This man has spent about $14,000 for a memorial to his late Chihuahua

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Well-behaved doggy

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Today was the first time I’ve been complimented on how well-trained Anka is. The fellow who owns the car dealership across the street has seen me out working with her, and he was just so impressed with her.

Now, I still believe she’s mostly in the raw, and we’re working on making her even more dead solid. She’ probably better behaved than most random dogs you’re going to come across, but she’s no top IPO dog, that’s for sure.

I am not a particularly good dog trainer, but this animal and I have just clicked in a very profound way. She is one of those dogs that loves to play ball, but she’s also one of those dogs that really hates to make her owner cross.

And I guess that’s how it works. I have to have a ball crazed nut to build the relationship, because I do not do well with dogs that require constantly cuddling and treats to form the bond.

I wish I had been able to start with her as an 8-week-old pup, and my guess is she didn’t have a perfect life before I got her.  But she is a dead solid German shepherd, with lots of drive and great nerves. She also has defense drive, but it having a brain and good nerves tempers all of it.

Genetics does play a big role in creating the dogs we have. I wish I could have had her as a little puppy so that I could bring about a very strong foundation on what really is an awesome dog.

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5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good

5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sposie Booster Pads, the number one brand in diaper doublers. All opinions are entirely my own.

I’ve talked to you before about our two and a half year old son Emmett’s road to potty training – which at the time, I thought would be much shorter. My daughter caught the hang of it pretty quickly, but I swear Emmett thinks it’s a game where winning means refusal to even try. I could probably devote an entire post to his toilet training journey, so I’ll just stop here and get to the point of what I wanted to share with you guys today, which relates more to the nighttime part of it, and how we’ve learned (after way too many accidents) how to stop toddler overnight diaper leaks.

Both of my kids had issues with their diapers leaking overnight, which was frustrating for them and for us. They were waking up in the middle of the night because of it, which was creating interrupted sleep for the entire family. We were also having to change and wash sheets several times a week or more. Not fun. Eventually, after trying all sort of different things to attempt to stop the leaks, I found some solutions that really worked.

How to Stop Overnight Diaper Leaks

I decided to write this post after a friend of mine had become frustrated with the fact that her toddler daughter was leaking through her diaper onto the sheets almost every night, and she ended up using some of the tips we’d tried with great success. Even if you’re not toilet training and/or your little one is younger, overnight diaper leaks are a common problem. My hope is that if you’re running into the same issue, that the things that have worked for us will work for you as well!

5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good
5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good

1. Pay attention to diaper size. We use training pants during the day, but often use diapers at night. And after enough overnight leaking, I realized that sizing up can make a massive difference at nighttime. The logic is pretty simple – a larger diaper will hold more. (That said, a diaper that is too big for your babe can leak as well, so make sure the fit is snug enough when you do size up.)

2. Limit drinks before bed and in the night. Yes, this is common sense, but sometimes it takes a minute to learn a lesson, right? Both of my kids wake up and want water almost every night, so we used to keep sippy cups on their bedside tables – until we realized how much their overconsumption of liquids was contributing to overnight leaks. I’d read to avoid letting them drink anything for an hour before bed and to limit drinks in the night (unless they were truly thirsty, of course), and once we did that, the leaks were less frequent.

5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good
5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good

3. Use Sposie Diaper Booster Pads. This is the truly the best tip I can give, and the thing that has ultimately made the biggest different in ending Emmett’s overnight diaper leaks. Sposie boosters are our nighttime diaper guardian angels, guys. You just insert the booster flat pad into your baby or child’s disposable diaper, cloth diaper, or training pants (they work with all brands, sizes, and types!) before bed, and the capacity of the diaper is essentially doubled by adding up to 8 fluid ounces of absorbency. Brilliant, right? Sposie boosters also reduce irritation by wicking away moisture from your little one’s skin and creating a stay-dry barrier. They’re designed to work for both girls and boys, and we’ve used them for both with great success. I also love that they’re fragrance free, latex free, chlorine free, and made in the USA. And they’re easy to find – we’ve ordered them from Amazon and Walmart, and they’re also available online and in store at Target. (Click here for the full list of retail locations.) We also use Sposie for travel (both road trips and flights) and long naps. I highly recommend them as genuinely the best way to stop toddler (and baby) overnight diaper leaks for good.

5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good
5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good

4. Always go to the bathroom before bed. This is actually great for potty training too, and helps establish a routine where your toddler can get in the habit of using the toilet at the same time every night. Even if your toddler doesn’t have to go, sit him or her on the toilet right before bed. Often they do have to go and don’t realize it, and this allows their bladders to be emptied so chances of an overnight diaper or training pants leak is lessened.

5. Give rewards. We have a responsibility chart on our fridge where the kids get a star every time they complete a chore or do something well. The very first item on the chart is “keep a dry overnight diaper.” If Emmett makes it through the night without going in his diaper, he gets a star. It’s amazing how motivating it is for the kids to do things when they know they’re getting rewarded!

5 Ways to Stop Toddler Overnight Diaper Leaks For Good

There you have it! I hope these tips prove useful to those of you dealing with toddler overnight diaper leaks like we were. And if you have any tips I might have missed, please share in the comments!


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AKC to Host 2018 Dog Detection Conference

The American Kennel Club will host the 2018 AKC US Dog Detection Conference Tuesday, August 28th – Thursday, August 30th, 2018 in Durham, NC to explore solutions to the shortage of domestic dogs for explosives detection in the United States. The Conference will bring together stakeholders in this national security issue including: Breeders, Trainers, Government, […] Dog Blog

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Day 3 of Dog Jokes and Puns

What do dogs and cell phones have in common? Collar ID (I’ll be here all week, folks!) Send your grins and groans to Dog Blog

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These scientists believe small dogs lie about their body size when they pee

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Day 4 of Dog Jokes and Puns

I finally got back into a semi-upright position to continue with these groaners. (I know you’re all very happy!) What is a dog’s favorite kind of ice cream? Pupsicles! Thanks to the fine folks at Family Minded for keeping us entertained while I’m down and out. Dog Blog

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Stormy earns medal in Australia half marathon, gets taken to jail

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Extinct or Alive is Worth Your Time

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During the past few months, I’ve been watching Forrest Galante’s Extinct or Alive on Animal Planet, and I have been greatly impressed.  This show’s premise is kind of like Finding Bigfoot, but unlike that show,  there is actually a fairly good chance of finding the animal in question.

The first episode was a search for the Zanzibar leopard, an endemic subspecies of leopard that has been declared extinct for some time. Even the locals, some of whom include the leopard in their traditional religions, don’t believe they still exist.

But you know what? Galante’s team caught an image of one on a trail camera, and now there is serious talk about developing a conservation plan for this ende

This show uses lots of trail cameras and electronic animal calls, which are devices I know do work.

Two of the episodes were about cryptic wolves. One was about wolves in Newfoundland. Yes, the island, not Labrador.  That episode focused heavily on the wolf that was shot in Newfoundland back in 2012.  It may not have been the exact same subspecies of white wolf that lived in Newfoundland at the time of contact, but it clearly showed that at least one wolf had managed to cross the sea ice, just as coyotes did.

The team staked out several areas that looked promising for wolves, and they played an electronic caller. I know how frustrating waiting on a timid wild canid to respond to these calls can be, but in that episode, thermal footage of large wolf-like canids were captured.

The other episode that focused on wolves was the search for the Florida black wolf, a creature mentioned quite extensively by Bartram in his eighteenth century. The original claim was of a black panther in Florida, but Galante thought a wolf would be a more likely candidate.

The team did find a large canid track that matched a coyote’s track, but it was of exceptional large size. My guess is this track was left by a large Eastern coyote, many of which have wolf ancestry and, particularly in the Southeast, are often melanistic.

There was no discussion of red wolves on this episode, which I almost expected. I find discussions about red wolves a bit tedious, just because some of the assumptions behind their species status have been called into question.

And one issue is the red wolf paradigm has essentially removed the true wolves of the Southeast from the public discussion about wolves in North America. The wolves that lived in the Southeast were either red sable or melanistic, and melanism was such a common feature that Bartram reported not seeing a wolf of any other color in Florida.

Galante showed the image of the black wolf of Tensas, a remnant population of Southern black wolves that lived in Louisiana, that was captured by early trail camera by Tappan Gregory. These black wolves probably are the wolf component of the current hybrid red wolf, which are mostly coyote in ancestry now.

Melanism in in North America resulted from an ancient cross with a single dog that entered the wolf population, and melanism is associated with a stronger immune response. Wolves living in the humid subtropical South would have a selection for stronger immune systems to live in a place with lots of bacteria and worms.  These same factors, including the crossbreeding with domestic dogs, are likely playing a role in the spread of coyotes in the East. I have seen many images and photos of black coyotes, and virtually every single one of them is from a state in the humid subtropical South.

So though I doubt that that Galante would be able to find evidence of the original black wolf of Florida, I bet he very well could come across one of these large Southern melanistic coyotes that have both wolf and dog ancestry.

Maybe this animal is evolving in parallel to the older form with a different wolf stock at the base.

One other aspect of this show that I do enjoy is how much Galante goes out of  his way to look for other interesting animals. The season finale was about the search of the great auk in the Faroes, but he spent considerable time observing other seabird species. I happen to find puffins and guillemots quite fascinating, even if the great auk is likely lost to the ages.

Galante is an effective science communicator. His conservation message is as passionate but clear.  He is able to tell the story of the animal in question, and all the time, you’re truly hoping that one will appear on a trail camera or come coursing forth on the thermal imaging camera.

I have largely stopped watching wildlife documentaries because the quality just isn’t what they could be. I grew up watching all the old Survival Anglia nature films, and I almost expect the narrator to speak using received pronunciation, a bit of prejudice that Sir David Attenborough has made even worse for me.

I also dislike nature documentaries that are just pulpy and lack any real depth.

Extinct or Alive is a breath of fresh air. The show is truly about understanding the issues related to extinction and the concept of a Lazarus species, and it is exciting and entertaining at the same time.

So I am definitely looking forward to the next season this wonderful series. If you’re into this type of science-based natural history investigations, then I think you will be deeply impressed with Extinct or Alive.

I’ve not been this excited for a nature series since I was a teenager.





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Saturday Survey: Your Dog’s Diet

I posted earlier this week about some potential problems with grain-free diets, and it got me to wondering what people feed their dogs. I am currently using the BARF (bones and raw food) diet, only because Penny is allergic to beef, so I can control ingredients better this way. Until next time, Good day, and […] Dog Blog

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