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Happy Black Friday!  I’m so excited to share the latest products and deal from Noble Friends.   Just in time for  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday you can order a custom portrait and awesome personalized products for yourself or your favorite pet lover.   All photos are by the awesome Alice G Patterson Photography.

black lab, toddler wearing pajama shirt with black lab, decorative pillow, custom pet illustrations  Use  the code ‘HOLIDAYSAVE ‘ to save 20 % off your entire purchase from now through Cyber Monday. 

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These ceramic ornaments are some of my favorite ornaments ever!  Alice gave me some (an early Christmas present), and I LOVE them!  

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You could give me a box of rocks wrapped in this paper, and I’d be thrilled.

personalized pet holiday cards, Christmas cards with dog portraitsSpread cheer to all your friends and family with adorable holiday cards!

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Enjoy the goodness year round with a custom made ceramic dog bowl or collar.

Puggle wearing red personalized collar lying on red pillow, Puggle waiting for treat Black lab with buffalo plaid pillow, Shih Tzu decorative pillow toddlers, custom pet portrait pajamas, custom pet illustration gift wrapI can’t imagine a cuter pajama top

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If a customized item isn’t in your budget this holiday season, you might love to give or get one of these limited edition tote bags or mugs.  Not sure what to give? Noble Friends offers gift certificates! 

Follow Noble Friends on Instagram and Facebook for more great pet portraits and to stay up on the latest news.

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Located in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in photography for small businesses, senior portraits, and dog photography.

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Dog DNA Testing with Wisdom Panel 3.0

 This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel®, but at Daily Dog Tag we only share information that we think is relevant and worthwhile.   Mars Veterinary is not responsible for the content of this post.   All photos by Alice G Patterson Photography.

 Wisdom Panel 3.0 has asked me to share why you should consider testing your mixed breed dog’s DNA.  I love dogs.  Purebreds or mutts,  big or small, puppies or seniors, I love them all!   I am against breed specific legislation.  You may wonder why I think testing a mixed breed’s DNA is a sound idea.


Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test

There are a few reasons; the first is just plain old fun and curiosity.  I’ve always thought that Alice’s dog Franny is part Shepherd, Alice hopes that Franny is part coon hound.

© Alice G Patterson Photography | mixed breed lying on settee, dogs on furnitureInterestingly enough, it turns out you can’t determine breed based on appearance! A tiny percentage (less than 1%) of a dog’s genes determines the physical appearance of a dog.  When looking at a mutt, it is possible that the dog bears little to no resemblance to the dominant breeds that may influence health factors.

© Alice G Patterson Photography | mixed breed chewing diy toy The second, more important, reason is that certain breeds run the risk of health problems.  If you know your pet is at risk for certain health issues, you may be able to prevent, minimize, or diagnose and then treat the problem more quickly.

© Alice G Patterson Photography | mixed breed dog, Syracuse lifestyle dog photographer Specifically, Wisdom Panel tests for MDR1 gene mutation  MDR1 is Multi Drug Resistance, which is a genetic mutation found in many of the herding breeds, some sighthound breeds, and many mixed breed dogs.  This mutation may cause dogs to have an adverse reaction to conventional drugs. 70 % of Collies have this mutation while only about 5% of Old English sheepdogs do.  

.  © Alice G Patterson Photography | Syracuse dog photography, fall dog photos Wisdom Panel 3.0 screens for over 250 breeds including all of the AKC recognized breeds, providing background information to the great grandparent level and offers a predicted weight profile.   If a dog is waiting to be adopted, the predicted weight profile could be important to prospective adopters, and I guess it could help you decide if you needed to get a bigger place to live.

© Alice G Patterson Photography | Syracuse lifestyle photography, dog walking on trail, hiking with dogs

A third reason to consider having your dog’s DNA tested it to determine the likely energy level of a dog.  While I think you can generalize to some degree about breeds, Border Collies tend to be higher energy than Pugs, it is important to remember all dogs are individuals.  You should never value the breed generalizations over what you know your dog is comfortable doing.

© Alice G Patterson Photography | mutt looking at river, canine DNA testing

Wisdom Panel® 3.0 Canine DNA Test Kit includes:

  • Instructions
    • DNA cheek swabs – all for use on one dog
    • Drying insert for swabs
    • Pre-paid return shipping box
Wisdom Panel 3.0 test kit, dog DNA

Photo courtesy of Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel

To test your dog’s DNA, just swab the dog’s cheeks, dry the swabs.  Activate the test online and receive a code to label your test, mail it in and in about three weeks you’ll get the results.

Visit for more information and to purchase a kit.

If you can be in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 5th, visit the Holiday Pet Festival!  Wisdom Panel will offer discounted DNA tests for $39.99  if you swab the dog on site and $49.99 for a take-home kit.  Canine DNA Test Kits are normally $84.99.

Follow Wisdom Panel for great dogs and special offers.   Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, NY, Alice specializes in dog photography, senior portraits, and photography for small businesses.  She has three dogs of her own.


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Happy Tails: Sylvie, Ellie and Macie

I have to say that the husband who arranged for this portrait session/Christmas gift must be one of the smartest men alive!  Kristen and Melissa from Tangled Lilac Photography photographed these three gorgeous Golden Retrievers.  I love how each dog’s personality shines through in these photos.  

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From Melissa and Kristen:  “Darren didn’t know what to get his wife for the holidays and he desperately wanted to make her smile. He simply adored her and wanted to get her the best present, something that would make her heart sing and tears of joy roll down her cheek. It then occurred to him all she would ever want is what most women want…beautiful portraits of their (furry) kids.

© Tangled Lilac Photography Beautiful Golden Retriever, stunning dog photos

We met Sylvie, Ellie and little Macy (only four months old!) on a beautiful trail they frequent often for their session.

© Tangled Lilac Photography Golden Retriever on trail, lifestyle dog photography These Golden Retrievers were very sweet, energetic and loving.

© Tangled Lilac Photography | Golden Retriever puppy wearing red collar, AZ lifestyle dog photographyWe got a LOT of doggie kisses, but we count that as one of the perks of being a Pet Photographer. They were VERY excited to be out in the forest, and it was a lot of fun watching them chase balls and run up and down the hills. These three kept us on our toes, and we all left exhausted but happy.

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Darren ordered a canvas and album for his wife to open on Christmas morning. We wished we could have seen the look on his wife’s face when she opened them!”

© Tangled Lilac Photography Three Golden Retrievers, on location dog photography © Tangled Lilac Photography great gift idea-pet photos © Tangled Lilac Photography Golden Retrievers smiling, on location photography, AZ pet photography

Like Tangled Lilac Photography on Facebook to see more of their work.

About Tangled Lilac Photography:  Melissa and Kristen are wedding and portrait photographers serving Flagstaff, Sedona and the greater Phoenix, Arizona area.

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Happy Friday!  Recently I tagged along with my sister, Alice G Patterson  on a styled shoot for Teaselwood Design. Lily, the Border Collie, came out to  keep an eye on things so of course we had to include her in some of the photos.    You can see more of the shoot on Camille Styles.

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About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in the Syracuse, New York area, Alice specializes in dog photography, senior portraits and photography needs for small businesses including product shots, portraits and editorial content.


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How To Keep Your Aging Dog Comfy and Healthy

Is your dog growing old? Do you want to make sure he remains happy and healthy in his aging years? Guest author, Jordan Walker, the lead content curator of Coops and Cages, shares how you can make this possible.   All dogs shown in this post are up for adoption from Best Friends

Dogs can live as long as 10 to 16 human years. However, when they grow old, they are at risk of suffering health issues, which affect their mobility, seeing, and hearing. It may even lead to the loss of appetite. The worst that could happen is that they might be vulnerable to chronic illnesses, such as dog tumors and cancers.

Because dogs are known to be loyal, owners become saddened when their canine pals grow old. So, they would definitely want to make their remaining days as comfortable as possible.

Here are some ways to accomplish this:

Do Not Expose Them to Extreme Weather Conditions

Like humans, older dogs tend to be very sensitive to extreme conditions. Their bodies aren’t able to regulate their internal temperature as efficiently as they could when they were young. As such, it helps to always provide them with blankets to help keep them warm. Also, they shouldn’t be left outside the house if the weather is too hot or too cold.


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Prevent Them from Doing Heavy Activities

The heart and lungs of your dogs function poorly as they grow old. Hence, they shouldn’t be exposed to excessive activities. Otherwise, their internal organs might give up while trying to cope. However, this doesn’t mean it is healthy to keep them idle. Although dogs are a little less energetic in their senior years, they still need to get those joints moving. Short walks help keep them physically and mentally healthy.

adoptable senior dogs from Best Friends Animal Society

Make Sure They Keep a Healthy Diet

Older dogs need to avoid less fatty foods in their diets. But still, you have to make sure they keep a decent amount of protein in it. If possible, have several meals of smaller servings than 1-2 huge meals in a day. This is preferred because their body can no longer digest food the way it can before.

adoptable senior dogs from Best Friends Animal Society

Give Them Sufficient Vitamins and Supplements

Since older dogs aren’t able to digest nutrients as they used to, you will need to use supplements to compensate. There are tons available in malls, but if you want to be sure, you can contact your vet.

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Make Sure They Get Enough Amounts of Sleep

Sometimes, aging affects the sleep cycle of dogs. This can leave them restless at night and asleep during the day. If you are concerned about your pet’s sleep cycle, consult your vet so that he can give you advice on how to introduce medication or therapy to your dog the safe way. Remember, dogs still need enough sleep to remain healthy.

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Helping a dog through their aging years is a great way to show your affection for your pet. They may live shorter lives than you, but they sure know how to appreciate your every action and each second you spend with them.

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is paired with his love for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can visit his Google+ or Twitter accounts.

If you are interested in adopting any of these senior dogs, apply  soon!  Best Friends is celebrating Adopt a Senior Month by generously waiving adoption fees on all senior dogs and cats.  Additionally, the first 25 pets adopted are going to be flown to their new home free!


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