The Great Dog Breeder Vs Rescue Debate

There are a few myths out there about getting a dogs from breeders. With a name like FiDOSE of Reality, of course, we need to dispel them.  Thus, the great dog breeder vs rescue debate is an age-old one. I've fostered dogs and advocate for rescuing dogs in need. Every year I fundraise to help dogs in need who have been abandoned, neglected, abused, and/or dumped. My dog, … [Read more...]

Wigglebutt Warriors Announce 2014 Fundraiser Gala

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Olde Towne Pet Resort in Sterling, Virginia will play host to “Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof,” where Dexterwill walk the red “paw-pet” with 100 of their shining star guests.   This gala is pet-friendly!!!  The hours of the gala are 6 pm est to 10:30 pm est. WIGGLEBUTTS GO HOLLYWOOF DETAILS Guests will be treated … [Read more...]

Do You Have a Bucket List for Your Dog?

A few years ago, the movie The Bucket List starred Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as men who listed the things they wanted to do before they died. This got me to thinking: What about our dogs? If dogs had their way, what would they put on a bucket list? Dogs already live carefree and in the moment, so what exactly would go on that list? Holding my little girl as she … [Read more...]

Getting Inside Your Dog’s Mind with Dognition

Did you ever wish you could get inside your dog’s mind and figure out just what they are thinking? As a dog lover of the highest order, these are things that run through my mind. I am not alone in this. Combine one part dog and one part cognition and you’ve got Dognition. An article on LiveScience.com recently revealed that a few European inventors received funding to … [Read more...]

Five Must-Try Winter Group Games for Dogs

Brrrrr. If you live anywhere in the northeastern part of the country, you echo that sentiment with us. The snow is falling and the mercury is dropping, but Rover’s roaming for play. With a little ingenuity and a bit of resourcefulness, you can heighten your pet’s sense of winter fun and frivolity with the following tried-and-true indoor festive games for dogs. When our mascot, … [Read more...]

Do Bad People Raise Thin Dogs?

“I had no idea my dog didn’t weigh enough. Am I a bad person?” She wants to know if bad people raise thin dogs and is asking me??? Oh boy. This is the note I received from a very loving, caring, dog mom a few months ago. Let’s call the dog mom "Wanda" for sake of anonymity. Wanda has a few dogs and she engages in many activities with them, has a pet sitter when she is away, … [Read more...]

How to Help a Fat Dog

According to a study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all U.S. dogs and cats are obese. It’s an epidemic. So when my darling  (and devouring) Dexter dined a little too heavily, the vet issued me a stern reprimand. Gulp! A fat dog? Me? I love dogs, I write about dogs, and my dog is a portly pooch? Well, not really portly, but he had gained two … [Read more...]

How to Make Welsh Cookies for Dogs and People

Have you ever heard of Welsh Cookies? Until I met my wife of 20 years, I never heard of them either. I pride myself in my baked good abilities and the fact that I'd rather sit down with a box of fresh muffins than a meat and potatoes dish on any given day. So it was with a big "Welsh what" that I muttered when Darlene asked me to make Welsh Cookies many Christmases ago. Part … [Read more...]

A Non-Surgical Approach to My Dog’s ACL Tear: Brace Time

Having a dog with a leg injury is no fun. The limited mobility, wishing they could tell you "where it hurts", and not allowing them to engage in activities that could worsen their pain (running, jumping, etc), are all factors in any sort of limb or muscle boo boo. My dog partially tore his anterior cruciate ligament  (ACL) in his left knee and we are taking the conservative … [Read more...]

Brush Your Dog's Teeth Means Adding Years to Their Life

If you can do just one thing just FoR today (FoR as in “Fidose of Reality”) to change your dog’s life, how paw-tastic would that be? How about brushing your dog's teeth easily and without a fuss? We’ve  been  scouring the world of dog news and sharing with Fidose of Reality readers tips to enhance your dog’s life and things to ensure they aren’t a victim of things like … [Read more...]