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National Senior Citizen Day!

On average, older adults spend over half their waking hours alone. Let that headline from Pew Research sink in. Half of their waking hours. Alone. Living alone and spending over half your waking hours alone is not always a negative. But, like dogs, people tend to do better with a pack of their own. Transitioning [...]

National Senior Citizen Day!2019-08-21T15:10:28-06:00

More Than A Dog: Life Coaching Available

There are so many things we can learn from dogs. I knew they were "man's best friend" and of course I knew about their loyalty. But there are so many other things we can learn from our dogs. Since getting Coconut I've gotten to meet many new neighbors, I've enjoyed all different architectural styles, and [...]

More Than A Dog: Life Coaching Available2019-08-15T10:13:31-06:00

Dogs are Like Weeds

This year I'm changing my name to Lisa Douglas. Does anyone remember her? Green Acres! I know nothing about farming or even gardening, like the misplaced New Yorker moving to the country far, and neither does Gary. And yet this summer we have three gardens. It started innocently. We got a grant for a rain [...]

Dogs are Like Weeds2019-08-14T07:33:15-06:00

Odin the Wonderful

We love PAWSitive Endings here and today we have a special one. Thank you to Emily for letting us know how Odin's life has been changed because she opened her heart and home to him. I bet Emily has been changed, too. "I changed Levon's name to Odin. Odin is the biggest sweetheart and absolutely [...]

Odin the Wonderful2019-08-13T15:16:54-06:00

Two Homes Versus One

Divorce is hard on everyone including the family dog. My kids had been begging for a dog for years and my answer was always no. But after the divorce, my kids kept asking and in a weak moment I said yes. I wanted my boys to be happy and I thought a puppy would fix [...]

Two Homes Versus One2019-08-13T06:56:20-06:00

Smart, Budget-Minded Travel Trips When You’re Vacationing with Pets

August is the number one travel month of the year I learned when I worked at Air Canada. Last-minute vacations before school starts, college kids, new jobs, and family reunions are the majority of reasons people travel in August. Until I got a dog I never thought about traveling with a pet. Earlier this summer [...]

Smart, Budget-Minded Travel Trips When You’re Vacationing with Pets2019-08-10T07:06:52-06:00

She’s Now A Believer!

Thank you, Denise Kay Fetzer, for sending in pictures of your little girl. Lily, short for Lilith, came to us as Ronni. It's funny how Mom is so entranced with her son's new dog because Lily is actually her son's dog that he adopted in December of 2018. "She's as docile as can be - [...]

She’s Now A Believer!2019-08-08T06:28:37-06:00

King of the Sofa

We are in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan on Coconut's longest road trip ever. We had a lovely albeit long ride up here with a stop for lunch and a few potty breaks. We are so lucky cause Coconut's a great traveler! My brother-in-law and his wife are wonderful people, you know, the salt of the [...]

King of the Sofa2019-08-04T08:46:41-06:00

An Apple A Day Makes Life Perfect

We love pictures and stories! One thing that surprised me in was how far people drive to find their perfect pooch. Ripon isn't that far but we still appreciate coming to Oshkosh to find Apple. We've had people drive here from MN, IL, MI and more. Facebook and pet adoption referral sites are making a [...]

An Apple A Day Makes Life Perfect2019-08-02T06:54:02-06:00

National Mutt Day

Today is National Mutt Day! Do you know what that means? Today is your day to find your perfect mutt because we have wonderful dogs. So why a mutt? Or we can call them mixed breeds, chop suey, or like we do in Hawaii, poi dogs. No matter what you call them we call them [...]

National Mutt Day2019-07-31T06:28:15-06:00