About Fidose of Reality

Welcome to the pack! Fidose of Reality is a blog all about better living for Cocker Spaniels and their canine friends.

If your heart beats dog® then you’ve landed in the right place. My heart beats dog® so much that I trademarked that and wear it permanently on my left bicep.

I’m Carol Bryant, a Cocker Spaniel expert and dog health and wellness writer with over 30 years of experience including:

  • Immediate Past President of the Dog Writers Association of America
  • Member of the American Spaniel Club, established in 1881
  • Trained as a Cocker Spaniel groomer
  • Training and tutelage of Cocker Spaniels with notable breeders and dog trainers
  • Active attendance and media coverage at AKC professional dog shows
  • Founder, Club Cocker, a highly engaged Facebook group about Cocker Spaniels, their health, and well-being
  • Two-time winner of Best Dog Blog from the Dog Writers Association of America
  • Trusted authority and pet industry resource in articles from CNN to Yahoo, Dogster to Today.com, podcasts, radio shows, and television appearances
  • Author of hundreds of articles on Cocker Spaniels and dog health, wellness, behavior, lifestyle, travel, dog shows, and current events

What is Fidose of Reality?

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.

I provide accurate and well-researched Cocker Spaniel and canine information to help pet parents make informed decisions. You can trust the content we provide, as all resources and sources interviewed are provided.

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. She inspired me to live life in the moment, teach others what I know, and be true to myself.

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 Leave 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

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

Why Cocker Spaniels?

 My heart beats dog®, and truth be told, it thumps with extra beats in a canine rhythm for American Cocker Spaniels. As a 30+-year veteran of the Cocker Spaniel world, I am often asked about this stunning breed.

“What I like about your articles is how they help me ask my veterinarian questions,” says f Naomi Lukaszewski, foster mom to 140 Cocker Spaniels. “You are the Google of Cocker Spaniels.

Cockers are clingy, funny, smart, and true foodies. They aren’t fond of being alone or cheap to care for. Cockers wrap themselves around my heart and make me a better person. I love all dogs, but my heart sings for Cocker Spaniels.

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    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.