If dogs wrote personal ads…

With Valentines Day just around the corner, we’re feeling a little romantic over here at DogSplendor. And when it comes to love, more and more you’re hearing of people finding their soul mates online. So, because I have a twisted curious mind for all things canine,  I wondered what it would look like if dogs wrote personal ads? According to my dog Izzie, success lies in being cute and sweet!

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And hopefully my husband doesn’t look at my browser history to see phrases like “what is in a personal ad” and “how to write a great personal ad.”

Here’s to hoping you find love in all the right places this Valentines Day!

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The DogSplendor Holiday Gift Guide

At this point there is no avoiding that the holidays are right around the corner. Without a doubt, many discerning dog parents will take the time to buy a present (or two or five) for the favorite furry faces on their list.

So, without further ado, I present the 2013 DogSplendor Holiday Gift Guide – with fun items for dogs and the people who love them. We’re getting this guide out early so you have plenty of time to order.  Make sure you check out the special deals for DogSplendor readers!

Enjoy!

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Click the image above for the full holiday guide in PDF format, or open the direct link.

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Crazy dog mom preps for Halloween

When you’re a crazy dog mom (moi, of course), interactions with normal people sometimes go a little like this:

Lady at fabric store cutting counter: Oh, what are you making?

Me (holding back a squee of joy): a really cool Halloween costume for my dog!

Lady at fabric store: Oh, really? Why do people want to dress up their dogs?

Me: It’s fun! She doesn’t mind. We’re going to a Halloween party especially for dogs.

Lady (and I use this term loosely): Oh wow, I can’t even believe they would have such a thing!

Me: Face palm.

Clearly, I am in the right and this “lady” was an old stick-up…errr…nevermind.

So, obviously since I just bought the materials today, the costume is not ready, but I am SO excited. I’ve never seen this costume anywhere, I even looked online when I got home!

Make sure you check back next week for the finished product!

In the mean time, here is a fun Halloween infographic from TheUncommonDog.com. Enjoy!

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It’s on! The Freshpet #FridgeChallenge

In honor of National Pet Obesity Month coming up in October, this week I’m taking part in the Freshpet Fridge Challenge, which helps promote the importance of fresh food for the health of dogs and their humans. So, as of yesterday, and for the next week, I’ll be living without the use of my refrigerator. Stay tuned for updates on how the ability to keep things fresh might affect us all, and insights on why fresh food is equally as important for you and your pups.

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What does eating fresh mean to me?

It’s odd how it took me until at least my 30s to truly pay close attention to the correlation between food and fueling my body. In my 20s, I’d make due with whatever was in the cupboard; it might be Top Ramen, it might be some cheap canned soup, a box of day glo orange mac and cheese, or some margarita mix. Frankly, you guys, I’m surprised I survived my 20s. In my 30s and 40s I started paying attention to what food did to my body as its fuel. How I felt eating certain things versus others. And I can tell you, highly processed, shelf-stable items were no longer the norm. Those items were replaced with a variety of fresh produce, fresh proteins, some frozen items, and taking the time to prepare meals from a combination thereof. Increasing the number of fresher items and decreasing the amount of preservatives and chemicals, made a difference in my diet and health.

But I’m not saying fresh is easy. At times the convenience of processed food wins out over taking the time to make a healthier meal. Sometimes I’ve wished there were human kibble – that I could pour a big bowl of kibble for the husband and he’d get as excited as the dogs do over theirs. That would be sweet.

What does eating fresh mean to my dogs?

I’m not going to lie, my dogs would eat french fries or cheese at each meal if their nutrition was left up to them. However, since day one of bringing each dog home I’ve kept an eye on the quality of what they eat. Typically their favorite “treats” are things fresh from the fridge like turkey, chicken, turkey bacon, apples, pears, carrots, jicama, and they can hear string cheese being opened from any room of the house. While they do get kibble as a base for their meals, it is usually supplemented with a fresher food like those from FreshPet, or leftover protein and/or vegetables from our home prepared meals.

My goals for this week?

I’m going to have to get creative with meal planning if I want to keep it healthy. Sure it would be easy to eat out at every meal, but I know from experience on vacations how that can make you feel sluggish and bloated. No fun. Not to mention the dent in your pocketbook. Yesterday I headed to our local co-op market to see what I could find for this week. I managed to find a few healthier soup options, and some fruits and veggies that didn’t require the fridge. The ingredients for last night’s dinner were bought at the store, and brought home and cooked immediately. There was no option to keep leftovers. This morning I had to go to that coffee giant with the green mermaid to get my coffee with some fresh milk in it. Not so convenient, and I couldn’t sit around in my jammies with my coffee as I usually do. The positive so far? I’m glad I live in Washington state and apples are in season  – because I’ve had three since this challenge began. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I should be good for a bit.

Want to join me?

Over at the FreshPet #FridgeChallenge headquarters, you can keep up with all the bloggers taking the challenge, as well as take a mini challenge, or win some extra awesome prizes for letting Freshpet know (in 50 words or less) why you couldn’t live without your fridge.

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Every day is take your dog to work day…

Today is the official “take your dog to work day.” But, every day is take your dog to work day…when you work from home.

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Maddie and Izzie – on “their” sofa in my home office.
They tell me possession is nine tenths of the law.

For good or bad, when you work from home, your dogs are right there, helping you through your work load each and every day.

Pros:

  • Dogs aren’t alone all day.
  • No expensive doggy day care.
  • Cute fuzzy faces to look at while working.
  • Taking a mid-day play break with the dog is better than any coffee break I ever took in an office.

Cons:

  • In their minds, ANY time is the right time for playing ball.
  • Why wouldn’t you give them snacks every time you walk past the kitchen?
  • If I’m working away from my desk they don’t understand why my laptop sometimes gets priority over them on my lap.
  • Dogs snoring in unison is conducive to really focusing on what you are doing.

All kidding aside, I’m glad I can be home and around my dogs more than if I worked in an office 40 hours per week. As I’ve said before, my two dogs can be bottomless pits of need, but I love ’em.

Do you work from home? Or if you work in an office, are you allowed to bring your dog in to work on occasion?

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