October 19, 2016

Great (and Simple) DIY Halloween Costumes For Your Dog

Halloween is steadfastly approaching! And it won't really be Halloween without a costume, so you better dress up! And while you're at it, why don't you help your dog dress up too? Here we have some DIY Halloween costumes that are cute and easy!

It's no secret that dogs don't love dressing up. So you want to make sure that while they look cute, they'll be nice and comfy! Avoid plush or overly hot fabrics as well as anything that will impair their walking.

1. Tutu

Maybe your dog wants to be a ballerina. So why not indulge them? It'll go around your pup's waist so they don't have to wear a whole suit. You'll need cardboard, velcro, elastic, and tulle. Here are the details on how to make it.   

2. Twinkie

Your pup is sweetheart, so why not turn them into a sweet treat for Halloween? You can pick a light and comfy fabric so your dog won't get overheated and it's simple to make with fabric, velcro, and fabric paint. 

3. Bacon

You love it, your dog loves it, who doesn't love bacon? Dress up your dog as bacon and dress up yourself as egg. It's perfect for breakfast lovers or people who just love adorable couple costumes.

4. Lion

This one is perfect because all you need is a mane! Of course, your dog might have to be a tan-colored dog for this to work, but it would be adorable all-the-same. Here's how to mane up your dog. 

5. Monster

It's easy to make your dog into a monster because you can make them look however you want to! Monsters can have one eye or three, six legs or ten! The easiest way to make your dog into a monster is just by placing a head wrap on them. 

There are tons of other costumes where these come from! No matter what you dress up your dog as, just make sure they're happy! The happiest pooch is the cutest pooch.

October 16, 2016

The Streets of Spain Turn to Dogs!

Have you ever been in the street with 3,500 dogs? No? Well, this weekend in Spain, you could have been!

The fifth year of "Perroton" took place in the streets of Madrid today. Translated to "Dogathon" in English, Spain throws this annual celebration for overall doggy awareness!

Perroton sets out to raise awareness about animal cruelty and encourage dog adoption. It's one of the largest and most unique events of its kind in the whole world.

James Costos, U.S. Ambassador, even received an honorary award at Perroton for America's continued effort to fight animal cruelty. He was excited for the event, and even tweeted a picture of him and his pooch, Greco. He said both him and Greco would run to "highlight the work of the US government against animal cruelty" and that he did! He and his partner ran the Perroton with their dog, Greco, along with 3,500 other pets and owners. 

Spain isn't bad at at their fight against animal cruelty, either! It has extremely strict punishments for animal cruelty, even jail penalties. They throw Perroton every year to remind Spain citizens how much they prioritize their pets

Marathons are popular, especially in America. And a lot of marathons are for a good cause! That's the why the Perroton was such a success, because it combined the ever-popular marathon and a good doggy cause! 

October 12, 2016

Best Dog Videos on the Internet

You might hear everyone talk about funny cat videos, but what about funny dog videos? For us dog lovers, we know that our canine bffs can be just as hilarious as their feline foes. So let's check out some of the best funny dog videos on the internet:

Breed: Boxer. Name: Buddy. His mortal enemy: this piece of wood. Watch as he shows the bad guy who's boss.

 This dog is a foodie. He'll try just about anything, but today is the day he tastes something even the bravest dogs don't: a lemon. 

Out on his adventure into the great backyard, Blue has found the perfect stick. Now he'll face his biggest challenge of all: getting it through the door.

 In just eight short seconds, Amelia the Brittany Spaniel answers the question that's been plaguing dogs and human alike: who's the best dog in the world? Hint: It's her.

When Fern's family takes too long browsing the art at a local gallery, she decides enough is enough. 


Okay, now that we've seen funny, how about sweet? If dogs have one thing over felines, it's that they're much more lovable. And here are some of the best adorable, oh-my-gosh-dogs-are-the-sweetest videos out there:

Casey the Schnauzer is so excited to see her human, Rebecca, after two years, that she literally passes out with joy. Don't worry, she was okay! Just REALLY happy.

 Dogs really are "man's best friend". This pup makes a perilous journey to follow his owner's ambulance to the hospital. Don't worry, he catches a ride. 

Cora's puppies were separated from her at a young age, and she's been in the dumps ever since. But now, they're all about to make a VERY happy reunion. 


There are tons more dog videos where these came from! Go ahead go find them and watch until you can't laugh or cry anymore!

October 09, 2016

Welcome to Barktober

Okay, we meant *October* but Barktober sounds much cuter! This month is full of doggy holidays that you can celebrate with your pup, or with other pups! Check out some of October's big doggy holidays.

Adopt-A-Dog Month - This holiday is basically what it sounds like - it's about adopting a dog! This was founded by the American Humane Association in 1981 to encourage adoption instead of buying from pet stores or breeders. They give a few suggestions for how to celebrate, like: adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group, supporting our local shelter, IDing your dog, or spaying/neuturing your dog.

Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month - Similarly, the ASPCA has made October the month for adopting shelter dogs. This isn't the exact same thing as the Humane Association's "Adopt-a-Dog Month." It also encourages adoption, but also encourages those celebrating to be vocal and raise awareness about homeless dogs and cats. It also encourages people to take the pledge of "Not Pet Store Puppies" to help combat puppy mill cruelty.

National Animal Safety and Protection Month - This is quite easy to celebrate, simply be the best doggy parent you can be! You can also celebrate this by helping to educate kids, family members, or neighbors about animal safety. This includes keeping animals safe and acting safely to avoid animal outlash or violence. Remember to always keep your dogs on leashes in public and have a safe, fenced-in backyard if you let them run around outside.

National Pet Wellness Month - Another way you can celebrate October is with pet-health. Take you doggy for a check-up, annual shots, or anything else to make sure they're the healthiest pup they can be! Help friends by suggesting vets that they can take their own pups too. And be sure to practice everyday pet health by giving your doggy the right amount of food every day and making sure they're clean and healthy. 

National Pit Bull Awareness Month - This comes right off the heels of the Montreal pit bull ban. Thankfully, that ban was indefinitely suspended! That's great for Pit Bull Awareness Month, which is all about educating people about pit bulls and taking away some of those pit bull stereotypes that are still out there. If you have a pit bull, boast about them on social media and tell the world just how sweet they really are. 

National Service Dog Month - Service dogs are essential in our society. They help so many people, like people who have physical disabilities who have eyesight problems or are epileptic. Service dogs can also help those with mental illness, as well, like those with anxiety or PTSD. Therapy dogs can help them feel calm and at ease.

There are so many ways to celebrate dogs this October! How will you do it?

September 30, 2016

Top Dog Names In the Past Ten Years

We talk about popular baby names all the time, since they change a lot through a decade! Sometimes we hear new baby names today and think, "What? Is that a name?" So, what about dog's names? Do they tend to change as much as baby names or not so much at all? Well, let's take a look at the last ten years and see the top dog names. Is your pup's name or your old pup's name on the list?


  1. Max
  2. Lucky
  3. Princess
  4. Rocky
  5. Buddy
  6. Coco
  7. Daisy
  8. Lucy
  9. Lady
  10. Marley


  1. Buddy
  2. Max
  3. Sadie
  4. Jack
  5. Daisy
  6. Lucy
  7. Lady
  8. Charlie
  9. Rocky
  10. Duke


  1. Max
  2. Bailey
  3. Bella
  4. Molly
  5. Lucy
  6. Buddy
  7. Maggie
  8. Daisy
  9. Sophie
  10. Chloe


  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Bailey
  4. Lucy
  5. Molly
  6. Buddy
  7. Maggie
  8. Daisy
  9. Chloe
  10. Sophie


  1. Buddy
  2. Max
  3. Daisy
  4. Bella
  5. Lucy
  6. Jack
  7. Molly
  8. Charlie
  9. Sadie
  10. Rocky


  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Buddy
  4. Daisy
  5. Bailey
  6. Lucy
  7. Molly
  8. Coco
  9. Charlie
  10. Rocky


  1. Bella
  2. Bailey
  3. Max
  4. Lucy
  5. Molly
  6. Buddy
  7. Daisy
  8. Maggie
  9. Charlie
  10. Sophie


  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Bailey
  4. Lucy
  5. Molly
  6. Daisy
  7. Charlie
  8. Buddy
  9. Maggie
  10. Sophie


  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Buddy
  4. Lucy
  5. Daisy
  6. Molly
  7. Bailey
  8. Maggie
  9. Charlie
  10. Sadie


  1. Max
  2. Bella
  3. Charlie
  4. Lucy
  5. Buddy
  6. Daisy
  7. Cooper
  8. Molly
  9. Jack
  10. Lola


  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Max
  4. Daisy
  5. Buddy
  6. Bailey
  7. Molly
  8. Charlie
  9. Sadie
  10. Maggie

    For the most part, it seems that dog names have remained quite the same for a while! But even if we aren't coming up with crazy new dog names, isn't there comfort in knowing that there'll always be those Buddy's and Daisy's out there? 

    September 29, 2016

    Montreal Bans Pit Bulls

    If you're a Facebook user or an avid reader of headlines, then you probably already know that an unspeakable law has come into effect in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

    On September 27, 2016 a new law was passed in the city of Montreal that outlaws pit bulls. Whaaaaaat? I know, it seems ridiculous as so many of us have sweet and loving pit bulls that we couldn't imagine being viewed as "dangerous". But Montreal's government feels that this law is "justified."

    The construction of this law follows a tragic death that occurred three months ago. Chrstiane Vadnais, a 55-year-old woman, was in her backyard when she was attacked and killed by a neighbor's dog. Officers shot the dog when they came upon the scene but it was too late. Vadnais had already died. 

    The response of her family was an angry outlash against pit bulls, as this was the breed of dog who attacked Vadnais. The Quebec government gave in and hopped onto the train of Ontario's pit bull law. The city is outlawing the adoption or ownership of new pit bulls, which is a scary thought for pit bulls that are currently in animal shelters around the city. It is not clear what will be done with these animals. The law will take effect on October 3rd, so it is still possible for people to adopt pit bulls to save them from being euthanized. 

    The law also states that while current pit bull owners are allowed to keep their dog, that a whole new set of requirements and regulations will be placed upon them. By the end of 2016, every pit bull owner but purchase a permit. Yes, a "permit", as if they were buying a parking permit for a car. This will cost a hefty $115. But that's not all. While there are reasonable requirements like vaccination, sterilization, and microchipping, there are also some other freedom-restricting requirements.When out in public, every owner needs to muzzle their pit bull and keep them on a leash four feet or shorter.

    If you're thinking that these laws sound drastic and cruel, you're not the only one. The death of Vadnais was a horrific tragedy, and her family is understandably upset and wanting to prevent this from happening again. However, many are arguing that making these laws will not prevent tragedies like this from happening.

    The reason many are arguing that is because of the argument that "all pit bulls are not bad." The problem in general with dogs is that it is nearly impossible to predict their behavior. Some dogs are more aggressive than others, and some dogs can just snap. 

    While many studies say that pit bulls and Rottweilers are almost solely responsible for human dog-bite fatalities, this actually isn't true. Pit bulls and rottweilers tend to get a bad rap because of their look, and oftentimes when people act nervous around them, they get nervous and bite out of this nervousness. It's all a cycle. But other dogs can bite just as much, and as dangerously, even small dogs like Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahuas. 

    It's okay to mourn for Vadnais' family and still defend your pit bull. It's important not to judge a breed by its stereotypes. The law in Montreal might just not be suitable to solving the problem. Just remember that dogs can be dogs, and training them well, as well as keeping them leashed, is key to preventing tragedies.


    September 28, 2016

    Wolves as Pets?

    Wolves are beautiful, I think we can all agree on that. But have you ever thought about the trend of wolves as pets? Now, trend is a good word to use for it because it's not exactly, well, socially acceptable to have a pet wolf. But Jared Leto, actor and  lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars, has a pet wolf named Judas. Yep, a wolf! 

    However, most people who own wolves as pets actually own wolf-hybrids. These are common enough in families, as there are actually breeders who breed and sell wolf hybrids, like wolf-husky mixes. And while these very pretty mixes can make owning one very tempting, there's a lot more that goes into owning a wolf than you know!

    "Wolfdogs" are the common name for Wolf-Dog hybrids, and while the most common mix is wolf-husky, other mixes can exist, too. You have to remember that being half wolf means that your dog still has that "wild" nature in them. It's true that they've been domesticated, but it's very hard for pack animals like wolves to completely abandon their nature. 

    Wolves and dogs may look alike, but it doesn't mean they act alike. They have very different personalities when it comes to things like socializing. While domestic dogs have lived together with people for basically the last 10,000 years, wolves, not so much. They've spent that same amount of time as wild animals. They lived on their own and had to learn how to hunt and fight, something that domestic dogs have never really known. Mixing them with dogs will do nothing to "erase" their instinct. They still have it!

    So why, then is this fad of "Wolf-Dogs" rising? Maybe it's Jared Leto and his wolf-dogs, or maybe it's just our society's fascination with wolves. But either way, here's some reasons why you shouldn't make a Wolf-Dog your next furry best friend:

    • Let Wolves Be! - To get Wolf-Dogs, you need wolves. And however safe or loving an environment breeders use for this, it's still taking wolves out of their natural habitat. And if the demand gets higher for these hybrid pups, then that means breeders might resort to interbreeding or less safe breeding practices, and nobody wants that!
    • Wolf "Hellos" - Wolves say hello by giving "mouth hugs", aka gently biting another wolf's face to greet them. While this is not intended as aggressive, it can be interpreted this way by other dogs, who might hurt the Wolf-Dog because of it. 
    • Fear - Since many people don't understand wolves, even those who seek out Wolf-Dog hybrids, then this could cause fear of their behavior. Wolf-Dogs might sense this fear from adults or children, which in turn could make them nervous.
    • Mistreatment - Not understanding Wolf-Dogs can lead to their mistreatment. Many times, people don't know what they're getting into when they get regular dogs, and a Wolf-Dog is added pressure. Because of these, many of these hybrid dogs end up spending their life in an animal shelter, chained up to a fence, or even put down. 
    • It's Illegal! - Okay, so not in every state. But it is illegal to own a wolf or Wolf-Dog in Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, and Maryland. Other states like Alaska, Texas, Ohio, and North Carolina regulate ownership by county. If so many states think it's wrong, then that's a sign!
    • Lots of Exercise - Unless you have a giant, and I mean GIANT fenced-in yard in a temperate-weather environment, then you will not have the proper room for a Wolf-Dog. Wolves usually walk or run up to 100 miles a day. That is waaaaay more than other dogs. 

    Wolves are beautiful, and dogs are adorable. So let's stick to it by admiring wolves in sanctuaries or the wild and letting them be! Dogs are meant to be our furry best friend, and wolves, while striking, are happiest in the wild. 


    September 27, 2016

    Potentially Dangerous Bacterial Disease Spreads in Chicago

    When you love your dog, you pay special attention to what potentially might be wrong with them. Unfortunately, in Chicago, dog owners have something new to pay attention to. 

    A potentially dangerous bacterial disease called lepto is on the rise amongst dogs in Chicago. Lepto is a disease that can be transmitted from rats to dogs. While this disease is carried by rats, dogs don't need to come into contact with rats to contract it. It is most commonly contracted when dogs drink water form the streets. This standing water sometimes contains the urine of infected rats. The bacteria can exist and even thrive in the water or soil for weeks to months. 

    The spike in Chicago infections is most likely due to the recent wet weather and increase in rat population. 

    Even if your dog doesn't drink the street water, getting it on their paws can cause infection if they lick their paws once they get in the house, which dogs often do. 

    The added risk with these increase lepto infections is that it has been shown that this bacteria can be transmitted to humans. While it can't be transferred to you through your dog's saliva, you can get it from your dog's urine or through contaminated water and soil. 

    This is why you want to be especially cautious in looking out for signs of lepto in your pup. And while this lepto spike is occurring in Chicago right now, it can occur anywhere.

    Symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea, similar to the flu. If your dog is showing either symptom, take them to the vet right away. If untreated, lepto can cause kidney, liver failure, and even death. 

    Currently, vets are recommending a vaccination for your dog if you're concerned about them contracting it. However, this vaccine isn't proven to work 100% of the time, so you should keep an eye out.

    Don't let your dog drink out of puddles on the street, and if they step in standing water, make sure to wipe off their paws and legs with baby wipes as soon as they come in the house. Avoid communal water bowls or drinking sources in dog parks, as well. 

    Don't be scared or completely shelter your dog! Just take extra precautions to make sure this bacterial disease doesn't affect your furry best friend. 


    September 24, 2016

    Healthy Dog Treats

    You love your pooch, so of course you want to spoil them once in a while (or all the time)! Giving your dog treats regularly isn't bad for them, but some treats might cause them to gain weight if they have too many. So if you're looking for healthy treat options, we've got them! Here are some all-natural dog treats:

    Newman's Own Organics Premium Dog Treats

    Newman's Own is a great company to buy from since all profits go to charities. Plus, if you eat organic-only food, then you can give your dog organic-only treats! These are heart-shaped and have yummy flavors like sweet potato, peanut butter, and cheese.

    Rocco & Roxie Supply Co Jerky Sticks for Dogs

    These are made with almost only beef, so they are some very yummy strips. Just be careful, because beef can be heavier on the stomach. Tear the strips up for smaller portion sizes. Don't worry, they're high quality, though, and smoked for 15 hours!

    Plato Original Duck Dog Treats

    Quack quack! These little strips are great for dogs who can't eat other types of meet. It's made of duck and brown rice, and has all natural ingredients that are packed with both vitamins and antioxidants. 

    Greenies Dental Dog Treats 

    You've surely heard of Greenies, but they haven't gotten old yet! Your dog will not only find these chewy treats yummy, but helpful! They might not notice, but you will notice an improvement in their teeth and gum health. It's the number one choice by veterinarians for maintaining dental health. 

    Canidae Grain Free Pure Chewy Treats

    Wild boar and cherry? Turns out it's a good combination! They're chewy and cookie-like, so they're especially good for pups who don't have great teeth. Plus, they're made in the U.S. without any corn, wheat, soy, or fillers!

    Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats

    These biscuits have a taste combination your pup is sure to love: fish and sweet potato. It's a light biscuit that's super-easy for them to digest, and comes in six different flavor combinations. 

    Do you have any go-to healthy dog treats? Let us know!

    September 18, 2016

    Teaching Kids How to Play with Dogs

    Almost all kids love dogs. That's because, well, they're cute! And if you have a family dog, your child might love that dog because they grew up with it and know it well. However, it can be hard for kids to understand other dogs' body language. Here are some tips that will keep your kids and your dogs safe.

    First, some facts:

    • Half of all dog attacks involve kids under 12
    • Babies who aren't being monitored around dogs are 370 times more likely to get bitten by that dog than adults
    • 80% of dog bites that are taken to the emergency room are in kids under 15.

    So. how do we prevent these things from happening? While we love dogs, dogs don't always love us. And it's not because they're mean, either! They simply get startled sometimes, or anxious. The reason kids experience more dog bites than adults is because while we can read dogs' body language, kids really can't. This is especially true in young kids. 

    To keep everyone safe, give your kids these tips. We'll even tell you how to say it:

    • Don't surprise them: "When you want to pet Fido, make sure they know you're about to pet them. Sometimes, if you surprise a dog, they might get scared. Say 'hello' to them first and make sure they know you are going to pet them."
    • Don't reach for their mouth: "Even if Fido has something he shouldn't in his mouth, don't try to take it out. Let an adult know. And if you're going to pet Fido, make sure you don't reach for his mouth. If you want to give Fido a treat, just put it on the floor for him to eat."
    • Don't pull their tail: "Fido may wag his tail, but that doesn't mean he wants you pull it! Sometimes if you pull Fido's tail, he might get mad or scared."
    • Don't wrestle with Fido: "It's fun to wrestle with your cousins but Fido doesn't like it as much. Even if he wrestles with his dog friends, it doesn't mean he wants to wrestle with you." 

    These tips can never end. You can tailor them to dogs you know, too, if you're sure of your dogs' habits or neighborhood dogs. And remember, always monitor your dogs and kids. Even if you know your child or your dog well, you'll want to make sure to keep an eye out. Better safe than sorry! 


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