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Cross Training for Greater Fitness for You and Your Dog

Cross Training for Greater Fitness for You and Your Dog

Another of the habits that are common to fit people (and their dogs) is the habit of cross training.   Cross training means that the athlete (you or your dog) engages in a variety of exercise protocols. To be most effective, the different protocols won’t overlap in terms of the muscles or syste... »

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... »

Purina Lawsuit: Is Beneful Dog Food Harmful to Dogs?

Purina Lawsuit: Is Beneful Dog Food Harmful to Dogs?

In case you haven’t heard the news, Purina was recently named in a class action law suit due to alleged harm caused by its Beneful dog food product line. CNN.com has a good summary of the suit here.   Historically, there have been many consumer complaints about Beneful products. The customer co... »

Exercise Options for Time Constrained Pet Owners

Exercise Options for Time Constrained Pet Owners

One of the seven habits of fit people and their dogs is that they are able to effectively manage their time so that no matter how busy their day might be, they are able to fit in their exercise. One way to accomplish this is to workout multiple times per day, but for shorter intervals of time.  ... »

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.     »

SlimDoggy Family | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Family | Black & White Sunday

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

Obesity in Dogs: Exercise and the Obesity Genes

Obesity in Dogs: Exercise and the Obesity Genes

We have been writing a lot about nutrigenomics, which is the study of how food can influence the gene expressions of a body. A related field is called epigenetics, which is similar, but more broadly studies the impact of exogenous factors, like lifestyle and environment, on gene expression.   While ... »

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.     »

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Nutrigenomics, the study of how food and nutrition can alter a body’s gene expression, is an interesting and relatively new field of study that can help uncover the true power of food as the first line of disease prevention, or in the case of poor dietary choices, the power of food as a facilitator ... »

Habits of Fit People and their Dogs: Scheduling

Habits of Fit People and their Dogs: Scheduling

One of the most overlooked, yet ‘easy’ of the seven habits of fit people and fit dogs is the concept of scheduling. By scheduling, I mean the act of putting workout times directly on a daily calendar so that the time is blocked off, just like a regular meeting or appointment might be.   Putting... »

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…   »

Can a High Lysine Diet Change a Dog’s Genes and Reduce Obesity?

Can a High Lysine Diet Change a Dog’s Genes and Reduce Obesity?

In our last post, we described some of the research performed by Hill’s Pet Nutrition that concluded that a diet with a high lysine to calorie ratio could change a dog’s gene expression from fat storing to fat burning. These results are certainly encouraging because they could potentially provide gu... »

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

The second of the seven fitness habits of highly fit people and dogs is to mix in high intensity training into their regular exercise schedule. Although it can be difficult, high intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, can provide you and your dog with many benefits including:   Improv... »

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.     »

Can Diet Change a Dog’s Genes to Fat Burning from Fat Storing?

Can Diet Change a Dog’s Genes to Fat Burning from Fat Storing?

The idea of functional foods and, specifically, nutrogenomics (the study of how food and nutrition can impact gene expression), suggests that food can have a direct and marked impact on a person’s or pet’s health. One interesting study, performed at Hills Pet Nutrition, found that specific foods cou... »

Working Out in the Morning with your Dog

Working Out in the Morning with your Dog

One of the fitness habits that I have noticed fit people possess is an ability to work out in the morning. Exercising in the morning, especially with your dog, is a great way to build and maintain fitness for several reasons. Some of the best reasons to work out in the morning include: Morning worko... »

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... »

What are Functional Foods?

What are Functional Foods?

In our last article, we used the Hippocrates quote “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” to illuminate the idea that food can be a powerful deterrent and cure of many diseases and ailments.   Hippocrates (rightfully) believed that the things that you eat can help the body ... »

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

I recently found an article published by Iowa State reporting on a research study that calculated the life span increasing benefits of running. This article references a study performed at Iowa State University by Duck-chul Lee, PhD, et. al. that showed that running even for short durations can incr... »

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…   »

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

We have all heard the expression, “you are what you eat” (paraphrased from the original quote by Frenchman Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who said “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”) This simple idea holds true for both humans and dogs. Eating a lot of junk foods will res... »

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 ... »

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

I often wonder why some people are able to stick with an exercise program more easily than others. After all, the many amazing benefits from regular exercise are available to any person or any dog for that matter, that incorporates fitness into their daily routine. I suppose that, as in most things ... »

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.     »

Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

We have reached the end of the alphabet for the second time and today’s post, on the letter Z, is all about zucchini.   What is Zucchini? Zucchini is a summer squash that belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Zucchini can be dark or light green. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Jack | Black & White Sunday

Jack’s serious Sunday face.   »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Value of Rest

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Value of Rest

I haven’t written recently about “fitness tips I have learned from my dogs”. However, a recent run with our two Labradors had me inspired to share the experience and the associated learnings.   Over the past few weeks, a confluence of factors has made it more difficult for me to tak... »

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... »

Yellow Colors in Dog Food

Yellow Colors in Dog Food

Since we don’t have another ingredient beginning with the letter “X”, we will skip ahead to the letter “Y” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the yellow colorings in dog food, specifically, yellow #5 and yellow #6.   What is Yellow Coloring? Yellow food coloring is an... »

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... »

Dog Fitness: Working Out for Change

Dog Fitness: Working Out for Change

Happy New Year to everyone. How many of you have made a fitness related resolution? Resolving to get in shape is a very common theme around the start of the new year, and it seemed an appropriate time to write about the final “C” in our 6 Cs Pyramid approach to fitness: Change.   Our “6 C’s Pyr... »

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... »

Is Wheat Bad for Dogs?

Is Wheat Bad for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “W” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about wheat.   What is Wheat? Wheat is a cereal grain that is the third most produced grain behind maize (corn) and rice in the world.   Common names for Wheat Besides the generic “wheat”, other names inclu... »

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 ... »

Choosing the Best Leash for an Enjoyable Walk with your Dog

Choosing the Best Leash for an Enjoyable Walk with your Dog

One of the most popular ways to keeping a dog fit is the good old walk. Whether you are brand new to being a pet owner, or you’ve just introduced a new furry family member to your existing canine pack, mastering the art of dog walking is usually a “work in progress”. In the first of a two part serie... »

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.   »

Is Vegetable Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Vegetable Oil Good for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “V” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about vegetable oil.   What is Vegetable Oil? According to Wikipedia, A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. The AAFCO definition of vegetable oil is: the product of vegetable origin obtained ... »

SlimDoggy Elf | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Elf | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy ElfReindeer…better known as Jack.   »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 260 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 260 Calories?

Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made awa... »

SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie shares a secret…   »

A to Z: Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

A to Z: Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

For the first time since we began our series of posts on individual dog food ingredients, we have come up to a letter where there is no new ingredient to write about: the letter U. Last time through the alphabet, we took some liberty and used USDA as our U post. While there are several USDA ingredie... »

Dogs and the Fireplace

Dogs and the Fireplace

Now that it’s winter, many of us build fires in the fireplace (or flip the switch on the gas fire) to help ward off the cold. Who enjoys that fire most in your household – you or the dog?   We are only able to have a gas fireplace in our house. Our chimney would have had to be rebui... »

Trail Running Tips for You and your Dog

Trail Running Tips for You and your Dog

In our last post, we discussed the many benefits of trail running with your dog when compared to running on pavement and other flat, even surfaces. Yet, all of those benefits notwithstanding, trail running presents some challenges and other risks that you need to be prepared for. Use these tips to k... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie has her “BAH HUMBUG” face on… Notice the lip curl…that happens to her all the time – it’s pretty funny when it curls on both sides.   »

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “T” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the spice Turmeric.   What is Turmeric? Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family that is native to southeast India. Derivatives of the plant are boiled and dried in hot ovens before being gro... »

Possession is Nine-tenths of the Law

Possession is Nine-tenths of the Law

“Possession is nine-tenths of the law.” This is a fairly well known expression meaning that ownership is easier to maintain if one has possession of something, or difficult to enforce if one does not.” ~Wikipedia   Do your dogs obey this “unwritten” law?   Jac... »

Benefits of Trail Running with Your Dog

Benefits of Trail Running with Your Dog

Running with my dogs is one of my favorite things to do. Working up a sweat (or pant) together and bonding through the experience, releasing the endocannabinoids and endorphins, staying fit and mobile, and burning some extra calories are all some of the reasons I love it so much. We are very fortuna... »

Have You Ever Lost Your Dog?

Have You Ever Lost Your Dog?

LOST DOG. Don’t you hate to see those signs and the sinking feeling it gives you? I thank God we’ve never lost any of our dogs for longer than 15-20 minutes. The longest situation was Tino, of course, but HE knew exactly where he was and exactly where I was, so technically I’m not ... »

SlimDoggy Wishes Come True?

SlimDoggy Wishes Come True?

Jack makes a wish.   I don’t know if Jack or Maggie have ever seen snow. I know we haven’t seen it in our corner of California in the 20 years we’ve been here, other than in the distance on the mountain tops. I’m not sure how they would react. Given how Maggie reacted to... »

Is Soy Bad for Dogs?

Is Soy Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “S” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the somewhat controversial Soy, an alternative protein source in some dog foods.   What is Soy? Soy and its derivatives come from the soybean, a legume that is native to East Asia.   Common names ... »

Rule Breakers and Rule Followers

Rule Breakers and Rule Followers

Can you guess which category Jack & Maggie fall into? It’s not what you would think.   Jack is absolutely a rule follower. He knows the rules and follows them to the letter. I think he’s worried he’s going to get tossed into the street again – which we could never d... »

5 Tips for Exercising your Dog in the Winter

5 Tips for Exercising your Dog in the Winter

Today’s post is from guest blogger Jonathon Ensor, who shares some tips about making winter exercise more manageable for you and your dog. Exercising our pets outdoors in temperate climates is generally a treat for everybody involved; our furry friends get to expend some energy, and we get to ... »

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving Day and getting their fill of family, food and fun. Last year we created a great info-graphic with some turkey day advice. We think it deserves a re-post:   And to help prevent you & your pup from over-indulging today, here’s a few arti... »

SlimDoggy Happy Thanksgiving

SlimDoggy Happy Thanksgiving

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Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “R” in our dog food ingredient series. As we are nearing the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, today’s ingredient is rosemary, a common component of many stuffing recipes.   What is Rosemary? Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has leaves similar to hemlock ne... »

Poor Tino

Poor Tino

A few weeks ago, I read a great story over at our friends, Something Wagging This Way Comes about funny blog posts, outlining a collection of some of her favorites. One story was a somewhat disgusting but hilarious poop story and it inspired me to share my own disgusting but funny (now) poop story. ... »

Dog Fitness: Capability Leads to a More Active Dog

Dog Fitness: Capability Leads to a More Active Dog

Our “6 C’s Pyramid” for fitness provides a framework upon which a lifestyle fitness program can be created. Once you and your dog have mastered the 1st level (convenience, cross training, and common sense), your workouts start to take shape and you will become more consistent with an exercise progra... »

Dear Labby, Why Does My Dog Sleep on My Clothes?

Dear Labby, Why Does My Dog Sleep on My Clothes?

Dear Labby,   Look at this picture of my dog Tally…she’s lying on top of my flip-flops! What is up with that? She does it all the time, whenever I discard a piece of clothing on the floor, she lies down on top of it – why?   Tally’s mom.     Dear TallyR... »

Is Quinoa Good for Dogs?

Is Quinoa Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “Q” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the use of quinoa in dog food.   What is Quinoa? Although quinoa is consumed like a cereal grain (e.g. oats and wheat), it actually belongs to the same food family that contains spinach, beets, and Swi... »

What is it with Dogs and the Mailman?

What is it with Dogs and the Mailman?

Our dog Tino had a love-hate relationship with our mail carrier in Pasadena. We lived on cul-de-sac on a road that ran along a bluff next to the Rose Bowl. We had mailboxes in front of our house and the mailman would deliver the mail out of his truck. Pete, our mailman, would enter the cul-de-sac, d... »

Can I Give my Dog Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Can I Give my Dog Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Holiday Food Calories and the Exercise Your Dog Will Need to Burn off the Calories Holiday season is once again nearing. In the U.S., we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday in two weeks and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations. Most people tend to over... »

Don’t Judge a Book (or a Dog) by it’s Cover

Don’t Judge a Book (or a Dog) by it’s Cover

Many years ago, back when I lived in Syracuse, I had a yellow Labrador named Maxine. I’ve written about her before and posted pictures of her and her puppies. She was a wonderful dog, loving and gentle with all. She did have a habit of jumping on you when you came home from work, but that was ... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

This is Maggie’s happy face. She’s just finished a fun but exhausting game of “find the food” in the front yard.   »

Is Papaya Good for Dogs?

Is Papaya Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “P” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the use of papaya in dog food.   What is Papaya? Papaya is the fruit of the tropical tree-like plant. The papaya plant grows large with a single stem growing from 16 to 33 ft. tall (5 to 10 m tall). &n... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?

Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made awa... »

The Dangers of Distemper

The Dangers of Distemper

Those of you that follow SlimDoggy know of our dog Tino and if you’ve read Tino’s Tale of Tails you would know the story of his rescue and the fact that he had distemper when we first got him. He was one of the lucky ones, his brother Bernie who we also rescued wasn’t so lucky and ... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

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Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “O” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the use of olive oil in dog food.   What is Olive Oil? Olive oil is the oil (fat) obtained by pressing whole olives.   Common names for Olive Oil In dog food, we have not seen any other names besides ... »

Do Your Dogs Protect Each Other?

Do Your Dogs Protect Each Other?

Much has been written about the dogs being “pack” animals and having protective feelings for their human pack members, but do dogs feel protective of their canine pack members? Given that Jack mostly ignores Maggie, I often wonder what would he do if we had a run in with another dog or c... »

Healthy Dog Treats or Tricks?

Healthy Dog Treats or Tricks?

In the spirit of Halloween, our fitness post today is about tricks or treats. Specifically, dog treats and how they can sabotage or support a healthy body.   Popularity of Dog Treats There is no question that dog treats are commonly used by dog owners. According to the American Pet Products Ass... »

SlimDoggy Jack and Maggie

Five Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and November is Senior Dog Month, so I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about adopting a senior dog. Our two dogs, Jack & Maggie were both adopted and they are both seniors, so we kill two birds with one stone! When we adopted our first senior, Becc... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

We posted a photo of Jack’s one and only trick on Instagram the other day. His cousin’s Taj and Tally were not going to be outdone and filed evidence of their superior skills. Well done girls.     »

What is Natural Flavor and is it Good for My Dog?

What is Natural Flavor and is it Good for My Dog?

As we are up to the letter “N” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the ubiquitous and ambiguous “Natural Flavor”.   What is Natural Flavor? Natural flavor is a flavoring additive that is present in many pet foods and treats. Even though natural flavors sound perfectly ... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

The Washington Post recently reported on an interesting study in the American Journal of Public Health which suggests that showing people the amount of exercise they would need to perform to burn off a sweetened beverage is more effective in curtailing consumption than is displaying that drink’s cal... »

Maggie Masters the Dog Door

Maggie Masters the Dog Door

We’ve written a couple of posts about our Maggie, our fearful girl and how she has really started to come out of her shell, let down her guard and be a dog. A recent post called Maggie Magellan described how she’s getting braver about exploring new things and going off on her own without... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Fall sunbathing     »

Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

Continuing our analysis of dog food ingredients, we are now up to the letter M. Today’s dog food ingredient is Marigold.   What is Marigold? Marigold, in the plant genus Calundula, is a short-lived aromatic and herbaceous perennial, growing to 80 cm (31 inches) tall. The marigold blooms in vivi... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

There’s nothing happier than a dog with a dirty face…     »

Upper Back Exercise for a Dog

Upper Back Exercise for a Dog

A reader recently asked for some suggestion on how to work their dog’s latissimus dorsi muscles (i.e. their upper back). The thought of SlimDoggy Jack doing pullups both made me smile and inspired me to write this piece.   What are the Lats? Commonly known as the “lats”, the latissimus dorsi is... »

Walking Multiple Dogs | SlimDoggy

Tips for Walking your Pack

Last week, one of our friends asked us for some tips on walking multiple dogs. She has four rescued greyhounds, so I imagine walking them at once can be a real challenge. We only have two dogs and Jack is a star walker – right to my right, very focused. At one time we had a foster, so I had th... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Sad sack Jack.     »

Lecithin as a Dog Food Ingredient

Lecithin as a Dog Food Ingredient

We are now up to the letter L in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Lecithin.   What is Lecithin? Lecithin is a fatty substance found in plants and animals. It is produced naturally in the body.   Common names for Lecithin The most... »

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently wrote about the Mizuno sponsored study entitled “What if Everybody Ran”, which calculated the benefits of what would happen if everyone in the United States ran and was fit. The study is eye opening as it calculated numerical estimates, across the entire U.S. population, of the associated... »

Pet Obesity Awareness Day | Caring for your Critter

Pet Obesity Awareness Day | Caring for your Critter

Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin and writing about one of the more serious and invasive pet health issues around – Obesity.   I know this isn’t a new topic for us to cover, we write about nutrition, health, fitness and exercise almost everyday, so why the spe... »

Are Shelters a Good Place to get a Pet?

Are Shelters a Good Place to get a Pet?

Recently, the Washington Post published a story, “Why I’d Never Adopt a Shelter Dog Again”. The author told a tale of woe about adopting three shelter dogs and encountering various health issues with them over the years. Mind you, one of the dogs lived to age nine and her complaints were about incre... »

Should Dogs be Allowed to Adopt People: Benefits of Owning a Dog

Should Dogs be Allowed to Adopt People: Benefits of Owning a Dog

Kimberly Gauthier at Keep the Tail Wagging recently posted an article with a controversial title, Should Overweight People be Allowed to Adopt Dogs? This thoughtful piece, while extolling the benefits of exercising a pet properly, also emphasized that we should not be quick to judge others. It also ... »

Walk Your Dog Week: Day 1

Walk Your Dog Week: Day 1

This week as National Walk Your Dog Week. Since we already walk our dogs every day, multiple times per day, we challenged ourselves to not only continue our daily walks, but to do a different walk every day.   Yesterday, on our first day of Walk Your Dog week we drove down to a neighboring farm... »

National Walk Your Dog Week

National Walk Your Dog Week

We’re excited to be participating once again in National Walk Your Dog Week. National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in A... »

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

According to Dr. Ernie Ward, the Founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), “The most important decision that you make each day regarding your pet’s health is what you feed them. What you pour into that bowl each morning has the greatest influence of anything else you will do to k... »

Dear Labby, Why Does my Dog Bury Things?

Dear Labby, Why Does my Dog Bury Things?

Dear Labby,   My dog buries thing all over our yard – his toys, treats, shoes, anything he can get his jaws on, he buries. Why does he do that and how do I get him to stop?   Buried   Dear Buried,   Your dog is just following his instinct. When dogs were first becoming dome... »

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