For some reason, many of us think that dogs are like super-beings that can just run and run and run and never get tired. Especially if you have one of THOSE dogs that really make you think that. In reality, they are living beings that get worn out just like us. And if you have … Continue reading Dogs need rest and conditioning too!
Saying goodbye to our dogs is the hardest part of having them in our lives. At least it is for those of use who bring them in as members of the family. How you say goodbye is the last act you will share with your companion. Please, make it count. I once saw a lady … Continue reading Saying Goodbye….
I was hoping that I would not be faced with having to decide if and when I should put my dog to sleep. My dog, Carmina, is 15 years old and has been fighting osteosarcoma for about a year. Now, it finally seems to be getting the better of her. I simply cannot decide what … Continue reading When is it time to say goodbye?
Tyler was long overdue for a specialty pet store, so hearing that one opened was a pleasant surprise! This is even better now that PetLand in Tyler changed ownership and went to the dark side. I refuse to support a pet store that engages in puppy sales. Life with Pets is a small store, but … Continue reading Life with Pets! Finally a pet boutique in Tyler, Texas
Every puppy will encounter some situation at some point that intimidates them. Cosmo’s big one happened to be crossing the Brazos River at Dinosaur Valley State Park. The first time I took Cosmo to the river and started hopping rocks across it, he made a scene! He whined and yipped trying to get his courage … Continue reading Puppy conquers the Brazos River
Following in Lizzie’s paw prints, Cosmo also goes to Snobby Dog Spaw for his beauty needs! I now live in Plano, but I bring Cosmo back to Tyler with me when I come in town. While I go run my errands, Cosmo happily hangs out at the Spaw! Just as they were with Lizzie, they … Continue reading Snobby Dog Spaw in Tyler, Texas – Cosmo loves his groomer!
Playground equipment at your local park is a great way to expose your puppy to new experiences and build his confidence! When Cosmo was just 8 weeks old, I started walking onto the playground equipment and letting him follow me. The moving bridges and grated pathways are especially good to get them accustomed to. … Continue reading Playgrounds for Puppy Training! Build puppy confidence!
I was so excited to find self serve dog washes a few years ago! I don’t like to wash my dogs in the yard with a hose. It’s just no fun; and in the winter, it’s just not an option! But my idea of good smells and clean is very different from my dogs’. And … Continue reading Self Serve Dog Washes in DFW
Cosmo and I have driven down a few times now to visit the Bishop Arts district in Dallas. A friend of mine lives near there and introduced the area to me. It’s not a large area, but there are a lot of dog friendly places in the few blocks to walk to. There is a … Continue reading Dallas Bishop Arts District – Dog friendly!
Today I took Cosmo to do some exploring in Farmersville, Texas. While I did not find any dog friendly restaurant patios, there were some nice things outdoors for us. Downtown Farmersville is very cute, though small, and we enjoyed walking around and window browsing. Heading down the street a block or … Continue reading Exploring Dog Friendly Activities in Farmersville!
In August last year, my 14 year old dog, Carmina suddenly went lame. I took her into the vet where they x-rayed her leg. Nothing really showed except a small spot that the vet thought could possibly be osteosarcoma. He wasn’t totally sure since it was only a tiny spot, so he said if she … Continue reading Fighting Canine Osteosarcoma Holistically: Dog Cancer Survival
At the end of November, the big day finally came. Cosmo was coming home! It seemed to be the longest seven weeks ever waiting for him to be ready to come home. Once I got him home and opened up his kennel in the back yard, the little guy just popped right out like he … Continue reading Introducing Cosmo vom Dopheide!
Nine months after Lizzie passed, I was finally ready to try again with another pup. You can never replace a dog, and each dog is unique. I had to wait until I was ready to accept a dog that wasn’t Lizzie, and not before. On September 27, 2013, I was sitting at brunch with friends … Continue reading Choosing my new puppy!
I have to share this because it has made such a huge improvement in my dog’s quality of life! As my 14 year old, 65lb dog, Carmina, has gotten older, her hips have gotten weaker. As they have gotten weaker, she started to slip and fall on the hardwood floors. It really killed me to … Continue reading No more slipping on hardwood floors!