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....
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...
How To Kill Japanese Beetles

How To Kill Japanese Beetles

How To Kill Japanese Beetles Happy Monday everyone!  The one thing that I love the most about this summer is looking out over our patio, porch, and property and seeing all of our hard work coming to life and blooming in colors.  I spent days putting our patio planters...
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...
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...
Dating Apps For Dog And Cat Lovers

Dating Apps For Dog And Cat Lovers

Happy Friday everyone!!  As I sit here typing and watching the news, I’m thinking of the many people who are helping us get through this quarantine from the truck drivers to store clerks to the first responders helping those who are dealing with the devastation from...
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...
Easter Table Ideas 2020

Easter Table Ideas 2020

Easter Table Ideas 2020 Has everyone been enjoying their time away from the office or are you getting stir crazy?  Life really hasn’t changed for us except that Thomas’ travel has been cancelled through May!  We are loving life at home together; he in his office and...
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...
4 Easy Steps To Help You Get Organized

4 Easy Steps To Help You Get Organized

4 Easy Steps To Help You Get Organized Happy Thursday everyone!  What a week it has been!  I’m rushing spring to get here and have been spring cleaning all week!  I set out on a mission to organize all of our closets and drawers and finished up with that today!  One...
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....
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...
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...
Tips For Making A Party Appetizer

Tips For Making A Party Appetizer

I recently posted “How to make a meat and cheese tray for 8 people” and thought I would include this appetizer I made for the holidays.  This cheesy and salty dish is loaded with color and flavor and so easy to make.  Honestly, I think it put everyone in...
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...
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...
Puppy Paws Coffee Company

Puppy Paws Coffee Company

The weekend is almost over and we are winding down on our “to do” list.  Thomas got some Christmas shopping done this morning while I set both the kitchen and dining room tables with out holiday dishes from Pioneer Woman and 222 Fifth.  I’ll be...
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...
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,...
The Nine Different Types of Dog Personalities

The Nine Different Types of Dog Personalities

I couldn’t wait for this post because I’m so excited to tell everyone that Jake and Maggie passed their TDI test on Friday night.  Thomas and I are very proud of them!  I now have to submit all of the appropriate paperwork and then wait for their...
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!...
Holiday Gift Ideas Part 2

Holiday Gift Ideas Part 2

I hope you enjoyed my previous post on Holiday Gift Ideas and wanted to share more with you.  It all depends on how much you want to spend and how elaborate you want to go, but here are some gift basket ideas that might appeal to you.  And we must not forget to give...
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...
What is Littermate Syndrome?

What is Littermate Syndrome?

When we lost our last 3 dogs, Thomas and I said we were going to take a break from being pet parents.   But after only a month, I started looking for another dog.  It didn’t matter to us where the dog came from or the breed.  I just knew that what was meant for us...
Is your dog’s urine killing your grass?

Is your dog’s urine killing your grass?

Have you ever experienced having a dog urinate on your grass and then finding a dead yellow spot in the grass the next day?  All of us pet owners have probably experienced that before which made me curious as to why this happens.  This happens because dog urine is...
Is doggie daycare right for your pet?

Is doggie daycare right for your pet?

We recently took Jake and Maggie to Misty Pines Dog Park and I asked to see their facilities.  Thomas and I have always agreed that we would never board our dogs and we stand by that.  It is either for you or not and we just feel more comfortable not boarding.  The...
Can dogs have identical twins?

Can dogs have identical twins?

I was sitting around the table at Thomas’ family’s house and we were talking about my blog when his aunt asked me if dogs can be born twins.  I said that I thought so and was going to research it.  Turns out that dogs can be born twins and here is how.    ...
What are your rights when losing a pet?

What are your rights when losing a pet?

I first started researching the emotional toll it takes on a pet when you give it up simply because you do not want it.  There have been people in my life who have adopted an animal because they thought it was a good idea at the time only to turn around and give it up...
Why foster a dog?

Why foster a dog?

First I have to say that I could never foster a dog….why?…because it would become mine.  I could never give the dog up.  I would end up with a whole house full of dogs so I admit it is not for me but there are a lot of amazing people out there who can....
Beef liver for your dog

Beef liver for your dog

Have you ever given the thought to giving your dog beef liver?  I have to admit that it has never crossed my mind.  I am always making sure that Jake and Maggie get the best food and treats.  I buy everything organic whether it be a baby carrot for a treat or their...
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...
Is your dog left pawed or right pawed?

Is your dog left pawed or right pawed?

Every day I work with Jake and Maggie and we play “tricks” which involves them getting in my face at the exact time every day and me saying…”Do you want to play tricks?”  They immediately run to the mudroom so I can pull out the treats...
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...
Nine plants mosquitos do not like

Nine plants mosquitos do not like

This is a follow up to my post “Natural Mosquito Repellent” that I blogged about this week.  No sooner did I blog about this topic, did I find more information about plants that mosquitos do not like.  Can you imagine adding all of these colors to your...
Is Foxglove poisonous to dogs and cats?

Is Foxglove poisonous to dogs and cats?

I took advantage of some down time in our schedule last week to get the mulch and landscape finished around our house.  I’m not an ace at landscape design and have to admit that I get a plan in place, head to the garden center and then get completely side...
Natural Mosquito Repellent

Natural Mosquito Repellent

Do mosquitos love you?  They love me!  Well, they don’t actually love me, they love to bite me!!!  One of my readers suggested doing a post on safe and natural mosquito repellent.  Based on my research from previous years and a lot of google searches, this is what...
13 Ways to keep your house clean with a pet

13 Ways to keep your house clean with a pet

Happy belated Cinco De Mayo everyone!  Hope you enjoyed your day.  Thomas and I hung out with Jake and Maggie this weekend.  On Saturday we took them to their 4th training session and they got A+’s again!!  Woo hoo.  We played ball in the yard and I totally missed a...
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,...
What your groomer is really trying to say

What your groomer is really trying to say

We have a wonderful groomer in Eureka, MO that we take Jake and Maggie to for their bath and toenail trim.  They leave smelling good and always have a fun bandana tied around their neck.  But…it’s bit of a different story here in WV.  We went from showing...
One way to know if your dog loves you

One way to know if your dog loves you

One way to know if your dog loves you 1/9/20192 Comments Last week I did a post (see here), that talked about how dogs show their love for you. This week I want to talk about how smiling at your dog can increase their love and devotion for you. I had given Jake and...
7 ways that dogs show their love

7 ways that dogs show their love

“Playing hide and go seek”     Happy Holidays!  I can’t believe it’s 2019!  Jake and Maggie celebrated their second Christmas with us and got lots of toys from their grandma, pap pap, aunt and uncle.  Yes, of course, we spoiled them rotten too!  Last year...
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...
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...
What is Proofing?

What is Proofing?

Sooo, as you all know, we put Jake and Maggie through training and have been working with them using all the “key” words they have learned.  I had no idea I was “Proofing” them until I read more about it.  What does PROOFING mean?  Proofing in...
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...
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,...
What is Littermate Syndrome?

What is Littermate Syndrome?

As I was taking this picture and thinking about how I keep forgetting to cut the string off of Maggie’s collar, I was also wondering about her food…and where to buy her new collar she so desperately needs!  She is staring at me like this because she is...