Happy First Anniversary Blog!!!

Hello Everyone!!

Last year this time I published my very first blog post. Yep! It's been a whole year already. Yay!

I'm not going to make this a long post about what I've learnt in my first year of blogging. I think the internet is full of those already.

You would think  that after I read all the posts on what not to do that I will not make the same mistakes. Nope! I went ahead and made the exact same mistakes.

Not having my own domain, not having a clear niche, writing weird topics no one searches for, zero Seo, no clear plan, blah blah blah.
 
A million mistakes yes, but I had successes too. I also made a ton of online friends and furiends (doggies). For a loner and introvert, I surprised myself. Gosh! I surprised myself a lot in this blogging year.

Writing in different characters was not my intention at the start. It just happened! People liked it for some reason and I changed the blog name to Life and Dog Stuff after that. It was just Life and Stuff.

I thought about splitting up the two niches into different blogs a few times because the blog's followers are probably split. I'm not really sure. I always say, "It's my blog and I can do whatever I want to". I mean our blog!

My personality is splattered all over these pages and combined with my Buff and Fluff. These are our stories, our life. So splitting it would have broken my heart.

I'm happy with what I've done with it. It's my creation. For the first time in my life I created something that I'm proud of. I've poured my heart out onto these pages. Something I was never capable of doing.

I'm planning on creating a spin off blog soon that will be more niche, structured and optimized for search traffic. Of course Buff and Fluff will join me over there too.

Don't worry, this one will still be here with new weekly blog posts. We only get social media traffic on here. Damn you evil Google bots!

Lots of work ahead. It's still in research phase. I'm just putting it out there in the universe so long.

I can get a bit lazy sometimes though lol, but it's a goal of mine to reach page one of Google for something I've written. #BlogGoals. Wish me luck! Even if I have to kidnap a Google bot and force them to rank me, I will! Grrr!

Sorry, Fluffy took over just now. She hates those Google bots. Run bots, run!

I have some more good news to share. We've recently been nominated for our third blog award! Guess that means we're doing something right.

Thank you Kirstie from the Enlightenment for Schmucks for nominating us for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Our second sunshine award this year! I'll do a separate post on that once I'm done doing the blog updates. I'm forever updating!

Please check out her award blog post so long Here. Kirstie and Trina's writing is beautiful and inspirational. It was such a pleasure to have met a pair of like minded people like them on the blogosphere.

Happy First Anniversary Blog! Here's to surviving a full year. Almost giving up and then turning it around again. It was not easy, but it was loads of fun. That's all that matters.

A Big Thank You to those who have read our words and laughed at our pictures. For following, sharing, commenting and supporting us through our journey. Your support keeps our little blog alive. I appreciate it more than you know.  

Lots of love to you all from Buffy, Fluffy and Renza! ♥♥♥
Until next time
Goodbye

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Fluffy the Puppy Learning How to Listen.

Ruff! Ruff! Hello my fluffy pack! As your future queen, I've decided to work on my listening skills. Learning how to listen can be a bit challenging because of my massive floppy fluffy dog ears that cover my ear holes. I don't like to listen to anyone either. It's beneath me.

Unfortunately, listening is required if I'm going to be a leader. The sheep will come to me for guidance and I can't exactly tune them out even though I really really want to.

There are a few things that help us doggies listen better. Luckily for you, I'm working on my sharing skills too. Rrrruff!


How to get your dog to listen to you

 

First I need to make sure I understand what someone is saying. Renza mommy is the worst when it comes to talking to us doggies. I have to listen to sentences that make no sense.

"Are you hungrys my doeboes?" and "Go sleepies my babas" aren't exactly used by everyone. That is where most of my understanding of language comes from. I'm good to listen and understand a 2-year-old at this level.

My dog won't listen -  Buffy and Fluffy
Buffy and I sniffing in our garden

Luckily there are other people that talk properly in the human house and loads of visitors come to visit just to play with me. I love running through the rain puddles and greeting them.

dog not listening - Buffy and Fluffy
Some more sniffing

With my limited vocabulary skills, no thanks to Renza mommy, I'm getting good at reading body language and voice tones.

Like when someone's voice tone goes up while I'm busy making paw patterns on their clothes, I know they love my art work. Mommy's voice always goes up when she gets all excited when Buffy and I show off our playing skills.

I'm assuming it's the same for everyone. They get all weird after that though. It's just water humans! Mixed with wet dog paws. If only they would stand still and not move so much while I'm busy using them as a canvas.

My puppy not listening to me.

Mommy uses the words "stop it" a lot. It's accompanied by her trying to take away whatever I was playing with. Or at least trying to. I'm stronger and faster than her.

I'm guessing "stop it" means let me take away your fun. I thought for a while stop it was my last name because she always says "Fluffy, stop it!", but now I know better.

Buffy knows a lot of words and body language signals but he's not a very good listener. Must be his super large floppy fluffy ears too.

Mommy must show him with actions or hand signals accompanied by words so he knows what he must do. Poor Buffy had to listen to her wayyy longer than I had to.

No wonder he hates listening!  It's like she created a language of her own and assumes us doggies automatically know it. Use proper words human!

Snowy dog listening to me.
Snowy doing everything mommy says

Snowy actually listens, but then again he was raised by a normal human. Mommy is shocked that he does whatever she says and Buffy thinks twice or even thrice before doing something. Sometimes he just refuses!

Buffy ignoring Fluffy
Buffy refusing to listen to me

I always have to do tricks for treats. Renza calls it "workies for foodies". I'm sure that's not how you say it.

Come to think of it, when Buff and I smell or see food, our ears automatically pop open. Don't ask me how. It's one of those built-in doggie things. Listening is easier when food is involved. Feed me human!

If you talk to me without food in your hand my ears automatically close. This is unavoidable. It's a simple equation to remember.

Food = Open ears
No food = Closed ears

On second thought, I think I need to add tummy rubs as an important variable for listening. 

20 minute tummy rubs + food =  open ears + half asleep listening

It's up to the human to accept the deal or not. Otherwise, I don't really mind continuing on my destructive path and destroying everything in sight.

Buff is already on board and helps me with much-needed renovations. It's a lot of work though. I think it's time to recruit Snowy! 

Ruff!!! Ruff!!!

Author: Fluffy
Job: Doing puppy work, part-time blogger, world leader in training.
Future plans: World domination
Likes: Biting hands, destroying everything in sight, playing, stalking, digging, cuddles and tummy rubs.
Dislikes: Baths, self-cloning Needleman and not getting my way.

Pic credit: Fluffy(me), Buffy and Snowy posing for pics Renza took and edited. Thanks to the winter rain the garden lives again. Soon we'll have flowers to destroy. Not for long because we're in some ongoing drought. Amazon store pet goodies pic edited by Renza too.

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Alert Barking - Stop Barking Dog! - Woof! Woof! Ruff! Arf!

Woof! Woof! Hello, you guys! Today we have a special discussion about alert barking on the blog. Us doggies have an obligation to protect our humans and warn them against intruders and...stuff. Barking dog sounds can be very annoying though.

Some dogs go overboard and take it way too seriously. Not everything is bark-worthy. The best way to stop dog barking is to nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand. Dogs love repetition!

As alpha dog around here, it's my duty to stop any excessive barking and other weird sounds coming from the pack. Including mommy's singing. Snowy and Fluffy will be joining me today...

Buffy: Woof! Hello Fluff...and uhm Snowy.

Fluffy: Why are you saying hello? We live together!

Snowy: Hi Cloudy!

Buffy: Watch the name calling old man! Grrr!

Snowy: I'll try hairball!

Buffy: Anyway...today I want to talk about the unnecessary alert barking going on at our house. You two are the main culprits.

Snowy: Why are you pointing paws at me? Look over there at the crazy one.

Fluffy: Grrr! Who are you calling crazy Snowy? I'm just warning everyone. That's what us doggies do right?

Buffy: Only when visitors come Fluff. Not when the wind is blowing.

Fluffy: But the wind is noisy too Buff and it can blow mommy away.

Buffy: Nope!

Alert barking - My dog barks at everything.

Snowy: If you did your guarding job properly and not sleep all day, maybe Fluffy would not have to try solo guarding.

Fluffy: Awww...thanks for defending me Snow. Licks

Snowy: We all know she's very immature and has loads to learn still. Stop licking meee!!!

Fluffy: Licks! 

Buffy: Fluffy focus! It's winter and I've neglected some of my morning guarding duties because I want to sleep late. I apologise. Fluffy is an early riser and I thought I trained her enough to take over my morning shift.

Snowy: Obviously not! She's a loose canon. The three noisy dogs next door with their million puppies are quieter than us.

Buffy: Oh you admit you're noisy too!

Snowy: Only when you're snoring at night!

Fluffy: Fight! Fight!

Buffy: Stop stoking on fights Fluff!

Snowy: You yell too much Cloudy!

Fluffy: Fight!

Buffy: Guys, we need to start behaving better. Mommy does not like it.

Fluffy: Mommy is teaching me the "quiet" command Buff. She also comes to check why I'm barking and lets me know she has been warned so that I can stop. Sometimes she plays fetch with me to help me burn off energy.  I'm starting to get an idea of what type of barking is acceptable. I'm still convinced the wind is evil though!

Stop barking dog.

Buffy: That's good Fluff. Just remember the wind might get you if you don't stop harassing it. Hair and wind are arch-enemies. We are 80% hair so it will always taunt us. Btw, your 6am howling needs to be worked on too.

Snowy: Yes! I'm still sleeping that time. It's super annoying!

Fluffy: But I'm singing with the man down the street and helping him wake up the neighbourhood. They should thank me for waking them up! You howl with sometimes Snowy. Stop playing innocent!

Buffy: No, the man needs no help singing Fluff. Yes, you have a nice howl but no one wants to hear it that early.

Fluffy: Fine Buff! I'll try to tone it down. It's really hard because I'm channelling my inner wolf.

Buffy: Just do it quieter then...and you Snowy, I'm watching you. Don't act all innocent.

Snowy: I did nothing!

Buffy: I heard you howling with! Besides that, you're always marking my territory! Everything smells like you. I was here first. It's disrespectful!

Snowy: I'm just making myself at home. You need to work on your sharing issues.

Buffy: Nope! I'm in charge and I'll never share anything with you. Grrr!

Fluffy: Fight!

Snowy: Is this meeting over yet? I still need to go water that spot you slept on earlier.

Fluffy: Yes Buff! I have a list of puppy work to finish today. That hole is not going to dig itself.

Buffy: Fine! I'm ending off now. Thank you for attending. Hopefully we'll be quieter going forward. Mommy is counting on us.

Time to go now, you guys. Thank you for dropping by today. As you can see we have a long way to go moving forward. Wish us luck!

It's obvious Fluff is not ready for solo guarding yet, so I'll have to try getting up earlier. When I'm up she takes my lead and there are less barking sounds coming from our house.

She's the worst guard dog ever! Don't even let me start with that Snowy. I think I'll go sleep on his bed later. It's twice as big as mine with no patches. My bed is full of patches from mommy's sewing after we...after Fluffy made it explode a few dozen times.

Woof!! Wooooof!!

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How To Be An Alpha Dog

Woof! Woof!! Hello, you guys! With recent developments, I started to notice something weird. I was always alpha dog around here with no competition and had mommy wrapped around my paws.

Then Fluffy came and now Snowy is here. You've seen how Fluffy takes over and Snowy does things that makes me think he wants to overthrow me. The nerve!

Luckily Fluff and Snow are weaklings. I'm still alpha dog and put them in their place if they even think of stepping out of line. They should thank me for taking on alpha responsibilities. It's a tough job.

Just look at my pack of weirdos. A crazy puppy with boundary issues that never stops playing, an older dog that just appeared out of no where and can't stop watering stuff, plus a crazy human that treats us like babies when everyone can see we are doggies.

See what I have to deal with?!!

Luckily I'm the best doggie for the job. For those who want to know how to be the best alpha dog ever, I made a list of things to help you out.

1. Make sure they don't eat when you eat


I yell at Snowy when he eats when I eat. It's disrespectful! Fluffy and I are closer so she can eat as long as she doesn't eat alone...and we're separated by mommy or a gate. She's known as a food thief around here so one can't be too careful.

2. Sleep on all their beds


Their beds are the places where they feel the most comfy and it smells exactly like them. I need to make it smell like me so that they don't feel too comfortable.

Make sure you rub your scent all over it. I lie on their beds and wiggle on my back so that my alpha smell gets in there good. Comfort is for alphas!!

3. Protect the pack


It's my job to warn everyone when someone is coming to visit. Fluffy follows my lead as she should and Snowy has proven to be an excellent co-guard doggie.

That does not mean we're friends. Guarding is our job and he's just a co-worker. Fluffy is really bad at it though and needs more practice. She's way too friendly with everyone that comes here. They are invaders Fluff! Geez!

4. Be first at everything


Be the first to get the ball, to greet the mommy and to eat the food. Fluffy is super fast and is trying to be first at everything. She's very rude, you guys.

She shoves me out of the way sometimes. I get her back by sitting on her and pulling her hair. That will teach her! Grrr!

5. Control the human


At the moment it seems like Fluffy is my biggest competition when it comes to alpha dog status, but I think mommy Renza can easily overthrow me if I don't watch out.

She's the food supplier, toy keeper and the tummy rubber. I try my best not to do what she says because alphas don't take orders, but she has some good persuasive methods and it's really hard not to listen to her.

Be strong and don't let your human bribe you. Alphas don't accept bribes! Uhm.. maybe now and again won't do any harm right? Right?!!

How To Be An Alpha Dog.
Fluffy trying to overthrow me to become alpha dog.

6. Don't show your weakness


The minute you show any weakness, you become vulnerable and one of your pack members might see it as a good time to strike. Show them who's in charge! Grrr!

At the moment mommy is my biggest weakness and Fluffy is using it against me. She's forcing mommy to give her loads of attention by causing chaos and going as far as fake crying to get cuddles and rubs.

I'll show her I can share! She's my Renza too! Fluff is a master manipulator, you guys. Help me!!

7. Know your packs habits and weakness


With mommy Renza and Fluffy it's easy to read them and anticipate their next move, but Snowy is like a blank board. What is he planning?! He's up to something I know it!

Until I sniff out his master plan I'll keep my eye on him. He acts all innocent in front of everyone but he's definitely not. Soon Snowy, soon!!

How To Be An Alpha Dog.
Snowy refusing to help me!!

There you go! Being the alpha dog is hard work but it's necessary to keep the pack in line. Who knows what they'll do if left uncontrolled?

For one week I decided to sleep late and Fluffy decided to solo guard. Wow! I felt so embarrassed because I'm her mentor. It was awful! She barked at everyone and everything! Humans, birds, plants, cars, the wind...

We all thought she was loosing her mind...more than before. Luckily mommy jumped in and corrected the situation by teaching Fluffy the "quiet" command. Whether she listened or not is another story.

I saw what was going on and decided to not sleep in so that I can keep an eye on Fluffy. She quickly stopped solo guarding after that. Uhmm...I know what it sounds like, you guys. Don't worry I'm the Alpha, not mommy. Right?!!

Arghoooooooooo!!!

Author: Buffy
Job: Guard dog, part-time blogger, Alpha dog
Future plans: Be the most cuddliest dog in the world
Likes: Playing, eating and sleeping
Dislikes: Grooming and food thieves

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