10 Fun Facts About Dogs You May Not Know! (Part 2)

Facts About Dogs You Should Know

Alright everyone, you asked for a part 2 version of my 10 Facts About Dogs You May Not Know, so you got it!   I hope you enjoy this one as much as the last! If you would like to go back and read part one, check it out here. 1. You have all heard that pets are good for our health. But did you know that it has been proven, petting a dog can in fact lower your blood pressure? 2. Have you ever noticed your dog curl up into a nice swirl type position? This seems to be … 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

Top 10 Most Energetic Dogs

Energetic Dogs, Breeds and What to Consider

I am a firm believer that not every dog is for every human. And what I mean by that is, all dogs are different. They differ from dog to dog, and from breed to breed.   Humans are the same. We are all different. So while a high energy breed such as a Siberian Husky might be a good fit for one person, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a good breed for everyone. Today, I would like to focus more on the high energy breeds. I did some research, and compiled my own list of ‘top 10 most energetic … Continue reading

Why You Should Never Purchase a Pet… Except From a Shelter

Purchase a Pet Dog? What to Consider…

Although it hasn’t been much of a hot topic as of late, it wasn’t that long ago that headlines and gruesome images emanating from “puppy mill” conditions were flooding the airwaves. Situations where multiple cages were stacked on top of one another, females confined to do nothing more than reproduce, these disgusting environments were deplorable at best. It just doesn’t make sense that while over two million puppies are being sold through these breeders, an estimated three million dogs are being euthanized in shelters around our country. I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember, … Continue reading

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Siberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies Facts: Why You Need to Do Your Research…

Siberian Huskies are an amazing breed. And no, i’m not just saying that because I happen to be owned by 3 of them.   Huskies are unique, gorgeous, stubborn, and just an all around fun dog to be around. But lets put those facts aside for a moment and talk about why Siberian Huskies grew to be so popular. T.V shows such as Game Of Thrones and Twilight are blamed for the growing of Siberian Husky popularity. In the past 5 years, there has been a HUGE 700% rise in Siberian Huskies and other “wolf like” breeds being abandoned or surrendered. … Continue reading

Do Some Breeds Age “Faster” Than Others?

Breeds of Dogs and Effects on Health

At what age is your pet considered to be senior? There is no simple answer for every cat and dog, but the general principle practiced by many veterinarians (including myself) is that pets having achieved seven years of age have entered the senior phase of their lives. The conventional perspective that one pet year equals seven human years puts a seven year old pet at 49 years of age. This is the time in life when humans often develop ailments associated with years of wear and tear on body tissues. Yet, some pets exhibit physical signs of aging faster than … Continue reading

June Charity Spotlight on Streetdog Foundation

Streetdog Foundation: 4Knines Charity Spotlight October 2015

Alexandria loves hanging out on patios. Henry Higgins loves naps. Lenny loves sandwiches. Marco loves trampolines. Penny love learning new tricks. The pups available for adoption through Streetdog Foundation are beautifully photographed and profiled on the foundation’s website.   These dogs are not placed with new families on a first-come, first-served basis. At Streetdog Foundation, a Memphis-based nonprofit, the primary goal is to find a perfect fit for both the dog and the household. The Streetdog Story began in 2009 when founders, Melanie and Kent Pafford, received a frantic phone call from a Memphis area rescue who was desperately trying … Continue reading

Greyhound Fever! Everything You Need to Know About Greyhounds

Greyhound Breed: Personalities of Greyhounds

Did you know that April is adopt a Greyhound month? The Greyhound is a paw-tastic breed, and can make a wonderful addition to any home, they are gentle, intelligent and of course, beautiful. But what do we really know about them? I know that before doing research on the breed a few years back, I had always thought they were extremely high energy breeds. Boy, was I wrong! I don’t think I am alone in thinking that Greyhounds are high energy, and I believe that comes back to most people relating the greyhound to those races we hear so much … Continue reading

Why Does My Dog Like Poop So Much?

Poop of Dogs? Reasons Why Dogs Like Their Poop…

The other day, my husband and I had a photoshoot with Rooney out on this beautiful trail and beach in Northern California. We were walking along, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery and then I look down to see Rooney rolling around in deer poop. Mind you, we had yet to take a single photo. Although I wasn’t looking forward to a smelly dog on the ride home, Rooney looked like he was having the time of his life. When I worked at the veterinary hospital, it was very common for us to have patients who visited the kitty … Continue reading

What Is a Happy Dog? And How to Tell If Your Dog is One!

Happy Dog? What Makes Your Pet Dog Happy…

As a professional dog trainer I have had the opportunity to be around thousands of dogs and owners in their homes and observe how they relate to their pets in the most intimate ways possible. Despite the wide range of dog breeds and owner lifestyles, the one constant which never changes is that everyone just wants their dogs to be happy. But what constitutes a happy dog?  Is it the dog with the most bones? The pooch with the biggest yard? Or is it the dog who expresses his “excitement” the most? Happiness is a constant goal dog owners strive … Continue reading