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Mylah’s K9 Sport Sack Review

Mylah’s K9 Sport Sack Review

With all of Mylah's health issues come limitations on what she can and cannot do. Running around in our backyard is fine, but we do limit the amount of time she is able to exercise. If you follow my social media, like Instagram, you see I post a lot of pictures of us...

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10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Dog

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Dog

Earth Day is coming up on April 22 and what better way to celebrate our planet than with our dogs! Here are some ideas to celebrate the day together 🙂 1. Clean up the neighborhood together - leash up your dog, grab two trash bags (one for recycling and one for trash)...

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Easter Egg Hunt & Basket for Dogs

Easter Egg Hunt & Basket for Dogs

I am all for a good dog party especially when it involves baking treats and creating cute baskets for the pups. Last weekend we had an Easter egg hunt for the dogs and they loved it! Izzy definitely won and found most of the eggs. They all were rewarded for their...

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18 Tips & Tricks for Dogs with Diabetes

18 Tips & Tricks for Dogs with Diabetes

My husband and I have been through a lot with Mylah since she was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 months old. Six years of caring for her and managing canine diabetes has had a lot of ups and downs. We've learned so much along the way. Here's our top 18 tips and...

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Carrot ‘Cake’ Dog Treats

Carrot ‘Cake’ Dog Treats

We're being teased with the prospect of spring in Chicago, and now that it's April, Easter is around the corner! These are the perfect, festive treats to celebrate Easter with your little bunnies (which in my case are dogs)! 🙂 [recipe] Xox, Alicia...

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Calendula: Healing Herb for Dog’s Skin & Scrapes

Calendula: Healing Herb for Dog’s Skin & Scrapes

Calendula oil is one of my favorite all-natural first aid remedies and a must-have for dog parents. This whole flower herb is amazing at treating dry and damaged skin, skin rashes, muscle inflammation, wounds, bug bites and more. Calendula works so well because...

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Shamrock Dog Treats

Shamrock Dog Treats

Spoil your pups on St. Patrick's Day with these shamrock-shaped dog treats! Don't worry, you don't even need a shamrock cookie cutter - I got you covered. Head over to my printables library and use my shamrock outline to make your shamrock cookies. The printable is...

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101 Things To Do with Your Dog

101 Things To Do with Your Dog

A new printable list of 101 things to do with your dog! I wanted to create a long list of unique ways to celebrate life together with your dog. Pair this with my Pet Planner for ultimate planning. Click here to head over to my free printables library and download the...

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Fresh Breath Treats

Fresh Breath Treats

No pet parent likes bad doggie breath but sometimes, bad breath can be an indication that something is wrong in the digestive tract or even with the heart. For healthy dogs, these fresh breath treats are all-natural and simple to make. The coconut oil is great for...

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Keep a Busy Dog Busy

Keep a Busy Dog Busy

I work from home full-time now, and between the blog, shop and newly launched Dog Mom University, I have my hands in many different ventures during the day. I also share an office with three dogs, one who is very busy too and often needs a job. Can you guess which...

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The Adventurous Dog & Where to Stay when Traveling

The Adventurous Dog & Where to Stay when Traveling

This post is sponsored by Radisson RED but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Izzy and I are excited to partner with Radisson RED hotels that let you travel with your adventure dog in total style and comfort. Each dog gets its own kit with everything...

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Pupizza! Homemade Pizza Treats for Your Dog

Pupizza! Homemade Pizza Treats for Your Dog

Yes, an all-natural, organic pizza you can make for your dog! It's also paleo friendly and humans can eat it too. I got the idea from my husband actually. We celebrated his birthday and he loves pizza and wanted the dogs to be able to join in the party. This is also...

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Spinach, Apple & Carrot Homemade Dog Treats

Spinach, Apple & Carrot Homemade Dog Treats

I love making grain free dog treats that have added healthy ingredients in them like spinach, carrots and apples! These homemade dog treats are very easy to make and completely grain and gluten free. Enjoy and let me know how your dog likes them! [recipe] Xox, Alicia...

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Five Indoor Games for Dogs

Five Indoor Games for Dogs

Winter can often mean a stir-crazy dog… or in my case, three of them. Here are some indoor games for your dog and most of these are free! Each game is great to give your dog mental stimulation too. A tired brain is a happy one!

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DIY Faux Fur Dog Bed – No Sew

DIY Faux Fur Dog Bed – No Sew

As I write this blog post, Hudson is sleeping in this dog bed right now! Ever since I brought home a faux fur throw rug my dogs have fallen in love with the texture and are obsessed with sleeping on it. So, I decided they needed (yes, needed!) a nice big bed they...

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Free Dog Themed Holiday Gift Tags

Free Dog Themed Holiday Gift Tags

 More holiday fun and more from my new printables section of the website! Get these adorable holiday gift tags to add to any gifts you're giving this holiday season! Print these dog themed gift tags on 8.5x11 standard paper or a thicker matte paper and write your...

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Dear Santa Sign DIY + FREE Printable

Dear Santa Sign DIY + FREE Printable

We are in the holiday spirit around here and I am so excited to share this adorable DIY project that is super fun and festive (and of course, dog themed)! I also have a new free printables section of the website that I am so excited to share! Anytime I have a DIY...

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DIY Autumn Wreath with Paw Prints

DIY Autumn Wreath with Paw Prints

Happy fall! I’m so excited to show you my latest DIY project – a cost-effective and easy Autumn wreath – with the dog’s paw prints on it! I made a video so you can watch every step and included written instructions below. I got all the wreath supplies at the Dollar Tree, and the wooden heart ($1) and nontoxic paint ($4) at Joann’s. Total cost was under $20 for a custom wreath with the dog’s paw prints on it!

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DIY Dinosaur Halloween Costume

DIY Dinosaur Halloween Costume

I love dressing my kiddos up in fun (and safe) Halloween costumes! I have a closet dedicated to all their stuff including many costumes! I have to admit though, I had never made them their own costumes. I know, that seems crazy given I love DIY projects for my dogs,...

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Fresh Pumpkin Squash + Oat Treats

Fresh Pumpkin Squash + Oat Treats

We are in the fall mood around here and of course, I want to share that with my kiddos! I decided to make homemade gluten free treats from fresh pumpkin, butternut squash and oats. We all know that pumpkin is good for our pups, especially their...

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Izzy’s Latest Adventure: Indianapolis

Izzy’s Latest Adventure: Indianapolis

We had another 30th birthday celebration to attend, this time in Indianapolis, IN. Since the drive was about three hours away and our friend's house is very dog friendly, we decided to bring Izzy and Mylah! This was our first time to Indianapolis so we were excited to...

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Izzy’s Latest Adventure: Wonder Lake

Izzy’s Latest Adventure: Wonder Lake

We had a busy weekend on Wonder Lake for a friend's 30th Birthday party, and of course Izzy was invited for all the fun! Our friend's cabin has a fenced in pool overlooking the lake which was perfect for Izzy. When we got there on Friday night she immediately went for...

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DIY Hanging Poop Bag Holder

DIY Hanging Poop Bag Holder

Poop is a big part of being a dog mom - we all have to deal with it and the grossness of picking it up! As a result, poop bags are an essential part of life. It’s been driving me nuts to see poop bag rolls all over our house, in drawers or left by the door. And, of...

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Living with & Caring for a Chronically Ill Dog

Living with & Caring for a Chronically Ill Dog

I've been putting off writing this blog post for a lot of reasons. Mainly because it's hard to admit to myself, let alone write it out, that someone I love is sick and there is no easy fix for it. My mom has been saying for years, "she is a sick little girl" and I...

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DIY Flea/Tick Spray

DIY Flea/Tick Spray

I’m really particular when it comes to what I feed my dogs and what I will put on their bodies. Many commercial flea and tick sprays or drops are packed with harmful chemicals that I don't want on my pups as they can cause adverse reactions and skin problems. This...

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Izzy’s 8th Birthday + Ice Cream Pupcake Recipe

Izzy’s 8th Birthday + Ice Cream Pupcake Recipe

My Izzy girl turned eight-years-old last weekend! Of course we had to celebrate! Izzy's favorite things in life are food and adventure, so we were supposed to go on an adventure to the lake but Mylah has been under the weather. Instead, we decided to celebrate with a...

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DIY Toothpaste for Dogs + Giveaway

DIY Toothpaste for Dogs + Giveaway

There are so many benefits to brushing your dog's teeth on a regular basis, including preventing plaque and tartar buildup, preventing gum, dental or other diseases and maintaining nice fresh breath. The liver, heart and stomach can be greatly...

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DIY BBQ for Dogs

DIY BBQ for Dogs

I hate leaving my kiddos out of the fun summer activities we do like backyard barbecuing. Sure, they roam around the backyard while we grill for ourselves and friends but it's always more fun when they can be 100% part of our activities. So we made...

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Izzy’s Latest Adventure: Table Rock Lake

Izzy’s Latest Adventure: Table Rock Lake

Izzy is quite the adventurer. She has always loved road trips, travel, new places, hikes, swimming, etc. She is truly up for anything. Traveling with Izzy is and has always just been easy. She's a no fuss or frills kind of dog. Even though we do joke she can be the...

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On the Road with Dogs & Tips

On the Road with Dogs & Tips

My husband and I take a lot of road trips throughout the year for vacations, quick getaways, and to pick up dog food a few times a year from a farm up in Wisconsin. Our dogs have gotten pretty used to the road trip routine by now, but it wasn't always easy in the...

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DIY Duck & Sweet Potato Popsicles

DIY Duck & Sweet Potato Popsicles

I thought I'd try a fun video to show this DIY tutorial! This is a super easy and fun snack for the dogs, especially when it is hot out.     It's been nearing 90 degrees here in Chicago so my dogs will take any opportunity to cool down, and for treats, obviously!...

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Easy, No Bake & Tummy Friendly Treats!

Easy, No Bake & Tummy Friendly Treats!

These are quite possibly the easiest treats I've ever made for my pups, and they're super healthy! I was inspired to create them because I wanted to make a nutritious, tasty treat to aid an upset stomach. Hudson can get very anxious with a lot of commotion in the...

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How I Ended Up with Three Beautiful Kids

How I Ended Up with Three Beautiful Kids

It's National Puppy Day! I love these national days that celebrate our canine kids and showcase all the greatness that comes with sharing your life with a four-legged family member. In honor of this day, I thought it's appropriate to share how I ended up spending my...

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DIY Oatmeal Shampoo for Itchy Skin

DIY Oatmeal Shampoo for Itchy Skin

Izzy had been so itchy the first few weeks of February so I decided she needed a deep cleaning and soothing shampoo for her tresses. I really only like two shampoo products you can purchase in store, but ultimately decided to create my own homemade shampoo for her dry...

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Wintery Wonderland Weekend

Wintery Wonderland Weekend

As miserable as winter can be, sometimes you just have to embrace it. Considering how weird of a winter we've had in the Chicagoland area, we have not exactly embraced it either. Our kiddos haven't really had a full-on fun 'snow day'. Luckily this weekend we went to...

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Lamb Bone Broth for Dogs

Lamb Bone Broth for Dogs

My dogs love this soup more than their normal food I think! I make it for them regularly because it is a good immune booster and a fun snack. You can freeze the soup in ice trays or serve it as soup (cold is fine). This recipe feeds three dogs (total of 165lbs) for...

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