ZOOMIES

Does your dog ever start running around the house like a crazy creature, for absolutely no reason at all? Say hello to the zoomies.

Wait…the what??

The term “zoomies” is used to describe the quick, random bursts of energy that many dogs seem to experience. To get technical, these episodes of high energy are called “Frenetic Random Activity Periods” and they are usually just your dog releasing pent-up energy. More often than not, these episodes seem to come out of nowhere, but they can be brought on by excitement. If your dog sees someone they know, or maybe just had a really good poop, they can then suddenly get the zoomies!

Speaking from experience, depending on the size of your dog, the zoomies are potentially dangerous for innocent bystanders. My neighbor has both a Golden Retriever and a sprained ankle. She had the misfortune of stepping into her dogs path during a post-poop zoomie, and was knocked right over into her pool.

Most cases of the zoomies only last a couple of minutes, and they are very entertaining to watch, but be warned - many dogs seem incapable of hearing their owners and following commands while racing around. Zoomies seem to put dogs into their own little worlds.

So the next time your dog has got a case of the zoomies, just make sure you stay out of their way and wait it out. The zoomies are a natural part of being a dog, so sit back, relax, and (most importantly) enjoy the show.

Meghan, Bonilla Pet Photography

Shiba Inus: The Ups, the Downs, and Everything in Between!

Everything you need to know, from the human of an especially peculiar Shiba Inu.

Shiba Inus are already a favorite breed in their home country of Japan, but they’ve been gaining popularity in the United Sates since their introduction to the country about 60 years ago. The first documented Shiba to enter the United States was imported by a military family in 1954!

The Ups

  1. They are the cats of the dog world:

    If you’re looking for an independent dog, then a Shiba is the breed for you! Shiba Inus spend a large amount of time grooming themselves, and even licking their paws like cats. This innate cleanliness makes them pretty easy to potty train. Shiba’s are just as aloof as cats, and aren’t in the business of seeking out human affection. Personally, my family has a Shiba Inu named Miya who’s been known to get up and walk away when she’s decided she’s been pet enough.

  2. They are better than an alarm system:

    Shiba Inus are not generally noisy dogs. However, should your Shiba notice someone strange walk past (or even worse, up to) your house, they’re going to make sure you know about it. Shiba Inus are also equipped with very impressive memories. To demonstrate how these two characteristics tie into one another, I’ll tell you a little about my Shiba and the exterminator. My family as both a Shiba Inu, and an exterminator. The exterminator comes to our home once a month, and somehow, Miya has learned that she can expect to see him the second Wednesday of each month. I have no idea how she does it, but from the morning before he shows up, until the afternoon when he leaves, she’s barking and guarding her home and her humans.

The Downs

  1. That whole yelling thing:

    Shiba Inus are the drama-queens of the dog world. If they are unhappy about something, they’re going to let you know about it, and they just might do that through the infamous “Shiba-Scream.” Yes, scream. This particular vocal styling sounds a lot like a wailing human; it is high pitched, and powerful. The most common cause for this kind of reaction would be a source of stress. My family was blissfully unaware of this trait until we gave Miya her very first bath. This was the bath heard ‘round the neighborhood. Needless to say, we just take her to the groomer now!

  2. They are escape geniuses:

    Remember how I said Shiba Inus are the cats of the dog world? Well, just like cats, if your Shiba can fit its head through a space, they are going to try their absolute hardest to squeeze their bodies through. When my Miya was a puppy, she got out through the fence surrounding our patio. Once she was loose, she was gone. It took a while to find her in the neighborhood, but luckily we found her. She wasn’t allowed back onto the patio until she got a little bigger, and even then, we once found her with her head stuck in the fence.

Everything in Between!

  1. They are beautiful little creatures:

    You will be stopped and complimented on your dog. Shiba Inu’s have very foxlike features, and are often (in my own experience) mistaken for baby Huskies. Miya is twelve now, and still, every time someone new crosses paths with her, she gets told how pretty she is. Since she thinks she’s Dog Royalty and her ego couldn’t possibly get any bigger, she tends to brush off these comments, but I always like them.

  2. They have GIANT personalities:

    While their bodies may be small, a Shiba Inu is packed full of personality. To really mesh well with a Shiba, you have to have a sense of humor. They’re stubborn, and they get bored easily, so you can imagine they’ll find ways to entertain themselves! (Hopefully in a way that also entertains you.) Miya has adopted this new habit of going into our pantry and sticking her head into the treat bag, until she’s had what she feels to be a sufficient amount. She also will not let us leave the house without giving her a biscuit first. You’d be surprised how demanding a 25lb dog can be.

Thanks for reading, hopefully you’ve learned something about Japan’s favorite dog! (On top of learning that my Shiba Inu is spoiled rotten.) See you next time!

Meghan Croce, for Bonilla Pet Photography

Santa!!!!!

Santa is coming to Bonilla Pet Photography!!!! Get your Christmas Cards!!

October 20th 9:00 am-7:00 pm

Location:
3552 Collins Blvd. Suite A
Chesapeake, VA 23321

Bring your fur babies in to get a beautiful portrait made with Santa in his workshop!!

The cost is $145 and for that, you get:
An exclusive time with Santa to create your Christmas Card image
25 glossy 5x7 Christmas cards
Maximum of 4 pets/people
The social media file for sharing with your friends!
Additional cards available for $65 for 25.

Reserve your spot today, they won't be available for long!


*all sales are final* *The above image is a stock image and not our Santa*

Reserve Your Time Slot HERE

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Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel

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Have you had to leave home for an extended period of time? Maybe you had a sudden family emergency come up or you're finally able to go on that dream vacation you so deserve? We've all been there and generally, when it happens we all get stumped by the question "Who will watch my pets?" Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel is a clean, friendly, and comfortable pet boarding facility with more than two decades of experience! Their pet kennel has been deemed one of the best by both veterinarians and clientele. Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel ensures to provide each furry family member with individualized love and attention multiple times a day while also featuring a facility that is sanitized and has both air conditioning and heat. The facilities are also pest-controlled and have state of the art security and fire protection. While your pet is staying with them they are able to participate in lots of fun activities such as strolling through the park, going treasure hunting, or enjoying a slumber party! With affordable boarding rates, Las Gaviotas is considered one of the best boarding facilities in Hampton Roads. If you are interested or need to have your pet boarded be sure to check out Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel!

 

 

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

How Pets Bring Comfort to our Lives

If you are sick in bed, head throbbing, sinuses swollen, feeling icky, then a loving snuggly dog to lay with you and let you run your hand on their smooth fur or rub the soft part of their ear can make you feel calm, loving, and less stressful. Some think that stress is the root cause of all illness and disease so the fact that pets can lower the stress hormone, cortisol, means that pets can actually help you recover faster. 

Here are some key ways animals improve our health:

  • They force us to be more active simply by taking care of them. Even more if we take them for walks and to the park!
  • They are funny. And laughter is the best medicine!
  • They offer companionship. They are there to talk to and we can tell them anything, judgment free!
  • They can help us meet other humans if we take them to dog parks and pet events! And meeting other humans can help improve your feeling of belonging. 

There are many other ways pets improve our mood and health! Can you think of a time when your pet helped you feel better? Comment below to share you experience. 

Why Don't Dogs Get the Flu?

If you're anything like me you are curious all the time. So, why don't dogs catch the flu? Or maybe they do? Let's find out. 

Photo Credit Shutterstock/Javier Brosch

Photo Credit Shutterstock/Javier Brosch

It turns out that these nasty viruses are "Species-Specific".

The virus cells actually mimic nutrients in order to gain access to the insides of our cells so they can use the inside parts (nutrients etc) as energy to replicate. The ingredients needed to mimic a nutrient in a way that can gain entry to a cell are very unique and the issue is that these viruses just can't be mimicking all kinds of things, apparently only one. Just like I don't try to do all kinds of different photography, I am really good at one: Pet Photography. The little virus cells are really good at one thing: messing with humans. They don't try to mess with everything, just us. 

The Dog Flu

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), "The first strain reported in the United States, beginning in 2004, was an H3N8 influenza A virus ... In 2015, an outbreak that started in Chicago was caused by a separate canine influenza virus, H3N2." Symptoms of the dog flu are similar to the human flu. Your dog may experience a lingering cough that lasts anywhere from ten to thirty days. He may begin sneezing, become feverish, or discharge may appear from your dog's eyes or nose. Your pet will likely be prescribed an antibiotic or other medicine to treat the canine influenza. Be aware: There are necessary steps to take to ensure other animals in your home do not become ill as well. AVMA says, "Dogs with canine influenza should be isolated to prevent transmission of the virus to other dogs or, in the case of H3N2, cats."

Photo credit: Shutterstock

Photo credit: Shutterstock

So don't worry. Snuggle up with you pup if you're feeling icky. They (pets) do make us feel better. If anything they can really make us laugh some times. And laugher is the best medicine right?

 

 

Those nasty virus cells are one-hit wonders, just us humans. Your dog is practically like Will Smith in I Am Legend, immune to this virus. Kinda cool huh?

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The Neptune Art Festival, 2017

September 29-October 1

I will have my art show tent set up at the amazing Neptune Art Festival! I have some new pieces I am excited to share with everyone, including Woodland Fairy Dog! When you like my facebook page and post a selfie with it you will get a free Fairy Dog magnet! 

This will be my first year at the Neptune. I have heard a lot about it though, people often ask me if I will be there. My booth will be near 29th st.

The hours of the show are:

Friday, September 29
12 noon - 7 pm

Saturday, September 30
10 am - 7 pm

Sunday, October 1
10 am - 6 pm 

18th - 29th Street
Virginia Beach Ocean Front

I have never been to a show like this before!! There will be so many awesome activities! A parade, fireworks, a regatta, and sand sculptures! I will be in my tent the whole time though. I do love to see all the other artist's work but I don't have anyone helping this time, so it will just be me.

Here is the schedule of EVENTS

Come out and see me! 

 

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