Friday, March 29, 2013

Pub Dog

EverythingDogBlog #35
EverythingDogBlog #35: Pub Dog? 
What is Pub Dog? A pub for dogs?
by Skye Anderson, MS
I had been meaning to visit Pub Dog, a Columbia pizza and drafthouse, for a long time and finally, one recent weekend, I stopped in on Friday night and returned for Saturday lunch and even Sunday lunch with a few of my dog friends. Do I have to tell you how much I like Pub Dog? And I don’t even drink! But I am a dog person.
This establishment is totally dog-themed, from the (gold-painted) pawprints on the counter and tables, to each individually-wrapped mint in the (ladies’) restroom that says, “Prevents Dog Breath.” How cute is that?
A Brace of Beer
Pub Dog serves only their own premium house draft and bottled beer, made by one of the three owners in his home’s Westminster brewery though the beer can be bought in 150 establishments in Maryland. And Pub Dog beer is unique – first of all, it comes in pairs (in the dog world, a pair of dogs is a brace) – two mugs of the same brew for one price. They also have a selection of mixed drinks and the usual beverages, including wine.
Their brews sport names like White Dog, Amber Dog, Black Dog, Imperial Dog, etc., and they even have ‘mixed breeds’ which are half-and-halfs (the Muddy Mutt is half Thirsty Ale and half Black Dog, the Bloodhound is half Black Dog and half Raspberry Dog). Add a seasonal beer, and, voila!
A Patio for Dogs (see photos)
We (people and dogs) started out on the patio even though it was almost too cool. Pub Dog happily provided water for our dogs plus a handful of dog biscuits. After the dog-people left with their canines, I moved inside.
Love Those Pies!
For the humans, it was appetizers, thin-crust pizzas and salads. I had an Old Yeller pizza, my friends had a Froggy Dog pizza and a Dog Pound pizza. (They are almost too large for one person, but we managed, somehow, without needing a doggy bag.) Pub Dog even has Smash Dog pizzas.
Pub Dog took over the former Hard Times CafĂ© in 2007 - patio activities (dogs welcome) can be seen from Dobbin Road (address: 8865 Stanford, near Wegman’s).
In Baltimore, Too
The Baltimore location (Federal Hill), opened in 2001, is located in a former rowhouse and occupies all three floors. Hours for the Baltimore location are 5 pm - 2 am with a warm and friendly ambiance (see the photos).
Join the Kennel Club
Join the lunch-bunch Kennel Club from 11-3 Monday through Saturday and get a card stamped for each pizza or salad. After 8 stamps, the next one is on the (dog) house!
Hours are 11 am til 2 am, daily, with Monday being Trivia Night. Pub Dog also has the usual Happy Hour and the rather unique gift cards, bumper stickers, and ball caps. Now I just have to decide on a color! You will probably be seeing me around Columbia, walking a black lab, wearing a Pub Dog t-shirt - woof at us!
Pub Dog Does It All
Want a Pub Dog decal or t-shirt? Pub Dog can do that. Call in or order online for carry-out? No problem (but the website button, Dog Food, means Dog-Themed Human-Food not milkbones!). Doggie bag? No problem. WiFi? That, too.  Add a 22-ounce Pub Dog cup of beer in a Pub Dog cup for $6, bring the cup back for half-price libations on Sundays.
Come with the two-legged the kids after Sunday School for pizza. Stop by for a business lunch. Watch the play-offs.
Bring your best friend, too!
And Now, for a Little Zuma
And speaking of dogs, heeeeere’s Zuma (see photo), having a blast in the hopefully final snow of winter. What a hoopin’ dog!
(Photos: Pub Dog [credit: Pub Dog], Pooch at the Pub [credit: MLove of Columbia Dogs on the Go], Fun with Dogs/Friends and Pooches on Pub Dog Patio [credit: Amy P of Columbia Dogs on the Go], Zuma's Final Winter Hoop Fling (we hope) [credit: DStark)

The Proper Preventive Puppy Collar Check (modeled by ZumaDog)

EverythingDogBlog #34
EverythingDogBlog #34: The Easiest and Most Crucial Puppy Check, According to Zuma!
The Proper Preventive Puppy Collar Check (modeled by ZumaDog)
by Skye Anderson, MS
Puppies grow and grow and grow – so fast, it seems, we wish we could slow them down and enjoy puppyhood more. One health and safety check I have my students do in every class is a collar check. If the collar is not checked often for size, the pup can outgrow his collar, causing it to tighten and hurt.
So, every class we start out with a puppy check and make sure we can fit two fingers between the collar and the pup’s neck (see Zuma’s photos) for a perfect fit. Any more and the pup may be able to get out of the collar. Any less and it may become too tight too soon.
So, put a ‘collar check’ on your calendar (for Sunday nights perhaps) and, just do it! Your pup will thank you for it.
Collar Check and Pass the Puppy
Also in my classes, I usually include a collar-check/‘pass the puppy’ game: pass your puppy to the person next to you who checks the collar-fit on your dog, thus familiarizing your pup to other people.
Collar Check and Massage Minutes
Or, we include a collar-check with lengthening massage-minutes. Each week, at the end of class, I teach a different canine massage stroke or I have students massage a new part of their pup. The class is amazingly quiet during this time (you can hear a pin drop – in puppy class!) and pups fall asleep, allowing me to summarize what we have covered, answer any questions, and prep the peeps (people) for the next week. Puppies really look forward to their massages, too!
Collar Check and Puppy Parts
If I don’t incorporate massage into a class, I will at least hold a Puppy Inventory. Each person lifts up puppy paws one by one and counts them to make sure they are all there. Ditto with ears and tail, accompanied by treats. This never fails to elicit giggles in the ‘grown-ups’ while teaching the pup to love being examined (your vet will love you for it, too)! And kids do a great job of counting.
And thank you, Zuma, for being such a great model!
(Photos - Zuma Models a Perfect Collar Check and Zuma's Collar Fits Just Right! credits: DStark)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Mystery Watermelon Dog Wins Big in 2012 AKC Popularity Contest

EverythingDogBlog #33
EverythingDogBlog: How Popular is Your Dog?
by Skye Anderson, MS
Top Ten
Recently, the American Kennel Club (AKC) revealed their registration numbers for 2012 and, yet again, Labrador Retrievers topped the list at number one, for more than 20 years. Labs are versatile and generally make great family dogs. Previously the most popular dog breed had been the American Cocker Spaniel. Perhaps you grew up with a Cocker in the 50s.
10. Of the 175 breeds, the Dachshund came in at number 10 - Doxey for short - and they are! This breed is named for badgers (dach in German) and dog (hund). They scent, chase and flush out badgers.
9. Number Nine is one of my favorites, the Rottie, or Rottweiler, another dog of German origin, used to pull carts and herd livestock.
8. and 7. In eighth place are the poodles, which come in various colors and sizes, followed by (or preceded by) the Boxers who have recently risen in popularity. Boxers have a unique style of playing with other dogs – they stand on their hind legs and ‘box.’ Hence, the name, I suppose.
6. and 5. The very popular Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier, comes in at number six, just beaten out by the Bulldog.
4. and 3. Fourth and third places are two breeds who were in third and fourth places, respectively, last year – the Snoopy dog Beagle, and the mystery breed, revealed in the photo by Zuma, our model. We now call him, WatermelonDog.
2. and 1. And, of course, the Lab edged out the German Shepherd Dog, another perennial favorite, for first place.
Isn’t it interesting how many of the top ten are either German or British in origin?
Up and Comers
Breeds to keep an eye on are the little Havanese, the Bull Terrier (Rufus, who won at Westminster in 2006 was a colored bull terrier) and the Staffordshire Terrier.
But I think the overall winner is the All-American dog. Don’t you agree? 
(Photo: Watermelon Dog Zuma-the-Golden-Retriever is Number Three in AKC 2012 Top Ten [but first in line for dessert!] credit: DStark)