The lecture series is hosted by the University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For their fifth year, they chose the theme Truth and Trust in the Global Scene.Read More
Bernie and Lizzie each have a favorite plushie. Neither will go to bed without Marvin Moose or Jenny Giraffe.
Knowing how devoted our pups are to these toys, I thought I'd ask other dog lovers if their pups had any special connections with certain toys. The answers I received are as diverse as the dogs!Read More
One of my training goals this fall is to visit different places with each dog separately. Give them each some special time with me and work on their socialization, basic commands, and loose-leash walking.
Sunday morning Bernie and I ventured over to the Home Depot. At first he was super distracted by the smells.
He wanted to sniff every cabinet and all of the lumber. I should have known. We joke about Bernie being a Sierra Club Member with all the sniffing and twig chewing he does. Even when I put him in his first sit-stay for some practice, he was not focused on me at all. He kept looking around and sniffing the air.Read More
As the weather turned a little cooler in September, the McSquare Pack made an early evening trip over to Smiling Dog Ranch Dog Park, a park featuring two concrete tunnels, plenty of tennis balls, access to the Rillito River Walk/Path, and most importantly in Tucson...trees and shade!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More