Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Barking Blues


Our dog was a barker when she was a puppy.  She did not bark when someone came to the door or when she saw a squirrel outside, she barked seemingly out of the blue.  She would come into the room where we were watching tv or having a conversation and just bark at us.  So, we bought Soggy Doggy (a spray bottle in the shape of a dog) and squirted her with water.  Looking back it seems so inhumane, but we were at our wit’s end.  We didn’t know what to do to stop the annoying barking!  Did it work?  No!  In fact, sometimes I think it made it worse.  So, what to do when your dog barks incessantly and you just can’t get him to stop?  Well, first let’s get to the bottom of why your dog barks.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Worn Out on What to Wear


It is a daily struggle.  I lament the fact that I had to give birth to not one, but two children who fight me on what they'll wear.  I blame my husband.  I literally kick and scream.  I use words I normally only mutter under my breath.  And then.  Then I give in.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

5 Ways to Make Exercise Happen When It's Cold Outside



Dogs were born to work for a living.  Beagles were bred for hunting, Collies for herding, and German Shepherds for protection.  So it is no surprise that dogs need exercise in order to be at their best.  However, our increasingly sedentary lifestyles mean dogs’ “jobs” are quite the opposite of their natural born instincts.   

So, how do we make sure our dogs are getting the exercise they need?  Let’s start with three things to know about exercise and your dogs…

  1. Exercise is important for all breeds.
  2. Exercise is important for all ages.
  3. Exercise is more than just letting your dog outside to play in the backyard.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Final Installment: The Cs of the BCAAs and Outfits, Crush Cravings and Look Cute!


I've been a little quiet around here, I know.  It was an emotional end of 2016.  Between saying goodbye to our sweet Summer, to packing up to move and leaving a neighborhood of close friends, to partying like it's 1999 in our new home and ringing in the new year, life has never been busier. Trying to get myself back on track this week.

So, here are the Cs of the BCAAs (only a few months later...) See A is for Appetite Suppressant, Amino Acids and Accessories, and B is for Beating the Afternoon Slump, Booties and Boho, for a refresher. C is for crushing cravings and the significance of feeling cute!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Things With Which We Shouldn't Bargain


Last week I made a decision.  A decision to buy a $200 helmet instead of a $59 one.  As painful as it was to hand over my credit card for a $200 piece of hockey equipment, I had to realize what that piece of equipment was protecting.  My little boy's head.

Why would I even consider trying to save a buck on something that will be protecting something so precious?

Thinking about all of this stopped me in my tracks the other day.  My breakfast consisted of the leftover sugary, syrup-drenched waffles my kids left behind, and a couple of cups of coffee.  It's no surprise I am exhausted and starving by 10 AM most days.

Why am I bargaining with my health?  When I ask myself why I don't eat well, it basically boils down to poor planning and the fact that healthy food is more expensive than frozen junk.  Time to switch things up.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Pilling" Your Pet

Never having to give our dog anything but a monthly heartworm pill, I always thought it strange when people would mention hiding their pet’s pill in peanut butter or cheese.  When our golden retriever was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder and we began giving medication daily, I got it.  My once eager pill taker wasn’t having that daily dose.  She was over it.
So, tired of sticking my hand down my dog’s throat, I began exploring options for getting my sweet pooch to take her meds.  Here are three tried and true options (for dogs and for cats) for getting your pet to take his meds.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pets Get Jealous Too



The other day I was visiting a friend.  Her dog was jumping all around her, whimpering and crying.  The reason?  She was cuddling a baby and her dog was jealous.  I can certainly relate as I remember so well a similar situation when we brought our first baby home from the hospital.  In an effort to get closer to me and receive the kind of attention I was giving our newborn, our golden put her paw up and scratched our little one’s forehead.  As upset as I was, I had to try to understand that our sweet puppy dog didn’t mean to hurt our baby, she just felt replaced.