Archive for February, 2010

Getting Over Your Fear Of Dogs

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Meet Olly the Cavalier King Charles puppy – isn’t he cute? He dropped in with his owner to pick up some supplies for his new home.

Amazingly, his new owner (that’s the lady cuddling him in her arms adoringly) was terrified of dogs before he arrived. A friend convinced her to try starting out with a puppy and while she still feels a little nervous of strange dogs, Olly has pretty much cured her fear. As the lady herself said “how could anyone be afraid of him?” :)

In my experience meeting people who have a fear of dogs, it seems to usually stem from an incident during childhood – maybe a nip from a dog or even just from having to walk past the big dog at the top of the road that seemed so scary to a little person. Either that or simply due to a lack of contact with dogs, people develop a fear of them. Like anything, the longer you leave it simmer the more the fear escalates.

Take my completely irrational fear of going to the dentist – I can’t explain it but can’t get over it either. The only way I will get over it is to go, and have a good experience and realise its actually not that bad. A very nice lady from the local dental clinic shops in our Dun Laoghaire store, her clinic really does sound lovely and I’m slowly building myself up to picking up the phone for an appointment 😉

If you have a fear of dogs and would like some help overcoming it, therapy can be very helpful.
Katie Jane from the Paul Goldin Clinic shops in our store and tells us her (beautiful!) dogs help people overcome their fear of dogs in the clinic all the time.

Alternatively, if you have a dog who is fearful – our all natural Sleepy Time Tonic works wonders for stressful situations.

When Your Dog Eats Something They Shouldn’t Have…

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

We’ve all been there. You come home to find a box of tissues/your favorite shoes/the remote control/part of the wall(!) shredded into a million pieces and your puppy sitting with a smug expression on its face as if to say “look what I did for you! Aren’t I the BEST?!” The good news is, puppies tend to grow out of this behavior.

Molly is seven now so you can imagine my surprise last night when out of nowhere she decided to gobble up a pair of (very pretty-boo!) glass ear plugs I’d left on the table.
We found one on the couch later but she definitely swallowed the other. As it was 11pm, it was time to call the emergency Vet Clinic in UCD to see what was the best thing to do with her.
Don’t you just HATE those conversations – why do they never swallow anything easily explainable?!

“She swallowed what?”
“a PLUG its um, glass jewellery that goes in your ear”

The worst was when Molly’s brother Lucky chewed up a tub of little plastic farm animals, we had fun explaining that one:

“he ate a tub of… what?”
“its a child’s toy.. nevermind we’d better bring him straight in, there’s half chewed bits of plastic chickens and cows all over the floor.”

Anyway, the lady on the phone in the emergency clinic was very helpful. She asked about the size and shape of the the object swallowed and Molly’s size and weight. Based on those figures she thought it best to “let nature take its course” 😉
We were also given a list of things to watch out for, in which case we were to bring her to the vet right away.
I’m not going to share the details of that list here, as it is particular to Molly’s incident and you should ALWAYS consult a vet immediately if this happens to your pet, not the internet. NEVER try to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide or anything else, I’m aware that dosage information is available online but your first port of call should always be to seek advice from a qualified vet. And never be afraid to call the after hours clinic, they’ll be happy and able to tell you if you have a real emergency on your hands or not.

Which brings me nicely on to my next pearl of wisdom… Pet Insurance. The monthly payment for my three dogs costs about the same as a takeaway dinner for two.
If you haven’t insured your pets yet please, do it. now. You never know when little emergencies will pop up – in my experience, usually late at night, weekends,bank holidays and other inconvenient times! Knowing your insurance will cover whatever your pet needs is so reassuring. Not to mention if something more serious happens, I can’t imagine the pain of having to decide if you can afford a five figure operation for your beloved pet or will be forced to say goodbye.

So for now, I have the delightful task of checking through Molly’s poo for the next few days to look forward to.
Look at her face though, you can see why she gets away with being so bold! :)

Spike Dog Collars – not just for tough guys!

Friday, February 19th, 2010

We’ve always been fans of unusual collars here at Mollys. We had some requests for spike collars, but when ordering the traditional leather spike dog collars (now available in tiny to XL sizes, starting at €12.99) we couldn’t resist picking up some new twists on an old favorite too :)

Collar-wise, there’s very little more badass looking than a 2″ wide, handcrafted leather spike dog collar in classic black or burgundy, we simply had to have some!

We then took it a step further with the pink and baby blue versions. Apart from the fact that they’re gorgeous, a lot of our customers with breeds that have an (undeserved) bad name tell us that collars and accessories in cute colours help their pet get a much better reaction from people in the street.

For smaller dogs that want a rock n roll look, our Pyramid and Spike Collars are ideal. They are available to fit from 7″ necks and up in several funky patterns, colours and finishes. The best part is they’re only €14.99 each, so if you can’t pick a favorite you can collect them all :)

Royal Canin pet food now available from

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Due to customer requests, we are pleased to tell you that we are now stocking the Royal Canin range of dog food and cat food on our website and in store.

For anyone not familiar with the line, they are a French company who take a scientific approach to developing their foods. This means they have many different formulas developed specifically for different sizes, breeds and dietary requirements. If you don’t see your specific formula, please contact us and we can order it for you.

Cat owners tell us that even fussy eaters like their Exigent formula, extra fussy cats will be happy to hear that the Exigent formula has been split into three new flavors to narrow down even further the needs of fussy eaters.

We have also added James Wellbeloved Lamb and Rice formula to our dog food selection. James Wellbeloved is a high quality hypoallergenic food made in England.

If you are unsure about the right food for your pet, please contact us and we will be happy to help.