Archive for July, 2015

Bungs Summer Fun!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


Bung enjoying a break with some of Bonair Winery's visitors.

Bung enjoying a break with some of Bonair Winery’s visitors.

My buddy Bung loves his social time with those who come and visit him at Bonair Winery!  He is so great about staying in touch with me and all of the other Wine Doggies in Yakima Valley.  Check out his latest news (below) for this summer…until next time… ~Penny the Pill

Wow, this is by far my favorite time of the year. Lots of humans are coming to Bonair Winery and many like to sit in the shade by the duck pond, eat a snack, and drink some great Bonair wine. That’s where I come in!If there is an empty chair, I find it my duty to sit on it and entertain the people. I am really very polite and I do not beg, but often little tidbits of food find their way to my smiling mouth. This makes everybody happy. Bonair Winery loves to have doggies visit with their well behaved owners. There is a lot of grass to play on, and dogs that like the water are always happy with the pond. When the weather is over 90’ doggies are welcome in our tasting room on a leash. And I really really like meeting every kind of dog and becoming their friend.

Your special friend,


Summer Safety Tips for “Pills” like me!

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

I’m ready for some Summertime Fun!













Greetings from Penny the Pill on this beautiful sunny day!  Today Wine Doggies has  guest Blogger Vee with some helpful summer safety tips for dogs & their owners.  I know my owner can use all the help she can get – why do you think my nickname is Penny The Pill?  Summertime is so tempting for us doggies..sometimes when we start smelling new foods and drinks – that might actually smell really good but end up hurting us, that’s why it’s important for our owners to be aware of what to do next.  Below, Vee lists harmful substances we like to get into during the summer months. She knows us so well – she even has an action plan of what to do when this happens.

Non-Toxic Foods: Most dogs love “people” food and between barbecues, pool parties, and other summer gatherings, there are usually plenty of opportunities for them to scarf down their fair share. But if you don’t keep an eye on what your dog is eating, they could become quite sick, even if the foods they’ve ingested aren’t toxic to animals. provides a list of non-toxic “people” foods and why you should keep them away from your pets. For example, as the article notes, corn cobs are difficult for dogs to digest and can be a “choking hazard.” As the article notes, the best course of action is to keep a close eye on your pet during summer get-togethers to make sure they don’t get a hold of these harmful foods. If your dog does eat something he shouldn’t, give your vet a call to find out the best course of action.

Toxic Foods: It’s widely known that consuming chocolate can be life threatening for a dog, but did you know there are many other foods that are toxic for them? explains that grapes, raisins, caffeine, onions, garlic, and more are all very harmful to dogs. If you have a get-together, remind guests that your pet can’t eat certain foods. The toxicity of these foods is high for dogs so if they do consume them it’s best to let your vet know immediately.

Pool chemicals: If you’re like many dog owners, your pet is just another member of the family. And that means when you spend the day by the pool, Fido is right there with you. That’s actually a really good thing, as swimming is excellent exercise for us humans and our pets, but the chemicals used to clean the pool are extremely dangerous. This guide on pool chemicals describes a few mishaps that can occur with these chemicals. Every pet owner should also know just how dangerous they can be if ingested by a pet. If you suspect your pet has swallowed a pool chemical, get them to the vet immediately and be sure to bring the chemical’s bag or container. Doing so will make it easier for your vet to quickly plan the best course of treatment.

Yard chemicals: These chemicals offer an added challenge. You may think you’re protecting your pet from eating them by properly storing them away, but as notes, in its article on summer safety tips for dogs, you’ll have to do a bit more. The article explains that your dog can easily ingest those chemicals simply by walking on your lawn and then licking their paws. To avoid a sick pet, try treating your lawn with non-toxic substances this year.

Summer should be a fun time for everyone, including our four-legged friends. But it’s up to us to make sure they can fully enjoy it by keeping them away from harmful foods and substances.

Thanks for these great tips Vee – we sure appreciate it.  Aside from watching out for her furry friends, Vee is also known as a wellness coach, personal trainer, and boot-camp instructor. She is also passionate about studying wellness and enjoys sharing her findings on her recently-launched blog. She lives with her family in Kentucky.

Summertime Nap!

Summertime Nap!