In Loving Memory: Syler the Boxer

Thanks to Melissa from Tangled Lilac Photography for these photos of Syler.  I think these photos honor his memory and provide his family with solace.  I previously featured Syler’s color photos, but these black and white ones are just as moving.

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I hope that you get some special portraits of your dog this year!

Follow Tangled Lilac Photography on Facebook to see more of Melissa’s photos.

About Tangled Lilac Photography:  Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, Melissa specializes in portrait photography (including dogs) and weddings. Melissa is available to photograph in the Flagstaff, Sedona, and greater Phoenix area.

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Happy Tails: Zephyr the Collie-Shepherd Mix

This handsome guy has a lot to smile about!  Zephyr was included in a maternity session with Megan Dailor Photography.  Even though its clear he enjoyed life as the only baby, he’s even happier being a family of four now.  

handsome collie-shepherd mix From Megan:  “Zephyr, he is Ed’s old mutt’s puppy. Ed had his DNA analyzed and he is Husky, German Shepherd and Collie. He’s now a very sweet big brother to baby Aliana!”

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 From Mandy: “From the moment I was pregnant Zephyr knew something was different! He was extra protective! 

white brown short haired Shepherd, Collie, Husky mix

Aliana was born in our home (on purpose), and before she even took her first breath in the outside world, he was right next to us. We’re pretty sure he didn’t sleep for four straight days, watching her at all times and sleeping under her bassinet.

family photo, parents, dog, toddler girl Now, at almost 17 months, she loves to crawl all over him, chase him around the house and share HIS bed with him!”

You can see more of Megan’s photography by following Megan Dailor Photography on Facebook.   Need more dogs?  Megan’s Instagram account has some cameos of her awesome dog Pepper, as well as beautiful wedding photos.

About Megan Dailor Photography:  Based in Rochester, NY, Megan’s background is photojournalism.  She specializes in wedding photography in Western and Central NY.  She  is accustomed to working in an unobtrusive manner, which results in photographs showing authentic emotion and real moments.

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Caturday: 22 Ways Cats Make Life Better

Today’s guest post is by Emily Parker from Catological.  



Cats make us healthy (and happier) – that’s what Science says!


Many of us get so busy in our daily life that we rarely pause for a second to see what a blessing our cats are for us! Yes, I said blessing, as that’s what they truly are – let me explain why.

Science has shown that owning cats gives serious emotional as well as physiological health benefits for the entire family.

For instance, petting your cat calms you down and fights off stress. Cats help to keep your blood pressure under control and help you keep a healthy heart!

Now, if you don’t call that a blessing – then what would you call it?

Check out the infographic below to get a detailed breakdown of the many ways that cats can help us in a whole lot of different ways. If you want to learn more about the details behind each benefit, check out the original infographic at!


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What do you think, has a cat made your life better?



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January 14th is Dress Up Your Pet Day, so I’m sharing a sneak peek of Henry from The Broke Dog.  Thanks to Pets By Petra for Henry’s photo.

Henry-The Broke Dog, rat terrier wearing pineapple bow tie, happy dog, Pets By Petra

Henry is also the inspiration and top model for Brooklyn Bowtied.   You can also follow The Broke Dog on Instagram. I’ll be sharing more photos of Henry next week!

About Pets By Petra:  Based in Brooklyn, New York,  Petra Romano specializes in photographing pets and their people.

Will you be dressing up your pet on  Dress Up Your Pet Day?


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January 14 Dressed Up Pup Party, San Diego, CA

January 22 Bark Happy: Cincinnati Year of the Dog Pawty, West Chester, OH

January 22 8th Annual Shelter Shiver, Chicago, IL

February 5 Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl

February 11, Paws For Love Gala, Santa Rosa, CA

February 12 Dogfest Walk’N Roll, Tampa, FL

February 12 My Furry Valentine, Encinitas, CA

February 25 Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade, Apalachicola, FL

March 4 Mighty Texas Dog Walk, Austin, TX

March 5 Worchester County Humane Society Quarter Auction, Ocean City, MD

If you have an event that you would like to be listed here, please email rescue(at) dailydogtag dot com.

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Help Make 2017 The Year These Dogs Go Home

Yesterday  while looking at Facebook, I saw a beautiful senior dog who is up for adoption.  I thought I recognized her, and sure enough, I featured Blossom on the Daily Dog Tag last April.  

Blossom is adoptable from Worcester County Humane Society.  Thanks to Little Miss Lovely who made the gorgeous floral collar and photographed Blossom.

Adoptable Pets Worcester Humane-BLOSSOM

Blossom needs to be the only pet, which might be why she has been at the shelter for SEVEN years. Well, actually, she may sleep at the shelter, but she loves to go on field trips with shelter volunteers.  She has a lot of good energy and loves to run.  She would be a great running partner or adventure hound.

After seeing Blossom, it made me wonder about some of the other pets I’ve tried to help find homes.  Many of them have been adopted, but I’m sad to say, that others are still waiting.

handsome adoptable pit bull mix, brown white dog sittingPilot entered the Regional Animal Shelter in Gloversville, New York in March of 2014. Although he passed his Canine Good Citizenship test, Pilot needs a to be the only dog.  Thanks to Jessica Painter for Pilot’s photo.


Susan is one of the dogs I met at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  She was shy, but, I have high hopes that she’ll meet that special person and find a home soon.  It is surprising that Lincoln is still in the Sanctuary.  If you need a walking partner and someone to snuggle on the couch, Lincoln is your guy!  Honestly, if you are looking for a dog, I recommend Lincoln.  (Photos courtesy of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.)

beagle mix, senior Lab available for adoption Cowboy-Adoptable senior from Best Friends,brown dog, big ears, happy smileI haven’t met Cowboy in person, but I am totally in love with his ears, smile, and happy eyes!

Both Lincoln and Cowboy are senior dogs and are free if adopted in January.

Chances are that if you’re reading this post, you already have a furry companion. However, I hope you’ll share Blossom and the other adoptable dogs with your friends and family.  You never know if you’ll be a matchmaker!


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