31 Dog Days Of Halloween

If I haven’t said it before (and I have), I love love love Halloween. More importantly Tango was the best Halloween-partner-in-crime I could’ve asked for. The absolute best, most loyal, do-anything-for-you type of dog. And by do-anything-for-you I mean that time he patiently posed for a photo shoot for me while I dressed him up…

Dear Tango

Dear Tango, You came barreling into my life with a chaotic crash that turned everything upside down. You were a force to be reckoned with for sure. I was more prepared to take that senior year English essay answer only test about that book I had never read than I was for you. You immediately…

What’s in a Bucket List?

FIRST, THIS SUCKS AND IT’S NOT FAIR On July 31st, 2018 Tango was diagnosed with cancer. He has a malignant tumor sitting on a rib bone that has metastasized to his lungs. We are told he does not have very much time left, maybe one to three months. I’m in complete disbelief with this diagnosis…

Allergies, Steroids, and Guilt; What went wrong and what saved us.

Tango’s Story for me is complex and difficult to put into words. But I’m willing to bet the people who know us personally, and those that helped him along the way, would say I’m making it way more complicated than it has to be. That’s probably because I’ve internalized, analyzed, and dissected every moment, every decision, and every mistake. I…

Seniors Rule!

Having a senior dog is hard. Really really hard. It’s the hardest stage of a pup’s life to have to deal with. It’s the absolute hardest part of being a fur parent. No, not because they’re too sick, or too grumpy, or too expensive, or not playful enough, or they sleep too much, or any…

Lazy Days and Dogs of Summer

FIRST, A RULE OF THUMB Out here in the desert heat we’re reaching highs of 110° and it’s not even June yet. There’s a good rule of thumb when thinking about what your dog can withstand, whether it’s in terms of hot or cold. If it’s too hot/cold for you, then it’s too hot/cold for…

Are You Responsible for Your Dog’s Etiquette? (Spoiler Alert: Yes!)

I find myself constantly apologizing for my dogs. Tango barks at you? “Sorry”. He growls at your dog? “So sorry!”. He barrels into you out of pure excitement because you said hello to him? Yep…”OMG! I’m SO sorry!” I’m responsible for his behavior. I’m not barking at you. I’m not jumping up on your shoulders…

Learning to Swim

I think it’s safe to say a good many if not most dogs love playing in some form of water: Swimming in it, splashing around in it, rolling in a puddle (especially muddy ones). How many times have I taken Tango and Cash on a walk after the rain and they invariably steer us towards…

Darby: Grief, Gratefulness, and One Last Swim

All dog lovers know dogs are family. They’re our babies. We raise them. We care for their every need. But Darby was never my “baby”. He was on this earth for a different purpose. I found him at a Hollywood, Florida animal hospital when he was 13 weeks old. He looked like a big brown…

What does life look like here after vacation?

While I sometimes wish we could always travel with our fur crew it’s just not possible with three labs. Road trips and dog friendly hotels aside, not every type of travel works with this bunch. I imagine trying to keep Tango in a sit-stay on a plane while he barks non-stop at the person seated…