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What Is Life Really Like For A Cocker Spaniel Show Dog?

In the show ring, Cocker Spaniels are game on and dress to impress with their gorgeous flowing coats. Judges reward the Cocker Spaniel that best conforms to the breed’s standard at a dog show. In order to do this, the judge must be intimately aware of that particular breed’s qualities. A dedicated Cocker Spaniel owner knows there’s a life inside and outside the dog show … [Read more...]

Should Dogs Have Vegetables Added To Their Diet?

Dogs should have fresh food as part of a healthy diet includes feeding vegetables. However, there are some vegetables dogs can eat and others to avoid. I’ve been feeding my dog veggies for close to 10 years without ever cutting a cucumber or slicing a carrot. Yes, dogs can and should have vegetables added to their diet, but it isn’t as hard or time-consuming as you might … [Read more...]

Can My Cocker Spaniel Catch Coronavirus (And Spread It)?

Can my Cocker Spaniel catch coronavirus? Dogs are members of the family so our readers want to know if dogs can catch, transmit, or carry the coronavirus, or COVID-19. “There have not been any reports of companion or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 and currently there is no evidence that they play a significant epidemiological role in this human disease,” … [Read more...]

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 problem … [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...]

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...]