Gift Guide: Dog Lover Items

My Heart Beats Dog®, does yours? Do you know someone who is a dog lover to his or her very core? Maybe you are a dog lover of the highest order (if you are, you are in good company here). Why not treat yourself and/or the dog lover in your life with some clever gift giving? One of the most fun aspects of being a dog journalist is discovering new items for dog lovers. One of … [Read more...]

How Can I Train My Dog to Like Car Rides? #GrabTheLeash

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Therabis™. The opinions and text are all mine. My dog hates car rides and he shakes, pants, whines, and is so upset. How can I train my dog to like car rides? I've been traveling with a dog for over 25 years, from sea to shining sea. Fortunately, my dogs have been fans of a car ride; other dog parents are … [Read more...]

Safe Ways to Prevent Fleas and Ticks 2017 Edition

We hate fleas and ticks but we hate the toxic chemicals to eliminate fleas and ticks even more. Fidose of Reality is all about sharing safe ways to prevent fleas and ticks. Fidose of Reality is all Here’s our reality: A topical chemical flea and tick preventative treatment burned the hair off my dog (it never grew back) and caused what I believe to be the beginning of her … [Read more...]

Latest Dog Trends in the Pet Industry

We came, we saw, we roamed, we conquered the dog trends. At Global Pet Expo, more than 1,000 companies from around the world showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. The Show features 13 football fields’ worth of pet products, more than 3,000 product-launches and 150 … [Read more...]

Homemade Banana Dog Treat Collection

Yum, homemade banana dog treat time! When it comes to cooking, Carol Can’t Cook. I want to make healthy desserts to give my dog, but some things are just not meant to be. I love bananas and want my dog to snack on banana infused dog treats, too. For those who have been following the Fidose of Reality blog for any length of time, you know that I pretty much can burn water.  I … [Read more...]

Am I Making My Dog Sick? #WeBelieveinNB

“Am I making my dog sick?” I will never forget the story told by a veterinary technician to me several years ago that opened with that line. The dog mom was so distraught that one small but mighty inaction caused her dog to get sick to the point of hospitalization. Dog Food Ruled Out The type of food she fed her dog, and still does (the dog survived) was not the … [Read more...]

Dog Lover Items You Might Have Missed

I’m coming out: To be a dog lover means dog products stop me in my tracks. Seriously, I could be walking the aisles of a pet supply store or doing some late night browsing online, and if I stumble upon dog-themed goodies for people, my credit card ends up smoking. In my dog-friendly travels, I’ve met many other dog moms and dog dads who have this same affliction, or is that … [Read more...]

How to Test Your Dog for Genetic Diseases

Science has come a long way, and that includes cutting edge insights into the health conditions that might affect our beloved dogs. Imagine if you could test your dog for genetic diseases whether that dog is from a rescue, a shelter, a foster, or a breeder. Imagine that during that genetic screening that you could determine your dog's ancestry, as in what breeds comprise your … [Read more...]

How To Determine if Your Dog Has Tummy Troubles #WeBelieveinNB

Dogs will sometimes hide their stomach pain due to their instinctive survival nature. There are many ways dogs react or don’t when it comes to tummy troubles, but Fidose of Reality is here to get inside a dog’s mind and turn the spotlight on this topic. Here are some ways to determine if your dog has tummy troubles and a crash course in being a dog parent detective to help them … [Read more...]

How to Groom Your Dog At Home

I’ve always wanted to learn to groom my dog from home but I never knew where to learn.  Have you ever considered how to groom your dog at home? After months of Internet research and talking to colleagues in the pet industry, the options came down to attending a school in person, watching and reading things online related to dog grooming, and/or partaking in a qualified home … [Read more...]