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About Carol Bryant

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the Cocker Spaniel world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and a frequently sought-after media contributor with over 15 years’ experience writing and blogging about Cocker Spaniels, dog trends, dogs, and the pet industry. She co-authored Pet Blogging for Love & Money and is the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.

How To Clean A Dog’s Teeth Without Brushing

Let’s face it: Some dogs are nearly impossible for teeth brushing. Fortunately, it is possible to clean a dog’s teeth without brushing so your pooch isn’t stressed out. Dogs, like people, live with a whole lot of bacteria in their mouths. Without taking care of a dog’s teeth and gums, bacteria finds its way into the bloodstream and ultimately,  a dog’s organs.  Not … [Read more...]

Why We Are Pet Blogging After 10 Years: Our Journey

It’s the beginning of a new decade (time flies, doesn’t it) and every year, a group of pet blogging folks get together in cyberspace to share all about their journeys. It’s a time to reflect, look back, share, and plan ahead. Our friends at Go Pet Friendly started this fun idea a decade or so ago, and my good blogging buddy Colby Morita of Puppy In Training picked up the pet … [Read more...]

We Attended The Betty White Friars Club Roast

Betty White is an American icon and dog lover of the highest order. On this 98th birthday celebration, I look back to when I was invited to her 90th birthday celebratory Friars Club roast in New York City. I received a ticket as a member of the pet industry, and what a memorable afternoon it was! Here’s a look back and a behind-the-velvet-ropes peek at who I met, what I saw, … [Read more...]

Why You Should Leave A Dog’s Anal Sacs Alone

Want a client for life? Start expressing their dog's anal sacs. That’s the exact piece of advice a veterinary technician shared with me while having my first Cocker Spaniel’s anal glands expressed during a routine visit. There is definitely a time and a place for anal sacs to be expressed and have all that fishy-smelling material removed from a dog’s scent glands. The … [Read more...]

Dex The Halls 2019 Dog Holiday Contest Winners

It's the most wonderful time of the year and 10 lucky dog holiday photo contest winners have been selected. This is the ninth year Fidose of Reality has hosted a photo contest with a holiday theme. We received hundreds of entries, and our panel of three independent judges had a hard time choosing the top five (we even had a tie!) and the five honorable mentions (so we picked … [Read more...]

Grooming A Cocker Spaniel At Home Tips and Tricks

Grooming a Cocker Spaniel at home is something I wanted to learn for decades. I knew it would be an investment but I’d be able to groom my Cocker by myself. The main reasons I wanted to learn to groom my Cocker is for safety, security, and to take care of his coat needs on my own schedule without having to schlep him to a professional and plunk down $60. It’s worth it, but an … [Read more...]

Pet Blogging For Love And Money Book Tour Giveaway

Pet Blogging For Love & Money is on tour and you are invited to come along. In conjunction with Maggie Marton, I co-authored a book that is making its rounds on the official book tour! Summon the trumpets and toss the confetti! The reason I wanted to write this book is to help pet lovers establish or grow a successful social media presence and/or blog, whether for the … [Read more...]

Best Holiday Gifts For Pet Lovers From Pet Experts

Looking for holiday gifts for pet lovers? You're in the right place! With the holidays in full swing, Fidose of Reality has you covered. Over the past 12 years, we've formed relationships with some of the best pet experts on the planet. They know what holiday gifts pet lovers want. Because these folks are true pet lovers and pet bloggers, you can finish holiday shopping for … [Read more...]

Dex The Halls 2019 Dog Holiday Photo Contest

Happy Holidays and get those cameras ready It's the Dex the Halls 2019 Dog Holiday Photo Contest with FIVE prizes up for grabs totaling $700!!! Here’s the scoop, how to enter, and where to send your photos PLUS check out all the prizes in Santa Fidose’s Bag below! Dog Holiday Photo Contest CLOSED WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, 12/23/19. Thanks to all who entered and good … [Read more...]

The Truth Behind The Merle Cocker Spaniels Controversy

Trying to discuss merle Cocker Spaniels is the canine equivalent of yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre. Panic starts, tempers flare, and chaos ensues. Why is there so much controversy around the breeding of merle Cocker Spaniels and why does it matter?   The Truth About Merle Cocker Spaniels Cocker Spaniels come in three color varieties but there are many … [Read more...]