ZOOMIES – explaining the mysterious tornado of happiness 

ZOOMIES – explaining the mysterious tornado of happiness

Ever wondered why your Shar Pei transforms from a regal, dignified animal into a whirlwind of energy, zigzagging through your living room like a furry tornado? Fear not, for you are not alone in witnessing the curious phenomenon known as the “zoomies.”  Scientifically referred to as Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs), zoomies are random bursts […]

Benefits of physical activity

Benefits of physical activity

The Benefits of Physical Activity for Dog and Owner We have all heard about exercise to boost physical and mental health! But did you know that exercising may also lengthen the life and extend the healthspan (=the amount of time you stay well and active) of both you and your dog?  I can hear you […]

Digging dogs

when shar-pei diging

Did you ever wonder why dogs can’t resist digging up the yard or making a cozy spot in your favorite chair?

 Sharpei Health: A vet visit

 I find myself sitting in the vet’s office, ready for my Shar Pei’s annual check-up. To streamline the process, the vet’s office now hands out a questionnaire to all pet owners upon arrival. Eager to be a responsible owner, I grab a pen and start answering the questions with utmost honesty. 1. How old is […]

The best Shar Pei life. Farm vs City!

farm vs city sharpei

We all know that there are many outside factors that influence a dog’s behavior and health.  One of those factors is where a dog lives. Mickey and Elwood are brothers. They share the same father and have many similar personality traits. Both are very happy and healthy dogs. Yet their lives are very different.  Elwood […]

Who was Panhu?

Who was Panhu? This tale begins with a beautiful caterpillar, shimmering in all colors of the rainbow, nesting inside an ear. Opinions vary on whose ear this was exactly, as this tale takes place thousands of years ago, in a country now known as China. Some say it was the ear of a woman living […]

Agility with a Shar Pei

Agility with a Shar Pei

Attention all Shar Pei enthusiasts and aspiring agility masters! Have you ever watched an agility competition and thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to tackle an obstacle course with my Shar pei?” Well, you are not alone! I thought so too and started training at our local dog school with my Shar Pei Elwood. What […]

Bathing Your Shar Pei

Bathing Your Shar Pei

Clean, shiny, and smelling like a little flower. Wouldn’t we all want that running around the house? Surely, it’s achievable? But we have shar pei. And like with all dogs, breed appropriate care is important. Even if it means sacrificing the smell of flowers on their fur. But first things first, how do you keep […]

Let’s Talk About Longevity

Hello October

Welcome to the very first Roly-Poly Blog post! Let’s kick off on a serious note. Here are some tough, but important questions that I’m sure we’re all asking ourselves – How can we give our wrinkly companions the best environment to live their longest life? What makes a dog happy and healthy, and what can […]