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Maggie – Lab Mix
Foster Dog Tail about Maggie Our first foster dog of 2018 is Maggie, she's a super sweet dog. She was[...]
The First Thing to Do if Your Dog Eats Chocolate
My Dog Ate Chocolate, What Should I Do? We all know chocolate can be toxic to dogs. But the question[...]
Top 17 Reasons You Should Adopt a Dog
If you are looking for a reason why you should adopt a dog, I have 17 of them listed here.[...]
The Best Way to Introduce a Second Dog Into Your Pack
So you’re thinking about adopting a second dog? Do you have a vision that both dogs will be best friends,[...]
How to Temperament Test a Dog Before You Adopt
Knowing what to look for in a dog's personality is an important part of adopting. You want to make sure[...]
What are the First Things I Need to Teach My New Puppy?
Are you wondering when or how to start training your puppy? The short answer is right NOW! The following puppy[...]
5 Quick Ways to Train Your Dog in 3 Minutes a Day
Are you wondering how you can train your dog when you have don't have the time? It’s easy to say[...]
7 Best Ways to Protect Your Dogs Paws in Winter
Can dogs paws freeze in snow? YES, they can! This week in Wisconsin it’s been below zero, too cold to[...]
11 Fun and Easy Indoor Dog Games
With the short days of winter and rainy spring, you and your dog can quickly get cabin fever! Here in[...]
The Whirlpool of Grief – Stages of Grief After Losing a Pet
Grieving the loss of your dog is never easy. Unfortunately, I have lost 5 dogs in my lifetime. I can[...]
What’s the Difference Between a Dog Rescue and Humane Society or Shelter
If you’re ready to adopt a dog, you may be searching on an animal rescue site such as PetFinder or[...]
50 Best Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Your Dog
SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave ​Our dogs are a big part of our family and we love spoiling them every year with a Christmas[...]
Avoid These 13 Scary Winter Dangers for Your Dog
Winter can be amazing... snowmen, sledding, hot cocoa... and your dog may love to play in the snow too! But[...]
9 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt vs. a Pure Breed Dog
If you need a reason to Adopt a Mutt, here are 9 of them: When you adopt a mutt, you[...]
Top 13 High-Tech Dog Toys and Gadgets
SaveSave ​If you have a dog loving human on your Christmas list, then you are in the right place... or[...]
The Best Way to Surprise Someone with a Puppy for Christmas
Are you thinking of surprising someone close to you with a puppy for Christmas? We’ve all seen the videos or[...]
5 Best Home Remedies for Your Dog with Diarrhea
No one likes diarrhea, people and dogs alike. Diarrhea is a sign that something isn’t right inside your dogs gut.[...]
25 Unique Gifts Under $25 for Dog Lovers
SaveSaveSaveSave​If you have a dog loving human on your Christmas list, then you are in the right place... or even[...]
Top 11 Reasons Why Adopting a Senior Dog is the Perfect Choice
Did you know, November Is National Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month? Senior dogs are often overlooked at the shelter and rescues, well, simply[...]
Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips for Your Dog
Thanksgiving is a time to feast and be thankful for everything we are blessed with... from family to health, to[...]
The Ultimate Gift Guide for Cooks that Love Dogs
​I love to cook for my family, especially when my ​college-aged boys are home! I didn't grow up ​loving to[...]
The First 7 Days – Bringing Your Adopted Dog Home
Congratulations on adopting your new dog! Bringing your adopted dog home is so exciting. You are ready to take him[...]
Top 5 Tools You Must Have to Stay Safe When Walking Your Dog at Night
Don't take your dog for a walk tonight without reading what you need to stay safe when walking your dog[...]
25 Awesome Gifts for Dog-Loving Kids
This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I[...]
Your Ultimate Guide to Dogs and Pumpkin – Can My Dog Eat Pumpkin?
Can My Dog Eat Pumpkin? Pumpkins are everywhere in the fall… but are they safe for your dog? If your[...]
5 Rules of Walking your Dog Etiquette
Walking your dog every day is such an important part of being a good dog owner. It not only gives[...]
Top 250+ Best Dog Names for Your Dog
Good Dog Names for Your Dog One of the questions I get asked with every foster dog that is adopted[...]
How to Find the Perfect Dog Trainer
How to Find the Perfect Dog Trainer that is Right for You and Your Dog If you just adopted a[...]
Product Review: Seek-A-Treat Shuffle Bone Dog IQ Puzzle
Interactive Dog Puzzle If you’re looking for ways to play and interact with your dog, you may have seen these[...]
Martini – Aussie/Doxen Mix
Foster Dog Tail about Martini As a volunteer for Fetch WI, I get the opportunity to offer to dog sit[...]
5 Simple Ways to Stop Your Dog’s Pee from Killing Your Grass
Is your dog killing your grass? Is your once lush, green backyard spotted with yellow dead spots? We’ve been struggling[...]
How to Crate Train Your Dog or Puppy in 3 Easy Steps
Learn the 3 Easy Steps to Crate Train Your Puppy or Adult Dog Learning how to crate train your new[...]
The BEST Frisbee My Dog Has Ever Owned!
I am in Love with our Nerf Dog Frisbee! I am so excited to share this Frisbee with everyone. We[...]
Why Should I Crate Train My Dog?
When bringing home a new dog, whether it is a puppy or an adult dog, the crate can create a[...]
How Can I Stop My Dog From Barking All of the Time?
Does your dog bark in her crate while you are at work? Do you get complaints from your apartment neighbors[...]
How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Jumping
Does this sound familiar? The doorbell rings, your dog barks, you open the door to let your friend inside and[...]
Product Review: The Pet Convincer II
Why use the Pet Convincer If you have a stubborn dog that refuses to listen when you try to correct[...]
The Secret to Getting Rid of Ear Infections in Your Dog at Home
How to treat your dog's ear infection without going to the vet Does your dog have smelly ears; does he[...]
Checklist for Leaving Your Dog While on Vacation
Getting Ready to Take a Vacation? What Should You Do About Your Dog? As much as I like to take[...]
Woof Washer 360 – Product Review
Bath Time with the Woof Washer 360 This is our first summer with Bear and he is definitely a water[...]
Why You Should Adopt a Dog from a Foster-Based Rescue
Until becoming involved in fostering dogs, I really didn't consider the difference between adopting a dog from a humane society[...]
How to Become a Foster Home for Dogs
I realized I wanted to be a foster family for dogs after adopting our dog JJ. He was listed for[...]
Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Dog
I learned about how coconut oil is good for dogs in my search for ways to help our dog, Ginger,[...]
Why is My Dog Aggressive with Food – Resource Guarding?
Dogs and Resource Guarding Dogs that are aggressive when it comes to their food, is also called Resource Guarding. Resource[...]
6 Essential Tips when Traveling with Your Dog
How to Travel Stress-Free with Your Dog I don’t know about you, but I love taking our dogs with us[...]
How Do I Get My Puppy to Stop Nipping or Biting Me?
Every person that adopts a puppy will ask this question… how do I get my puppy to stop biting me?[...]
Leatherberg Leather Dog Leash Review
Why the Leather Leash is My Favorite Dog Leash Leather leashes have always been my favorite type of leash when[...]
How to Stop My Dog from Digging
Wondering how to stop your dog from digging? Have you ever let your dog outside to go potty and get[...]
4th of July – Happy for You But Not Your Dog
Do you know how to keep your dog safe? This is our first 4th of July with our newly adopted[...]
How Often Does My Dog Need a Bath?
Baths can be a love or hate relationship for your dog. Some dogs love the water and will jump right[...]
Can I Feed My Dog People Food?
Most of us are guilty of giving our dogs a taste of our dinner or sneaking them a little side[...]
Are Flea and Tick Medication Safe for My Dog?
Should I use a commercial flea and tick products on my dog? Every time I take my dogs in for[...]
How to Choose and Adopt the Perfect Dog for You
Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family So you’ve decided you’re ready to adopt a new puppy or[...]
The Prong Collar, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
I know some people cringe at the sight of a prong collar, it looks barbaric and cruel. But the fact[...]
How to Potty Train a Puppy Fast & Easy
You brought home your new puppy, took him outside to show him where to go potty and he sniffs, plays,[...]
Top 5 Reasons to Take Your Dog for a Walk
Playing in your backyard with your dog is great exercise, but that doesn’t give him the mental workout to fulfill[...]
Bringing Your New Dog Home and the 3-3-3 Rule
Congratulations, you finally found the puppy or dog you want to adopt! I am sure you are super excited and[...]
Solutions for Dog Separation Anxiety
Does Your Dog Get Stressed Out When You Leave Him Home Alone? Many first-time dog owners never heard of separation[...]
Prada – the Hound Mix
Foster Dog Tail about Prada We picked Prada up on February 12, 2017. She made the road trip all the[...]
Why NOT to use a Flexi-Leash or Retractable Leash
You are ready to bring home your rescue dog and you go shopping to pick out all the supplies you[...]
Should I Train My Dog With Treats
The Story of the Squirrel VS. Treat – and The Winner Is…. Imagine you and your dog, Spot, walking through[...]
7 Important Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Dog
So you have decided you want to adopt a puppy or dog. Now what? Adopting and owning a dog can[...]
Why You Need to Teach the PLACE Command to Your Dog
I don't know about you, but my dogs go crazy when the doorbell rings, whether it be one of my[...]
How to Be a Pack Leader for Your Dog
Your pack is your family and you must be the pack leader. You don't need 10 dogs to have a[...]
Suzie – the Golden, Shepherd Mix
Our Foster Dog Tail about Suzie, a Golden/Shepherd Mix It always peaks my interest on how shelters and rescues come[...]
Bear – the Yellow Lab
Our Adoption Tail about Bear the Yellow Lab Okay, so Bear is not a foster tail, but an adoption story[...]
Mocha – the Chocolate Lab
Foster Dog Tail about Mocha, the Chocolate Lab Mocha was a total sweetheart of a dog. She came from Tennessee,[...]
Ginger – the German Shepherd Mutt
Foster Dog Tail that Turned Into an Adoption Tail Ever since my daughter was 2 or 3 years old she[...]
Georgia – the Mutt
Foster Dog Tail about Georgia Georgia was our foster dog for a short 2-3 weeks before getting adopted. She was[...]
Apollo and Calypso – Lab Mix Puppies
Our Foster Dog Tail about Lab Mix Puppies, Apollo and Calypso As a foster home for a local rescue, we[...]
Silla – the Black Lab
Silla was our first foster dog. She was 10 years old when her owner decided to surrender her to Fetch.[...]