Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Kids Read To Dogs To Improve Reading Skills

One of the Therapy Dog programs Isis and I love participating in is kids reading to dogs, helping kids improve their reading skills.  Here's a pic of Isis sitting so nicely with a sweet little girl during her reading session.

I normally never photograph children in order to protect their privacy, but since you can't see the girls face, I couldn't resist snapping this photo of Isis intently "listening" to the story!

Check out my friend Jenna's recent interview with me about our Therapy Dog work on Love Is Being Owned By A Husky

To learn more about how kids reading out loud to dogs helps improve reading skills, see my post on Why Children Should Read to Dogs.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Is Your Dog Vaccinated Against Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough is an upper respiratory illness that will make your dog miserable.  The Bordetella vaccine is intended to prevent Kennel Cough, a highly contagious illness that can be transmitted through the air or through direct contact with an infected dog.   If your dog gets boarded at a kennel or Veterinarian’s office,  gets  groomed, attends doggie day camp, or attends dog shows or competitions you may want to have a discussion with your Veterinarian about whether or not your dog should have the Bordetella vaccine.
My dog Isis checking in for day camp at PetSmart, looking like she owns the place!
 The main symptom of Kennel Cough is a continual dry, hacking cough that begins around three to seven days after the dog has been infected, and can last for several weeks.  Kennel Cough can make your dog positively miserable as he coughs uncontrollably all day and all night.  Watching him suffer through it will make you pretty miserable too! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Do Landlords Hate Pets?

So it's time to move but it's not time to buy a place of your own yet.  You scour the rental listings on Craig's List, Zillow, and everywhere else you can think of, but the majority of rental ads say "no pets" allowed.  You have 2 dogs and 3 cats, so now you go into panic mode.  Are you ever going to find a place to live that will welcome your furbabies?  Will you GASP! have to rehome them? NO NEVER!  You're so frustrated you want to rip out your fur - I mean hair.   You wonder, why on earth do landlords hate pets so much?  I think I can shed some light on that.

Isis when she was a puppy, chewing Gumby to bits. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


My Husky, Isis, is SNOWDOG DREAMIN' on such a Winter's day! 

Isis is happiest when she's frolicking in the snow!  Here she is last Winter, visiting family on the East coast.  We live in Phoenix so we don't get any of the white stuff.

Gorgeous snow covered mountains, way in the distance could be seen from Northern Phoenix last month when a whopping 10 inches of snow fell in Sedona.  A real rarity!

The same snow covered mountains way in the distance as seen from Northern Phoenix, where it was in the 60's.  We wanted to head up North to Sedona, but much of the snow was gone in just a couple of days.  Isis was very sad, she wanted to go so badly!

Phoebe is no snow bunny.  She prefers to always be warm and cozy.  No Thank You mama, I will stay right here in my zebra bed where it's nice & warm!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Have You Seen This Video of a Little Girl Controlling 6 Dogs?

I don't normally post on my blog on Saturdays, but I just saw this amazing video on the news today and had to share.  This little girl is so competent and capable, she's definitely got a bright future as a Dog Trainer!

It's no surprise that the video has gone viral, but the sad part is that, no surprise, a lot of misinformed people have been vehemently criticized the family for putting the girl in what they deem an unsafe condition simply because her family dogs are Pit Bulls.  We should all be so lucky to have a pack that is this well trained and well behaved!

Of course, some news channels were just chomping at the bit to make a sensation out of this and criticize the family.  One ignorant news anchor actually pointed out that the girl got "injured" because one of the dogs stepped on her foot - Really?!  My Husky steps on my foot every day!  Has that guy ever even had a dog?  If the dogs were Standard Poodles, Saint Bernards, Golden Retrievers, Chihuahuas, or any other breed, I would be having this conversation.

These dogs are beautiful and so is this incredible little girl!  The only thing I have to say to the people who have criticized this family is this:


What do you think of this video?  Would you applaud or criticize this girl's parents?  Please leave us a comment, we want to know what you think!

I decided, a little late, to join the Monday Mischief BLOG HOP!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

100 Places To See With Your Dog: Sedona in the Fall

Less than 2 hours North of Phoenix, Arizona is the spectacular Red Rock Region known as Sedona.  Since we don't live far, we are lucky enough to be able to visit Sedona often.  Every time I go, it's more spectacular than the time before.  It's our very favorite hiking place, with limitless hiking trails, nearly every one of them dog friendly.  A few weeks before Christmas we decided to head up there for a couple of days of hiking with Isis and Phoebe.

Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip.  I hope you enjoy them, and if you ever have the chance to visit Sedona I hope you'll go!  You will be amazed at the natural beauty and dog friendliness of this incredible town!

Little Phoebe surprised us with her endurance in making it so far up the mountain!

Pausing for a photo op on our way to the top.  OK, so really we "paused" because I was about to keel over - it's a long way up!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Last weekend we headed to one of the many outdoor malls here in Phoenix to do some shopping.  In the grassy plaza area we saw these two gorgeous wolves.  Beautiful, aren't they?

Two beautiful wolves, a male and a female hanging out at the Mall!
The male seemed a little protective of his "woman", the female wolf.  Although he permitted people to take pictures of them, the owner advised people not to get too close to the male wolf, and not to crowch down next to him.

One of the owners said they were "mostly wolf".  I'm not sure what that means exactly.  Lots of people were asking questions so I didn't want to badger them with direct questions on that.

Look!  One of the wolves is hiding in the trees.  JUST KIDDING!!  This is my Husky, Isis, but tell me she doesn't look like a Wolf in this photo!  LOL!
In the U.S. there are laws and restrictions around ownership of wolf-dogs and of course wolves.  The rules vary state to state, but wolves and wolf-dogs are illegal in more than 10 states.  If you are thinking of owning one, please do your research and be very cautious about understanding the laws regarding ownership of these animals.

My friend Jenna, from the blog Love Is Being Owned By a Husky had done an interview about wolf-dogs with Rebekah, from the blog My Rotten Dogs.  Check it out!

If you saw wolves at the mall, would it Freak you out, or Delight you?  Leave us a comment, we always want to know what you think!