Help: I Accidentally Hurt My Dog

I hurt my dog. I accidentally hurt my dog. I did not do it on purpose, not because I am a bad dog mom, but I feel horrific when something happens to my dog in my care. There are things that dog parents do that we internalize, repeat over and over in our heads, and just cannot seem to “shake” off. If you've ever accidentally hurt your dog or your dog was injured in your care (or … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs Mental Stimulation (and Contest)

Do you remember the days of playing board games...long before video games came along? Your dog needs mental stimulation, too. As a child of the 70's and a teenager of the 80's, board games were a staple in our household.  I know my parents used to tell us to "stop fighting" and go play Monopoly, Trouble, CandyLand, or Battleship. Imagine if your dog could have the same fun on … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Keep Dogs Active in Winter #PinnacleHealthyPets

Dogs get cabin fever and can get the blues in the winter months, very much like people can. Contrary to popular belief that colder weather means less activity for dogs (and people), using a a little ingenuity, a bit of creativity, and some treats, winter activities for dogs means keeping the pounds off and minds stimulated. Here are 8 ways to keep dogs active in … [Read more...]

Dog Trick or Dog Treat $1000 Prizes Giveaway #TrickorTreatDogs

It's dog trick and dog treat time! Two things are at the epitome of our blog: Health and wellness for dogs. Part of keeping your dog healthy involves his or her mental well being. Despite the adage that you "can't teach an old dog new tricks," we say phooey! Dogs of any age can learn new tricks: It just takes a little gentle coaxing, working within the dog's overall state of … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Go to Stores #PetSmartStory

"I train German police dogs. They send them to me, with all this formal training, they are prepared to defend and protect, but they are clueless when it comes to walking into a pet supply store. So I take them to PetSmart® to start getting them used to everyday life, the feeling of the floor on their paws, and how to socialize with people in the general public." Those are … [Read more...]

Creative Dog Games with Kibble #InspiredByCrafted

I am the world's worst cook. Seriously, I am one of the worst cooks in the world, and long-time readers of this blog know all too well about my culinary misgivings. I am so bad that the folks at The Food Network wanted me to appear as a contestant on their popular television show, Worst Cooks in America (click here to read why I said no).  Just because I lack cooking expertise … [Read more...]

The Post for Anyone Who Talks to Their Dog

Dogs are our confidants. With purpose and sometimes without intent, we tell our dogs things that would almost never be uttered to another human being (at least not to their faces). We also tell them mundane things -- anything and everything, actually. So why do we do it? Do we believe our dogs "get" what we say? Do you talk to your dog? For me, it’s a little of both. I’m … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Score a Canine Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday

Commercials, buffalo wings, halftime show, penalties and instant replay: These are a few of the elements people across the country will embrace on Super Bowl, Sunday, February 1st. Whether or not you like professional football (and I do), there is a slim chance you can escape the frenzy and hype that is Super Bowl week. No matter what team you cheer for and whether or not … [Read more...]

A Pit Bull, A Christian, and a Lesbian Walk Into a Bar

What would happen if a Pit Bull, a Christian, and a lesbian walked into a bar? It sort of sounds like the set up for an off-color joke and it’s pretty much what it felt like when this tweet crossed my feed: “This has been an historic and momentous amount of work involved, started for 1 little disabled girl's dog.” In that moment, I wasn’t labeled, the Pit Bull wasn’t … [Read more...]

How to Entertain a Dog After Surgery

My dog is recovering from surgery and there isn't much I can do with him to keep him stimulated. After all, he is on strict rest orders, no jumping, no playing, and certainly no long walks or running at the park. So we are stuck for four months and my dog won't have stimulation. That was then and oh so long ago and does not apply to me and my dog in the least. Now we have ways … [Read more...]