A Puppy Momma In a Baby Conversation
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A Puppy Momma In a Baby Conversation

Last weekend we hung out with friends who work with my husband. Several of the couples have had babies in the last year. There was much passing back and forth of the two youngest babies along with conversations about human baby topics. Every adult wanted their turn at holding the adorable babies. They smelled them,… Continue reading A Puppy Momma In a Baby Conversation

How to Get Gum Off a Labrador Paw (And Other Things That Happened on Our Walk Today)
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How to Get Gum Off a Labrador Paw (And Other Things That Happened on Our Walk Today)

Last week I swore off the local park. I promised myself that, at least in the warmer months, I would take Jackson and Tinkerbell to various local and state parks that offered more of a woodsy experience instead of encounters with irresponsible dog owners and random items of trash that my dogs find much faster… Continue reading How to Get Gum Off a Labrador Paw (And Other Things That Happened on Our Walk Today)

Our Newest Dog Sitter
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Our Newest DogSitter

Earlier this month my husband and I went out of town for several weeks to spend time with my family in Florida and to go to our beloved Disney World. This annual trek is so precious because it is our time to be together without anyone needing anything from us and we get to put… Continue reading Our Newest DogSitter

My Dogs are My Self Care
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My Dogs are My Self Care

I thought about that for awhile and realized that I've been participating in self care since that day in 1976 that I wrote about in my book, when I learned the beauty of having a dog as my best friend. It turns out that my dogs are my self care, and I bet that they fall into that category for so many of the readers of this blog and dog owners everywhere.

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Vows, Comfort and Familiarity

My husband and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary earlier this week, and I was thinking about the vows that we took on that day in 2009. Like most couples these days we wrote our own personal vows that we spoke to each other and exchanged rings to the traditional words, "in sickness and in… Continue reading Vows, Comfort and Familiarity

Jackson's 7 Year Gotchaversary
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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

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

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

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

Jax and Tink Prove How Quickly Your Dog Can Get into Trouble 
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Jax and Tink Prove How Quickly Your Dog Can Get into Trouble 

Jax and Tink Prove How Quickly Your Dog Can Get into Trouble by Lynn Stacy-Smith If you've followed my blog or read my book, you know that I have a very firm rule about never allowing Jackson and Tinkerbell to go outside without a human present at all times. This rule is in place for… Continue reading Jax and Tink Prove How Quickly Your Dog Can Get into Trouble 

Networking With Your Dog: Tinkerbell's First Restaurant Trip
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Networking With Your Dog: Tinkerbell’s First Restaurant Trip

Networking With Your Dog: Tinkerbell's First Restaurant Trip by Lynn Stacy-Smith Every June lucky dogs throughout the country are able to go to work with their humans to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day. With a self-employed dog blogger as their dog mom, for Jackson and Tinkerbell, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day.… Continue reading Networking With Your Dog: Tinkerbell’s First Restaurant Trip

Our Search for a Labrador Friendly Camping Trailer
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Our Search for a Labrador Friendly Camping Trailer

Our Search for a Labrador Friendly Camping Trailer by Lynn Stacy-Smith My husband and I have been searching for a camper all spring and summer. We have looked at everything from a luxury fifth wheel (too heavy and too expensive for now) to a teeny tiny 8 foot pop-up camper and everything in between. Well,… Continue reading Our Search for a Labrador Friendly Camping Trailer

Jackson and the tall, wet grass
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Jackson vs. The Tall, Wet Grass

Jackson vs. The Tall, Wet Grass by Lynn Stacy-Smith Neither of my black Labrador Retrievers like to walk on our grass when it gets past a certain length.  Jackson objects to this type of surface more than Tinkerbell. While she will run through it, Jackson stubbornly refuses to step foot on it, which is creating… Continue reading Jackson vs. The Tall, Wet Grass

Jackson, Tinkerbell & Their Obsession with Rice
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Jackson, Tinkerbell & Their Obsession with Rice

Jackson, Tinkerbell & Their Obsession with Rice by Lynn Stacy-Smith Jackson and Tinkerbell love to see who is the door. Is it a human friend who will come in and love up on them? Is it the nice UPS or FedEx people coming to bring them their Canine Caviar or treats? Is it a service person… Continue reading Jackson, Tinkerbell & Their Obsession with Rice

Tinkerbell's Fourth Birthday
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Tinkerbell’s Fourth Birthday

Tinkerbell's Fourth Birthday by Lynn Stacy-Smith Our Tinkerbell turned four yesterday. Of course she doesn't know that four years ago she was experiencing the world from her whelping pen for the first time. She has no idea that we were anxiously waiting for the email from the breeder saying that there were "puppies on the… Continue reading Tinkerbell’s Fourth Birthday

Dogs are Simply the Best Stress Busters
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Dogs are Simply the Best Stress Busters

Dogs are Simply the Best Stress Busters by Lynn Stacy-Smith I've been super stressed out lately. I cannot tell you why because I honestly cannot pinpoint exactly why I feel this way, whether it's the never ending political commentary on the news and on social media (and no giraffe cam to which we can escape)… Continue reading Dogs are Simply the Best Stress Busters

Even the Best Dogs Are Not Always Perfect Dogs
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Even the Best Dogs Are Not Always Perfect

Even the Best Dogs Are Not Always Perfect by Lynn Stacy-Smith As much as I write about the importance of training, as much as I work with my own dogs in a "continuing education" sort of way, and pride myself on well-behaved they are, every now and then one of them just isn't having any part… Continue reading Even the Best Dogs Are Not Always Perfect

Funny Puppy Stories, the Laugh in Love Laugh Woof
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Funny Puppy Stories: The “Laugh” in Love, Laugh, Woof

Funny Puppy Stories: The "Laugh" in Love, Laugh, Woof by Lynn Stacy-Smith The Laugh in Love, Laugh, Woof is all about including laughter and fun in your life with your dog. Whether it is laughing at the funny things dogs do, understanding that dogs enjoy the sound of our laughter and realize it is a… Continue reading Funny Puppy Stories: The “Laugh” in Love, Laugh, Woof