Saturday, November 28, 2009

We are always on the search for new products for Lucy's Dog House or for Lucy and Kona. So we spend a bit of time checking out a lot of wholesale and retail sites. We can not bring everything that we find that we like. That said there are some sites that are really cool and we like to share them with the folks that follow our blog. One such site is It seems like it is a small company making hand made leather dog collars. They look like they use some of the same conchos that are found on the custom leather dog collars that are in our store, but in a different way. Pretty cool. Check them out when you get a chance.

8 Simple Visual Indicators Your Dog Is Fat

Here is a great article as I sit here thinking about all of the food we have had over the past few days. I thought this might be a good article to share with everyone.

Your dog is fat. OK, possibly not.But there's a very good chance he or she is, and you don't even know it.Statistics vary, but veterinarians report that as many as 25 - 44% of all dogs are overweight, and that obesity is the number-one canine health disorder. Obesity is defined as weighing over 15% more than the standard accepted weight for the dog's height.

With nearly half of our dogs weighing in on the heavy side, it's no surprise, then, that obesity-related conditions are on the rise within the pet population. These conditions include diabetes mellitus and orthopedic, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, respiratory, immune and reproductive disorders. These can be devastating conditions for your dog to live with.Doctors ascribe the rise in obesity to a combination of the general lack of fussiness of dogs, their natural gorging behavior, and insufficient exercise.

And since dogs don't do their own grocery shopping or prepare their own meals, we must add to this a prevailing ignorance among their owners in providing a nutritious, well-balanced, calorie-controlled diet.Do you know if your dog is fat or fit? Do you know her daily caloric requirements? Do you know what factors may mitigate those daily caloric requirements?Did you know regular dog food is packed with sugar and fat to make the toxic crap they put in it palatable?A healthy dog is ready to eat at any time. Some dogs quite literally can eat while flat on their side and more or less asleep. Therefore, it is pointless to use your dog's begging behavior as any indicator of how much to feed him.

Knowing how many calories he needs and how that translates into food will help keep him trim and healthy. Energy needs for the dog change throughout his life, increasing the more active he becomes, and, as you might surmise, decreasing as the dog reaches his senior years.Your vet will help you determine if your dog's weight is on target, or if she is headed for fat city, and all diet-related considerations should definitely be discussed with your vet before introducing any major changes into your dog's nutritional sphere. But, before your next office visit, you can do an assessment to determine (albeit imprecisely) your dog's general body condition and weight.Can the ribs be easily felt with slight fat cover, or are they difficult to feel under moderate or thick fat cover?From the side view, do you see an abdominal tuck?Is there thickening at the tail base?From the overhead view, is there a well-proportioned waist?Or, from the overhead view, does she have a marked hourglass shape? (an indicator of being underweight)Or, from the overhead view, is the back slightly or markedly broadened at the waist? (indicators of being moderately to severely overweight)Is your dog slow to rise or move around?

Is she reluctant to exercise, or does she tire easily with activity?Individual metabolism, exercise, age, environment and overall health will determine what your dog really needs to remain lean and healthy. Since your dog can only have so many calories every day, it is important to pack lots of nutrition, bulk and appeal into those calories.Our wildly popular Dog Food SECRETS™ information products can help you step-by-step overcome your nutritional naivete.Embracing this information doesn't mean you have to prepare every meal with a set of scales on the counter, no. Do it a few times and you can do it forever.After you determine your dog's caloric needs, the ideal solution to meet those needs is to prepare your dog's food at home, where you can have total control over the caloric and nutritional content.Our books can help you there, too -- as it includes a collection of easy, healthful, natural and delicious recipes created with your dog's palate and welfare in mind. In fact the Silver and Gold packages include over 200 easy-to-make healthy recipes.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Linking to

Links into a website are like water to a plant. At we can always use more links into our website. If you have a website, forum or blog that you own we would greatly appreciate it if you link to us. If you do shoot me an email at , let us know where the links are located and we will send you a coupon code that will give you 30% off everytime you shop at Lucy's Dog House.

All My Best,


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a great day with family, turkey and football.

German Shepherd Origin and History

Here is a great article about another one of our favorite dog breeds, The German shepherd Dog.

The German Shepherd dog breed has its origin in the late 1800s when Max von Stephanitz from Germany began developing a breed that would later become the dog we know today as the German Shepherd.Von Stephanitz desired to produce a dog breed that could be utilized as an all-around working dog.
Developed from various farm and herding dogs of his time, von Stephanitz's original German Shepherd was derived from a herding dog he acquired in 1899, and he and his friend Artur Meyer formed the Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde which was the first club in the German Shepherd dog breed history. This club and von Stephanitz kept tight control over the breed until his death in 1936.
He determined which dogs would be used to breed based on how well they did in various shows and trials that were the precursor to the Schutzhund tests still performed today. His main criteria for judging a dog's success were both its usefulness coupled with its intelligence. Von Stephanitz also promoted the utility of the breed to the German government for work in both the police and the military as well as other all-purpose uses as a working dog breed.German Shepherd Breed History
Following the creation of the German Shepherd breed by von Stephanitz in the early 1900s, the breed's popularity soon soared and became one of Germany's most popular dogs. Serving in both World War I and II, the German Shepherd was a favorite military dog, primarily in Germany, but American and British soldiers were also impressed by the breed and brought the dog home following both wars.
In fact, one of the most popular German Shepherds dogs was Rin Tin Tin, originally from France, and brought to America by an American GI following the first world war. Rin Tin Tin went on to make 26 movies until his death in 1932 and contributed to the breed's enormous popularity.
In addition to its use in the police and military arenas, German Shepherds have a history of usefulness in other areas, is known as a successful show dog and has been a popular family pet. German Shepherds were the first dogs used as seeing eye dogs in the late 1920s and Helen Keller, an avid dog lover, owned a couple of German Shepherds.
The first German Shepherd Club in America was formed in 1913 and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908. Instantly recognizable, the German Shepherd continues to be a popular dog breed, and the German Shepherd is continually in the top five most popular registered breeds as determined by the AKC.
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German Shepard Breedinformation, history, origins, pictures and demographics.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Dog Collars at Lucy's Dog House

Hi Everyone,

We just added a bunch of new dog collars to our custom leather dog collars section, They are all great hand made collars made from the finest Latigo Leather. Pictured here is the Alabama Dog Collar. Pretty awesome.

If you decide to buy do not forget to use the coupon code: friend, as it gives you 15% off your entire purchase. The best part is that the coupon code never expires so you can use it over and over again or pass on to your dog owner friends.