Category Archives: Dogtography
The year is almost over.
Are you, like me, thinking about how you and your pet can live a healthier lifestyle?
If jogging is on your agenda, then you might want to check out the EzyDog Zero Shock Leash.
The EzyDog company is known for making quality products for active dogs. I’ve never owned any EzyDog items before and was excited at the opportunity to test out this leash. In fact, getting it has given me more motivation to get back into jogging.
After using the Zero Shock on Luke the golden retriever for several weeks now, I’ve rather fallen in love with it.
Here are four reasons I like this leash so much.
1. Comfort. If you have ever received a rope burn from a nylon leash, you will love the thought that went into this one. When you slip your wrist inside the loop handle of the Zero Shock Leash, you won’t end up gripping the nylon. Your grip soft neoprene.
2. Deliberate design. The Zero Shock Leash may be the weirdest looking leashes I have ever used. It’s part normal, and part stretchy. That’s because it is designed to do exactly what you expect – absorb the tug on the collar that your dog may feel as your arms move up and down while running. The only downside of this design is that it’s not a great option for dogs who pull. The leash absorbs so much shock that they can barely tell when you are tugging to correct them.
3. Safety handle. My favorite part of this leash is the second handle right by the collar attachment. The so-called “traffic control handle” provides close control. You slip your hand through the loop, just like at the top of the leash, except from here, you can manage your dog better in the event that another animal or person approaches too closely.
4. There’s a place to attach your Beer Paws bottle opener! Officially, I’m sure that EzyDog expects people to attach poop bags or other pet necessities on the accessory d-ring located just under the top handle. But the first thing I thought to attach was, of course, my company’s bottle openers for leashes.
What kind of leash do you use? Tell us about it in the comments!
Disclaimer: I received a free leash from EzyDog in exchange for my honest review.
Could there ever be too many pictures of Scooby the elderpin?
I think not. And I hope you agree.
In this week’s roundup of highlights from his 2013 adventures in modeling, I failed to include our most recent photo session.
Last Sunday, Scooby and I participated in Mosh Pit Kansas City‘s Posing for Pits Fundraiser. Local photo company Kansas City Flashback was taking holiday pet portraits, with 100% of proceeds benefiting pit bull rescue.
We got a few fun shots of Scooby alone, and some with his sweetheart (aka me).
You can check out the whole album on Facebook!
Do you want to help homeless pets this year?
There are many ways to do it. One is really easy. All you have to do is click Like.
Throughout the month of December, I have been rallying fans to help my Beer Paws business page reach 1,000 Likes.
If we can do that by December 31, Beer Paws will donate $100 to our featured shelter of the month, KC Pet Project.
KC Pet Project is the non-profit animal shelter that serves Kansas City, Missouri. Thousands of animals pass through this program every year, and following many years as a high-kill shelter, KCPP achieved no-kill status this year.
Establishing more foster parents for pets has been one key to the program’s improvement. I’m happy to say that a dog was pulled into foster under my name just a few weeks ago – and adopted soon after.
Another key element of KCPP’s success has been the establishment of play yards, where dogs get more exercise and socialization. Earlier in the month, the shelter had to raise $40,000 to improve the play yards to be in line with state standards.
Although that particular fiscal goal was met, there is always a need for donations to the shelter.
The $100 Beer Paws will donate, in addition to a percentage of all online sales for the month of December, will help feed and keep warm some dogs and cats this holiday season while they await their forever families.
By participating in my Like campaign, you can help this all happen.
As of this writing, the Beer Paws fan page has 771 Likes. That’s not bad, but time is running out.
We have 13 days to get 229 Likes. Will you help us get there?
To sweeten the deal, I’m offering a giveaway, open only to people who like Beer Paws on Facebook, and something else cool just got added to the pot.
So the winner of this giveaway will receive a bunch of Beer Paws swag and a Katty De Lux calendar.
Check out the Rafflecopter widget below. The first thing it will prompt you to do is Like Beer Paws!
Scooby the elderpin has been a busy dog model this year.
Lots of our photographer friends, old and new, have caught his cuteness on camera.
Consequently, I have a desire to hang his handsome mug on the wall.
Part of my holdup is the difficulty of deciding which images to have printed for framing or made into photo canvases.
Maybe you can help me choose. Here are a few of my favorite 2013 Scooby portraits.
Because I like wall decor that is super easy to hang, chances are strong that I’ll end up ordering some photo canvases of Scooby.
You can enter to win one of your pet in the Easy Canvas Prints holiday giveaway. Check out this blog post for details.
Disclosure: I received compensation from Easy Canvas Prints in exchange for spreading the word about this giveaway.
Every year around this time, a certain old guy puts on his red suit at least once.
elderpin elferpin emerged in all his white-faced glory for the first time last weekend.
He got all dressed up in his Santa suit – and other outfits – for a photo session with our mustachioed friend Jacob Meyer of New Friends Photography & Design.
These are just a few of our favorite photos from the session. Which one do you like best?
You can view the whole photo collection on the Beer Paws Facebook page.
Even though it was a Monday, Zach and I hit the town last night to try a new restaurant.
Dinner at Chuy’s, a diner that serves authentic Tex Mex cuisine, was awesome.
There was even one margarita involved.
But round about the time our delicious Tres Leches dessert showed up, a photo message flashed onto my phone and my heart sank.
Along with the photo came these terrifying words:
“I have your doggie! Found him in the road.”
The message, thank goodness, came from a neighbor who knew Scooby when she saw him.
Apparently, on her way home last night, she encountered my elderpin-in-a-sweater hobbling across the often busy street just to the south of our house.
Luckily, at that time, there was no traffic. And my neighbor says she parked her car in such a way that would have blocked any other vehicles while she was catching him.
From her description, it sounds like Scooby was moving in the direction we had driven. But I don’t think he knew that. I think he was just walking toward the brightest light, a streetlight on the corner. Since his vision is failing, that’s what he tends to do now in all situations.
My neighbor found our back gate open and Luke still safe and warm in the house. Because the house was locked, she took Scooby home with her until we could come get him. Thank the universe she was there!
How did this happen?
The explanation of how my ancient miniature pinscher escaped the house on an extremely cold night is a combination of having an electronic doggy door and a faulty gate latch.
Sometime shortly after we left, Scooby must have used the doggy door to go outside and pawed the back gate.
For the past few days, that gate has been acting weird. However, the problem had been quite the opposite – it was jamming closed.
When we left for Chuy’s, I remember pulling it shut gently in the hopes of not getting locked out. I thought it had latched, but clearly it hadn’t. The gate is being fixed today.
Scooby will also be getting a new ID tag today. After years of not wearing a collar, he only recently started again, and he doesn’t have a current tag. Again – I am so fortunate his finder last night already knew him.
Yes, I feel like a terrible dog mom right now.
But I am so relieved the outcome of the elderpin’s escape wasn’t worse.
In fact, for the rest of last night, he seemed to be in quite high spirits – as if he were proud of himself for going on a 1-block adventure all by himself. I told him next time, he should at least put on his warm Santa suit.
Has your dog ever escaped? Share your story in the comments!
If you are in the Kansas City area, please also enter this giveaway for a chance to eat dinner where Zach and I did last night. I’ll tell you more about that experience tomorrow.
Chuy’s originally started in 1982 in Austin, Texas. Through their eclectic restaurants and delicious Tex-Mex food their popularity has grown and Chuy’s recently opened their doors to a new Kansas City location on the Plaza. Good food is their #1 priority, and you can taste it with their hand rolled tortillas and freshly made salsa. Chuy’s offers several signature dishes such as the “Chuychanga”, their Chile Rellenos as well as signature sauces ranging in spiciness from mild to hot! (yes they added an exclamation point!). You can follow along with all the Chuy’s Kansas City fun on their Facebook page.
Chuy’s is wanting to help spread the word of their new Kansas City location by offering 5 readers the chance to win a “Dinner for Two” gift card valued at $30 which includes an appetizer, two entrees, a dessert and non-alcoholic drinks for two! Several local bloggers have teamed up to bring you this fantastic giveaway.
This giveaway will run from December 10 through December 16. Please enter if you live around the Kansas City area and are able to visit, or if you have family or friends you could gift the prize to. Good luck!
Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winner(s) will be verified, emailed and have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
All kinds of dogs end up in animal shelters.
Black dogs, white dogs, purebred dogs, mutts.
Some types of dogs seem to wind up homeless a little more than others. This is why talk in the rescue community is often focused on pit bulls.
But did you know there’s a Chihuahua problem, too?
The world’s smallest dogs also crowd the shelters on both coasts, according a recent article in the New York Post.
A lot of Chihuahuas also seem to pass through the shelters here in the Midwest, where I live.
As the devoted servant of a very small dog who is often mistaken for a Chihuahua, I appreciate their plight.
Very small dogs take special care. They get cold. They get scared. They can get annoyed people’s propensity to want to pick them up all the time.
But due to their size, and consequent ability to go just about anywhere with you, I think the closest dog-human relationship possible is with a tiny dog. At least, that has been the case for me.
So, if that sounds good to you, go out and adopt a Chihuahua today. (Especially in this case, I urge you to adopt not shop.)
Here are three Chihuahuas I would really like to see adopted soon. Click on their names for more information.
Are you a Chihuahua person? Share your favorite Chihuahua story in the comments!
One of the best-behaved dogs I know used to be wild.
Dulcinea is a mutt.
Her mom Adriene Norton guesses she might be a part doberman, part corgi and part lab.
Adopted in 2012, Dulcinea was at one time living on the streets, totally feral.
Now, she’s working toward a career in Hollywood.
Dulcinea knows all kinds of things. She sits, stays, lies down, fetches and climbs on things on command. She’s so eager to please that she’s a perfect candidate for posed photo shoots, including the session she did recently for my company Beer Paws.
All photos in that shoot were taken by Jessica Corsi of JeMoCo Photography. You can view the whole collection on the Beer Paws Facebook page.
You can check out more photos of Dulcinea being cute in her photo portfolio on Facebook.
Says her mom: “I’m just building her portfolio for when we move to LA. She is training to be a print photo model and eventually be in movies!”
I guess I’m a sucker for marketing.
The Trader Joe’s seasonal dog biscuit offering got me again. I picked up this box of turkey and cranberry dog treats a couple weeks ago.
There is no pit bull on the box this time, but there are a lot of other dogs.
My favorite part of the Thanksgiving-themed packaging is the clever way it incorporates the actual size of the turkey leg-shaped biscuits into the image.
Once again, if wheat and soy are an issue for your dogs, Trader Joe’s biscuits may not be the way to treat your dog this holiday.
However, the overall ingredient list is short. Turkey comes first, and the hardest thing on the list to pronounce is the natural preservative – mixed tocopherols.
I have no problem feeding these to Luke, who loves them.
Also, these festive biscuits are a much safer alternative for pets than many of the food likely to fill your table tomorrow if you are celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.
Here’s an infographic originally shared by Dogster that will help you remember what table scraps to your dog can and cannot have this holiday season.
My pack and I will be enjoying family time, right here in Kansas City, at my mom’s house. If you are celebrating, what’s your plan?
You can come meet me at the following events this weekend:
It was only a matter of time before we made it official.
Over the past few months, I have been working closely with my friend Chris Sailors, owner of Kennel Creek Pet Resort, to find new families for several dogs.
In addition to working directly with some dogs, we have also networked (with your help!) other animals on behalf of individuals and other rescue organizations.
At some point, Chris and I decided we were spending so much time figuring out which dogs we could help, how to help them and how to promote the efforts of others in animal rescue that our project ought to have its own name!
That’s how the Wayward Dog Foundation was born.
The Wayward Dog Foundation is a non-profit organization based in the state of Kansas. It exists to connect pets and people through adoption and to support the efforts of other animal welfare organizations.
In order for our Foundation to be a success, we will also need help from people in the Kansas City community and beyond.
I have consistently been amazed at the encouragement and support my blog readers have demonstrated for any project on which I have embarked. I hope that you will find this endeavor worthy of the same.
Right now, I just ask you to help me spread the word about the Wayward Dog Foundation and also share the stories of the people and pets we seek to help, as I share them with you.
Our website is not finished just yet, but you can like Wayward Dog Foundation on Facebook!
If you are located in the Kansas City area, you are also invited to attend the Foundation’s very first event.
Beer Paws and Kennel Creek are holding a “revenge party” for Kansas City Chiefs fans next Sunday. You can help us root for our hometown team, enjoy free halftime snacks and enter a raffle benefiting the Wayward Dog Foundation. Admission is free.