Puppy Party!!

We celebrated Ben’s adoption date and birthday over Memorial Day weekend with a puppy party.  It had been a year since we brought him home and we had so much to celebrate.  He brings so much love and joy into our lives.  He’s definitely our ambassador for good times.  Ben loves when I get in…

Every Day is Hump Day: A Lesson in Embarrassing Behavior

This is my latest Etsy purchase from a new favorite store called Critterbling. This is also the lesson I have learned from Ben’s most embarrassing behavioral issue. If you have a “humper” like mine and are curious to learn more about why they do it, how to prevent the behavior when possible, or just share…

Feeding a Varied Diet and How to Gradually Switch Foods

I realized this morning we’ve had Ben for almost a year now.  I also realized I’ve been feeding him the same exact food since Day 1.  What’s the harm in that you may wonder?  Lots of pet parents find a brand their fur-baby seems to enjoy and they stick with that forever more. But feeding not just…

A Lesson in Resiliency Through Canine Rehabilitation

  Wow how the time flies!  That’s yours truly back in the day at UTCVM in 2004.  That happy puppy is Minnie.  She happens to be one of my most memorable patients.  I feel so fortunate that one of the 4th year veterinary students was kind enough to snap a picture of us together and give…

Trying out Homemade Toys for a Heavy Chewer

So…yeah…that’s Ben’s latest destruction pictured above.  Below is what the toy used to look like. We got this as a present for him back in October when he completed his training with Greg at Louisville Dog Wizard.  We already knew Ben loved his Jolly Ball Toys and ropes. For the most part they were the…

Swimming Lessons

(He looks worried, no?) So… this happened.  My fur-baby has enrolled in doggie swim lessons or so it seems.  Let me explain. We had an electrician coming at 10AM and Ben, despite his best intentions to “help” guests in our home, inevitably finds himself doing anything but actually “helping”.  So, understanding not all repairmen love…

From Lady with Love…

So the above little goofball is Ben.  My husband and I adopted him back around my birthday in June 2015.  Before Ben came into our lives, we had been taking care of my mother-in-law’s 17 year old Miniature Schnauzer, Lady, since my mother-in-law went into assisted living in 2012.  It was quite an adjustment having rowdy puppy energy…