How to Ride an Elevator with Your Dog

Recently we stayed at a La Quinta with Irie and Tiki and enjoyed a third floor room. While we often took the stairs to walk off the many hours we’d spent in the car and on a nursing home visit, we also took the elevator numerous times. Irie and Tiki both did great but I […]

What is Dry Drowning–and Is Your Dog at Risk?

Recently we shared with you our tips for your dog’s first beach vacation. But whether it’s your dog’s first trip to the beach or, like us, a weekly getaway to a lake beach, it’s important to take precautions to make sure your dog doesn’t get into trouble with the potentially deadly elements of extreme heat […]

12 Tips for Traveling with Your Dog in Extreme Heat

We love summer, and we love traveling with our dogs–but sometimes the two just don’t mix. When temperatures reach dangerous levels, we generally postpone our dog travel for more temperate days. Sometimes, though, life gets in the way and you just HAVE to travel. We recently had to make a nursing home visit with four […]

Your Dog’s First Beach Vacation

This post is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, a research-driven pharmaceutical company standing for innovative healthcare products for people and animals for more than 130 years. All opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. This blog is part of a series that can be seen in full on the It’s a Dog! website. […]

How Hot Is TOO Hot for Your Dog?

How hot is TOO hot for your dog? With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees here every day into the foreseeable future, we have to schedule our dog fun in the early morning (evening remain too hot) or around the water. The temperatures are too hot for our dogs’ paws and for them to cool themselves […]

Using Your Dog’s Meal as Training Treats–and Travel Treats!

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own. Irie and Tiki are nine years old now but, just as when they were puppies, their training goes on. I have them sit before I open our gate, they sit before they’re fed, and I use signals rather than spoken commands with […]

Ask the Vet: Cancer Treatments for Dogs

A cancer diagnosis in your family is a scary thing–including when that family member is one with four legs. Today more cancer treatments are available to dogs than ever before and, with that, more specialized cancer treatments so that dogs can live life to the fullest. Recently we reached out on our social media channels […]

5 Ways to Enjoy the Backyard with Your Dog This Summer | #Giveaway

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own. At our house, summer means outdoor fun–for us and for Irie and Tiki. Early morning hikes (before the heat sets in), wading in the creek (once the temperatures start to rise), and trips to the lake mean exercise for us and for […]

Preparing for a Natural Disaster | National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May is a month of renewal in nature…a time for budding flowers to blossom and the next generation of wildlife to take their first tentative steps out into the world. Along with the beauty, however, the season also brings destruction, with tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather events reminding us of the fragility of our […]

Renaming Your New Dog: 2 Easy Tricks!

Should you rename your newly-adopted dog if you don’t like his or her name? Let’s face it: some names just don’t roll off our tongues with ease. Other names bring up unpleasant memories of previous connections. And some names just don’t seem a good fit for your newest family member. In all our years of […]