Collar Safety Awareness Week

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It’s sobering to think of all the things that could go wrong, especially when you think you are doing the right thing. That’s why it’s important that I share with you some information I was given on PetSafe’s Collar Safety Awareness Week (which is this week, October 18-24).


We’ve been lucky that as many times as Shadow and Rowdy play with each other or get in “trouble” out in the backyard that their collars haven’t resulted in a horrible accident.

Tenney Mudge was not so lucky when her dog, Chinook, got strangled due to a stick slipping through the collar that then got twisted. Even though her strory has a sad ending, Mudge turned her tragedy into the design of the PetSafe® KeepSafe® Break-Away Collar, with hopes to prevent entanglement and strangulation.

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According to PetSafe, the KeepSafe Break-Away Collar features a patented break-away safety buckle that releases when pressure is applied or it gets caught on something, allowing it to fall off harmlessly and reduce the risk of strangulation or injury to the pet. The KeepSafe collar also has a metal D-ring on each side of the breakaway buckle, which can be used to attach ID tags and can also be clipped together with a leash so pet parents can safely walk their dogs using the collar. (Information provided by


Our dogs, Shadow (who wears a large) and Rowdy (who wears a medium) started wearing the collars last week, just in time for Collar Safety Awareness Week, and as a precaution while headed to the doggy day care while we were away. We felt this was a good opportunity to try out the features because of the car ride (they bounce all over the back seat and often get in each others’ way), the crate time, and the leashes. Greg noticed that they disconnect easily when tugged on (but stay together for normal day-to-day use) – this is exactly what they were designed to do. His only concern with the collars was for dogs who don’t love taking walks and pull against a leash, however, Mudge and her engineering team were smart about this and created the collar with the D-rings for safety while walking.

You can find out more about the collar via this YouTube video or the infographic, below. My hope is that this information will help spread the word to fellow pet owners, especially those of you like us with two or more dogs who love to jump and play.

source: PetSafe
source: PetSafe

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Connecting with Animals

Disclaimer: This post contains information on a book and cd that I was sent to review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Sometimes I wish I could get inside my dogs’ brains and figure out what in the world they are thinking. There are the obvious signs of what’s what, like the slight head butt to the couch signalling “get me outside now” and the nose to knee rub to welcome me home. But, I have to admit, I think they both understand more about the family and me than we’ll ever realize.

Recently I was sent a copy of Joan Ranquet‘s Communication with All Life book. Within, Joan (an internationally renowned animal communicator) writes about how we are actually exchanging with our animals on a daily basis. They help us get through “the things” (such as death, sickness, and bad days) and share in our joys, too.


At first, I was a bit skeptical about even opening the book (after I agreed to the review). I don’t want to come off as “the crazy dog lady”, but decided to give this a chance. And what happened was that I used the contents to let the book tell me where to go versus starting from the beginning.

I landed on page 122, a page in the chapter about setting the tone. Ranquet talks about belief on these pages – how do we “set the tone” when we’re given an expiration date or decide to adopt a rescue. I held back tears as I thought about what would have happened if we just believed the doctors when they said Wendy only had months to live and we got almost two more years (and a full remission included) with her. Those months would have been dreadful and misterable, instead, we lived, laughed, and loved out loud. It’s the same with a dog. When we took Shadow in, several people expressed concern about her shy behavior (and the fact that she’s likely part pit bull) with our kids. Almost two years later, this beautiful dog is loyal, loving, and probably more attached to our kids than we are (no lie – she paced the house looking for them when they were on vacation). If we believe what we are told from the get go and set the tone that the worst is going to happen, it might. Instead, if we set the tone to be positive, we just might get more love than we expected.

Call me a crazy dog lady, it’s okay. I really do think that my dogs and I (Greg, and the kids too) have connected, and that we communicate. We don’t necessarily need to read Joan Ranquet’s book to understand that, but it’s worth being reminded of it from time to time.


If you’re interested in learning more about Communication with All Life and the companion meditation CD, visit this page for more information.

Stay at Home Family: The Pets

I really don’t know how traditional families with dogs do it. The past two days, I’ve felt so guilty leaving our dogs home alone while off to work I went. Coming home to them was a treat, they jumped and ran much more than I’ve ever seen them do.

Here’s the thing.  I don’t do pets. Don’t get me wrong, I like animals enough to have had a pet pretty much as long as I’ve lived (ah, fodder for another post!). As an adult, however, I get why my mom and dad really thought the pet thing through. Traveling is a pain, tack on a good $300 when you do because the kennels are not cheap (any good dog sitters out there?!?). Working full-time means leaving them home alone to get into trouble (like eating plastic toys…). It’s not easy.

And beyond the stress of leaving the dogs, there’s the whole they need fed and let out. I get it, it’s just so much easier to remember to do those things with a kid than a dog.

Lucky me, I have a great husband who loves animals and is quite attentive to them when he’s home. Being a stay at home dad, he has plenty of opportunity to love on them and be at their beck and call. I just can’t do it, and am so glad he can.

No wonder they’ve been circling at night looking for him!

Everyone? Meet Shadow!

This is our new “dog”ther, Shadow. She’s a bit shy, so you have to pardon the snaps we’ve been able to take of her. Shadow comes to us from one of my work friends who found her as a stray last year. She is about a year and a half old and part boxer (we’re not sure exactly what her other half is).

Shadow came to us at a good time–Rowdy’s been a bit lonely, and now the two of them wear each other out to the point they spend the nights snoring away. Her sweetness combined with her love of Mama have won us over, and we’re glad to make her part of our family.