The Night We Said Goodbye – Remembering Smoki

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It was so unexpected that It almost seems like a dream.  However, our altered daily routine is a constant reminder that Smoki will not be with us this holiday season.  We will miss Smoki’s sudden appearance in the kitchen once the aroma of turkey begins to permeate the house.  I think she could actually smell chicken or turkey cooking from outside. She always got the first taste; while Baylie waited patiently.

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What Not To Feed Your Pets On Thanksgiving

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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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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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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there!

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pawTree® Treats Review and Giveaway

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We always are excited to pass along new products to our readers; especially, good, wholesome, dog treats.  Our new find is from pawTree®. The CEO of pawTree® pulled together a top team of veterinarians and a Ph.D. in animal science and pet nutrition to help pet parents answer the age old question, “What should I feed my pet?” The result is what makes pawTree® stand apart from the rest. Continue reading

Last Weekend of 2014

Back and White Sunday blog hop with Sugar Golden Woofs and many more of my pals to celebrate the last weekend of Year 2014!

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Solvit HomeAway™ #Pet Travel Organizer Kit #Giveaway

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It’s hard to believe that the biggest travel day of the year is upon us and for a lot of us, that means travel for our pets, as well.  Let’s face it, dogs have a lot of stuff.   It is like traveling with a two-year old.  Our friends at Solvit™ Products have come up with a remarkable product to make our life a little easier. The Solvit Homeaway™ Travel Kit organizes all your pet’s essentials in one efficient and attractive package. Whether your pet is traveling with you, or they’re staying with a sitter while you’re out-of-town, the HomeAway™  kit holds everything they need for an extended trip or just a fun-filled day excursion.

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Montgomery Family’s Dog Recovering After Eating Jerky Treats Tainted With Deet & Amantadine

A local dog became ill after eating the infamous jerky treats we have all read about. We are so happy Buddy is on the road to recovery.  Tests revealed that the treats Buddy ingested included the chemical Deet (active ingredient in many insect repellents) and Amantadine (used as an antiviral drug used to treat Avian Influenza).
Here is Buddy’s story:

WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

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Introducing A #Dog Into a #Cat’s World

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It’s been over two years since I rescued Baylie; a great pyrenees/border collie mix.  She has grown from four pounds to ninety pounds, and I don’t thinks she is done yet. My biggest concern when I brought Baylie into the home was how my cat, Smoki, would adjust to the new addition. I now can say,  Smoki, weighing in at just under ten pounds, and I have established ourselves as the alpha dogs of the pack. It didn’t happen overnight.  It took months of patience and diligence on our part.

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Smoki, at twelve years of age,  didn’t quite know what to think of Baylie when she arrived on the scene but one thing for certain, she wanted no part of this odd creature.  Even though in the beginning Baylie was much smaller than Smoki, I knew the groundwork had to be set to bring cohesiveness between the two since Baylie would grow to be a very large dog. It took repetitive slaps to the face and a lot of fat tails and hissing by Smoki to put her into hierarchy status over Baylie.

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