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Do Overweight Dogs Have Overweight Owners

I lost 40 pounds by gaining 25. During my fast paced life of working part time, attending college as an adult full time, and being a then closeted wife with an active Cocker Spaniel, my eating habits were less than stellar. I did not overeat, but when I did eat, I chose fast food and less than healthy selections. Enter my Cocker Spaniel and she literally got me out of the house, taught me to … [Read More...]

help for fat dog

Do Overweight Dogs Have Overweight Owners

I lost 40 pounds by gaining 25. During my fast paced life of working part time, attending college as an adult full time, and being a then closeted wife with an active Cocker Spaniel, my eating habits were less than stellar. I did not overeat, but when I did eat, I chose fast food and less than healthy selections. Enter my Cocker Spaniel and she literally got me out of the house, taught me to … [Read More...]

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10 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Go to Stores #PetSmartStory

"I train German police dogs. They send them to me, with all this formal training, they are prepared to defend and protect, but they are clueless when it comes to walking into a pet supply store. So I take them to PetSmart® to start getting them used to everyday life, the feeling of the floor on their paws, and how to socialize with people in the general public." Those are the words of an … [Read More...]

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10 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Go to Stores #PetSmartStory

"I train German police dogs. They send them to me, with all this formal training, they are prepared to defend and protect, but they are clueless when it comes to walking into a pet supply store. So I take them to PetSmart® to start getting them used to everyday life, the feeling of the floor on their paws, and how to socialize with people in the general public." Those are the words of an … [Read More...]

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How to Prepare a Dog for Weather Emergencies #NatlPrep

How prepared are you for an emergency evacuation with your pets when time matters? What if there were literally minutes to flee your abode: What would you take? Where would you go? Do you have an emergency pack ready for your dog? Weather emergencies can affect any of us. On August 29, 2005, 10 years ago, the folks in New Orleans faced the fury that was Hurricane Katrina.In her path of fury, … [Read More...]

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How to Prepare a Dog for Weather Emergencies #NatlPrep

How prepared are you for an emergency evacuation with your pets when time matters? What if there were literally minutes to flee your abode: What would you take? Where would you go? Do you have an emergency pack ready for your dog? Weather emergencies can affect any of us. On August 29, 2005, 10 … [Read More...]

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The #NationalDogDay Dog Lover Necklace Giveaway

It is said that every dog gets his (or her) day: And August 26th is National Dog Day: So celebrate, wag with us, and raise a sparkling water bowl in honor of your dog.  And we have a dog lover necklace giveaway! There is no dog that is like yours: Of course, there are millions and millions of … [Read More...]

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dog weather emergency

How to Prepare a Dog for Weather Emergencies #NatlPrep

How prepared are you for an emergency evacuation with your pets when time matters? What if there were literally minutes to flee your abode: What would you take? Where would you go? Do you have an emergency pack ready for your dog? Weather emergencies … [Read More...]

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The #NationalDogDay Dog Lover Necklace Giveaway

It is said that every dog gets his (or her) day: And August 26th is National Dog Day: So celebrate, wag with us, and raise a sparkling water bowl in honor of your dog.  And we have a dog lover necklace giveaway! There is no dog that is like yours: … [Read More...]

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10 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Go to Stores #PetSmartStory

"I train German police dogs. They send them to me, with all this formal training, they are prepared to defend and protect, but they are clueless when it comes to walking into a pet supply store. So I take them to PetSmart® to start getting them used … [Read More...]

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How to Make Money Pet Blogging: And Win Awards!

My heart beats dog.® I mean that so much that I trademarked the quote. If you are like me and have a passion for pets in general, you’ve probably thought about how to take a passion for pets and somehow turn it into profit. My life’s mission is to … [Read More...]

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How to Prevent Kids from Dog Bites

Dog bites child: Dog euthanized. Child moves on. No dog lover wants to see the above headline, yet a whopping seventy nine percent of fatal dog attacks are on children. According to SafetyAroundDogs.org, over eighty seven percent of dog bite … [Read More...]

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Making Photographic Keepsake Memories with Dogs #InspiredbyCrafted

For years, I’ve been telling myself I would print some photographs, get some really eclectic frames to put them in, and together, with my wife, we would update the office and add some new photos to our family tree of memories. We decided once and for … [Read More...]

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Crash Course: What To Do In a Dog Emergency

A dog’s innate curiosity can sometimes lead them to danger. Prompt, calm action on your behalf will help greatly in the event of a dog emergency. Remaining calm yet responsive in your body language is critical, as animals can sense unease. Knowing … [Read More...]

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Cocker Spaniel Finds Moment of Zen with Groom Genie

My dog hates getting brushed. I wish I could find a grooming tool that detangles and also makes the coat look gorgeous on my dog. My dog is okay with getting brushed but he gets a bit anxious. Brushing a dog regularly stimulates the oils in … [Read More...]

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How to Divorce Yourself from the Veterinarian

There are very few relationships a pet parent ever has with another human being when it comes to their dog's well being outside of a veterinarian. It is therefore, incredibly difficult when one must make the concerted decision to divorce themselves … [Read More...]

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Why My Heart Beats Dog®

Years ago at the BlogPaws pet blogging conference, I approached a mural. We were instructed to write something about pets on the mural and that piece of paper would be forever adhered to it. Of all the things racing through my mind, I simply could … [Read More...]

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Surprise A Dog With the Gift of Natural Balance #PetSmartStory

Mommy and Me: That’s what I’ve dubbed the weekly trek my dog takes with his moms to PetSmart® every week. Together, the three of us shop for dog food, treats, and toys. Dexter always loves getting a surprise and looks forward to the check out counter … [Read More...]

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PupScouts Announces Open Call for New Dog Members

The PupScouts want your dog to become a pack member. If you were ever a brownie or Cub Scout, or perhaps a Girl Scout, you know how much fun it can be. Growing up, I was a Brownie and my brother a Cub Scout. I have fond memories of making “sit upons” … [Read More...]

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Why Your Dog May Not Need Yearly Vaccines

Vaccines is a super hot topic in the veterinary medicine world, and with good reason: Many experts believe overvaccination of our pets is harming and/or killing them. As a dog mom whose Cocker Spaniel acquired a mast cell (cancer) tumor at the site … [Read More...]

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Help Dogs Rescued From Horror: Bonus Prize Giveaway

Hell on earth is no place for any dog to call home. Yet, at least 46 dogs, mostly Cocker Spaniels, called a hot barn in the dreadful summer heat of rural Virginia, home for months and months: Maybe longer. We will not show you any graphic or … [Read More...]

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Dog Parent Guide to Lumps on a Dog

A lump appears on your dog. What should you do next? Do not panic but do not sit idly and hope it goes away. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my Cocker Spaniel’s shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her then yearly vaccinations, I felt … [Read More...]

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Prevent Lost Pets $150 PetHub Gift Card Giveaway

One of the worst things that can happen to a pet parent is for their dog to go missing. If your stolen, lost, or missing dog happens to luck out and end up at a shelter, the chances of a reunion with you increase dramatically if that dog is … [Read More...]

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The Big Four Blood Test Dogs Should Have

Medical screening tests are an important part of keeping your dog healthy. No doubt, your dog's veterinarian suggests routine blood work to assess anything that might be happening or brewing in your dog's hematologic chemistry. Is your vet, however, … [Read More...]

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Wigglebutt Warriors Announces Wigglebutts Uncorked Updates

Fidose of Reality has upped the bark on our 2016 gala fundraiser to benefit NYC Second Chance Rescue.  This rescue group was selected as the benefactor of our 2016 red carpet event, Wigglebutts Uncorked, which is a pet-welcoming event for … [Read More...]

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Custom Pet Pottery Dog Photo Contest

There is something to be said for handmade pottery with a dog theme in mind. How many of you love to shop for dog-related items? If I see a unique dog bowl, magnet, ornament, or other dog-inspired item, my eyes light up and I want to learn more. … [Read More...]

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How to Help a Lost Dog

A pet parent's worst nightmare, next to having their pet pass away, is having their pet go missing. Over the past 10 years or so, my spouse and I have helped reunited at least a dozen lost dogs with their frantic families.  The dogs seem to find … [Read More...]