Sturdy, Loyal, Smart… and Ab­so­lutely Cute: The Keeshond

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The Keeshon may not be fa­mil­iar to a lot of Pi­noys but it’s one of the old­est dog breeds ― and may be the per­fect fit for your fam­ily.

A lot of us travel with our pets—driv­ing to the park or mall with them, or tak­ing road trips with our dogs. Of course we ob­serve safety pre­cau­tions like never leav­ing our dogs in the car even for a mo­ment, and mak­ing sure they only exit our ve­hi­cles on a leash, but we don’t find a lot of tips about how to safely carry dog food when we travel with our dogs. Should we in­vest in spe­cial car­ry­ing cases or con­tain­ers for dog food?

“When trav­el­ling with your pets, it is ad­vis­able to bring not only dog food but also wa­ter,” says Katy. We agree, and to that, we add that you may want to con­sider in­vest­ing in one of those por­ta­ble wa­ter con­tain­ers that can fold out into a drink­ing trough and fold away into what looks like a slim case for an or­di­nary wa­ter bot­tle. This way, your dog en­joys fresh, clean wa­ter, and you lessen the risk of him or her in­gest­ing wa­ter with pol­lu­tants or other things that can make him or her sick. As for car­ry­ing dog food, dry food can be placed in a clean and air­tight con­tainer to en­sure its fresh­ness, Katy says. Just don’t leave such food in a hot car. Ar­jan ex­plains, “The proper stor­age of your dog food will mean the dif­fer­ence in nutri­tion for your dog. Dog food must be prop­erly stored in a dry, cool place away from di­rect sun­light. The rea­son for this is be­cause dog food, how­ever pro­cessed and ar­ti­fi­cial, is still or­ganic, and any­thing that is or­ganic, is sub­ject to ox­i­da­tion and bac­te­rial con­tam­i­na­tion and spoilage.” When you travel with your dog, what you carry will have to be dry dog food, for the most part, as wet dog food does not travel well and in the no­to­ri­ous heat of our coun­try, it is more likely to spoil quickly. If you are will­ing, you can con­sider in­vest­ing in a mini-cooler or ice chest (stocked with ice) for car­ry­ing wet or fresh food on longer trips. Or you can buy food in an easy-open can and carry a col­lapsi­ble bowl and feed your dog from there. If your dog does not fin­ish his or her por­tion of wet dog food, it’s not rec­om­mended to store the leftovers and of­fer it again later. (You’ll read why in the an­swer to the next ques­tion) “For own­ers who like to travel with their dogs, and these dogs have a spe­cial diet, it will be ben­e­fi­cial to buy spe­cial car­ry­ing cases for the food that will fit nicely in their car or in their lug­gage,” Katy adds.

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