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Five things to do with your dog on Thanksgiving

Happy Holiday and that includes the family dog, our beloved canines, our furry friends. Got that turkey roasting and need to give Fido something to do and/or need a fix of Fido while you celebrate and gather together? Here are some fun things to do with, for and about our favorite topic at Fidose of Reality: DOGS! (on Thanksgiving) Watch Mishka "The I Love You" talking dog … [Read more...]

How do I introduce my dog to a new baby?

Babies, the saying goes, complete a household, make life worth living, and bring a sense of joy and vibrancy, hope and promise of a bright future. They also bring change in routine and a complete upheaval of lifestyle for others in the family. Older siblings might initially show resentment towards a new baby taking the spotlight away from what was once theirs: Your sole … [Read more...]

Top 9 tips for traveling with dogs

Vacation: Those eight letters that so many of us pine for, perhaps once a year or perhaps a weekend getaway. For many canine owners, hitting the open road with an excursion in mind can also mean thirteen other letters: No Dogs Allowed! Traveling with dogs can be done and we have some tips. Fortunately, you are an owner who wants to take the family dog(s) along, hence the … [Read more...]

Things to do with your dog on rainy days

Yesterday we talked about what to do if you've got a chubby puppy, a husky Husky, or simply stated: a portly pooch. But what to do about rainy days and the impending winter season? Historically we all put on extra weight in the winter months, right? Not necessarily. Rainy days and winter days need not mean boredom. Unto each life a little rain must fall, but that doesn’t … [Read more...]

On The Road With Rover – Car Safety for your Dog

Every so often I see a dog riding in the car with its head out a back window or even worse, being held so it doesn’t jump out the front window.  Knowing how dangerous these things are, I’ve been meaning to write an article about car safety for some time now.  But after learning of two incidents this week involving people I know I now feel it’s my responsibility.  Each of these … [Read more...]

How your dog can earn CGC and pass the Canine Good Citizen test

My dog was awarded Canine Good Citizen status by the AKC  and it happened purely on a whim. He never took a class to train for it, we didn’t practice the specific elements of the test previously, and only on prompting of family and friends did we decide to try it. The fee is $10 to test. Though the status is awarded to the dog and honors the commitment of the owner to train … [Read more...]

How to prevent dog bites

Dogs can bite. Not all of them, not to intentionally cause us grief, but there are dogs who bite. There are ways to prevent dog bites. I asked Dr. Pam Reid about dog bite prevention. Dr. Pam Reid is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (C.A.A.B.), and currently serves as Vice President of the Animal Behavior Center in ASPCA Animal Health Services. Dr. Reid is not only a … [Read more...]

Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Dogs Who Communicate

For those of you who have loved and lost a beloved pet, a furry family member, I have been there, done that, and can empathize and sympathize with your array of emotions and intense grief. For me, it doesn’t get easier. As my friend Arlene writes, “Time acts as sandpaper to smooth out the rough edges.” The pain, however, is there. That hollow gut-wrenching realization. It’s … [Read more...]

Dog Who Sees With His Heart

Never underestimate the spirit of a dog. Do you know a dog who sees with his heart? I sure do. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a CockerPalooza event. Say what? Indeed, a group of people and their cocker spaniels convene to chat, share wigglebutt stories and simply enjoy each other’s company of the human and canine variety. One of the many stories that emerged on … [Read more...]