Been Chilling a Bit – But Back to Work!

Sacha’s Diary February 10, 2017

The Cubs are World Series Champions! Sorry but it never gets old :-)

The Cubs are World Series Champions! Sorry but it never gets old 🙂

Dear Diary,

Sorry for the delay in between posts. I’ve been taking an extended break and soaking up a little SoCal sun (or should I say rain…yuck!), and of course, re-watching the 2016 World Series. Daddy has the whole DVD set and he likes to watch it over and over. And over, and over, and over…well you get the idea.

And sadly, we were recently hacked here at The Smiling Samoyed as well. It’s a real shame, some people in the world are just gaping assholes. Excuse my language.

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that we’re back up and we’ll be back in business blogging with the frequency you’ve been accustomed to.

Until next time Mr. Diary!!

-S

P.S. As a reminder, all posts signed off as “-S” are written by Sacha himself.

In Memory of Sweet Baby Ramius

Our Sweet Ramius. Always Smiling.

RIP Ramius – 8.24.03 – 1.15.16

Today is a very sad day in our household as it is the one year anniversary of the day we had to put our sweet baby Ramius to sleep. Long time readers are aware of his battle with cancer, but if you haven’t read it yet, I invite you to check out our retrospective of Ramius’s journey and battle with this horrible disease.

And as I’ve written extensively, one of the reasons we were able to have Ramius with us as long as we did is because of our great doctors and the great pet health insurance we had from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance. I urge everyone with a pet to check them out and to read my full review of their excellent service. 

Although we miss Ramius dearly, we will try to make today a celebration of his life. He was the sweetest dog in the entire world and he was my best friend ever. His smile, along with that of his siblings Zoya and Sacha, is what gave rise to the title of this blog.

Ramius relaxing on the couch with his favorite woobie,

For anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet, you know you never get over it. We will always mourn for our sweet Ramius, but at least we know he is no longer in pain. And we live with the hope that one day, we will see him again on the Rainbow Bridge.

Rest in peace, sweet baby Ramius. We love you.

Doggie Toys for the New Year – Part 1

Merry New Year!

The tennis ball still remains one of my favorite toys. And I do look stylin’ in my Cubs hat.

Happy New Year from all of your friends, furry and otherwise, at The Smiling Samoyed. We’re looking forward to a great 2017 and hope that you are too!

To kickoff the new year in the right way, we thought we’d talk about some fun toys that you can investigate for all of your furry friends. We sort of did something like this for the summer season, so it seems fitting we should do this one as well to kickoff the new year. This will be Part 1 and we’ll kickoff Part 2 shortly.

Although Sacha hasn’t tried all of these, they do seem either fun, intriguing, or at a great price that they’re worth your consideration. If any of these sound like they’re worth investigating, just click on the product name to learn more and purchase if you choose. So with that, let’s get to it!

  1. Dog Chew Toys

Who doesn’t like a good chew toy amirite? These toys are pretty cheap and come in cool shapes like a duck, elephant, and pig. From the Bang Good website:

Funny Dog Puppy Sound Chew Toys Plush Pet Squeaky Cat Dog Play Toys

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2. Dog Sunglasses

Now that we’re out in LA, who couldn’t use a little extra protection from the bright California sunshine? From the Bang Good website:

Pet Dogs UV Sun Glasse Eye-wear Protection Sunglasses

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3. Dog Shaped Air Freshener

Obviously not a dog toy but at the same time, super cute! From the Bang Good website:

Car Air Freshener Cute Dog Activated Bamboo Charcoal Bag Home Clean Up Absorb Odor Deodorant

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 4. Flying Frisbee

Who doesn’t like throwing the frisbee around with your pooch right? Well actually I don’t. Sacha can only be off leash in a fenced in dog park or back yard so we don’t get the opportunity to do much of this. But if we did, this would be the type of thing he’d enjoy!
From the Bang Good website:

Super-tough Frisbee Flying Disc Toy for trainning Pets Dogs

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5. Tennis Balls

As you can see from the above photo, Sacha’s favorite toy is still the regular old tennis ball. There are tennis courts on the property where we live now and Sacha is always looking to steal stray tennis balls no matter how gross they are.
And while that keeps down the costs, we do like to give him new tennis balls to chew on his well. This brand seems to be his favorite vintage and are sold on Amazon.

Hopefully that will give you a few ideas to get you started for the new year. What is your dog’s favorite toy? Please leave a comment and let me know!
Happy New Year and we’ll see you again soon for Part II!

The Smiling Samoyed in Haiku!

Happy New Year from all of us at The Smiling Samoyed! We are looking forward to a great 2017!

To start things off, here’s a fun little Haiku about our favorite fur babies. If you have a Haiku you’d like to share, please do so in the comments section. It can be about Samoyeds or whatever kind of dog is your favorite breed.

Let’s get this party started!

Samoyed Haiku

Samoyeds are great

Because they smile when they wake

and have to go poop

There you go. Happy New Year!

Cancer in Dogs – Physical Therapy and Rehab – Ramius’s Journey Part VII

Cancer in Dogs – A Retrospective of our Beloved Samoyed Ramius’s Battle with Cancer

In This Entry – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Ramius chillin'. Chemotherapy? No problem...

Ramius chillin’ on the sofa.

Thank you for reading our continuing series about cancer in dogs, and our beloved Samoyed Ramius’s long journey with the disease, which started in the summer of 2014 and lasted until he passed away in January, 2016.

Hope you’ve been enjoying our series so far, and our apologies for the long lapse between posts. We’ve been busy relocating to LA which has been taking up lots of our time as you can imagine. However, we’re settled now so we’re back on it!

When we last left you in Part VI, we discussed Ramius’s Chemotherapy Sessions. Today I want to talk about his physical therapy and rehabilitation process. Continue reading

Dogs in the News – Shelter Dogs Find Homes for the Holidays!

This is such a wonderful, heartwarming story that I wanted to share it with all of our loyal readers here at The Smiling Samoyed. It’s about a dog adoption program called “Home for the Holidays.”

Basically, dogs were provided to families over the Thanksgiving weekend and of the 32 pooches that were lent out, only 7 were returned. That means 25 fur babies received new families! Congrats to the Hawkins County Humane Society shelter for this innovative idea!

Such a great story and I’m so glad it was successful. Hopefully this will inspire other organizations to do something similar. Please read the entire article by clicking here.

Stay warm! Get a Samoyed!

 

To Shave or Not To Shave Your Fur Baby – A Samoyed in SoCal

Sacha’s Diary November 29, 2016

The Cubs are World Series Champions! Sorry but it never gets old :-)

The Cubs are World Series Champions! Sorry but it never gets old 🙂

Dear Diary,

As loyal readers of this blog know, my parents and I just moved to Los Angeles. Woo-hoo! So far, I am loving being an LA puppy! I’m definitely starting to feel like a Samoyed in SoCal.

But, as a Samoyed, I have a very furry, long, natural (and I might add) beautiful white coat. Which is perfect for the Chicago winters. But here in Hollywood…yeah, not so much. My coat was a bit on the long side and I was starting to get a bit uncomfortable which my parents picked up on. They can be very perceptive those parents of mine. So they took me for the very first time to a groomer here in Los Angeles.

And well, here are the results. Continue reading

10 Reasons to be Thankful for Samoyeds – Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 10 Reasons to be Thankful for Samoyeds

Sacha says Happy Thanksgiving!

Sacha says Happy Thanksgiving!

On this day for which we give thanks, I wanted to take a quick moment to talk about why we are so thankful for our Samoyeds. Which seems appropriate since this is a blog devoted to Samoyeds.

We’re thankful for so many things from all three of our Samoyeds, Zoya, Ramius, and of course our current Samoyed Sacha. This could be a list of 100, but who would read that right? So, here are the Top 10 Reasons to be Thankful for Samoyeds this Thanksgiving/
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I Love LA! – A Samoyed in SoCal

Sacha’s Diary – November 20, 2016

It's 75 degrees in November!

It’s 75 degrees in November!

Dear Diary,

Sorry for such a long delay between diary entries, but I have been settling into my new digs in Los Angeles! I am now a Samoyed in SoCal and I’m loving every minute of it!

It’s certainly been a whirlwind for me. It was just a couple of weeks ago, after the Cubs won the World Series of course, that my parents and I climbed into the SUV one Chicago morning and headed out west.

After more than 30 hours of driving, and a stop at The Grand Canyon, we ended up in our new home here in LA. We’re in a big condo complex right off of something called the 101, whatever that is. But so far I like this place a lot. There’s plenty of space for me to walk around safely. And there appears to be lots of other dogs in this complex. There’s even another dog here named Sasha! Who knew?! I thought I was the only one! Although as you can see, she does spell her name a bit weird. 😉 Continue reading