WELCOME TO MY PAGE
Just scroll and roll and have fun! Most of the following information is text and I
hope this will help you with your pursuit of deciding if you want a Papillon or any other puppy!
Nothing ultra fancy on this page but lots of information and facts. I have tried to give
one a adequte background concerning Papillons and what is involved in their care as well as general dog info.
Also much further down, info on where to find Breeders and Rescue Groups to get a
Hi- My Name Is Cosmo The Cutie Dog
(AKA the shopping cart pusher !!) because my mom taught me to push a toy
shopping cart ! She never thought she would be able to teach me that trick! I was also taught many other tricks; why
I am a smart dog- one of the smarter dogs among the toy breeds. But I better let you read more about
my kind so you get to know me better !
I am 10years old
now . I weigh about 6 1/2 pounds now. My Vet says I am a very healthy girl !
My story continues below.
look before you leap --- a dog is for keeps
Many people E-mail us wanting to know how we came to own Cosmo. So here is
My husband and I always had cats as pets and we loved them so. After our last
cat passed on and
after the Sept 11 World Trade Center tragedy , my husband and
I decided to take a bold step forward and get a dog. The
girls were grown and
out of the house and I felt I could manage a pup with my part time work schedule.
Little did I know that caring for a puppy was really a full time chore. Anyway, we had been to a dog
show a few years back and saw a sweet black and white dog with big ears called a Papillon. We fell in love with the small,
friendly, fluffy, smart dog.
Until I researched the Net, I thought that all Papillons
were only black and white with long fur. I really had my heart set on
a black and white dog since my one special cat was
black and white.
After searching out local breeders and making calls, no Papillons pups were
available in our area,
or at least I thought so. .
So December 3rd , 2001, an incredibly warm day in the 70's, my husband and I headed towards Manhattan
seeking to find Papillons- just to look at them and to check them out. We fiqured if they were not available in NYC, then
they would be truly hard to find.
However, after we got Cosmo, we found out that there were quite a few breeders in our area as well
as in nearby states.!
Anyway, to my surprise after a dozen calls to pet shops, only 3 had Papillons.
Stop one, no pup- already sold,
Stop 2, a cute pup-sold as a " mini Papillon" and we were not allowed to see it up close.
Stop 3, the owner would arrive later and we had to wait a few hours- ( we also had a great parking
spot too!- often hard to get in NYC ).
In the meantime, I tapped on the glass door and in a cage of 3 dogs, one little dog's ears perked up.
Tap, tap and again ears raised. Every tap brought it's ears up. I guessed ( correct ) this must be the Papillon. When the
owner arrived we told him we would like to see the pup but were only interested in getting a black and white dog. There was
no hard sell from the owner at all.
To make a long story short, the owner let the pup out of the cage. We were told
she had only
been there 2 weeks. The 3 lb pup pranced in the shop, head and ears
erect, tail curled over it's back, it's friendly,
cheerful , personality saying: look at me, look at me!
She greeted every person and every animal who entered the shop and played with the resident cat. .
She wasn't afraid of anybody or anything.
When picked up she settled quietly in my arms. I told my husband: this dog is
everything I would
want in a dog but she is the wrong color!
An elderly man overheard this and said: "Lady if you don't get this dog, you'll be very sorry . Personality
is more important than color.".
That afternoon we walked out of the
shop with our new pup. We had lunch at an outdoor bistro (
the pup sleeping on
my lap ) that 70F day in December , walked with the pup to the tragic mess of the once Twin Towers
site and then drove home .
Cosmo slept all the way home..
The rest is history. She has been with us for 101/2 years and we have no
regrets what so ever. I believe the events were meant to be.
Cosmo is a gem in all ways and we love her to death. She has added a new dimenson to our lives. No
matter how stressful our day is, Cosmo is there with her " kisses " and her happy, cheerful demeanor.
Now if you asked me would I ever get a pet shop dog again; my answer would be no.
From what I read and learned. most dogs come from puppy mills ( some have been investigated and closed
due to deplorable living conditions for dogs ) which constantly breed females dogs.
These females know no other kind of life except for being pregnant.. Buying a pet shop dog constantly
promotes and reinforces this kind of life for female dogs of all breeds.. Buying puppies from a reputable breeder ( these
puppies are healthy, already socialized, potty trained and well rounded ) would probably be best .
I was very lucky with Cosmo since many pet shop dogs are sickly and I have
personally heard some
Papillons are still not a very well known
breed to Americans and I urge you to read what you can
about them if you desire
one. I hope my page and my links will help you .
Cosmo was a Lambriar Kennel dog.
After my own research I found out that Lambriar ( from Kansas
) is a national
distrubutor of puppy mill dogs. Search out Lambriar on the Net and read and learn and form your own opinions.
You'll probably want to get your next puppy from a private breeder though. Thank goodness I was lucky
"DOGS ARE MAN'S BEST FRIEND BECAUSE THEY WAG THEIR TAILS INSTEAD OF THEIR TONGUES"......ANONYMOUS
THE SAD SIDE:
Pet Store Puppy - A
Sad Tale, Or Why Not To Purchase Pet Store Dogs ( Get the tissues out for this- you may cry)
I don't remember much from the place I was born. It was cramped and dark,
and we were never
played with by the humans. I remember Mom and her soft
fur, but she was often sick, and very thin. She had hardly any
milk for me and my brothers and sisters. I remember many of them dying, and I missed them so.
I do remember the day I was taken from Mom. I was so sad and scared, my
milk teeth had only just
come in, and I really should have been with Mom
still, but she was so sick, and the Humans kept saying that they wanted
money and were sick of the "mess" that me and my sister made.
So we were crated up and taken to strange place. Just the two of us. We huddled together and were scared,
still no human hands came to pet or love us. So many sights and sounds, and smells! We are in a store where there are many
different animals! Some that squawk! some that meow! Some that peep! My sister and I are jammed into a small cage. I hear
other puppies here. I see humans look at me. I like the 'little humans', the kids. They
look so sweet, and fun, like they
would play with me!
All day we stay in the small cage, sometimes mean people will hit the
glass and frighten us, every
once in a while we are taken out to be held or shown to humans. Some are gentle, some hurt us. We always hear "Aw, they are
so cute! I want one!" but we never get to go with any.
My sister died last night, when the store was dark. I lay my head on her soft fur and felt the life
leave her small thin body. I had heard them say she was sick, and that I should be sold as a "discount price" so that
would quickly leave the store. I think my soft whine was the only one that mourned for her as her body was taken out of the
cage in the morning and dumped.
Today, a family came and bought me! Oh happy day! They are a nice family,
they really, really wanted
me! They had brought a dish and food and the little girl held me so tenderly in her arms. I love her so much! The mom and
dad say what a sweet and good puppy I am! I am named Angel. I love to lick my new humans! The family takes such good care
of me, they are loving and tender and sweet. They gentle teach me right and wrong, give me good
food, and lots of love!
I want only to please these wonderful people! I love the little girl and I enjoy running and playing with her.
Today I went to the veterinarian. it was a strange place and I was frightened. I got some shots, but
my best friend the little girl held me softly and said it would be OK. So I relaxed. The Vet must have said sad words to my
beloved family, because they looked awfully sad. I heard "Severe hip dysplasia," and something about my heart... I heard the
vet say something about backyard breeders and my parents not being tested. I know not what any of that means, just that it
hurts me to see my family so sad. But they still love me, and I still love them very much!
I am six months old now. Where most other puppies are robust and rowdy, It hurts me terribly just to
move. The pain never lets up. It hurts to run and play with my beloved little girl, and I find it hard to breathe. I keep
trying my best to be the strong pup I know I am supposed to be, but it is so hard. It breaks my heart to see the little
girl so sad, and to hear the Mom and Dad talk about, "Now might be the time."
Several times I have gone to that Veterinarian¹s place, and the news is
never good. Always talk
about Congenital Problems. I just want to feel the warm sunshine and run and play, and nuzzle with my family. Last night was
the worst. Pain has been constant now, it hurts even to get up and get a drink. I try to get up but can only whine in pain.
I am taken in the car one last time. Everyone is so sad, and I don't know why. Have I been bad? I try
to be good and loving - what have I done wrong? Oh if only this pain would be gone! If only I could soothe the tears of the
little girl. I reach out my muzzle to lick her hand, but can only whine in pain. The veterinarian¹s table is so cold. I am
so frightened. The humans all hug and love me, they cry into my soft fur. I can feel their love and sadness. I manage to lick
softly their hands. Even the vet doesn't seem so scary today. He is gentle and I sense some kind of relief for my pain.
little girl hold me softly and I thank her, for giving me all her love.
I feel a soft pinch in my foreleg. The pain is
beginning to lift, I am beginning to feel a peace descend upon me. I can now softly lick her hand.
My vision is becoming dreamlike now, and I see my Mother and my brothers and sisters, in a far off
green place. They tell me there is no pain there, only peace and happiness. I tell the family goodbye in the only way I
how - a soft wag of my tail and a nuzzle of my nose. I had hoped to
spend many, many moons with them, but it was not meant
The pain ends now, and I know it will be many years until I see my beloved family again. If only things
could have been different.
"You see," said the veterinarian, "pet shop puppies do not come from ethical breeders."
THE HAPPY SIDE:
WHAT ARE THOSE JOYFUL
BACKGROUND: Papillons are perhaps descendents of the European continental/ toy/squirrel spaniel.
Belgium and France were major countries of breeding the upright ear feature. Most likely the original
Paps desended from the drop ear or Phalene breed.
Small dogs, 3 to 8 pounds are average but some can be much larger, as large as 20
pounds. I even know a few sweet 14 pound Paps!
These dogs are usually very healthy,
outgoing and smart and make wonderful companion dogs and some
make great service dogs as well!
For the breed standard, check the AKC link at the link section . This link will give specific
requirements for each breed.
Papillons ( butterfly ) come in a variety of colors with white as the base (ex: black and white, red
and white, tri- color and sable and white as I am etc. ) and different lengths of fur mostly genetically predisposed: ( some
do have shorter, silky and smooth fur as I do, ) normally others have much longer and more flowing fur .
Good health and nutrition, plus genes are some of the factors which determine fur length. Often spayed
females have fluffier fur.
Sometimes it takes 2 to 3 years until a Paps full fur pattern is achieved.
People have written
to me indicating that sometimes sable and white Papillons
may have shorter fur than others, thus easier to view many of
features and coloration.
A famous ( we met her on a trip to Florida and she is cute as a button! ) short haired sable
and white Pap is Genevieve:
Genevieve, the doggy-author of "The Canine Guide to Living with Humans without Going Mad."
However there are many long furred sable and white Paps. Genetics play a major
role in fur length.
Note: same breed: Phalenes ( night moth ) have ears that
droop down opposed to Papillons who have erect ears . See the photo at the top of this page of Midge who is a phalene .
Her parents were show dog size and quality but she was born very petite.
Most breeders of Papillons it seems to me, breed dogs for very long ear fringes
and for long flowing
hair and of course other desired qualities. If you want to
show or breed a Papillon or even just have a pet, do choose
you puppy carefully.
See any of the Pap links below or the AKC link for detailed specific descriptions and explanations:
Common : A white blaze across the face. All have ear fringes of differing
lengths and all with fluffy plume like tails and culottes ( flowing fur on the back legs), a chest frill, and fringes of fur
on the back of all 4 legs.
Get onto some of the Papillon links in the links sections below to see what some
of my other brothers
and sisters look like. We are all so cute!
Although some say males are the more affectionate sex, and females can be moody, personality is
always individual. I love my two females . Cosmo is very friendly and outgoing and Midge is very laid back and shy- both
are wonderful and sweet.
I like to beleive I have the "Mutt and Jeff "of Papillons so to speak. I say this in good humor because
both are the opposite of each other in size as well as personality-They get along great and I feel blessed having them both!
ALL ABOUT ME AND PAPILLONS:
WE ARE THE BUTTERFLY EAR DOGS
At 3 months old, Cosmo weighed 3 lbs on 12/2001 .
They chose my breed because :
- We are ultra affectionate to all pets and people
- We are active companion dogs
- We can be quiet lap dogs at times.
- We love to travel and go and see people and places.
- We love to be cuddled, hugged and kissed as well as return a lot of "kisses "
- We are very loyal. Very smart.
- As with many small toy dogs, some of us may be difficult to house train- but
and positive reinforcement are the keys to our success.
- And for a small dog we hardly ever bark ( some Paps will bark and are very
protective of their
territory and can make good "alert dogs" ) as most Paps are
yapless and not high strung!
High energy is a better
- Our coats will become long, thick and silky and our ears will have typical 'fringes" as we get
- Our breed is normally active, cheerful, agile and always happy . We usually are not couch potatoes
and we may often have boundless energy!
If you are considering buying a Papillon :
Search out my links . Papillons are active , inquisitive, thrive on attention , benefit from obedience
training and almost never leave you out of their sight.
Many Paps are trained to be therapy dogs as well as achievers in agility training. Paps
were bred to be companion dogs and that is exactly what they are.!!!
If you want a dog that sleeps on the rug all day , with low energy or with a low keyed personality
, then don't get a Pap.
If you want a dog that will constantly amaze you with energetic personality, loyal demeanor , constant
affection, and with myriad of facial expressions then consider a Papillon.
Having a Pap as a pet is almost like having another child or family member!
Paps are very interactive with the family. I enjoy the companionship, devotion and
receive from my special dogs. I love them so dearly.
People have discussed disadvantages of owning Paps
Some people's opinions are that these dogs are tiny and fragile,
Some may have health problems ( esp knee problems and genetic retinal eye problems )
Some may be hard to house train and can be little dictators and demand constant
Others say these small dogs are usually fearless of other animals and may be prey for larger dogs .
Some people are so very protective of their Paps and they wouldn't even consider walking them where
other dogs may be !
So read up as much as you can about the breed.
My personal opinion is that the advantages of owning a Pap greatly out weigh any
Some WORDS, to describe Paps:
loyal, intelligent, energetic ( not high strung
), playful, affectionate, characters, stubborn, manipulative, agile, charming, licking, curious, fearless, little dictators,
hard to to house train, lovers, barkers ( some do! ) snugglers and cuddlers, lap dogs, fetchers, attention seekers
Papillon's are energetic and playful
Paps love to play fetch with a toy or ball. Cosmo and
Midge are naturally happy, enegetic, sweet dogs .
Cosmo's play mode: head down, tush up! Cosmo especially loves dog squeak toys and stuffed animals for
dogs. When she was a puppy she loved to pull socks off our feet, and collect and play with our dirty underware.
Midge loves her small squeak toys too and even though less than a year old she will be considered in
"puppy mode" as most Papillons are until age 2 years old.
Now Midge is 5 years old
Papillon's are sweet, affectionate, loyal and smart dogs !
Paps will look at you with devotion, and sense how you feel. They just know.
It is uncanny how
well they can read your body language and your tone of voice.
It is amazing they know the meanings of many of a spoken
word and what you are
If I cough or sneeeze, Cosmo looks at me as to say: are you okay Ma?
Midge cocks her head to the side when I speak to her. Amazingly cute !
They are wonderful alert dogs and are protective of their property. Mostly quiet, they will bark to
Papillon's Love to cuddle too.
Although Paps are not primarily lap dogs, they will indeed sit
on your lap at times, or snuggle up next to you and give you lots of licks and kisses. Cosmo curls up and rests in my lap
when I use the computer or watch T.V. Midge loves her dog beds and will lay beside me on the floor in her bed.
Some say Papillons who are not the cuddling type, would rather run and bring you a ball to play fetch.
Then there are dogs like Cosmo who does all those things!
PAPILLONS LOVE TO BE INVOLVED WITH EVERYTHING
Paps will follow you everywhere , so don't close that bathroom door!
Cosmo loves to jump in the laundry basket; and can be a little devil at times too! We love her
Now you get to see she has a fluffy tail!
She really is a big show off and loves
to have her picture taken! Search: http://dogs.about.com/
See a different photo of her in the laundry basket at: http://www.doghoroscopes.com/ There are quite a few dog photos there so you will have to search.
At 8 & 12 months old and Cosmo was still getting a bit furrier each month. Her coat
is super soft and silky and these fringe things are starting to grow down from
her ears. You should see her
fluffy tail and the long flowing hair on her back legs. These are called culottes.
People are always stopping me to ask her what breed of dog she is. They
me she is cute. Don't worry, compliments won't spoil her. She has had a myriad of obedience lessons over
She knows a lot of commands such as : walk, give, get, come, sit, sit pretty, stay, lay down,
leave it alone, stop, shake hands, roll over and dance, jump, put in, take out, photo session. etc. etc.
She knows bunches of words/phrases such as : carrot ( her favorite), toy, bone, treat, brush
teeth, who's there?, let's play, car, good girl, go for a walk, go out, go in and especially pee and poop plus a multitude
of other words and phrases.!
We often have to spell words when we don't want her to hear certain things !!
She gives me certain looks since she is not a big barker ( unless someone comes to the
door ) and she knows what to do or if she has to go potty . She sleeps on my bed everynight and hasn't
had an accident yet.
Cosmo used to stay in a dog crate when I had to work. It's was only a few hours
came home for lunch and so she usually napped. Truthfully, she really wanted to be with
all the time. After all it's her genes being bred as a companion dog !
Cosmo tries to attract people's attention by standing on her hind legs and paddeling her
front feet for a kiss and a pet. She adores children and people more than other animals.
Because of her extreme good nature we have to be cautious of agressive animals such
as large dogs etc. and active small children who could step on her small feet and cause injury. She loves to ride
in shopping carts in certain dog friendly stores. She also enjoys be carried in a Pet Purse !
Midge has the same qualities and seems to enjoy everything Cosmo does. We are blessed that both dogs
get along so well together!
We enjoyed tent camping ( Lake George N.Y. ) as well as walking around the city
new people and fellow dogs. Our trip to Central park in NYC was
great. Wow, Cosmo got to meet so many other
dogs and see so many things.
People called her "Rufus"( the Papillion on the Zyrtec commercial.) Personally I think she is
a lot cuter!
We have stayed at dog friendly hotels and motels too. We enjoyed a dog friendly beach in N.J.
and stayed at a dog friendly motel ( the Surf 16 in Wildwood, N. J. ) while my parents vacationed there. We visited Mystic
Seaport , Ct ( Red Roof Inn ) and there were a few dog friendly stores
One fall, we found a ( small ) dog friendly motel in Vermont ( Braeside Motel
) and we can't wait to walk around to see the fall foliage!
A recent trip was to Boston and we stayed at another dog friendly hotel. That was our first
unhappy experience where Cosmo was wrongly accussed of barking ( she hardly evers make noise ) and we got a
free breakfast as well as an apology call from the hotel manager.
Anyway, we are always glad to get home. Cosmo usually does the zoomies when she gets in the
We also went to Martha's Vinyard ( Surfside Inn is pet friendly ) for a few summers
and we can't wait until our next adventure!!
Oh by the way, Provincetown has the most new and modern dog park we have ever seen, We donated
and purchased two bricks for the walkway, inscribed with their names.
Please Note: In case you are wondering: Cosmo/Midge are always walked on a leash where ever we
go. They are only leash free in the house or indoors.
Their poop no matter how small is always picked up where ever we go.
It amazes me how many
dog owners do not pick up their pets. Please remember pick
up after your dog !!!!
Things that Papillions may do
Papillons have some unique behaviors. Let me know what your Pap does!! Some of
may be present in other breeds as well but I think some are very
unique to Paps :
zoomies: run around back and forth or in circles as fast as their little
paddle: stand up on hind legs and paddle front feet to get attention
slide: across the floor on their stomachs with front and back legs all stretched
cat like behaviors: chasing light beams etc, playing with toys as cats do,
rolling on their backs with feet up in the air. Sitting on a couch looking out the window. Paps
even lick and preen themselves as cats do.
Jumping: amazing how high and far they can be trained to jump. They are
Sniffing /Chasing Prey : It was thought that Paps could sniff out rabbits,
or rats and later catch them by tiring them out by chasing them!
Vocal: Although mostly quiet, Cosmo has her: errs, grrs, whines and wimpers,
( she sounds like a human baby ) , cries, a-roos, woofs and roofs. She even does the Papillon yodel! A large vocal
I only heard her growl one time when she was protecting her beloved
car she rides in. She will bark to alert ( ex: the
door bell rings etc. )
Licks and Kisses: Her tongue is always darting in and out and she always
to kiss new people she meets. Usually a few kisses and a licks and she is
satisfied. She licks her daddy's forehead
and ears almost every night. I just
get a kiss on the nose!
Sneezing: Although Cosmo has never done this, many people mention their
do this for attention. A Reverse sneeze sounds like a choking cough.
The Look: Papillon's will look at you when you are talking. They'll
cock their head and act as if they know what you are saying ( and maybe they do! ). They have particular looks you will get
to know. Many will give you the look which means they have to go potty. They can simply look at you and then look at the door
( which means they need to go out ).
Papillons know they are cute and they act it!!! They enjoy praise. My Cosmo
enjoys it also when I say "yea, good girl " and clap my hands in approval. They
love to entertain and are easily trainable.
Everything is a new adventure for
Playing Fetch and Tug Of War with their toys: I think this may be the most
favorite game of a Papillon. And they just love their pile of dog toys and are
quite selective which they choose to
All sorts of tricks: Cosmo pushes a small toy shopping cart , pulls
a kidde wagon, plays dead, does the Cha Cha, jumps through hoops, fetches the newspaper, just a few of her 2 dozen tricks
+ she enjoys doing !
COSMO'S FIRST PLAY DAY AND BARBECUE :
Cosmo hosted her first play day and barbecue June 13th 2004 in her
fenced in yard 23 dogs,
from puppies, teens and fill grown attended. 3 lb Biba to 14 lb Pippin, plus and a large variety of other endearing Papillons
Of course the humans enjoyed the barbecue .
Cosmo's mom, Joan, offered a short presentation about First Aide Kits for Dogs,
and Dog Massage .
Great weather, great people and great food and of course the great Paps- Now what else could we ask
for to make a successful party.
See Cosmo's Play day photos
and other Pap Play days she attended.
Link soon forthcoming for my Pap play day photos at Shutterfly
Cute nicknames we call Cosmo:
And she responds
to them all!
Cosmo the Cosmolian
Cossi or Cozzi
My poo doggie
The Girlie with the curley ( ie. my curled tail ) Good Listen Doggie
Good Foundation Doggie
Cute Nicknames For Midge:
The Divine Miss Midge
To err is human, to forgive
Canine........... Author Unknown
Dog stuff and trivia for you:
COSMO'S SPECIAL TIP FOR YOU:
My mom takes a package/box of those disposable gentle baby wipes and fills them with a little warm
water to make them even moister. Each car has a package. Then
if I have an accident and need my fur cleaned ( such as
my culottes ) cleaning
me is a snap. I am clean and smell good too!
If you have a special tip, let us know and my
Mom will post it here.
About Collars Etc.:
Cosmo wears a harnass or halter collar, not a collar around her neck. Please be
aware that small
dogs have fragile and small tracheas and especially active dogs
such as Paps need no pressure around their neck which
could cause damage. There is a lot to learn about collars. Some are the "click" collars and harnasses
which come off easily.
Others buckle. In case of emergency you need to get a
collar off F- a -s -t .
Personally I enjoy using the Puppia Brand of dog harness
Generally Paps are healthy, hearty, little creatures.They have a fragile structure ( tiny feet , thin
legs ) but are extremely agile and they love to jump, fetch, play etc. They are easy to care for and sometimes referred to
" wash and wear" dogs. Also , They are small dogs who think big !!
In cold weather Cosmo wears a heavy sweater. Sweaters may seem cute but it is important to keep your
small dog clean and dry in cold damp weather..
Cosmo loves to romp in the snow but dislikes to go out in the rain although she will indeed go out
with me in the pouring rain so she can so her business. Generally Paps do not like to remain in anything wet
Papillons love the outside and adventure but they are not backyard dogs; that is they should not be
left outside to live or be exposed to extremes in weather.
After all they are companion dogs and want to be with you!
Bath Time :
I bathe Cosmo only once a month; twice a month if she is exceptionally dirty. I
use a gentle dog
shampoo or a whitening shampoo plus a dog cream rinse/conditioner. There are many good products available in major pet stores.
Good brushing especially to prevent mats behinds the ears and hind quarters
should be done a few
times a week. Never pull out any fur balls, instead use your fingers to gently separate them.
Using cornstarch also helps removing tangles that one can use the fingers to separate the fur
When Cosmo was a puppy she hated bathes. I tried a lot of suggestions: bath mat in the tub, a spritz
spray which she hated. As she grew older she settled on a
simple bath. I put her in the tub and used large pitchers of
warm water to wet
her down, lather her and rinse her. The bath takes 5 minutes.Afterall she is a
small 6 lb doggie!
She seems to really enjoy the warm water bath now. I hold
down her ears close to her head, so no water gets in them .
She didn't like the
cotton balls stuffed in her ears. Currently I use Kelco Plum White Shampoo
I wrap her in a thick
terry towel for a few minutes. Then I put her down and she
does the "zoomies" for about 5 minutes which naturally dries
She knows she'll get a few treats as I try to brush/comb her. She really doesn't
like to be brushed
but will tolerate being combed. I only use a metal comb with rolling thick teeth which does an adequate job.
I tried all kind of suggested brushes
but she tolerates the small soft plastic brushes well,
often found in the dollar stores.
I use my fingers to separate the fine whispers of ear fur fringes. I also use a professional grooming
spray ( used on wet or dry fur ) to detangle and condition her fur. ( Oster Pawformance detangler
conditioning spray is
one of a few I use. There are many others. ). This helps
prevent tangles and repels dust , urine etc..
So all in all
bath time is not so bad for either of us any more! She even lets
me dry her with a hand held hair dry on low speed!
IT'S COLD/Hot IN THE EAST
Many Papillons dislike rain but love to romp in the snow. Mom and dad made it a
point to get me
used to rain and snow since outside is where I am supposed to do
my business. Of course in real cold weather we don't
stay out for more than 5
minutes or so. And I always wear my winter sweater and coat. As for booties, I
a good pair that I would wear yet. I must have tried a half dozen kinds. So I suggest, try using them while your dog is a
puppy. So to date I use the Mushers paw wax to protect the feet and pads from ice, salt and hot pavement at times
So try Mushers paw wax to protect your dog's paws from salt burns- search the Net for the best price
Mom and dad once bought me a Wonder Bed ( self warming bedding ) by Lazy Pet
put it on the car seat or in my cage when it is really cold. It
keeps my body heat in and I stay warm and toasty. There
are also simlar products. There are also doggy heating pads/beds ( electric ) available for indoor and outdoor use.
they also bought a small car heater ( 150 watts ) which fits in the cigarette
lighter and has a 5 Ft. cord. This adds
an extra boost of heat in my dad's car
which was old and cold .
Now we have a modern car!