About Fidose of Reality

I’m Carol, and my heart beats dog® so much that I trademarked that and wear it permanently on my left bicep.

Fidose of Reality launched in 2010 to cut through all the malarkey of the worldwide dog park that is the internet. And there’s a lot of nonsense and misinformation online.

As a modern dog parent, you deserve well-researched information, expert commentary, and hands-on tips. You want your dog to live a long, happy, healthy life, and so do I.

The lifespan of a dog is short compared to us humans. In their time on earth, dogs deserve the best food, treats, accessories, and medical care. Since dogs can’t make their own decisions (yet), this blog is your helpful guide and truth-teller.

Carol Bryant dog tattoo

Canine Roots

Fidose of Reality didn’t happen by chance. Loving dogs is easy. Learning about their care is tricky. Everyone’s got an opinion.

My goal of helping get the truth out to pet parents kicked into high gear on the passing of my first Cocker Spaniel, Brandy Noel. I switched from medical writing to pet writing and never looked back.

I never do anything in half measures. The next 15 years of my life is a potpourri of road trips to pet industry trade shows, speaking with hundreds if not thousands of pet professionals, covering dog shows, being a media resource, appearing in the press, and learning the ins, outs, and beyond of being a responsible pet parent.

There’s a reason all of us are on this earth. Mine is to help Cocker Spaniels and their canine friends through my words and actions.

My heart beats dog®, and it sings in perfect rhythm for Cocker Spaniels.

Fun fact: Dogster covered my Club Cocker Facebook group. Come on over and join!

Carol Bryant with Celebrities

Where My Cocker Spaniels and I Left Pawprints

When my Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, and I appeared on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King Show, she introduced me as a ‘dog lover of the highest order.’

Best introduction and best compliment ever.

Carol Bryant on Oprah Radio

This blog won the 2020 and 2021 Dog Writers Association of America Blog of the Year.

The Associated Press came calling when writing a story about dog-friendly travel.

Here’s a collection of our television, digital, print, radio, and podcast appearances and articles from CNN to Yahoo, Dogster to Today.com:

Publication List

Media Room

Oprah cocker spaniel
Carol and Dexter with Gayle King on Oprah Radio

Fidose of Reality Followers

In their own words, here’s what some of our followers have to say:

Get In Touch

Pet Parents and Media: Connect with me on our Contact Page.

Brands: Please connect with me through our Advertising and Sponsorship page.

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I’m new here. Where do I start?

You can head over to our Get Started page for more information and posts to read first.

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Do you help dogs in need?

As part of my advocacy for dogs in need, my wife and I co-founded Wigglebutt Warriors, crusading to save dogs’ lives. We’ve raised over $100,000 for dogs in need over the years and helped dozens of dogs find forever homes. Wigglebutt Warriors

Why Cocker Spaniels?

I fell in love with Cocker Spaniels as a little girl after seeing one in “The Big Book of Dogs.” She had a flower in her hair, gently positioned right behind her ear. I wanted one.​

Many Cockers end up in shelters when they turn 7 or 8, and the health problems start. I believe knowledge is power, and power saves lives.