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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...]

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...]

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...]

Best 24 Christmas Countdown Dog Advent Calendar Ideas

We love incorporating our dog into holiday traditions and that includes a dog advent calendar.  Fortunately, there's a countdown to Christmas advent calendar for just about everyone in the family, and that includes dogs.  In the past few years, I'm all about shopping mostly on my computer. I am not fond of long lines, fighting crowds, looking for a parking space, … [Read more...]

Here’s How Fish Oil For Dogs Can Help Your Pooch

When is the last time you saw an online ad or had someone tell you that fish oil for dogs is the next big thing? I mean, do dogs really need all those fancy vitamin and supplement mixes and additives that seem to be dominating the pet industry these days? Yes and no. High atop our list of supplements our dog gets on a daily basis is fish oil. Here’s the catch: not all fish … [Read more...]

Pet Blogging For Love And Money Book Is A Must Have

When I first started my pet blogging and social media journey well over a decade ago, I went looking for a book on the topic but came up empty-handed. Looking back, I can’t imagine how different my life would be if I had a thorough resource to guide me on my pet blogging journey, avoid pitfalls, and show me how to make money with it. Fast forward to the present day, and … [Read more...]

Cocker Spaniels Are Like Potato Chips, You Can’t Have Just One

Cocker Spaniels are like potato chips: you can’t have only one. Kindergarten teacher Naomi Lukaszewski has a passion for the breed but she certainly cannot own over 100 of these adorable dogs. She did the next best thing to embrace her love of the breed while saving lives. Naomi Lukaszewski and her husband Dan have fostered 111 dogs to date and they have no plans to slow … [Read more...]