Rate Your Dog Food. Does Your Brand Get an A or an F?

Is your dog food cutting the mustard?

We all want to make sure our dogs are getting healthy, safe foods. Especially with the many pet food problems that continue to claim lives. (To keep abreast of the latest news, Therese at PetSitUSA does a fantastic job of posting up-to-date facts on pet food recalls.) It can be hard to sift through all the advertising and positioning. With that in mind, I offer the following chart and quiz to help you … Read more

Follow the Bouncing Ball

With all the various projects and work stuff clamoring to get done, I’m starting to feel like the proverbial bouncing ball.

Boing! Talk to this client. Boing! Get that paperwork done! Boing! Add this idea to the to-do list. Boing! Research that article and get quotes. Boing! Meet this deadline. Boing! Boing! Boing!

In the course of all my boing-ing around, I’ve run across some items I thought you might find interesting. For your enjoyment, in no particular order:

Suzanne … Read more

Got an Itch?

Here’s one smart dog who’s figured out a creative solution.

I’m having a blast reading through all the “Smart Dog” stories people are sending in. I wish I could include this video sent by Heide. Kinda sums up the spirit of my book.

For those of you who’d like to play and haven’t submitted your story yet, there’s still time.Visit this post for details and submission guidelines.… Read more

Latest Puppy Vaccine and Neuter Protocol

Cavalier King Charles SpanielI’ve got to make some decisions about which vaccines I’ll be subjecting Wink to and whether or not he’ll be neutered.

It’s been several years since I’ve had to deal with puppy vaccine and neutering schedules, and there’s been a considerable amount of new information regarding these procedures since Kiera was a puppy. So I’ve been getting myself back up to speed on current knowledge.

Although many vets are up on the latest research coming out against annual vaccines and … Read more

I’m Over at PetDoc’s Today

PetDoc has a terrific web site and blog for pet lovers, chock full of health news, behavioral and training tips, and interesting editorials and interviews. Today, I’m the featured guest and you can read the interview here.

While you’re there, stick around and read these interviews from two of my good blogging buds.

Jen’s SacredPaws interview and Therese’s PetUSA interview.… Read more

Considering a Dog From Rescue? Note to Adopters

Having recently written about how to find a dog from a breeder, I wanted to give equal air time on how to find a dog from rescue or shelters.

I’d like to start with this piece written by a rescue person, from the Best of Craigslist.

Note to adopters

Lassie, Cleo, Rin Tin Tin and Toto don’t show up in rescue. We don’t get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs

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Awwww… vs. Awe

cavalier-king-charles.jpgWink has been with us for three weeks now. He is as sweet a dog as I have ever come across. He’s so cute and cuddly and full of love that everyone who meets him can’t help but say, “Awwww…”

And then they can’t help but pick him up, for which they’ll receive a tiny face bath for their troubles.

Friends have threatened to slip him into their coat pockets and steal away with him.

His mere presence makes grown … Read more