Zendira & Diamond have 6 Shih Tzu puppies born February 8, 2017

White and creamy white or buff ShihTzu puppies
White and creamy white or buff ShihTzu puppies


We have 3 boys and 3 girls in this litter Prices are $850.00 – $1,000.00

1. Buff female SOLD to Regina Mathis

2. Gold & white female available for $850.00

3. Tiny Buff female available for $1,000.00

4. Tiny Buff male available for $1,000.00

5 Buff male available for $850.00

6. Solid White male available for $850.00

All our puppies go home with 3 sets of shots, bordetella vaccine, on Comfortis flea prevention, current worming and fecal exam along with Health Certificate from Veterinarian and a 1 year health guarantee on genetics.

Our males are D.N.A. tested and we are an A.K.C. inspected and approved breeder for 13 years.

Our puppies are raised in our home, underfoot and socialized. We focus on Nutrition, Nurturing and Socialization. We feed all natural, no wheat, corn or soy and cook for our puppies and parents daily.

We give probiotics and enzymes daily, as well. Check out our Nutrition page for more tips and info.

Acclimating Your New Puppy or Dog

Acclimating your new puppy or dog

By Tami Foster www.poos4u.com

How do I make the homecoming as smooth as possible for me and my new canine family member?

First thing to realize is this scarred dog or puppy is getting adjusted to all new smells, sounds, new people and you don’t speak their language.  So for the initial 24-72 hours, just make sure your new family member is eating and drinking.  Nutri-Cal or Nutri-Stat is necessary to help with energy, nerves and keep the appetite up.  If your dog throws up, give them Nutri-Stat or Cal.  If they are not eating give them Nutri-Stat or Cal.  If they are not drinking, then add some milk to a little water, or try some sweet tea added to the water or even a little pancake syrup.  But won’t the milk give them diarrhea you ask ?  No, not a little added to the water;  all you are doing is trying to make the liquid a little more enticing.  The syrup or tea is just keeping their sugar levels up and this will help with their appetite. You dog is in worse shape if they get dehydrated.  They need fluid. I am not advocating sugar all the time for your dog.  This is just if you are having problems getting them to drink in their initial new home acclimation.

Beside the Nutri-Stat or Cal you can always try a soft scrambled egg, a little cheese or some chicken.  Dogs are protein eaters.  They need protein to exist. I am not trying to tell you their consistent diet should be milk and cheese.  These are just suggestions of items to use to initially get your puppy or dog to have some nutrients in their system while trying to acclimate to their new home.  Always keep fresh clean filtered water available and a bowl of dry dog food for your pet to have access to 24 hours a day. They may drink water or snack on dry food when you are asleep or not at home.  They may be on a slightly different schedule than you. 

I send dogs to their new home with something that smells like their old home, me and any other dogs from their prior home.  Dogs depend much more on their sense of smell than we do as humans. A human has 5 million olfactory (scent) receptors and a dog based on breed size has anywhere from 125 million to 300 million olfactory receptors.  This gives your canine companion anywhere from 25 to 60 percent more scent receptors than you.  You also have to realize that they have 40 percent more of their brain dedicated to scent than we do.  Take these factors and add them up and scientist tell us that their sense of smell is at least 1,000 times more powerful than ours as humans.  Scientist also tell us that the sense of smell is the longest lasting of our senses. 

If you have toys or bedding for your dog that you have already purchased, take them with you to pick them up and make sure they have the scent of their prior home on them. This powerful sense of smell will be soothing to them.

Once the dog is eating, drinking and has a lay out of their new home, then you can work on potty training.  Don’t start off with a lot of no this and no that.  Let them settle in during that first 24-72 hours and then work on a eating, peeing, playing and sleeping schedule.  Try to keep them close to their feeding and sleeping schedule as your breeder had them on.  Adjust these in increments.  Use the same food as your dog has been eating.  I even send a gallon of my water with my puppies to help initially keep as much the same to they have one less transition.

I recommend getting your dog when you have time off work, like the weekend if you have it off.  Plan an extra day off work to help with the adjustment.  If possible, take your lunch break at home that first week or two to check on your dog, let them go outside for a potty break, make sure they are eating and not getting into trouble.

Here is where I like to mention limiting their space until they are on a schedule.  I do not , yes, DO NOT recommend crate training.  Let me explain this.  You can have a crate with the door off or open if it is not removable.  But your dog should not be locked into a crate for long lengths of time.  I use open crates to sleep or take a treat into, or to get out of the way.  Of course, crates can be necessary for transporting safely, vet visits and even short periods of time out.  A crate is not enough space to keep a dog in.  Give your dog a hallway, laundry room, bathroom or a baby gate across an opening to create a limited space.  Give your dog an open crate to get in if wanted, a bed, food and water and a pee pad, along with some toys.  This gives them a space of their own.  If they have an accident it is limited to that space and they have not been stuck in a kennel or crate where they now have their business all over them and are upset about the situation.  You can create a neurotic dog keeping them in a kennel or crate and no way to go somewhere to take care of business.

Even the best trained dog will have accidents when getting acclimated to a new home and schedule.  You need to expect this and plan for it and you will be less stressed.  This will pass if you are diligent in your schedule.  It is just like potty training a child.  The moms that think of nothing but potty training for at least 2 weeks and are absolutely diligent in their consistency have children that are potty trained in no time at all and do not revert.  The moms that start and stop and don’t stay with it consistently take forever to train their children.  It is the same with your canine companion; if you are on a schedule and consistent with that schedule you will see the pay off, if you are lax then you will have problems and it is your fault not the dog’s. 

Let me relay some examples:

One couple got a Maltese from me that was 14 weeks old.  He was using the doggy door to go potty here for several weeks.  They were in an apartment, so it was necessary to take the Maltese outside.  They were having a problem in the morning before the husband would wake up.  The dog slept in their room, but was not going to the bathroom in their room.  He was going out of the bedroom, down the hall and in the den in usually 2 specific spots.  I said wait a minute, this is happening just before your husband gets up.  The wife confirmed this.  O.K., for starters have your husband set the alarm for a little earlier to take the dog out.  Also, I conveyed to them that the dog was not relieving himself just any and everywhere.  He was trying to get as far away and as close to the outside as possible.  He was not going in the bedroom or the hall or in their son’s room.  He was trying to get outside.  Put a pee pad where he was going was another help.  But I suggested not allowing him to get out of the bedroom, setting the alarm earlier as I stated and that should have him make enough noise to alert them to wanting to get out.  They would probably have some accidents in the bedroom, but the dog would fuss to get out.  Some dogs will have an accident and then fuss.  They know not to go inside but didn’t know how to communicate that to you.  They then get upset, you wake up and then everyone is upset.  If you take them outside and show them the alternative they will get the concept.  Never correct after the fact.  You only correct if you catch your dog while doing wrong.  Dogs live in the moment.  Always offer the correct option to them and they will pick up on this.

Another example is of a dad saying the dog was going to the bathroom in the house at night.  I asked if the dog did this during the day or while they were awake.  He relayed that it was only at night.  I asked where the dog slept and when.  The dad explained that the dog went to bed with his daughter and she went to bed at 8:00 p.m.  I saw the problem, it was the human’s fault not the dog’s.  This was a 12 week old puppy.  He could not hold it that long.  I asked the dad what time he went to bed and he said 11:00 p.m.  I mentioned to him that he probably went to the bathroom himself before he went to bed.  He responded that” yes he did”.  I said “take the dog outside before you go to bed”.  He replied that the dog was asleep.  I told him to wake the dog up and take him outside and he would go.  The dog wasn’t being bad.  The dog knew how to go outside to potty.  The dog did go outside to potty, he just couldn’t hold it from 8:00 p.m. until morning. 

Most of the time when you are having a potty training problem or accidents it is the fault of the human not an intentional bad behavior of the dog.  Even adult dogs will have to go outside during the night.  They are like us, they are all different.  Some people sleep through the night while others get up to go to the bathroom. 

One basic rule on potty training is that a puppy has weak bladder control and a short attention span. Figure a puppy at 3 months of age can hold it for about 3 hours and that gets longer as the puppy gets older. 

Will my new dog sleep with me?

Most puppies will happily sleep with you.  They are used to being with their mom and siblings and snuggling with them.  They can hear your heart beat which can be soothing to them.  There are pillows out there that simulate a heartbeat.  They are battery operated inside a pillow.  This can ease sleeping, if your puppy sleeps alone.  If you don’t want your puppy or dog in the actual bed with you, then place their bed beside your bed.  They are still near you and can wake you up if they need to go outside during the night.  Any new puppy or dog should be worked with for at least 2 weeks consistently before you can expect them to start getting the schedule down.  When you start a new job it usually takes a couple of weeks to figure out the lay of the land and the schedule and what is expected of you.  And at a new job they speak the same language as you.  Wouldn’t you expect this new home for you dog where they don’t speak your language will take a couple of weeks to get comfortable with?  Some dogs and puppies acclimate instantly, others take some time.  Most toy breed dogs live an average of 15-17 years.  So really how much of a problem is a couple of weeks of patience and working on a consistent schedule worth to you and your pet to initially get  acclimated when that companion will be with you for years to come?  It’s all about investment and what that investment is worth to you.  A dog is a family member and a great companion for life.  The investment you put into that companion will pay off in ways too numerous to mention. And the worth of a Precious Pampered Companion is immeasurable!

Tami Foster www.poos4u.com

Dogs and Cats are CARNIVORES


Meat:  Beef, Chicken, Fish, Lamb, Turkey, scrambled eggs and even raw eggs.

Give 70% meat

I give raw egg just once a week.  Some believe that raw egg pulls the vitamin b out of the body, but if you feed the entire egg, there is avidin and biotin in the egg to balance itself out.  Egg would not be your only source of food everyday. 


Most vegetables for example: peas, green beans, carrots, broccoli, some fruit, like bananas, applesauce(unsweetened).  Add 5-10%

It’s that time of year…the Holidays so…Don’t forget the Pumpkin.  Poos4u dogs and puppies just love pumpkin. It is also helpful to firm up loose stools. Just use the plain canned pumpkin and add it to your recipes. Sweet potatoes are good as well. Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes offer a little more fiber than other white starches.

I do not feed my dogs  pre-mixed vegetable packages sold at the store.  I mix my own, because most mixed vegetables have mostly corn in them.  Feed a dog  whole kernel corn and whole kernel corn will come out the other end.  They don’t digest corn.

Very small amount of potatoes, sweet potatoes, long grain brown rice, oats or barley. These are starches and of course carbs.  They need to be cooked and add only 5- 10%

Just make sure you NEVER give your dog GRAPES or RAISINS.  These are highly toxic and can shut down the kidneys and liver.


Just like a bowl of cereal can be nutritious, you would not want to eat it every meal day in and day out.  Dry food is kibble or in my terms like having cereal.  It is great to have or snack on, but not base you entire diet on.  Most animal nutritionist have a rule of thrumb,  Dogs 70% protein, preferable meat.

Cats 80 +% protein, definitely meat.

Stay away from the foods that are toxic like:

1.  Chocolate

2.  Onions

3.  Grapes or Rasins

4.  Macadamia Nuts

Then try different things.  Some dogs love carrots, some like zucchini, some prefer beef more than chicken.  Dogs like variety.



Food ferments in a human digestive tract ( a mile long intestine), but passes through a dog or cats quickly with only a few feet of intestines.  When a dog or cat eats raw meat they also get enzymes that help them to uptake and utilize the vitamins and minerals in their food.  The raw enzymes also keep the urinary tract at a much more acidic level, which is needed to deter bladder and kidney stones and crystals.  Dogs stomach acidic PH should be about a 1 as apposed to a human at 5-6 PH.  Humans need to be more alkaline in their body PH, where dogs and cats need to be more acidic.  Since dogs have such a short digestive system, this is why if given any grains they need to be cooked. 


A rule of thumb is add 25% for a few days, then go to 50%, then 75% until your dog is on a natural home prepared feeding schedule.  By the way,  your pet will eat less over time.  They are getting more nutrition from a prepared diet.  They may have loose stools for a few days.  This is normal.  This is the body’s way of getting rid of toxins.  Generally they will drink less water on a home prepared diet, because they are not eating dry kibble all the time.  They are getting more moisture rich food.  Of course, I would not advocate feeding a sick or debilitated pet raw until their system is stronger and more healthy.


Pumpkin, 100% real pumpkin in the can is great to help with loose stools.  Slippery Elm is also effective.  Most vets will recommend IMODIUM for diarrhea.  If diarrhea persists, have a fecal done, or a blood test.  Coccidia and Ghiardia can cause loose, bloody stools.  These are treated with medications like Albon and Flagyl that you get from your Vet.  Alot of times breeders and Vets will send puppies home with Albon to help with the loose stools that can be part of just stress from a change and new environment. Albon is a low grade antibiotic.  Flagyl is used for Ghiardia and in cases where nothing is found and you just need something stronger to help with lower intestinal problems.  Make sure your pet is getting enough fluid.  Pedialyte will help.  If your pet is dehydrated and won’t drink, try adding a little milk, apple juice or a splash of sweet tea, or flat 7Up to their water to entice them to drink.  I don’t care what any vet says… I feel that when people are getting sick with viruses, those same viruses can effect our pets.  I can not tell you the times people have said they were sick with diarrhea and then a couple days later their pet had it.  And it seems like every year the flu bugs and viruses just get worse and linger longer and are harder to recover from.  A strong immune system is the key.  Proper nutrition is the answer for a strong immune system. Did you know that 80 percent of our immune system is in the intestines or gut. Probiotics or beneficial bacteria are necessary for all mammals to ingest and help keep their intestinal tracts in order. Your dog can have yogurt. Make it greek yogurt because it is much higher in protein content and your greek yogurts contain several types of beneficial bacteria. Give yogurt separately as a treat or mix it in with their prepared meals or even add a spoonful or two with canned food. They can have probiotics or beneficial bacteria daily. Don’t forget to eat your greek yogurt daily too.

A Feeding Tip:

Don’t mix dry food with wet or prepared food.  Your dog will probably throw it up.  They need to break up and chew their dry kibble.  When it is mixed with wet they just swallow it down.  Then it comes back up.  I compare it to putting cracker chunks in peanut butter.  You might eat peanut butter on crackers, but you will chew it.  If you ate peanut butter with big chunks of crackers in it and just swallowed, you would probably throw up as well.

Taking your new puppy home

 Taking your new puppy home: 

 Feeding instructions and helpful tips from Poos4u


Dry food and water down and accessible at all times.  We feed IAMS mini chunks.  Use filtered water.  Your puppy has been on filtered artesian well water up to this point, so they have not been subjected to city water full of chlorine and chemicals.

solitairepinkzFeed your puppy wet (canned) food or home cooked food 2 times a day about 1/4 of a cup or less depending upon their size.  Once in the morning and once in the evening.  Keep them on a schedule within an hours time for each feeding session.  We recommend feeding wet twice a day until 6 months of age.  We feed all of our adult dogs wet food in the evening.  We feed the evening meal at 6:00 P.M., the morning meal can vary around 9:00 A.M.  You may have to adjust this according to your schedule.  Do not vary their eating schedule for the first week or two.  After that, you can start gradually adjusting their morning and evening meal to work with your schedule.  Remember, they are babies.  Leave dry food and water out at all times. Give Nutri-Stat first thing in the morning and always at bedtime.  This helps with blood sugar levels and provides nutrients and energy in between meals.  This product is your best thing to have on hand.  It can save your puppy’s life. Do not worry about giving your puppy too much Nutri-Stat, it will not hurt them.  If you give them too much you will only make their stools loose. If you do have loose stools for 3 days or more please consult with your Veterinarian.  Puppies manifest stress through loose stools.  Even though their fecal is clear when the Vet checks them they still can blow coccidia, which is a protozoa that naturally resides in the kidneys. They develop an immunity after 6 months of age. Loose stool can contribute to dehydration and nutrient loss.  We recommend a product called Albon that is a low grade antibiotic that stops the mitigation of coccidia and helps firm up the stools. It is a safe product that can be used on cats and even sensitive rabbits. Adding canned pumpkin as well as cooked oats will help firm up loose stools. Also, make sure your puppy is getting good bacteria, like acidophilus and lactobacillus in yogurt or in powdered form.  I sell a product that has both probiotics and enzymes as well as, colostrum for the immune system. It is called I-Stain and is advertised for a natural eye stain remover. It has 2 forms of good bacteria and protease, amylase and lipase. It is easy to sprinkle the powder on dry or wet food daily.

Cooking for your puppy can be easier than you think.  Chicken livers rinsed and covered in water over a very low heat and cooked just till gray.  You can add whole brown rice and a vegetable.  You would want the ratio to be 1/2 chicken, 1/4 rice and 1/4 vegetables.  You can add a little yogurt or apple sauce to their wet food.  Just a teaspoon or two to a Tablespoon  depending upon their size and age.  Scramble an egg and watch them gobble it up if you are trying to get your puppy to eat. When it comes to cooking or preparing meals for your dog, then refer to my Recipe page for more information, recipes and books on animal nutrition.

Nutri-Stat before bedtime and if they are stressed or over exerted.  For a puppy under 5 lbs just a 1/2 inch of Nutri-Stat.  for a puppy 5 lbs and over 1 inch of Nutri-Stat. Just place on your finger and give this amount to them a couple a repititions. If your puppy gets car sick or an upset stomach or is acting lethargic, then give them 2-3 times your regular dosage. Make sure you are completely knowledgeable about Hypoglycemia, that you can recognize the symptoms and the dangers of this condition.  Your puppy is a baby and needs to be fed more often than a grown dog.  They get busy and play hard or we keep them up too much and don’t realize that they need food and rest consistently just like a human baby would.  I give Nutri-Stat after a bath, while I am blow drying a puppy.  This helps with the added stress of bathing and grooming.  Hypoglycemia is when their blood sugar is too low.  This is generally because the have over exerted their self and  not had enough in nutrients in their system.  They can end up being on their side, foam at the mouth, be lock jawed, have a seizure and even die.  I always have a tube of Nutri-Stat in my purse, especially when I have puppies with me.  Just keep a tube in their carrier if you take them places in a specific carrier. Nutri-Stat will not harm them.  It is a food supplement and can be used when a grown dog is not eating or is sick or rehabilitating.  I have had older dogs that I wanted to keep their stamina up and make sure they were getting enough calories then I use Nutri-Cal for the added calories.  They both can be given to cats as well.

Pepto Bismo for an upset stomach is helpful.  For a puppy 2-5 lbs about 1/2 teaspoon, for 5-10 lbs a full teaspoon.

Yogurt 2-3 times a weeks at a minimum. Yogurt or good bacteria as mentioned above can be given daily.  You can mix with their wet food or give alone.  1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon based on size and age and of course how much they really enjoy it. You can not give too much acidophilus, which is the good bacteria found in yogurt. They like most flavors.


Brush daily if possible.  Just keep a metal comb near by when watching television.  They love to rest with you and get combed a little.  Spray a little Proclaim Spray on Glosser for detangling, to reduce static and to keep them smelling pleasant.

Nails usually need trimmed once every 3 weeks.  This can be less if they go for walks alot and keep their nails more worn down.  Make sure to check and trim dewclaws.  If not kept up with dewclaws can curl and eventually grown back into their legs. For you small, toy breed puppy you can use people or baby nail clippers. Cat nail clippers work for toy breed dogs and puppies.

Ear hair should be pulled out with tweezers.  Make sure not to get their skin.  Check on ear hair every other week.  Flush ears with a ear cleanser weekly to keep wax and debris from building up in the ear canal.  This can lead to ear infections.  To cleanse the ears use hydrogen peroxide that you can get at the drug store.  It is usually a 3% solution. You also can use chlorhexiderm or any other ear cleaning solution available at pet stores.  A great all natural basic ear cleaner is 50% vinegar & 50% water.  This is antibacterial and antifungal.  If you see a dark waxy build up, then you need to treat with Tresaderm.  This is purchased from your veterinarian.  Tresaderm is ear drops that must be refrigerated.  It treats just about any ear problem, from infections, fungus and even ear mites.  It is a good universal ear medicine.If you have too much yeast in the ears, then you need to clean and use Otomax. Yeast in the ears usually means too much yeast in the body.  Make sure you are feeding a good protein diet without all the carbohydrate fillers. Dogs need 20% max to 5% minimun of carbohydrates in their diet.  They are protein eaters. Their diet should be 70% protein and the protein should be a meat source. We as humans can get our protein from beans, legumes and even vegetables. Dogs can eat these but not have them used in their food to make the protein content look higher. Your higher end foods generally have less in carbs and fillers. Wet or canned food always has a better nutritional content. And  cooking for your pet lets you really know what they are getting. Don’t forget dogs like variety too. Most external problems that seem to be a chronic issue are generally fixed internally through diet.

Bathe once a week to every 10 days dependent upon how dirty your puppy gets when playing.  We use Back to Basic shampoos for people.   We also use Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and their Conditioner.  The Tea Tree Shampoo will soothe dry or itchy skin and is antibacterial. Definitely use conditioner after shampooing. I have tried dog shampoos and they leave the dogs that have hair too dry.  A lot of dog shampoos are too acidic and dry the hair of toy breeds with hair.   Maltese, MaltePoos, Shih Tzu, Yorkies, YorkiePoos and Poodles all have hair instead of fur.  They do not shed and need oil to condition their hair.  We spray on liberally Proclaim Spray on Glosser while our puppy is still wet and being dryed.  We use a blow dryer to dry them.  They are not trilled with the blow dryer, but have been blown dry at least 3 or more times by the time you get your puppy from us.  Without blow drying they get too chilled and their hair gets tangled.  It is best to blow them dry, just make sure you stay away from their face and eyes.  To get the back of their ears and head just face them  away from the dryer and snuggled up to you.  Because I groom alot I use a stand for my blow dryer that is purchased for around $20.00 at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  This will help immensely.  It also frees up both of your hands to be able to hold your puppy for safety.  You need to comb all the tangles out of their coat before they are dry.  We use light warm to room temperature air to dry their coat completely. Proclaim now has a shampoo and conditioner that work and smell wonderful.  If you yourself have allergies then use your shampoo and conditioner on your dog so you won’t have an allergy to their grooming products.

Keep the hair on the bottom of their feet trimmed.  If let go it will mat up and create knot in between the pads of their feet.  This can be very uncomfortable and make it hard to walk. Your puppy is use to having it’s feet handled.  Daily just rubbing their feet keeps them use to nail trimming and grooming.  It also will let you know if they have something in the pads of their feet.  If they get a scrape or cut on their pads you can flush it with the chlorhexiderm that you use for ears.  It is antifungal and will keep infection from setting in. One last note on grooming, Nutri-Stat is great to give them after grooming and will help give them energy if they get too stressed from their grooming session. When I groom I trim nails, pull ear hair and even trim hair, but you may want to break this down at first.  Trim their nails while watching T.V. one evening and enjoying your puppy.  Work on their ears another evening.  If you make grooming short and sweet they will learn to enjoy it and so will you.  It is not a chore to groom them it just takes a little thought here and there.  Your puppy then sees it as attention and we all love attention no matter what species we are.

Potty Training

Consistency is the best way to potty train your puppy.  The kids that were potty trained quickly and did not revert were the ones where mom made the commitment to teach them in a certain period of time.  They were very faithful in teaching them and very consistent.  Those were the children that were potty trained quickly and easily.  It works the same way with puppies.  They learn what you teach them.  The more consistent you are the faster they learn. I prefer to teach them to go outside.  We have doggie doors but still take them outside first thing in the morning, after eating, when we get back from being away and before bedtime.  Expect to have a few accidents.  Remember that everything is new for your puppy( new people, new home, new smells, new sounds) and don’t forget they are still puppies.  They have small bladders and short attention spans.  They can get easily distracted on their way to outside or just can’t hold it long enough to make it outside or to let you know in time.  They are smart and learn fast, so be consistent and praise them when they do well.  If you have a problem with them going in the house soak some up on a pee pad and place it outside where you want them to go.  They will get the idea. If they don’t relieve their self when going outside and you know that they should definitely have to go, then when taking them inside you should restrict their play area.  Let them be in a contained area, not just roaming the entire house for about 10 minutes.  Then take them back outside.  Most of the time they will have to go to the bathroom by this time. I tell people give them 3 weeks to really have things down pat.  Most call me and tell me they are doing well in 1 week and pretty much trained with their new surroundings by 2 weeks. If you have an accident in the house use Nature’s Miracle with enzymes to clean up the spot and remove the scent.   If your puppy is going in a specific spot, then they are not trying to go inside.  Take them out more frequently, for longer periods of time or look for an indication from them that they have to go. When teaching your puppy use simple 1-2 word phrases.  For going outside use just that 1 word-Outside.  Do you want to go Outside?  Time to go Outside.  They will relate these words with the activity.  Your puppy is very smart and can understand many commands and know the difference for them.  When teaching new commands or tricks, stick to one a week.  Once they have perfected that command then you may add another command.  Vary commands, once they have mastered several so that they don’t think they are a series of commands all done together in a certain order. Here is a link on an article on potty training from  the magazine G.W. Little


Better Bathroom Habits


Your new puppy is coming home, and along with all of the excitement and fun comes the anxiety of potty training. But before you stress yourself out from the mere thought of it, there are a few things to keep in mind.


Many of us think of our small dogs as our children, so it is important to remember that, as with children, potty training does not occur overnight. There are those wildly lucky pet parents whose puppies seem to have been born with that “instantly housetrained” gene and miraculously, their little dog seems to effortlessly know exactly where to “go.” But for the other pet moms and dads, there’s one word to live by: patience.


Repeated behavior, enhanced with positive reinforcement, is what will make proper potty habits stick. This can take weeks, or in many cases, up to six months. While lots of people use the crate training method, others prefer to solely use disposable training pads. Stay-at-home moms and dads may even choose to immediately train their puppies to only do their business outdoors because they’re around their new puppies all the time.


One of the more popular training methods these days is to teach your dog to ring a bell hanging from the doorknob as a signal when they need to go out. After your little dog sees you repeatedly ring the bell when you take them out, they will realize that ringing the bell equates to potty time. Just be sure the bell is hung low enough for them to reach!


Regardless of the method chosen, patience will always come into play in a very big way. Losing our tempers and scolding the puppy (i.e., yelling) will be completely counterproductive, and your puppy may end up believing that going to the bathroom in general is a bad thing. In effect, housetraining will become even more of a challenge and progress will not be made. When accidents happen, an assertive “no” will do the trick. However, this has to be done when your baby is actually “caught in the act.” As Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan says, dogs live in the moment. Therefore, letting your puppy know that you are displeased about something that happened 15 minutes ago is useless.


To instill confidence in your little one and properly acknowledge their progress and good behavior, praise (verbal alone or along with treats) is sure to make your puppy pleased with what they’ve accomplished. And they’ll clearly see how something as simple as potty time makes mom and dad so proud!


-S. Athanasiou

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That arrangement is up to the new puppy parents.  They have to this point had the option of sleeping where they want.  Some of our dogs like to sleep in the bed, some on the floor in the bedroom.  Others like to get in an open kennel to sleep and have their own space.  Others like to sleep on a rug or pet bed in our kitchen or den.  Every puppy that has left here and went to their new home and slept in the bed from the get go has done great.  You are their new pack leader, so they do want to be near you.  They have left their mom, siblings and family dogs to live with you in new surroundings.  They like to be comforted.  They adjust very quickly.  Some of our puppy parents prefer to keep a pet bed or kennel in the bedroom for their puppy to sleep.  If you are going to have a dog you might as well enjoy them and they love to be with you. They pick up very quickly that sleep time means just that.


The first couple of trips with your puppy in the vehicle may not be thrilling for your puppy, but not to worry.  If they associate traveling with pleasant things they will learn to enjoy it.  I have a center pet console carrier and a stroller for my dogs to ride in the vehicle.  They do like to be able to see what is going on, since they are traveling.  There are so many different products on the market.  Find one that suits your needs.  When traveling always carry water for your dog and of course Nutri-Stat.  Make sure you have a harness and leash for them, as well as their vaccination, rabies tag on them. I keep paper towels, antibacterial wipes and a towel in my vehicle. Keep your vet’s card and a copy of your vaccination records in your glove compartment, like you would your registration and insurance.  They are there if you ever need them. I keep a pee pad in my vehicle as well, just in case someone can’t hold it long enough or for when it is a downpour of rain.  The towel is convenient for your dog to sit or snuggle on, for accident clean up and for drying off your dog when it is raining.  I do not travel with my windows down to where a dog could ever get out of a moving vehicle. Don’t leave your dog in the vehicle unattended.  When going on long trips, don’t forget to stop for your dog to take a bathroom break or stretch their legs. I prefer to have them on a harness for these walks as opposed to a collar.  They can’t wiggle out of a harness and if you need to pull them back to you or pull them up into your arms, then it is easy to do and harmless to your dog. A harness does not put stress on the trachea, that could be damaged in the toy breeds. Don’t leave a harness on your dog, just have it on them when needed.  They can get the harness stuck on things and chew on it. For puppies and small dogs, my preference in harnesses is found in the rabbit isle of your pet store.  It is a bunny or ferret mesh harness with elastic leash.  It has a Velcro closure under the belly and under the throat at the chest level. Puppies don’t mind it so much.  It is less restrictive and the mesh keeps them cool.


Find a veterinarian that you like.  Ask other pet owners for recommendations.  If for some reason your dog has a problem or illness, make sure your vet has dealt with it before and how often.  Don’t be afraid to do your own research.  I research and print things out for my vets all the time.  It saves time and can give them other vets to contact about your situation.  Most vets like to learn and are open to finding out information from other vets.  Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.  In my experience most vets are not knowledgeable enough about animal nutrition.  Most illnesses begin with nutrition.  Some vets are great but not great surgeons, or are great surgeons but not up on nutrition or a specialized surgery.  When having to have surgery done on your beloved pet make sure your vet has the experience and credentials to handle the surgery.  Some times they will refer you to another vet or a university.  Don’t think less of your vet if they refer you elsewhere.  This is a vet that is honest and knows that there is someone else better with helping your pet with that problem than they are. There are specialist in many fields now for your pet, eye specialist, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and even orthopedics just to name a few.  Use the web for information.  Talk to other pet owners.  I have different vets I recommend for different things. Call your local dog club and even your groomer for recommendations.  Also, make sure your vet is available for after hour emergencies.  If they are not, then find out ahead of time, who they refer their emergencies to. Make sure you know what shots and procedures are being done on your pet.  You are in charge.  Make sure out of haste or over zealousness that your Vet clinic does not over vaccinate your pet.  Dr. Jean Dodd is the head immunologist for the U.S.  I like to refer to her shot protocol. Ultimately the decisions about your pet are left up to you, so the more knowledgeable you are, the better you will feel about making those decisions.

These are references from my experiences. You are now the responsible party for your new puppy and their health and well being.  Hopefully these notes will help you along your way to make your relationship with your new family member very enjoyable and filled with years of health and happiness.  If I can help or assist you along the way, don’t hesitate to call on me.  I am always willing to share information.  Have fun and enjoy that loveable, faithful bundle of fluff!

 Tami Foster

  Our Puppies are more than Pets…


They are Precious Pampered Companions!



Harness vs. Collar

We recommend a harness instead of a collar for your toy breed dog. Collars can get caught on things and strangle your beloved pet. Collars, especially with tags attached can get caught on metal shelving, fences, magazine racks and a myriad of things around your home. When walking, a collar can harm the trachea and even cause damage to the trachea that requires surgery. Harnesses secure your pet without harm to the body. A properly fitted harness can safely support your dog if you have to quickly pull them up. For instance, when a larger dog is approaching, you can pull your dog up into your arms without spending the time to bend down that could even put you in jeopardy.

I’ve seen and heard of too many cases where a small dog was stuck for extended lengths of time caught by their tags and collar. Some survived, some did not and some would have to come into the vet to have cuts sutured closed from the gouges made by the metal hook attaching tags to their collar. Take harnesses off after walks and outings. Attach tags with a zip tie and cut off the excess to keep tags from daggling down and catching on hair or anything else. We recommendation harnesses instead of collars from years of experience as a breeder and vet tech wanting you and your pet to be safe and happy.

Summer Safety

Safety to keep cool in those hot months and safety in and around water

By Tami Foster

Summer is once again upon us and most of us have activities during the warm months of the year that revolve around water of some type. We would like to share with you some helpful safety tips and some products to help you and your pet enjoy the heat and the water more safely.

A lot of you have swimming pools. Most people take for granted that dogs can swim, but for how long if they fall into a pool and can’t get out. You need to teach your dog about the parameters of your pool and how to exit it. Some puppies and grown dogs are too small to place their paws on a step and get out of a pool. There is a product that I recommend to all my pool parents of puppies; that is the Skamper Ramp. This product can be ordered on line or from most of you local pool supply stores. It is a ramp that attaches to the side of your pool and floats in the water. It has several small holes in it too give a dog a grip with their nails. This also will aide those frogs and toads that make their way into your pool for a cool dip in the water and then find no way out and end up in the pool filter. The Skamper Ramp has a video to help you teach your dog how to use it. This is absolutely necessary. It will do no good to have a life saving product if your pet does not know how to use it and use it every time. Here is a link to find the Skamper Ramp. http://www.skamper-ramp.com/topic.asp?pid=1

There is another product called the Turtle Alarm. This product is worm on a collar or harness and will set off a very loud alarm if you child or pet gets too close to the base unit, which is set by the pool. It will go off also if the turtle worn by your pet or child gets wet. I have a friend that has these for both of her Shih Tzu puppies and just loves it. They have tested it repeatedly and say it really works great. Make sure you place the alarm unit at a distance from your ears because it can be quite deafening. You will know when this alarm goes off! Here is the link for the Turtle http://www.safetyturtle.com/

Do you go walking with your dog or go to outside events where they may get hotter than usual. A very inexpensive item is the Cool-It Bandanna. You just soak it in water and velcro it around your dog’s neck to help keep them cooler in the hot weather. You can find it at www.jefferspet.com

What about boating with your dog? Well have you considered a life jacket for you beloved pet? Yes, we all know the phrase, “all dogs can swim”, but for how long? If you dog falls overboard or is caught up in the current or by waves from other motorcraft, then a life vest can be a life saver. Most dog life vests have a easy strap or handle to be able to pick them up by if they are in the water. G.W. Little carries them for the toy dog with a handle. They have wonderful products for toy dogs. Their web site is:


Make sure your dog is use to the water and learns to enjoy it with just a brief amount of time in the water until they are confident. Some dogs do just take to the water, while others would rather not ever have to edure the experience. Make sure the water is not too cold for your dog. They also can suffer from hypothermia. If you do enjoy boating and water sports and have your dog with you, then please teach them to come to you from being in the water. Make sure your dog is wearing a harness if just riding in your boat and make sure they are securely in the boat. One little distraction or enticement and they can be after it and overboard in a heartbeat. Make sure to bring along a container for their drinking water. Dogs need to stay hydrated in the heat of summer just like we do. For thinner coated dogs or hairless dogs, sunscreen and a t-shirt are a must to keep them from getting sun burned. Make sure you have a shaded place for them on your boat or when on the beach or camping. If your dog does get overheated then get them in the shade, give them water, keep Nutri-Stat or Nutri-Cal on all away from home excursions. This can help combat heat exhaustion. Try to cool their body down with water or ice. Dogs sweat and absorb things through the pads of their feet, so that is a good place to start. If you are on the beach, then dig down in the sand til it is cool and damp for them to lay in. Dogs naturally will dig to cooler dirt to help with the heat. If you have access to a personal fan, then by all means use it to help cool your dog. There are personal fans attached to water bottles to mist you. These are great for your dog and can be found easily.

At home in your back yard is a great place for a wading pool for your dog. Make sure they are big enough to get in and out of it and that it does not have too much water. You basically are making a sit bath for your dog. I have a 40 gallon fountain in my back yard and I use castle rocks stair stepped in the fountain so if anyone goes in they can step out no matter how small they are. Never leave your children or pets unattended around any type of pool, whether kiddy pool, above ground or in ground pool. Always watch children and pets around water sources. Be smart and enjoy the great outdoors and all the activities we enjoy during the hot months of the year. Your dog can enjoy all the activities and outings just as much as you do if encouraged to join in and enjoy them. Walking, boating and beach activities should be for a limited amount of time at first, so you do not stress your puppy or dog and let them build up gradually for longer walking distances or outside activities. Always keep plenty of water available. If your dog is not drinking enough and is overheated, then add a little apple juice, sweet tea or sports drink to their water. Most of these contain sugar that will help in an emergency. Don’t use carbonated drinks. Sports drinks like Gatoraide can also help them balance and replace lost electrolytes. Pedialyte is wonderful and safe for puppies and grown dogs during times of stress.

Don’t leave your dog in your vehicle for any length of time. A vehicle can get to 120 degrees or more in just a matter of minutes. More and more stores, parks, festivals and outside restaurants are becoming dog friendly. Find out where in your area that you can go with your dog. Don’t forget to have doggy baggies for those bathroom breaks. Wet wipes, paper towels and even baby powder can help you get your dog back to being fresh and clean if a mess occurs. If your dog knows how to use a doggy pee pad then keep one in your vehicle for emergencies.

Now get out there and enjoy the summer sun and water and don’t forget to take Fido or FiFi and pack a bag of necessities for their safety and enjoyment.

Travel List Suggestions


Water dish

Nutri-Stat or Nutri- Cal


Pee Pads

Pet wet wipes

Paper towels



Cool-It Collar

Harness and leash

Don’t forget rabies tag or microchip tag should be attached to harness or collar

You may even want to keep a copy of your dogs vaccination records in your glove compartment of your vehicle

Life Vest for water sports

Comb or Brush

Baby Powder or Corn Starch to absorb moisture and freshen from potty accidents

some type of shade, t-shirt or sunscreen

Are you or your vet over vaccinating your pet?

check out the link below concerning the new study on rabies vaccines


Don’ts for dogs

1. Chocolate

2. Raisins or grapes

3. onions

4. macadamia nuts

If your dog has had any of these or has gotten into a toxin ( chemical or environmental) we suggest detoxifying you dog with Hemotox & Metaltox from Pet Medicine Chest. You can find their link on our front page. After shots or any surgery, I detoxify our pets. Their Hemotox has a natural snake anti-venom in it. It has saved several Yorkies from snake bites. We advocate seeing your vet immediately if you suspect your pet has gotten into a toxin. The Hemotox & Metaltox are all natural and can only help your pet. I had a friend that had a Yorkie with a snake bite at 9:30 pm. She was almost an hour from the vet on call. I suggested that she give her dog the Hemotox & Metaltox every 15 minutes on the way to the vet. Once at the vet, she called me in a panic. The vet had no snake anti-venom shots. He gave her an anti-inflammatory shot for her Yorkie. I suggested giving the Yorkie the Hemotox & Metaltox every 15 minutes on the way home, then before going to bed and in the dog’s water, again in the mouth in the morning and in the water for the next few days. The Yorkie was fine and she keeps the Hemotox & Metaltox on hand. If your pet has been on any of the foods under RECALL, then you need to detoxify them. Watch out for carpet freshners that you sprinkle on your carpet.

A customer called recently about her sister’s Chihuahua that was having seizures from walking on the carpet freshener while it was still on the carpet. This puppy went from having 11 seizures in less than 12 hours to no seizures once she started administering the Hemotox & Metaltox & Systemajuv. She will need to continue with the mix for at least a week so the toxins don’t settle in the liver or kidneys. Mr. Chewy Chavez, the Chihuahua is doing great now. He has gone 3 weeks with no seizures. Below is a photo of Mr. Chavez & Me on 4-12-07

How to Name your Puppy

1. A favorite website I look up names on is


a. You can look up male or female names

b. You can choose what letter the name begins with or a letter in the name

c. You can also go by origin and meanings

2. A neat way to name you puppy is how alot of show people do in Europe. Take a letter or letters from each of the parents names and incorporate those into the puppy’s name, for example:

Sire: Tiny & Dam: Allie = Puppy: Tilly

The T, i & y from Tiny

The l,l & i from Allie

Sire: Shakespeare & Dam: Dixie = Puppy: Daisy

The s & a from Shakespeare

The D & i from Dixie

You get the idea. Now have some fun and get creative with those puppy names.

*** For you avid knitters out there there now is a book out that has knitwear for dogs…***

Puppy Knits by Jil Eaton

This is Basil’s Story

basil12-05-06zYou will notice the photo at the top of this page; it is a photo of Basil at Christmas 2006. A special thanks to those of you that are avid followers and friends that have called and kept up your prayers for the return of Basil. Basil was stolen on Friday, March 30,2007 in Port St. Joe, Fl. Flyers, ads and word of mouth were spread about his abduction right in front of neighbors. Then family and friends began the search for Basil. Basil had lived with Clay Keels, who owns Petals By the Bay, florist and gift shop in Port St. Joe, Fl. along with his doggie brother, Sage. The two Maltese Poos4U brothers are litter mates and would go to work with Clay. When he went out of town and could not take them with him, then the boys would stay with us here at Poos4U. On March 30th, Basil and Sage were going to be visiting us for the weekend. Clay’s family were going to his home to bring the boys here. The boys had broken out of the house through the enclosed porch, dug under the privacy fence and were playing with a neighbor’s dog. The neighbor was on her front porch with Sage when Basil went toward the road. A lady stopped and picked up Basil right in front of the neighbor and was heard saying” I’ve been wanting a dog like this” Sage went back home the way he had gotten out. You can’t imagine the complete downward spiral that began in Basil’s life.

Basil was returned to Clay the evening of June 4th. I received a frantic, emergency phone call from Clay. The condition of Basil was inexcusable! I was 30-40 minutes away and could not make much sense of of the situation. Clay had become incoherent. I was able to contact a dear friend of ours, Sonjia Raffield that knows Clay and lives in Port St. Joe, Fl. She grabbed her Nutri-Stat, some wet dog food, a towel and other necessities and dashed to assist Clay. Once at Clay’s home and apprizing the condition of Basil and the entire situation, Sonjia asked me if I could call our Vet in on a emergency. Say no more, the call was made and I would meet them at the Vet’s office. In my call to the Vet, I let them know this was the stolen puppy from 2 months ago, he was shaking and had been in a house fire within the last 12-24 hours.

Sonjia gave Basil some Nutri-Stat, got Clay and him in the vehicle and drove them to Panama City, Fl to Parkway Animal Hospital, where Dr. Karen Dusenberg was waiting for our arrival. The vision that arrived in the body of Basil was not recognizable. I spoke to him, looked in his eyes and said, yes, this is Basil. I proceeded to give him some Rescue Remedy and out came Dr. Karen. The exam to follow and site of Basil would break even the hardest of hearts. Basil had lost 30% of his body weight, had been shaved to make him unrecognizable. Yes, the people knew that Basil was Clay’s dog! But worse yet, he had lost 90% of his hair due to flea infestation, malnutrition and from the fire he had just hours before been rescued from. The family had left Basil in their house to burn in the fire. A family member got Basil out of the fire and took him to Clay. This family member had known whose dog this was and admitted he should have rescued him sooner. But back to the Veterinarian exam.

Dr. Karen was positive in her assessment of Basil’s lungs. She was getting good, clear sounding lungs. His temperature was just fine. The flea bites would heal along with emotional wounds over time. She would keep Basil overnight to keep an ear on his lungs and make sure no inflammation occurred, but felt he would be fine. She would start him on an antibiotic to keep the lungs from any build up of fluid and it would also help with the wounds to keep them from becoming infected. To lighten the spirit, from the horror of this once beautiful coated Maltese, she stated” He won’t make the 4th of July photo, but he’ll be great for Thanksgiving!” This sure helped Clay feel better about his beloved Basil. Dr. Karen Dusenberg was not only caring for her patient, but caring for her patient’s parent as well. After settling Basil in for his night at Parkway Animal Hospital, Dr. Stephen Collier checked in on Basil and reported he was in the back “Chowing Down”. This made everyone feel even better. Can you imagine after 2 months of being gone, just to get your beloved pet back and have to leave them in a strange place overnight? Everyone reassured Clay that this was the best course of action. Completely overwhelmed and exhausted, Clay conceded, with reluctance to leave Basil for the night in the care of the Doctors.

It is now Tuesday, June 5, 2007. A 9:30 am call to Parkway Animal Hospital reveals that Basil is ready to go home. He spent the day with Clay and his doggie brother, Sage at work and then at home. He is still shivering a good bit, we are hoping a T-shirt will help with that. He is constantly in the arms of Clay. I don’t think either one wants the other out of their site for even a moments time right now.

It is hard to comprehend how someone could treat a precious life with such disregard as the family that stole and kept Basil for so long. We are praying for a prosecution in this tragic crime. It will take Basil some time to recover from the physical and emotional neglect that were inflicted upon him. He has a dedicated human guardian in Clay, his doggie brother, Sage and the support of family and friends to help him heal.

Please make sure your pet is micro chipped. You can request this from a breeder like myself or have your local vet micro chip your pet. It is a quick and easy process. I use Home Again which is recommended by the A.K.C. and is scanable in most major cities in foreign countries as well. http://www.homeagain.com

ViviCam 3765

If you are traveling or have your pet with you outside of your home, then make sure their collar or harness has their name and your phone number to contact. A lot of us don’t leave collars or a harness on our pet at home, so make sure you put their identification tags on them for any outing. Most pet stores have a tag machine that costs between $5.00-$6.00 to have a small tag made immediately with name and phone number on it. If your breeder micro chips your pet, then make sure your veterinarian has the micro chip number in your pet’s file for reference. Keep a current photo of your pet in your vehicle or wallet in case they get loose. If your pet is missing, then contact your vet and other local vet clinics immediately. Fax them or drop off flyers with your pet’s photo and contact information and any medical concerns. Local animal shelters can be over worked, so go and look at your local shelter for your pet. Let neighbors, USPS carriers, Fed Ex and UPS drivers know about your missing pet and give them a flyer with their photo. Some pets are shy and won’t come up to strangers, but will be seen. Even pizza delivery people will see a loose pet in the evening or at night when you are not looking for them. Ask for help. Most people are more than willing and truly concerned with helping you find your pet. Act fast. The sooner you look and notify others, the more widespread the search and the faster the results. Never give up. I know of one Pomeranian here in Bay County that was reunited with loved ones after 5 years. Yes, that dog was micro chipped. Yes, that is how she was identified and returned. Place ads in your local papers. Most papers will allow a lost ad for free. Look in the found section also, in case someone has found your dog. I have found many dogs over the years and contacted local vet clinics and animal control and have been able to reunite the pets with their family. Also, if you see a wandering pet or a neglected pet, then don’t expect someone else to do something about it. Take action and make a difference yourself. In Basil’s case, everything possible had been done to locate him and spread the word, through friends, flyers, ads and the internet. In the end it took the conviction of just one person knowing Basil was stolen from all the widespread information to take the long needed action to return Basil home. It takes only 1 person and 1 small act to make the world a better place. You can do it by just being concerned and taking action. Every day, those small kind acts just make a ripple affect of making this world a happier and more caring place. Help you local animal shelter. They are always in need of help, donations and even supplies, like paper towels, bleach and food. Call them and ask what they need, or VOLUNTEER YOUR HELP.







If you are an animal lover and are reading this, then please keep Basil and his family in your prayers. Any assistance at helping to convict these people for this terrible crime is appreciated. Convey your care and concern to Clay in a note or card that can be sent to:

Petals By The Bay

c/o Basil or Clay Keels

208 Reid Avenue

Port St. Joe, Fl 32456


A Special Thanks to Sonjia Raffield for being available, keeping her wits about her and coming to the rescue for Clay and Basil. In a crisis you always know your true friends.

A Great Thanks goes out to 2 dedicated Veterinarians at

Parkway Animal Hospital


Dr. Karen Dusenberg & Dr. Stephen Collier

No matter how long or hard their day, they are always there when you need them for an emergency. Not many Veterinarian clinics can be depended upon like Parkway Animal Hospital in those late night emergency hours. And believe me when I say, I’ve had more than my share of emergencies over the years which are rarely during normal working hours. Trying to find a Vet willing or even accessible to take a call, let alone come in during those emergency hours is rare and sometimes impossible. So, for that kind of dedication, I know they are precious gems in the world of Veterinarians.




We will be keeping you updated on Basil’s progress.

June 7, 2007: Basil and Sage are here at Poos4U for a few days. We all felt that being with his Mom and other dogs he has always been around since birth would help him bounce back faster. His brother Sage was elated to be here and get to play. We have to realize that Sage was effected by this as well. He has been without his brother and play buddy for over 2 months. Basil and his Mom, Sugar instantly bonded at their arrival. The vivacious and vocal Sugar sensed Basil’s state and took on the role of calm and caring Mom toward Basil. This let Sage be able to really let loose and play with the other dogs. It is amazing the comprehension that animals possess. I am treating Basil’s skin condition. He has been itching alot. His scabs from the flea bites are going away, but there are still bites and bumps all over his body. He hung out and around the other dogs, but after supper and a skin treatment bath he was worn out and quickly sound asleep. Tomorrow will be another day of progress and healing.

June 11, 2007. Clay has come to pick up Basil & Sage after several days of rehabilitation at Poos4U. Basil’s skin is no longer inflamed. The only thing that has worked for his skin is a homemade concoction that I made for him with Tea Tree Oil, Lavender and Rosemary in a Olive Oil base. We are massaging this into his skin several times a day to help heal, stop the itching and keep his skin from drying out. He is not gorging himself when eating. He is eating with the other dogs and having no food aggression. Last night after supper Basil barked for the first time. He was feeling like one of the gang again. After an update on Basil’s progress with Dr. Collier and the supplements I was giving him, we are sending Basil home with the following. He is on Salmon oil for the Omega fatty acids, vitamin E for the skin and which can be pulled out of the body by fish oils. He is taking Calcium/Phosphorus, of course for his bones, enzymes to help digest food and utilize vitamins and minerals and good bacteria, to aide in digestion and keep his intestinal tract in balance while on antibiotics. We are starting to see a little more than peach fuzz on his face and torso. He was so excited to go home with his dad.

June 13,2007. Basil and his brother Sage actually woke Clay up with their playing last night. He set them off the bed and let them play away. He said they are acting more like how they use to be before this tragedy. There should be an arrest this week concerning this case. Basil was intentionally left in the burning house to die and the remains of a cat were found in the house. The insurance company will have to pursue the arson. Please, please report animal neglect and abuse. It is a crime and is punishable by law.

Below is a photo of Basil on 6-11-07, with Clay Keels and his brother Sage.

This is after 8 days of intensive care and nutrition.

Below are photos of Basil before being stollen.


Pray for his complete recovery and just know that he will once again look like the Magnificent Maltese in these photos.

The calls and e-mails are coming in from all of you about Basil. Thank you for your continued prayers. Here is an e-mail from 6-06-07
Just read about Basil’s return. I have been praying for him and so thankful he is home, but my heart was broken by his story. I will certainly be praying for his recovery both physically and emotionally. I will get them a card in the mail.

Thank you, your vets and all your animal friend lovers for all you do for God’s special creations.

With love,
Kaye Powers


9-24-07 Basil & Sage got to spend 4 days with us this last week.  They had a blast.  They played with everyone and dug in the dirt.  Basil kept barking from time to time as if to say”  Look at Me, Look at Me”.  You could just tell how happy he was to be visiting and feeling like his normal healthy self again.  The people that stole Basil are on trial in Port St. Joe, Fl.  They have a new court date of 9-26-07.  Pray for justice in this case. You will notice that Sage is in a shorter cut than usual.  This has the boys with their hair at the same length. Basil is so full of energy and an exuberance for life. Sage still makes sure that Basil eats enough and the two are inseparable. Dogs are so resilient and forgiving.  They most definitely live in the moment, which we as humans could learn a lot from this practice. Below is a candid photo of the boys, all dirty and digging in the yard with some of our other dogs. This was before getting groomed from the photo above.  Basil is in the foreground and Sage in back. You can see the big hole they had fun digging.  This is a designated digging spot we allow for the dogs.  I am a firm believer in letting them play like dogs and enjoy life.  They can always get a bath.

 Life’s too short for them to stay pristine all the time, and besides….every dog knows life is messy, so you might as well have fun!


11-20-07 Basil now looks just like his last year photos on this page at Christmas.  He and his brother Sage spent the day with us and got all groomed up for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

March 2008  For those of you following the Basil story know that there is still Justice in America.  The man that was convicted for the theft, mistreatment and attempted killing of Basil by setting his home on fire is making restitution.  He is having to pay in actual money restitution to Clay Keels for the abuse of Basil.  Clay received his first check this month.  The man is required as part of his community service to work with animals, possibly at local shelters or rescues.  Another paws up for all those who helped bring this case to light and see it through to the courts for prosecution. God placed upon us the duty to be guardians of the animals and this earth. If we as humans do not guard and protect the animals, our wildlife and environment then there will be nothing left on this earth to sustain  any of us

The only remimder of all that Basil went through is the now beige spot in the middle of his back.  He never had this before. Clay says it just gives him character.  We just thank the Lord for Basil’s return and his complete recovery. His abusers were charged and prosecuted. Basil is his fun loving and healthy self with a beautiful coat once again.

UPDATE 2012. due to personal issues from Clay, Basil & Sage came back to Poos4u we have had them neutered, blood tested and up on all their shots and were looking for the perfect family for these amazing Maltese brothers.  Well in January 2013 the wonderful family of Edwin & Montana Thomas with their 3 children were sent to be blessed by Basil and Sage and make them part of their fantastic family.   We are sad to see these boys that have been so much a part of Poos4u leave us, but are so happy for the Thomas family. A new happy beginning for the Spice Boys as they are so affectionately called. Below are recent photos of the boys and the Thomas family.

Sage & Basil (Small)

Sage on left & Basil on right, Halloween 2012

Basil side (Small)

Basil  in November 2012

Sage (Small)

Sage in November 2012

Basil & Sage

 Basil & Sage with the Thomas family January 2013

They tell us the Love, Love, Love the Spice Boys and they are fantastic with the kids.

9-24-07 Basil & Sage got to spend 4 days with us this last week. They had a blast.

They played with everyone and dug in the dirt. Basil kept barking from time to time as if to say” Look at Me, Look at Me”. You could just tell how happy he was to be visiting and feeling like his normal healthy self again. The people that stole Basil are on trial in Port St. Joe, Fl. They have a new court date of 9-26-07. Pray for justice in this case. You will notice that Sage is in a shorter cut than usual. This has the boys with their hair at the same length. Basil is so full of energy and an exuberance for life. Sage still makes sure that Basil eats enough and the two are inseparable. Dogs are so resilient and forgiving. They most definitely live in the moment, which we as humans could learn a lot from this practice. Below is a candid photo of the boys, all dirty and digging in the yard with some of our other dogs. This was before getting groomed from the photo above. Basil is in the foreground and Sage in back. You can see the big hole they had fun digging. This is a designated digging spot we allow for the dogs. I am a firm believer in letting them play like dogs and enjoy life. They can always get a bath.

Life’s too short for them to stay pristine all the time, and besides….every dog knows life is messy, so you might as well have fun!

11-20-07 Basil now looks just like his last year photos on this page at Christmas. He and his brother Sage spent the day with us and got all groomed up for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

March 2008 For those of you following the Basil story know that there is still Justice in America. The man that was convicted for the theft, mistreatment and attempted killing of Basil by setting his home on fire is making restitution. He is having to pay in actual money restitution to Clay Keels for the abuse of Basil. Clay received his first check this month. The man is required as part of his community service to work with animals, possibly at local shelters or rescues. Another paws up for all those who helped bring this case to light and see it through to the courts for prosecution. God placed upon us the duty to be guardians of the animals and this earth. If we as humans do not guard and protect the animals, our wildlife and environment then there will be nothing left on this earth to sustain any of us

The only remimder of all that Basil went through is the now beige spot in the middle of his back. He never had this before. Clay says it just gives him character. We just thank the Lord for Basil’s return and his complete recovery. His abusers were charged and prosecuted. Basil is his fun loving and healthy self with a beautiful coat once again.

UPDATE 2012. due to personal issues from Clay, Basil & Sage came back to Poos4u we have had them neutered, blood tested and up on all their shots and were looking for the perfect family for these amazing Maltese brothers. Well in January 2013 the wonderful family of Edwin & Montana Thomas with their 3 children were sent to be blessed by Basil and Sage and make them part of their fantastic family. We are sad to see these boys that have been so much a part of Poos4u leave us, but are so happy for the Thomas family. A new happy beginning for the Spice Boys as they are so affectionately called. Below are recent photos of the boys and the Thomas family.

Sage on left & Basil on right, Halloween 2012

Basil in November 2012

Sage in November 2012

Basil & Sage with the Thomas family January 2013

They tell us the Love, Love, Love the Spice Boys and they are fantastic with the kids.

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Milk Fever

Lactating dogs should be given a calcium supplement daily while nursing all the way to a week after weaning their puppies. This should be formulated for dogs to have the correct calcium to phosphorus ratio. Calcium and Phosphorus should be balanced 1 to 1 ratio. Lactation and nursing deplete the body of calcium. Milk fever or Eclampsia can set in if calcium is lacking. A dog will get a fever, anything 103 degrees and over is a temperature. Normal dog temperature can vary from 100.5 to 102.5.

Milk fever will bring on tremors or seizure like actions, your dog can go comatose and die if not given the correct amount of calcium intravenously immediately by a Veterinarian. Too much calcium or given too rapidly can cause cardiac arrhythmia. Calcium is given with intravenous fluids alternately to slowly introduce calcium back into the blood stream. When eclampsia has set in, an oral calcium supplement Will NOT Work. Milk fever can NOT be treated at home. Your dog will die if not treated immediately. Cooling them off with an ice packs helps to reduce fever, but do not immerse your dog in water. You do not want to shock an already over stressed system. Spraying the pads of their paws with rubbing alcohol will help reduce their body temperature. Administering Nutri-Stat or Nutri-Cal, a nutritional supplement will help with hypoglycemia. Make sure your dog is able to swallow if giving anything orally. These 3 steps can help your dog and keep them alive on the way to the Veterinarian. After treating for milk fever most Veterinarians will strongly advise not allowing puppies to nurse again since this condition can reoccur. If puppies are not thoroughly weaned, then this means you will have to supplement feed them with a milk replacement formula until completely eating on their own.