Why Do Dogs And Cats Lick Us?

Why Do Dogs And Cats Lick Us?

Why Do Dogs And Cats Lick Us? Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I wrote this post because I have two sweet labs who love to lick me but I call it “giving kisses”!  As I type this, Jake is laying next to me giving me kisses on my leg....
Can Dogs Eat Honey?

Can Dogs Eat Honey?

Can Dogs Eat Honey? Happy Monday everyone!  Over the weekend, Jake woke us up at 2:30 am Saturday morning coughing and gagging as if he had kennel cough.  I recently put him on Apoquel for his allergies and gave him one pill which calmed him down.  I called our vet...
Electrical Safety And Your Pet

Electrical Safety And Your Pet

Electrical Safety And Your Pet Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’ve been promising a video from guest speaker, Thomas Domitrovich (AKA My Husband) about electrical safety and pets and here it is!!  Thomas is the Vice President of Technical Sales for Eaton Corporation and...
Can Dogs Get Dry Skin From Chlorinated Water?

Can Dogs Get Dry Skin From Chlorinated Water?

Can Dogs Get Dry Skin From Chlorinated Water? I recently took Jake and Maggie to swim in my sister’s pool and two days later, I noticed dry skin and dandruff on Jake and then Maggie.  This prompted me to do some research as I did not think about the chlorinated water...
Is Weed And Feed Toxic To Dogs And Cats?

Is Weed And Feed Toxic To Dogs And Cats?

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Hope you are all having a great week so far!  Today I’d like to talk about weed and feed for lawns.  Yes, I know…might be boring but so important.  Have you ever stood back and compared your lawn to your neighbors?  I admit that I have.  Our...
Mushroom Poisoning In Dogs And Cats

Mushroom Poisoning In Dogs And Cats

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th weekend.   Today’s post was very easy to come up with because I’ve received several suggestions on blog ideas and poisonous mushrooms was one of them.  Last year we had a problem with mushroom beds...
Frozen Banana Bites

Frozen Banana Bites

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s “Friday Treats Friday” and I hope you are enjoying these as much as I am.  I have to admit that I was a bit stumped this week on what to create for you.  I feel like I’ve been using whole wheat floured recipes so much and wanted to change...
Castor Bean Plant Toxic To Dogs

Castor Bean Plant Toxic To Dogs

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Thomas and I spent the last week and weekend checking off our to-do list.  We weeded, planted, mulched, pressure washed, stained, cleaned, and played with the pups.  Although I am talking about a...
Hamburger Treats

Hamburger Treats

Happy Friday everyone!!  It’s another edition of “Friday Treats Friday” where I give you a homemade treat for your pup!  Today is all about burgers!  I was turning on the grill to make Thomas a burger and thought why not make Jake and Maggie one.  We...
Can Dogs Get Skin Cancer?

Can Dogs Get Skin Cancer?

Can dogs get skin cancer?  The answer is yes!  As with humans, sun exposure is a factor in dog skin cancers. Even though most pups are covered in hair, the sun can still penetrate through the coat and cause damage to sparsely protected areas like the nose and ears....
Protecting Your Pup’s Paws On Hot Pavement

Protecting Your Pup’s Paws On Hot Pavement

Have you ever wondered what the anatomy of a dog’s paw is?  I have and according to AKC, a dog’s paw is made up of skin, bone, tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and connective tissue. That doesn’t sound all that different from our anatomy and for that, we have to be...
Is Parsley Good For Dogs?

Is Parsley Good For Dogs?

I’ve been talking about starting my own (in-house) herb garden for a while now and I finally did it!  Honestly, I was nervous but I have no idea why because there is nothing to it but buying your containers, purchasing your desired herb packets and following the...
How To Protect Your Dog From Venomous Snakes

How To Protect Your Dog From Venomous Snakes

Did you know that in the US about 90 percent of snakebites occur between April and October?  What to do if your pet has been bitten and how to prevent a snake bite. Stay away from high grassy areas, leaf piles, rocks, caverns; any place that you would know a snake...
What Is Dilated Cardiomyopathy In Dogs And Cats?

What Is Dilated Cardiomyopathy In Dogs And Cats?

Dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM occurs in cats where it is associated with a nutritional deficiency.  Dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the most common heart diseases in dogs, according to the Pet Health Network. With DCM, heart muscles degenerate and wear thin. Thinner...
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...
What Is A Sebaceous Cyst?

What Is A Sebaceous Cyst?

Last week I found a small cyst on Maggie’s back in between her shoulder blades which was about the size of a dime?  I made an appointment to see our vet and he explained it was a pimple that would keep getting bigger and eventually rupture. It had to come out.  What...
Animal Finders of Beaver County PA

Animal Finders of Beaver County PA

I reached out to the Beaver County Humane Society last week and in my conversations with them and animal control, I was put in contact with a Dusty Popovich of Animal Finders of Beaver County PA.  If you have a missing pet or know of someone who has lost their beloved...
Do Not Adopt Blacklist

Do Not Adopt Blacklist

Do Not Adopt Blacklist I’ve been trying to keep my blog posts positive and upbeat during this stressful and unknown time in our lives dealing with the Coronavirus but I’m haunted by something that has led me to this point.  I made some phone calls last week and think...
Can Dogs Get Pimples?

Can Dogs Get Pimples?

Can Dogs Get Pimples? Did you know that dogs can get acne just as people do?  Have you ever seen a dog with white and red pimples around their mouth?  When I adopted my old dog Bear years ago from the shelter, he was around 1 year old and I noticed tiny bumps around...
What Is Biofilm?

What Is Biofilm?

What Is Biofilm? Have you ever picked up your dog’s water bowl and dishes and felt a slimy substance on your fingertips?  That is called Biofilm.  A Biofilm forms when certain microorganisms (for example, some types of bacteria) adhere to the surface of some object in...
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...
What Is A Reverse Sneeze In Dogs?

What Is A Reverse Sneeze In Dogs?

What Is A Reverse Sneeze In Dogs? Have you ever heard of a dog reverse sneezing?  I never did until years ago when I witnessed our dog Bear doing something very odd that seemed uncomfortable for him.  I quickly made a vet appointment only to find out he was having a...
What Is Dog Flipping?

What Is Dog Flipping?

What Is Dog Flipping? Can you imagine letting your dog out and after a few minutes wondering why he hasn’t barked at the door to be let in only to find he is gone!!!  The chain is laying on the ground, the gate is closed to the fence, no one has seen your sweet pup...
Road Dogs and Rescue

Road Dogs and Rescue

Road Dogs and Rescue I’m very excited to talk about an interview that I did with Alyssa Thai, Social Media Marketing for Road Dogs and Rescue at https://www.roadogsandrescue.org.  I contacted Road Dogs via a direct message through Instagram wanting to know more about...
Dying Your Dog’s Fur; Cute or Cruel?

Dying Your Dog’s Fur; Cute or Cruel?

Dying Your Dog’s Fur; Cute or Cruel? Thomas and I went into town this weekend for lunch and the Pittsburgh Auto Show at the David Lawrence Convention Center.  If you have never been to a car show, I think it is something fun to try especially if you are in the...
What Is Hydrocephalus?

What Is Hydrocephalus?

What is Hydrocephalus in dogs and cats?  I have an instagram account full of adorable dogs that make me smile.  I also follow organizations that take in dogs with disabilities, put them into foster care to be cared for until they find them forever homes.  I am friends...
When To Make The Decision To Euthanize Your Pet

When To Make The Decision To Euthanize Your Pet

I don’t always have a topic in mind when I sit down to write a blog post.  Sometimes I refer back to my notes that I keep on blog post ideas and sometimes, they arrive to me out of the blue.  Today is one of them.  I was walking through Walmart this morning with my...
Aujeszky’s Disease In Dogs

Aujeszky’s Disease In Dogs

I recently noticed that Jake’s left ear was red and swollen and after a trip to the vet, he has the start of an ear infection and some yeast was showing during the swab test.  During Jake’s visit, I had a conversation with my vet about what I was feeding the dogs and...
Why You Should Never Buy From A Puppy Mill

Why You Should Never Buy From A Puppy Mill

My neighbor in Missouri had the most adorable little Shih Tzu I had ever seen.  He had this quirky look with a droopy left eye and the sweetest personality.  I never asked what was wrong with his face but when she proceeded to tell me where she adopted him and what...
What Does Tethering Of Dogs Mean?

What Does Tethering Of Dogs Mean?

What does “Chaining” or “Tethering” of dogs mean? The term refers to the practice of fastening a dog to a stationary object or stake, usually in the owners backyard, as a means of keeping the animal under control.  These terms do not refer to the periods when an...
The Breakdown And Dysfunction Of An Animals Mind

The Breakdown And Dysfunction Of An Animals Mind

Rene’ Descartes, the 17th century philosopher and mathematician once quotes that animals were not so much organisms but machines, biological devices with no more awareness than a clock.  “Animals eat without pleasure, cry without pain; growing without knowing it....
How To Find Pet Insurance

How To Find Pet Insurance

It’s been an amazing year and I’m so looking forward to what 2020 will bring!  I was so excited when the mail came the other day and we received Jake and Maggie’s TDI certifications.  Jake and Maggie are on their way to doing great things and helping many people.  All...
Three Dog Bakery

Three Dog Bakery

Now that Christmas is over and the house is put back together and as promised, I can get back to blogging.   I am so excited to tell you the good news…drum roll…   Jake and Maggie are officially TDI certified and received their certifications from Therapy Dog...
Pogis Grooming Wipes For Your Pet

Pogis Grooming Wipes For Your Pet

I have been racking my brain over Jake and Maggie and their incessive licking of their paws and how to fix it.  I’ve tried Benadryl, Coconut Oil, and Cortizone 10.  I’ve been told by one vet that they have allergies to grass and another vet that they have...
Noise Anxiety In Dogs

Noise Anxiety In Dogs

I was prompted to do more research on this topic because I am the dog mom who wants to coddle and console the dogs every time they get afraid. Thomas is the dog dad who says…let them go because they will think something is wrong and keep being afraid. I researched the...
Do Dogs Dream?

Do Dogs Dream?

My Question and Answer yesterday sparked some interest with readers on another subject “Do Dogs Dream” and so I thought I’d put together another Q & A!  I’ve always believed that animals dream just like we do.  I’ve also believed that...
Signs Of Dementia In Dogs

Signs Of Dementia In Dogs

This time of year, there are so many animals sitting in shelters.  It breaks my heart because so many of us want the puppy, the younger dog, because they are healthier, less trips to the vet, less maintenance, but what about those senior dogs waiting for their forever...
Is CBD Oil Safe For Your Pet?

Is CBD Oil Safe For Your Pet?

I have been hearing so much about CBD Oil lately and sat down today to do some research on the benefits of giving it to your dog.  I have never tried it nor have I ever given CBD Oil to my dogs but after reading all the good things it can possibly do for your pet, I...
Health Risks Associated With Dogs Eating Poop

Health Risks Associated With Dogs Eating Poop

Thomas and I recently had a conversation with a friend about why dogs eat their own or other dog’s fecal matter and the risks involved.  Yes, we were talking about dog poop with a friend but that’s ok because he is not a dog owner and we were able to educate him just...
Can dogs eat turkey?

Can dogs eat turkey?

With Thanksgiving being next week, we are all busy grocery shopping and making plans for turkey day.  If you are like me and my family, our pets are a big part of our holiday celebration and we love to give them a little holiday treat.  Jake and Maggie do not get...
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...
A Dog’s Five Senses

A Dog’s Five Senses

As pet owners, we tend to assume that we are similar to our dog when comparing “our senses”.  But did you know that a dog’s senses are just like ours…but not!  What are the five senses and what is the most primary sense out of the five?  Dogs can Touch, See, Smell,...
Benefits of yogurt for your dog

Benefits of yogurt for your dog

As I was writing my blog post on the frozen yogurt blueberries (see here), I made sure to make a note to talk about today’s post and the benefits of yogurt for your dog. I want to clarify that I used plain, unflavored, non-fat greek yogurt which I did not state...
Animal obesity

Animal obesity

If your pet is obese, are you guilty of animal neglect?If you ask me, I would say “YES” without a doubt…YES!  If you type “fat dog pic” into your browser, pictures of overweight animals will come up with videos that are supposed to be...
Side effects of the Bordetella Shot

Side effects of the Bordetella Shot

We recently got Jake and Maggie’s shots updated (parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, Bordetella, and rabies).  We wanted to not only update their shots but to make sure they had the Bordetella vaccination because we will be taking them to Therapy Training and...
Dental care for your pet

Dental care for your pet

I’ve had dogs all of my life and fortunately, I have never and hope to never (crossing my fingers) deal with dental problems with Jake and Maggie or any future animals I may adopt.  But many have and what does this all mean for you and your pet.  Animals hide...
Doggie TMJ

Doggie TMJ

 I was getting my hair done last week and my friend and hair dresser, who is a huge dog lover like I am, was telling me his dog was having problems with his mouth not closing properly when he ate.  He took him to the vet to find that he has Doggie TMJ!  I was so...
Toxic Algae Exposure

Toxic Algae Exposure

I typically give you a post on Friday of “What I’m Loving” but today I have to talk about dogs across the South that are dying from Toxic Algae Exposure.  My dad mentioned this to me so I went home and did some research to find out what is going on....
Pig Ears and Salmonella Poisoning

Pig Ears and Salmonella Poisoning

I follow a blog called Proud Dog Mom and recently received a post about Pig Ear Dog Treats Making Humans Sick.  The FDA is investigating and urging all pet owners to stop buying and feeding their pets the pig ears and urging retailers to stop selling them.  The CDC is...
Blueberry, Blackberry, Veggie Freezies

Blueberry, Blackberry, Veggie Freezies

It’s been awhile since I posted a dog treat recipe.  I know I promised you more of those so here is a Blueberry, Blackberry, Veggie Freezie recipe that I found on-line and modified to what I thought Jake and Maggie would like.  I also apologize for missing a...
When is the best time to feed your dog?

When is the best time to feed your dog?

In the past when I had my last three, Bear, Bella, and Lady, I worked full time but always made sure they ate in the morning at 6:00 am and then when I got home at 5:30 pm.  Our schedule was that I would let them out first thing when we got up, fed them as soon a they...
Why does my dogs’ paws smell like Fritos?

Why does my dogs’ paws smell like Fritos?

I have to write this blog because I’ve never experienced this before until I got my sweet little Jakie Poo!  I now have a little monster with Frito smelling paws and a nose that smells like honey (but that is a topic for another blog).   Does your fur baby’s paws...
The cause of hairy dog teeth

The cause of hairy dog teeth

When we were living in MO, I found a wonderful vet who I not only respected as a lover of animals and veterinarian to the community of Eureka but I also enjoyed talking to him on a personal level as well.  What a smart and funny guy!  His name is Dr. Griese and he...
Can dogs get sunburns?

Can dogs get sunburns?

  I was standing out in the yard with the dogs the other day and Jake being Jake, he was giving me a hard time about coming in.  He insisted that he be allowed to lay in the yard and watch the neighbors level off their yard.  We have a new home built next to us and...
What is Kitten Season?

What is Kitten Season?

What is Kitten Season?Have you heard of it yet? If not, this is the time of year when every unspayed, queen (female cat) is likely to have a belly full of babies, or a litter of youngsters by her side.   This is also the time when shelters are getting bombarded with...
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...
Ethanol Toxicosis in Cats

Ethanol Toxicosis in Cats

Happy Monday everyone!  I wrote this post over a year ago but after receiving such great feedback on my questionnaire and more requests to post on cat related topics, I decided to do more research and re-post for those who are new to the blog and to all the cat lovers...
Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats?

Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats?

Is beer and wine toxic to dogs and cats?  The answer is YES!   We may have all seen at one in point in our lives, whether in person or on video, of someone giving a dog alcohol.  I have never seen it in person and I always try to stay positive in my blogging but I...
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...
doTERRA Essential Oils for Dogs and Cats

doTERRA Essential Oils for Dogs and Cats

I’ve been hearing so much about essential oils lately and was excited to meet someone who sells them.  So I set up an appointment with doTERRA Wellness Advocate, Emily McConaughy, and we met to discuss the oils I was interested in.  Let me tell you that I was...
Just Add Coconut Oil

Just Add Coconut Oil

“I asked Jake if he wanted to help me with this blog post and just melted when he gave me this look”. “Then he said heck with it and fell asleep”. LOL This post is for a friend of mine whose sweet little dog has come down with some skin...
Are Sweet Potatoes a “yes” or a “no”?

Are Sweet Potatoes a “yes” or a “no”?

“Waiting for our sweet potatoes”     Since the day we adopted Jake and Maggie, I have given them vegetables as part of their treats.  They love organic baby carrots and zucchini.  I decided to change things up a bit and grabbed some sweet potatoes at the...
Pet Ailments

Pet Ailments

It amazes me that animals can have the same ailments and diseases as humans do and can sometimes be treated the same way as we are.  But just when you think you’ve heard it all, something comes across your email and surprises you.  A good friend of mine had her...
Bottled Water vs. Tap Water For Your Pet

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water For Your Pet

Have you ever considered giving your pet bottled water over tap water or possibly purchasing a filter for cleaner water for your pets?  Water is the most important for your pet but not all tap water is created equal.  Tap water contains less than 5000 parts per...
Safe Paw Ice Melter

Safe Paw Ice Melter

“Jake and his leaves”!!!  “This is his happy face, I promise” :-).  Winter is here!  Jake and Maggie are loving the snow.  Well….they love every season especially fall as you can see by Jake’s pictures.  He loves the falling leaves,...
To Microchip or To Not Microchip?

To Microchip or To Not Microchip?

I’ve recently been contacted by Jen Miller, Editor at Jen Reviews, in response to my blog post (see below) “To Microchip or To Not Microchip?”.  Jen Reviews is the authority on everything food, fitness and home.  All of their writers are experts in...
To Microchip or To Not Microchip?

To Microchip or To Not Microchip?

I’ve recently been contacted by Jen Miller, Editor at Jen Reviews, in response to my blog post (see below) “To Microchip or To Not Microchip?”.  Jen Reviews is the authority on everything food, fitness and home.  All of their writers are experts in...
New treats the healthy way!

New treats the healthy way!

So…Mom made us new treats last night :-). She calls them “chewies” but we know there organic chicken strips from Kroger.   We were waiting patiently on the couch for our “chewies” to be done but it was taking way to long…8 hours is...