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April 29, 2015

No, it’s not Wordless Wednesday. It’s Words on Wednesday because I can’t seem to post without saying anything! This time, it is my Maya that has something to say. Check her out in the back seat wearing her Kurgo dog car harness and have a good laugh at what she has to say:

Labrador Maya Kurgo Dog Car Harness Muddy Seat

Labrador Maya in Kurgo Dog Car Harness Spelling Vet

And just so my Pierson isn’t left out, here’s what he has to say about car ride fun:

Pierson Journey Vet Dog Car Harness

Funny, right? Seriously though, check out this important safety message:

Dog Left in Hot Car

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Follow Up Friday #25

Author: MayaAndPierson
January 17, 2014

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Wow, is this the third Friday of the new year already? Time goes by too quickly. Welcome to another edition of the Follow Up Friday blog hop hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog. This is actually the second follow up of the year since we did the pet blogger challenge last week. Rather than cover two weeks of follow up, though, let’s just start with the fun pet blogger challenge.

PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE
Pamela with Something Wagging said, “OMD! You can write a blog post in an hour!Glogirly said something similar, “I’m also very impressed that you can write a blog post in an hour!”

Okay, let me clarify. Yes, it does only take me an hour to actually write a post. But when you add research time into it and the time it takes to not only take photos but to edit them as well, I actually spend a good two hours or more on some posts. Plus, if you add all the time I spend procrastinating…

Also, I want to thank everyone who complimented me and my blog on the pet blogger’s challenge. The feedback you’ve given encourages me to keep on posting. Thanks to the challenge, I’ve also found some new fun pet blogs to follow.  🙂

A LOOK BACK AT 2013
Ann with Pawsitively Pets mentioned how nervous she is about trying new things outside of blogging, such as a radio show or her own video.

I get that way too. In fact, I bought my video camera and software in February 2013, but I didn’t actually get the video done until November. Part of it was because I was trying to learn the software, but part of it was also because I was nervous. I kept procrastinating because I was afraid my idea was stupid and no one would like it. But you know what? The video may not have lived up to my best expectations, but it didn’t come close to meeting my worst fears either. So just jump on in! I promise, it won’t be as bad as you think it will. And you might even realize you really enjoy it.

NEW FOR 2014
A couple of you suggested I could do a guest post about safety on your blog. I’d absolutely love to! Email me at naturebydawn at gmail dot com to give me an idea of what your readers would like and let’s work something out. Yay! 🙂 Thank you for helping me and for spreading the word about safety in the car for our furry loved ones.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY SAFETY MESSAGE
Aimee with Irresistible Pets said, “My Chihuahua Chuy always wants to sit in my lap and whines like crazy when we put him in his seat. I guess I should have started doing that when he was a puppy!”

Good news, Aimee. It’s not too late to modify his behavior. In fact, I wrote an article about this very topic on another blog. Go check it out on Pets Page – Tips to Keep Your Little Dog Off Your Lap.

Roxy in a Pet Car Seat

Roxy the Dachshund loves to ride in the Skybox pet car booster seat from Kurgo.

That’s a wrap! Thank you everyone for stopping by. And thank you again for the compliments and comments left on last week’s pet blogger challenge. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that 2014 continues to get better and better for you. Be sure to check out the other great pet bloggers in the blog hop below.

Dawn with Maya and Pierson

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Follow Up Friday #23

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 20, 2013

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are looking forward to the upcoming holiday. I know I am. We’re heading out to Texas later today. Maya and Pierson are excited about the car ride. They love having their seat belts put on because they know they’re getting to go somewhere fun. The problem is they think we’re going to the park, pet store, or somewhere close by. Their excitement won’t last when they realize it is going to be a long long drive. We will be staying in Oklahoma City overnight at a pet friendly hotel in order to break up the eleven hour drive. So what are you doing this holiday?

I wasn’t initially going to write a Follow Up Friday post this week. But all your wonderful comments on the Meet the Bloggers blog hop inspired me. My packing is done, so why not. Let’s follow up! Thank you to Jodi with Heart Like a Dog for hosting this blog hop.

Last Week’s Follow Up Friday

Donna and the Dogs says, “Great follow up. It WAS fun going on a road trip, [referring to her two day trip to Florida] and surprisingly, Leah and Medi were really well behaved…both in the car..and in the hotels we stopped in going there and back.”

Other than Maya whining for the first 10 to 15 minutes, she and Pierson do really well too.

Hawk with Brown Dog CBR and Linda with 2 Brown Dawgs love Maya’s facial expression. Jodi with Heart Like a Dog says Maya looks sad. She’s actually rather bored. I love how expressive she can be, just like a Lab to put on those sad puppy-eyes. I mean seriously, just look at this pathetically cute face:

My Dog Maya is Sad - No Disneyland

Seat Cover Contest

Congratulations to Jason D! He chose the tan paw print cover for the back seat.

How to Adjust the ClickIt Utility

Roxy the Traveling Dog says, “The hardest part I had with Torrey was all her fur. Once I got it done though, it’s good to go. I gave her a hair cut, I think i better adjust it again. I do love this harness though.

LOL! – one of the many facets of having a dog with long hair. When Pierson’s winter coat fills out, I may need to do a little adjusting too.

Meet the Bloggers

Thank you for all the wonderful comments! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about you too. It’s so nice getting to know you better. I feel like our community is even closer than before. We have a lot more in common than just our fur pals. 🙂

A couple of you mentioned about how busy I must be with being both an artist and a writer, on top of being a blogger. Yes, I am busy. I like to be busy. But there is not enough time in the world to do all the things I want to do. Besides, I’m an artist. I have to be “in the mood” to do certain things. This means the art and writing are often set aside until an inspiration hits me.

I’ve done four pieced of art work this year, which is more than I’ve been doing since I started PetAutoSafety.com in 2006. And my novels were actually written a decade ago. I’ve written since then, but not nearly as often or as much as I used to. I really want to get back into it. I have another great novel I’ve been working on that is about 1/5 complete.

Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews asked if I would eat head cheese. Yes I would. I don’t care what it is made from. I love food almost as much as Maya and Pierson and am willing to try anything at least once. I can’t wait to try some of your Polish food when we stop by on our way back from Texas. 🙂

Well, gotta go! I still have a little packing left to do before we go. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a relaxing Friday, a great weekend, and a joyous holiday.

To see what other pet bloggers are up to, be sure to check them out on the Follow Up Friday blog hop below:

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Follow Up Friday #22

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 13, 2013

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Is it Friday already? Where has the week gone? Well, let’s see by checking out this week’s edition of Follow Up Friday hosted by Jodi from Heart Like a Dog.

LAST FRIDAY

Flea from Dog Treat Web with the delicious Jones Natural Chews said, “I’m so glad the bark control collar works for Pierson! Hoorah!!! He sure does look miserable, but my babies give me the same look.

Isn’t it just the most adorable look? No, I don’t like my dogs to be miserable, but he is miserable from having to wear the antlers for an entire half minute while I took pictures. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by the bark collar except when he wants to bark but has to exercise self-control.

Maya Antlers Sleigh

Maya wasn’t as miserable wearing her antlers, at least not at first. 😉

Linda with 2 Brown Dawgs said, “Hubby and I have spent many a Thanksgiving by ourselves when family has been far away. Those can be fun too.

To be honest, I kind of like the relaxing holidays at home when I don’t have family obligations. But then again, being with family is nice too.

TRAVELING BY CAR WITH OUR DOGS

Ann with My Pawsitively Pets says, “Great tips! I think the tire thing is pretty important… I remember going on a trip as a kid with my parents and we got a flat tire in the middle of no where. After the spare was on, another tire decided to go flat not long after lol.

OMD! A car breaking down on a long road trip is a terrible experience. Sephi and I got stuck in Idaho once on a road trip from Kansas to Oregon. I was not married at the time so it was just me and her. Scary.

Donna and the Dogs said, “I just love that first photo! And I totally understand about wanting to drive so you can have your pups with you. We drove all the way to Florida – a two day drive – just so we could bring two of them along. We would have brought all three if we could have fit them!

Wow! A two day drive? I bet it was interesting seeing different parts of the country. Thanks for the compliment about Maya’s picture. She really is so photogenic, isn’t she? Here is another one of her riding in the car:

Maya Looking Between the Car Seats

The Backseat Bridge and the longer tether on her dog seat belt allows Maya to rest her head comfortably on the center console.

Snoopy with Snoopy’s Dog Blog said, “That’s a lot of organizing, but planning is the best way to ensure it all goes smoothly for all.”

We do it every year so it all goes smoothly now.

Lindsay with That Mutt said, “Great tips! It definitely helps if the pets are used to traveling, and it helps if they don’t get car sick. I have one cat that tends to get car sick, so he doesn’t get to eat breakfast the morning before a trip.

Pierson can handle highway driving pretty well. I didn’t have problems with him getting sick on our trip last year. So I will probably give him a little bit of breakfast before we go.

WIN A SEAT COVER

This contest for one of our paw print seat covers ends on Sunday so if you haven’t entered yet, you better go enter now. Plus, you can get at least three more additional entries by tweeting daily. There are only 176 entries so far so your chances are pretty good.

Paw Print Dog Seat Covers

Thanks for stopping by for Follow Up Friday! 🙂 I hope all of you have a Wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

(This is a very busy month for me, so I may not be blogging as much for the rest of it. But I you will see more of me next year, for sure!)

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Follow Up Friday #21

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 6, 2013

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Welcome to Follow Up Friday where we recap the week… in this case, the past two weeks. I did not participate last week because I was still stuffed from Thursday’s meal. 🙂

This week’s follow up is hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog. Be sure to check out her blog to see what Sampson and Delilah have been up to.

TWO CONTESTS

You may have already heard about the contest in November for the cute dog figurines. Winners have been announced… Kate V, Jodi E, Lindsay, Jenn B, and Theresa S. Congratulations all! If you haven’t already received your prize, you should be receiving it within a day or two.

Now for the December contest giveaway! On December 2nd, I started a contest for a paw print seat cover. If you haven’t already, go check it out and enter the rafflecopter. There are multiple ways to enter, and I’m sure most of you already meet the criteria by liking my Facebook page and following me on Twitter. You can also add additional entries by tweeting daily. There have only been 38 entries so far, so your chances are good. This contest ends on December 15th. I want to make sure the winner can get their cover in time for Christmas.

Paw Print Dog Seat Covers

Speaking of the paw print pet car covers, Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews did a great review for me. I heard she got a new Prius and thought she might like one. Check out the review from Flea.

THE RIGHT PET TRAVEL PRODUCT FOR YOU

Posted on the same day as the seat cover contest was an article about selecting the best way for your dog to travel; not based on what everyone else says is the best, but what works for you, your situation, and your dog. The best dog seat belt on the market may not work for your best friend. Some dogs might prefer riding in a crate. But then again, if you have a big dog you might not be able to fit his large pet crate in your small car. There are a ton of different situations and other options besides harnesses and crates. Be sure to go check out this article.

OUR THANKSGIVING

I haven’t posted about this yet, so I thought I would share it here today. We didn’t travel this holiday. Since my dad and stepmom are 11 hours away, my mom and stepdad are 5 hours away, my husband’s parents are in another country, and since my husband couldn’t get Friday off, we stayed home. Neither of us have any family nearby, but we have some good friends. We had a nice afternoon meal, ate some traditional and also nontraditional food, then took a nap. All-in-all, a wonderful day to be thankful for.

BLACK FRIDAY

I didn’t post about Black Friday on this blog, but I did a little bit on my other blog. On Black Friday, I went to Petco and bought Pierson a bark control collar. I also got him a free pair of reindeer antlers with the purchase. I thought it was a fun trip, but Pierson was not at all pleased:

Dog Pierson Petco Antlers Why

Admit it, dog costumes are for our amusement, not theirs. Does Pierson look amused to you? I know these Petco antlers made me smile. 😀 Poor Pierson. I promise he didn’t suffer long. Just long enough for me to take a photo.

If you want to know more about how the bark control collar worked for Pierson, be sure to visit my American Dog Blog. The short version of this story is it has been peaceful this week.

Thanks for stopping by. And thank you, Jodi for hosting the blog hop! Happy Holidays everyone. 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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November 17, 2013

Funny Dogs Car Talk Adventures

The first episode of Maya and Pierson’s car travel video is finally done! My dogs Maya and Pierson ride in the car while wearing their pet car restraints and have interesting conversations. In this first funny video from Pet Auto Safety, Maya and Pierson talk about why they wear their dog seat belts. I tried to make it a bit humorous so that it isn’t the same old boring lecture. Watch it and tell me what you think.

So, how do you like it? If you enjoyed it, can you do me a favor and give it a thumbs up on YouTube?

Future videos will be less informative and more fun. Hopefully, the next video will not take 7 months to make. If you’d like to know what making this first video entailed, keep reading. It’s a bit dry, so feel free to skip this next part and leave a comment about the video at the end of the post. You can also leave a comment about the video on YouTube. Thanks everyone! 🙂

SEVEN MONTHS IN THE MAKING

I purchased a nice camcorder and video editing software at the end of March 2013. My camera is the JVC Evirio and the video editing software is the Movie Edit Pro 2013 from Magix. I started using the camcorder right away, but when I first downloaded the software I was greatly intimidated. How on earth would I figure this program out without someone to teach me? I don’t know about you, but reading the instruction manual did not appeal to me one little bit.

So I procrastinated on learning the video editing software. I wasn’t completely putting off this project, though. I started brainstorming video ideas, writing scripts, and trying to figure out how I was going to get a male Australian accent for Pierson.

Once I finally had these things ready, I started playing with the video editing software. I learned by playing with it, and only referred to the manual when there was something specific I really wanted to do but couldn’t figure out how. The first two videos I made with this software are of me drawing the dog Mos and of my dog Maya playing in a public pool.

The next snag in making the Pet Auto Safety video was how to mount the camera in the car. After trying various methods, I finally found a decent car camera mount. The video was now underway. Maya and Pierson wore their pet car restraints and cooperated very well as I drove around town with the video camera set to record. Now that I think I have a pretty good idea of what I’m doing, I believe Episode 2 will take a lot less time to make. Perhaps I can have it ready in January or February. I’d say sooner, except the holidays may hold me back.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my video! 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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November 14, 2013

After months of planning (and with trying to figure out how to use video editing software) our first new funny dogs video is finally here. This video stars the cutest dogs EVER, Maya & Pierson. Join them on their adventures in the car as they talk about various things. Sometimes the topic is educational information about pet travel safety and sometimes it is just fun funny stuff. Here is a very short preview video showing you what you can expect.

Please share and give our funny dogs video a thumbs up on YouTube.

The first full length video of episode 1 will be coming very very soon, possibly this weekend.

Thanks and enjoy! 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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November 6, 2013

For the past several months, Maya, Pierson, and I have been working really hard on a fun new dog car adventure video. And we’re almost done! Here are some images from the upcoming video:

Dogs Seat Belt Car Video Clip

Maya & Pierson give some tips about pet travel safety. Both say to wear a dog seat belt. Another tip from Pierson to Maya, “Don’t lick the driver!”

Video Scene Pierson Dog Seat Belt

Pierson tells us why he wears a dog seat belt in the car even though he stays in his seat and doesn’t distract the driver.

Maya Dog Seat Belt Video Clip

Maya says it is important for dogs to keep their head and paws inside the car at all times.

These and other cute cartoons are in the video too:

Dog Distraction Clicking Cartoon

Like cell phones, dogs can be a dangerous distraction in the car.

Dog Distraction Driving Cartoon

Don’t allow your dog to sit in your lap when you drive!

Stop by our blog again soon to see a video preview and the finished video of Episode 1!

For more great photos from pet lovers across the web, check out the Wordless Wednesday blog hop below:

 

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Follow Up Friday #15

Author: MayaAndPierson
October 11, 2013

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Welcome to Follow Up Friday where we recap the past week events. Before we get started, I want to say thanks to Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and JoAnn with Sand Spring Chesapeakes for hosting this blog hop! 🙂

Last Friday

Lindsay with That Mutt asked, “Are there seat belts designed specifically for dogs under 10 pounds? Or are those dogs, like cats, better off riding in crates?

This is an excellent question! Although the Center for Pet Safety has not yet conducted a study of pet travel crates, I am confident of the testing completed by Sleepypod. Before Sleepypod designed their top rated ClickIt Utility pet seat belt, they designed and crash tested the best pet travel carriers I have ever seen. Check out this crash test video of the Sleepypod carrier:

When Sleepypod began designing dog car harnesses they found smaller pets were better protected in their carriers. So to answer your question more directly, yes, smaller pets are better off riding in crates; specifically, in pet travel carriers that are preferably soft-sided and are secured in the car.

Sleepypod Pet Travel Carrier Blue

These pet travel carriers from Sleepypod are perfect for cats and small dogs.

Contest

There are lots of comments on this post for obvious reasons. If you haven’t entered to win the new ClickIt Utility yet, please do. The contest is open until the end of October and you can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway.

I noticed a lot of commenters on this post gave the weight of their dog rather than the measurement. It is very important that you measure your dog. Some of the weights people indicated for their dogs sound like these dogs are too small to fit the smallest ClickIt. You’d think the extra-small size is for toy dogs but it’s not. It is for larger small dogs. To fit the extra-small, your dog should have a combined measurement of 31 to 36 inches. Another measurement to consider for small dogs is the size of the vest. The vest piece of the extra-small is 9″ long. The narrowest part of the vest is 3.5 inches wide. This means the vest might be too bulky for smaller dogs.

One question came up in the contest, Janet K asked if we have the orange ClickIt Utility dog car harnesses. Yes, but all sizes except the orange are out of stock. Lots of these are out of stock and we only have a few left. More will not be available until mid-November.

X-Small ClickIt Utility Pet Seat Belt

The Orange ClickIt Utility pet seat belt. Notice this large Dachshund is wearing the extra small size.

Wordless Wednesday

Sugar the Golden Retriever said, “FUN Event. We missed Dogtoberseft last weekend due to the rain. LOVE Roxy’s costume. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Our weather was fantastic, for the most part. It was a little chilly in the morning, but it wasn’t as cold as it was last year. And it warmed up nicely. Maya and I really had a great time.

In regards to Roxy’s costume, it really is cute, isn’t it? Roxy’s mom and aunt, Bridget and Rhonda, make dog clothes. They make other dog stuff too. In fact, they also made the cooling dog collars from our site.

Roxy the Dachshund Mix 1 Dogtoberfest 2013

Roxy the Dachshund mix sports an adorable Kansas City Chief’s dress at the Dogtoberfest.

Cooling Dog Collar - Pink

The women who made Roxy’s dress also made these cool cooling collars.

The cooling dog collars have ice packs in them so that your dog can be cool and cool-looking. Click Maya’s picture to see these on our website. We have a few medium and large ones left. No more will be ordered until next spring.

Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews says, “Omigoodness! This looks like so much fun! I love the Border Collie! And the Mastiffs! *SQUEEEE*

I saw a lot of other breeds and cool breed mixes at the Dogtoberfest. But I was too busy to get a bunch of photos. That’s a good thing, of course. BTW Flea, I bet those dogs would have really loved a shank bone or other treat from Jones Natural Chews.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for joining us for Follow Up Friday. And thanks again to Jodi and JoAnne. Don’t forget to enter the contest for the ClickIt Utility pet seat belt. Good luck and have a great weekend! 🙂

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September 17, 2013

Even though I don’t have much of an opportunity to travel with my dogs, we go places together all the time. Traveling is a great way to bond and to get out of the house for some adventure. It is also helpful in making sure Maya and Pierson enjoy car rides. Because if the only time your dog rides in the car is when he is going to the vet, he is not going to like riding in the car much.

Maya Vet Caption

Actually, Maya loves the vet. She’s weird.

Visiting places around town is also a great way to help socialize your dog. While Pierson still has dog aggression issues, his ventures away from home have really helped lessen his reactions. He is more comfortable going to new places now that it is part of his regular routine. So if you enjoy spending time with your dogs as much as I enjoy spending time with mine, here are some great places you can go that are just around town.

Drive-Through
I never take my dogs with me if I have to leave them in the car. But there are places I can go where I don’t have to worry about leaving them unattended. Let’s say I am craving ice cream. Well, Maya & Pierson, let’s go to Sonic! I can get ice cream for me and a free ice cream doggie dish for them. If you don’t have a Sonic, there’s always Dairy Queen, Sheridan’s, Andy’s, and other such places. Not all of them have a free sample for the dogs but it wouldn’t hurt to ask. If you don’t care for ice cream, go to another fast food drive-through for a hamburger and fries. Share a fry or two with your dogs. Just a little bit, though. You want to make sure your dog doesn’t get too fat for his dog car harness or pet travel carrier!

My Dog Pierson Eating Sonic Ice Cream

Pierson enjoys a free dog dish from Sonic!

Sometimes I will take my dogs to the bank too. Lots of banking transactions are online, but there are still plenty of times when I need to go to the bank. Most times when we use the teller drive-through, they give Maya & Pierson a dog biscuit!

If you have prescriptions you need to pick up, why not take your dogs and use the prescription drive-through? Or the drive-through dry cleaners. Can you think of any other errands around town that have a drive-through service?

Parks
My dogs’ most favorite places to visit around town are the parks. There’s not just an abundance of city parks but there are also some great nearby county and state parks. Maya loves Shawnee Mission Park which is a park in Johnson County, about a 45 minute drive from here. We don’t go there often because Clinton State Park is closer and nearly as nice.

Shawnee Mission Park

Shawnee Mission Park

Maya and Pierson at Clinton Lake

Maya and Pierson at Clinton Lake

Off-Leash Dog Parks
If your dog gets along well with other dogs, take him to a dog park. If he doesn’t have a good recall, make sure it is a fenced dog park. There is a nice dog park that Maya goes to near Clinton Lake. It isn’t fenced, but Maya is good about coming when called. She loves this particular dog park because but there is also a nearby stream for her to swim in.

Maya at Clinton Lake in Lawrence, KS

Maya really likes the stream at the dog park in Lawrence, Kansas. (Part of Clinton Lake)

Hiking Trails
A lot of parks have nice walking or hiking trails. Hiking is a fun on-leash activity that Pierson really loves. There are so many scents and sights to check out. He recently went to the Rotary Arboretum here in Lawrence and had a great time. Except for the lady who had two small dogs running around off-leash, it was a great experience for him. For the most part, he didn’t react to seeing other dogs around. (But I did have to pick him up away from the small dogs so that he wouldn’t hurt them.)

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This is another hiking trail in Lawrence. We are on a group walk organized just for helping to train leash reactive dogs.

Pet Store
Feel a need to spoil your dog? Let’s go to the pet store and buy a new toy! When Maya and Pierson get low on food, I take Maya with me for a trip to the pet store. Sometimes I take Pierson, but I have to be careful with him because he doesn’t like other dogs. Both love the pet store. Even though I go to get food, most times I end up getting a dog toy too. The main pet stores here in Lawrence where I take my dogs are Petco and Pawsh Wash. The people at Pawsh Wash are awesome and know Maya and Pierson on sight. Sometimes they recognize me too. 😉

Dogs at Pawsh Wash Lawrence

Maya plays with Hercules and Bean at Pawsh Wash.

Pet Events
Your local humane society most likely participates in a number of events for dogs all throughout the year. Perhaps they have a gathering for adoptions or microchipping. Whatever the main theme, you will also probably find food and drinks for you and treats for the dogs. There may even be some fun dog activities going on. Check out my previous post on the three upcoming pet events that Maya gets to go to this fall. One of them will have a dog park like setting for her to run around and socialize in. The other one has lots of fun activities like dog agility and disc dogs. I bet your community has several pet events a year too.

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This is a photo I took to show how crowded it was at Dogtoberfest 2012 despite the chilly weather. The Greyhound Rescue was right next to us.

Don’t be bored at home. Enjoy life and enjoy it more with your dog. You won’t regret it!

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