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Do you ever find yourself casually browsing online, only to suddenly be deep down the rabbit hole of cool stuff you suddenly need in your life? For Lucy and I, this seems to be just another day at the office. It happens more often than we’d like, and our wish lists are varied and run long. One of the places we tend to end up is Society 6. Thinking of a gift for your dog-obsessed friend? They’ve got it. Need a new tote that identifies you as a fan of corgis? Yeah, they have that too. Maybe a certain co-founder we know is hit the big 3-0 yesterday (oh, hello Lucy!).

Whatever your reason (do you even need one?) to dive deep into the world of adorable dog-centric things, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the awesome artists at Society 6, and can almost guarantee you’ll find a style that suits you.

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Behaviour, Training

With July 4th right around the corner, many of us are gearing up for a weekend of outdoor fun topped off with a good show of fireworks.

Unfortunately, others are anxiously preparing for their least favorite day of the year: when the sounds of fireworks send dogs of all shapes and sizes cowering into corners and bathrooms across the U.S. I count ourselves lucky that Topher seems to have no negative reaction to fireworks or thunder, having seen first hand the kind of deep anxiety these noises elicit in other dogs.

Here are a few things you can do to help ease noise anxiety in dogs, especially around the holidays that involve fireworks.

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Food, Recipes

Here at the Bennett house we tend a little backyard garden during the spring and summer months. While we make good use of most of what we grow, we are only two people. So by June of every year, without fail, the herbs we’ve planted have typically grown into giant bush monsters. I’m not sure what it is about our backyard that makes it perfect for parsley…but y’all we have enough parsley to feed an army.

This year, I’m enlisting Topher’s help in eating and using more of what we grow. Since most of the herbs we grow are safe for dogs to eat, I decided to make him a green smoothie dog friendly popsicle to keep him cool while we play outside. The mix of mint, parsley, and basil is great for freshening breath, which is a nice bonus! This recipe is also easily scaled up to make lots of treats, if your yard is as flush with fresh herbs as ours.

If you think a dog friendly popsicle will make too much of a mess…you’re probably right. This is not an indoor treat by any means. However, this blended mix of herbs is also a great starter for baked, homemade greenies, another breath freshening option that won’t ruin your carpet! Read More

Adoption Stories

The team at Good Dogs & Co. believes in thoughtful consideration before you begin any kind of plans to get a dog (Why You Shouldn’t Get a Dog (Yet), Pre-Puppy Planning, and Advice for Future Dog Owners). Bringing a dog into your home is a long-term commitment that spans the lifetime of the dog (10–15+ years!) and requires a lot of money, time, and effort. The very thought of rehoming or surrendering your dog is heart wrenching, but sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that can blow even the best laid plans out of the water.

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Health

Let us all collectively sigh at what is arguably the most tedious chore of any dog owner: ensuring your dog’s oral health is in good standing. While regular oral care isn’t that big of a chore, it often gets forgotten until your pup gives you a big sloppy kiss, and you get a whiff of his breath. Yikes! How did that happen?

Well, there are three ways to look after your dog’s teeth and oral health, so let’s get strategizing so your pup can have pearly whites and fresh breath.

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& Co

Guess what happened after I did I roundup of inspiring dog photography? I went and found even more. These dog photography projects and series aren’t afraid to get serious, or seriously silly.

Timeout, by Ty Foster

The dreaded cone of shame. It’s an iconic piece within the saga of dog ownership, usually signaling the end of a hardship and the beginning of the healing process. Or maybe not so much, for dogs. In this series, Ty captures our pets’ true feelings about the dreaded cone, and all the awkwardness that goes along with it.

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Interactions

Have you ever encountered this scenario? You’re out and about, perhaps walking your own dog, or simply exploring and enjoying your neighborhood. Then out of the corner of your eye you catch it: a dog running loose. A wandering dog—whether stray, lost, or recently escaped—faces many dangers: vehicle traffic, the potential for injuries and illnesses, or even predatory animals. Life on the streets is no life for dogs or cats, but catching a stray dog can be very tricky.

Here are some tips so, the next time you encounter a wandering pup in your area, you can learn how to catch a stray dog. With some luck and a little preparation, you might even turn a dog’s entire life around. Read More

Interactions, Rescue Spotlights

A missing dog is terrible ordeal for any owner—an experience no one wants to go through if they can help it. Unfortunately, sometimes pets go missing even with all we do to prevent it. When you come across a dog that may not be a stray, but someone’s lost pet, it’s critical to do everything within our power to reunite the pet with their owner. Of dogs lost, 49% of owners were reunited with their pets by searching in their neighborhood, with 15% of the dogs being recovered because they were wearing some form of ID or had been microchipped. Only 6% of dog owners with lost animals were reunited with their dogs at a shelter.

Do you know what to do when you find a lost dog, to give it the best chance of being reunited with its owner?  Read More

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