The Tea Thief



On cold days I enjoy a nice cup of tea with a teaspoon of honey. Its the perfect way to start the day. But the other day when I finished my cup of tea, the cup and the tea bag went missing!

I was washing dishes two days ago and went into the living room to grab my empty cup. I always leave my cup on the same table next to the couch. So, it was unusual to see it wasn’t there. I was thinking maybe I left it somewhere else. There was no sight of it when I walked around the house looking for it. I was starting to get frustrated.

I knew Princess and Oliver wouldn’t touch it. They never mess with cups of tea or coffee that is left around. All of a sudden I saw Daisy from the corner of my eye sitting on the couch. Her cute face looking all innocent and sweet. I walked over to the couch and didn’t see anything at first but then I looked closer. Daisy somehow got the cup off the table and hid it under the blanket that is on the couch. That little monkey decided the tea bag was hers to eat. Luckily, I found it before she ate it but she sure made a mess tearing it up!

For now on I have to always remember to take my empty tea cups into the kitchen where Daisy can’t get them. She always keeps me on my toes but I love her so much!

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Dog Separation Anxiety – Cure It Before It Gets Worse!






Dog separation anxiety is the dog behavior problem where a dog shows signs of stress and panic. A dog expresses a unique behavioral change whenever he senses a separation from his dear owner. Dog separation anxiety is generally referred to a situation where a dog gets excited and starts behaving in a different demeanor every time their owner leaves or comes back home. A dog usually expresses his anxiety and sadness whenever he senses a separation from his owner. This situation can easily disturb the dog’s mental health and can cause health ailments. As a dog owner you should be careful and take all theprecautionary measures and research cures to help with your dog’s anxiety before it worsens.


Dog separation anxiety is usually a case with dogs who are over attached or bonded with their owners. The owners of these dogs also complain that their dogs start crying, whining and barking for no reason. Some of the owners also complained that their dogs unnecessarily bark and jump on to their visitors and act rudely most of the time. Therefore, if you love your dog you must try and find methods to get rid of these problems as soon as possible. Here are some ideas to help your dog if he/she suffers from separation anxiety.


  • Exercise: One of the most popular cures for dogs with separation anxiety is exercise. As an owner you should try and make your dog work out and do things like walking, running and playing. Why exercise? Because it tires your dog out and then it will be more calm and relaxed when you start working on its separation anxiety problems. Exercise is key to help dogs live a stable life.


  • Leave the dog alone each day for a few hours (you can start with ten minutes and then build it up each day). It all depends on your dog to determine how fast you can move from ten minutes to an hour. But remember don’t rush it. When you come back, praise your dog after he calms down. This will help your dog learn to be calm when you come in and won’t make him panic too much when you leave.


  • Crate training: One of the top ways of fixing dog separation anxiety is crate training. A lot of dogs don’t like crates but you can train him to enjoy his own space. It also can be helpful to avoid your house being torn apart while your away. If your dog is wary of the crate at first, use some food to bribe him. After the dog enters the crate, start working on leaving him in there for a few minutes each day. Then raise it up to a few hours. Remember to leave his favorite toys in there with him. Soon, he will learn to be calm in a crate and it can help with lowering your dog’s separation anxiety. But remember don’t get over excited when you take him out of the crate, stay calm and focus on helping your dog.


There are many other efficient ways (apart from the ones mentioned above) that can help to cure your dog’s separation anxiety. It will take time and patience. But in the long run your dog will be a happier and healthier dog.


Celebrating ten years

celebrating_ten_years_princess_lifetimewithdogsToday my mother and I threw a little celebration for Princess who joined our family ten years ago. She is the best thing that ever happened to me and I can’t imagine my life without her.

I remember seeing Princess on Petfinder in 2010 with her big eyes. That is all you saw in her photo and that is what caught my attention. I was interested in adopting her. Luckily my mom felt the same way.

How did we celebrate such a special day? Well I baked a dog cake. It was a pumpkin, peanut butter and bacon cake. Oh, I can’t forget the non-fat cream cheese frosting! It is my first dog cake I ever baked and it turned out better than I thought it would. The most important thing is Princess, Oliver and Daisy enjoyed it.

They say there is always that one dog that leaves more paw prints on your heart than any other. For me, that is Princess. She is my best friend, my sidekick, my therapist and my world. Happy ten years Princess and I am ready to celebrate many more with you!

Puppuccino Day

I went to Starbucks today because it is National Coffee Day. Since Oliver was in the car with me because we went shopping, I decided to get a special treat for him and the girls (who were probably pouting at home because they couldn’t come along). So, I got a Puppuccino for them to share. Best thing is it’s free!


What is a Puppuccino? It is a small cup of whipped cream that Starbucks offers to dogs. If you go through the drive thru and they see you have a dog, they will usually offer your dog a Puppuccino. Some Starbucks aren’t aware of this special puppy treat so you may have to inform them.


I definitely wouldn’t do it all the time since it isn’t very healthy, but they deserved a special treat. As you can see they all enjoyed it! What can I say, I love spoiling my pups!




Happy National Coffee Day!

My First Puppy

As a dog lover, dogs have been in my life for as long as I can remember. When I was little and my mother wasn’t ready to add a dog to the family, I would dream about owning one someday. That day came in 2002 when we adopted a miniature poodle named Mills. He wasn’t a puppy though, he was a 10 year old, grumpy but spunky dog. He started my pack and the rest of the dogs who joined down the line were also adult dogs. I’ve never had the chance to raise a puppy until now.


Meet Daisy, she is a 13 week old Bichon Frise puppy. I found her on Petfinder (listed with her two siblings) and decided she was going to be mine. The only hitch was her location, all the way down in southern Virginia. That didn’t phase me one bit.

I took the long drive down there and Daisy joined my family on Saturday, July 26, 2014. It was a tiring trip but worth it. I felt like I was dreaming while driving home with her. (I knew it was real when she got car sick all over my lap.) I couldn’t believe that I had adopted my first puppy. I was excited but nervous all at the same time. I was a new mother to a puppy.


Why a puppy? After we had to put down Lady (In Memory of Lady) a week before Christmas last year, I told my mother, “Our next dog is going to be a puppy.” I love adult dogs, but I wanted the experience of raising one puppy in my life. Plus, it would be easier to integrate a puppy into our pack of dogs and cats. We decided that one day, down the road, we would get a Bichon Frise puppy. That day came when I adopted Daisy.

Daisy is a little bundle of joy and full of mischief, but I am loving the learning experience. She loves playing with toys and stealing a shoe once in a while. Let me tell you, she will snare a shoe that is bigger than her (she currently weighs 4.5 lbs), and carry it all the way to the dog bed. Daisy is smart, curious and ready for anything. My mom and I are in peril with every step we take because we often find Daisy right under our feet as we walk.


While she is delighted to be around her new dog siblings, I cannot say that Princess and Oliver enjoy Daisy’s company as much as she enjoys theirs. It took Princess a few days to get used to the puppy in the house. Daisy would jump all over her and Princess wasn’t too happy about that. I let Princess know she is still the top dog of the pack and no puppy could change that. Now Princess doesn’t mind when Daisy lays near her or jumps all over her. Oliver, on the other hand, still isn’t too happy about the puppy. I knew it would be more of an adjustment for him since he is more territorial and my mother’s baby boy. Luckily he doesn’t go after Daisy, but he would prefer that she not get near him. Sorry Oliver, the puppy is here to stay.


I am excited for all the puppy days to come, but I am also excited to watch Daisy grow up to be an adult dog. I have my camera ready to capture all those precious moments as she lives a great life in my pack. Welcome to your forever family, Daisy!

Five tips to keep your dog cool this Summer

Five_tips_to_keep_your_dog_cool_this_summer_oliver_lifetimewithdogsSummer is here and the sun is beaming down on us. It is a fun season for humans and dogs alike. Most humans and dogs enjoy playing outside and taking advantage of the sunny, warm weather. If your dog spends a lot of time outside in the heat, or if you don’t have air conditioning inside, there are solutions to keep your dogs cool during those hot summer days.

1. Cool water

It is essential for dogs (and even for humans) to always have access to fresh, cool water on the brutally hot days of summer. Change the water regularly and keep it in the shade whenever possible. If you won’t be around to keep an eye on the water bowl, consider using an automatic water dispenser (like the Petmate Replenish Pet Waterer) to provide your dogs with a constant supply of fresh water.

2. Always have shade

Dogs may run around in the sun and enjoy sunbathing, but all dogs need a cool, shady spot to rest when they are outside for long periods of time. Trees can provide some shade, but the most ideal shade is from an actual structure (ABO Gear’s Dog Shelter).

3. Go for a swim

If your dog loves water, then this tip is for them. Kiddie pools (molded plastic, not inflatable) are great additions to the yard or porch during the summer months. Dogs can have fun and relax in the water on a hot day. Remember to change the water frequently and don’t leave it in the sun. Also, empty the pool after use so that it won’t attract mosquitoes.

4. Paw protection

Make sure to keep your dog on grass or dirt whenever possible during summer walks. Standing on asphalt or sand for too long can burn a dog’s paws. The best solution is to use dog booties (like Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots) to protect their paws from any pain. If you have a small dog, you can put them in a doggie stroller until you reach the park or other destination.

5. Leave your dog at home

As many of us like to be outside and go places during the summer, sometimes it’s best to leave our four-legged family members at home. Don’t leave your dog in the car unless the air conditioner is running. A car can heat up to a dangerous level and kill your dog, even with the windows open. When enjoying activities that will keep you in the sun all day, leave your dog at home where there is air conditioning and no beaming sun. Your dog will be more comfortable indoors than suffering outside from the heat.

As a person who loves the summer, I enjoy taking my dogs outdoors on adventures. But I know when it is best to leave them at home if the heat will harm or affect them.
How do you keep your dogs cool during the summer?

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My newest clent. She may be old but she still loves the outdoors.

Muppet, Toy Poodle



Baby boy and little man


Oliver may be my Mom’s baby boy, but he is my little man!

Princess speaks with her eyes