Sprawly Sunday

Much like this fella, I had a hard time getting out of bed today…

I was so excited to be Skyping with a friend from the UK and well, went to bed at about 3:30 am. Joys of time difference 😉 Thank god for that iced coffee I found in the fridge. Oh, did I mention, it’s like 30 smth degrees here? Sleeping in too much – not an option.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

And make sure you check out the insanely great Tumblr this photo is from: “Maddie the Coonhound – a super serious project about dogs and physics”

Through a Dog’s Ear

Now this brand is a major amongst music to calm pets. I’ve been hearing a lot about, and all good. It was even featured by Patricia Mcconnell, a well known dog behaviourist and author of acclaimed books such as: “On the Other End of the Leash”, “For the Love of A Dog: Understanding Emotions in You and Your Best Friend”. The reason it took me a while to showcase Through a Dog’s Ear on this blog is because there is so much to process! I mean these guys did some serious studies, published a full book on their findings and recorded multiple albums. At the same time there is not a single Youtube video I could embed to let you sample. But, I’m working on that and should have something coming soon in the slider on top. So keep checking back! I guarantee it’s worth it. Meanwhile, if you’d like to find out some more about the concept and the research, here’s a real good report from CBS (just bare with the first 24 seconds):

You can also check out their website with some listening samples and a directory of places to buy their music.

Aromatherapy for dogs?

Okay, this one is not related to music at all. But it is about calming your dog. Plus, it’s such an intriguing idea, that I just had to share with you all.

Enter: scented candles for your dogs (unfortunately no other pet versions yet). Sniff pet candles are hand poured in the USA, using eco-friendly, organic ingredients and for 70 hours will spread a specially designed scent around your home. Apparently, the various aromas are uniquely made to target common doggie problems. Anxiety is one of them, but they also have candles for excessive farting, giving a city dog the impression of being outdoors, or scaring away pet pests. Each candle is 38 dollars, but you could also get a bundle of 5 testers for 48 dollars.

We all know dogs have crazy sniffing abilities. In fact, as the company website instructs, dogs can identify smells between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than us humans. Their brains have 40 times more space devoted to analyzing smells. Considering all this, aromatherapy for dogs doesn’t sound too strange, does it?

May I also just say: I love the packaging! Very classy.

Overall, I’d be quite keen to try them, but might have to wait until they are available at a retailer in my region… My family members have some serious allergies, so I would be reluctant to buy (and ship…) candles without checking their reaction first.

Have you had any experience with dog aromatherapy? Or Sniff candles in particular?