Best Dogs: Biggins and Ollie

Weddings are one of the biggest days in a person’s life. However,  it also one of the busiest days ever for the bride and groom and it goes by in an instant!  A wedding photographer is, in my opinion, the most important professional of the day.   Photos last forever.   If you are including your dogs in the wedding, hire a wedding photographer who can do them justice, like Megan Dailor Photography.

Yorkie, bride, groom, Yellow Lab walking, wedding dogs

From Megan:  “Alyssa and Bill included their 5 pound Yorkie, Ollie,  and 137 pound Yellow Lab, Biggins, in their wedding. Continue reading

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Engaging Tails: Bailey and Gunner

You may recognize Boxers Bailey and Gunner from tips for including dogs in your engagement photos, but I couldn’t stop at sharing just one photo of these two cuties.  Melanie O Connor from  Moments by Melanie captured all the love and glorious fall colors in this engagement session.

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Living With Dogs: Cleaning Tips


Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #MySpringClean #TeamDishCloth #CollectiveBias .  Photos by  Alice G Patterson Photography unless otherwise noted.

Having lived with dogs all of my life, I wouldn’t want it any other way!  Living with dogs comes with some cleaning challenges: nose prints, slobber, muddy paws, doggy smell, and lots of pet hair.   However, having dogs isn’t incompatible with having a nice home, so I’m sharing a few of my cleaning tips. 

There are hundreds of cleaners in the store, some which are potentially toxic, and many are bad for the environment.  Additionally,  many of the leading brands test on animals, which is cruel and unnecessary.  I am sharing a few of my favorite cleaning tips, and I would love to hear your tips in the comments!  I love using these DIY cleaners with Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths because they work and are better for the environment as well as our health.   

My mom taught me that if you are organized before you start a task, it saves a lot of time in the long run.   As soon as I saw this mint green caddy, I knew it would be perfect for my cleaning needs.  I prefer glass containers to plastic, but if you have toddlers or an overly helpful dog,  plastic containers might be a safer choice.  My Scotch Brite dish cloths are versatile workhorses, with two different textures, making them perfect for many jobs. One side has powerful non-scratch scrubbing dots, while the other has the standard wiping and drying functions of a dish cloth.

dog friendly cleaners, diy cleaning formulas

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Adopt Me: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is having a senior special this month that is sure to make their old dogs as well as some lucky humans very happy!  If you can’t make it out the Sanctuary, fear not, most of the seniors are eligible for a free flight to their new homes in the US or Canada!  (All photos courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society.)

Adopt a dog 8 years or older for free, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

adoptable senior dogs for free, ©Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Preston is food motivated, crate trained and gets along well with other dogs. He likes to be around people, so in addition to a great walking partner, he’ll make a great couch companion.   Continue reading

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Engaging Tails: Boba Fett the Shepherd Mix

Since it is May the 4th, I am sharing an awesome dog named Boba Fett!  Thanks to Ashley Hamm Photography for these images! 

shepherd mix by river

From Ashley:  “Chris and Deanna could not have imagined their engagement session without the third member of their family, a shepherd mix named Boba Fett.” Continue reading

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