Morris’ staycation

Morris’ staycation

Morris the westie features in Minnie The Westie's cartoon books.

Morris the westie features in Minnie The Westie’s cartoon books.

Morris is another Westie dog… he lives next door to me and he’s my boyfriend.

You may have met Morris in my cartoon book

In the cartoons, Morris is sweet, funny, charming, thoughtful and sophisticated (in a doggy way).

Morris and I also have a lot of adventures together!

Oh, the holes we’ve dug together, and the great sniffs we’ve sniffed. *dreamy look*

What can I say, Morris is pawsome! 🙂

 

My boyfriend, Morris the westie, in my cartoon books is based on a real life Morris The Westie!

My boyfriend, Morris the westie, in my cartoon books is based on a real life Morris The Westie!

 

Well, the cartoon Morris is based on a real life Morris the Westie!

Morris’ family recently went overseas for 3 weeks… and Morris came to stay with me!

Morris and I both enjoyed his “staycation” very much… as you’ll see from our photos!

 

The mornings always start the same... with cuddles! That's me, Minnie, on the right (cuddled up to mum), and Morris is on the left, kissing mum's hand.

The mornings always start the same… with cuddles! That’s me, Minnie, on the right (cuddled up to mum), and Morris is on the left, kissing mum’s hand.

 

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In the mornings, we like to check out what’s been happening in the garden. Here we are both practicing our “innocent” faces. (That’s me, Minnie, on the left, and Morris on the right.)

 

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On cold mornings, I stay inside (where it’s nice and warm!) and keep an eye on Morris as he patrols the outside. If he discovers anything interesting, I dash out through the doggy door to join him! This way I get the best of both worlds. 🙂

 

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Some days, we just sit and relax in the sunshine. 🙂

 

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Once we are content that there are no cats to chase in the garden, the sunbathing continues inside, where it’s warmer. (It’s winter here in Auckland at the moment!) That is Morris on the left, and me, Minnie, on the right.

 

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We need a nap after such a busy morning. That is me, Minnie, on the top, and I have stolen Morris’ bed…

 

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Morris is not impressed that I’ve stolen his bed, so he comes and joins me! That’s Morris on the left, and me, Minnie, on the right – looking decidedly unimpressed with Morris’ tactics!

 

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Help! Morris is killing my Christmas-chicken-in-gold-hotpants toy! (OK, so I never liked that toy, but still! Help?!)

 

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Morris says, “It’s OK, Minnie, I’ve killed that Christmas-chicken-in-gold-hotpants, it was freaking me out! You’re safe now!”

 

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At the weekend, we got a trip to Cheltenham Beach (Auckland, NZ)! That is Morris on the left, and me, Minnie, checking out the good sniffs on the right.

 

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Morris says: “What do you mean I got grubby on the beach? Surely a fellow as handsome as I am doesn’t need a shower?!”

 

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Morris says: “Mummmeeeee! That mean lady washed me! Not fair!”

 

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Getting takeaways for (the humans’) dinner turns into an exciting Westie outing! That’s me, Minnie, on the left, and Morris on the right.

 

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Night night! As you can see, Morris made himself right at home, using mummy’s pillow for his head rest, and my head as his butt rest!

 

And there’s more!

Morris learned a few tricks while he was staying with me:

  1. He sits and waits till he hears the word “OK” before eating.
  2. He gives kisses on demand! (Well, in return for some bribes!)
  3. He chews bones! He’s not been much of a chewer before, whereas me, I really love my bones. I show him how it’s done.

Enjoy the video of Morris’ new tricks!

 

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Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Winter beach holibobs 2013

Winter beach holibobs 2013

Woofings, furiends!

It is mid-winter here in New Zealand… I just got back from a short holibobs with mum and dad. It was a bit chilly, but we had sunshine and blue sky every day, it was pawsome!

We rented a little cottage right next to Onetangi Beach on Waiheke Island. Waiheke is about an hour by car ferry from Auckland, New Zealand.

Onetangi Beach is my favouritest beach: it’s 1.87km (1.16 miles) long… doggy bliss!

Here are my holibob photos…

I keep a good lookout on the car ferry!

I keep a good lookout on the car ferry!

 

 

Ahhh, what a beautiful sunset on Onetangi Beach!

Ahhh, what a beautiful sunset on Onetangi Beach!

 

 

Not bad for mid Winter!

Not bad for mid Winter!

 

 

Lucky mum took this picture when she did, moments later yours truly chased the seagulls! BOL!

Lucky mum took this picture when she did, moments later yours truly chased the seagulls! BOL!

 

 

I can even keep an eye on the pesky seagulls on the beach from the cottage we stayed at!

I can even keep an eye on the pesky seagulls on the beach from the cottage we stayed at!

 

 

There's a good view of the beach from the deck, too.

There’s a good view of the beach from the deck, too.

 

 

Even the cafe down the road has a pawsome sea view!

Even the cafe down the road has a pawsome sea view!

 

 

There's more to Waiheke Island than stunning beaches... there are also pawretty green hillsides, complete with moo-moos and sheeps - as well as vineyards.

There’s more to Waiheke Island than stunning beaches… there are also pawretty green hillsides, complete with moo-moos and sheeps – as well as vineyards.

 

 

The beach is definitely my favourite place though!

The beach is definitely my favourite place though!

 

 

Oh dear... so many beaches, such short little legs. I got tired and dad had to carry me!

Oh dear… so many beaches, such short little legs. I got tired and dad had to carry me!

 

 

I'm so tired, I think I'd like to drink this coffee, please.

I’m so tired, I think I’d like to drink this coffee, please.

 

The holibob was pawsome – though I am happy to be at home again, and rest up a bit!

Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Westie cartoon: dogs vs. humans

Westie cartoon: dogs vs. humans

Woofings!

There is something about humans that I don’t understand.

And that is, whenever I’m out for a walk with mum and dad, they always point out other cute dogs.

Pawsonally, I prefer humans to dogs.

Why? Well, humans can rub my belly, but dogs can’t!

Mmmmm, I do love nice belly rubs!

Minnie The Westie Cartoon

I hope you get some nice belly rubs too!

Till next time!

Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Date night with Morris!

Date night with Morris!

In my cartoons, you’ll meet a handsome Westie called Morris, who lives next door to me.
(Paws off, people – he’s my boyfriend!)

Cartoon Morris is based on a real-life Morris, and last week he stopped by for a date at my house!

We had so much fun… we tried out all the couches, and all the arm chairs…

westie date night

Above: That’s Morris on the left, and me, Minnie on the right.

Playing musical chairs (or, rather, musical couches) proved to be rather tiring, so eventually we settled down for a nice nap together…

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Awwww, puppy love! *dreamy smile*

Love ‘n’ licks,

Minnie x

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Westie allergies: allergies in west highland terriers

Westie allergies: allergies in west highland terriers

Skin issues and allergies are common in west highland terriers, unfortunately.

Here is Minnie The Westie’s experience of Westie allergies…

Impawtant disclaimer: this blog article is just one doggy’s experience, and is not medical or veterinary advice. You should seek the advice of a qualified vet to treat your dog’s health.

1. Get rid of toxic weeds (especially wandering jew)

Your Westie will never get over its allergies if there are toxic weeds in your garden! The plant that Westies seem to be most allergic to (in New Zealand, anyway) is Tradescantia fluminensis – known more commonly as “wandering jew”. It likes growing in dark, shady places and it is really hard to get rid of.

This is what wandering jew looks like:

A weed called "wandering jew" causes allergies in Westies.

A weed called “wandering jew” causes allergies in Westies.  Image credit: Forest & Kim Starr.

 

Normal weedkiller doesn’t kill wandering jew: we use one called “Amitrole”. (Recommended to mum and dad by the vet who told them about wandering jew!)

You will need to find out which plants and weeds cause allergies to Westies in your own country.

2. The role of diet in west highland terrier allergies

The food your dog eats can really affect his or her health. It can take some trial and error to find out what works well for your dog.

In short: you want your dog to be healthy, happy… and what comes out of the other end should be firm. If your dog seems unhappy, sick, or has runny poops, they’re not a well puppy!

Me, I eat a mixture of Hypoallergenic dog kibble, and home cooked chicken mince with brown rice, carrots and pumpkin. That gives me the energy I need, and I am healthy, with good firm poops!

Westie allergies can be worse if your dog eats the wrong food... find out what food works best for your Westie.

Westie allergies can be worse if your dog eats the wrong food… find out what food works best for your Westie.

 

Other Westies I’ve met do well on a raw food diet. It comes down to finding the diet your Westie thrives on.

Healthy snacks and treats are impawtant too

Remember to watch EVERYTHING your Westie eats – not just their main meals. I’ve met Westies who are fed raw food at meal times, and then given unhealthy treats and chew bars… and the owner is wondering why the dog still has runny poops!

Also be careful feeding your Westies human food. Pawsonally, I cannot eat much of it without it making my tummy go funny. It’s just too rich for me – even if it smells and tastes nommy, it’s no good for my tummy!

Watch what other people feed your Westie

Another problem can be that because Westies are so cute, people want to feed us treats and noms. But these treats could be really bad for us, so your humans may have to train (or ask) people not to give you their noms. It’s very unfair, I know, but it’s the best thing for your tummy!

3. Topical care for westie skin problems

It took a lot of trial and error to find out what would help my skin allergies the most.

Should you or shouldn’t you bath your Westie regularly?

There is a lot of conflicting advice on the interweb about whether you should or shouldn’t wash your Westie regularly. I think the best solution here is to do whatever works for your dog! Some Westies get worse after a wash; some feel better.

Me, I have a shower every week or two. These days I actually let mum and dad know when I want a wash – I start staring at the shower!

(NB: mum and dad find it easier to wash me in the shower than in the bath… I don’t wriggle in the shower!)

What shampoo or soap to use for Westie allergies?

Again, it needed some trial and error to find the pawfect shampoo for me. Some Westies do very well with the medicated Malaseb shampoo from the vets. It didn’t help me though.

Mum tried doggy shampoo after shampoo after doggy shampoo on me, but none of them helped my itchy skin.

In the end, mum tried her own shampoo with tea tree oil (mum also has a sensitive scalp) on me, and it is pawsome! (Which is weird, because apparently dogs’ skin has a different pH level to human skin, but it works for me!)

So yeah, use whatever works for your dog.

Other topical treatments

Minnie The Westie always takes a treatment kit with her on holidays, to treat any Westie allergies quickly. This can prevent Minnie's allergy from getting worse - and saves on vet's bills!

Minnie The Westie always takes a treatment kit with her on holidays, to treat any Westie allergies quickly. This can prevent Minnie’s allergy from getting worse – and saves on vet’s bills!

Mum always keeps some remedies handy in case of an allergy outbreak: the quicker she can treat it, the less likely it is to flare up.

  • Paws: I used to have a real pawroblem with itchy paws… a special spray from the vet sorts that out.
  • Ears: I do get ear infections from time-to-time. It looks like we’re on top of these now, as mum uses special ear drops from the vet to keep them clean, which stops the infection from forming. Prevention is better than cure!
  • Pee-pee: I’m prone to my pee-pee getting inflamed – especially after a trip to the beach… that sand is itchy! So mum keeps me trimmed and clean down there, and if it does flare up a special cream from the vet, plus a ‘Bladder Support’ supplement for dogs, sorts it out very quickly.
  • Slimy poops: My poops aren’t so good if I eat too much human food, or dog food that’s too rich for me. Probiotics from the vet help sort this out.

Mum always takes these remedies on holibobs with us… Murphy’s Law says that we’ll need them when we’re away from home!

Nip it in the bud!

We’ve found that if an allergy flare-up is identified and treated quickly, it will often nip the problem in the bud, and prevents costly vet’s bills. Investing in some topical treatments could save you a lot of money in the long run.

4. What if your Westie is in real distress with their allergy?

pawlyOne time my allergies got really bad. I wasn’t my usual, cheery self… I was very quiet. Mum and dad thought I was acting very depressed.

The vet that we first saw recommended sending me to a doggy dermatologist (skin doctor) to have some allergy tests. This would have taken several weeks to complete, and cost thousands of dollars. However, it would not have brought me the relief I needed.

Mum got a second opinion, and that vet gave me a steroid injection. (Apparently steroid shots are OK for dogs and cats – they are not as harmful for us woofies as for humans.)

It worked instantly! I was like a new puppy again!

After that, the vet treated my allergies with homeopathy. (I never needed to see that expensive dermatologist, as my allergies can now be managed!)

(Sidenote: Not all vets are the same. If you’re not happy with what your vet has suggested, find another vet and get a second opinion.)

Do also speak to other Westie owners, and other professionals working with Westies (e.g. your dog groomer). They often have some good tips. (Mum got a lot of her advice from her groomer, who also has a Westie with bad allergies.)

5. Alternative remedies for Westie allergies, e.g. homeopathy

My new vet was part traditional vet, part homeopathic vet. After my allergies were under control with the steroid shot, I had a number of courses of homeopathic remedies.

I have to be honest – mum didn’t think the homeopathic remedies would work. But you know what? They worked wonderfully!

The homeopathic remedies did far more for me than antibiotics (which make me sick). They were pawsome!

You see, the vet said that because I was the runt of the litter, I didn’t get enough nutrients from my mother’s milk. So my bowel didn’t develop properly, which is why I’m intolerant to a lot of food.

The vet’s approach was to make my bowel better and stronger, and that way I wouldn’t have so many allergies and diet issues.

I haven’t needed any more homeopathic remedies for years (paws crossed!), and I do still have to be careful with what I eat. But if I stick to my diet (which is very nommy), I’m fine.

That’s my experience of West highland terrier allergies – I hope you find something useful in this to help your Westie’s allergies!

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Remember: in most cases, it’s a case of managing Westie allergies rather than permanently curing them. And if your animal is in pain or distress, please see a vet.

Love ‘n’ licks,

Minnie x

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Minnie The Westie - book coverAbout Minnie The Westie:

Minnie The Westie is the star of the dog cartoon book, Minnie The Westie: The Adventures Of A Cartoon West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog. It’s available as a Paperback book from online bookstores, and Kindle eBook from Amazon. It contains 85 black-and-white Minnie The Westie cartoons.

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Minnie The Westie now has her own YouTube channel!

Minnie The Westie now has her own YouTube channel!

Woof woof, yes, I’m now on YouTube!

Here’s the link to my Channel: please visit it and click “Subscribe”, so you’ll see my new videos and updates!

Here are the very first Minnie The Westie videos… these are of the real life Minnie The Westie, I am giving mum puppy eyes in the hope that she makes some cartoon videos too! Watch this space!

Do Westies have the cutest doggy butts?

My humans think that Westies have the cutest doggy butts.

Yes, my humans are weird, but they do have a point. 😉

What do you think?

Mum recorded and edited this video on her iPhone, using techniques she learnt from iPhone Video Hero.

Minnie The Westie’s pawsome beach adventure!

Join me on a fun-packed outting to the beach!

Again, mum shot this video on her iPhone, but edited it on her Mac using iMovie. It is pretty pawsome!

Please do share these videos with your furiends – spread those smiles… and a bit of MinnieMania!

Till next time!

Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Westie cartoon: pawparazzi pawroblems!

Westie cartoon: pawparazzi pawroblems!

Woofings!

There is a real downside to being a cute doggy… the pawparazzi just can’t leave me alone!

The worst offender is mum… I can’t remember how many times she’s woken me up with her camera clicking, I don’t have enough paws to count on!

Minnie The Westie cartoon dog - pawparazzi pawroblems

I hope you have a more restful time than I do!

Till next time!

Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Westie cartoon: Westies aren’t scaredy-cats!

Westie cartoon: Westies aren’t scaredy-cats!

Woofings!

This is another brand-new, never-seen-before westie cartoon from my (forthcoming) second cartoon book!

(The new Minnie The Westie cartoon book will be out in the next couple of months – make sure you get my free Minnie Mail updates to be the first to know!)

Minnie The Westie cartoon: Westies aren't scaredy-cats!

Notice in my westie cartoon that I’m more offended about being called a “cat” than the “scaredy” bit! Just because I’m little and cute and furry! *gets all indignant*

The reason I’m a bit defensive about this is because mum and I regularly visit a local care home. (We volunteer for Outreach Therapy Pets: you can see photos of the ‘real’ Minnie visiting the care home here.) Many of the care home residents have dementia and are a little confused. Some of them call me a “pussy cat”. I will put up with it, provided they give me a nice belly rub! BOL!

Hint: Want to see another brand new cartoon from my forthcoming book? Here’s the very first one I posted on my blog.

Till next time!

And watch this space for more news on my new book! *wags* 🙂

Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Minnie The Westie - book coverAbout Minnie The Westie:

Minnie The Westie is the star of the dog cartoon book, Minnie The Westie: The Adventures Of A Cartoon West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog. It’s available as a Paperback book from online bookstores, and Kindle eBook from Amazon. It contains 85 black-and-white Minnie The Westie cartoons.

Shop for Minnie The Westie’s book at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and The Book Depository (with free shipping worldwide).


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Westietude: Dream a little dream…

Westietude: Dream a little dream…

An impawtant part of Westietude is that we love to chase things… if it runs, it shall be chased!

(You can read more about the west highland terrier temperament here.)

If you can’t chase cats in real life, at least us doggies can always dream about it…

puppy-dreaming-cartoon

Does your dog dream? (Me – I often twitch and bark in my sleep. My humans think it’s cute, which is annoying – for in my dreams I am fearsome!)

What do you think your dog dreams of?

Have fun expressing your Westietude, my furiend!

Wags ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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I’ve received a Pet’s Choice Award for my dog cartoons!

I’ve received a Pet’s Choice Award for my dog cartoons!

Pet's Choice Award BadgeOMD, I got a very exciting email this week: my mum (and personal cartoonist) Cornelia Luethi has received a Pet’s Choice Award for her dog cartoons of me, Minnie The Westie! The MinnieMania is spreading across the world! *does zoomies with excitement*

The announcement was made here, in this article on ‘100 Years of Amazingly Talented Pet Cartoonists‘.

Minnie The Westie dog cartoons by Cornelia Luethi

Yes, mum blushed rather a lot at that!

She was very flattered indeed for her dog cartoons to be mentioned in an article alongside Jim Davis, creator of Garfield. (Garfield was her hero when she was a young girl… yeah, I know he’s a cat, but he’s a very cool cat.) Also Charles Schulz, creator of Snoopy, the most famous cartoon dog (to date!). 😉

Thank you very much to Healthy Paws for the recognition – you are pawsome!

Wags ‘n’ big sloppy nose licks,

Minnie x

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