Thursday, December 1, 2016

How to Give Your Dog a Pill

When your dog is sick and you have to give medication, how do you get that pill down?

Maybe you do the sticking-the-pill-down-the-dog's-throat thing, where you hold his mouth closed, and rub his throat until the pill is swallowed. That's fine, but I find that my dogs often struggle and resist. So I do the hiding-the-pill-in-some-irresistible-food thing.

My dogs mainly eat dry food. But recently, offered me some awesome wet food to review--Natural Balance LID wet dog food tubs, and I thought--this would be a good food in which to hide Kelly's medication.

Kelly has been diagnosed with Cushing's disease. Together with her veterinarian, we have decided to try a regimen of Flax Seed hulls and melatonin.

I break open the flax seed capsule and sprinkle it over the wet food. I add the melatonin pill. Mix it up. Spoon it on top of Kelly's kibble. And she gobbles it right up! This makes administering her medication so much easier, and no struggle and resisting involved--as far as she knows, she's only getting a yummy treat!

Natural Balance LID wet food is all natural, grain free and contains a single source of protein. We used white fish and sweet potato variety.

Kelly could stand to gain a few pounds, so the extra calories in her food are okay. But if you are worried about calories, adjust the amount of kibble you feed, and use only a spoonful or two of the wet food mixed in.

One of the best things about ordering your pet's food on is that it ships fast. I usually receive my order in one or two days. And no running around to the pet stores and lugging bulky bags.

If you have to give our dog a pill, try hiding it in something yummy, such as Natural Balance LID wet food.

*Full Disclosure--I was given 24 tubs of wet food in exchange for my unbiased opinion. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions here are 100% my own.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Merrick Thanksgiving Dinner for your Dog from #Chewy

While you're planning your Thanksgiving dinner, have you decided what your canine family member will be eating for Thanksgiving? How about Merrick Grain Free Thanksgiving Day dinner? 

 sent us some to sample, and Kelly and Ike really loved it. Ingredients include turkey, sweet potato, carrots, apples, green beans, and peas. It's grain free, with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. And everything about it says Turkey Day!

It's a fun way to share this special day with your special friend. Check it out on

Also, join the #ChewyChat twitter chat on December 8th at 2pm ET hosted by Golden Woofs and Oz the Terrier.

Ike and Kelly are Chewy Influencers and Chewy customers. To be honest, we never thought about having our dog food delivered to our home before we connected with I mean, it didn't seem all that inconvenient to stop at the pet food store. But then, when we found out that can deliver the food we use right to our doorstep, within just a couple of days after ordering, and all for the same price or less than the pet food store, I started thinking about what else I could do with all that time saved from going to the store! Plus, no more lugging heavy bags around...just from the front door to my pantry!

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FULL DISCLOSURE: We were provided with one case (24) of 5.5 oz cans of Merrick Thanksgiving Dinner dog food in exchange for our honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ike's Halloween Costume

It's a bird....
It's a plane....

Happy Halloween!

What costume is your pet wearing this year?

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface Book Review

October Book Review

The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface--Terribibble Twos
by Catherine Pickles
ISBN 978-845849-31-3
published by Hubble & Hattie

Would you like to know what's going on in a dog's mind? Do you like books told in the voice of a dog? Well, here is a book told in the "quite very actual" voice of Worzel Wooface. And I have to tell you that Worzel's voice is both unique and hilarious. Worzel is a Lurcher living in the Suffolk, England. (For those of us living in the U.S., a Lurcher is a mix of greyhound-type breed and another breed, in Worzel's case a terrier.)

The Terribibble Twos is the sequel to The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface, Worzel's  diary of his first year of life. At ten weeks old he was surrendered to a rescue group, after having suffered abuse by his owner and another dog. His new owner, Catherine Pickles and her family--including five cats--nurture, love, and help smooth out Worzel's issues.

Here is an exerpt from the new book, where Worzel is learning to stay home alone:

"January 8
Mission Home Alone: Stage One
Mum's had a word about Mission Home Alone with the man who lives next door, and letted him know wot we're practicing, and sorry about the noise if it happens. Fred is a saint, Mum says, for puttering up with being our neighbour. He's also A Bit Deaf, which helps, happarently. Stage One for Mission Home Alone is that you should not do making a song and dance about going out. ..I was a bit confuddled about this at first."

If you're looking for a sweet, funny and insightful look at a rescue dog "with issues," be sure to check out Worzel Wooface!

Full Disclosure: We were provided with 2 copies of this book for our review. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Do dogs have nightmares?

The evening was peaceful and quiet, just like most every evening, with my husband and I relaxing in the livingroom and our dogs napping on the rug. Suddenly our rescue golden retriever, Ike, started twitching and crying, a soft yelping sound. His paws moved. When we called to him, he awoke, looking around like "What are you waking me for?" Then he seemed fine.

Was Ike having a bad dream?

Research suggests that dogs dream.
1. Scientifically speaking, dog brains are similar to our brains. So if we dream, it seems likely that dogs dream.
2. EEGs indicate that dogs enter a deep sleep stage, just as we do.

Sometimes we surmise that our dog is dreaming about running in a field or chasing a squirrel. Ike's dreams, if that's what they are, seem like bad dreams. Usually not terrifying, but he cries and yelps. He is not a nervous or anxious dog otherwise, so other than gently calling his name to ease him awake when he cries out, we haven't needed to do anything.

We always awaken Ike, but experts suggest that you don't wake up your dog if he seems to be having a nightmare, in case he awakens confused and becomes agitated. I guess you just have to know your own dog and how he/she responds.

Apparently dog dreams are common. Does your dog have dreams? What do you imagine he is dreaming about? Do you think he's having a good dream, or does it seem like a bad dream like Ike?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Talk with Barbara Techel--Wisdom Found in the Pause

I'm delighted to host today a wonderful writer friend and talented lady, who is as true and genuine as they come. She's releasing her new book, Wisdom Found in the Pause. You may know Barbara from Joyful Paws blog. Barbara was nice enough to stop by today and answer some questions and tell us more about her book.

The book is about dogs, and self-discovery. Through love and loss, and joy and grief, a little dachshund named Joie helps Barbara better understand herself. And ultimately, she discovers when we truly devote ourselves to another, we learn that those we love will always be a part of us.
In Wisdom Found in the Pause, Barbara Techel explores both the real-time beauty and long-term benefits of life’s transitional periods. Her first book, Through Frankie's Eyes: One Woman's Journey to Her Authentic Self, and the Dog on Wheels Who Led the Way, told the story of how a paralyzed dachshund named Frankie led Barbara to groundbreaking work with children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. After Frankie’s death, Barbara often felt called to embark on another direction, yet she was reluctant to let go of the purpose and identity she had so closely tied herself to.

Wisdom Found in the Pause is the story of Joie, another paralyzed dachshund, who would serve as Barbara’s teacher, friend, and ultimately angel. Joie’s unexpected death would remind Barbara that the only way to really change our lives is from within. Along the way she received spiritual signposts - some subtle, some profound – that convinced her she was on the right path. Through this journey she realized the most valuable gift we can give ourselves is the time to slow down, hear and heed our inner thoughts, for this is how we will welcome that sweet stillness of being, that wisdom found in the pause.

The Writer's Dog: What inspired you to write Wisdom Found in the Pause?

BT:  I really had no idea I was going to write another book after my first memoir, Through Frankie’s Eyes. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I’d ever write anything again after my dear Joie passed away in late summer 2013.  All I knew was that I was feeling empty, sad, and without a sense of direction, and for a while all I wanted to do was wallow in it. This felt incredibly odd after having been riding high on a purpose that had been so integral to my life for many years.

What transpired during a sabbatical I hesitantly took was a deeper wisdom that I gained about what purpose really is. I think many spend a great amount of time throughout their lives wondering what their calling or purpose is (and I did too!), but the truth of it was revealed to me during a time of transition – that we are here to be happy – that this is the purpose – and that it’s really not attached to some achievement or material possession.

Animals have served as some pretty amazing teachers for me. But little did I know I’d be profoundly affected like I was after the death of Joie.  I learned the value of slowing down and by allowing my inner voice, and what I call heart whispers, to feel safe my thoughts I’d been struggling with were able to rise to the surface. And by doing so, I was granted a deeper level of peace and nuggets of wisdom I don’t know if I’d have found otherwise.

I was inspired to write Wisdom Found in the Pause because one, it was a way in which I could honor the gift Joie gave me, and two, I continue to enjoy encouraging others to search for what it is that matters to them, and to hone in on their own inner voice, so that they too can walk the path that is right for them, and not necessarily what society deems as so.

The Writer's Dog: What is the greatest thing you learned from Joie?
BT: Because Joie was only five years old when she passed away, and I only had her for ten months, I didn’t understand at the time why I wasn’t allowed to have her longer in my life – I felt very cheated. This sent me into a time of transition, which ultimately lasted three years. It was a time when I wasn’t sure what it was I was supposed to be doing next in my life and questioning if we have more than one purpose.

What I came to realize is that slowing down, sitting in contemplation, listening to the silence, and opening to the whispers in one’s heart that answers will come if we just get out of our own way and allow them to.
While I fought being in transition with everything I had at the beginning of it, I came to realize the many gifts it has to offer. If Joie had not left her physical body when she did, I don’t know as if I’d have understood what transition could teach me– or perhaps it may have just come to me later in life.

Joie’s gift to me helped me to understand that I am worthy no matter what I may do and that I didn’t need to prove myself anymore. I came to understand that I could enjoy life at a more deliberate, slower pace that is in alignment with who I authentically am at this time while still setting intentions that are important to me in living a fulfilled and meaningful life.

The Writer's Dog: You had another dachshund with IVDD before Joie. What is the greatest thing you learned from Frankie?

BT:  Oh yes, Frankie! She was the dog that started it all for me in the many blessings of living with, and caring for, a special needs pet. I credit her for helping me to begin giving voice to my truth. She helped me to stand tall in being who I am and accept myself. For many years I had struggled with shame around certain issues, and also almost constantly worried about what others thought about my choices for my life.
Frankie taught me to see that when we are faced with challenges, if we look hard enough, there is always a blessing in a challenge. We learn and grow from our challenges if we are willing to be open to the lessons.

The Writer's Dog: What advice do you have for pet parents whose pet is diagnosed with IVDD?

BT:  There is hope.
·         Don’t give up.
·         Seek out help from others that have gone through this with their own pet. Reach out to a wonderful organization with a wealth of article and information on IVDD,
·         There are many blessings that come from having a pet with IVDD, or any special needs for that matter. They are no different than any other animal in that they just want to be loved. And what you give in love to them, you will get back ten-fold!

     The Writer's Dog: Why do you think we learn so much from our pets?
BT: I think in part because they live in the moment, if you take the time to just sit and be with your pet, you will automatically be filled with a sense of peace.

I also think because they are so accepting and nonjudgmental we can’t help but want to strive for the same thing just by having them in our lives.

And lastly, I truly believe that our pets act as mirrors to us and our emotions. The key is being open to what they are trying to convey to us, even when it’s hard to look at those parts of ourselves. But to remember that our animal friends truly want what is best for us and are only trying to help and guide us.

The Writer's Dog: What do you want people to take away from reading Wisdom Found in the Pause?

       BT:  While I love spreading a positive message about IVDD and that there is hope (which I always will!) there are a few other things I hope people will take away.

One, while it is always difficult to say goodbye to our animal friends, I hope that just like we are doing more and more in our human world, we can find beauty in death, too. To know that just because an animal leaves their physical body does not mean you can’t connect with them at any time you want. It’s just in a new way in which you do so and one in which causes you to sit and be still and feel into that connection.  That in itself is a gift all its own in many ways.

In our busy world, always striving toward something, Joie truly helped me appreciate that no matter what else I may do, I am worthy just as I am.  I will admit that this one I continue to still practice, and likely always will, but learning to be more in a state of being I’ve found a new peace within, and it’s been so rewarding – so much so, I know I will continue to make a conscious effort to do so.

And lastly, I really came to understand that one animal friend moves on, our hearts can expand again – which I did experience with the loss of Frankie, too. But I believe what I gained differently in perspective this time on a deeper level is that each animal comes into our life at just the right time – and leaves when their work is done. And when they do, they then open the door for another to enter our life when the time is right again. They truly are our guides and teachers if we stay open to what they bring to this  world and our lives.

Thank you Barbara for sharing these thoughts with us today!

* You can get Wisdom Found in the Pause on Amazon starting in mid October. Also, Barbara is accepting pre-orders for a special edition with a free gift through September 23rd!

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*Full Disclosure:  I was provided with a free electronic advanced copy of this book for my review, but this in no way influenced my opinions. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ike's Dream- Wordless Wednesday

What do you think Ike is dreaming about? (sorry about the vertical video!)

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Help Spread Awareness about National Guide Dog Month this September

September is National Guide Dog Month, so I decided to learn more about how guide dogs help people who are blind or visually impaired.

Melissa Hudson and Camry, courtesy Guide Dogs for the Blind.

I'm partnering with Natural Balance premium-quality pet food and Guide Dogs for the Blind, a non-profit charitable organization that raises and trains exceptional guide dogs, to recognize the 'Top Human-Canine Teams Who Make Us Believe.'

These nine teams are outstanding examples of the amazing partnerships possible between humans and canines. I was particularly inspired by Ashleigh and her guide dog Yuri. Here's their story:
 Ashleigh Hertzig lives in New York City. Visually impaired since birth, Ashleigh used a cane to get around for years—but found that it became increasingly difficult to be mobile during the wintertime due to dangerous patches of ice on the pavement. These harsh winter conditions—combined with encouragement from her family—got her to consider the possibility of a guide dog. 

Ashleigh Hertzig and Yuri, courtesy Guide Dogs for the Blind

Ashleigh grew up terrified of dogs, but as she began researching Guide Dogs for the Blind, she felt that their positive reinforcement philosophy matched her personal beliefs and values. So she took a leap of faith. When Yuri—a Guide Dogs for the Blind-trained yellow Lab—first walked into her life, Ashleigh remembers he was so excited that he couldn’t stop sneezing. Now, over two years later, they’re so connected that she can’t imagine life without him.

“Being paired with Yuri has changed my life in so many ways. In addition to being my eyes, keeping me safe, and giving me independence, he has also become my best friend—and is constantly by my side,” says Ashleigh. Without Yuri, Ashleigh may have never developed the confidence and independence needed to fulfill her dream of living and working in New York City. She is now able to navigate the city’s fast-paced subway system every day, feeling fully safe and cared for. 

As Ashleigh's story shows, in addition to providing enhanced mobility, guide dogs can also be a social bridge, opening a world of possibilities for friendship and human connection. 

You can check out Guide Dogs to the Blind to read about other amazing human-canine teams. While you're there, consider donating to Guide Dogs for the Blind--there's no better time than National Guide Dog Month to show your support for these incredible people and their four-legged superheroes.

Bruce Gilmour and Marley, courtesy Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide dogs are just one example of how we have special bonds with our dogs. My dogs Ike and Kelly show me how important they are to my life every day. Natural Balance even sent us this cool swag to help us celebrate National Guide Dog Month!

Do you have a special bond with your pet too? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Quartet of Goldens --Wordless Wednesday

We recently attended a therapy dog event at a local university, and 4 out of 5 dogs working there were goldens! Ike was very happy to meet his fellow golden pals! And the students found that patting and hugging the dogs helped make their transition into their freshman year away from home a little less stressful.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

The Brook Hike

When I was a young girl, I used to spend my summers at a camp in the mountains of Vermont. There was a lovely, shallow brook there, and my beagle-lab mix Happy and I would spend warm summer days hiking along the meandering path of the brook. I'd usually wear sneakers to protect my feet. In some places the water was dried up and I'd just walked on rocks. But most of the way it was a few inches deep, cool and clean.

Recently I went back to the place and spent the most beautiful afternoon, brook hiking with Ike. He took to it immediately and seemed to be having as much fun as I was that day.

 I was delighted when he plopped down and basked in the cool water--something he's never done in the little plastic kiddie pool I have for him at home.

I'll never forget reliving my childhood and spending a beautiful day in Vermont with Ike.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Slo-mo Shake! Wordless Wednesday

What? Did you want to see a dog shake in slo-mo? Okay! We gave Ike a bath in preparations for his therapy dog event at a local college. Here he is, shaking it off!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- the New Pet Stamps are Here!

Ike is writing a letter. He needs a stamp.

 Look at these new stamps available now at the post office.  Aren't they adorable?!

Get your pets stamps today!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Kelly and Ike Demonstrate How to Get the Best Dog Food

We love delicious dog food, and we get served up some pretty tasty tidbits! How do we manage this?

Step 1: First, get Mom to order from When it arrives (and it's so fast! It only takes about two days to get to our doorstep!), be sure to investigate the delivery. (Yup! Looks good.)

Step 2: Mom ordered Whole Earth Farms Chicken and Turkey canned food. Sometimes Mom puts it atop our dry kibble. Since we're seniors, we can't chew as well as we used to when we had young pup choppers, so this really softens things up. Look real pathetic until Mom gives you some.

Step 3: Dance at Mom's feet while she opens the can. Whining helps. Take a whiff-- smell that delicious aroma! Whole Earth Farms is grain free and made with high quality natural ingredients. No artificial preservatives, flavors and colors either. See?

Step 4. Devour!  We can just taste that chicken, turkey, chicken liver, sweet potato, peas and carrots. Oh, Mom says it's made in the USA too!

Step 5: Ask for more. Go ahead, it's worth a try!


Step 6:
Repeat Step 2.

Wouldn't you like to try some Whole Earth Farms wet dog food? They make dry food too. And yeah, they also make food for your feline friends (or enemies) (Oops, did I say that?)

*Full Disclosure: I was provided with 12 cans of Whole Earth Farms wet dog food in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wordless Wednesday--Tractor Dog

My husband and I were driving down the street outside of Albany, NY when we saw this sight.

I love that the faithful farm dog gets to ride in the tractor too!

A lovely silhouette. 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tara the Terrier Who Sailed Around the World Book Review and Giveaway

Is Ike dreaming of sailing on the deep blue sea? Or just reading a good book about it?

Ike doesn't have a boat or an ocean, but he makes do with his wading pool.
 You may know Something Wagging This Way Comes blogger Pamela. (If not, you should check her out!) She, along with her hubby and their sweet golden retriever Honey, are living aboard The Meander, living life on the seas. It's fun to hear how a dog handles daily life on a sailboat.

I recently learned of another dog who sailed around the world with her family. Hubble and Hattie, publishers of great dog books (and the same publishers who put out my Dieting with my Dog!) sent me a copy of the book to review and one to give away!

Tara, the Terrier who sailed around the world by Rosemary and Robert Forrester, is a well-told and heartfelt tale of travel and love.

From the publisher:
Tara, the terrier who sailed around the world” is the exciting and touching story of a Jack Russell who had at least nine lives – and many more adventures – with her owners, Rosemary and Robert Forrester, as they sailed around the world on a yacht.
The story begins when Robert flies from Columbia to Florida to buy some essential boat parts, and returns with a six-week-old puppy. Rosemary is both delighted and anxious: how will a dog as lively as a Jack Russell adapt to living at sea? This tiny dog has to learn how to keep her balance on a boat which is tilting sideways one minute, then crashing down on a wave the next; how to find a way to play ball without being washed into the ocean; how to learn to eat fish instead of meat; how to swim in the sea and get back on the boat; how to see-off all potential intruders, including marauding seagulls and customs officials. 
Above all, Tara has to learn how to survive when she is washed overboard – not once, but twice. Rosemary recounts their incredible adventures as they sail from the Panama Canal to Australia, and on to Malaysia and Thailand, where they survive the Boxing Day Tsunami. Finally, their journey takes them through the Indian Ocean to Mozambique, where Tara ends her days. 
For animal lovers everywhere – especially those who like travel and sailing boats – this is an emotional and uniquely entertaining tale.

What makes a Jack Russell terrier a keen fisherdog? When she joined us on Deusa at six weeks old, all of Tara's natural instincts to kill rats or chase foxes down holes became channeled toward a marine existence. What was there to hunt along the beach but scuttling crabs and little silver fish? Tara dedicated her time to running up and down in the shallows, pouncing and snapping at the shadows and shapes that darted and dashed in the clear water.
Lemon sharks liked to hang around the anchored boats, waiting for tasty morsels chucked overboard when cleaning freshly-caught fish on the back deck. these sharks were bold and curious: not afraid of swimmers, especially if they were spearing fish, and would even swim by the shore to check out anything new. They were not dangerous, but the word shark inevitably conjured up an image of Jaws and we were respectful of their presence.
Tara loved the freedom of the beach, and I enjoyed looking for shells while she played in the water. One day, I was some distance away from her when I saw a lemon shark heading in her direction. There was no use calling, as she never liked to be interrupted in her fishing.
I started running back, imagining the shark gliding up to seize her by a slim white leg or black nose as she stuck it underwater. I could now see the shark in the shallows, its fin sticking out of the water as it edged in for a closer look at the strange creature prancing about....

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Would your dog like to sail? Why or why not?

*Full Discolosure: I received one copy of this book to review and one to give away in exchange for my honest review. Opinions here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Home Alone- And Happy! book review and giveaway

What do you do about keeping the dog home alone? Does your dog bark, cry, have accidents or destroy the furniture? Do you feel guilty when you leave the house? What if you were able to help your dog learn to adjust to having you out of his sight?

Kate Mallatratt's book, Home Alone--And Happy! (published by Hubble & Hattie, 2016) is chock full of tips at how you can not only accomplish this, but also help your dog to feel relaxed and happy while you're gone. And I'm giving away a copy of the book at the end of this post.

Many of my friends have this problem with their dogs. While I don't recommend leaving a puppy home alone for long periods of time, there are times you're going to have to leave the house.

One of the ideas in the book is to teach your dog to be comfortable alone before separation becomes a problem. This should be part of your dog's regular training, as important as sit and stay.

The author first explains the home-alone scenario through your dog's eyes, then explains how you can help your dog build independence and learn to relax and enjoy his time alone. She explains various ways to manage your dog's environment, and deals with such questions as:

Should you keep the shades up so he'll be entertained by the view, or down to reduce visual stimulation?

Should you play music, and if so will any music do, or is there specific music that soothes dogs best?

Can certain scents calm a dog?

What kind of toys work best to keep dogs occupied?

Should you offer treats when you leave the house?

Separation anxiety can be stressful for both dog and pet parent. This book can help.

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ISBN: 9781845848613
UPC: 6-36847-04861-7

Author: Kate Mallatratt lives in the U.K. and is a member of the International Canine Behaviorists and Pet Professional Guild for force-free training.

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