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Personalized Dog Totes: Droolworthy Gifts for Pet Lovers

Girls with dog tote bags

If you’re like my husband and me, you probably take your dog everywhere. When we visit family for the day, we bring our dog Sally along with us. That means we need to bring her food, food dish, water dish, treats, leash, harness and any toys she wants to bring along. Our back seat gets chaotic with everything just thrown in the vehicle. Having a dog tote bag for all of her stuff would make trips easier and more organized. And what’s cuter than getting a pet tote bag with your dog’s face on it? Check out these customizable pet totes to help you keep everything in one easy to grab spot. This would also make a great gift for your favorite dog lover…

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Bringing Sally Home: Our Dog Adoption Process

Sally the dog with pup parents Kimberly & Pat

My husband and I went to the local Humane Society on a Saturday morning, after waiting years for the right time to get a dog. In the past, we moved around a lot and just didn’t feel it was the right time for us to care for another living creature. After getting a permanent home for ourselves and also getting our schedules to slow down, we knew it was the perfect time to grow our family…

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Best Dog Seat Belts, Car Seats and Harnesses

Dog sitting in front seat in car harness

When we adopted our dog Sally, we knew she’d be going everywhere with us. We have many adventures planned and want her to be on as many of them as possible. But we also wanted to make sure she was safe in the vehicle, so we purchased a dog car restraint. She has been doing great with the dog seatbelt, although now and then she does bonk her head on the window when we stop at a stoplight. We feel much safer knowing our Sally has a seatbelt and is safe in case we get in an accident. We’ve reviewed different car restraints for dogs for you to consider. You won’t need all three for your dog, but you may notice that once stands out from the rest, so be sure to read about all of your options below…

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Dog Urine Test: Petnostics and PetConfirm Reviews

PetConfirm test restults

A pet urine test, gives you the results of urinalysis related illness including bladder infections, kidney stones and urinary tract infections. This can be very handy for pet owners whose dogs experience UTI’s frequently. Instead of taking your dog to the vet for a dog UTI test, you can conduct one at home by purchasing a urine test for dogs and then administer your dog’s medication when needed. There are two companies we’d like to discuss about their urinalysis test for dogs: Petnostics and PetConfirm…

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Top Dog Interview: Lilly and Chicko

Group of Goldens on road in Germany

Our next Top Dog interview is with Lilly an adorable Golden Retriever and therapy dog living in Germany with his parents and brother Chicko, a rescue Golden. Learn what it’s like living in Europe, some of Lilly’s favorite pastimes (hint: it involves mud) and more about this sweet pup…

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Dog Evolution History: Where Do Dogs Come From?

Old photo of woman and dogs in her lap

Ever look down at your dog and wonder where she came from? We’re not talking about who her parents were, but something deeper than that. While human evolution is a hot topic, what about dog evolution? Did dogs evolve from another animal or were they created by a greater being and placed on Earth to be our best friends? While there is a great deal of conflict on this subject, there are some answers we can give you about dog evolution…

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Is Grain Free Dog Food the Way to Go?

Golden in field of grain

Chances are you know at least one person who has gone gluten or grain-free, who cites the benefits of the Paleo Diet or quotes from the bestselling books Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. Grocery stores have made shelf space for gluten-free pastas, crackers, cereals, cookies, and cake mixes and restaurants offer gluten-free pizza and beer to appeal to grain-free customers. But what about our four-legged fur babies? Learn more about the pros of going grain-free and how it can benefit your pup…

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Dog Bite Statistics

Dogs Playing

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and 900,000 of those bites become infected. The U.S. population is approximately 325.8 million people as of 2017. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 72 people…

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World’s Most Low Energy Dogs (and High Energy Dogs Too)

Dog yawning

Ever wondered why some dogs act like couch potatoes while others are natural Olympians? Breed type is often to thank (or blame) for Fido’s feisty (or lazy) behavior. While good looks and personality are important, you should also take into consideration each breed’s energy level so you can make sure his or her exercise levels are adequately met given your lifestyle and location. We’ll discuss the various low energy dog breeds as well as the high energy dogs too so you can learn which breed is a good fit for you…

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Top Dog Interview: Bugsy Airstream Dog

Bugsy on top of mountain

Bugsy the Airstream dog loves adventure! That might come as a surprise to anyone who knew her when she was plucked from the winter streets and brought to the pound in 2015, terrified, starving, and sickly. When she first came home, she was scared of everything outside: loud bangs, people, cars, trains, bikes – basically anything that moved or made noise. Packing a skittish beastie into an Airstream and roaming around the country didn’t make complete sense, but in each new place, she relaxed and blossomed more, and soon became a confident, expert traveler. Get to know Bugsy in our latest Top Dog interview…

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Petplan vs Pets Best: Who’s Best in Class?

Petplan vs Pets Best logos

During our 2017 audit for best dog insurance we were stumped on who to pick for our #2 spot. Petplan held our top ranking for years due to its low prices and excellent customer service until Healthy Paws swept it up from underneath them in 2015. Pets Best has relentlessly moved higher and higher in our rankings and continues to be competitive with the competition offering similar coverage at reasonable rates. Fast forward to today, if we were faced with picking between Petplan and Pets Best, which would we pick? We’ll tell you more below…

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