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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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Dog Mom of the Month: Sarah

Dog Mom of the Month: Sarah

Sarah Saber lives in Fairfax, VA with her 2.5-year-old rescued dog Bane and 12-year-old black Domestic Shorthair rescued cat, Bama. Bane is a Saint Bernard and Great Pyrenees mix who Sarah fostered from Dogs XL Rescue after they found him emaciated and living on a...

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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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Montreal’s Pit Bull Ban Suspended + Miami’s BSL

Montreal’s Pit Bull Ban Suspended + Miami’s BSL

Quebec Superior Court Justice Louis Gouin granted the Montreal SPCA's request for a temporary suspension of discriminatory BSL! This legislation was voted in by Montreal’s city council last week and came into effect this Monday. While this is amazingly positive news,...

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The Pet Wash for DIY’ers + Giveaway

The Pet Wash for DIY’ers + Giveaway

It has turned into fall in Chicago which means cooler temps and rain, less time outside, and some of our 'do it yourself' activities change, like bath time. Giving the dogs a bath outside using the hose, or wiping them down in the bathtub and drying...

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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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My Puppy Mill Survivor, Hudson

My Puppy Mill Survivor, Hudson

It's National Puppy Mill Awareness Day and to me this is a very bittersweet day. While we should celebrate all the survivors of puppy mills and advocates to end puppy mills on this day, it's also so important to make others aware of the devastating and horrible...

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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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Dog Mom of the Month: Emily

Dog Mom of the Month: Emily

Emily de Moraes lives in Dallas, TX with her husband, Fabio, and their canine kid, Nomi. The family moved to Texas from Chicago where Emily is now working as a full-time food blogger for her blog, 'What's the Oven on For?'! Emily quickly realized she was a dog mom...

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DIY Paw Scrub

DIY Paw Scrub

Dogs can experience all sorts of unpleasantries in and on their paws, especially city dogs. Walking on city sidewalks, dirt, grass, mud, ice in the winter, etc. - I don’t even want to think of all the germs their paws collect. When it rains, their paws just absorb all...

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Ways Your Dog Can Take Part in the Big Day

Ways Your Dog Can Take Part in the Big Day

In honor of our second wedding anniversary, I thought I'd share the best ways to incorporate your dog (or dogs) into your big day! Obviously, our dogs are family, they're our kids, and we wanted them to be part of our wedding day because they mean the world to us....

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Izzy’s Latest Adventure: Charity Canine Cruise

Izzy’s Latest Adventure: Charity Canine Cruise

Last Sunday Izzy, Jeff and I jumped aboard one of Mercury Cruiseline's boats for a canine cruise to benefit the Live Like Roo Foundation! As many of you know, Izzy is an old pro when it comes to adventures and the water. She loves everything that has to do with boats...

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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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Dog Mom of the Month: Meg

Dog Mom of the Month: Meg

This month's Dog Mom of the Month features Meg, who is not only my sister but has been lending her skills to the DIY Dog Mom blog as a contributor! I thought this would be the perfect way to get to know Meg more as you'll see more articles written by her.  ...

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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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Giving Your Dog the World in a Small Space

Giving Your Dog the World in a Small Space

In my daydreams I live on a 30 acre farm with fields and forests for Raina to run through all day, and a huge farm house with a king size dog bed for her to snuggle up in. In reality, we live on a busy street in a tiny two bedroom apartment, 21 floors up with a four...

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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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Dog Mom of the Month: Sydney

Dog Mom of the Month: Sydney

Sydney Harms lives in Loveland, Colorado with her two rescued pups Dizzy and Jayne. She didn’t adopt Dizzy and Jayne from your typical adoption situation but rescued them personally from bad situations. Sydney rescued both dogs from Craigslist. Online animal...

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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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Best Bully Sticks Review AND Giveaway

Best Bully Sticks Review AND Giveaway

I am pretty particular about what I feed my dogs. From their raw diets to DIY treats to homemade immune boosting bone broth soup- everything I feed my dogs is all-natural, made and produced in the USA, or made by me from ingredients I...

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Dog Mom of the Month – Clare S.

Dog Mom of the Month – Clare S.

Clare Summers lives in beautiful Denver, CO with her two adorable pups Violet and Marla Hooch. Before moving to Denver, Clare rescued both of her canine kids from Chicago where she used to live. In April 2010, Clare adopted Violet from the Anti-Cruelty Society...

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You and Your Dog Will Thrive from Routine

You and Your Dog Will Thrive from Routine

There are many great reasons for creating and keeping routine for you and your dog, but mood and positive energy are two big ones we might ignore in our busy lives. Humans who stick to a routine are found to be happier and less stressed. We are creatures of habit, and...

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Dog Rescue Fundraisers – Two Easy DIYs

Dog Rescue Fundraisers – Two Easy DIYs

By trade, I own an event planning company and have been planning events for over ten years. Many of the events my business partner and I plan are fundraisers for non-profits, and, shocker, a lot of them happen to be dog rescue related. Though event planning...

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Dog Mom of the Month – Anamarie S.

Dog Mom of the Month – Anamarie S.

The Dog Mom of the Month feature celebrates extraordinary dog moms who share their stories about life, love, and happiness while living with and caring for their canine kids. Share your story to possibly be a featured dog mom by emailing...

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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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Dog Mom of the Month – Natalie L.

Dog Mom of the Month – Natalie L.

The Dog Mom of the Month feature celebrates extraordinary dog moms who share their stories about life, love, and happiness while living with and caring for their canine kids. Share your story to possibly be a featured dog mom by emailing...

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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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New to the Shop!

New to the Shop!

Check out these new beauties I added to the Dog Mom Shop! Each bracelet is fully customized so you can take your pup with you everywhere! From the top to bottom: Nikkie Cuff, Ollie Bracelet and Frankie Bangle 

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Why Peanut Butter is Bad for Your Dog

Why Peanut Butter is Bad for Your Dog

Filling a toy with peanut butter and giving it to your dog can keep them busy for awhile, but it really isn't great for them and could even be deadly. When there are so many healthy alternatives to fill in a toy, why keep feeding your dog something he or she would...

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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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Valentine Gifts for Dog Moms & Dads

Valentine Gifts for Dog Moms & Dads

Flowers and candy can get really old after awhile so check out these unique and adorable Valentine's Day gifts for dog moms and dads! DIY Dog Mom Shop Ok, shameless plug, but I just added a new housewares section so if jewelry isn't your thing there's some fun...

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Live Like Roo Bracelets

Live Like Roo Bracelets

I've met some pretty incredible people as a dog mom and dog rescuer. The two other hands in this picture belong to Sarah and Kelly who rescued Roo and took him on an amazing adventure. They are incredible women and I am lucky to call them friends. When Sarah and...

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Turkey Pumpkin Treats & Omega 3’s

Turkey Pumpkin Treats & Omega 3’s

We all want to start the new year on the right foot (or paw), and healthy eating is a typical new year's goal. So, it's only fair to consider a healthy eating goal for your canine kids too, which should include healthy supplements.   There are so many benefits to...

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DIY Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers

DIY Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers

Need some cute holiday gift ideas for dog lovers... or even for your house? Try these two sentimental DIY projects! Paw Print Ornaments These are so adorable and sweet! What you'll need... 1. Non-toxic paint in desired colors and a paint brush 2. Clear and...

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For Dog Moms: Easy Holiday Sangria Bar

For Dog Moms: Easy Holiday Sangria Bar

Here's an easy and festive sangria bar recipe for your upcoming holiday party! Ingredients: -3 granny smith apples -3 red apples of your choice -2 oranges -two bags of cranberries -rosemary packet -sugar -cinnamon sticks -5 bottles cabernet...

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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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