The Week Ahead


Happy Monday! After a busy (working!) weekend, we’re getting ready for a busy week ahead. Our house is filled with banners and boxes for this week’s expo…but we’ve been making time for lots of swimming as well. The temperatures are now right at about 100 degrees, and I’m holding my breath that the creek keeps […]

The Week Ahead, June 7


We wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes during Lucky’s illness and surgery! Two days ago, Lucky had his sutures removed so he is finally free of the cone! (Although I have to admit that he did really well with this soft collar.) He goes back in for an appointment with his internal medicine […]

May 10: The Week Ahead


I hope everyone’s had a very happy Mother’s Day! We had a busy day catching up with a stack of freelance work and work on our Day Trips from Austin book revision. The clock is ticking down to our book deadline so we have some busy weeks ahead. I’ve been meaning the past few days […]

We’re Sending a Guatemalan Child to School for One Year!


Hooray…we did it! Thanks to your purchases in our store and your social sharing of our store with your friends, one child in the community of La Esperanza, Guatemala will be attending school for an entire year! Many of our PawZaar products are produced by about 80 women who belong to Unidas Para Vivir […]

April Showers!


Today we’d planned an Easter egg hunt with Irie and Tiki…but the weather had some other ideas! A heavy drizzle changed our plans but we did get in our twice-daily dog walks, albeit a little damp. As you know, we’ve been in drought conditions for the past several years here, so all rain is always […]

Brush Burning and Breakfast Tacos


This has been one cold week here in central Texas. We didn’t get the snow we were hoping for, just some ice and, today, lots of drizzle which made it a perfect day for burning brush. After the now years-long drought we’ve been in, there are a lot of dead trees on our place. Little […]

Irie and Tiki Get Ready for Day Tripping


This week has been one of the coldest of the winter here–but we’re making plans for many days of travel in the coming weeks. We will be updating our Day Trips from Austin guidebook (Globe Pequot). This book, which features trips within a two-hour driving radius of Austin, was our very first book; the first […]

Why I Love Stray Dogs


As our regular readers know, both Irie and Tiki are former stray dogs. Tiki was found by the shelter; she was sitting on the side of the road. Irie was running through town before being caught by a Good Samaritan and taken to the local no-kill shelter. Before Irie and Tiki, we had another generation […]

Our Big Announcement: PawZaar! #GIVEAWAY


Happy Valentine’s Day! Fifteen years ago today, we launched our first website, our romantic travel site. Today we are super excited to announce that we are launching a new site that combines both our international travel and pet loves in one:! is an online retail store focused on international goods for pet lovers. […]

We’re One Week from a Big Announcement!


Valentine’s Day has been a big career milestone for us since Feb. 14, 2000 when we launched our romantic travel website. For the next eight years, that site grew to become a bigger and bigger part of our livelihood until in 2008 we launched DogTipper. Well, this Valentine’s Day we are launching another new site–but […]

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