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“But I Don’t Need a Show Dog” an article by Terri Lewin Gilbert

This article by Terri Lewin Gilbert provides an excellent explanation of why professional breeders who participate in conformation events are recommended for puppy buyers who are looking for purebred dogs as pets. But I Don't Need a Show Dog by Terri Lewin Gilbert

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A Manatee, a Bird, and Faith in Humanity

I have a confession to make, although it probably is not a very earth-shattering one. I am easily distracted by animal videos. Yep. They get me every time. It's why I sat and watched and waited for April the Giraffe to give birth last year. It's why I end up pulled into the antics of… Continue reading A Manatee, a Bird, and Faith in Humanity

Homemade Sweet Potato Treats
A Healthy, Holistic Body for Your Dog, Blogs, Creating a Holistic Life for Your Dog

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats

We go through a lot of dog treats in our house. A lot. I may be well educated on how to create a happy, healthy lifestyle for your dog, but I've never said I wasn't a pushover. I mean, it's not like my dogs aren't well behaved and trained, so it's ok if they get a treat… Continue reading Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Identifying and Choosing a Responsible Breeder
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Identifying and Choosing a Responsible Breeder

If you have decided that a purebred puppy is the right dog for you, there is still a considerable amount of research to be done to ensure that you find a responsible breeder who is breeding dogs for the right reasons and with a professional level of knowledge. Buying a purebred puppy from a breeder is more than… Continue reading Identifying and Choosing a Responsible Breeder

Jackson's 7 Year Gotchaversary
Blogs, Life with Jackson & Tinkerbell

Jackson the Labrador’s 7 Year Gotchaversary

Seven years ago today I met one of the great loves of my life. I had already fallen in love with him through email and photos and stories of how special he was, and meeting him in real life for the first time just sealed the deal. His first kisses solidified in my heart that… Continue reading Jackson the Labrador’s 7 Year Gotchaversary

Organic Lawn Care Options: DIY or Hiring a Service
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Organic Lawn Care Options: DIY or Hiring a Service

Growing up where I did, we never cared about having a perfect lawn. In fact, most of our property was heavily wooded and forest-like, which was the whole reason my parents purchased it in the first place. Once a week Dad would mow while I used the hand trimmers around the rock gardens, and that… Continue reading Organic Lawn Care Options: DIY or Hiring a Service

7 shareable links about lawn care herbicides
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7 Sharable Links About Lawn Care Herbicides and Dogs

In my most recent post, The White Flags of Springtime, I wrote about lawn care chemicals, dogs,  the studies that several universities have done linking lawn care chemicals like 2,4-D to dogs, and some measures that I take on a daily basis to try to minimize Jackson and Tinkerbell's exposure to these chemicals. I also promised… Continue reading 7 Sharable Links About Lawn Care Herbicides and Dogs

The White Flags of Springtime: Being a Dog Owner in a World of Chemically Treated Lawns
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The White Flags of Springtime: Being a Dog Owner in a World of Chemically Treated Lawns

The white flags are back, a sign of spring here in suburbia. I saw them yesterday as I walked with Jackson and Tinkerbell through our neighborhood, and I felt the annual flood of stress, frustration and disappointment that I feel every spring when so many homeowners in our neighborhood hire traditional lawn care companies to… Continue reading The White Flags of Springtime: Being a Dog Owner in a World of Chemically Treated Lawns

a sick dog on a sunday
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A Sick Dog on a Sunday

A Sick Dog on a Sunday by Lynn Stacy-Smith I hate Murphy's Law. I prefer to follow the more positive, manifesting-good-stuff-from-the-universe mindset that everything is going to be awesome and work out. But then Murphy's Law strikes...you know, the whole "whatever can go wrong, will go wrong" nonsense. As far as dogs are concerned, Murphy's… Continue reading A Sick Dog on a Sunday

Jackson's Awkward Snuggling
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Jackson’s Awkward Snuggling

Jackson's Awkward Snuggling by Lynn Stacy-Smith If you've read my book or followed my blogs, you know that when Jackson was just two and a half weeks old, he sustained a broken leg. It was a freak accident in which his mother must have leaned on him in just the wrong way with her elbow… Continue reading Jackson’s Awkward Snuggling

Springsteen Lyrics, Dog Training, and What They Have in Common
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Springsteen Lyrics, Dog Training, and What They Have in Common

Springsteen Lyrics, Dog Training, and What They Have in Common by Lynn Stacy-Smith The other day I was driving in my car, and I turned on the radio. Of course it was set to its usual position on Sirius XM's EStreet Radio, which is where it remains whether I'm running down the backstreets, if I'm… Continue reading Springsteen Lyrics, Dog Training, and What They Have in Common

CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN, NOT YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS
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Consult Your Veterinarian, Not Your Facebook Friends

Consult Your Veterinarian, Not Your Facebook Friends by Lynn Stacy-Smith Jackson has not been feeling well this week and I have been a worried dog parent. After two trips to the vet and several medications later, he seems to be getting back to his normal self. I was elated to see happy tail wagging and… Continue reading Consult Your Veterinarian, Not Your Facebook Friends

Jackson and the Tissue and the Angel Dogs in Our Life
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Jackson, the Tissue and the Angel Dogs in Our Life

Jackson,  the Tissue and the Angel Dogs in Our Life by Lynn Stacy-Smith Friday was a hard day for my dog loving friends. For one friend it was the one year anniversary of the passing of her beloved Golden Retriever who passed away at just ten years old after a battle with hemangiosarcoma, a type… Continue reading Jackson, the Tissue and the Angel Dogs in Our Life

Christmas Puppies & Winter House Training Tips
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Christmas Puppies & Winter House Training Tips

Christmas Puppies & Winter House Training Tips by Lynn Stacy-Smith As I stood outside with Jackson and Tinkerbell today in the 2 degree weather, waiting for them to do their bathroom business, I thought about the puppies who found new homes over the holidays and the owners who are hopefully going through the extremely important… Continue reading Christmas Puppies & Winter House Training Tips

The Problem with "Rescuing" Pet Store Puppies: Saving a Life or Creating Open to Buy?
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The Problem with “Rescuing” Pet Store Puppies: Saving a Life or Creating Open to Buy?

The Problem with "Rescuing" Pet Store Puppies: Saving a Life or Creating Open to Buy? by Lynn Stacy-Smith Sometimes it seems unbelievable that I am still writing anti-puppy mill content in my mid-forties, since I first learned about the horrific practice of commercially breeding dogs in puppy "mills" all the way back in high school… Continue reading The Problem with “Rescuing” Pet Store Puppies: Saving a Life or Creating Open to Buy?

The Right Way to Add a Dog to Your Home at Christmas
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The Right Way to Add a Dog to Your Home at Christmas

The Right Way to Add a Dog to Your Home at Christmas by Lynn Stacy-Smith In our last blog, The Christmas Puppy Problem, we talked about the problem with Christmas puppies that are purchased on a whim by humans who have not considered the lifetime commitment and the work involved. We discussed how the adorable… Continue reading The Right Way to Add a Dog to Your Home at Christmas

The Christmas Puppy Problem
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The Christmas Puppy Problem

The Christmas Puppy Problem by Lynn Stacy-Smith I was browsing through Facebook several days ago when I came across a video from our local Fox affiliate, Fox 32. The first sentence of the story was, "If a dog or puppy is on your holiday shopping list - be careful." "Are you kidding me?" I said out loud in… Continue reading The Christmas Puppy Problem

Jax, Tink and Canine Standard Time
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Jax, Tink and Canine Standard Time

Jax, Tink and Canine Standard Time by Lynn Stacy-Smith Although Daylight Savings Time ended over three weeks ago, for Jackson and Tinkerbell the time change just happened two weeks ago when my husband and I returned home from two weeks out-of-town. It has not been an easy transition. To say that Jax and Tink are… Continue reading Jax, Tink and Canine Standard Time

Disney Vacations and Epic Labrador Greetings
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Disney Vacations and Epic Labrador Greetings

Disney Vacations and Epic Labrador Greetings by Lynn Stacy-Smith Walt Disney World in Florida is known as The Most Magical Place on Earth, while Disneyland in California is famously referred to as The Happiest Place on Earth. For those of you who love dogs and Disney like I do, we all know that the happiest and most magical… Continue reading Disney Vacations and Epic Labrador Greetings

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National Pit Bull Awareness Month: A Celebration of “Pit Bull” Type Dogs

National Pit Bull Awareness Month: A Celebration of "Pit Bull" Type  Dogs by Lynn Stacy-Smith I had so much fun celebrating black dogs and cats on Friday, October 13 and featuring the awesome dogs of my readers, that I could not let National Pit Bull Awareness Month come to an end without a celebration of… Continue reading National Pit Bull Awareness Month: A Celebration of “Pit Bull” Type Dogs