To Dress Up or Not Dress Up: Halloween Costumes for Dogs

To Dress Up or Not Dress Up: Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Let’s face it – people enjoy Halloween costumes more than dogs. Although I love seeing dogs dressed up as goblins, ghosts, celebrities, and hot dogs, I also accept that costumes are not for all dogs and no amount of treats will make them have fun. Our first dog LOVED dressing up. He would actually dance in circles at the sight of a new outfit or costume. While our current dog enjoys sweaters and coats, anything else like skirts, hats, boots, costumes really stress her out. As much as I would love to dress her up like a Hollywood starlet (she’s … Continue reading

6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Pup for Fall

6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Pup for Fall

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Vacation is over, kids are back in school, and temperatures will soon begin to drop.   While September and October are usually mild, it is still a great time to prepare your dog for the cool weather to come. Here are six tips to help your dog transition smoothly, happily, and warmly from summer to fall. 6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Dog for Fall 1. Grooming, Out With the Old in With the New   If your dog requires professional grooming, September is a great month for a quick trim. Get … Continue reading

20 Ways to Help Dogs in Your Community Today

20 Ways to Help Dogs in Your Community Today

As dog lovers we all want to help dogs lead healthier, happier, and safer lives – both our dogs as well as dogs at risk or in need of assistance. But it is easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start or how to help.   Here are 20 simple ways to help dogs in your community today! Have Fun, Help Dogs – Here’s How! Adopt or foster a dog from a shelter or breed rescue. Volunteer to walk a dog for a senior citizen in your neighborhood. Host a party and ask guests to bring a donation … Continue reading

7 Important Fourth of July Safety Tips for Dogs

7 Important Fourth of July Safety Tips for Dogs

The Fourth of July is one of the highlights of the summer for many Americans – but not for American dogs.   More pets are lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. While fireworks are usually the cause, there are other doggie stressors and dangers out there as well. Here are seven tips to keep dogs (and other pets) safe this July 4th: 1. Keep lighters, charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, sparklers, citronella candles, glow sticks, fireworks and open flame away from dogs.   All of these items are dangerous and if ingested can cause stomach upset, … Continue reading

9 Fun Things to Do With Your Dog this Summer

9 Fun Things to Do With Your Dog this Summer

Summer is almost here and now is a great time to start planning outdoor adventures. Here are nine fun things to do with your dog this summer! 1. Be a Tourist in Your Own Town Spend time exploring local parks, public art, farmer’s markets, summer festivals, and other outdoor dog-friendly places. 2. Host a Pooch Party Buy a kiddie pool and then invite a few friends and their pups over for a cook out and pool party. 3. Treat Your Dog to Dinner Take your dog out on a date night to a dog-friendly restaurant. 4. Organize a Weekly Dog-Walking … Continue reading

Top Five Reasons Why Specially-Abled Dogs Rock

Top Five Reasons Why Specially-Abled Dogs Rock

Today is National Specially-Abled Pets Day – a day to educate and celebrate dogs with physical challenges like paralysis, blindness or deafness. Whether from injury or birth defect, specially-abled dogs make wonderful companions and can live happy, healthy lives. Sadly, specially-abled dogs are often overlooked and euthanized by both breeders and shelters alike. Top Five Reasons Specially-Abled Dogs Rock: 1. Specially-abled dogs possess an enormous capacity for love and make amazing companions. While it’s true they may require extra care, training, and planning, they help us live in the moment and their gratitude, loyalty and love is immense. 2. Specially-abled dogs … Continue reading

How to Choose the Perfect Coat for Your Dog?

Coat for Your Pet Dogs: What Kind of Pet Coat Should You Buy?

We live in the Chicago area where sub-zero temperatures are the norm in January. Most dogs wear coats in the windy city deep freeze.   But what about in places with normal winters, do dogs really need coats? Some dogs with thick fur stay warm on their own as long as they stay dry. But others – shorthaired or short-legged dogs, seniors and puppies, toy breeds, thin dogs without much body fat, and dogs with chronic health or immune system issues – need the extra protection when the temperatures drop. 1. Does It Fit? A coat should give your dog … Continue reading

Tips For Hiking With Couch Potato Canines

Couch Potato Canines? Improve Their Confidence and Stamina!

Our dog, Ruby, is your basic couch potato, not lazy, just chill. She loves walks around our neighborhood but gets tuckered out and sometimes anxious on longer walks in unfamiliar places. But she also loves being included in family adventures so we are slowly exposing her to new activities outside her comfort zone.   Fresh air, exercise, and new experiences are good for her health and confidence, as well as deepening our shared family bond. We keep things easy, takes things slowly and always have a back-up plan in case she gets tired or nervous (kind of like with little … Continue reading