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Choosing the Right Dog Bed

Choosing the Right Dog Bed

There are so many dog bed choices out there, and it seems fancier – and more expensive beds are introduced all the time. Years ago when I had my first Lab, Maxine, she slept on the floor with a couple of blankets. Sally & Tino both slept on the bed, although we had a couple of dog beds in... »

What to do if your Dog Nips at your Heels?

What to do if your Dog Nips at your Heels?

When we lived in Pasadena, we had a neighbor with a cute bull terrier named Lucy who would come over for play dates with Sally & Tino several times a week. They would race around the front yard for 30 minutes or so chasing each other or chasing a ball or playing bite face.   One of Tino... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Cardiovascular and Circulatory Disease

SlimDoggy Health Check: Cardiovascular and Circulatory Disease

We continue our SlimDoggy Health Check series, moving on to the Cardiovascular and Circulatory systems of the dog.   As in humans, the heart is the most critical organ in your dog’s body. It is responsible for pumping blood throughout their body and carrying life-giving oxygen and nutrien... »

How to Tell if Your Dog is Happy

How to Tell if Your Dog is Happy

We have had five dogs over the course of the 20+ years we’ve lived in California. We started with Sally, who we got as a sweet little 8 week old pup. Then we added Tino about 2 years later. When Sally passed away we adopted Becca, when Tino passed away we adopted Jack and then when Becca passe... »

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Last year, following the Westminster Dog Show, we wrote a series of articles expressing our concern over the overweight appearance of the Labradors in the show. The first was No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster. We followed that up with an article looking into the changes in Labrador’... »

Pad and Paw Health for your Dog

Pad and Paw Health for your Dog

During the winter, we frequently read about or see dog booties being advertised for dogs to help keep their paws and pads protected from the snow, sleet & chemicals used on the roads in the winter. But, it is equally important to protect your dogs paws and pads from summer dangers of bugs, burr... »

Dear Labby, Are Dogs Bilingual?

Dear Labby, Are Dogs Bilingual?

Dear Labby,   My friend, who lived in Germany for three years has a dog who understands both German and English. Can I teach my dog to be bilingual?   Dog Linguist     Dear Linguist,   This seems like a simple question to answer, of course they are. They are not only bilingu... »

Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness When You Travel with your Pets

Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness When You Travel with your Pets

Last week we drove up to Big Bear for our vacation. BigBear is about 7,000 feet above sea level and the only way to get there is a long windy, twisty mountain road. It’s a beautiful ride, but for anyone who gets motion sick, it can be treacherous.   As I was driving up this year, I was wo... »

Our Trip to Big Bear

Our Trip to Big Bear

We just returned from our annual trip to Big Bear Lake. Of the four of us, we think that Maggie probably had the best time of all of us.     She really took to the water this year – as soon as she saw it she waded in a few feet, then a few feet more and then off she went swimming awa... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 2

Today we continue our SlimDoggy Health Check series by taking a closer look at some additional skeletal issues that may befall our pets. We already covered some of the most common, Osteoarthritis and Dysplasia in Part 1.   Let’s take a look at: Luxating patella Osteochondritis dissecans P... »

People Food that’s GOOD for Dogs

People Food that’s GOOD for Dogs

We frequently get asked whether the latest “super food” is also good for our dogs. Our A to Z Ingredients series pulls in the most visitors on our site and we’ve tried to cover the major “super foods” in the course of the series.     We thought we’d revi... »

What Tino Refused to Eat

What Tino Refused to Eat

Many years ago, my dad came to stay with us for a few months while my mom had back surgery and we prepared to move them both out to California to be closer to us. We still had Sally & Tino at the time and Tino and my dad were great friends…as you can see. Both Sally & Tino also knew ... »

How Do Dogs Make Decisions?

How Do Dogs Make Decisions?

Last week we wrote about about the different strategies our dogs Jack & Maggie use when playing a game. It got me thinking more and more about how dogs think and how they make decisions. You may not realize it, but just like you, your dog makes hundreds of decisions each day… Do I go get ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 1

We move on to Skeletal Disorders and Diseases in dogs in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series. Wikipedia provides a long list of potential issues, we will take a look at the most common. Osteoarthritis: Just as in humans, arthritis is a degenerative disease caused by the deterioration of the cartilage ... »

Is Your Dog a Strategic Thinker?

Is Your Dog a Strategic Thinker?

We frequently play a simple game with Jack and Maggie we call ‘find the food’. It’s pretty basic, we just hide little Zuke treats around the front yard – on the car bumper, the watering can, on top of the rocks in the flower beds, on the porch railing, etc. We hide probably 2... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

Last time, in our Muscular Disorders section of our Health Check Series, we focused on muscle & ligament issues including sprains and strains. Today we are going to take a closer look at other muscular disorders that may affect your dog.   There are two main types of muscular disorders: My... »

Tino’s Burial Ground

Tino’s Burial Ground

When we first rescued Tino and his brother Bernie, they were sick and emaciated. They had been abandoned at a local park and from the looks of them they had probably been living on the streets for at least a couple of months. To say they loved mealtime was an understatement. Even sick with distemper... »

One Thing You Can Do to Increase Your Dog’ s Life Span

One Thing You Can Do to Increase Your Dog’ s Life Span

We talk about health and fitness for our canine companions all the time – obviously – it is the focus of our blog. We’ve written about increasing their life span frequently in the past, and it is one of the most popular topics that brings people to SlimDoggy.com. Many of our posts ... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

Jack enjoys the view off the back deck.   »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster: Can Dogs See Television?

SlimDoggy Mythbuster: Can Dogs See Television?

Does your dog watch TV? Neither Jack or Maggie pay any attention to the TV. As a matter of fact, none of my dogs have even acknowledged it’s existence. And yet, you see Youtube videos and Facebook posts all the time of dogs raptly watching another dog on TV or barking at a cat commercial. I wo... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy cousin, Taj just recovered from a very serious bout of pneumonia and we wanted to share her experience as a cautionary tale as part of our SlimDoggy Health Check Series.   A little background. Taj is a 12-year old Weimaraner. She was a hunting dog and hunted for many years until her r... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie enjoying the sunshine and flowers in her yard.       »

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Last week, we posted an article about a German Shepherd dog on our FaceBook page. The story was that the owner had taken their dog to a local groomer for grooming and the dog ended up being shaved with only his head and tip of his tail unshaved.   The owner was distraught and threatening to sue... »

Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?

Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?

Dear Labby,   We just rescued a 12-week old pup from the local shelter. We think he is a Lab/Pit/Boxer mix or at least that’s what they told us. He is so cute and we have lots of fun with him. We’re planning on taking him to puppy classes soon. The only thing that bothers me is that... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Jack & Maggie enjoying the spring sunshine.   »

Dogs and Bees and Wasps

Dogs and Bees and Wasps

When our pup Sally was just about 3 months old, she had a run-in with a bee. It was a Saturday morning and I was out somewhere and Steve was at home. I get a frantic call saying that Sally’s face is all swollen and he is on the way to the vet. By the time I got there, her face was almost norma... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

A dog’s muscular system, like humans, is designed to support movement. A basic understanding of the major muscles and how they work together is important to help you diagnose any potential issues and determine whether it is a muscular, skeletal or a nerve disorder. We will look at all three, b... »

Smart Jack | Wordless Wednesday

Smart Jack | Wordless Wednesday

Jack is busy helping SlimDoggy Steve prepare for his presentation on WordPress at the upcoming BlogPaws Conference (Friday morning at 11am). Jack is a wiz when it comes to plugins, security, backups, etc. so if you have questions that you want answers to, just ask them in the comments section below.... »

Tino and the Flea Collar

Tino and the Flea Collar

More Tales of Tino…   The first 5-6 weeks after we rescued Tino and his brother Bernie were scary. Distemper is a very scary disease and there’s not much you can do to treat it other than try to keep them comfortable, hydrated and safe.   Both Tino and Bernie had fevers that we... »

What’s Up with Maggie?

What’s Up with Maggie?

Those of you that follow our blog know that we rescued our Lab, Maggie about three years ago. She came to us from a Lab Rescue who had removed her from a breeder, a breeding farm really. Her condition was not good, both physically and mentally. She was extremely fearful and didn’t eat for thre... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Jack’s ready for his workout. Up next, core work.   »

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby, We have new neighbors who moved in about 6 weeks ago. They seem like a nice family, but the problem is they have two dogs that bark. A LOT. They are left home alone all day, everyday and spend most of their time in the yard barking. The family also seems to go out several nights a week a... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Skin

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Skin

Wrapping up our SlimDoggy Health Check on Parasites, we want to cover skin parasites. These are VERY common in dogs and cats and include: Fleas Ticks Mites   Lots of nasty critters that you have to contend with and sorry to say most dogs are going to get one or two of these, probably more than ... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie contemplates life…   »

Tino and Buddy

Tino and Buddy

I’ve been asked to write more Tino stories, so here’s another favorite.   Our Tino was a sensitive and perceptive dog. Even though he kept to himself and was very independent, he was also very affectionate and sensitive to family dynamics. Whenever one of us was sick he stuck a litt... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Jacks version of Where’s Waldo…he blends right into the scenery – especially in black & white.   »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Intestinal Parasites

SlimDoggy Health Check: Intestinal Parasites

The next installment in our SlimDoggy Health Check series continues our look at Parasites, specifically intestinal parasites. Intestinal Parasites Giardia is a single-celled organism that lives in the intestines of dogs. It is one of the more frequently found parasites and typically affects older do... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Jack and Maggie both had a bath this past weekend. Neither of them were too happy about it, but they sure look clean & shiny now.   »

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

A few weeks ago we wrote about “Frito Feet”, that weird phenomenon that makes your dogs feet smell like Frito corn chips. Turns out it’s caused by a combination of sweat and bacteria on your dog’s feet.   But what about that “wet dog” smell? I’ve had ma... »

2015 FitDog Fitness Quiz & Blog Hop Winners

2015 FitDog Fitness Quiz & Blog Hop Winners

We are happy to announce our 2015 FitDog Fitness Quiz winner is KB & Shyla from Romping and Rolling in the Rockies. We had over 35 entries and 10 of our readers got a perfect score 10 out of 10! Glad to see we have some FitDogs and smart owners out there!   KB & Shyla win a $50 AMEX g... »

Fire Safety: Pet Alert Signs

Fire Safety: Pet Alert Signs

Each fall in Southern California we have ‘fire season’. It typically begins at the end of summer when everything is dry as can be and then the Santa Ana winds kick in and it’s a recipe for disaster. With our current drought in CA, I expect that season to grow longer and more danger... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Sometimes we enlist SlimDoggy Jack to man the customer service line at SlimDoggy. It’s always good to stay in touch with his friends and fans.     »

Tino Meets the World

Tino Meets the World

I haven’t written about our dog Tino in awhile, so I thought it was time for another Tale of Tails, Tino style. When we rescued Tino, he was sick with distemper. Very sick. He and his brother Bernie lived in our backyard and carport recovering for weeks. We had to euthanize Bernie once the dis... »

FitDog Friday 2015 Participant Awards

FitDog Friday 2015 Participant Awards

Last week, in honor of our 2-year anniversary, we announced our FitDog Friday Anniversary Giveaway. We have a HUGE prize package worth over $500, so be sure and enter. Entry form can be found below or on the original post. We also released our annual FitDog Fitness Quiz. The winner of the quiz recei... »

Protect Your Pet from Toxic Foods (Infographic)

Protect Your Pet from Toxic Foods (Infographic)

Guest Post from Sloan McKinney   Food plays an important role in your pup’s life. Feeding your dog the right diet ensures he receives the proper nutrition, while treats serve as a training tool and a reward for good behavior.   Some owners feed their dogs home-cooked or raw foods as either... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Worms

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Worms

Parasites is the topic for today’s SlimDoggy Health Check.   Parasites means, worms and ticks and mites, oh my… Yes, there are many different types of parasites our dogs come into contact with every single day that may impact their health. Here’s a list of the most common: Wor... »

What Makes a Dog a “Velcro Dog”?

What Makes a Dog a “Velcro Dog”?

Jack is a velcro dog. What does that mean? Does it mean he’s bonded to me? Does it mean he REALLY loves me? Does it mean he freaks out if I’m not around? It means a little of all of that. Mostly, it means that Jack is attached to me like velcro. He follows me everywhere, attached to my h... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

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FitDog Friday 2nd Anniversary Quiz

FitDog Friday 2nd Anniversary Quiz

[mlw_quizmaster quiz=5]   The Quiz contest is over, but please feel free to take the quiz and see how you do.   Be sure and check out our HUGE FitDog Friday 2nd Anniversary Giveaway. We have a prize package worth over $500! All you have to do is enter to be eligible to win.   »

FitDog Friday 2nd Anniversary

Hard to believe our FitDog Friday Blog Hop is two years old, but it is. We have a number of fun events planned for you.   First, our Annual FitDog Quiz. We’ve prepared a short quiz (only ten questions) to see how much you’ve learned from our FitDog Friday posts this past year. Once ... »

Coyote Season

Coyote Season

In the area we live there are a lot of coyotes. Sometimes we see and hear them all the time, sometimes we don’t see or hear them for months.   This time of year, when new pups are born we see and hear them A LOT. Almost every night they gather in the fields across from our house and discu... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

This week’s theme for the #52Snapshots, #PBSG photo challenge is FOOLISH. I’m sure many folks will come up with ‘foolish’ photos of their dog and well, we aren’t one to buck the tide – especially when I have this character. I don’t know how she gets in these... »

5 Reasons TO Get a Dog

5 Reasons TO Get a Dog

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post on 5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog. It generated some good conversation and hopefully, if the right people read it, they will think twice about their decision before jumping into dog ownership.   Thinking about reasons to get a dog is much easier. Sometimes, all you ... »

Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Dear Labby,   Whenever I sit down to pet my dog, he typically rolls over on his back so I can rub his belly. When he does he sticks his feet right in my face and I notice his paws smell like Fritos. What’s up with that?   Frito-bandito   Dear Bandito,   We should have menti... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

This week’s #52Snapshots and #PBSG theme is SPRING! Jack dons his favorite SlimDoggy bandana and checks out some of the flowers in our garden.   »

How Does Your Dog Deal with a Disrupted Routine?

How Does Your Dog Deal with a Disrupted Routine?

Most dogs love routine. They know what time meals are served, when walks are supposed to happen, what it means when they see a suitcase. Life is pretty predictable. They also like to liven things up. We’ve written before about how excited Jack and Maggie get when we take a new route or drive t... »

5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog

5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog

We love dogs. We can’t imagine our life without dogs in it. There is much written about the benef its of owning a dog, the fun that they are, the security they bring, the unconditional love. That’s why we love having them in our life. But you don’t usually see much written about th... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

Hey, that’s not how you use the FitBone Jack…   »

#GimmeFive Campaign

#GimmeFive Campaign

This year marks the fifth anniversary of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. The initiative was introduced as a means to help fight childhood obesity. There have been some significant changes and advancements made in fighting obesity as a result of this movement which she... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Fungal Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Fungal Diseases

Next in our SlimDoggy Health Check series on dog diseases are fungal diseases. A fungus is any member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms. Wikipedia   Many types of fungus exist in the environment... »

Would You Rather?

Would You Rather?

Jack was bored the other day and wanted to play a game of Would You Rather? Wikipedia defines the game as: “a conversation or party game that poses a dilemma in the form of a question beginning with “would you rather”. The dilemma can be between two supposedly good options, such as... »

Is There Such a Thing as a Leisurely Walk with a Lab?

Is There Such a Thing as a Leisurely Walk with a Lab?

This is one of my favorite pinterest images – this aerial view of a walk with a Lab, with the Lab going all over the place. It’s funny mostly because it is so true.   Jack is a pretty methodical walker, he walks mostly by my side, and I can predict which bushes he is going to stop a... »

Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

Conventional wisdom in the United States says that spaying or neutering your pet is the responsible thing to do. The only “politically correct” excuse for not spaying or neutering is if you were a responsible dog breeder or if you have a pedigree show dog and they are required to be inta... »

SlimDoggy | Mischief Monday

SlimDoggy | Mischief Monday

Mischief…that’s the theme for this week’s #52Snapshots #PBSG photo challenge. Today is also Mischief Monday, so a perfect time for a mischief post. But instead of some story about Jack getting into the trash, or Maggie running off with some avocados, I have a mischief story of a different sort. &nbs... »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Giving Your Dog Garlic Prevents Parasites

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Giving Your Dog Garlic Prevents Parasites

I’ve never bought into the logic behind this myth – is it supposed to detract parasites because your dog has bad breath? I don’t know, but it’s not really true. So put the garlic away. Garlic can actually be toxic to your pet. It is a member of the Allium family (which includ... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

This is the color version of our B&W Sunday post – the colors were so pretty we had to share it.     »

Is Your Dog Accident Prone?

Is Your Dog Accident Prone?

Is there such a thing as being “accident prone”? I know we talk about some humans as being accident prone if they tend to get in car accidents or fall down stairs or trip on curbs, or many different sorts of accidents. I don’t think it’s something that’s genetic, I thin... »

SlimDoggy Family | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Family | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy cousin Tally, napping on a lazy Saturday afternoon.     »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacterial Diseases in Dogs

SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacterial Diseases in Dogs

Recently we introduced our SlimDoggy Health Check series and provided a list of the different types of dog diseases. The list was long, but our plan is to start at the top and work our way down.   Bacterial diseases “Diseases caused by bacteria. The most common infectious diseases, they r... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

How do YOU feel about winter so far this year? Here’s how Jack is feeling.     »

Are Dogs Typically Right-pawed or Left-pawed?

Are Dogs Typically Right-pawed or Left-pawed?

Most humans have a dominant side – the hand they use to write with typically displays that dominance. Stating the percentage of humans that are right-handed over left-handed is tough as there isn’t much empirical data on it. The best I could find was a quote from Scientific American stat... »

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from SlimDoggy and all of our dogs past and present.     »

Why I Love my Dog

Why I Love my Dog

This is probably an easy post for everyone to write, well, everyone that has a dog, and certainly appropriate for Valentine’s week. Dogs make us laugh, they motivate us to exercise, they protect us, they provide company when we are lonely and they give us unconditional love 24/7. All of these ... »

SlimDoggy Bath Day

SlimDoggy Bath Day

Bath day for Jack. Here he displays his superior “shake it off” routine. Taylor Swift has nothing on him…   »

Dear Labby, What’s the Best Way to Introduce a New Dog to the Family?

Dear Labby, What’s the Best Way to Introduce a New Dog to the Family?

This is the third in our Dear Labby series on adding a 2nd (or 3rd) dog to your household. We’ve looked at the factors to consider when deciding to add another dog, tips on choosing that dog and now introducing the new dog to your current dog.   Over the past six years, we’ve had 3 ... »

Maggie CREATES a Home

Maggie CREATES a Home

Our Maggie May has been with us for almost 3 years now. It’s been a challenge because she was an extremely fearful girl when she came to our home. She came from a puppy mill breeder situation and had been kept as a breeder mom for 8 years. She got tossed out when she got too old to have pups, ... »

SlimDoggy Flashback | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Flashback | Wordless Wednesday

This is a photo of our Sweet Sally Brown, her brother Tino and her bull terrier girlfriend, Lucy. Lucy used to come over for play dates every afternoon before dinner. They really wore each other out. They’re all gone from us now, but they were sure a lot of fun and we miss them.     »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

Recently we started a new feature on SlimDoggy called SlimDoggy Health Check. Initially we wrote about two health issues we had direct experience with, distemper and heartworm.   As I continued to plan our series, I realized that there are so many health issues & diseases that can affect o... »

Dear Labby, Help me Choose Our New Dog

Dear Labby, Help me Choose Our New Dog

A few weeks ago, Dear Labby started a new series in response to a letter about adding a 2nd dog to the family. We discussed the factors you should consider in your decisionmaking, including the time and cost involved. In this post, we’ll provide some tips on choosing the right dog for your fam... »

WINTER:  Southern California Style

WINTER: Southern California Style

This week’s theme for our #52SnapShots #PBSG Photo Challenge (sponsored by our friends at The Lazy PitBull) is WINTER! We imagine we’ll see lots of beautiful snow filled photos – especially from folks back on the east coast. But winter in California is upside down from what you typ... »

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Our recent update on Fat Labs at Westminster once again proved to be a lightning rod for comments and complaints about pedigree show dog health. And it wasn’t limited to the overweight Labs, we heard from many purebred dog owners, some who show their dogs and some who refuse to because of unhe... »

How Protective is Your Dog?

How Protective is Your Dog?

Most of us have dogs because we love them and the fact that they might contribute to the security of our home or our family is just a side benefit. Sometimes I wonder what Jack or Maggie would actually do if someone broke into our home or tried to cause harm to us outside of the home. I don’t ... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack posing for photos…   »

Tino & the Rabbits

Tino & the Rabbits

As you know, we have a million Tino stories. Mostly because everyday was a new adventure with Tino – it’s part of what made him so special. Tino loved chasing critters. He didn’t care what it was – squirrels, coyotes, possums, but his favorite was rabbits. Or maybe they were ... »

Dear Labby, Should We Get a Second Dog?

Dear Labby, Should We Get a Second Dog?

Dear Labby, We are thinking about adding a second dog to our family. I’d like a medium sized dog that would be a good watchdog, but also a companion for our current dog a six-year old Shepherd/Akita mix. We plan to adopt and wonder if our local rescue is the best place to start? Do you think a... »

Willow | Wordless Wednesday

Willow | Wordless Wednesday

This is SlimDoggy Jack’s new niece, Willow. She was adopted just before Christmas and has two human sisters who love her like crazy. She just started the training sessions her Uncle Jack got her for Christmas and has obviously picked up SIT very quickly.     »

SlimDoggy Health Check : Heartworm Pt.2

SlimDoggy Health Check : Heartworm Pt.2

Recently we introduced our new SlimDoggy Health Check series and took a closer look at heartworm and its prevalence throughout the US. Today we want to focus on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease.   Heartworm causes: We all know that heartworm is a serious ... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Jack | Black & White Sunday

Jack’s serious Sunday face.   »

Update: Fat Labs at Westminster

Update: Fat Labs at Westminster

Last spring, we wrote a surprisingly controversial piece about the apparent overweight Labrador Retrievers shown at Westminster. Our goal was to call attention to the matter in the hopes of raising some awareness about how far the show Labs have diverged from the Labrador Standard and that judges of... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about possession being nine-tenths of the law and talked about who sleeps in whose bed or steals whose treats. I mentioned that Maggie sleeps in most any bed except she never, ever goes into Jack’s crate. Well, she must of read that story and taken it as permis... »

Watching the World Go By

Watching the World Go By

Last weekend my sister-in-law sent me this photo of her dog Kylie. She’s sitting on the landing of their stairway in front of a large picture window looking over her yard and the street. It’s her favorite spot and perfect for surveying the neighborhood activities.   It got me thinki... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Black & White Sunday

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New Year, New Challenges

New Year, New Challenges

Our friends over at The Lazy Pit Bull threw down the gauntlet for a year-long photo challenge. The goal is to post a themed photo each week – can we do it? I don’t know, but we’re going to try. I’m hoping it will help us improve our photography and maybe get our Maggie a litt... »

SlimDoggy Health Check:  Heartworm Pt. 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Heartworm Pt. 1

Today we begin a new semi-regular series on SlimDoggy – the SlimDoggy Health Check. In this series, we plan to take a closer look at various canine diseases, their cause, treatment and prevention. Our goal will be to keep each synopsis brief and to the point, with a focus on how fitness and nu... »

Blogiversary Part 2

Blogiversary Part 2

Last week we posted the first in our Blogiversary series. We reviewed some of our most popular posts. This week, for Wordless Wednesday, I wanted to revisit some of our favorite pictures from previous Black & White Sunday posts, our FitDog Friday posts, Jack & Maggie portraits and “J... »

Resolve to Move Your Mutt Recap

Resolve to Move Your Mutt Recap

Last year, we held a special New Years Blog Hop called Resolve to Move Your Mutt. It was an effort to get folks to make a special New Year’s resolution to get out and move with their dog in 2014 – hopefully for their benefit as well as their pet parents.   Folks who joined shared a ... »

SlimDoggy Jack &  Maggie Christmas

SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie Christmas

  We are joining the Special Christmas edition Barks and Bytes Blog Hop Co-hosted by our friends at 2Brown Dogs and Heart Like a Dog. Grab the badge and join the fun!     »

SlimDoggy Christmas Wishes

SlimDoggy Christmas Wishes

SlimDoggy Jack wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas.   »

SlimDoggy Blogiversary

SlimDoggy Blogiversary

SlimDoggy.com was launched in December of 2012. It’s hard to believe we’ve been evangelizing about health and fitness for your dogs (and cats) for two years now. We think this milestone calls for a celebration and a retrospective look at some of our favorite and most popular posts.  ... »

SlimDoggy Elf | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Elf | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy ElfReindeer…better known as Jack.   »

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