Photo of the Week: The KONG Face

Everyone should have something in their life that makes their face light up like this.

buster

For Buster it’s just a little kibble, wet food and plain, NF yogurt stuffed into a big red Kong.  Too bad he can’t actually see the color red.  Of course, that doesn’t matter, because the marketing geniuses at Kong Company are smart enough to know that humans are the ones buying the toys, not the color blind dogs.  For fabulous Kong recipes, go here.

About emily douglas

Emily Douglas authors The Unexamined Dog blog and writes regularly about "pit bull" advocacy, humane education and the parallels between the education field and the dog world. Emily and her dog, Peaches volunteer as a registered therapy dog team in the Southeast Michigan area, where their visits are affectionately known as Peach Therapy.
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7 Responses to Photo of the Week: The KONG Face

  1. Donna Baker says:

    Oh that’s adorable. My girl Alli lights up like that anytime there is bread around….just like you, I call her expression “Alli bread face.” All my dogs have gone crazy for bread…..one from a while back would do ANYTHING for a piece of rolled up, doughy white bread. Loving bread myself, I can appreciate the attraction. ;- )

  2. jhgeorgi says:

    I just love that face!

  3. That is the best smile!

  4. What a beautiful face! Makes mine light up, too! 🙂

  5. ghzskr says:

    Hi, Emily. I recently discovered your blog. I like it a lot and I’ve become a regular reader. Do you always trust your dogs to be with your cats? I’m thinking about adopting a Pit Bull puppy and I already have two cats in my house. Do you have any advice? Thanks.

    • Hi!

      Thanks so much for your nice message. From my own personal experience alone (others may have experienced something different), I think introducing a puppy into a home that already has cats is one of the easiest things you can do. All four of our dogs (as well as a couple past foster puppies) entered our home as young puppies with an already existing adult cat in our house. With puppies, everything is about socialization, management, and creating positive associations with new things and experiences.

      Lots of folks are worried about the whole “prey drive” thing but honestly, if your dog has proper exposure to cats early on, that’s just not an issue in my experience. Several of our dogs have intense prey drives and go absolutely nuts at the sight of a squirrel. That has never translated to them chasing the cat.

      Like anything else, you’ll be supervising a lot in the beginning, looking for opportunities to reward the puppy for acting appropriately and politely around the cats. You’ll also be making sure that your cats always have safe, comfortable areas of the house to retreat to where the dog can’t go. We’ve always had indoor/outdoor cats, so in our specific situation, our cats have never really felt trapped or cornered.

      Making sure that your cats feel comfortable and aren’t too stressed out by the new addition will be important. Using crates and puppy gates to manage space and create boundaries will be very helpful.

      But more than anything, it just depends on the dog. Some puppies are terrified of cats and know pretty quickly that the cat is in charge ;), others don’t really care either way, and yet others are overly playful and relentless with them until they learn more desirable behaviors and alternative things to play with.

      This is a pretty good resource from the ASPCA on this topic: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-behavior/introducing-your-cat-new-dog

      Like it mentions, most people make the mistake of thinking that the dog is the hard part. But really, you need to be as observant as possible about what your cats are comfortable with and know that it’s the cats who will probably need more time and consideration during the process because it’s a new animal invading their space. You may also see different behaviors from them for a while.

      Hope this helps a little and good luck with the puppy adoption!

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