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Sharing some more tips on grooming your Lhasa Apso :)

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1. Do not bathe your dog very often. Since the Philippines is a tropical country and most people I know shampoo their hair everyday, the common mistake is that they tend to over bathe their dogs at home resulting to an itchy skin or severely damaged coat.

2. There are a lot of products out in the market but you should always choose wisely which products will be beneficial to your apso in the long term. I personally like to use Johnson's baby shampoo on the head and sometimes as a pre bath before I shampoo and condition the coat.

3. When bathing your apso never rub the coat. Treat the coat like an expensive fabric, wash with care all the time. Apply the shampoo carefully and keep the coat straight, same with the conditioner. Always purchase a very good brand of shampoo and conditioner.

Note: I do not like to mention too many grooming products and brands that I use because what works for my dogs may not work well with your dogs. I use several brands at home because not all their coats are the same. There are Lhasas who are easier to groom and there are some who need more work than others.

4. I swear by my stainless steel metal toothed comb. I have currently tried more than 10 I think. I personally love Chris Christensen 7" all coarse comb. Their fusion pin brushes are a must buy too!

5. I do not bathe my dogs often but I groom them everyday. I always believe that grooming your dogs everyday will help them live healthier lives. I have always detected something wrong when I am grooming them. A lump or a bump can be easily felt and noticed. And they all look forward to this one on one time with me. I like to use a spray bottle filled with water or a spray bottle filled with my preferred brand of grooming product. I prefer to groom when the coat is not completely dry.

Over the years, you will learn a lot from grooming your dog. You will have your own way and your own style. And you will all have your preferred shampoo and conditioner of choice. But I still believe that there are no short cuts and magical potions for this breed. I find that a very good quality of dog food is still very beneficial, a very good exercise with plenty of mental and physical activities and of course VERY GOOD GENES!!! :)

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Here is Luther aka KUTANI CARBON COPY who very impressively finished his Philippine Champion title at 9 months old. :)

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Yesterday the Pooch Glamour kids basked in the heat of the summer sun as they hit the pool again for the second time. Surprisingly even with the scorching heat NO ONE dared to jump in the pool! We were really expecting both Luther and Violet to jump as soon as we arrived. This time around they were just exploring the perimeters of the pool and got their paws wet.

DSC_0015Our swim fun day wouldn't be complete if the kids did not go swimming so we decided to bring them down in the pool to cool down (under supervision of course!). Luther's coat has become fuller and thicker and he found his coat too heavy, he didn't enjoy swimming as much as he did the last time but I do believe he enjoyed the cold water.

DSC_0214Everyone took a dip in the pool and the best swimmers are still Violet and Shobe. The mother daughter pair are my bet for the swim olympics. Brucey and Creamers were both terrified of the pool. They wanted to get out as soon as they went in. First time swimmers Munchy, Watermelon and Snowflakes were all good swimmers. Dee Dee managed to dip his hind legs first in the pool, like he did the first time and he loved the water too when he went for a swim. We even managed to get Ruffles in the water, her yaya (nanny) Josie carried her to let her enjoy the pool. When her arm is completely healed we hope she can go swimming too!

DSC_0224The fun part of course is all the running in the garden after swimming. Everyone enjoyed the grass, the fresh air and the cool trees. We would like to say Thank you to our veterinarian Dr. Eli Reyes for inviting us once again to his humble home. :)

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We would also like to say Thank You to everyone sending us kind messages that they are enjoying our blogs and photos. And yes our next blog will be more new tips on grooming your Lhasa Apso. :)

DSC_0116The Pooch Glamour kids with their wet look after swimming. Have a great weekend everyone :)

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As a dog grows older, the risk that she will develop cancer increases significantly. Cancer is a general term covering a wide range of illnesses, and any organ system in a dog's body is potentially at risk. I learned that Ruffles had bone cancer when I noticed a swelling on her right forearm, it grew significantly everyday and we had several X-rays done until we were sure that we were dealing with osteosarcoma.

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Among all my dogs, Ruffles is the most pain tolerant. She does not complain much when she is in pain, and when I am dressing her wound she moves to one side and lets me clean her sutures without complaining or batting an eyelash. So when there was a lump on her right forearm she usually did not complain at the veterinarian so at first we thought it might not be osteosarcoma.

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I was faced with the decision of having her leg amputated or to have to put her to sleep. But in spite of her age that she is already 10 years of age, Ruffles always had that joie de vivre and I did not wish to take that away from her because of one leg. She has remarkably adapted to three legs and continues to function normally like all my four legged best friends.

IMG_2184One week has already passed after surgery and I am very happy to announce that she is recovering well without complications. Thank you to everyone who wished her well. :)

IMG_2202All photos were taken last Monday at Marquee Mall, Angeles City Pampanga.

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I have never heard of this word until Ruffles (my very first Lhasa Apso) was diagnosed with bone cancer a month ago. Osteosarcoma can materialise in any dog of any breed at any age. As I did some research, it is more common to big breeds such as Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Great Danes, Golden Retrievers, Labradors and Dobermans. While this is uncommon in smaller breeds, your Lhasa Apso can indeed get this dreadful disease.

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Here is a photo of Ruffles taken a month ago, she used to love long hours on the sofa but she stayed longer period of hours in her dog bed as we limited her movement to jump up and down the couch to prevent further injury and damage to her forearm.

Last Monday while we went for check up, we have opted to have her leg amputated. Our veterinarian ruled out putting her to sleep because she was still very active despite of her condition and age.

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This is Ruffles photo taken yesterday when we visited her after her surgery. I am happy to announce that all went well and she is now on her way to recovery. She managed to walk out of her cage even with her dextrose on when she saw us arriving.
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I will post more photos and updates of Ruffles and I hope to spend more months and hopefully more years with my used to be four legged best friend now three. I wish all your dogs a happy and healthy lifeā€¦. cancer free!