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Pet Friendly Maine: Cape Elizabeth and Inn by the Sea

Looking to plan a dog-friendly, dog-welcoming getaway this fall? Take one part ocean, a few parts shopping, large servings of delicious food, and toss in a town that rolls out the red carpet to dogs and you’ve got Cape Elizabeth, Portland, and Freeport Maine. Fidose of Reality has visited many places and makes no bones about it: Maine is one of the most pet friendly states … [Read more...]

How to Prevent A Dog Bite

The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. It's summer time, more dogs are outside, and more people are interacting with dogs as it's the social time of year. So how can you prevent a dog bite and help educate others to do the same? Like this. Always ask the dog’s guardian for permission before approaching and … [Read more...]

Do you have pet product location loyalty?

Do people who adopt a dog from a shelter or animal welfare organization have more loyalty to a brand than someone who perhaps adopts a dog (or cat) from a pet specialty retailer (i.e. PetSmart, Petco, etc.)? Interestingly, Pethealth Inc., a Canadian company that provides reports, software, and information to animal welfare organizations, did a survey in April of this year to … [Read more...]

How to make your dog an internet star

Social media has exploded and dogs are a huge part of the ever-growing, ever-changing e-landscape. Did you see the dancing duo on Britain's Got Talent who won the grand prize and are now performing for the Queen of England (amongst a ton of other royalties - pun intended?). YouTube is definitely one of the biggest reasons dogs like this one and others are marking their spot … [Read more...]

Two new dog television shows to hit the air

The Disney Channel has announced a new live-action multicamera series slated to air in the fall of 2012. The series is dubbed “Dog with a Blog” and is a live-action comedy series from creator and executive producer, Michael B. Kaplan. Kaplan’s television history includes “Frasier,” “Roseanne,” "Girlfriends", and "Doogie Howser, M.D." The series focuses on a family who adopts a … [Read more...]

How to give dogs medication

Ah, the dreaded pill; the one that makes your dog flee for cover and hide behind the love seat. Though something pet parents dread, here are a few tips for helping Fido swallow a pill and move on with wagging, playing, napping, and all the other fun things dogs do. * Ask the veterinarian if a chewable form of medication is available; sometimes tablets are flavored and able to … [Read more...]

New dog toys and fun items to hit the marketplace

Some more fun and news from Global Pet Expo to report to our fur-ends and fans. Dog toys are coming! What would an expo of dog products be without toys and some off-the-beaten path fun? Here are several of the products that caught our eye and made our tails wag during Global Pet Expo last week in Orlando, Florida. And if you missed it, we reviewed some of our top safety and … [Read more...]

Just FoR Today: Six winter dog care myths and facts

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? We've been discussing different things here on Fidose of Reality that take seconds or minutes but can make a huge difference in a dog's health, well-being, and life in general. Just FoR today, February 23, 2012: What are some of the most … [Read more...]

What's news in the dog world? Headlines for February 16

Here are some of the dog news stories topping today’s headlines. Click each headline for more news on the dog-related topic: Golden Collar Winners Announced West Virginia Possible Pet Food Registration Fee Increase Dogs Go Underwater and Photographer Captures It All NY Times Shares Pet Food Going Gourmet DogTrekker Tracks Pet Friendly Travel Tune in weekdays for more … [Read more...]

Top dogs announced and what Fido needs to avoid on Valentines Day

Here are some of the dog news stories topping today’s headlines. Click each headline for more news on the dog-related topic: Woodbury vet’s pooch named a top dog Dog receives Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association’s (MVMA) Animal Hall of Fame Companion award. Seven Drool-Worthy Designer Doghouses Doggie digs with some serious barkitechture. Must see to believe. 7 Common … [Read more...]