Returning Home After a Storm — How to Keep Your Pets Safe

We see a lot of great advice about preparing for evacuation in the event of a storm–but today we received some excellent information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) about safety measures to take AFTER the storm. Whether you need this for your own pets as you prepare to return home or for a […]

How to Evacuate to a Hotel with Your Dog

Watching the images of Hurricane Irma as it approaches both Florida and the Caribbean islands that we wrote about for so many years, we’re so sad to see yet another region undergoing the devastation that Texas experienced last month. As many Floridians plan to get out of the storm’s path, we wanted to share a […]

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 […]

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 […]

What to do if your dog is sprayed by a skunk!

Living in the country, skunks are a fact of life for us. We rarely see them, although I know they live on the hill and in the gullies on the back part of our property. This spring, I was walking Irie and Tiki and we surprised a skunk, who left us a smelly reminder of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preparing for Spring

The calendar may say winter but spring is just around the corner in this part of the country. (And, if you’re still shoveling snow, have no fear…warm weather is headed to your region soon, too!) The garden centers here are already filled with plants, fertilizers, and every kind of garden concoction under the sun. As […]