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...]

Best Rugs to Get For Pet Households

If you landed on this page, chances are you have are looking for rugs to get for pet households. Fluffy pets and rugs can be incompatible, but if you have a love both for animals and rugs, there are still a few options. You probably won’t want to invest in a priceless antique rug with pets in the house, but you also don’t have to stick to rubber flooring either. Use this handy … [Read more...]

Chicken Jerky I Allow My Dog to Eat

Scout & Zoe's chicken jerky is USDA grade A boneless, skinless chicken breast.  There are no hormones added, it is antibiotic free, and the chickens are raised in Indiana and Ohio, free range. Scout and Zoe's also released a new dog treat in the sweet potato line, too. These sweet potatoes have been raised in Texas, Arizona and California.  They are USDA grade A Fancy … [Read more...]

Insider Secrets: Pet-Friendly Potty Break Tips and TV

Pet friendly travel can be fun, exciting and memorable, but it can also be a bit of a challenge especially when it comes to pit stops and bathroom breaks. What is a road warrior to do when it comes to bathroom options away from home? Using these time-tested traveler tips, your dog will be handling the pit stops of life's highways and byways with ease.  In addition, … [Read more...]

The One Conference Pet Bloggers Must Attend

With the 2013 BlogPaws Conference right around the corner and in honor of "Wordless Wednesday," a time-honored tradition of letting pictures speak volumes, Fidose of Reality is grateful to be going to their fifth BlogPaws Conference. Yes, that's right: We've been a part of BlogPaws since the very beginning! Pet bloggers must come to this! I will never skip one of these … [Read more...]

Breed-Specific Legislation Is All Bark, No Bite

Dogs are a product of their environments, and we, as pet owners, have a responsibility to train them properly to ensure the safety of those around us. Bad dogs come from bad owners, yet some breeds, like pit bulls and rottweilers, have been targeted by breed-specific legislation (BSL) that attempts to regulate or ban these dogs in many communities throughout the U.S. However, … [Read more...]