We’re Spring Cleaning Here on DogTipper!


It’s spring cleaning time here on DogTipper! With our site now passing 10,000 pages, we’re doing a little virtual housecleaning and rearranging of furniture. One big change will be a move of the pet blog directory to its own domain! Watch for this site launch this month, complete with some new features. We’ll also be […]

Texas Bluebonnets (& a Giveaway!)


Today we’ve been out with Irie and Tiki searching for bluebonnet fields. This winter was a long one so bluebonnets are a bit late this spring. The drought continues in this area and fields are a little spotty, but we still found some great patches for our obligatory Texas spring portrait: And we found another […]

Our Day at Inks Lake State Park


Today has been a little quiet here at DogTipper; we decided to take off today and enjoy the predicted 80 degree weather! We hopped in the car and headed to the Texas Hill Country for a visit to one of our favorite state parks: Inks Lake State Park. Inks Lake is a constant level lake […]

An Icy Day–and TWO Giveaways Tomorrow!


Today we were all set to head to Austin Pets Alive! for Lucky’s neutering…and then an ice storm hit in the middle of the night. We spent all day at home, rescheduled Lucky’s surgery, and wrestled with our Internet connection thanks to an icy dish. On the plus side, we had close to a quarter […]

365: Getting Organized


We’re taking off today to do some much-needed organization here at DogTipper. After researching and writing three books in the past year, the piles (and piles) of paper, research materials, and promotional ideas were getting the best of me! We’re getting ready for the next wave of promotion for the third book, The Healthy Hound […]

Our New Kitten Gets a Name!


We’ve had a busy and super fun weekend with our new kitty! As you know, on Friday (Valentine’s Day!), we adopted a little four-month-old kitten from Austin Pets Alive! For the past three days, he’s been separated from our other cats but soon he’ll be joining the rest of the family. In the meantime, he’s […]

We’ve Adopted a Kitty!


We had the BEST Valentine’s Day ever! We adopted a kitty! We headed to Austin Pets Alive!, an amazing non-profit that’s really helped Austin achieve its no-kill status. Late Thursday evening we’d seen a little four-month-old kitten on their site and we HAD to go see him. We were at the shelter before they opened […]

Remembering Felix, 1999-2014


This has been a very difficult week; we said goodbye to our sweet Felix. We are at a loss for words. We adopted Felix in April 2000; he was a feral cat about 8 months old at the time. He was being adopted as a barn cat but, from that first day, he lived indoors […]

Wordless Wednesday: How Much Longer Will Winter Last?


Use Grammarly’s grammar check because if it’s better to remain wordless if you have bad grammar. Winter in Texas is usually a brief period. While our summers may go on forever (and, if you’ve ever been through August in Texas,  you really will believe they are infinite), winter is usually a minor annoyance. A little […]

Our Nutrish Community Outreach: Adoption Bags!


In last month’s giveaway with prizes of $50 in Nutrish coupons and a subscription to EveryDay with Rachael Ray, I asked for your suggestions in preparing an adoption kit for this month’s community outreach project. You had some GREAT ideas for things, many of them very inexpensive, that could help a new dog adjust to […]