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Coton Connection, Issue #094 - My new favorite dog book
November 02, 2021
|Welcome Coton Lovers:|
Fast moving puppy daysIt’s hard to believe that Lucy is already 6 1/5 months old. It’s amazing what a difference a few months can make. She’s gone from a wild energetic pup with virtually no impulse control, to a smart, affectionate, curious, and somewhat calmer girl. She loves EVERYBODY and it’s been so much fun watching her learn and grow. I hate that time is moving so fast and she’ll soon outgrow these wonderful puppy days, but I admit I’m looking forward to less biting, cat chasing, and early morning wake-ups. :)
We’ve also passed the Coton milestone many of you can relate to -the first haircut. Finding a groomer who knows about the Coton de Tulear coat was more challenging than I thought it would be in my new city. I was a little emotional when Lucy got all her beautiful long hair cut off. But after a couple of days, I’m getting used to the shorter look and it’s impossible for Cotons to not look cute, right?
My new favorite dog bookI wanted to share a new book that I just devoured that has so much valuable information about dog health and longevity. I can go down the internet rabbit hole looking up every question I have about Lucy’s care. The Forever Dog by Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib consolidates so much information that’s put together in an easy-to-understand way. I highlighted practically the entire book!
As you can imagine, nutrition is a huge part of the book. I get so many questions asking what the best dog food is for our Cotons, and The Forever Dog does a wonderful job of providing answers to all your nutrition questions. They give the lowdown on the pros and cons of homemade, raw, kibble, dehydrated, fresh, organic, grain-free, and human-grade diets.
What I loved about this book is that the authors don’t expect us to follow every recommendation they make. They say that even replacing just 10% of your dog’s kibble and treats with fresh food can add years to your dog's life.
They also give easy formulas to help us determine if our dog's food is optimal for good health and longevity. I was shocked to see how much non-essential carbs were in Lucy's expensive, organic, human-grade food. This book helped me choose food that I could feel good about.
The book also has sections on supplements, stress relief, behavior, exercise, dental health, environmental dangers, cancer prevention, flea and tick prevention, and tons of resources including everything from what kind of bones to give to finding a pet nutritionist.
You know how on January 1st a lot of us decide to make BIG changes in our lives and then give up a week later? Big changes all at once are hard to sustain. I love that you can make small changes to your dog’s life that have the potential to add quality years.
Celebrations and Shoutouts
Happy Birthday WishesLet's celebrate Cotons who have birthdays in October through December. Yikes - This year is moving fast!
And there's puppies!
Best wishes for a joyous, happy, and healthy holiday season.