Halloween Do’s and Don’ts for Your Dog

Halloween Do's and Don'ts for Your Dog

Spooky costumes, scary decorations and let’s not forget candy, candy, and more CANDY! Is it that time of year already? October is here and Halloween is coming. Personally, Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I love decorating, and dressing my kids (furry and human) up in costumes, and I love seeing the neighborhood all decked out with scary decor. But… for our dogs, the experience may not be so thrilling. Today lets think about some Halloween do’s and don’ts for your dog. Do’s: Have fun with costumes. Just keep in mind the happiness of your dog. If … Continue reading

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

The Holidays Are Coming! What This Means For You and Your Dog…

The Holidays Are Coming! What This Means For You and Your Dog...

Labor Day seems to start the holiday ball rolling, and right behind it is Halloween, Thanksgiving and the big one-CHRISTMAS! How do you feel about the holidays? Do you feel like I do when you walk into a store on a 95-degree day and stare down aisle after aisle of Halloween candy? Does it literally make you nauseated and stressed? For some people dressing in their alter ego for a party and shopping for Christmas presents makes them gleefully giddy while others are stressed merely thinking about it. Their minds race to all the unfinished projects at home, costumes for … Continue reading

7 Photography Tips for Capturing Great Pet Pics

7 Photography Tips for Capturing Great Pet Pics

As a photojournalist, I truly believe every picture does indeed tell a story.   Every day, our pets bring us so much joy, whether it is that moment a puppy lick’s a child’s face, a therapy dog brings happiness to an ailing or lonely person, a cat chases a butterfly, a horse gallops across a misty field, a bunny nibbles on a piece of hay, or a dog rolls in the first snow of the season, taking a photograph allows us to capture and enjoy that moment, over and over again. Every day can be a day of many special … 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

7 Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog With L-O-V-E!

Love for Your Dogs in Many Ways!

Welcome to the month of love! Ah, yes, love. Poets and authors write about it. Singers croon about it. Artists create visions of it. While every day is a day for showing our pets how much we love them, February is a time to celebrate that love with Valentine’s Day on February 14 and Love Your Pet Day on February 20! While we can certainly count the many ways our beloved dogs love us and we love them, here’s a few ways of showering our canine best friends with some l-o-v-e! Love Is Simple Nothing says, “I love you,” more … Continue reading

10 New Year’s Resolutions For You & Your Pets

New Year’s Resolution Together With Your Pets!

Right about now is when everyone begins sharing their ideas for different New Year’s resolutions.   Some people live by these resolutions, some people try, but do not succeed, and others will have no part in them. Me, I am one of those in betweeners. I don’t so much make resolutions, but I do have my own personal ideas on what I would like to see in my life and/or my families life for the new year. And one thing I always try and do, is include my pets in the goals I have. Today, I would like to share a … Continue reading

How to Make the Holidays Even More Enjoyable for Your Dogs!

Holidays for Your Dogs: Happy Dogs!

As humans we often think of the holidays as a chance to see family members that we don’t see often, go to parties and eat festive food. For us this time can be very fun and exciting but it is also typically more hectic. As you celebrate the holiday season, take moment to consider the holidays from your dog’s point of view.   Although we love to invite friends and family we rarely see to our homes during the holidays, many dogs do not share the same enthusiasm for the new visitors. Some dogs are quite social and like to … Continue reading

Keep Your Dog (& Yourself) In Shape This Winter With These Simple Exercises!

Winter Tips for You and Your Pet Dog!

How to stay fit in the winter time… a few easy exercises for you and your dog! Let’s face it, when it is dark, cold and wet outside you don’t want to go out and play. But your dog? He’s ready for adventure and has energy to burn, so there has to be a happy medium, right? During the winter months it is hard to get in the same level of physical activity for your dog, which can lead to weight gain or worse yet destructive behavior. Here are a few fast and easy games to play with your dog … Continue reading

10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas With Your Pets

Christmas With Your Pets: How to Be and Happy Celebrating It With Your Pet Best Friend

Christmas is just a few days away! You might be wondering what some of the best ways to include your fur-babies into the celebrations might be. Or, you might just be interested in hearing some new ideas on how to celebrate Christmas with your pets.   Either way, today I will share some of my ideas with you on including pets in the holidays! 10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas With Your Pets 1. Baking! During the holidays so many people are baking yummy treats for their families. Well don’t forget about the pets!! They love fresh baked goods just as much … Continue reading