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Silly Animal GIFs

Time for some fun. I was in the mood for some silly animal GIFs, so here are some that I came across. You may have seen some of them already, they are pretty darn popular – there are complete sites dedicated to them!

via GIPHY

via GIPHY

via GIPHY

via GIPHY

There are thousands of additional funny, and adorable, animal animations on the following sites. Be warned though, you might spend too much time checking them out.

Giphy Animals
15 Perfectly Looped Animal GIFs
A reddit dedicated to animal GIFs

Enjoy yourself. If you know of any other sites, let me know.

Dogs Need Plenty Of Exercise

If you do not take your dog out for exercise every now and then you may notice that he/she becomes restless. Puppies and young dogs especially have bucket loads of energy that they need to spend at some point. Eventually they may start using their energy to “refurbish” your interior, or their barking increases significantly.

And the answer to such behaviour usually is exercise. Some dog breeds do indeed need more exercise than others, but in general regular exercise is good for every dog (and human too!). A dog’s age, breed, and personality are the defining characteristics when it comes to determining how much exercise they need.

In general, if you can get your dog about 30 minutes of reasonably high-intensity exercise you are doing a good job. How many times a week? Probably daily, if possible. Do note that the activities your dog undertakes inside the house may not be enough. If the weather is too cold or hot then it is inadvisable to take your dog for a brisk walk. Instead you could stay indoors and teach it new tricks, or throw around some toys. A mix of physical and mental exercises keeps your dog happy and helps improve their well-being considerably.

Many dogs have favourite spots in the neighbourhood in which they reside, they found these during walks. They love checking them regularly, so take them there a few times a week. There are many other ways to get your dog some exercise, and the health benefits are numerous – so well worth the effort.

Black Dogs

Check out Fred Levy’s Black Dogs Project if you want to see more beautiful photos of black (and other) dogs. This image shows the kind Labrador Teddy.


Credit: pets4homes.co.uk

A Belgian Shepherd with lovely long hair. The Belgian Shepherd is a medium-sized dog, with a strong body yet allowing for elegant movements.

Credit: animalbreeds.com

The Barbet, with its origins in France, is a friendly dog – and said to be an excellent addition to any caring family.

Credit: kovesbercibetyarkennel2.weebly.com

This handsome dog is a Mudi, a Hungarian breed. They were originally bred to herd cattle. They are versatile and great to have around your farm, especially when you have a rodent problem! They will be most happy when they have plenty of space to run around in.

How To Treat Dogs With Dry Skin

Dry skin isn’t a nice feeling at all. Your skin can get really itchy, right? Well dogs have the same kind of problem, yet they can’t just go out to the pharmacy and purchase a remedy. But, as the owner you can certainly help. Here are some remedies that might just help your dog.

Some of these remedies sound familiar, and actually they are! Plenty of dry skin treatments for human beings are applicable to dogs.

One such remedy is vitamin E. Give your dog a nice massage with vitamin E oil and he/she will thank you for it later. You can also buy foods rich in vitamin E, there are plenty of dog food products available these days with extra vitamins for your pet.

Are you using a dog shampoo? It is possible that your dog’s skin can not stand one of the ingredients, try a different shampoo – one that contains fewer aggressive ingredients. Oh and don’t use human shampoos, dog skin is different from human skin!

Photo credit photosz.com.

Brushing your dog’s hair regularly helps remove loose hair, which can cause irritation if left alone. The loose hair can build up and prevent the skin from breathing properly.

Could there be something in your dog’s diet causing the dry skin? Try a different diet, one containing fewer or no ingredients associated with dry skin – or, as mentioned above, see if a vitamin E rich diet improves skin hydration.

If you are going to change your dog’s diet by increasing the vitamin intake then it would be wise to consult your vet first.

Dry skin is associated with a range of different medical conditions. If your dog’s skin does not improve after treatment then you may want to pay a visit to your vet. Perhaps an allergy is causing the dry skin problems? Also note that some dog breeds, such as the Chinese Crested, are more susceptible to skin issues. Taking action early will help prevent more serious skin conditions from developing.