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Jake and Maggie’s First Pet Expo Experience

Jake and Maggie’s First Pet Expo Experience

We had a beautiful weekend here in the burgh and what better way to spend a sunny afternoon with your pup but take them with you to the Pittsburgh Pet Expo.  Jake and Maggie had a day of firsts from riding an elevator,  to walking the streets of Pittsburgh, to attending the Pittsburgh Pet Expo.  I was hesitant at first because this could have...

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How Dogs Benefit Children

How Dogs Benefit Children

I was fortunate to grow up in a family of animal lovers.  My parents bought a small farm that they renovated over the years and my farther fenced in acreage for two horses, three ponies, and two baby calves!  Of course, my sister and I, saved every stray cat and dog that showed up at our house.  We were taught that having an animal was hard work...

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A Dog’s Five Senses

A Dog’s Five Senses

As pet owners, we tend to assume that we are similar to our dog when comparing “our senses”.  But did you know that a dog’s senses are just like ours…but not!  What are the five senses and what is the most primary sense out of the five?  Dogs can Touch, See, Smell, Hear, and Taste but their smelling ability is rated top on the list!  My first...

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The Nine Different Types of Dog Personalities

The Nine Different Types of Dog Personalities

I couldn't wait for this post because I'm so excited to tell everyone that Jake and Maggie passed their TDI test on Friday night.  Thomas and I are very proud of them!  I now have to submit all of the appropriate paperwork and then wait for their certifications to come in the mail.  They said it typically takes 6- 8 weeks!  I participated in two...

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TDI Test Requirements

TDI Test Requirements

Wow!  What a week so far!  Jake and Maggie have been training for their TDI test (well, you already know because I've been talking about it so much) and here I go again...it is THIS FRIDAY!!!  Jake goes first at 5:30 pm and Maggie is last at 6:30 pm!  I'm so excited for them.  We had our practice test today and it went well.  We will know if they...

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What to do when your dog acts up at the vet

What to do when your dog acts up at the vet

Soooo.....I took Jake and Maggie to the vet last night to get their preventative shots for Lyme disease and they acted as if they had never had a day of training in their lives!!  I could see the vet tech looking at me and I knew what she was thinking...get your dogs under control!!!   "On the way to the vet...and below...after the vet"  What to...

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What is Littermate Syndrome?

What is Littermate Syndrome?

When we lost our last 3 dogs, Thomas and I said we were going to take a break from being pet parents.   But after only a month, I started looking for another dog.  It didn’t matter to us where the dog came from or the breed.  I just knew that what was meant for us would show up in an unexpected way and into our lives came Jake and Maggie.  We had...

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Is your dog’s urine killing your grass?

Is your dog’s urine killing your grass?

Have you ever experienced having a dog urinate on your grass and then finding a dead yellow spot in the grass the next day?  All of us pet owners have probably experienced that before which made me curious as to why this happens.  This happens because dog urine is rich in nitrogen, which is known to kill grass when concentrated amounts collect...

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Is doggie daycare right for your pet?

Is doggie daycare right for your pet?

We recently took Jake and Maggie to Misty Pines Dog Park and I asked to see their facilities.  Thomas and I have always agreed that we would never board our dogs and we stand by that.  It is either for you or not and we just feel more comfortable not boarding.  The facilities were clean and the animals looked very well taken care of which...

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Can dogs have identical twins?

Can dogs have identical twins?

I was sitting around the table at Thomas' family's house and we were talking about my blog when his aunt asked me if dogs can be born twins.  I said that I thought so and was going to research it.  Turns out that dogs can be born twins and here is how.     "Jake and Maggie playing while I was getting ready to run errands".  "When Jake gets tired...

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