How to be the Best Dog Parent

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Being the best dog parent is not always the easiest task. It requires patience and plenty of research to determine how to best care for your pup and it begins before you even get the dog.  Continue reading “How to be the Best Dog Parent”

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How Dog Ownership has Changed me

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This sassy little guy has changed my life in more ways than I ever thought possible. I knew I always wanted a dog, but I couldn’t have anticipated how much joy and happiness this small bundle of fluff could bring me. Remember when you were a kid and you asked your parents for a dog and their famous excuse was always, “a dog is a lot of responsibility…”? Well, they were right. But also wrong at the same time. While dogs are undoubtedly a lot of responsibility, this isn’t a good enough excuse for why a child should not be allowed to have a dog or any pet for that matter. In addition to providing emotional and social support, these furry companions also give us someone to care for, which teaches us how to be responsible and love unconditionally.  Continue reading “How Dog Ownership has Changed me”

Eight Ways to Make your Dog Feel Safe

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We all love our dogs and want to ensure that we care for them the best we can. Dogs can be sensitive to different environmental changes and can feel anxious when they haven’t been properly adapted to their surroundings. I’m going to take this opportunity to share with you a curated list of the top 10 ways to make your pup feel safe. Continue reading “Eight Ways to Make your Dog Feel Safe”

Lessons from a Dog Owner (3)

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Part III: The Inexperienced Dog Owner

I thought it would be appropriate to end this three-part series by reflecting back on my mishaps as an inexperienced, first-time dog owner. My biggest blunder was not being well enough prepared to train my four-legged friend. Yes, I was excited and after waiting 18 LONG years, I finally had a puppy to call my own. But I literally had zero experience and I was in my first year of university which meant that I was out of the house all day and had to leave Timmy at home with my grandma who was not interested in training a dog. Continue reading “Lessons from a Dog Owner (3)”

Lessons from a Dog Owner (2)

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Part II: The Seizure Scare

It was a hot summer day, much like every other day in July and my sister had taken Timmy for a walk to the park. He loves to run around like a crazy animal, sniff and occasionally eat the grass and chase around a squirrel or two. They came home after about an hour. Timmy had his tongue hanging out of his mouth. He was panting and thirsty. He took a few big gulps of water and plopped onto his cushion for an afternoon nap. A couple of hours later he woke up. He tried to stand up, but to our complete horror, he couldn’t support his weight. He was lethargic and weak, and his legs kept collapsing. We gently pressed on his legs to make sure nothing was broken, but at this point, we knew that something was VERY wrong. The first thing that came to mind was that he was having a seizure.  Continue reading “Lessons from a Dog Owner (2)”

Lessons from a Dog Owner (1)

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I want to take this post to talk a little about my experience with my dog, Timmy in the hopes that it might help you on your journey with your pup. Now almost six years old, we have undergone our fair share of funny and scary moments.

The following is part one of a three-part series of some of my experiences with Timmy and what they taught me about being a pet owner.  Continue reading “Lessons from a Dog Owner (1)”