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12 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool

With a heat wave sweeping across the country, we thought it was a good time to go over some easy tips for keeping your dog safe and comfortable during the hot summer. This is a topic about which we have plenty of experience…here’s our local forecast: Stay indoors Irie and Tiki hang out indoors by […]

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe During Fireworks #infographic

Well, the calendar may not say July 4th yet, but the fireworks have already started in our area. Last night, just minutes before I took Irie and Tiki out for their evening potty run, up started the fireworks. Needless to say, that bathroom break didn’t occur until the middle of the night… With the Fourth […]

What to Do If You Find a Lost Dog

Just a few weeks ago, John and I were driving back home from a restaurant dinner. About halfway home, we saw a man and woman on the sidewalk, both looking down a busy street and pointing. Before we got any closer, I had already guessed what they were watching: a lost dog. Sure enough, a […]

Is Your Dog Ready for the Fourth of July?

The countdown’s on for the Fourth of July weekend. I have to say that I’m somewhat dreading the long weekend of fireworks. Since the holiday falls on Monday this year, the fireworks will start Friday and just keep on going… Sadly the Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous days for your dog, […]

Preventing Heatstroke in Dogs

We’ve been lucky so far this spring…although the temperatures are already flirting with the 90s, we haven’t had any hot, hot days. Yet. Living in Texas, hot weather is just a fact of life for at least four months of of the year. We’ll soon be approaching triple digits, and the high temps will remain […]

7 Tips for Hiring the Perfect Dog Sitter

As we quickly approach the summer travel season, today we have a a very timely guest post from Ashley Jacobs, the founder of Sitting for a Cause, a pet sitting website that donates 50% of their profits to animal-related causes. She is passionate about helping animals in need and resides in Newport Beach with her […]

Shopping for a Dog-Friendly Car

OK, let’s get one thing out before we begin this discussion: my interest in cars is pretty much limited to (1) I want the car the start when I turn the key and (2) I want everyone in the car to be comfortable and safe as we travel. Perhaps partially because of that fact, we […]

Training Your Dog with Positive Reinforcement

As our regular readers know, both Irie and Tiki were trained using positive reinforcement techniques, something we credit both for moving along their training faster and for creating a deeper bond between us. Today we have a special guest post from Aly DelaCoeur of the dog training video site WhyDoesMyDog.com about positive reinforcement training. Positive […]

How to Prevent Canine Tick Problems

Living in the country, we’re no stranger to ticks. With warm weather right around the corner, we know that ticks will be arriving soon, too. Today we have a post and infographic on this important topic from Carrington College to help you prepare for these unwelcome spring arrivals. Ticks are extremely resilient creatures. They live […]

How to Give Your Dog a Bath During the Winter Months

We may be counting down until the calendar switches from winter to spring–but in many locations, warm weather lags far behind that switch of seasons. We usually bathe Irie and Tiki outdoors but, during the winter months, that bathing routine has to switch up a bit unless the temperatures rise into the mid-80s where we […]

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