spring day. ..great looking at least. 

         My dad says any day you wake up & ya still here is a pretty gud day.  If ya wake up & have ya family & furiends and a roof ova ya head—better den gud.  And If ya have da love of ya family & furiends, a roof ova ya head and ya HEALTH, well den it’s a GREAT day! Of course f ya wakes up & one or more of doze things are off, well in dat case den, you at least have another day to work towards makin’ ‘em betta.   Well fankfully, I haz all of dat and it is a great day—fur me—but I cants help but think of all my anipals & friends out dere for whom da day is not so gud.  Dat doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate my doggy blessings—if anything, I appreciate ‘em more, knowing what I knows ‘bout struggling anipals ‘round da world.  Doggy’s & kittens wit no home or family of dere own…hoomans dealing with dere beloved companions suffering thru illnesses such as cancer, severe allergies, heartworms, tumors, anaemia, and much, much more….my super cute & wicked smart dolphin pals & dere cousins, da whales, being hunted and slaughtered by bad hoomans…anipals being hunted near extinction & so much more goes thru my mind almost daily.  

          Being a furbaby myself dat was abandoned by his family  in a shelter where I waited 3 whole months befur being rescued by my real family it’s only natural dat I think of deez things & of da less fortunate of my anipal brofurs & sisfurs, but it’s on my mind even more den ever now—and why is dat???  Cuz of facebook & Twitter dats why!  

          Befur I got on doze & started making furiends,  I felt as tho it were just me & my dad fur da most part, making our way thru a world dat was more concerned with da Real Housewives of New Jersey den anything substantial.  A big part of dat of course is probably cuz we spend most of our time in New York Stinky—I mean—City. BOL!   On da ofur side of course dere are doze nutso groups dat are da opposite of oblivious such as PETA.   PETA, who if you’ve been paying attention actually KILLS ANIPALS & spend donation money on ridiculous, sure ta go nowhere, lawsuits such as da one against Seaworld claiming dat da “killer” whales, which are actually Dolphins by da way, were slaves & dat captivity violated their CIVIL rights.  I may just be a dog, and I’m not a very political pup, but HUH!?!?!?!?! WTH were doze dodo heads thinking?  Millions of dollars wasted & not one anipal helped!  I loves anipals—PETA loves money…& exploiting anipals ta make more money.  Anyway, of course, in da middle of doze extremes dere are small groups we know of, peeps of substance , likes da cool folks ova at Bobbi and Da Strays, & of course our close personal furiends who we can chat & play wit & have meaningful conversation & belly rub time with, but doze four people aren’t always available—hehehehehehehe.  Nowtho, wit facebook & Twitters, dey don’t needs ta be.

          Dad let me have a Facebook page a few months back, Barkys Place NYC, & at first it was slow going.  I “liked” a bunch of pages of anipal interest groups such as Life With Dogs, Natural Balance & Pets For Patriots & of course I asked a bunch of dads furiends ta come by, like my page and share photos or story’s of dere companions wit us….Like I says tho, it was slow going.  Once I got on Twitters tho, efurrything changed. It was so easy ta find & connect with anipals & peeps of similar interests. So easy and fun ta connect wit furiends & share story’s & learn about each ofur.  Now here’s da yin and yang of it all.  It’s so pawsome being connected & sharing my life with all these new anipals and yet it hurts so much ta see, read, & hear, of  da suffering some of ‘em go thru. It’s beautiful and it’s ugly. On da one paw ya have Dana Moody, anipal lover and keeper of da pawcircle who does so much fur furbabes by promoting their causes & spreading awareness via Twitter and da great Pawcircle website dat is designed ta highlight & bring comfort ta fur babies & dere hoomans. And way on da offur  side of things ya gots ANIMALS like Darius Ewing & his sick pals who set Justice, a young puppy, on fire after trying ta strangle ‘em with a rope furst.  Deres da beauty of watching a young pup like Kiba da Bulldog growing up & da sadness of losing newfound pals like Sweetface to lymphoma cancer and my pal Paws, affectionately known as Mr Mega Paws who lost his life to a horrible disease called Mega Esophagus.  I gets ta see all da cool pups, kitties, rabbits, ferrets and more dat have super duper loving families and lives getting to be carefree pets in dere furever homes…I also see now more den ever all da poor pups & kittens dat are stuck in shelters, some of them never ta make it out alive, abandoned by peeps who don’t understand what love & family truly means.  I think I know what ya thinking,but I wouldn’t trade it fur anything. 

          I coulds try & ignore da bad, but den what kind of pal would I be ta furiends like Tina da Pug who is tryin ta stay in gud spirits while both her mama & brofur Hooie are sick?  What kind of pup would I be if I didn’t at least help ta share da stories of ofur pups &  anipals stuck in shelters like I once was all doze years ago?  I gots ta take da good with da bad…and dere is always gud!  Ask my bud Kaito Kamui—him and his mama had ta say goodbye ta Lally, Kaitos senior kitty brofur yesterday and dat is awful sad.  A gloomy start to a gloomy day.  It gonna take a long time ta heal from losing dere companion, but just as da sun peeked out yesterday and it became a brighter day outside, it too got a lil brighter for dem cuz dey were not alone & are gettin’ lots of  love and support from dere anipals, peeps, & furiends online.  Pals dat have been sending ‘em words of encouragement & praying fur dere family ta be well. Pals likes ArlieJo in Pennsylvania all da way to Pandora  in Awizona and me of course, in NYC.  And seein’ dat also makes my day betta, not ta mention dat I too have gotten lots of love & support from peeps & anipals over da past few months whether it has been in dere support of sharing issues & stories I am passionate ’bout or givin me words of encouragement during my cataract surgery ,or helpin my dad take care of my foster brofur Sal.  It’s been a wild and crazy ride gettin ta know efurryone & we’ve gone from just da two of us to so many furiends dat we’re havin a hard time keeping up with efurryone & efurrything…my calendar is FULL. It’s been great & now dere are no gloomy days–just days dat sometimes have gloom in ‘em. So as dey say, “ya take da gud, ya take da bad, ya take ‘em both and there ya have da facts of life.” We Love you guys!!!!!!

       PAW LOVE, Hugs, and ArOOOOOOOOOOOO

Scratch, Itch, and Sniff: The Return…

Hola friends. Hoping that efurryones Fursday was splendiferous and full of Paw Love and hugs! I had a pretty good day—lots of nappy’s, squeaky toy play time, noms, belly rubs and no itchys.  So yesterday I talked a lil bit ‘bout bad ole allergies in pups and there is just so much to talk about dat I’ll be continuing wit dat today. Don’t be so surprised…I told you I was going to dat at da end of my last post silly.

Workin' hard ta Get Dis Blog Post Out. A Pups Work Is Never Done

So as I said before, just like hoomans, dogs can show allergic symptoms when dere immune systems react ta certain substances or allergens and a dog with allergies can have an extreme reaction to them. What sorts of reaction???? Check it out—>

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•      Increased scratching
•      Diarrhea
•      Itchy back or base of tail
•      Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
•      Itchy ears and ear infections
•      Itchy, runny eyes
•      Sneezing
•      Vomiting
•      Constant licking
•      Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
•      Paw chewing/swollen paws

Dats not a pretty list, I know, and on top of all dat, allergic pups can also ends up with bacterial or yeast skin infections, which can cause hair loss, and scabs! Lucky me has had all the symptoms except fur icky diarrhea, sneezing, vomiting & snoring. I do snores sometimes but it’s not cuz of my allergies, it just happens when I’m extra super comfy and tired.  Oh, and if dat list sounds too intense fur you ta deal with—well if you’re a pup, try not to be a terrier, setter, retriever, or flat-faced breed such as pug or bulldog, and if you’re a hooman, shy away from dose breeds cuz allergies are most common in dem.  Remember, it’s supposed to be a furever commitment furiends.

So remember dose skin infections I just mentioned 3 sentences ago? Well a few months back, I got a bad one, and it turned my pretty, pink belly, black wit spots, and made lots of my flowing golden & grey locks fall right off my back, and my butt, and dats definitely no fun in da winter time pals! I wents to da dermatologist once a month fur months and months, doin’ blood workies and trying all sorts of meds ta help beat da infection with no luck. On top of dat I haves ta take my regular allergy medicine dat comes in dese injections dat dad gives me in da scruff of my neck.

Well, finally dad said enough cuz dey would never give us enough meds and were difficult about prescribing me oral and topical meds dat had worked before or dad wanted ta try. He says dat it’s all about money. (Dad explained money ta me using biscuits once by asking me how many biscuits I would give up fur a 60 minute walk compared to a 20 minute walk.) He also says that he hates da FDA, whoever they are; I think maybe a dog cuz dad is always tellin’ ‘em ta “bite me.”  But anyway he hates ‘em cuz there’s all dis great topical medicine, just fur anipals, dat u can get no problem in Europe, but need a prescription ta get over here, and dats if dey even allow it here he says. So anyways, we went online and gots some topical stuff—Zymox and Ketoseb to name two–dat is really helpin’ me now. I haven’t been itchy, my hair is growing back and I’m not getting’ dat funny smell dat I would get after a few days anymore.  I still gots healing to do & a friend in London is gunna help us get sum other stuff from a company called PerfectPetSkin—don’t worry it’s all legal

Here's A Peek @ Some of The Topical Treatments We Use Fur My Allergy Symptoms

We’re also seeing a new skin specialist—time to change it up and so when I went to see my optomologist on Wednesday, I made an appt ta see da dermatologist. We thought dey already had us scheduled fur dat but dey so busy, dere was a mixup and so I gots ta wait a lil bit. Oh wait…what’s dat? Why do I have to see the optomolo whatever? Cuz I gots cataracts. I had a cloudy lens in my right eye ever since dad gots me so he always knew we was gonna have ta take care of dat someday and now it started showin up in my left eye. Dad says I’m too young to go blind and he’s too lazy ta have ta teach a blind dog new tricks. BOL. Just to be certain dat you guys know tho deaf or blind dogs are just as capable as other pups!! Dey just needs special training & a lil extra care at first is all…just like hoomans!!!

No, I Don't Wanna Kindly Jump Up On Dat Table Fur You ta Poke & Prod Me, Fank You!!!

So as da days and weeks go by I’ll fill you guys in more on my cataract surgery and allergy adventures if youz don’t mind. It helps me ta bark about it and I figures I could impart sum knowledge ta dose dat don’t know about dat stuff as well. We wish you a Happy Friday and fanks fur reading. Don’t furgets ta come say hi on my Fb page & catch me on twitters

PAW LOVE, Hugs, and ArOOOOOOOOOOOO

Scratch, Itch and Sniff

Hello Furiends and anipals!!! Back again! How has efurryone been dis beautiful furst week of April? Well, beautiful except fur Texas where all dose crazy tornados are hurting people and our furry friends. Say a little prayer fur efurryone down dere please. Gotta always remember ta count ya blessings is what my dad says and things like dose tornados and people losing their furever homes reminds me dat even though I live with allergies, I’m a blessed puppy. ..and dats right animals can have allergies too.

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In fact, da number of doggies with allergies has gone up, and up, and up, a whole lots in da past few years. I read on webmd fur pets dat a whole one in seven pups suffer from allergies, and all breeds and mixes can be affected. If any of ya out dere don’t know, an allergy is a nasty reaction dats caused by things likes exposure ta a food, an inhalant, or something in da environment. What da pup is exposed ta is what dey call da allergen. The way da pups immunie system responds to the allergen is the allergic reaction. When I furst found my human and came ta live with him, he didn’t know dat I has allergies. I didn’t even know; I knew something was wrong with me, but not exactly what, and I was afraid ta tell dem. I was so happy ta be out of da shelter and being loved dat I didn’t wanna give ‘em any reason ta take me back. Dey brought me home and I right away worked really hard at my training and being a SUPER good boy and makin sure dat I showed ‘em what a great boy I could be cuz I really did love dem, but I was also afraid of going back ta da shelter. I didn’t need ta be afraid tho as it turns out cuz when my secret finally came out, my dad and gramps didn’t make any fuss over it—dey just made sure I got da care I needed…and it wasn’t easy at furst.

Ya see, it took a while to even figure out what da heck was goin on with me—why I was itchy all da time and getting red spots– after dey realized dat something even was going on. While hoomans usually gets upper respiratory symptoms when an allergy is triggered, in dogs it is usually the skin, with super bad itching being the BIG sign. Pups with allergies will scratch all da time and are usually MISERABLE. So we went to a couple of different nice vets and one told us dat it looks like I gots allergies and so dey gave me some special food dats grain and gluten free (remind me ta look up what da heck gluten is buddies) & some anti-hista-sumthin and sent me home. Well, dat helped a lil bit but den da following Spring I hads a really,really bad reaction and dats when my dad found a special puppy dermatologist–one of only two or three in all of New York City–and rushed me over dere. Dey was, and are very nice, and dats where we learned all sorts of things like what exactly I was allergic too—basically everything, including my sisfur Kenny da cat—and dat pup allergies fall into four categories—ones caused by fleas, ones caused by inhaled allergens likes dust mites, and grasses, ones caused by foods, and finally, ones caused by irritants dat have direct contact with da skin—and we also learned dat if da allergies go untreated dat dey could even kills me if I have a bad enough reaction. Most importantly tho, we learned how ta fight dem and helps me live a more comfortable life.

I wear dis sumtimes when I have flareups so I don't eats myself #E-CollarProblems

I wanna let all of you know dat, yes it was pretty expensive fur all da testing and medicines and treatments and and ongoing treatments and downright stressful fur my hoomans sometimes cuz dey don’t likes ta see me, or any furbaby’s in pain, but if ya find ya self with an anipal with special needs, don’t just dump ‘em in a kill shelter like my furst “family” did ta me. We understand if ya can’t afford ta help us, but ya CAN afford ta take just a little time from ya schedule ta find us a nice new home, or a foster, or a no-kill shelter rescue. Your anipals don’t deserve ta die just cuz we suffer from the same things dat hoomans do sometimes. Dere is help out dere for dem and fur you hoomans too and we’ll talks about dat in a future post about anipal insurance and fundraising and da like. Well, I’m gonna go play with my squeaky toy and then take a nap and do sum other important pup business now, but tune in tomorrow fur more about allergies and my latest flare up and vet visit with pictures and all….

PAW LOVE, Hugs, and ArOOOOOOOOOOOO