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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...
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,...
Benefits of yogurt for your dog

Benefits of yogurt for your dog

As I was writing my blog post on the frozen yogurt blueberries (see here), I made sure to make a note to talk about today’s post and the benefits of yogurt for your dog. I want to clarify that I used plain, unflavored, non-fat greek yogurt which I did not state...
Animal obesity

Animal obesity

If your pet is obese, are you guilty of animal neglect?If you ask me, I would say “YES” without a doubt…YES!  If you type “fat dog pic” into your browser, pictures of overweight animals will come up with videos that are supposed to be...
Side effects of the Bordetella Shot

Side effects of the Bordetella Shot

We recently got Jake and Maggie’s shots updated (parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, Bordetella, and rabies).  We wanted to not only update their shots but to make sure they had the Bordetella vaccination because we will be taking them to Therapy Training and...
Dental care for your pet

Dental care for your pet

I’ve had dogs all of my life and fortunately, I have never and hope to never (crossing my fingers) deal with dental problems with Jake and Maggie or any future animals I may adopt.  But many have and what does this all mean for you and your pet.  Animals hide...
Doggie TMJ

Doggie TMJ

 I was getting my hair done last week and my friend and hair dresser, who is a huge dog lover like I am, was telling me his dog was having problems with his mouth not closing properly when he ate.  He took him to the vet to find that he has Doggie TMJ!  I was so...
Toxic Algae Exposure

Toxic Algae Exposure

I typically give you a post on Friday of “What I’m Loving” but today I have to talk about dogs across the South that are dying from Toxic Algae Exposure.  My dad mentioned this to me so I went home and did some research to find out what is going on....
Pig Ears and Salmonella Poisoning

Pig Ears and Salmonella Poisoning

I follow a blog called Proud Dog Mom and recently received a post about Pig Ear Dog Treats Making Humans Sick.  The FDA is investigating and urging all pet owners to stop buying and feeding their pets the pig ears and urging retailers to stop selling them.  The CDC is...
Blueberry, Blackberry, Veggie Freezies

Blueberry, Blackberry, Veggie Freezies

It’s been awhile since I posted a dog treat recipe.  I know I promised you more of those so here is a Blueberry, Blackberry, Veggie Freezie recipe that I found on-line and modified to what I thought Jake and Maggie would like.  I also apologize for missing a...
When is the best time to feed your dog?

When is the best time to feed your dog?

In the past when I had my last three, Bear, Bella, and Lady, I worked full time but always made sure they ate in the morning at 6:00 am and then when I got home at 5:30 pm.  Our schedule was that I would let them out first thing when we got up, fed them as soon a they...
Why does my dogs’ paws smell like Fritos?

Why does my dogs’ paws smell like Fritos?

I have to write this blog because I’ve never experienced this before until I got my sweet little Jakie Poo!  I now have a little monster with Frito smelling paws and a nose that smells like honey (but that is a topic for another blog).   Does your fur baby’s paws...
The cause of hairy dog teeth

The cause of hairy dog teeth

When we were living in MO, I found a wonderful vet who I not only respected as a lover of animals and veterinarian to the community of Eureka but I also enjoyed talking to him on a personal level as well.  What a smart and funny guy!  His name is Dr. Griese and he...
Can dogs get sunburns?

Can dogs get sunburns?

  I was standing out in the yard with the dogs the other day and Jake being Jake, he was giving me a hard time about coming in.  He insisted that he be allowed to lay in the yard and watch the neighbors level off their yard.  We have a new home built next to us and...
What is Kitten Season?

What is Kitten Season?

What is Kitten Season?Have you heard of it yet? If not, this is the time of year when every unspayed, queen (female cat) is likely to have a belly full of babies, or a litter of youngsters by her side.   This is also the time when shelters are getting bombarded with...
Pumpkin Puree, Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Pumpkin Puree, Peanut Butter Dog Treats

​It’s been a busy week and a half for Jake and Maggie.  They got to see their friend, Brian, who delivered us our favorite pizza from Fox’s Pizza!  Then they went to pre-requisite training to be considered for Therapy Dog Training.  We’ve been practicing all week so...
Hot Spots: How to treat and prevent

Hot Spots: How to treat and prevent

“Jake came back from Country Dog Grooming in Eureka, MO very tired and styled with his safari bandanna”. “The groomer said he was a good boy”.   We are in Missouri right now and one of the things I love about living here is that it is very dog...
Ethanol Toxicosis in Cats

Ethanol Toxicosis in Cats

 As a follow-up to my last post “Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats?” see HERE, this is a post focusing on cats but can apply to any animal who has ingested alcohol and is suffering from alcohol poisoning.       What is Ethanol Toxicosis?   Exposure...
Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats?

Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats?

Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats?  The answer is YES!   We may have all seen at one in point in our lives, whether in person or on video, of someone giving a dog alcohol.  I have never seen it in person and I always try to stay positive in my blogging but I...
Six ways to alleviate pet anxiety

Six ways to alleviate pet anxiety

I’ve recently been helping a friend with a situation involving a very sweet Portuguese Water Dog whose owner has passed away.  She came as a pair with her brother but the family has split them up leaving this poor sweet girl to find a new home.  She is now with my...
doTERRA Essential Oils for Dogs and Cats

doTERRA Essential Oils for Dogs and Cats

I’ve been hearing so much about essential oils lately and was excited to meet someone who sells them.  So I set up an appointment with doTERRA Wellness Advocate, Emily McConaughy, and we met to discuss the oils I was interested in.  Let me tell you that I was...
Just Add Coconut Oil

Just Add Coconut Oil

“I asked Jake if he wanted to help me with this blog post and just melted when he gave me this look”. “Then he said heck with it and fell asleep”. LOL This post is for a friend of mine whose sweet little dog has come down with some skin...
Are Sweet Potatoes a “yes” or a “no”?

Are Sweet Potatoes a “yes” or a “no”?

“Waiting for our sweet potatoes”     Since the day we adopted Jake and Maggie, I have given them vegetables as part of their treats.  They love organic baby carrots and zucchini.  I decided to change things up a bit and grabbed some sweet potatoes at the...
Pet Ailments

Pet Ailments

It amazes me that animals can have the same ailments and diseases as humans do and can sometimes be treated the same way as we are.  But just when you think you’ve heard it all, something comes across your email and surprises you.  A good friend of mine had her...
Bottled Water vs. Tap Water For Your Pet

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water For Your Pet

Have you ever considered giving your pet bottled water over tap water or possibly purchasing a filter for cleaner water for your pets?  Water is the most important for your pet but not all tap water is created equal.  Tap water contains less than 5000 parts per...
Safe Paw Ice Melter

Safe Paw Ice Melter

“Jake and his leaves”!!!  “This is his happy face, I promise” :-).  Winter is here!  Jake and Maggie are loving the snow.  Well….they love every season especially fall as you can see by Jake’s pictures.  He loves the falling leaves,...
To Microchip or To Not Microchip?

To Microchip or To Not Microchip?

I’ve recently been contacted by Jen Miller, Editor at Jen Reviews, in response to my blog post (see below) “To Microchip or To Not Microchip?”.  Jen Reviews is the authority on everything food, fitness and home.  All of their writers are experts in...
To Microchip or To Not Microchip?

To Microchip or To Not Microchip?

I’ve recently been contacted by Jen Miller, Editor at Jen Reviews, in response to my blog post (see below) “To Microchip or To Not Microchip?”.  Jen Reviews is the authority on everything food, fitness and home.  All of their writers are experts in...
New treats the healthy way!

New treats the healthy way!

So…Mom made us new treats last night :-). She calls them “chewies” but we know there organic chicken strips from Kroger.   We were waiting patiently on the couch for our “chewies” to be done but it was taking way to long…8 hours is...