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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: Pet Protection Month!

Our friends at BlogPaws are getting an early start on October by highlighting next month's National Animal Safety and Protection Month. Why not use your considerable power as a popular pet blogger to call attention to the pet safety issues we all care about? Go for it!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

You know it's fall when the squirrels are this close to invading your home!

After all you hounds calm down, check out today's BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and see what your blogging buddies are up to!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

National Dog Week: Why It's Important

National Dog Week winds down today (it has been celebrated the last full week of September since its founding in 1928). And the tag line below is as true today as it was in 1937: "Every Dog Needs A Good Home".

National Dog Week was created by William Judy, a W.W. I veteran and inveterate dog lover. In the introduction to the 1937 edition of one of his dog training manuals, Judy wrote: "The world likes dogs because dogs are nearest to moral perfection of all living things."

                           That's me...moral perfection!

We hope you gave your pooch a little extra attention this week...because after all, we dogs deserve it!Both Parental Unit and I think National Dog Week is an important reminder for dog owners everywhere to stop and show gratitude for the love, companionship and loyalty your dog shows you every day and every week of the year. And if you can, do something special with your dog (not just this week, but every week)—you know your furry best friend will appreciate it!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Who Is That Doggie In The Mirror?

And can I sing to him? Enjoy this pittie who discovers "someone" in the mirror and wants to chat with him!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Playing Games With Your Dog Is Fun For Both Of You!

               You do play games with your pooch, don't you?

Over the years, we've written quite a bit about the importance of regularly engaging with your dog through games. It's a great way to interact with your dog and allow him or her to burn off some physical and mental energy.

Speaking only for me, I'm up for any game either Parental Unit or I can come up with, but so far we've stuck with the basics: fetch (inside or outside), tug-o'-war and "nose work-lite" where she hides my treats and I find them. Parental Unit also has what she calls her "terrier game" which she played with her first doggie, a miniature Schnauzer named Benjie. She pretends she's an alien from space (or something like that) and walks toward me with outstretched hands while making a funny whistling noise. (She claims this "alien" is from a Twilight's Zone episode). I start barking and spinning around and trying to play-bite her, exactly the way Benjie did. Believe me, I know this is only a game and I stop when she stops. Please don't try this with an aggressive or powerful breed dog!

Anyhoo, this blog post from The Whole Dog Journal touts the fun both human and canine can have playing "hide and seek". We've never tried this game, but have long heard how much fun it is and Parental Unit vows to try it with me. Her one concern: I might not be interested enough to try to find her!

Let us know what games you play with your dogs, and if you've tried "hide and seek". All stories and tips are welcome!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Don't miss this very special edition of the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: It's dedicated to all of us pet bloggers and has loads of great information about how we can become "brand influencers".

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

  We're gearing up for fall! (Did I say "gearing"? I meant digging!)

While we're waiting for the official first day of fall (that's tomorrow!), why not head on over to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and meet our fellow brand influencers...

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