dexterdecals

Personalized Pet Products You Haven’t Seen

Readers of this blog will know I am a dog product junkie: Self-admitted, card-carrying member of the "Yes, that has Cocker on it, I gotta have" it club. I am she who has seen it all, oogled it all, purchased a great deal of it. Then two personalized pet products stopped me in my tracks. Jen DeHaan of Stylish Canine designs graphics from scratch, yet when you get them home and wear them/use … [Read More...]

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The Truth About Brushing a Dog’s Teeth

Do you keep your dog's teeth clean? Is it a real pain in the butt to do so? I mean, it takes time, a smaller toothbrush, special toothpaste, getting the dog used to it, and then what if the dog puts up a fuss or fight? I mean, why bother: It's work, right? The truth about brushing a dog's teeth is that is it easy peasy. Imagine now, your dog on death's doorstep, and if you had taken the time to … [Read More...]

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Five Things Pet Rescue Groups Do Wrong

Good rescue groups and organizations do not get enough credit for the painstaking, gut wrenching, heartfelt labor of love that goes into every effort in which they are involved. I am indirectly involved in dog rescue: Though I am not on the front lines, I am behind the scenes and involved in the fundraising and social media aspect of dog rescue. There are things, however, that some pet rescue … [Read More...]

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Meet Fidose of Reality and Win Prizes

Fidose of Reality is going from sea to shining sea for a third dog-friendly trek across America. We’ve been traveling with a dog by our side for every single road trip, vacation, and mostly every conference destination for well over 20 years.  This year, we’re making pit stops, visiting a variety of hotels, embarking on a pet-friendly conference, and doing touristy things that allow dogs. We … [Read More...]

dexterdecals

Personalized Pet Products You Haven’t Seen

Readers of this blog will know I am a dog product junkie: Self-admitted, card-carrying member of the "Yes, that has Cocker on it, I gotta have" it club. I am she who has seen it all, oogled it all, purchased a great deal of it. Then two personalized pet products stopped me in my tracks. Jen DeHaan of Stylish Canine designs graphics from scratch, yet when you get them home and wear them/use … [Read More...]

dog breeds

The Reality of Dog Breed Origins

Tracing back through Fido’s family tree, do the branches extend where one might believe or are there a few misnomers scattered among the doggy forest? Registries, breeding and lines aside, the roots of many breeds as we know them today run deeper and in different directions than many surmise. Did you ever wonder the reality of some dog breed origins? Is the Havanese from Cuba? (yes). Does the … [Read More...]

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Preserve the Memory of a Beloved Dog Contest

Have you ever loved a dog oh so very much and then one day, that time comes and they pass on, leaving you shattered in a million little pieces? I know that feeling oh so well. I wish there was a way to preserve the memory of a dog we will love forever while maintaining the dog's dignity and precious … [Read More...]

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dexterdecals

Personalized Pet Products You Haven’t Seen

Readers of this blog will know I am a dog product junkie: Self-admitted, card-carrying member of the "Yes, that has Cocker on it, I gotta have" it club. I am she who has seen it all, oogled it all, purchased a great deal of it. Then two personalized … [Read More...]

dog breeds

The Reality of Dog Breed Origins

Tracing back through Fido’s family tree, do the branches extend where one might believe or are there a few misnomers scattered among the doggy forest? Registries, breeding and lines aside, the roots of many breeds as we know them today run deeper and … [Read More...]

heart jewelry

Preserve the Memory of a Beloved Dog Contest

Have you ever loved a dog oh so very much and then one day, that time comes and they pass on, leaving you shattered in a million little pieces? I know that feeling oh so well. I wish there was a way to preserve the memory of a dog we will love … [Read More...]

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Springtime Dog Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Easter/Spring dog photo contest was a huge success, and Fidose of Reality thanks each and every one of you for submitting a photo. Once again, our judges had a tough time choosing just three winners. In reality, all of your dogs are winners and … [Read More...]

cute dog

Five Things Pet Rescue Groups Do Wrong

Good rescue groups and organizations do not get enough credit for the painstaking, gut wrenching, heartfelt labor of love that goes into every effort in which they are involved. I am indirectly involved in dog rescue: Though I am not on the front … [Read More...]

two cute dogs

Meet Fidose of Reality and Win Prizes

Fidose of Reality is going from sea to shining sea for a third dog-friendly trek across America. We’ve been traveling with a dog by our side for every single road trip, vacation, and mostly every conference destination for well over 20 years.  This … [Read More...]

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Five Products Dog Groomers Hide From Clients

Are a dog mom or a dog dad who takes their pooch to the groomer on a semi-regular occasion? Or perhaps you need to get his or her nails trimmed. At the very least, Fluffy needs a bath from time to time, right? Did you know there are probably at least … [Read More...]

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Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof April Announcements

Go big: That's the Wigglebutt Warriors mantra. For those unfamiliar, Wigglebutt Warriors is the fundraising arm of Fidose of Reality. Every year, we host a huge fundraising gala to benefit OBG Cocker Rescue, and you and your dog (or cat or ferret) or … [Read More...]

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Yams Trump Dog Jerky

My dog is a fusspot when it comes to treats and he absolutely refuses to eat vegetables. Time and again, I read stories of dog moms and dads who give their dogs green beans or raw carrots as a snack. Meanwhile, my anti-vegite dog turns his cute … [Read More...]

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Ramifications of a Coming Out as a Gay Dog Mom

I am a gay married woman who just so happens to love dogs more than the air I breathe. So I made a career out of that love. I've been with my wife for over 20 years. There are ramifications that occurred after coming out as a gay dog mom. Three … [Read More...]

cocker spaniel

The Truth About Brushing a Dog’s Teeth

Do you keep your dog's teeth clean? Is it a real pain in the butt to do so? I mean, it takes time, a smaller toothbrush, special toothpaste, getting the dog used to it, and then what if the dog puts up a fuss or fight? I mean, why bother: It's work, … [Read More...]

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Dog Euthanasia and Veterinary Responsibilties

What responsibility does a veterinarian have to the client of a pet who is about to undergo euthanasia? This is a piece I have struggled to write for a number of months, as over five years have passed since having to make that decision for my last … [Read More...]

easter_dogs

10 Spring Fling Easter Activities For Dogs

In many social circles, I am considered to be the lady who takes her dog just about everywhere with her, and this is a fact of which I am very proud. My spouse, in fact, shares that lifestyle choice and we relish it. Engaging in dog-friendly holiday … [Read More...]

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Eight Things I Learned About Social Media From My Dog

The social media landscape is an ever-changing, forever growing, and "how the heck can I keep up with it" medium to which we are attracted every day. If "we" learned anything in these several years of pet blogging, it's that there are at least eight … [Read More...]

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April is Heartworm Awareness Month

Heartworms kill a great number of dogs. In fact, the American Heartworm Society reports that more than one million dogs currently have heartworm disease. They also report that heartworm is a serious canine and feline health concern that threatens … [Read More...]