Kelly's Dog Blog

Kelly's Dog Blog — Dog Mom

Happy National Dog Mom's Day (the second Saturday in May), and of course, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms this Sunday. My husband panicked a bit when I told him about National Dog Mom's Day , as, falling the day before Mother's Day , that gave him one less day to shop for the dogs’ usual Mother'...
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Kelly's Dog Blog - Renaming Your Rescue Pet

We’re not calling him “Monkey.” My husband was adamant. We had just acquired a 2-year-old Brussels Griffon-Schnauzer mix through a foster program. The foster family had been calling him Monkey, and although he did have similar, yet subtle facial features of a primate, to us, he simply looked more...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — And Then There Were Four

We have four dogs that still need our love and care. I keep repeating this mantra, but the wound is still too fresh for it to really sink in. Up until 10:30 a.m. last Wednesday, we had five. Early that morning as I was watching CNN before work, Olive, who was up with me with her usual hacking and...
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In Sickness and in Health

There is a huge part of me that is starting 2019 off very grateful that I did not have to lose two dogs in 2018. We lost Wrigley October 29th and have been on the cusp of another loss since then. Related: An Empter, Quieter House My Boston Terrier Olive was diagnosed with congestive heart failure...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Whatever Helps You Heal

As I was walking to the exam room at my chiropractor’s office a couple weeks ago, I passed a small office with a safety gate across the door. On the other side was a large sleeping puppy. As much as I wanted to reach over and stroke the thick, wavy fur on the animal, I couldn’t bear the thought of...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Pets and People in Need

As a dog mom of five, I can attest to the fact that the care and feeding of pets can be costly. My dogs depend on my husband and me to feed them regular meals and snacks, and as much as they dread it, regular vet visits are necessary for their general health. It is sad to think about folks who have...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Dogs and Thanksgiving

Talk about the quintessential buzzkill. It’s Thanksgiving Day and after hours in the kitchen, you finally get to sit down with family and friends to that glorious meal. You haven’t even drizzled the giblet gravy on your plate when you hear a strange hacking, then look over to see your Basset Hound...
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Kelly's Dog Blog - Dogs of Homeless People

While out walking my dog Griffin earlier this week I saw a homeless guy with a loaded-down shopping cart and a large Pitbull-Mastiff-looking dog in tow. Having five dogs that live in the lap of luxury most days, it is hard for me to fathom what the life of a dog of a homeless person must be like...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Dogs and Chocolate

People are always warning us about how chocolate can be fatal to dogs. If that was the case, dog fatalities would be off the charts. Around Christmas time 1993, a bowl of Hershey’s Kisses disappeared off our coffee table at our home in Orange County. We knew it was an inside job, as we hadn’t had...
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Kelly's Dog Blog - An Emptier, Quieter House

They say that when your spouse dies, the nights are the most difficult, as you realize you are the only one in your bed. You reach over in the middle of the night and no one is there. With dogs, it’s about food bowls. The first time you set out five, instead of the usual six. I miss my Wrigley...
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