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    Snow Day Product Testing

    On an ordinary Tuesday we decided to head to the nearest mountain town for a day of snow play. Not one of the five dogs in tow had experienced snow before, so we bundled them all in rebel hoodies and let them go crazy. We're not sure if they had more fun running wild, or if we had more fun watching this snowy situation go down. 

    The first couple of minutes consisted of a lot of slipping and sliding, but once they got the hang of it, it was optimum entertainment for the humans. Pork Chop, the English Bully of the crew, is perhaps the most hilarious to watch as he always appears to be in his own little glorious bulldog world. His favorite activity was making snow angels, and at one point he succeeded in "sledding" head first down the entire face of the mountain as we watched and cheered.

    Diesel and Dakoda, our two black Dobermans, played high speed tag for most of the day. While Deogi, the Vizsla, spent her time mountain climbing and tracking scents. Stella, the red Doberman, was the ever perfect model and stood patiently in the sun as we snapped endless pictures of her beautiful dobe stature.

    Rebel Hoodie is Rebel approved: After a day of rough play in the cold snow, these five agreed that the rebel hoodie is officially cleared for use in the snow and cold-weather approved. These cozy hoodies provide comfort and style while keeping each pup super warm. The wide array of sizes offered ensures each dog finds his perfect fit, and the construction allows for easy on-and-off. Because after all, the life of a dog is pretty busy, there's really little time for inconveniences like getting dressed.

    Get your Rebel Hoodie, right here!

     

    Movie Monday: The Doberman Gang


    We admittedly spend most of our time working on Crazy Rebels and playing with our dogs. But in the evenings we love to (dog) pile on the couch and watch movies. The littlest rebel curls up pretty much wherever she feels like it and the two Dobermans sprawl out in one of their many bed choices as we all settle in for a cinematic adventure.

    On our last trip down the movie aisle at Target we may have ended up with dozens (yes dozens) of dog movies in our cart, even the cashier commented on our themed assortment of canine flicks. In honor of watching movies while cuddled with our dogs we are launching a movie Monday, dog edition. Every Monday we will share a dog related movie on the rebel blog and be sure to point out all the dog breeds in each. We let Dakoda choose the first movie to watch and she went with the original Doberman movie, the The Doberman Gang.

    Movie Monday: The Doberman Gang

    Genre: Action

    Year released: 1972

    Breeds in movie: Dobermans, English Bulldog

    Notes: While this movie is older and the plot is a little slow, if you love Dobermans and/ or dog training, you will enjoy this movie. The way they whistle train individual dogs is incredible, and of course, the overall plot is awesome (a pack of rad Dobermans holds up a bank!). We also loved realizing the origination of the spiked collar, which was first constructed using a leather dog collar and… nails.

    Paw rating: 4 paws up  


    How to Remove a Tick From Your Dog

    The weather is creeping into tick season, but don't freak out. Proper precaution such as monthly flea and tick medication, or tick spray before hiking, can help prevent these pesky little guys from bothering your dog. If you do find a tick on your dog with a little caution they are easily removed. Ticks live in wet, dark, brushy areas, which subsequently dogs love to run through.

     

    We hike several times a week with our pack and we never let the threat of ticks keep us indoors, even when it’s raining. We’ve encountered and removed plenty of ticks, we just make sure to check and prevent often.

    Prevention: If your dogs are on a monthly flea and tick control such as Revolution and Frontline this can help to prevent ticks. If your pet is not on a monthly preventative, there are tick sprays which you apply before hiking to help repel ticks.

    Check: Be sure to do a thorough check of your dogs after hikes and outdoor playtime before getting back into the car or coming inside. Pet your dog from head to tail, paying close attention to crevices, the ears, under each leg, and between the paw pads. If you do find a tick remain calm and follow these simple steps.

    How to remove a tick:

    1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.

    2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. You want to pull the entire tick out in one try. Don't twist or wiggle the tick; this can cause the mouthpart to break off and remain in the skin.

    3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area with antiseptic and wash your hands well. We suggest killing the tick by placing it in a bowl of rubbing alcohol. Before disposing of the tick keep it for a couple days, in case your pet becomes sick you can bring the tick to your veterinarian.

    Things not to try: Do not try to smother the tick with alcohol or burn it out with a lighter, you risk killing the tick, which will leave its head inside the skin. Because ticks carry lots of nasty diseases using your bare hands is not a good idea, wear latex or rubber gloves when removing the tick. Do not attempt to hold the tick at gun point, they don't tend to like that either. 

    Change a Pet's Life Day: Our Story

    Today is the nationally deemed Change a Pet’s Life Day. We work on a daily basis to make all dog’s lives better, that’s why we started a dog company, but we love to make a difference by changing the life of one dog at a time as well. And that is why we foster dogs. We figure, we have three dogs already, so what’s another dog (or two, or eight).

    Our local animal shelter, Animal Friends of the Valleys, works with it’s foster families (that's us!) to place pets that need a little extra love and care in an actual home environment until they find permanent owners. When we heard Animal Friends needed a foster family for a momma and her seven new puppies, we took one look at that sad pile of fur and instantly agreed to take them home.

    It was fairly chaotic for a couple weeks, with ten dogs under one roof, but we successfully weaned Seven from her puppies and began to socialize all those little ones until they were old enough to be adopted. Seven became a part of the family. We gave her breaks from her litter and took her on walks with the rebel pack. After a little over a month living with us all eight dogs, including momma, went to a pet adoption event where to our excitement they all found forever homes.

    Helping an animal, even if it's in a seemingly small way, fills the heart with so much joy and compassion. We only wish we could take in dozens more dogs all at once. For now we feel so privileged to be able to help one (or eight) dogs at a time. Aside from fostering, we like to think we change our three dog’s lives every day by giving them the best possible dog life, but who are we kidding it’s these dogs that continually change our lives with their unconditional love. 

    We’d love to hear your story, how have you changed the life of a dog?

    Help Stop Breed Specific Legislation, 5 Easy Steps

    Breed-specific legislation, commonly referred to as BSL, bans certain dogs based on their appearance and characteristics classifying them as “dangerous breeds”. This wrongful stereotype, essentially canine racism, lumps all of one type of dog together and deems them dangerous based on previous incidents. When a breed ban is implemented it requires all dogs resembling the banned dog, based on appearance, be removed from that area. 

    As this type of legislation is based solely on appearance and does not consider the actual dog, his behavior, or how he has been raised, it often takes perfectly safe family dogs away from their homes and either displaces them sending them to shelters in another area or eventually results in their execution.

    Can you imagine if legislation was passed in your city that suddenly required you to get rid of your beloved dog? We can't even imagine! Our hearts go out to those personally affected by BSL, and we're doing our small part to stop it.

    BSL is wrong for so many reasons and punishes everyone for the actions of irresponsible dog owners. There is no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners. So let’s be the voice for the thousands of innocent dogs who have, and wil, fall victim to BSL. Let’s help fight this. 

    According to Change.org:   

    • BSL does not improve public safety or prevent dog bites. 
    • BSL ignores the plight of victims and potential victims of non-targeted breeds.
    • BSL is costly.
    • BSL requires each and every dog to be identified as a breed, something that has proven impossible to do accurately and objectively.
    • BSL makes targeted breeds more desirable to irresponsible and criminal owners. 
    • BSL does nothing to make irresponsible dog owners accountable.
    • BSL punishes responsible dog owners. 

    Surprisingly there are 75 dog breeds currently banned or restricted across the US. You can help make a difference, let’s start by signing this official petition. You can help enact change in just 5 easy steps.

    1. Go to petitions.whitehouse.gov.

    2. Click on view petitions.

    3. Search "BSL".

    4. Click on find out more.

    5. Sign the petition.

    It's that easy!