Best Dog: Delilah

Not every dog should attend a wedding, but Delilah was the perfect “best dog.”   If spring hasn’t sprung where you are, these images from Photography by Tracie will warm you up!  Deliah’s floral collar matched the bouquet, and her smile is as big as the happy couple’s!

bride, groom, and wedding dog, dog in floral collar, best dog

From Tracie:  “Miha and Dave’s wedding day was THE wedding I was looking forward to all year.  Their fur-baby Delilah is such a huge part of their lives; they had to have her at the wedding. Delilah is a rescue pup. We were so happy the Pond View Farms was so welcoming of her being there, and she was the BEST behaved little lady at a wedding ever. She is truly mommy’s and daddy’s little girl…

brown dog wearing floral collar and groom waiting to see bride, first look with dog

I love this shot of Dave and Delilah waiting for their first look at the lovely bride.  It cracks me up that Delilah cheated, and I love her reaction.

groom, happy dog seeing bride on wedding day, first look photos with dog,

Delilah was thrilled to see Miha.

bride, groom, dog next to willow tree

You can see more of Tracie’s photography by following her on Instagram.

About Photography By Tracie:  Based in Baltimore, Maryland and New Orleans, Louisianna, Tracie Smith specializes in wedding photography as well as portrait photography.

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Puppy Love: Jellybean the Labrador American Bully Cross

Happy National Puppy Day!  Colleen Paige created National Puppy Day to encourage people to adopt puppies instead of buying them.  Jellybean is so dang cute that she is our poster pup for the day.   Thanks to Cassidy Nunn from Nunn Other Photography for sharing Jellybean’s photos.

dark brown adorable lab/American Bulldog cross

From Cassidy:  “Jellybean is an American Bully/Lab cross puppy from Broken Promises Rescue.  She was around 9 weeks old at the time of this session. Out of seven puppies in the litter, only three survived.  Jellybean is full of life and her favorite activities include hiking and running around holding the ball in her mouth.

mixed breed puppy running down road, puppy in plaid jacket She has many other four-legged friends.

Lab mix puppy in wooden crate, outdoor dog photography cute mixed breed puppy wrapped in blanket sitting wood box This session was photographed at Island View Beach on a chilly, windy day in Victoria.”

adorable Lab mix puppy National Puppy Day

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When the time comes to add a canine member to your family, please consider adoption first. 

There are many puppies available for adoption as well as breed specific rescue organizations if you have your heart set on a purebred dog.  

Otherwise, find a reputable breeder.  An ethical breeder is not breeding for money, but rather for the love of the dog and the breed.  Dogs sold in pet stores are usually from puppy mills.  Some cities now require that pet stores can only sell rescue dogs.

Recognize the signs of unethical breeders.

Don’t buy a dog online.

You can report a puppy mill to the Humane Society as well as your local authorities.

About Nunn Other Photography:  Based in beautiful Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Cassidy Nunn specializes in wedding and portrait photography.  She is also an equine photographer.

 

 

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Choosing A Dog Food #WeBelieveInNB

This post is sponsored by Natural Balance® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for sharing my thoughts about why we believe in Natural Balance is a quality food for our dog.  However, Daily Dog Tag only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Balance is not responsible for the content of this article.

We adopted Theo about 3 1/2 years ago, and while I can’t articulate exactly what he means to me, he makes my life better.    In the time we’ve had him, he has changed from an overweight, hilarious, goofball to a healthier version who owns our hearts.  All photos by Alice G Patterson Photography.

brown mixed breed playing tug, Syracuse modern dog photography

We’re not sure how old he is, the rescue estimated he was four or five when we adopted him.  As his face becomes grayer, I want time to stand still.  As much as I love senior dogs, I’ll never be ready for Theo’s time with us to end.  Hopefully, he has plenty of years ahead of him!

cute Puggle mix, aging dog, lifestyle dog photography

He makes us laugh, and is always in the mood to snuggle.  Because we want him with us as long as possible, we keep him from being a complete couch potato, and I feed him a healthy diet.

Choosing a dog food can be confusing, and we trust Natural Balance® for many reasons. First,  I always talk to my vet before giving my dog a new brand of dog food.  She is a big fan of  Natural Balance Pet Food and heartily recommends it.   She calls herself a nerd and loves to analyze dog food.  After listening to her compare two brands for almost 20 minutes, I realized that she is very serious about pet nutrition.  (Luckily, she charges for the visit, not by the hour.)

She likes the high-quality ingredients and the percentages of protein, fat, and a lot of other things that truthfully, went right over my head.  Natural Balance is on my short list of trusted brands.

happy dog lying next to big bag Natural Balance, high-quality dog food

More importantly, Theo loves the taste!  

Small mixed breed dog, bag of dog food, kibble in heart shaped dish

Finally, I  really appreciate the Natural Balance Buy With Confidence Promise.  It is based on the following four pillars.

 

Premium Quality Ingredients

From Natural Balance:  “We want the absolute best for your pets, so we dedicate ourselves to making sure your pet gets the very best nutrition. We craft each of our formulas with quality ingredients like sweet potatoes, legumes and brown rice, and premium animal proteins such as chicken, lamb, salmon, and venison.” 

Just as importantly, there are things that other brands may use, but Natural Balance will never include in their pet food.  These include artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, soy, wheat, corn, by-product meals or refined grains.  The older I get, the more I realize the importance of keeping the junk out!  Somehow, it is a lot easier to make sure that my dogs eat healthy food then it is for me.

 

Safety Testing

Natural Balance puts every batch of its food through nine safety tests.  If you are curious to see how the batch you have measured up, you can check it online.  With so many pet food recalls, it gives me peace of mind to know that my dog’s food has been rigorously tested. 

 

Pet Nutrition Experts

Natural Balance has a lot of different formulas of dog food.  My dogs tried Wild Pursuit last year and loved it.  However, there is a lot of protein in Wild Pursuit, and our lifestyle is not super active.  

Natural Balance dog food

The L.I.D (Limited Ingredient Diet) is great for my pack.  With just one protein and limited ingredients, it even works for my allergy prone dog, Nelly.  The pet nutrition experts at Natural Balance can help you determine which formula is right for your dog (or cat.)   

 

100% Satisfaction

Natural Balance offers a Buy With Confidence Guarantee.  If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase, they’ll give you a full refund.  

brown dog waiting to eat, Natural Balance high-quality ingredients

My dogs are also big fans of their treats!  And so am I, they inspired me to make a cute DIY treat bag for our walks.

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You can see more of Alice’s photography by following her on Instagram.

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice is a lifestyle photographer dedicated to helping women succeed in their small business dreams that also specializes in dog photography.  Alice is taking her pet and commercial photography on the road this year, so be sure to sign up for her email list or send her an inquiry about your business and pet portrait needs.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.

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In Loving Memory: Sugar the Golden Retriever

Some people make the world a better place just by being in it.   
That goes for dogs too.  One such dog is Sugar the Golden Retriever.   
Sugar the Golden Retriever-senior dog

Sadly, Sugar crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week.  She was 15 years old and lived a full life.  Although I never met Sugar, thanks to her mom, Rosalyn Acero,  I feel like I did.  Her smile made me smile.  Her Instagram photos made me think that Sugar had a sense of humor and really loved life.  She saw more of the world and had more adventures than a lot of people I know.

Their blog is full of uplifting stories and reminders to smile,  see the good in things in life, and to be kind. 

And while I know that the people who loved Sugar best are heartbroken, I am grateful that they shared her with the rest of us.  We should all be so lucky to have a dog as sweet as Sugar. 

In honor of Sugar, remember to smile, treat your dog well (preferably with bananas —Sugar’s favorite) and scoop that poop

Sugar co-hosted the Tasty Tuesday blog hop with Kol’s Notes for a long time.   Today is a special tribute to Sugar blog hop.  Feel free to join and please visit the other blogs.

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Digging This Style: Spring Cleaning

Thanks to Wayfair for sponsoring this post! Daily Dog Tag only shares products that we would use ourselves.  All opinions are my own and Wayfair is not responsible for the content of this post.  

Happy Spring!  While I know that some people LOVE spring cleaning, I’m not one of them.  But I do appreciate a clean house, so I am sharing some tips to make living with dogs less messy.   

spring cleaning tips for dog lovers

throw * PetHair Robotic bObsweep vacuum * trinket tray * chair cover * apron * rope toy * storage bin * wellies * doormat * dog booties 

 

 

Stop Dirt At The Door

Wipe those paws and feet.  A coir mat is mildew resistant and can easily be vacuumed.  

Wear boots outside and leave them at the door. Dog booties not only stop muddy paw prints but can help if your dog suffers from seasonal allergies.

 

Control Pet Hair

Brush and/or groom your dog regularly to prevent excessive shedding (or at least collect it in the brush.) 

Use a pretty throw or upholstery cover to protect furniture.  When choosing a throw, look for one that is tightly woven to minimize the chance of being snagged.

Although it isn’t particularly difficult to run a vacuum cleaner, I don’t many people who enjoy it.   I know a lot of pet lovers who love their bObsweep, and it seems like most pets do too.

 

Clear the Clutter

An apron with a big pocket gives you a temporary place to stash your dog toys that you find all over the house.   

Give your dog’s toys a home, you’ll be happier if you choose something you love.  Make your life even easier by teaching your dog to put away his own toys.  

A cute trinket tray is a fun way to keep track of small items and show your personality.

 

Freshen Up Your Decor

Adding greenery or a bouquet of flowers is an easy way to brighten up a room.  Just be sure that the plants aren’t toxic to dogs (or cats.)

Add fun throw pillows or pet portraits.

Show your pet pride with an outdoor flag.

Visit my  Wayfair Living With Dogs board for additional ideas to make living with dogs a lovely experience.

Do you have any tips for spring cleaning with pets?

 

 

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