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Hiking Checklist Essentials When Camping with your Dog

Last week we covered all the first aid and safety essentials you should have when you are camping with your dog. This week we are going to cover all the hiking essentials you should have on your checklist.

Going for a hike can be very similar to going on a long walk with your dog, depending on your hiking intensity. You will want to have all the essentials you normally bring along for your dog on a walk. Some of these items include:

  • A collar
  • A harness
  • A leash
  • Poop bags
  • ID Tag

First Aid & Safety Checklist Essentials When Camping with your Dog

Last week we covered all the food and water essentials you should have when you are camping with your dog. This week we are going to cover all the safety and first aid essentials you should have on your checklist.

This list may seem a little lengthy but once you have everything put together you can store it in a bag or container and have it ready to go all the time. You never know what kind of situation you or your dog will get into that could be potentially life threatening. A small cut could get infected and turn into a bigger problem. A safety kit could make all the difference if you can’t get medical attention right away.

Food and Water Checklist Essentials When Camping with your Dog

It’s June and that means it’s time to kick off all those warm weather vacations and weekend trips. One of the most popular weekend trips to take is camping. If you’re like us, then you will feel bad leaving your dog behind. And really, you should! Camping is the PERFECT time, and perhaps the ONLY time, you are able to take your dog on vacation with you. As long as you have all of the essentials on this checklist, you should have an easy and enjoyable camping trip with the entire family. In our next series of blog posts we will cover each section on our checklist. The checklist will cover food and water, first aid and safety, hiking and activities, and campsite essentials.

Using Our Dog Breed Figurines for Craft Projects

Our medium and mini sized dog figurines are so multi-use! Some customers place the figurines on memorials and some place them on top of cakes. One of the most common ways our figurines are used is for model craft projects. We’ve had our mini figurines used on a birdhouse modeled after a country singer’s home. Our customer, who is a fan of this country singer, made it for the singer before she went to his concert and meet and greet. The singer had a bloodhound so she put a little Bloodhound mini figurine on the front lawn of the birdhouse behind the picket fence. Another customer was a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes character so he made a model scene of Sherlock Holmes with his sidekick Bloodhound named Toby. Below you can view an image of the scene our customer created.

New Member of the Family – Meet Oliver the Goldendoodle!

Any new pup that comes into our extended family here at is a blessing! So, we would like you to meet Oliver! Oliver is a Goldendoodle, a golden retriever and poodle mix. We absolutely love the name Oliver. It’s such a PERFECT name for a dog and it fits his personality wonderfully. Hm, we wonder if Oliver will pick up a nickname, like Ollie or Liv. That will be determined in time!

Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy During Spring Time

What’s the easiest way to keep your dog healthy this Spring, you may ask? In our opinion, the easiest way to keep your dog healthy is by giving your dog a good grooming. Trimming your dog’s coat shorter as the weather warms up can provide a number of benefits and below we will discuss just a few!
“Nicer” weather typically refers to hotter, sunnier weather. Heat and sun can lead to dehydration and heat stroke. By cutting your dog’s coat you will reduce their exposure to extreme temperatures. Short coats help keep them cool. But beware not to cut too short, you don’t want their skin exposed, which could cause sunburns.
As the weather gets nicer, chances are you will be doing a lot more outdoor activities. More outdoor activities means more exposure to outdoor critters, including ticks and other parasites. Shorter coats means you will be able to spot these creepy crawlers easier so they can be removed. Lastly, many dogs start to shed their coats as the weather warms up. Shorter coats allows for easier shedding, less matting, and gentler brushing, all leading to a happier pup!

Why Does My Dog Spin in Circles?

Many dog breeds are known to spin in circles when they become excited. Whether they do it when you come home, prepare their favorite meal, reach for their favorite toy, or show them a treat, this behavior is not uncommon. But it should be considered uncommon when the behavior lasts many minutes, multiple times a day, or interferes with daily activities such as eating or going to the bathroom. If your dog repeatedly spins or chases it’s tail, it is a good idea to consult a vet about this. But if their spinning seems to be created by excitement and only happens occasionally, there is nothing to worry about! But the same question exists, why do they do it?

The Seeing Eye Guide Dogs

We all know dogs offer us so much more than just being our pets. We recently wrote an article about how dogs are trained to detect diseased beehives to help save bees and our food chain. We also wrote another article on how to cope with your blind dog. But the reverse takes place with the Seeing Eye program where dogs are trained to help the visually impaired. In 1929, the Seeing Eye was founded to teach the visually impaired to work with dogs that have been trained to guide those in need. The Seeing Eye, which was founded by a blind salesman and a dog trainer, is still currently operating. They breed and train dogs to become guide dogs and connect the dogs with the impaired. They have been on a mission to help others and their numbers show how successful they have been!

Top Valentine’s Day Gifts for Dog Lovers

Dog Lover Valentine's Day

Dog Lover Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Love is celebrated all year round but Valentine’s Day is a day specifically dedicated to love. The celebration of love between lovers, friends, family, children, and your furry family members. Some like to show their love by action, like cooking, cleaning, or a massage. Others like to show their love with words, like “I love you’s”. The rest of us like to be showered with gifts. Chocolates, roses, and jewelry, just to name a few. But there comes a time when you’ve purchased all the chocolate you can, all the flowers in the world, and every piece of jewelry out there. You need something fresh, new, and unique! That’s where comes to the rescue. Think about what your loved one loves and you’ve found the perfect gift. We’ve always said…you love them, but they love their dog. Boy, do we have gifts for the dog lover in your life!

Dog Saves Injured Man in Snow

Once again, dog proves to be man’s best friend! A Golden Retriever by the name of Kelsey, stayed by her owner’s side for 20 hours after the owner slipped on ice and broke his neck.


This tragic event happened on New Year’s eve when it was a mere 24 degrees with snow and ice on the ground. Kelsey stayed by her owner’s side, licking his face to keep him awake in the frigid temperatures and laying on top of him to help keep him warm. The owner, Bob, tried his best to keep consciousness and yell out for help when he had the strength. Unfortunately, no one could hear Bob because this all happened through the middle of the night and his closest neighbor is about 1/4 mile away.