About Us

Thanks for visiting Patchwork Dogs! My name is Carrie Wiita, and I’m an actor, blogger, cheap-wine enthusiast, and proud adoptive dog-parent to Chance, my Patchwork Dog (that’s his spotted butt above).

To me, “patchwork” applies both to Chance himself and our life together. He’s such a mixed-breed that a DNA-test could only reveal that he’s not a Dalmatian (and probably has a little Catahoula Leopard Dog up that family tree somewhere).

As for our life together, it’s a mix of tips, tools, tricks, and philosophies that I’ve picked up over time. What has worked for us–for everything from training to feeding to relationship-building–has been a little of this and a little of that from a myriad of sources. Mine is a patchwork approach to dog-parenting.

I’m not a dog-trainer, an animal behaviorist, or a veterinarian. I’m just a dog-owner. Chance is my roommate and best friend, and my main concern is keeping him happy and healthy–and keeping me sane. I hope to be able to show you how we’ve handled the things we’ve been able to manage, and also I hope I can guide you to the right experts if necessary!

How To Use This Site

This is a dog-blog for people who wish all the information on how to raise/train/care for your dog was just a liiiiiittle bit more user-friendly.

Check out the Start Here page if you’re a new user. You’ll find my Quick-Start Guide, which I created as a crash-course for those of you who (like me) suddenly found yourself with a dog you were maybe just a LITTLE unprepared for. There’s also a page that explains Pet Health Insurance–what it is, how it works, who I recommend, and why I couldn’t survive without it. You’ll also find my Top Posts (the most popular or generally-most-helpful blog entries). And finally, you’ll find a link to the Facebook Group, which I hope you’ll find to be a supportive community of dog-parents sharing what’s worked for them and their patchwork dogs!

The Blog is where I post new content. Search for specific keywords or topics using the search bar at the top of the page.

The Resources page has a list of websites, books, organizations, and service-providers recommended by me (and Chance).

The Shop page is a collection of my favorite products that we personally use and love. For the most part, you’ll find them described in greater detail in blog posts.

And finally, don’t forget to Subscribe to our newsletter to get notified when we post new content and for a free download, “5 Routines to Make Life with Your Dog Easier!”