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Dog Massage

Did you know that your dog can get a little bodywork done through massage?  I won a dog massage in a raffle and this last weekend, Gatsby had a massage.

The woman who owns the company also works in a veterinary office helping rehab animals that have had serious injuries or surgery.  The massage therapist took a 10 month course in canine massage which included learning all of the dog’s anatomy and is a certified canine massage therapist.  For Gatsby’s massage she came to our home where he is most comfortable.

We are fortunate that at 8 years old, that other than some skin allergies, Gatsby does not have any health issues.  However, because he is a golden retriever and therefore a large breed dog, we are watching him for signs of hip issues and arthritis as he ages.  Massage has a lot of health benefits for people and for dogs.  It can help with anxiety, aid with digestion, move toxins through the lymphatic system, decreases blood pressure and reduces pain and swelling.

Gatsby loves to be touched so I thought he would settle right into a massage, but as soon as she started he could tell it was different, got up and left.  It was explained to me that the touch has a different energy compared to petting, and the dogs notice the difference right away.

After a bit, and with a stuffed toy in his mouth, Gatsby came back for more massage.  He would settle in for a bit and then have to get up and walk around to walk it off.  One thing that fascinated me was he would offer body parts that he wanted massaged. For example, Gatsby laid on his right side so the therapist could massage his left side and left legs.  He then got up walked around a bit and then came back and laid on the opposite side so that other side would be massaged and he would be balanced.

Just like people, dogs can get muscle knots and tension especially in their shoulder areas.  I know when I have a massage, there is that mix of pain and pleasure as the massage therapist works out those particularly stubborn knots.  By looking at Gatsby’s eyes, I could tell when she hit one of those on him.

Obviously, Gatsby could not vocalize if he liked his massage but he was very chill and relaxed the rest of the day and into the next.  He is generally a pretty relaxed dog but this took him to another relaxed state.  And he seemed to be smiling all day.

While this will not be a regular part of Gatsby’s routine, I did feel like we did something good for him and for his health.  Definitely, if he starts to show signs of arthritis or other discomfort as he ages we will think about scheduling this a little more frequently.  It may seem indulgent but as part of our family, we want to make sure he stays healthy and happy. -June

Be the energy you want others to absorb. -A.D. Posey

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A Doodle in Charleston

When our family came to Charleston over the holiday, we decided to bring our pup Sawyer along. With me staying here a few months to work on the house and oversee projects, and my husband traveling, we thought it would be best for him to stay with me. Sawyer has never done a road trip with us before, especially a long one, and I have to say I was a little apprehensive about how he would handle such a long drive. However, I’m happy to report that he did great!! He usually gets a little nervous when he sees our suitcases out, but he was practically the first one in the car when he realized he was being invited along.
We decided at the last minute to leave Christmas evening, and drive through the night getting to South Carolina in the morning. We thought it would be easier for Sawyer to get the trip all done at once. Driving through the night is always a challenge though, especially as we get older, and Bob and I were exhausted the next day, but we both felt it was the right decision. Sawyer and the girls were pretty chill throughout the night and by morning, we were at our destination.
So, here we are. It took a few days for him to get used to the new house and routine, but as long as he is with his family, he is a happy doodle. He loves his walks in the morning, exploring new paths, smells, frogs and fellow dogs. In fact, over the weekend we found a dog park while we were out!
The few tips we received from a trainer a few months back were very helpful and  Sawyer and I are truly enjoying our walks together. Now, he’s not perfect, he still occasionally has his moments, but don’t we all? We also have a lot of neighborhood cats roaming around that have Sawyer under their spell. When he sees them, he simply stops and stares as they watch us from the safety of the large oaks, or casually stroll past us. I have to say the best part of our walks these days is the lack of parkas, boots, and frozen paws! Like many cities, Charleston is a very dog friendly community. Often, as I enter a shop, I am greeted by a furry friend and dogs are always welcome to join their owners in outdoor cafes and restaurants.  As you can see, Sawyer has definitely settled in to his new home.
I love having Sawyer here with me. What is it about having a pet that makes us feel so good?  Our pets definitely live for the moment which is something we could all learn to do. Often, my office is out on the back porch, and Sawyer loves to sit by me and look out at the birds, turtles, and yes alligator (who we have affectionately named Alfred) in the next door pond. Sometimes Sawyer is so still, I swear he is meditating.
I love seeing him at the back door window with his favorite toy in his mouth and tail wagging whenever I come home, and who needs an alarm clock when you can have a big wet kiss first thing in the morning? I know he misses the rest of his family and they miss him too, but we will all be reunited again soon. For now we are going to enjoy the weather, sites, new friends, and soon the beach!
          Have a great week!!

          Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole

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Our Dogs and their Black and White Enemy

Our Dogs and their Black and White Enemy

This is such a lovely time of year. We have been enjoying the beautiful colors and warm temperatures which have been perfect for evening walks with our four legged family members. The sun is setting earlier these days which means our walks are a little darker and unfortunately, at times, stinkier. Let’s be honest, we all know that smell, especially this time of year. It sometimes lingers in the air when we leave our homes first thing in the morning, or as we swerve around the pungent and somewhat flattened  little bodies on the road. We usually don’t give it much thought other than knowing that unmistakable odor.


Now as kids, we loved Pepe le Pew. He was cute, funny, and who could resist his charming French accent? I’m sure we wouldn’t feel the same way if we could have actually smelled him through our T.V. sets, while watching Saturday morning cartoons. If you own a dog, there’s a good chance that you have had a one-on-one encounter with the dreaded black and white.  If you haven’t, consider yourself extremely lucky.

May was one of those lucky pet owners. Her doodle Molly would go out at night, do her business as close to the house as possible, and come right back inside. During her twelve years in this world, not one encounter with this smelly creature. Sawyer, well he hasn’t been so lucky. Three weeks ago he had another direct hit, his third in three years. What is it about dogs and skunks? And why is it always right in the face? And since we’re talking about them, what purpose do skunks serve other than stinking things up?  Our backyard is Sawyer’s domain. He loves to spend warm afternoons and evenings outside watching over his kingdom, or lurking in the bushes waiting…..


Sawyer says, “Those skunks better stay out of this yard. I’m on duty here.”


Do you see him?

You would think that after his first rumble, he would have learned his lesson. Unfortunately, no. So, as his loving owners who do not want to give him another skunk bath, and continue to smell the invisible beast clinging to him, us, and our house for months, we have taken matters into our own hands. First of all, this is a great product to have around in case you or your pet get skunked.


You can order it on Amazon or pick it up at your local pet store. It works well for that initial punch before getting your dog to the groomer for a skunk bath. Now, for the next few weeks, until our black and white enemy goes into hibernation, we are going on patrol before letting Sawyer out before bed. We take a high powered flashlight to the yard, sweeping every nook and cranny and clap loudly to scare off potential intruders. Then Sawyer comes out under our watchful eye and high beam, he takes his final potty break for the evening, and in he goes.  Does he like this? Absolutely not, but it’s peace of mind for us, and really that’s all that matters.

Fortunately for June, her Gatsby is a bit of chicken, but he too has had a couple of encounters with the skunk.  As a puppy he got an indirect hit (probably because he ran as fast as he could away from it) and then a couple of years ago a glancing blow on the side of the face and neck.  Of course we did not realize this until he came flying in the house, terrified.  Skunk smell on the side of the road while pungent is fleeting.  When the smell is in the house and on your dog, it is so much stronger, almost a burnt smell, along with the skunk stink.


I’m scared of skunks (and the dark and Buffalo Bills football games)!

So out to the back patio we went for a little bath with the hose and a flashlight.  But first a quick Google search on how to remove skunk smell, from your dog.  We now keep the ingredients for this remedy in the house in case of an emergency.

1 quart hydrogen peroxide

1/4 cup baking soda

1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent

Some tips too.  Keep this mixture out of your dog’s eyes, nose and mouth.  Only wash the affected area of your dog.  Skunk spray is oily (hence the Dawn dish detergent) and if you shampoo your whole dog it may just spread the skunk oil over his entire body.  Our groomer actually told us to apply the above like a paste to the affected area before wetting him down.  And because Gatsby is a golden retriever and a double-coated dog, the stink is even harder to remove so a few baths (and time) are recommended.

June and her husband also have taken measures to avoid the skunks, if at all possible.  Because our walks are often now when it is dark outside, we have really loud conversations (sorry neighbors if you get to hear our discussions about work, politics, or family dynamics), we walk in the middle of the street (of course keeping a close eye for cars), and we scan the surrounding yards and bushes.  We often see skunks in the yards on our walks but if they hear us they usually run the other way, but we also wear athletic shoes in case we have to make a run for it!  Gatsby also wears a light on his collar, which is in part to give us light to see, and also because he is afraid to walk in the dark (I told you he was a big chicken).


Guarding the yard for skunks?

If you have skunks in your yard, make sure you do not have grubs in your grass.  Grubs are the skunks favorite meal.  Also, you can buy fox urine granules that you sprinkle around areas of the yard where skunks like to hang out.  We have an overgrown weed garden in the back near our shed which seems to be a favorite skunk pathway, so we apply the granules there and have actually seen them turn and walk the other way.  You can buy them at a hardware store like Ace.  Finally, because we seem to think animals can understand English, June often yells outside “Any skunks out there?” and when there is no answer figures it is safe (hee hee).  And June’s husband, frequently reminds Gatsby that skunks are are not his friends.

Hope these tips help if your four-legged family member has a run-in with a skunk.  While they sure look pretty their scent is only one that a mother can love.  Have a good weekend –May and June

“What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”
Author: Abraham Lincoln

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A Dirty Doodle Secret

We have a Labradoodle named Sawyer. He is eight years old and we adopted him just shy of his fifth birthday, and love, love, love him. He is sweet, affectionate, and loves belly rubs. Where my female doodle, Molly, was a bit of a snob and carefully chose who she would give her affection to, our boy Sawyer gives it to everyone. He shares a bed, (often taking up most of it) with our youngest daughter Alyssa, usually leaving the quiet sanctuary of her room to come wake me up bright and early for his morning walk.


Ahhh, the morning walk. This is usually my favorite time of day when I like to get my body moving, feel the sun on my face, and prepare my mind and spirit for the coming day. I actually wrote all about how much I love to walk in a previous post, The Magic of Walking. What I didn’t share with you, was how my sweet lovable dog turns into Cujo  (ok, I’m exaggerating a bit) the minute another dog crosses our path. This is nothing new. It has been a bit of an issue since he joined our family, and he’s been a “work in progress” ever since. Now that the weather is nice again and more dogs are out walking, I’ve noticed an increase in his naughty behavior, and he behaves poorly no matter who has the leash. If there aren’t other dogs around, he’s great. He sits at every corner and we often stop by the parking lot of a nearby school to stimulate his mind a bit, working on basic commands. He is good about walking next me, however, his radar is always on. If another dog or god forbid, a rabbit, shows itself, all bets are off and basically I just hold on to the leash for dear life. He’s 72 pounds of pure muscle, and I don’t stand a chance.


Yes I know, it’s hard to believe.

We would love to take him to the farmers market or to Starbucks on weekend mornings, but there are always other dogs there and well….. I’ve had dogs all my adult life, and have been through the training process with all of them, so I know the basics of dog obedience, but this past week pushed me over the edge. Overall we had a nice walk, and were two houses away from home (so close!!!), when a couple and their very well behaved dog came jogging past us. Usually, if I have enough warning, I’ll often distract Sawyer by turning the other way, taking a different route. It was too late though, he had seen the dog and there was nothing I could do but beg him to be a good boy. Ha!!! He was so riled up, he tripped me up with his leash, knocking me right down on my derrière. Physically, I was fine but my pride, not so much.


I think I needed that fall to finally get me off the fence to do something, so it probably wasn’t a bad thing. I was just putting it off. My walks aren’t doing me any good if they are filled with stress and anxiety, and Sawyer deserves to get the training he needs so he can be his best as well. I did some research, talked with some people, and long story short, Sawyer and our family are going to be working on his manners (or lack of), with a trainer. During the first consultation, the trainer said that overall we have a “very nice dog”, and that his issue with other dogs isn’t that uncommon.


Most importantly though, he said there is hope for our doodle although it is going to be a journey that will require some time and commitment. We all agreed that Sawyer is worth it and we look forward to more enjoyable walks in the near future. We’ll provide updates as we go so that you can hear about Sawyer’s progress. Wish us luck!!!!


The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
—Samuel Butler



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The Magic of Walking

Whenever I’m asked about hobbies and things I love to do, walking is always at the top of my list. I have enjoyed walking for as long as I can remember, and whenever I’m on vacation, you’ll  always find me being a walking tourist rather than taking the tour bus, every single time. I’m also a daily power walker. There is something about waking up and walking with the sun in the morning that sets the tone for my day, especially this time of year through the summer. The birds are singing, the breeze is cool, there are beautiful blooms to see, and there is something so peaceful about being out in nature first thing in the morning.


Did you know that a thirty minute walk everyday also has a host of health benefits? A brisk walk can prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. It improves your mood, reduces stress, slows the aging process, and reduces the risk for osteoporosis. Plus, there’s no better way to get your daily dose of vitamin D.

I walk year round and in all kinds of weather. I’ve often thought that I would have made a great mailman, in fact there were some winter days where I think the mailman and I were the only ones outside. I rarely walk alone though. I’ve always had a furry walking companion by my side. For twelve years it was my doodle Molly. Every morning she would get up and wait by her leash until it was time to go.



My doodle Sawyer is the same way. As soon as he sees my athletic shoes coming out of the closet, his whole body starts to wiggle in anticipation. A good walk is as important to the health of our pets as it is to us humans. At eight years old, Sawyer has maintained a healthy weight, is definitely calmer, and sleeps so much better after he’s had his daily exercise.


Sawyer’s ready to go!

The physical benefits of walking are great, however the mental advantages I receive from walking are so beneficial to my mental/emotional health. I am someone who is always battling  mind chatter. Unfortunately, this constant playing of thoughts can mess with my sleep, causing a whole host of issues including increased stress and loss of concentration and creativity. There have been days that, because of severe weather or illness, I haven’t been able to get out, and I definitely notice the difference. For some reason, I’m always able to solve problems when I’m out walking as well as get my creative juices flowing. I’m a very visual person and enjoy checking out my neighbors curb appeal (and get ideas), and I always, always, always, feel better in mind, body and spirit after a walk. We also live near a bike path that is partially wooded and often see deer on the path, the occasional snapping turtle, and even a few coyotes. (Yikes!)


Now that we have longer days and warmer temps, I’m out twice a day. The morning walk gets my body and brain ready for the day, and the evening walk calms everything down for sleep, and yes Sawyer joins me for both. In fact, it’s about time for our evening stroll. I hope this has inspired you to get out for a daily walk. Your body and mind will thank you.



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Loving Molly

Well, here we are. It’s mid February – the snow has melted and we made it through another cold snap, in fact it felt like spring here in the midwest this past weekend! February seems to be that rather long bridge that connects winter to spring.  I’ve noticed the birds singing and even saw my first robin this week on my early morning walk. For most of us, other than Valentine’s Day, there isn’t a whole lot going on in February, and we’re usually grateful that it’s a short month (other than this year, leap year). February became a special month for me fourteen years ago, when we received a new addition to our family.
I love animals, particularly dogs.  I have had one, sometimes two at once, all my adult life, and I think it’s safe to say, dogs will be a part of my foreseeable future.  For those of you who have had these wonderful beings share your life, you know that although you love them all, there is always one that stands out from the rest, that is extra special.  My Australian  Labradoodle Molly was that dog. 
 As I mentioned, the month of February is significant for many because of Valentine’s Day.  It’s the month of love, flowers, and chocolate.  For me, February is special because it’s the month my mom and I picked up our furry little girl at O’Hare International Airport.  It’s also the month that we had to say a final farewell to her, 12 years later.  Named after the Irish folk song Molly Malone, at 10 weeks old, Molly was already quite the traveler, as she made the long journey from Australia to Chicago to join our family.  Shortly after our beloved pug Otto died at the age of 12, my friend and neighbor left a newspaper clipping in my mailbox that described an up and coming breed.  At that time I was still mourning Otto and wasn’t sure I was ready for another dog.  Well, as fate would have it, five months later this beautiful pup was in my mom’s arms, driving home from the airport.  I still remember that drive so vividly.  My mom was holding her smelly little body (it was a long plane ride, after all, from the land “down-under”) wrapped in a soft towel, and every time I looked at her, she was staring at me. I was in love.  The first several days with her were wonderful.  She slept a lot, ate well, loved to be held, and was very docile.  After about a week, her true personality began to emerge. The following are the first words that came to mind when describing Molly:
Mouthy, mouthy, mouthy, (came into my head three times, I swear) crafty, smart, sneaky, selective hearing, stubborn, food thief, beautiful, endless energy, escape artist, amazing ball catcher, amazing frisbee catcher, amazing popcorn catcher, shoe thief, kisser, bed hog, stuffed animal thief…..etc.  Do you see where this is going??
Molly and the girls on our wedding day
I could write an entire book on the shenanigans of Molly Malone.  She found her voice a few days after arriving, and never lost it. She used it so much that she actually became hoarse later in life.  She barked at everything.  If she wanted me off the phone, she barked.  When she wanted to eat, she barked.  If we sang Happy Birthday, she barked.  If we passed a neighbor on our walk and I stopped to talk, she barked until we started walking again.  I saw very quickly that this girl of mine was more than I could handle on my own, and so I sought the help of a trainer.  Molly and I went to school.  After a few weeks, the trainer strongly suggested that Molly be sent to boot camp for two weeks.  They were the most peaceful two weeks……..When it was time to bring her home, I expected Private Molly Malone to be at attention, waiting to obey my commands.  Alas, the trainer handed me her leash and told me, “Good luck with her!” I should have known I was in trouble when I entered the facility, and she was the only one barking.  
The girls playing in the yard
Molly loved playing catch, and could catch anything!
Molly loved people food and found very crafty ways of obtaining it. She was tall like a standard poodle and had very long legs so we couldn’t leave things on the counter.  I wish I had thought to set up a video surveillance camera, because to this day, I don’t know how she was able to get at the dozen donuts that were left out of her reach, or my friend’s birthday cake I baked, a loaf of bread, and the bunch of grapes in the sink (she had to go to the ER and have her stomach pumped after that one). I had only read an article on grape toxicity in dogs two weeks earlier. She even managed to drag a beef tenderloin, in it’s sealed package (thankfully), into the living room, thinking we couldn’t see her under the piano.  So happy my husband caught her before she ripped into it.  I remember being so frustrated with her that I actually picked up the phone and told Molly I was calling Quantas Airlines and buying her a one way ticket back to Australia.  She just sat there and stared at me.  I swear she was thinking “Go ahead, I dare you”. Our  family still laughs because the two words we always said to her were, “Quiet Molly!”  I miss saying that…
 One of Molly’s quieter moments
Although Molly remained stubborn and mouthy, there was a maturity that finally occurred, and we fell into a routine and way of life that, for the most part, worked. She traveled with us and loved taking rides to Dairy Queen in the summer.  For all the naughtiness, there was a sweet side that loved to give kisses, and snuggle up when one of us was laying in bed, or reading a book.  If I was sick, she always stayed close to me. I loved her, and I know in her own Molly way, she loved me.  When Molly was eleven, we adopted a five year old labradoodle named Sawyer, who needed a family.  To this day, I still can’t believe I did that.  Molly was old and having health issues and I don’t know why I thought another dog was a good idea, especially a young male.  Sawyer is the opposite of Molly.  He is quiet, well behaved, sweet, listens (most of the time), and is a total lover. In fact, if we had gotten him as a puppy, we would have named him Romeo. We love, love, love him. Molly informed him at their first meeting that she was in charge, and he respected that.  He loved to lay next to her, and she allowed it. We even caught her giving him occasional kisses.
Molly and Sawyer after a long walk
Ready for Santa
Molly chilling on Nicole’s bed
  I’m not going to go into the details of her last days with us. If you’ve ever loved a dog, you know.  Sawyer came into our life when he did because he was meant to be with us.  I was tapped on the shoulder when I saw that he needed a family, and I listened, just like I did when I read that newspaper clipping so many years ago.  We would have had a much harder time losing Molly if he wasn’t here to give us comfort.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to listen to those taps.  I miss my sweet girl, I will always miss her. Before saying goodbye, I whispered into her ear that I loved her, and thanked her for every single moment we had together. We had a very interesting journey together and she taught me so much, especially patience. I think dogs do that.  Plus they are always  happy to see us and are so forgiving of our mistakes.  
 Molly Malone
Every morning Sawyer and I walk the same route I walked with Molly. I swear, sometimes I hear her tags jingling behind us as we walk on the path, and that gives me comfort.  I carry her in my heart.  We will never forget our Molly Malone.
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Keeping Our Pets Healthy – Bentley’s Pet Stuff

Because we love our pets, we want to make sure they live a long healthy life so that they are around to be our companions and friends.  You may have noticed lately that there are a lot of commercials in the media discussing grain-free dog food, or pure ingredients and a lot of other buzzwords.  May and June have made a commitment to their dogs, Sawyer and Gatsby, to keep them healthy.  And since dogs do not get a choice in deciding what they are going to eat, it is up to us to feed them the most nutritious food possible.

We are fortunate to have a local natural food pet store, Bentley’s Pet Stuff, near by.  We love Bentley’s.  They started in our local community of Arlington Heights, Illinois about eight years ago.  The owner, Lisa, started the store because she recognized that dogs were being fed mainly garbage by the pet food industry.  This source of food was leading to all kinds of health problems in our pets, including allergies, infections, autoimmune conditions and cancer.  Also, it was becoming well-known that much of our dog food was made in China, and those companies through neglect or purposefully, were allowing chemicals into the foods that were causing kidney failure, and killing our four-legged friends.  So Lisa, with the help of her husband, Giovanni, took a great risk and started Bentley’s Corner Barkery to provide a retail location for people who were interested in feeding their animals nutritious food that was safe.


June was an early customer of Bentley’s and started Gatsby on high-quality grain-free food as soon as he was brought home as a puppy.  Unfortunately, her previous golden retriever, Penelope, had a lot of health issues and died when she was only 3 1/2 years old.  And while June had fed her a higher quality food, it was not grain-free because at the time these types of food were not readily available.  Penelope’s health problems caused expensive veterinarian bills and ultimately a lot of heartache.  So when Gatsby came along, June and her husband made a commitment to spend more money on dog food, and hopefully a lot less money on vet bills.  And so far so good.  Gatsby is pretty healthy. May’s previous doodle, Molly, was not a Bentley’s customer until later in life, when she was having a lot of health issues. May wonders sometimes if her quality of life would have been better, had she discovered Bentley’s and a grain free diet a few years earlier. When May’s family adopted their doodle Sawyer, he was suffering from chronic ear infections and skin issues. They are happy to report that with the wonderful advice from Bentley’s staff, and a commitment to a grain free diet and supplements, Sawyer has not had one ear infection, and his skin has cleared up.



(A great selection of healthy food and treats)  

   Lisa and her staff are extremely knowledgeable about the products they carry.  Lisa does a lot of research on their products and on pet nutrition in general. If your pet is having any type of health concern, and you stop in and talk to the staff, they can usually offer some solutions. Gatsby has been having a chronic skin allergy, and Lisa turned us on to a natural supplement program ( the same one that Sawyer is on that is not carried by their store), and we are seeing amazing results in the condition of his skin and decreased ear infections.  They carry no products that are made or produced in China with most products coming from the United States, Canada or Australia.   We keep going back because of that and because the customer service is amazing.  We have noticed that some of the big box pet stores are now carrying some of the dog food brands that are carried by Bentley’s, but because of the customer service, we keep going back to Bentley’s.

In addition to pet food, Bentley’s also carries high quality and fashionable leashes and collars, pet beds and toys (including stuffed ones that are less likely to be “murdered” by our furry friends).


(They even have cute “boy” leashes and collars)

They also have a “chew” bar of every disgusting treat (according to the humans) and delicious treat (according to the dogs) you can imagine.  Trust us, you really do not want to know what animal part makes up a bully stick.


(The chew bar)

As regular customers of Bentley’s, we are excited for them as they have continued to grow.  They now have 15 locations with more to come and also offer free delivery.  The free delivery is great if you have ever had to lug around a 30 pound bag of dog food, and you are only slightly more than 5 feet tall.  In addition, some locations offer dog walking which Gatsby loves and is used frequently by his family.

Have a good weekend.  Hope you have some sweet time for belly rubs and tennis balls. –May and June


Two very satisfied Bentley’s customers.


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Gatsby Tired

Gatsby Is a Poet and He Don’t Even Know It

Gatsby sat outside in the snow and got all contemplative this week.

Gatsby Contemplative

And he started thinking about being creative.  So he wrote you all a poem:

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Tennis balls are cool

And so are you.


Gatsby Tired

And now Gatsby is spent (and obviously he needs some practice writing poetry).  Happy Friday.  Have a good weekend. –June


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Natural Products for our Pets

I always love sharing great finds, especially when they benefit small businesses. I’d like to tell you about some wonderful items our doodle, Sawyer, received from Santa. Of course, if he could talk, Sawyer would probably tell you that these were his least favorite gifts, since they involve bathing. I however, love them because they are handmade with pure and natural ingredients.


Lux Natures Company sells all natural soaps and skin care products for our four legged family members, as well as us humans. Some of the products include a great dog balm for the pads on the bottoms of your dog’s paws, and it’s also great for dry noses. Sawyer and I walk mostly everyday, and in all kinds of weather. Even though it’s been a relatively mild winter (except for today….Brrrrrr!), I’ve been using this regularly to keep his pads from becoming dry and cracked. We also received a bottle of Clean Pup Dry Dog Shampoo which is great between grooming, and a bar of oatmeal shampoo for dry skin. We used this over the weekend and it’s easy to use, mild, and smells wonderful. Sawyer’s fur is soft and shiny too.

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                                       Isn’t he just the cutest???

There is also a complete doggie grooming bathing kit that you can order.  I love that the products contain pure natural ingredients such as oatmeal, ac vinegar, almond oil, coconut oil, mango butter, and essential oils.

You can find these products at


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It’s A Dog’s Life

I just spent 20 hours in the car this past weekend and returned home on Monday evening.  The weekend was busy and fun but back at work today I realize just how tired I am. I started thinking about the phrase “it’s a dog’s life.”  The phrase “it’s a dog’s life” means something that you say which means life is hard or unpleasant.  When I scrolled through my phone I found these pictures of Gatsby’s life:










If this is a dog’s life I think I’ll take it any day of the week and twice on Sundays.  The good news is that today is Wednesday, halfway through the week.  Have a good one.  –June



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