How My Kids Prepared Me for Being a Dog Owner

A lot of people say that having a dog is good preparation for being a parent. Well, I acquired my dependents a different order and I have to say that the reverse is true as well. I don’t like to think of my children as guinea pigs, but they did do an excellent job of breaking me in to become a dog owner. I’ve never owned a dog before and was never very interested in the idea. But exactly one year ago this week, my life was forever changed when a former colleague of mine posted this on Facebook: ...more
ynotlayabout Thanks for the advice! I do worry sometimes that my 3yo is in his face too much, ...more

The Story of an Elevator Fish: My Kid Picked the Weird Fish

As I mentioned several weeks ago, my daughters each received fish tanks for Christmas. You can read about my oldest daughter's ultra romantic fish couple here. I've held off blogging about my youngest daughter's three fish because, well, they're ... kinda odd. Weird, actually. ...more
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Choosing the Right Dog for Your Life

Ever feel like something is missing from your life -- perhaps a void that can only be filled by a furry best friend? Once you recognize you want a dog, the biggest challenge is selecting the right breed for your specific circumstances. Of course you want a dog that you like the look of, but there are more factors that go into choosing a dog. Just like people are individuals, dogs have unique personalities too – largely influenced by their breed....more
Super like!!!! I have a Pomeranian since 10 years at my Mom's place and she is our life. She is ...more

Happy Easter from the Easter Puppies!

The whole gang wanted to wish you a very happy Easter... ...more

Why Has Buying Pet Food Become More Expensive Than People Food?

First, let me say this: I am sentimental about my pets. I refer to them as my "babies," talk baby talk to them, play with them when I should be cleaning the house and spend purr and pet time with them when I should be writing. However, recently my cat Bob became sick. After a $200 visit to the vet, my six-month old "baby cat" was found to have a urinary tract infection. And thus came the "it costs how much?!" cat food frustration....more

Calming Signals: Are You Listening?

 If you are standing next to your horse and he looks away, do you think he’s distracted or even disrespectful? When your horse yawns, is he sleepy or bored? If he moves slowly, is he lazy? These are important cues from your horse, are you hearing him correctly?...more

What Happens When Dog Meets Pollen?

I think my dog might be allergic to pollen... You be the judge! *Click image to read full story*...more

Training Condifence and Trust.

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confessions of a bad dog parent

(How could I be mad at this face, right?)I have to...more

A to Z Challenge: On Dillon

I don't have children... I have dogs.  And, I always scoffed at the thought that you could love one child more than the other.  Seriously, they're your kids.  You love them equally, right?...more

Dressage on a Rescue: Doing More with Less.

 Photo: Andante, ex-PMU, casts a giant shadow....more

Don't Be a Chicken-To Buy Spring Chickens!

 It’s that time of year again, here in the South, where all the agriculture supply stores pull out their medal tubs and put out those cute and cuddly little chicks and ducklings! I personally have to remind myself not to buy anymore birds, as I already have too many. ...more

Pets on the Move – How to Help Them with the Transition

Moving to a new home is stressful for every family member, including your family dog. “Spot” can easily adapt to a new home and an unfamiliar environment, but you have to help him through the transition.  Read on for some tips on how to reduce stress on your pet and make your family’s move easy! Before you move…...more