Maci

I learned at a young age that puppies will loose their baby teeth, just like we do. What? Yup. When a puppy loses his baby teeth there isn't always blood some just fall out.

To be fair I worry about everything.

Seriously, it's not a big deal. There might be a small amount of blood- especially if the puppy is chewing on something - but most of them you probably won't notice.

The new ones should grow in pretty quickly, I think you should see the adult teeth within about a week of the puppy tooth falling out. Sometimes they even overlap for a bit as the adult teeth grow in next to the baby teeth. Your dog has 28 puppy teeth, they will not all fall out at once. You'll see the new ones come in soon.

There is nothing for you to do.

A frozen washcloth has always been a big hit with puppies I've raised. Get a clean washcloth you don't care about, soak it with water, wring it out, and freeze it for a few hours. It's just soft and squishy enough that they can really get their teeth into it. The cold helps with the pain from teething and is soothing, and it's hard so it helps remove baby teeth. Tug of war also helps get rid of those teeth.

Please be aware, his breath is going to smell bad for a little while while his new teeth are coming in.

Sometimes baby teeth do not fall out (are retained) and force the adult tooth to come in crooked. Clearly this would be a case of needing to get medical attention. I'm just saying for your average dog there's no need to go to the vet for the loss of baby teeth.

Retaining baby teeth is uncommon but not rare.

Most the time the retained tooth/crowded adult tooth don't cause injury to the palate like in Pablo's case but the situation is more likely to cause future dental problems.

With a puppy, it is a good idea to keep track of the transition from baby to adult teeth. If the adult tooth starts poking out of the gums while the baby tooth still seems firmly attached, a vet visit isn't unwarranted.

Maci

I grew up in the Midwest but have lived on the wet coast since I was thirteen. I really don't see myself as rustic, even though I have had the whole barn experience.

Yet, I love to be sides, love my dogs, camping, and knitting. All of these things tend to get lumped up together under the rustic country category. And people tend to tell me how much of a country girl I am even though they know that that is only a small portion of who I am.

But then I bring it on myself.

For example I knitted my wedding dress on the train commute to work every day for about five months. And I think knitted gowns are to die for. They aren't just for country, but they do make a bigger appearance their. In general I think knitting is perfect for a wedding. And a knitted wedding dress is just so unique.

Mine was modest, simple, flattering- everything I love about wedding dresses.

These days it almost makes sense to knit your dress - it's a good way to get out of having to buy a disposable dress like you're going to get pressured to, and engagements tend to be quite long, so there might well be time. However I still think that all the horror stories out there about people trying to make their own dress and being too tired/stressed about it should be taken as a note of caution.

It more comes down to what your expectations for wedding dresses and knitting projects are. How offended is your family going to be?

My family was super supportive, and I only got positive reinforcement. They knew I could do it and I saved a lot in so doing.

How much? Well, had I bought a dress that was similar then I would have spent about $1700, while my dress cost me (minus the time, which would have been spent reading instead) just short of $40.

No you didn't mis read. That is a savings of $1660.

Stupidly, I documented almost nothing. For each of the six panels of the skirt, my brother helped me painstakingly calculated how many stitches I would need to increase and at what rate to make the shape indicated by the sewing pattern. I have some of our scratch paper from that process but I didn't keep track of what math belonged to what panels, and what worked and what didn't.

It was very much a flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants project. For example I had to completely redo two pieces because when I went to block them they were not even close to the right shape. I still can't believe it worked.

Suffice it to say, I was very happy with the results.

I used Queensland Bamboo Cotton, but I wouldn't recommend it for two reasons: It's not being made anymore, at least in white, and it stretched like crazy after I blocked it. I finished the dress, laid it flat for two months, and then when I put it on for the wedding it was four inches longer. This was fine, but only because the rest of the fit was thankfully the way I had intended it to be.

The hem did change colors as it got repeatedly trampled during the reception.

If it would have been warmer I probably would have done a wedding dress that was a little more modern. One that didn't trail behind me. As that was my biggest complaint with it.

Maci

We go camping with our dogs pretty frequently. Depending on how cold it gets you might want to also bring some blankets or even an old sleeping bag for the dog.

Some of my other suggestions are pretty obvious, so I moved this one way up:

  1. Get a leash-light thing. In the off chance that the dog gets off the leash or take off at night, you don't want to be stumbling around searching for them with your flashlight - it's not fun. Put a light on that sucker.
  2. Use a harness and keep the dog on a leash at all times. And make sure to actually secure the other end of that leash to something else.
  3. Bring lots of water and be prepared to take your dog everywhere you go.
  4. Make sure they have their proper tags. And likewise, make sure they're up to date on flea/tick medication and other shots.
  5. Once darkness rolls around and we have the fire going, the dog will be pretty happy to just snooze until sunup, whether it's next to you around a campfire or kept secure inside your tent. My dogs are usually pretty glad to sleep on top of my air mattress in the tent while I'm enjoying the fire, but it gets a little cramped once I head to bed, so I like having something else they can sleep on.

Educate yourself on whether dogs are even allowed where you are going. For example, there are no dogs allowed most wilderness areas in national parks. That is they are often not allowed on trails.

This can save you a lot of trouble down the road.

While dogs are allowed in the camping areas most national parks. ational forests seldom prohibit dogs.

We've been to a majority of wilderness areas and national parks in west coast states and they pretty much all prohibit dogs anywhere but parking lots and camping sites. Some places allow dogs on select trails, but they are usually shorter trails around campgrounds. National forests and most state parks are good with dogs as long as they are leashed.

Maci

Our dog always threw up on the carpet, never on the floor. Obviously, this way it's way harder to clean up the mess.

We always thought it was a traction thing.

When you throw up, it takes a lot out of you/your body to do so and to keep somewhat still. With dogs, they don't have a ton of grip on smooth floors and they'd probably slip in the middle of throwing up.

We've mostly trained him to vomit over where the carpet changes to tile. He still gets traction from the carpet but we get easy clean up.

When he was a puppy, we would hear him doing his little hurk he did before he threw up so we would rush to find him, pick him up and set him on the tile. He always moved his feet back on the carpet and sometimes we had to point his head the right direction but he picked up on what we wanted pretty quickly. Now when he throws up he tries really hard to get his head over the tile floor if he can make it.

Occasionally we'll find some on the carpet if he couldn't make it but that's usually an indicator that he's not feeling well.

Maci

The pee deterents are for stopping marking which isn't an accident. Either they are marking because of another underlying issue or they have an accident because they didn't get let out soon enough. It's worth it to figure out why they are going inside, because no-spray stuff will not stop accidents.

That said, there will be pee on your carpet in all likelihood.

Baking soda works for getting dog pee up, but cats...that's rough. Sprinkle a lot and it will draw the pee up and make a lovely yellow pee cake. Then dispose of it, then vacuum, then use your carpet spot cleaner then vacuum again.

For cats, get a black light and wait until night time to find the spots and use the Nature's Miracle Urine Destroyer.

Cats want to go in litter, and under normal circumstances will never go on the carpet as long as they have clean litter available. If you have multiple cats, you should have multiple litter boxes. The general ratio goes: one per cat, plus one extra.

If you've done that and still have a cat peeing on the carpet, the cat needs to be checked by the vet for urinary tract problems. If the cat is healthy in that respect, then the issue is behavioral.

My solution was to never live in a house with carpet again. My life has been a lot better since I don't have to clean carpet anymore.

Carpet sucks.

Maci

Dogs will chew on rocks and concrete for unknown reasons. This may be when they are puppies, but it can be when they are older as well.

It could be a variety of reasons, including feeling good for some reason: taste, feeling, boredom, compulsion, diet/nutrition, medical issue, simply a dumb puppy thing to do, etc.

My friend from elementary school had a dog that would chew on rocks as a puppy.

He eventually seemed to grow out of it, however I have learned that you should try your best to make him understand "No" or "Leave it", and then reward the puppy when he does leave it, however, you must do it in a way where he does not think he is being rewarded by chewing rocks.

Some dogs are more prone than others. Here are things to keep an eye on to learn why.

  • Age and breed?
  • What are you feeding?
  • Does he still readily eat any time he's fed?
  • Does he ever turn away food?
  • Specifically what kind of concrete/rocks?
    • Pebbles?
    • Large stones?

  • Does it just swallow?
  • Where they chew?
    • Same place?
    • Random places?
    • Place in your yard?
  • Type of stone?
  • Anything that may show a pattern?