DIY Ornament For Any Pet Lover

DIY Ornament For Any Pet Lover

DIY Ornament For Any Pet Lover Happy Friday everyone!  Do you have extra material laying around from another project that you have no idea what to do with?  Then you’ve come to the right place!  This DIY Ornament for the pet lovers in your life is perfect for any...
21 Gift Ideas For Pet Lovers

21 Gift Ideas For Pet Lovers

21 Gift Ideas For Pet Lovers Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’ve been thinking of what to get the dogs for Christmas this year and it’s been decided!  Jake and Maggie are getting new doggie beds!  Of course they will be getting new toys and treats and this got me thinking...
Ways To Save On Pet Expenses

Ways To Save On Pet Expenses

Ways To Save On Pet Expenses Happy Monday everyone!!  We got a delivery on Saturday from SmartyPaws Vitamins for the dogs, see previous post (HERE) and I said to Thomas, between their insurance (HERE), organic food, organic treats, vitamins and probiotics, I need to...
How To Remove Pet Hair

How To Remove Pet Hair

How To Remove Pet Hair Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  If you are like me, you take your dogs everywhere with you and that means dog hair in your car. Do you allow your pets to enjoy naps on the couch? How do you remove pet hair?  It is so...
Tips To Staying In A Hotel With Your Cat

Tips To Staying In A Hotel With Your Cat

Tips To Staying In A Hotel With Your Cat Happy Monday everyone!!  Thomas and I went to dinner on Saturday night and we started talking about all of the home projects we have completed this year.  We decided back in January that this would be the year to check the...
Questionnaire Results

Questionnaire Results

Happy Monday everyone!!!  I want to thank everyone for participating in my questionnaire.  I really appreciate the time you took and all of your invaluable feedback.  I’ve listened and will implement all the changes. From time to time, I will put out a few questions...
Puppy Party Ideas

Puppy Party Ideas

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Thanks for tuning in to the second part of Jake and Maggie’s birthday party.  See the first part HERE.  There was so much information and fun pictures that I couldn’t fit it all into one post.  I’ve been told I’m a...
Air Filters And Pet Dander

Air Filters And Pet Dander

Spring is finally here!  It has been a chilly one and it hasn’t stopped my allergies from knocking me off my feet!!  I’m glad Jake and Maggie have such thick healthy coats to protect them but I’ve noticed as spring moves forward, they are shedding a bit more.  The...
Can You Claim Your Dog On Your Taxes?

Can You Claim Your Dog On Your Taxes?

Can You Claim Your Dog On Your Taxes? This post might be a little late for some of you, but I thought about it today and did some research.  Can you claim your dog on your taxes?  I have always been told “no” but wondered…are there any loop holes??  Now that...
Do Dogs Understand Personal Space?

Do Dogs Understand Personal Space?

Do Dogs Understand Personal Space? Do dogs really understand the meaning of personal space?  I don’t think Jake and Maggie do.  I’m sure we are all sick of talking and thinking about the Coronavirus.  I know Jake and Maggie are!  Every activity I think of...
How To Protect Your Pet During A Tornado

How To Protect Your Pet During A Tornado

How To Protect Your Pet During A Tornado This post is dedicated to Nashville and all those who have lost their homes and loved ones due to the tornado that hit on Tuesday morning.  It is also dedicated to the many animals who were scared and have lost their lives in...
Traveling With Your Pet

Traveling With Your Pet

Traveling With Your Pet Are you tired of this wintery weather and looking forward to spring?  Do you have any camping trips planned this year with you and your pet?  Before you and your BFF hit the trails, make a check list of what you need to bring.  Don’t forget any...
Benefits Of Therapy Dogs In Schools

Benefits Of Therapy Dogs In Schools

Benefits Of Therapy Dogs In Schools With Jake and Maggie passing their second TDI test with Thomas as their handler, we can now all volunteer together.  I’m so excited because Jake and Maggie are signed up to do some reading classes for the children at two local...
Careers Involving Animals

Careers Involving Animals

Careers Involving Animals What did you want to be when you grew up?  Did you stay on track and become what you always wanted or did you veer off choosing another profession?  I wanted to be a veterinarian but as time went on, I changed my mind and went into business....
Are Gentle Lead Head Harnesses Effective?

Are Gentle Lead Head Harnesses Effective?

I recently posted pictures of Jake and Maggie on Instagram that were taken during one of our walks around our neighborhood.  In those pictures, they are wearing a gentle lead head harness no pull lead that I bought from Chewy.com.  These leads were used in our...
Games You Can Play With Your Dog

Games You Can Play With Your Dog

With the winter here and cold weather keeping us all bundled up inside, I have not been diligent in taking Jake and Maggie for their walk.  We haven’t played frisbee much outside lately either and there are days where the dogs get bored.  We play our tricks in the...
How The Pet Industry Has Grown

How The Pet Industry Has Grown

With the pet industry exploding in growth opportunities, I thought I would put together some statistics on pet ownership, cost per month, and how advanced we have come in our thinking about the quality of food, treats, care, services, and technology.  We are now...
How To Teach Children To Be Kind To Animals

How To Teach Children To Be Kind To Animals

How to teach children to be kind to animals?  How else can a child know the difference?  I was once told that animals do not have personalities or feelings.  I was an adult participating in this conversation and could not for the life of me rationalize the words my...
Gift Wrapping Ideas

Gift Wrapping Ideas

We all know how to wrap gifts.  Some are fantastic at it while others just want to get the job done.  Personally, I love to wrap gifts.  I find it relaxing and enjoy picking out the wrapping paper as much as I do picking the gift out.  For me, it is about putting a...
Health Risks Of Sleeping With Your Pet

Health Risks Of Sleeping With Your Pet

How many of you sleep with your dog? Thomas and I sleep with Jake and Maggie every night and honestly, I love it!!! Jake and Maggie have two different sleeping styles with Maggie curling up into a ball at the bottom of the bed and Jake literally sharing a pillow with...
How Dogs Benefit Children

How Dogs Benefit Children

I was fortunate to grow up in a family of animal lovers.  My parents bought a small farm that they renovated over the years and my farther fenced in acreage for two horses, three ponies, and two baby calves!  Of course, my sister and I, saved every stray cat and dog...
TDI Test Requirements

TDI Test Requirements

Wow!  What a week so far!  Jake and Maggie have been training for their TDI test (well, you already know because I’ve been talking about it so much) and here I go again…it is THIS FRIDAY!!!  Jake goes first at 5:30 pm and Maggie is last at 6:30 pm!...
What to do when your dog acts up at the vet

What to do when your dog acts up at the vet

Soooo…..I took Jake and Maggie to the vet last night to get their preventative shots for Lyme disease and they acted as if they had never had a day of training in their lives!!  I could see the vet tech looking at me and I knew what she was thinking…get...
20 Ways to photograph a black dog

20 Ways to photograph a black dog

I can’t tell you how many pictures I’ve taken of Maggie only to delete them because they didn’t turn out right.  I don’t have a problem with Jake. He is very photogenic and takes better pictures and quite possibly because he is chocolate and...
13 Ways To Keep Your House Clean With A Pet

13 Ways To Keep Your House Clean With A Pet

13 Ways To Keep Your House Clean With A Pet This is a re-post with a much needed photo update as well. Happy Wednesday everyone!  So I’m walking through the house this morning thinking about how badly my hardwood floors need waxed and thought I’d do a post on cleaning...
What is the Canine Good Citizen Program?

What is the Canine Good Citizen Program?

Jake and Maggie have had another big week.  We completed our second week of Canine Good Citizen Training in Burgettstown, PA with Blue Ribbon Dog Trainers. ​What is the Canine Good Citizen Program?The American Kennel Club started the canine good citizen program in...
Hot Spots: How to treat and prevent

Hot Spots: How to treat and prevent

“Jake came back from Country Dog Grooming in Eureka, MO very tired and styled with his safari bandanna”. “The groomer said he was a good boy”.   We are in Missouri right now and one of the things I love about living here is that it is very dog...
Pets, Wills, and Trusts

Pets, Wills, and Trusts

Many of us don’t think about creating a Will for ourselves and our families let alone one for our pets.  And working with an attorney can be expensive.  Many don’t think about what happens once they pass and the living pet is now left without a home or...
Six ways to alleviate pet anxiety

Six ways to alleviate pet anxiety

I’ve recently been helping a friend with a situation involving a very sweet Portuguese Water Dog whose owner has passed away.  She came as a pair with her brother but the family has split them up leaving this poor sweet girl to find a new home.  She is now with my...
One sure way to travel with your pet

One sure way to travel with your pet

Did you know that Pittsburgh, PA has been ranked #7 as a foodie destination? I’ve been watching the transition over the years and the addition of many delicious restaurants which Thomas and I have had the pleasure of trying. Now that we have Jake and Maggie,...
How to eliminate pet stains and odor

How to eliminate pet stains and odor

“Maggie loves to climb up on her daddy, lick his head and then look out the window”.  “He has 73 pounds sitting on his shoulder”. LOL “Jake just loves to relax”.  “Maggie went looking for me and had to show me her new...
5 ways to occupy your pet during the holidays

5 ways to occupy your pet during the holidays

With Thanksgiving having just past and Christmas right around the corner, Thomas and I have been shopping, dining, and checking things off our “to do” list around the house.  We are so excited because this will be Jake and Maggie’s second Christmas...
Boredom No More

Boredom No More

Jake and Maggie are now 11 months old and have learned so much in their short little lives.  They are incredibly smart and have picked up all of their commands at Casey Ray’s STL Dog Training in Wildwood, MO very quickly.  Our trainer and owner, Shelly, used her...
Keeping Your Dog Calm During A Thunderstorm

Keeping Your Dog Calm During A Thunderstorm

Two days after arriving home from Missouri, we had some bad weather come in and we experienced torrential downpours, high winds, thunder, and lightning.  The pups have been out in all weather from hot days to cold nights, falling snow and rain, and have never been...
Keep Em’ Busy

Keep Em’ Busy

We all have responsibilities that take us away from the quality time we want to spend with our pets and worse yet, we get sick and we still have the responsibility to take care of them.  We have all had the flu a time or two in our lives and we know how it can zap...