What's Your Dog's Pirate Name?

What's Your Dog's Pirate Name?

Ahoy mateys! Septembree 19, next high tide', be International Talk Like a Shipmate Tide, a tradition celebrated by Dave Berry aft in 2002 in his weekly column

Imagine how much fun ye can be havin' walkin' yer dog an' interactin' wi' swabbies channelin' yer inner buccanneer! Naturally, ye`ll need t' disco'er yer swashbuckler name an' yer dog`s swashbuckler name.

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Best Pet-Themed Greeting Cards for Any Occasion

Best Pet-Themed Greeting Cards for Any Occasion

If you enjoy surprising people with beautiful cards and you're an animal lover, then you should check out Holly Havnaer's Etsy shop A Paper Affaire.

Holly crafts cards for any occasion from her home studio in Seattle, Washington. She's been on Etsy since 2011 and I discovered her work in 2014.

I've purchased all kinds of cards from her: Christmas, Hanukkah, Anniversary, Thank You, and any occasion blank cards. Her cards cost the same as cards you'd buy at Target or the grocery store or pharmacy, but hers are unique and handmade with love.

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Communicating More Effectively With Your Veterinarian

Communicating More Effectively With Your Veterinarian

When your pet is sick, you want to give your vet the most accurate picture possible for the current illness. Sometimes the information you're passing on will be direct and easy-to-recall. Other times, you may struggle with remembering symptoms that have gradually progressed over several days.

When Bernie was diagnosed with atypical Addison's Disease, Matthew and I decided that we needed a system in place to accurately chart his daily life. We knew that he could display subtle symptoms that we might not catch right away.

If you have a pet with a chronic illness, you may find our system useful. If your normally healthy and happy pet seems down or off, then using this system short-term may also work for you.

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Important Phone Numbers Every Dog Parent Should Add To Their Contacts

Important Phone Numbers Every Dog Parent Should Add To Their Contacts

If you're striving to be the most organized pet parent you can be, then adding these contacts to your phone truly will make your life easier. And if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation, having your peoples programmed into your phone should bring you some peace of mind.

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Documentary Review: Dog Man

Documentary Review: Dog Man

Frequently, Saturday night is documentary night at the McSquare household. While dog dad works, the pups and I snuggle up to learn a little bit more about our world.

Most recently while searching Amazon Prime, we stumbled upon Dog Man, a 57 minute documentary about a dog trainer from Baton Rouge. Dick Russell.

From beginning to end, you can feel the love that created this tightly edited film. If you're an animal person or in need of some training inspiration and motivation, then this documentary is made for you.

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RECALCULATING... Still Attempting to Locate the Ultimate Pet Tracker

RECALCULATING... Still Attempting to Locate the Ultimate Pet Tracker

As much as I wish I could write a glowing review of the Nuzzle GPS Collar, I just can't.

I feel like a beta tester for a product we paid $171 for.

Could the Nuzzle improve their firmware and make their collar a more solid product? Absolutely. I hope they do because until we see better performance, we will not be purchasing another for Lizzie.

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Five Observations from a Test Administration for AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program

Five Observations from a Test Administration for AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program

Since last fall, Crystal Blaker from Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification has been our favorite resource for helping us figure out how to manage various behaviors and scenarios with Bernie. A few weeks ago, Crystal invited me to observe four dogs taking the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Test.

While just two of the four pups passed the exam, I could tell that all of the human-pup teams had put in hours of work toward mastering the ten different tasks required for CGC.

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Exploring the Tucson Botanical Gardens During the Dog Days of Summer

Exploring the Tucson Botanical Gardens During the Dog Days of Summer

From June through September, the Tucson Botanical Gardens opens their desert oasis to well-behaved leashed dogs for the Dog Days of Summer. Last Monday, the McSquare pack spent three hours meandering the pathways and enjoying breakfast at Cafe Botanica..

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Diagnosing Our Labradoodle Puppy with Addison's Disease

Diagnosing Our Labradoodle Puppy with Addison's Disease

Life with Bernie McSquare hummed along for three months.

Over 2016's Labor Day weekend, Matthew traveled out-of-town to visit his mom (Thursday - Monday). He was gone for just four days, but I could see how his absence affected Bernie.

When we'd come home from our walks, Bernie would stop and look into the parking lot waiting to see Daddy drive up.

I tried to play with him more and give extra snuggles, but our little guy wasn't the same happy Doodle. He was also teething and starting to lose a few puppy teeth.

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A Realistic Plan for Supplementing Commercial Kibble with People Food

A Realistic Plan for Supplementing Commercial Kibble with People Food

After researching a great deal about dog nutrition and dog food options, we decided not to feed Bernie a raw diet. With his atypical Addison's Disease we just can't risk him getting salmonella poisoning. Plus, I learned that most therapy dogs are not allowed to eat raw diets.

Since we decided upon a high quality kibble, I started adding some human food every once in a while. After watching Rodney Habib's TEDx Talk, I've been adding people food in almost every meal.

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Create A Canine Command Center

Create A Canine Command Center

Our condo seems to overflow with dog products. When we just had Bernie, keeping track of his accessories was somewhat manageable. But when we brought Lizzie home in May, we found ourselves misplacing leashes, leads, treats, and toys.

The chaos was not working for my OCD or Matthew's, so I started eyeballing our coat closet.

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Considering Therapy Dog Work for your Pup? Here's our Therapy Dog Origin Story...

Considering Therapy Dog Work for your Pup? Here's our Therapy Dog Origin Story...

I've never been a dog person. Not exactly the first thought you were thinking you'd read, right?

Growing up, my mom's allergies were pretty severe, so our pets were Patty Bird the parakeet, fish, hamsters, and guinea pigs. In my twenties and thirties, dogs just always seemed so time consuming and needy.

I never thought I would adopt a dog. Never!

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