I’m not a dog expert–I’m a dog-parent who knows a lot more now about dogs than when I started learning (which was basically the day I adopted Chance). I didn’t intend it to be that way. I had done months of research leading up to actually getting the squirming little bundle of shedding hair and … Read more THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART ONE – THE FIRST HOUR
So you’ve gotten your starter supplies and you’re ready to bring Puppy home. Let’s go through the important steps to getting Puppy all settled in. I really believe that if you set up a good foundation with these things from the very beginning, you will save yourself a lot of trouble down the line. I’ve … Read more THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART TWO – THE FIRST DAY (AND NIGHT)
Hopefully you and Puppy made it through your first night without any emergencies, and you have the essential routines established. You’ve gotten enough supplies for the first week-ish; you’ve introduced Puppy to his new home, and hopefully set up some rules/boundaries in regards to his crate, going to the bathroom, feeding time, and playing with … Read more The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Three – The First Week
So you’ve got Puppy settling in alright, and you’re realizing this is one of the most stressful and also most wonderful undertakings you’ve ever engaged in. Welcome to dog ownership! If you’re anything like me, you’re suddenly starting to understand–against your will–why people baby-talk to their dogs and dress them up in costumes (because it’s … Read more The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Four – The First Vet Visit
I’d been to Big Bear with some girlfriends a few years ago, and we booked a cabin through one of the local vacation rental companies. It was fine—it was a cabin, it was near the mountain, but it was pretty run-down and dirty. So let’s say my expectations of “a cabin in Big Bear” were not very … Read more A CABIN IN THE WOODS (FOR DOGS, TOO!)
Not long after adopting Chance, I came to realize that he was nothing but a furry poop factory. His poops are frequent, and frequently massive. Also not long after I adopted Chance, plastic bags were banned in Los Angeles (followed by the new bring-your-own bag regulations). Which sparked a disturbing epiphany one day as I … Read more Dog Poop Does Not Go In The Green Bin!
Los Angeles summer heat is no joke. Even when it’s not all that hot out, if a significant portion of your domicile is exposed to the afternoon sun for any appreciable amount of time and you DON’T have central air conditioning…you’re pretty much screwed. My apartment is cooled by a single wall unit installed in … Read more How I Thwarted Summer (At Least In My Kitchen)
I was not compensated for this post. I just want to save anyone else looking for a dog trainer the headache I went through. But I do get a free night of boarding for private client referrals which I REALLY REALLY want, so pleeeease mention me and Chance if you sign up! If your dog … Read more The Best Dog Trainer In Los Angeles (In Our Humble Opinions)
I am not getting compensated for this post, as much as I wish that were the case. However, if you decide to purchase a Nest Cam and use the links in this post to do so, I will get a small commission and it would be very much appreciated!! ~ The Mgmt. When I first got … Read more SPY ON YOUR DOG LIKE A CREEPER WITH NEST CAM!
Exactly a year ago today, I became a puppy-parent. Greatest day of my life. I’d wanted a puppy since my parents broke down and got me a pony for my 9th birthday. Because why stop with a pony? But it wasn’t until last year that I finally felt ready to get a dog. I had … Read more ADOPTING CHANCE