Five last minute gift ideas for dog lovers

The dogs must be all set for the holidays now. Bone: check. New squeaky toy: Check. Stocking ready for Santa Paws: Check. Dog lovers, unite. Got some last minute items still to purchase for the dog lover in your life? How about a few feel-good items that will give any dog lover a big holiday warm fuzzy feeling: * Live Love Wag: How cute is that? The gal who does these … [Read more...]

Eight dog books to read, give as gifts, or both

A great stack of eight. Turn the Kindles off, power down the Ipad. Here are eight great page turners for some holiday thought and joy. Here are eight dog books we love: 1.Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food,by Ann N. Martin. Changed the way I looked dog food, how I prepared it, and the horrors of what is legally allowed to be in it.   2. Oogy, The Dog … [Read more...]

Five Dog Lover Stocking Stuffers Under $15 Bucks

Remember those items received for the holidays when we were kids that were necessary yet tossed to the side of the pile? To dogs, some stocking stuffers are the “socks” of the human gift-giving world.  I am referring to the kinds of presents dog moms and dogs would like to have and use but the ones that Rover or Rambo might otherwise ponder, “what, I can’t eat it? Then what … [Read more...]

Going Green to Keep Dogs Safe and Healthy: Tips from an expert

Think about it: your dog spends most of his time at home, so he’s surrounded by whatever chemicals you use to clean it. If your dog has environmental allergies, those can be triggered even indoors by the allergens you and your dog bring inside. Dogs who lick food off the kitchen floor also lick up whatever you use to clean it. Finally, there are so many unfamiliar ingredients … [Read more...]

Top Nine Funky Holiday Gifts for Dogs

Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg. There was always one kid in school who sang that line in lieu of is traditional version. And there are always companies who share their holiday gift-giving wares for dogs with a bit of an off-the-beaten-path marketing idea. As a dog product aficionado, here are nine holiday gifts for dogs sure to make you tilt your head sideways … [Read more...]

Who will win? The FUR DRY by Furminator or Dexter the Dog? Place your bets!

Wet dog smell: One of the few displeasures in the aromatic department as a dog parent. How about wet dog after a romp outside, a bath and said wet dog decides to get a case of the “zoomies.” You know, that run-around-the-house-in-a frenzied-state in which freshly bathed dogs often engage. SO who will win: the Fur Dry or my dog? When the folks at Furminator asked us to try … [Read more...]

Pawer Women: Starting a dog-oriented business: Pet fashions: Part 1 of 10

Fidose of Reality is proud to present a 10-part series entitled, Pawer Women.  We are focusing on successful business women who are in some way involved with dogs and making a difference. Maybe you’ve considered a career related to dogs but aren’t sure where to start, need some encouragement, resources or just a paw in the right direction. For those involved in the business … [Read more...]

Fab 5 Fidose of Reality Doggie Bag Items

Wish you could find out some cool things for dogs but not sure where to go, who to talk to, if anyone has heard of them? Enter Fidose of Reality. We’ll be regularly showcasing items for dogs that are pretty cool, fun, helpful and worth you nosing into. Here are some of the items in our doggie bag. Itchy paws: Now and again, Dexter has itchy paws. Change of food, new shampoo … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Grieving Dog Mom

by: Carol Bryant There’s a hole in my heart where whole used to be. Those were the first words that came to mind when I sat down today to write this piece about grief, the power it spews into one’s life whether we want it or not. The great Emily Dickinson wrote so many passages about death, yet one resonates over and over, “Forever is composed of nows.” It certainly is. Are … [Read more...]

Four products to keep fleas and ticks off dogs

Ten minutes until the store is closing. Shoppers, please bring all purchases to the front registers for checkout,” the PA system beckoned recently at my local pet supply store. Rewind 15 years and last call had a completely different connotation. Now, I’m being thwarted out of the toys and leashes aisle at 8:50 p.m. but happier than I’ve ever been, too. As part of the … [Read more...]