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A Letter to My Dog On Her 8th Birthday

Dear Gina,

Eight already? Really? With your puppy energy and petite size, people think you’re 8-months-old, not years. Yet, I’ve witnessed an emotional maturity in you these past couple of months that’s new.

No, I’m not talking about your new grey furs under your chin. We’ve both been through a lately… Continue reading

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Do You Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday or Gotcha Day?


According to a study by the Purina Pet Institute, 43 percent of dog owners celebrate birthdays, while 29 percent celebrate their cat’s birthdays.

And, according to Nationwide Pet Insurance, $50 billion a year is spent on gifts for our pets. Wow!

In contrast, an article in Psychology Today by Stanley Coren, PhD, referred to an online survey by Kelton Research. Of 1,000 people tested,

81 percent of dog parents know their pets’ birthdays Continue reading

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Happy 11th Birthday Señor Sanchez!

Sanchez Before After Years

Today is Sanchez’s 11th Birthday!

I don’t know how my puppy is 11 already, but I am eternally grateful that Sanchez is in great health on his 11th birthday.

I’m very aware of the challenges of having a senior pet. Sanchez is teaching me to be more patient, forgiving, and present. These are lessons not always so easy for me. Continue reading

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My Dog is Everything I Never Wanted!

Gina is three years old today! She’s now been a party of my canine family for a little over half of her life. I adopted Gina when she was 16 months old. Looking back Continue reading

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