In this journey as a canine lifestyle blogger, I have met a lot of fellow business owners at various networking meetings and events, who have started unique companies based on their own passions and professional skills. Through networking and coffee outings, I have become friends with some very awesome fellow entrepreneurs, including author, artist, and… Continue reading Kids With a Heart for Dogs
Yesterday I was out for coffee with a new friend who I met through my favorite business networking group. Of course, as a dog lifestyle blogger and lifelong dog lover, I tend to bond with other dog lovers. During our conversation, my friend and I talked about her adult age son and his dog, who… Continue reading Pivoting and Adapting as a Dog Owner
The other day I read that January 14 is the day each year that most people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions. On that day, I also happened to see the first “I need to sell my puppy, he has too much energy for this family” post on the Next Door social media platform.… Continue reading The Imperfect Experience of Raising a Puppy
Earlier this month I wrote about my new Nimble Wireless RV Pet Safety Monitor that I was excited to try in our new camper...and then we sold the camper! I'm kinda sad because we spent so long looking for the camper, and it was so perfect for us, but we got an offer we couldn't… Continue reading My New RV Pet Safety Monitor Part 2: Setup and Testing
In my most recent blog, I wrote about my weekend adventures running a farmer's market booth for a pet treat company and all of the dogs I got to meet and treat with samples. What I failed to mention was that on the second day, I developed heat exhaustion, and it was terrifying. I had… Continue reading The Nimble Wireless RV Pet Safety Monitor in the Home
When I picked up little eight-week-old Jackson to bring him home, one of the things to which I agreed was that I would take him to obedience school. I happily agreed, partially because even though I had lived with dogs my entire life I had not had a puppy in fifteen years, and partially because… Continue reading Dog Trainers Make Me Happy!
Last year my husband and I spent most of the spring and summer shopping for a travel trailer style RV, which I blogged about in the post, Our Search for a Labrador Friendly Camping Trailer. A few weeks later we purchased a super cool model called the TrailManor that folds down like a big pop-up but… Continue reading My New RV Pet Safety Monitor
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
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
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 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
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? 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 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 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 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
Collar Safety Awareness Week: The KeepSafe Break-Away Collar by Lynn Stacy-Smith Earlier this year, I shared with you the importance of ensuring that the information on your dog's identification tags is up to date in case he or she is lost. Later in the summer I also shared some important information on pet collar safety,… Continue reading Collar Safety Awareness Week: The KeepSafe Break-Away Collar
Barbie with Newborn Pups: Backyard Breeder Kit or Innocent Toy? by Lynn Stacy-Smith For someone who always appears so happy and put together, Barbie has certainly done her share of stirring the proverbial pot over the course of her immortal life span, from the unrealistic shape of her figure to some of the bad choices… Continue reading Barbie with Newborn Pups: Backyard Breeder Kit or Innocent Toy?
The Dogs You Meet at a Rescue Event by Lynn Stacy-Smith As both a dog lover and a dog professional, my favorite part of being a sponsor or vendor at dog related events is visiting with the actual dogs, even though sometimes my heart feels like it is going to break when I hear the… Continue reading The Dogs You Meet at a Rescue Event