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Win a #TeamDog Spirit Pack for Super Bowl

It's Super Bowl weekend, and that can only mean one thing: People across the globe are tuning in for the commercials, the pigskin, and of course, The Puppy Bowl! Well, our friends at The Lucy Pet Foundation have stepped up with one of the best commercials of this upcoming weekend and WE have the entire clip. Founder of the Lucy Pet Foundation, Joey Herrick, is known to many in the pet world as … [Read More...]

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Six Football Injuries That Dogs Can Get

With Super Bowl fever in the air, one of the worst things that can happen to a football player who is headed for the big game is to be sidelined due to injury. Football is one of the most popular sports played by athletes of all ages, and it leads all other sports in the number of injuries sustained. Humans are not alone in their propensity to injury, whether competing in a stadium or a light … [Read More...]

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Five Ways to Score a Canine Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday

Commercials, buffalo wings, halftime show, penalties and instant replay: These are a few of the elements people across the country will embrace on Super Bowl, Sunday, February 1st. Whether or not you like professional football (and I do), there is a slim chance you can escape the frenzy and hype that is Super Bowl week. No matter what team you cheer for and whether or not football is your … [Read More...]

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Fun Winter Activities for Dogs #AlpoDogBiscuit

Dogs get cabin fever and can get depressed in the winter months, very similar to the way people do. With a little ingenuity, a bit of creativity, and some treats, winter activities for dogs means keeping the pounds off and minds stimulated despite the inability to engage outdoors. Remember the Alpo brand growing up? Alpo recently launched  a new line of treats called Wholesome Biscuits that are … [Read More...]

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Why Do Vet Bills Cost So Much

You show me your bill, I’ll show you mine. My dog's vet bills, that is. There are a few things that are generally off topic for this writer: Namely, politics, religion, and finances. The latter goes out the window when it comes to providing a service of disclosure and information for today’s modern pet parent. In the name of keeping dog moms and dads educated, we’re pulling back the "money" green … [Read More...]

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Six Football Injuries That Dogs Can Get

With Super Bowl fever in the air, one of the worst things that can happen to a football player who is headed for the big game is to be sidelined due to injury. Football is one of the most popular sports played by athletes of all ages, and it leads all other sports in the number of injuries … [Read More...]

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Five Ways to Score a Canine Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday

Commercials, buffalo wings, halftime show, penalties and instant replay: These are a few of the elements people across the country will embrace on Super Bowl, Sunday, February 1st. Whether or not you like professional football (and I do), there is a slim chance you can escape the frenzy and hype … [Read More...]

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Six Football Injuries That Dogs Can Get

With Super Bowl fever in the air, one of the worst things that can happen to a football player who is headed for the big game is to be sidelined due to injury. Football is one of the most popular sports played by athletes of all ages, and it leads … [Read More...]

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Five Ways to Score a Canine Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday

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Anatomy of a Dog with Irritable Bowel Disease: Final Chapter

These are the final pages of the diary of this dog mom who stood in a state of shock, disbelief, and numbing silence as my Cocker Spaniel of nearly 15 years was ushered out of her body. This is the final blog post in this 5-part series about … [Read More...]

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Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 4 of 5

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) took my dog from me way too soon. In writing this 5-part series about this dreaded disease, which sounds nasty, can be, and has the potential to be fatal, I am learning, trying to understand, but find myself mourning the … [Read More...]

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Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 3 of 5

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Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part Two of Five

Irritable Bowel Disease is manageable, but can be complicated to treat, sometimes leads to secondary gastrointestinal issues, and there are dogs who lose their lives to IBD-related issues. I am a dog mom who lost her one-week-shy of 15 years old … [Read More...]

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Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part One of Five

On October 11, 2008, time stopped. My spouse and I stood by as the veterinarian stopped my dog’s heartbeat, thus breaking our hearts in the process.  To the best of my abilities, skills as a journalist, background in the dog world, and with all the … [Read More...]

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Stop Putting Clothes On Dogs

I am the woman whose dog has been fitted for custom couture, fancy clothing, and whose dog wears one-of-a-kind creations to events while I wear “off the rack.” My dog walks the runway. I rent it. It is on this 14th day of January, that … [Read More...]

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“My dog’s eye is bleeding, how could this have happened?” It was the mid 90’s and those are words I said aloud in a busy waiting room. “Look, no one can stay here to watch these dogs all night,” the voice of authority commanded. “You want to … [Read More...]

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10 Touches To Save a Dog’s Life

Dogs make our lives better: They are ready at a moment’s notice to be mood enhancers, help people recover better after a heart attack, and just sitting and petting a dog can make both parties involved feel better. Touching a dog, in fact, can save a … [Read More...]

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Dog Spinal Disease Often Misdiagnosed

Susan Malinao knew her dog was special from the moment she entered her life. Found with her littermates and mother roaming the streets of California, the now nearly 15-year-old dog found a permanent spot in the home and heart of Malinao. If this … [Read More...]

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Call the Vet or Believe Dog Health Info Online?

“I will not believe everything I read online, and I will call my dog’s veterinarian if there are any immediate health concerns or issues that arise with my dog’s health.” The above is the one resolution we ask all Fidose of Reality readers, … [Read More...]

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Top 15 Dog Lover Moments of 2014

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Winners 2014 Fidose Dog Holiday Photo Contest

The Fourth Annual Fidose of Reality Holiday Dog Photo Contest with over $700 in prizes has come to a close, and bow wow wow, did you all set the bar(k) high for adorable photos: From dogs playing with toys to puppies on Santa's lap, one thing's for … [Read More...]

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Do Not Wish Pit Bulls a Merry Christmas

Have a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays  unless you are a pit bull, pit bull mix, or a Rottweiler. That's right: Do not wish Pit Bulls a Merry Christmas. Oh and have a Merry Christmas but do NOT wish a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy … [Read More...]

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Fun Winter Activities for Dogs #AlpoDogBiscuit

Dogs get cabin fever and can get depressed in the winter months, very similar to the way people do. With a little ingenuity, a bit of creativity, and some treats, winter activities for dogs means keeping the pounds off and minds stimulated despite … [Read More...]

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Chick Lit with a Canine Twist Scores

Chick lit with a canine twist: If this sounds like your cup of’ terrier tea, read on. When Susan Daffron was named a Fidose of Reality Paw-er Woman in 2011, she told us, “If you love writing and you love pets, writing about pets doesn’t feel like … [Read More...]

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How to Say No To the Veterinarian

One of the most stressful things a dog parent can say to a veterinarian is no.  The vet is a trusted source who holds your dog’s life in the palm in their hands: At least that’s how I view our dog’s veterinarian. No matter how much your dog’s … [Read More...]

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Fidose of Reality 2014 Pawer Women

There are many women in the pet industry who, simply stated, rock. They make a difference, they are folks you should follow, read, get to know, and whose advice/presence/knowledge goes above the norm. Fidose of Reality celebrates these women with our … [Read More...]

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How to Stop a Dog Who Pees for Revenge

My dog pees in the house for revenge because he is alone all day. He pees for revenge. My dog pees in the house to get even with me for going out without him. He pees for revenge. Which of the above statements are true? Here’s a photo of a … [Read More...]