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SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Memories from our Big Bear Vacation: Hiking in the woods.   »

What if Every Dog Ran: Benefits of Running

What if Every Dog Ran: Benefits of Running

We have gone on record to state that owners of overweight or obese pets are not only shortening their pet’s lifespans, but they are also spending needless billions of dollars each year in extra food and medical costs. Our (conservative) estimate is that this cost is somewhere near $8 billion for dog... »

Do Dogs Have Favorites?

Do Dogs Have Favorites?

We all know that we have favorite foods, favorite movies or TV shows, favorite books even favorite people. But do dogs? Do dogs really prefer one toy over another or one food over another or one person over another?   My totally unscientific research says ABSOLUTELY!   Let me offer evidenc... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Jack’s picture perfect sit, waiting for a treat.   »

Protein in Dog Food: Common Non-Meat Sources

Protein in Dog Food: Common Non-Meat Sources

We have already looked at some of the more common named and unnamed meat based proteins in dog food. Today we will look at other protein sources in dog food, namely plant (or vegetable), legume, and grain sources.   Besides meat and fish, there are other dog food ingredients that can increase t... »

Guide Dog Training – Is It for You?

Guide Dog Training – Is It for You?

The Guide Dogs of America center is in Sylmar, CA which is only about 30 miles from our home. I’ve always had an aspiration to someday raise a guide dog puppy for the program. A few years back, I even started the process but then life got in the way, Tino went blind, my aging parents moved her... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White

SlimDoggy | Black & White

This is the face of a bored dog…   »

Fit Dog Fitness Tips: Add Intensity for a Boost

Fit Dog Fitness Tips: Add Intensity for a Boost

Doing similar workouts each day can lead to boredom, both mentally and physically, for both you and your dog. Most of us get into daily routines and habits and if we aren’t careful, we end up doing the same exercises at the same intensity for days if not weeks in a row. Although this is certainly be... »

Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets

Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets

September is National Preparedness Month and we are asked to “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. Being prepared applies not only to the human members of your family, but to your pets as well. I’m not going to rehash the same lists of things to do, or store or buy as there ... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie, just chilling in the front yard.   »

number of proteins in dog food

Protein in Dog Food: Common Meat Sources

Last week, we discussed the use of unnamed proteins in dog food and found that they are more commonly used than I would have expected. We also asked our readers to try and guess the order of the most frequently used meat proteins in dog food. The choices were:   Salmon Beef Pork Lamb Chicken Du... »

Staycationing with your Dog

Staycationing with your Dog

Today we are sharing another post topic with our friend Dexter and Carol over at Fidose of Reality. We are both writing about traveling with your dog – the ins & outs traveling and offering up our tips and suggestions for making it fun and stress free for everyone.   We’ve all ... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Jack hoarding his toys after a game of tug with dad.   »

More Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

More Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

We had a great reaction to last week’s post on back leg exercises for dogs. So much so that we thought we would describe another great back leg exercise for your dog: tug.   Virtually every dog owner knows the game of tug and has probably played it with their dog countless times. But many pet o... »

A Dog Friendly Home

A Dog Friendly Home

A few months ago, we posted a fun infographic from the folks at Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters Blog, (a provider of pet insurance). It contained some great information on different activities for your dog and the benefits to their health of exercise, indoor games, walking, etc.   Well, they are... »

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin. Yesterday’s entry from Rescued Insanity was some great advice on being prepared for a sudden illness or injury. Tomorrow, be sure and visit I Still Want More Puppies for a post on kidney disease.   We are sharing our experience wit... »

unnamed dog food proteins

Protein in Dog Food: Common Unnamed Proteins

In the first part of this series on dog food proteins, we discussed the primary sources of protein in commercially available dog food. Today we will use the SlimDoggy dog food database to determine the usage patterns of the lower quality, unnamed proteins source that are used in dog food.   Unn... »

Dear Labby, Why Won’t My Dog Take their Medicine?

Dear Labby, Why Won’t My Dog Take their Medicine?

Dear Labby,   My dog refuses to take her pills, no matter how I bury it in her food – I always end up with this:   Frustrated Mom   Dear Frustrated,   Believe me, I understand what you are going through. Our dog Becca was on a good deal of medication when we were fighting h... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Jack & Maggie contemplate the tunnel.   »

Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

We were recently contacted by a reader who is interested in learning some back leg exercises for their 14 year old dog. It so happens that many dogs tend to have stronger front legs than hind legs. This is because they tend to load their front legs more than they do their hind legs during activity. ... »

Protecting Yourself and your Dog from Coyotes

Protecting Yourself and your Dog from Coyotes

We live in an area where there are a lot of coyotes. I see them at least once a week and there are frequent stories about them chasing and/or killing small pets in the Los Angeles area. Because of this, I keep a close eye on my dogs and leashed in areas where they might be roaming. Even though the l... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Last week we posted a photo of Jack playing “hide & seek” and admitted that he wasn’t very good at it. His brother Tino, however was a master. How is your dog at hide & seek? We’re having a little contest over on our Facebook page, so check it out and enter.   ... »

Sources of Protein in Dog Food

Sources of Protein in Dog Food

Most normally healthy dogs require a diet that is high in protein. Thus, the amount of protein in a dog food, as calculated on a dry matter basis, is important when evaluating a dog food. But it is only part of the protein story. The source of protein in dog food, the specific ingredients that are u... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Coyotes

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Coyotes

I was working on a post for next week about coyotes, actually reworking a piece we had written for Dogster last year and I realized with all the Tino stories I’ve told here, I never wrote about any of his run-ins with coyotes.   Today, I’ll share a few – there were more, but t... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

This is Maggie after breakfast the other morning. She loves to roll in the grass while she’s waiting for breakfast and you can see her head is all wet from the dew on the grass.   We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola an... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Power of the Pack

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Power of the Pack

We have one more post in our “Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs” series, where we discuss some of the personal training tips we have learned from observing our dogs. The topic today, which we call the “power of the pack”, has been germinating in my mind for some time. Serendipitously, I stumbled o... »

Maggie Magellan

Maggie Magellan

If you paid even a little attention in history class, you’ve heard of Ferdinand Magellan. If you haven’t here’s the Wikipedia link. Magellan was a 16th century Portuguese explorer who’s 1519 expedition is recognized as the first circumnavigation of the globe. He’s right... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Jack isn’t very good at hide & seek.   BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

Is the Latest Superfood, Kale Good for Dogs?

Is the Latest Superfood, Kale Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter K in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is the “superfood” Kale.     What is Kale? Kale, sometimes classified as a “superfood”, is a leafy green vegetable. It is found in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur vari... »

Dear Labby: Why Do Dogs Hate the Rain?

Dear Labby: Why Do Dogs Hate the Rain?

Dear Labby,   Look at this video – why won’t my dogs go out in the rain? They aren’t afraid of thunder – my weimie is a hunting dog, loud noises don’t bother her – so why won’t they go out when it’s just a shower?   Rainy Day Wondering  ... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Maggie on the dock at Big Bear Lake, CA   We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

Big Dog – Small Dog Fitness

Big Dog – Small Dog Fitness

Today we are doing another shared topic with our friend Carol Bryant over at Fidose of Reality. I’m sure most of you are familiar with Carol and her dog Dexter, a very cool Cocker Spaniel. We’ve shared posts in the past on the dog IQ test from Dognition where we tested our dogs and then ... »

How is Your Dog’s Hearing?

How is Your Dog’s Hearing?

Here’s another Tale of Tails, Tino edition. A few weeks ago we talked about his sense of hearing and smell when he tracked us down in Big Bear. Today I have another story about his sense of hearing and I bet many of you can relate to this skill.   We live in a gated community (believe me,... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

We posted this photo for Sepia Saturday, but it has such pretty color, we wanted to post it today too.   BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

What are Juniper Berries and Why are they in Dog Food?

What are Juniper Berries and Why are they in Dog Food?

We are now up to the letter J in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Juniper Berries.   What are Juniper Berries? Juniper Berries, scientifically called Juniperus communis, come from the Juniper shrub and are widely found throughout the ... »

Maggie’s Dirty Little Secret

Maggie’s Dirty Little Secret

Today we are going to touch on a subject not covered very often, mostly because you hate to admit it or even think about it. I’m talking about poop eating or Coprophagia (cop-row-fage-ee-uh). It may not be discussed in polite company, but occurs frequently I’m afraid, and Maggie, our swe... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Jack’s Sunday siesta in the sun.   We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

SlimDoggy | Sepia Saturday

SlimDoggy | Sepia Saturday

“A dog opens a window into the delight of the moment”.       We’re joining Ruckus the Eskie for Sepia Saturday. Ruckus says: All are welcome to join. Please share your best sepia pics of pets, families, experiences, nature, etc   »

Can my Senior Dog get Alzheimer’s?

Can my Senior Dog get Alzheimer’s?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. The disorder, called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) in dogs is very similar to the human Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study at the University of Sydney showed that by age 15, over 40% of dogs display at least some of these symptoms.   Sympt... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Last week we shared a picture of Jack taking a big bite out of a piece of watermelon. Maggie demanded equal time.     BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

Q&A With Dr. Katy Nelson Part 1: Food’s Role in your Pet’s Health

Q&A With Dr. Katy Nelson Part 1: Food’s Role in your Pet’s Health

Dr. Katy Nelson is a practicing veterinarian, the host of the Pet Show with Dr. Katy on Washington DC’s ABC affiliate, and a tireless advocate for keeping pets fit and healthy using a combination of proper feeding and exercise. Dr. Katy was recently chosen as one of the nominees to be America’s Favo... »

Tino at Big Bear

Tino at Big Bear

We wrote about our trip with Jack and Maggie we took to Big Bear a few weeks ago, but we have gone to Big Bear for years and all of our dogs have enjoyed it and had lots of adventures there.   We typically get a cabin right on the lake so that the dogs can enjoy the beach and Steve can pretend ... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Friend Mojo keeping his eye on that horse.     We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Just Go For It

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Just Go For It

Today we wrap up our “Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs” series. We have already written about having fun with fitness, the importance of variety when exercising, the value of proper rest, and eliminating excuses. Today’s tip is about learning to just go for it.   I was in a Bikram Yoga class... »

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

What do you do when it gets hot? Crank up the air-conditioning if you’ve got it, right? Go for a swim, take a cool shower, go for a ride in the car with the windows down, eat ice cream. Lots of different things to do when it gets hot.   How about your pets, what do they like to do when it... »

The New and Improved SlimDoggy Dog Food Rankings

The New and Improved SlimDoggy Dog Food Rankings

We are pleased to announce that we have updated our dog food database and made some improvements in our dog food ranking system. A summary of our approach is provided below. For a full description of our methodology please refer to the dog food ranking reference page. Click here to jump to the Frequ... »

Mythbuster | What’s in a Name?

Mythbuster | What’s in a Name?

I don’t know what motivates you when naming your pets, but there are some ‘rules’ floating around out there about what’s a good name and what are things to avoid. Are these accurate, or are the just myths? Does it really matter what you name your dog? Let’s take a look ... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Maggie in the Old West.     We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

SlimDoggy | Sepia Saturday

SlimDoggy | Sepia Saturday

Ever wonder where you’d end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?       We’re joining Ruckus the Eskie for Sepia Saturday. Ruckus says: All are welcome to join. Please share your best sepia pics of pets, families, experiences, nature, ... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Eliminating Excuses

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Eliminating Excuses

Before we start our FitDog Friday post, we have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Our co-host Peggy Frezon is resigning from her hosting duties to pursue some other interests with her blog, The Writer’s Dog, but we are lucky enough to have Emma from MyGBGV Life to take over the co-hosting duties. You probab... »

DIY Ball for Blind Dogs

DIY Ball for Blind Dogs

If you follow our blog, you know of our dog Tino and the fact that he went blind around age 9. His blindness never stopped Tino from doing any of the things he loved, including an occasional game of fetch. We searched high and low for a ball that would make a continuous sound and eventually found on... »

SlimDoggy | Toy Thief

SlimDoggy | Toy Thief

We got Jack & Maggie some new stuffies for their Gotcha Day. I think the pictures tell the story.   BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

What is Inositol and Why is it in Dog Food?

What is Inositol and Why is it in Dog Food?

We are now up to the letter I in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Inositol.   What is Inositol? Inositol is a vitamin-like substance. It is found in many plants and animals. Because dogs can produce this internally by breaking down su... »

Jack & Maggie Gotcha Day 2014

Jack & Maggie Gotcha Day 2014

This weekend we celebrated Jack & Maggie’s Gotcha Day with a big virtual party and some toys and of course a cake. I thought I was going to have to make a cake for them and I send a big thank-you to all of our Facebook friends for offering some great recipes. Luckily, Steve bought one for ... »

SlimDoggy Gotcha Day Virtual Party – Day 2

SlimDoggy Gotcha Day Virtual Party – Day 2

Come Join us for SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie’s Gotcha Day virtual celebration. Everyone is invited. Don your best party gear and post your photo on our Facebook page, or email it to us at info@slimdoggy.com. For every party goer who joins us, SlimDoggy will donate $1 to C.A.R.L. the Canine Ani... »

SlimDoggy Gotcha Day Virtual Party

Hope everyone attends our Gotcha Day Virtual Party this weekend. It’s for a good cause, and easy to be a party goer.       We’re joining Ruckus the Eskie for Sepia Saturday. Ruckus says: All are welcome to join. Please share your best sepia pics of pets, families, experien... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Importance of Rest

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Importance of Rest

Before we get to our post for today, we wanted to wrap-up our Summer 2014 K9Kamp and say how much fun it was to learn about all the different Backyard Fitness & Games you play with your dogs. We had a great turnout for Kamp with lots of different activities. Hooray for K9Kampers! We hope you al... »

Pet Safety Month – Vacation Safety

Pet Safety Month – Vacation Safety

July has been named Pet Safety Month by our friends at BlogPaws. You’ve probably seen many posts throughout the month with lots of tips and reminders about your pet’s safety. Well, here’s another one.   Given that we just got back from vacation, I thought I would focus on vaca... »

You’re Invited to Our Gotcha Day Virtual Party

You’re Invited to Our Gotcha Day Virtual Party

  BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

Diet Dog Food: Worth it or Worthless?

Diet Dog Food: Worth it or Worthless?

Just as it is with humans, where almost 70 % of U.S. adults are overweight and more than a third are considered obese according to the Center for Disease Control, there is a similar problem with our pets. According to Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs and cats in the... »

Tino and the Red Ants

Tino and the Red Ants

I haven’t told a Tino story in awhile and this one is a doozy. This dates back probably 11 years ago, when we lived in Pasadena and Tino was probably about 5 or 6, so he was in his prime. We frequently ran and hiked in Cherry Canyon, a nearby open space area with miles and miles of trails. &nb... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy buddy Mojo watching TV. He seems pretty intent, what do you think he’s watching?     We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

Fitness with our Dogs: Jack & Maggie Learn to Swim

Fitness with our Dogs: Jack & Maggie Learn to Swim

FitDog Friday is all about canine fitness and we often write about fitness tips or fitness research that can help you and your dog stay fit and healthy.  Today, we are taking a different approach and will be sharing some “fitness fun at the lake”.  After all, fitness should be fun and as... »

Writer’s Process Blog Tour

Writer’s Process Blog Tour

You may have seen some posts recently from other Pet Bloggers about the Writer’s Process Blog Tour. It’s a fun virtual tour designed to share the inner workings of our blogs and our writing process as well as introduce you to other Blogs we enjoy that you may not be familiar with. As par... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

The interior design in Big Bear certainly reflects the name of the town.   BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

SlimDoggy Dog Food Database

SlimDoggy Dog Food Database

Today is another “Blog the Change for Animals” day, a special event sponsored by Be The Change 4 Animals. It’s a day when pet bloggers & pet lovers come together and blog about their favorite animal-related cause in an effort to raise awareness and understanding. In the past we’... »

Lots of Vacation Mischief? Not So Much…

Lots of Vacation Mischief? Not So Much…

We spent last week on vacation at Big Bear Lake in California. It was the first vacation we’ve had in several years and the first one where we took Jack & Maggie with us. Given their background, we’re pretty certain that neither of them had experienced anything like this, hiking in ... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

SlimDoggy Sepia Saturday

SlimDoggy Sepia Saturday

      We’re joining Ruckus the Eskie for Sepia Saturday. Ruckus says: All are welcome to join. Please share your best sepia pics of pets, families, experiences, nature, etc   »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Variety in the Workout

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Variety in the Workout

Last week, we began a new fitness series entitled “Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs”. In the first part, we explained how our dogs have taught us to have fun when we workout. The second fitness tip that I learned from my dogs is the principal of variety in the workout.   Exercise Variety to ... »

SlimDoggy Jack at Big Bear Lake

SlimDoggy Jack at Big Bear Lake

Jack lounging on the deck. Stay tuned for more photos of our trip to Big Bear Lake.   BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

Hydrolyzed Protein in Dog Food

Hydrolyzed Protein in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter H in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we will examine hydrolyzed proteins in dog food.   What is Hydrolyzed Protein? According to Wikipedia, hydrolyzed protein is protein that has been hydrolyzed or broken down into its component amino acids. As the name impl... »

Lamb Puffs and Other Great Stuff

Lamb Puffs and Other Great Stuff

A few weeks ago, our friend Flea from Jones Natural Chews asked us if we’d do a product review to celebrate her Blogiversary. She’s been blogging for Jones for two years which is quite an achievement, so we were happy to help celebrate! Jack was especially happy to help out and be the ta... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Maggie enjoying her yard. We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Have Fun

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Have Fun

The fitness industry is huge. As reported on USNews.com, MarketData Enterprises estimates that Americans spend over $60 billion each year trying to lose weight and stay in shape. It seems that people are constantly looking for help when it comes to getting or staying fit. Many of us will consult wit... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster | Dog Aggression or Love?

SlimDoggy MythBuster | Dog Aggression or Love?

Today we’re going to discuss a subject not frequently covered…dog humping. Yes, dogs hump each other, they hump you, they may hump the sofa pillows or a stuffed toy. But why do they hump? Some people say it’s a sign of aggression and dominance, that dogs mount each other as a displ... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Soaking up the sun on a Sunday afternoon.     BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

Moving on to the letter G in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Green Tea for dogs.   What is Green Tea? Green tea is made from the leaves from the plant Camellia sinensis. Unlike black tea, green tea leaves have undergone minimal oxidation during processing... »

Sally Mischief in Griffith Park

Sally Mischief in Griffith Park

I love to tell stories about Sally, our first pup mainly because she was our first dog together but more importantly we got her as a puppy and she was part of our daily life for over 13 years. She was a very sweet girl, although she did create her share of mischief.   When we first got Sally we... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

This photo is an oldie but goodie. It’s from a vacation we took about ten years ago to Santa Barbara. Sally and Tino didn’t usually sleep together, but it was kind of cold and rainy, so they decided to snuggle up. No room for us left on the couch though. We’re joining the Black &am... »

Becca Loving Life

Our friend Oz the Terrier has had a special Blog Hop going all week that we’ve been meaning to join. It’s sponsored by Zuke’s and called #FueltheCure for The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund. Every entry is a $5 donation to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund. Entry rules are pretty easy too, just ... »

K9 Kamp is Back with Backyard Fitness Games!

K9 Kamp is Back with Backyard Fitness Games!

We are so excited that K9 Kamp is back again with a great theme and an awesome prize package for our Kampers. (Scroll to the bottom for prize sign-up).   SlimDoggy’s main goal is to get everyone participating, so as long as you have a dog…you can be a K9 Kamper. How? Just grab your ... »

Dear Labby: Bad Breath

Dear Labby: Bad Breath

Dear Labby, I’m afraid to admit this, but my dog has bad breath…really bad…don’t come near me bad. He eats pretty good food, what could be causing this problem?   Awaiting your Answer with Baited Breath   Dear Baited,   There could potentially be many causes fo... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

  BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

Fresh Dog Food at your Door

Fresh Dog Food at your Door

Q & A with Empawer Pet Food CEO Alex Trauteaud Empawer is a new pet food brand with a very interesting approach to pet food, namely, using human grade ingredients to create custom made, fresh pet foods that are delivered to your door. Empawer Founder and CEO Alex Trauteaud (pronounced “True toe”... »

Maggie May | Our Quirky Dog

Maggie May | Our Quirky Dog

We’ve written lots about our dogs, starting with Sally, Tino, Becca, Jack (of course) and our latest addition – with us almost two years now, Maggie May, or Maggie.   We adopted Maggie through a Labrador rescue and learned that not only was she a puppy mill mom, tossed out at eight ... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Black & White Sunday

Maggie suns herself on the first day of summer. We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

SlimDoggy |Sepia Saturday

SlimDoggy |Sepia Saturday

      We’re joining Ruckus the Eskie for Sepia Saturday. Ruckus says: All are welcome to join. Please share your best sepia pics of pets, families, experiences, nature, etc   »

Running with your Dog to Feel Good

Running with your Dog to Feel Good

Before we start our post, we want to announce the return of K9 Kamp! Yes, Summer 2014 K9 Kamp is schedule to kick-off next Friday. Our theme for Kamp is Backyard Games. There’s so much to tell you about and so many prizes to show you, we’ve put it all into a separate post. Read all about... »

K9 Kamp:  Backyard Fitness

K9 Kamp: Backyard Fitness

Summer Kamp is here K9 Kampers. K9 Kamp begins next week June 27, 2014. Our theme is Backyard Fitness Games so we want you to share stories and photos of you getting fit in your backyard with your dog. Maybe you’re swimming in the pool or doing agility or playing fetch, doesn’t matter, w... »

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Tomorrow is designated Take Your Dog to Work Day by Pet Sitter’s International. Many major companies (Google, Proctor & Gamble, Ben & Jerry’s) and smaller companies allow you to bring your dogs to work everyday. Some don’t, but make an allowance on this special day. I wor... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

I think we are all familiar with this scene…the dreaded suitcase….   BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

Moving on to the letter F in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Fenugreek for dogs.   What is Fenugreek? Fenugreek is an annual plant in the Fabaceae family with leaves consisting of three small obovate (i.e. with narrow ends) to oblong leaflets. It is culti... »

Can You Tell a Male Dog from a Female Dog?

Can You Tell a Male Dog from a Female Dog?

Yes, there is an obvious way to tell – we all know they have some different parts. But I’m talking about just by looking at their face or their physique – can you tell the difference?   I started thinking about this when I came upon this picture of my brother’s dog, Sere... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy Jack | Black & White Sunday

Jack runs through the summer shadows.     We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Sepia Saturday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Sepia Saturday

Sweet Maggie May sunning herself in the yard.       We’re joining Ruckus the Eskie for Sepia Saturday. Ruckus says: All are welcome to join. Please share your best sepia pics of pets, families, experiences, nature, etc   »

Running with your Dog to Burn Calories

Running with your Dog to Burn Calories

For both humans and dogs, running is a great way to burn calories and stay lean. When compared to walking, running can burn a lot more calories per minute of exercise and even help build muscle tone (if you are pushing hard enough). Why is running more efficient at burning calories than walking (or ... »

Some Fun Dog & Fitness Infographics

Some Fun Dog & Fitness Infographics

We love infographics here at SlimDoggy. They are such a fun way to get across an important message or deliver facts in a fun manner. We’ve done several of our own infographics: SlimDoggy on Pet Obesity SlimDoggy Senior Fit Tips SlimDoggy Fit Tips #1 Tips for Keeping your DogFit #2 SlimDoggy Th... »

Pet Emergency Preparedness – A West Coast Primer

Pet Emergency Preparedness – A West Coast Primer

June is designated as National Pet Preparedness Month by the American Humane Society (or AHS). The AHS offers a simple list of ten things to have in your pet preparedness kit, all of which are important. But depending on where you live, the emergencies or natural disasters you prepare for might be a... »

Ethoxyquin in Dog Food. Worth the Risk?

Ethoxyquin in Dog Food. Worth the Risk?

Moving on to the letter E in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss why Ethoxyquin is in dog food.   What is Ethoxyquin? Ethoxyquin is a controversial and artificial ingredient that has been used in dog food for many years—it was approved as an additive to pet food in 1959. Eth... »

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