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Keep your pet safe this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to showing others how much you love them! It is a day full of chocolates, flowers, love, and plenty of dangerous things that your pets should avoid. Keep your pets safe this Valentine’s Day by reading our list of dangers to your four-legged friend! Keep the flowers close to your [...]

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Setting Realistic Dog Training Goals: Mat Work

Last week we talked about limits: figuring out what our dogs’ limits are and how to honor them. The other side to that coin, though, is knowing which limits to push and how. Otherwise, you risk becoming stagnant. Pushing limits, too, helps expand your dog’s world bit by tiny, incremental bit. When I talk about […]

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What’s Saving My Life Right Now

This post is inspired by Modern Mrs. Darcy’s linkup. If you love books, you need to read her blog! It’s like having a conversation over coffee with a friend who happens to be a librarian.  Winter. It’s getting old, you guys. But, today’s the halfway point, so the end–and sunshine–is in sight! Each winter requires […]

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Kindness, Pet Parenting, and the Perils of Pet Blogging

I get asked a lot of questions about starting a pet blog, and I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned over the (almost nine!!!) years. But, when I put all those questions together–excluding detail questions like which platform to use (WordPress) or what comment spam plugin to install (Akismet)–there are a few absolutes for […]

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How Pets Find their Way Home – with Microchips!

Our pets are like a part of the family so if anything were to happen to them it would be extremely traumatic. This infographic from GAP takes you through the precautions you should take to ensure that if your pet does get lost they are returned. We all know that our dogs and cats can [...]

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Limits

“It’s so beautiful outside! Let’s take Cooper to the park to enjoy this gorgeous day!” Said no one ever… “It’s gray and lightly drizzling. I’m taking Cooper to the park for a jog.” I said on Sunday. Cooper doesn’t go to the park on a beautiful, sunny day. Why? People go to the park on […]

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Lessons

I’m not someone who believes that everything happens for a reason. We can debate that over a glass of wine sometime, but I truly think the world is full of chance and randomness. I do, however, believe that there is a purpose to every single thing that happens. In most cases, that purpose is to […]

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The 5 Coolest Pet Products in Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

Did you know: Every year, Pantone–“the world-renowned authority on color”–names the color of the year! This year, I was super stoked to see the color experts name Ultra Violet the 2018 color of the year. Obviously, right? We’ve already decided our sweet Violet’s super hero name is (obviously) Ultra Violet! But, you’ll see the color […]

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Would you feed your dog crickets?

There’s no question that the world’s food production system is broken. It’s so complex with factors like soil degradation, water crises, climate change, population explosion, and changing demands for food. For example, according to an interview on Time.com with soil scientist John Crawford, just taking into account three of those factors, “Under a business as […]

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Improvising Exercise for Your Dog (aka Cooper’s lost his marbles)

You guys, we’re going nuts. Seriously stir crazy. The temps haven’t climbed above 0 (that’s F!) more than a few times in a few weeks. I’m an introverted homebody, but even I’m ready to get out. It’s hard to go anywhere with the baby when it’s this cold, and Cooper… well, Cooper hates being cold… but […]

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What does Responsible Pet Owner mean?

The term  - responsible pet owner -  is often bandied about, but do you really know what it means? We all know what it feels like to be nagged by the kids to get a cute little puppy or kitten for Christmas or Birthday, or the impulse to take a beautiful kitten or puppy home [...]

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A guide to moving with pets

Moving is stressful enough for most people. Add a dog or cat into the mix and most pet owners can find themselves completely overwhelmed. If you’re planning to move in the near future, we’ve put together this handy guide to help your family (including your dog or cat) make the transition just a little easier. [...]

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Going to Hell with a Leash in My Hand: Pit Bull Advocacy in 2018

When you fall in love with a pit-bull-type dog, your life inevitably changes. Why inevitably? Well, for one thing, whether you ever intended to or not, that dog you love turns you into an advocate. You might advocate on behalf of your dog, or you might dive head-first into the world of dog-defender, but you […]

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2018 Pet Blogger Challenge | OMD

Before I dive into this annual adventure, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for the kind words and thoughts, and thank you for sharing your pets with me in this space. After my last post, your generosity and kindness reminded me why I love this community so much. And, as promised, I’m back […]

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Is a pet a good gift idea?

 Want to give your loved one a pet in the New Year? Here’s what you need to know.  Pets can help peoples lives thrive with their unrivalled companionship, and perhaps that’s why these little fur balls are the perfect present for the New Year in past years. However, some experts have said although the beginning [...]

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My very first post. ..

Way back when I wrote my very first post, I had big ideas: weekly series, recurring features, guest bloggers, and so on. But my main goal was to chronicle life with Emmett and Lucas. We had recently moved from DC to Indiana. We were dealing with Lucas’ reactivity and finding outlets for Emmett’s energy. We […]

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Adopting a Pet as a Single Parent: Is it a Good Idea?

Ask anyone if single parents should adopt a pet and you’ll receive a slew of opinions. On one hand, pets are a great source of companionship for kids and can teach them responsibility and selflessness. In fact, they might even help kids cope with the stress of their parents’ separating or loss of a parent according [...]

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Pet Parents AND Pet Bloggers

Shipping dates for Christmas delivery are passing us by… though my inbox is jammed full of “last-minute gift ideas” for pet parents, all of which can be rush-shipped to be under the tree by the 25th! I don’t know about you guys, but with all the shopping, shopping, shopping this time of year, I start […]

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How to Keep Your Dog Busy on a Rainy Day: 5 Indoor Activities

Let’s talk about crazy dogs, shall we? You guys know me, so you know I say “crazy” with tremendous love in my heart. I’m talking about dogs like Cooper: high-energy dogs, smart dogs, creative dogs who come up with their owns methods of entertainment when they’re under-exercised or under-stimulated… Cooper runs. A lot. He does […]

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VET’S WARNING | Summer safety for pets

With summer around the corner and summer weather on its way, families and pets will be enjoying more outdoor activities. But a vet from DOGS NSW, Dr Karen Hedberg, is warning pet owners that it is one of the most dangerous times of the year for our furry friends. She said this is due to [...]

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Are regular vet check ups necessary for your dog’s health?

You are probably the most caring pet parent your dog could ever have but did you know that caring for a furry friend requires regular trips to the veterinarian, irrespective of your pet’s health condition? This is especially so if your dog is overweight or old. Yes, you do take utmost care of your pets [...]

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Pets and Their People

Happy Holidays! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving filled with lots of love, laughter, and–of course–food! It seems like no sooner are the leftovers packed up that we shift to the December holidays. This year, I’m trying to stay mindful of my goal to simplify, to protect my time. In that vein, when I […]

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Why a kitten?

Since I introduced Ripley, this has been the number one question: Why did you adopt a kitten? In other words: Y’all are dog people! What not a dog? So, it’s time I addressed the kitten in the room… First of all, I’m a pragmatic person. I lean toward the logical, even in my creative work. […]

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Get your pet fire plan ready now!

With predictions of extreme weather this summer, families are being urged to have a fire plan – which includes ALL members of the home. Whatever pet you may have, whether that be a dog, a cat, a bird or a rabbit, they deserve to be considered too, in the event of an emergency. A few [...]

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Turning adversity into good for pets

We often hear about people who suffer adversity and turn it into good works.  That’s why we want to share the story of Poppy Frances who was named the RSPCA Victoria Ambassador earlier this year. Without going into too much detail, which is very distressing, at only 11 years of age, Poppy witnessed an unspeakable [...]

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A Tale of Two Cats: How Ripley and Newt Became Besties

If I had written this post just a few days ago, I would’ve had a very different story to tell. Luckily, I ran out of time and it took these few extra days because there’s been a twist. First off, you guys are so sweet. So many people have asked how Newt is doing with […]

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Sharing the Love of Pet Adoption with #MaverickandMe (plus a givewaway!)

We’ve been reading a ton of children’s literature around here. Since Violet came home, books have been part of her daily life. I love finding animal-themed books that teach about compassion and kindness, and by now, I think we’ve checked out nearly every dog-related book at our public library–some wonderful titles, some not-so-wonderful. So, when […]

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Dog Training for Cats

I’m going to start with two disclaimers.  First, Newt is the only cat John and I ever had direct experience with, and Petey (remember her?) is the only kitten we ever had direct experience with. We made the mistake of assuming some behavior traits that were consistent between Newt and Petey would be consistent with Ripley. […]

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What to do when your dog won’t listen

We have a… joke? saying?… for this mode Cooper gets in. He totally blacks out. He won’t listen. He won’t calm down. He won’t stop. He won’t come or sit or stay. He. just. won’t. We say (in his voice, of course), “Cooper isn’t here right now. Please leave a message, and he’ll get back […]

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7 Top Tips to avoid your dog behaving badly

FACT:  Like children, dogs don’t get born with a “bad behaviour” gene.  They learn it.  From you or previous owners! Sadly, many dogs with behavioural problems end up in the pound, as some owners believe that they have a “bad dog” – so they simply transfer the problem to someone else.  Of course some dogs […]

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