Win a Kurgo Surf ‘N Turf Dog Life Jacket!

kurgo-jacket-collage Welcome to the #SurfNTurf giveaway that we’re co-hosting with DogTipper! Along with some other great blogs, we’re giving away a Kurgo Surf ‘N Turf Dog Life Jacket to keep your dog safe on summer outings (and dry this fall and winter!)  Not all dogs are good swimmers; dogs with large heads or heavy coats often have swimming challenges and our Baylie fits into both of those categories.  Even the best swimmer can tire in the water — or needs help staying afloat if injured.

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July!  Remember to keep your pets safe during firecracker “season”.  More pets  are lost during this time of year than any other.  If possible, bring your pups and kitties indoors.  It’s common for dogs to escape from backyards due to fear of fireworks, so if bringing your pets indoors is not an option, please make sure they are microchipped and wearing their pet ID tags.

Book Review & Giveaway – We Are All Different And We Are All Right”

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It all began with a cat; but not your average cat.  When Elisabeth Norman Gardner rescued Frankie the 30lb. Cat,  he weighed in at a whopping 35 pounds.  It wasn’t until he lost down to 30 pounds did Elisabeth create his Facebook Page. Frankie’s rescue story began in Mobile, Alabama where he was surrendered, at 11 years old and morbidly obese, so his family could travel in their RV.  Elisabeth, through Have a Heart Rescue in Birmingham, Alabama, drove over three hours to Mobile, Alabama to rescue Frankie.
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Kurgo #CleanDogCar Giveaway

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Welcome to the #CleanDogCar #giveaway that we’re co-hosting with DogTipper!  Along with some other great blogs, we’re giving away a Kurgo car seat cover of the winner’s choice.

We all know that summer means outdoor fun with our dogs — but that fun comes at the price of muddy paw prints. Whether you’re enjoying the beach or lake with your dog this summer, your car seats and cargo area can soon be covered with muddy paw prints and shed fur as your wet dog returns to the car.
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Greeting an Unfamiliar Dog – Teaching Kids Dog Etiquette

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Baylie Giving the Green Light to be Petted

It’s typical behavior for dog-lovers to walk up to a dog we have never met to give him a pat on the head. However, this type behavior can invoke fear and provoke the flight or fight mechanism in a dog.   It’s also typical behavior for children to be drawn to an unfamiliar dog. They want to pet every pup they see as if it were a fluffy teddy bear. Even thought Baylie has never shown any signs of aggression towards children or adults,  I keep a watchful eye,  nonetheless.  She’s a large-breed dog and even playfully jumping on someone can cause injury.  With so many dog bites in the news of late, we all have to be on our guard.    Even if you have the friendliest dog on the planet, a dangerous situation can develop in mere seconds. Although they mean no harm, children can do a number of things to trigger aggression in dogs.

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Why Pet Gates Make Sense In A #Bipetual Home

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Smoki & Baylie at an Impasse

Two items I vowed never to have in our bipetual home; 1) doggie potty pads,  and 2) a pet gate.   Potty pads were never necessary since Baylie was so easy to potty train, but   I succumbed to the use of a pet gate.  Why now,  you ask, even though Baylie is past her rambunctious puppy stage? The foremost reason we decided to consider using a pet gate was not so much to corral Baylie,  but rather to provide Smoki some degree of privacy without shutting her off from the other rooms of the house.

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PL360 Natural Products for Your Pet and Home – Review & Giveaway

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Announced at the recent Global Pet Expo and with a shared focus on natural pet care, PawGanics and Pet Labs 360 merged to create a unified pet health and wellness brand; PL360.  PL360 is a pet health and wellness company that creates safe and effective natural solutions for pet owners including grooming and cleanup products, as well as pet health supplements. We have long been a consumer of PawGanics products and regularly use  natural products that are free of the harsh chemicals like ammonia and bleach.

We hear the words “green”, “organic” and “natural” a lot these days but what does it all really mean? Do we have to be a chemist to clean our home in a safe, natural, non-toxic way? The answer is no.  We just need a little help from brands we trust to help us figure it out.
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Who Will Care For Your Pet(s) When You are Sick? Tips For Planning Ahead

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If you have a large extended family, caring for your pet(s) while you are sick or hospitalized, most likely, will not be an issue.  For approximately 96 million singles in the U.S., it causes great concern.   I was pleasantly surprised by one of the questions posed to me by the admitting hospitalist during my last hospital stay:  “Do you have pets at home that depend on you for their care?” This simple question speaks volumes in how we, as a society, see our pets within the family unit.   I was blown away and quickly answered:  “Yes, I do; one 85 pound dog and a cat“.  I knew I liked this doctor right away and was tempted to pull out my IPhone to show him snapshots, but I figured that would be a bit over the top.

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