How to Groom Your Dog At Home

I’ve always wanted to learn to groom my dog from home but I never knew where to learn.  Have you ever considered how to groom your dog at home? After months of Internet research and talking to colleagues in the pet industry, the options came down to attending a school in person, watching and reading things online related to dog grooming, and/or partaking in a qualified home … [Read more...]

Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest 2016 Winners

WOW, did you all step up your holiday photo game! The Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest 2016 received the most entries ever to date, and we've been hosting this contest for many years. Thanks to every single one of you for entering your dogs into the photo contest. You all are truly top dog, but alas, our panel of three independent judges (and I am not one of them), narrowed it … [Read more...]

Behind the Velvet Ropes of 2016 National Dog Show

This Thanksgiving is going to the dogs once more. In true time-honored tradition, NBC will present the 15th anniversary edition of its popular holiday special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” on Thanksgiving Day (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones), Nov. 24, following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” The dog show is a yearly viewing tradition … [Read more...]

Arlington Dog Friendly No More

Arlington National Cemetery is a dog-friendly historic slice of history where you are welcome to bring your well-behaved, leashed dog. Arlington National Cemetery, located in the northern part of Virginia and bordering Washington D.C., is the final resting place of more than 300,000 people. Beginning with the American Revolution, veterans from each of our nation’s wars along … [Read more...]

Dog Halloween Photo Contest Winners 2016

The winners of the Sixth Annual Fidose of Reality Dog Halloween Photo Contest have been selected.  Bow wow, did you all ever up the bark and the bar for originality, creativity, and fun!  Your dogs tolerated the costumes, so now go take them for a romp outside, treat them to a fun play session, or maybe a long tummy rub. They are great sports for allowing everyone to do … [Read more...]

Teaching Your Dog To Move Trick or Treat Giveaway

Is your dog ever underfoot or in your way and you accidentally run into him or her or even trip?  Teaching your dog to move out of the way and to do so politely for you, the dog mom or dad, is a fun and bonding experience for human and canine. You will also impress people when they see your dog politely step aside when you say aloud, “excuse me.” Just for stopping by and … [Read more...]

100 Halloween Costume Ideas for Dogs

Halloween has gone to the dogs! If you landed on this post, you are looking for Halloween costume ideas for dogs (or just want to see what others are doing). You’re in for a treat…and maybe a few tricks, too. According to the National Retail Federation, in 2015, Americans spent about $350 million on costumes. For every $3 we spent on a kid’s costume, $1 will be spent on an … [Read more...]

Dog Halloween Photo Contest 2016 Edition

Broomsticks, ghosts, candy corn, falling leaves, scary music: It's that time!!!! It's the Sixth Annual Fidose of Reality Dog Halloween Photo Contest! Entering is easy, prizes are fab, and all dogs are welcomed: past and present. Two entries per person are allowed: This means two pictures per person. Deadline to submit entries is 10/27/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Email your … [Read more...]

The Bigot and the Butterfly

This is the story of the bigot and the butterfly and it does involve dogs. Why oh why do people who have nothing nice to say choose to verbalize disdain for my dog in a public setting? This dog blog is all about health, wellness, and a dose of humor now and then, too. This includes emotional and mental well being, so when a bigot recently crossed my path: First thwarting … [Read more...]

Stop CyberBullying My Dog Online

It’s not just my dog: It’s your dog and it’s the millions and millions of dogs worldwide. There’s an epidemic and like fleas, unless it’s treated, it’s going to spread. Cyberbullying has gone to the dogs. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Cyberbulling is all one word, by the way: You don’t separate the means (cyber) from the abhorrent … [Read more...]