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Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I often joke about how Charlie needs to get her lazy dog butt up and do some work around the house to earn her keep. Then I saw these photos of actual working dogs and felt I needed to run home and start training my lazy great dane to do something more then eat, sleep, fart and cuddle. I love these photos and the hard work it portrays. It is one of those weeks where photos are really inspiring me and changing my mood drastically day by day.

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Hannah Sheflyand

I am not one to spoil my dog too much but over time a lot of her things get ragged, treats are slowly diminished and toys are thrown out after being chewed to destruction. All of these things need to be replaced so why not do it in the form of gifts at the same time as others are getting presents.

BarkBox, $19-$29/box, a great little box selected for your size dog. Its a great way to bring variety of  4-5 toys and treats for your pup every month.

BarkBox, $19-$29/box, a great little box selected for your size dog. Its a great way to bring variety of 4-5 toys and treats for your pup every month.

Lasso Leash & Collar, $30 & $30, I found this company on etsy and I am so happy to see them grow over the least year. There is a huge variety of colors and types of leashes and collars to choose from. Charlie has a red leash and collar and I cant wait to add more to her wardrobe.

Lasso Leash & Collar, $30 & $30, I found this company on etsy and I am so happy to see them grow over the last year. There is a huge variety of colors and types of leashes and collars to choose from. Charlie has a red leash and collar and I cant wait to add more to her wardrobe.

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Trixie Puzzle Level 3, $25, Dogs need a lot of stimulation, and if we lived on a huge piece of land Charlie would get that just from hunting, running and sniffing around. But we dont, so after some time just hanging out, we love to do puzzles. It makes Charlie really excited when she solves them.

Tuffy's Bull, $24, I have a big dog and even though she is not a huge chewer, regular dog toys get destroyed under her big teeth pretty quickly. The Tuffy brand toys have 3 layers of cloth and multiple levels of stitching which helps the toy last months and months for Charlie.

Tuffy’s Bull, $24, I have a big dog and even though she is not a huge chewer, regular dog toys get destroyed under her big teeth pretty quickly. The Tuffy brand toys have 3 layers of cloth and multiple levels of stitching which helps the toy last months and months for Charlie.

Pet Cot, $90, For the bigger dogs, as they get older it is harder to get up off the floor, this is a great solution.

Pet Cot, $90, For the bigger dogs, as they get older it is harder to get up off the floor, this is a great solution and I wish it could fit in our apartment.

BigDogBed Preferred Comfort, $480, if I could afford it, this would be the dog bed I would get for Charlie since she deserves super comfort.

BigDogBed Preferred Comfort, $480, if I could afford it, this would be the dog bed I would get for Charlie since she deserves super comfort. Dogs need spinal and joint support just like we do and sleeping on the floor just isn’t enough.

Deer Antler, $19, the bone that lasts forever. Charle has gone through nylabones and kongs but this is the only thing I have had to buy only once.

Deer Antler, $19, the bone that lasts forever. Charlie has gone through nylabones and kongs but this is the only thing I have had to buy only once.

Zuke's Dog Treats, $10, there are only so many ways I can control Charlie's health so I make sure Charlie eats the best food and treats. Zukes treats are naturally preserved and made with real meat, a plus in my book.

Zuke’s Dog Treats, $10, there are only so many ways I can control Charlie’s health so I make sure Charlie eats the best food and treats. Zukes treats are naturally preserved and made with real meat, a plus in my book.

Pet Tags, $12, you can get something cute and personalized like this etsy find or you can go to a pet store and get one for just a few dollars but either way make sure your dog always has a tag on. It can be the one way a lost dog can be brought back to their rightful owner.

Pet Tags, $12, you can get something cute and personalized like this etsy find or you can go to a pet store and get one for just a few dollars but either way make sure your dog always has a tag on. It can be the one way a lost dog can be brought back to their rightful owner.

These might not be the most original gifts for dogs but they will be the most appropriate and helpful for pets and their parents.

Do you have a dog? Any other good gift ideas for them?

If you have not seen it, here is other gift guides for him and her!

Hannah Sheflyand

I love how this comic perfectly makes fun of dogs while still accurately portraying what every dog owner is thinking.

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The above are my favorite parts but the full comic can be seen on TheOatmeal. He has also turned it into a fun read through book.

Sometimes the pictures and words are a little vulgar, but in the end still very funny. Have you read through his comics before? Another favorite is his Bobcats series.

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I don’t think Hannah realizes how chilly I can get when the temperature drops. Even though I am big compared to others, I have little insulation when it comes to fat or fur. Hannah noticed that I was shivering the other evening and we have decided to go in search for a winter jacket. Hopefully this will be the last year we will need one for me.

Do your pets get a layer of clothing when the temperatures drop through the fall and winter?

Here are my top picks for jackets:

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Riders Turnout Sheet $25, a great light weight jacket with a waterproof outer shell and a warm inner lining. Perfect for the fall weather up here on the northeast coast.

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Rambo Dog Blanket $49, looks super warm and is adorable with the stripes and multiple colors to choose from.

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Blue Ribbon Custom Jacket $79. This is my favorite jacket because it has many layers of warmth and yet is still very comfortable to wear. A plus is that you can pick whatever color and trim you want and a personal monogram can be added.

All the jackets above are from Dover Saddlery which is mostly for horses but they have a great selection of dog jackets, collars and leashes.

Muttluks is another great company, mostly known for their perfect dog booties, has a few winter jackets that look great when it comes to the brutal winter.

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3 Layer Belted Winter Coat $64, how gorgeous would green or pink look on me? The jacket is super warm which is helpful when it is more then just about looks.

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Jogger Jacket $77, this may be a little excessive but looks super warm and am actually considering it even with the goofy look.

What do you think of our top picks? Do you have any other recommendations?

Hannah Sheflyand

After growing out of the trick or treating stage of Halloween I have really not been a fan of the day. Halloween parties come and go and I just never felt that it was worth it to spend money on a costume that I will only wear once. Now animal costumes have become a big thing and I have really enjoyed seeing what others have made for their animals, especially for their dogs.

Some of my favorites are below, especially the Great Dane ones:

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I think it would be cute to dress Charlie up, however she is a bit of freak when it comes to seeing anything strange on people or dogs, so she will probably stay home for the evening. I cant wait to see what other clever ideas come up this Halloween?

Are you dressing your animals, kids or yourself up this Halloween?

Hannah Sheflyand

Even though I feel like it was just yesterday that we were swimming in lakes and basking in nice 80 degree summer weather, fall has arrived (technically on the 22nd). I will not be giving up on keeping summer around even if the temperature outside is finally dropping. Brian and I will be heading to the beach on Saturday and the perk of summer season being over is that we can take the dogs along with us. This will be an interesting adventure as Charlie and the foster dog Moose have not spent more then 10 minutes in the car together, and tomorrow the drive will be about 80 minutes. Wish us luck!

We will then be spending the evening at a Cave Singers concert!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

My cover photo for a post a few weeks ago was for an adorable dog underwater from the book Underwater Dogs. Little did I know at the time, the author/photographer, Seth Casteel has released a new book called Underwater Puppies. This took the cuteness level of a coffee table book sky high! There is a nice short interview of him on NPR describing what got Seth into photographing dogs and the tricky process for getting these photos, which includes teaching some of these puppies how to swim. Some of the photos from the book are below:

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Any good books you have recently read or seen nice photography books that you would like to add to your collection?

Hannah Sheflyand

Its been a very busy week for Brian and I. He started back at school and I have been running around with Charlie and the new foster dog Moose! Brian is also officially moving out of his apartment this weekend so we have been going crazy trying to sell the last of his stuff (if anyone needs some furniture) that is not fitting in our little studio. I wish this would be a nice relaxing weekend but it wont be with everything going on, hopefully next weekend though 🙂

On the up side, this week I have been receiving tons of news and videos filled with Great Dane stories. Have you heard about the Great Dane from Oregon who ate a huge amount of socks and survived? I felt it was a perfect mix between Charlie and my last dog Maggie (who ate everything when left alone). There have also been some very cute pool party videos… I hope watching some will lift your already happy Friday spirits.

Do you have any videos of your dog or kid or whoever swimming? Charlie is deadly afraid of the water so I doubt we will get her into a pool or the beach water for quiet a while.

Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S.- The picture at the top of the post is from a hilarious photo book called Underwater Dogs.

Hannah Sheflyand

There is something truly amazing about having any pet in your life, but the responsibility of a living being is tough and a much bigger responsibility then even my always dying plants.

I take Charlie to the veterinarians once a year for annual bloodwork and heartworm testing, vaccines (as needed), and any supplements and medication subscriptions. The rest of the year I keep an eye out for any symptoms that may signal something is off with her, especially since she cant speak for herself.

Working as a veterinary technician for many years I have witnessed countless critical pets who could have come in in better condition if they had some care from their owners back when symptoms started. One huge thing I found to be helpful is to have a pet emergency first aide kit in my apartment and in my car. I think its an easy way to prepare for the worst, it takes almost no time to make and costs very little if you build it up yourself. The first aide kit should never replace veterinary care but having it around eases my mind that in any situation I can help my pet out. All this seems like a lot for a pet, but they cant fend for themselves, so it becomes our responsibility.

1st step: Make an emergency contact list and place one on the fridge and one in your car’s first aide kit. I put each on an index card and include Charlie’s regular veterinarian, the closest emergency veterinary hospital and ASPCA poison control (800-426-4435). As a huge emergency precaution I also keep a copy of her vaccines in the car and a recent photo (in case she gets lost and pictures need to be posted anywhere).

2nd step: Build the first aide kit with all your medical pet essentials. I bought a human first aide kit from the local pharmacy and added/removed a few items. I made sure to keep gauze pads, wrap bandage and vet wrap in case of any nicks or cuts. Latex gloves are also a plus to help with any sticky or bloody situations.

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3rd step: All the items in case of a medical emergency would be sufficient for a human first aide kit, but with a dog or cat, its good to have a few more items around. I keep a weeks worth of food in the car (make sure to change it out every few months), about 2 gallons of water, a bag of treats (to help coax a nervous dog), bug spray, emergency sleeping bag, a fleece blanket, paper towels & plastic bags, a flashlight and a swiss army knife.

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I also always keep an extra collar and leash in the car and at home. It might seems a little over prepared but there have now been a few times where a freind or family member has spotted a dog loose on the streets and no one had anything to grab the dog with. A few handy treats, a collar and a slip leash has helped get the loose pet back into safe hands.

I fit all the stuff into a cute double plastic box and keep it tucked under the back seat of the car, and another box under the bathroom sink.

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Have you made or bought a first aide kit for your pets? Here is your chance!

Your veterinarian can provide many helpful tips on what else you can pack but the essentials are definitly covered above. If any questions, please dont hesitate to ask me.

P.S.-Highly recommended extra step: Get your pet microchipped!

Hannah Sheflyand

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. We have our final sailing classes this weekend and then have to take a test to certify us and the overall obsessive part of me has been studying every day. The classes plus the fact that we got a new foster dog (!!!!!!) has made this week too crazy for daily posts (I will do my best to get back in the groove for next week).

I hope everyone has had a lovely week and has some exciting weekend plans but before I say good bye until Monday I wanted to share a very cute photo contest that I found through Garden & Gun. One a year they have a GOOD DOG PHOTO CONTEST where anyone can enter and at the end there is a top pick and then readers choice picks and then highest rated pictures. This years winner photos are amazing and I wanted to share the goofyness with everyone so I posted the favorites below (Hint: some Great Dane pictures at the end). The full album of contestants can be seen on Garden&Gun.com.

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How great are these photos? For the dog owners out there, do you try to capture lots of photos of your goofy pups?

This has inspired me to work a little harder at understanding my camera so I can capture some great shots of Charlie in all her glory.

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Hannah’s foot is finally healed up and we can now go out and explore. Its been a long few months where we couldn’t go hiking which means my exercise was mostly at the dog park and running with Brian. As long as I am exercised every day I am a happy puppy but I especially love running off leash out in the wild. We had the opportunity to spend last weekend up in the Catskills and had a good time just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.

Hannah took a lot of photos and I wanted to share them, especially the many she took of me. Hope you enjoy!

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