Can a Childless Mother Have Fuzzy Children?

Can a Childless Mother Have Fuzzy Children?

Ever since I was young I knew I didn’t want to have children. I never got that pang, that hormonal urge for the pitter patter of little baby feet. When my sister had her son, I was the go-to baby sitter – that all worked out well. No child was hurt in the making of my babysitting time. Well…there was that one time that I gave too much candy to my neighbor’s child. Kids can throw up…a lot. Think Linda Blair in ‘The Exorcist’ throw-up. In all honesty, seems I wasn’t cut out for children. Human children. But I’m definitely cut out to be a pet parent with fuzzy children. Some people are offended by the concept that I would call my dog my child. But in all honesty, I’m not taking anything away from anyone, and I’m not picketing for paid stay-at-home time whenever a dog is adopted. A child is a little one that needs nurturing, guidance, and love. My child happens to be fuzzy. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen fuzzy children. When one of my nephews was born he was a fuzzy little guy. But, unlike my nephew, my fuzzy children retain their fuzz. They also bark, chew things, require kind corrections, and need potty training. The first thing that made me think of my dog as my ‘child’ was the overwhelming feeling of love that came over me when he came into my life. Mattie was adopted from a local shelter. From the moment I got him I had this instant bond. He trusted me with his life. His life! That’s pretty big stuff for someone...
RV, The Pet friendly Travel Solution!

RV, The Pet friendly Travel Solution!

We’ve all had this happen – grab your pup to go experience the great outdoors, traveling towards the beach only to find ‘pet unfriendly’ hotels along the way! Dang it, talk about a weekend spoiler. “But my dog is well trained,” you plead in a rather wobbly voice, pushing through the anxiety you feel at the prospect of sleeping in your car, mustering up the self-assuredness required when attempting to talk someone into doing something that they can’t or don’t want to do.  “Sorry” is the one word response you receive from the caretaker. Bugger….you think to yourself as you watch the sun set behind the blinking, neon hotel moniker. This was our experience – my husband, also known as my Better Whole, and me taking weekend jaunts to small towns, only to find limited options for nightly stays that would welcome our three critters. We got tired of explaining that our dogs were perfect, that they never barked, dropped only the perfumiest (is that a word?) of poo, and that if given enough time they could learn to trim the hedges of the hotel lawn! Okay, so we may confused the facts a little – truth be told, dogs are dogs and they can do things that some folks don’t twelcome. So, what did we do? RV, The Pet Friendly Travel Solution!  RV, the pet friendly travel solution – tips to make it easy! Click To Tweet We’re campers! Yup, we have joined the ranks of RV campers, and camping with pups is easy as long as you know all the basics. Let me share our rules of the road: Safe Travel Keep your dog safe...
Quick and Healthy Yogurt Dog Treats

Quick and Healthy Yogurt Dog Treats

Well it’s a secret no more, my dogs love yogurt dog treats! Dear heaven above, I can’t believe it…. dang dogs, scratching at the refrigerator. Luckily, my Better Whole (also known as Joe) and I live in Seattle. For those that don’t know, Seattle is where some great Greek yogurt, called Ellenos. When you visit Seattle, just meander through Pike Place Market and you’ll find them (and a whole bunch of other great things). Your Dog Will Think Your A Hero You’re not a hero to your dogs? Um..yea, neither are we! I know and I’m The Pet Lifestyle Guru! Dogs…. their love can be swift and somewhat fleeting where food is involved. But in the long run, trust me, they will love you – they are dogs, their souls are made from love. So here’s the thing – with food, your dogs will completely love you, do anything you want them to, as long as you have the food ‘on’ you. Once you relinquish your pup’s treats…. well, sucker, that’s the day you gave up your rights to be God-like! For reals… seriously, did I need to teach you that? But tricks on them – yogurt has gut-healthy probiotics that will help your pooch maintain a happy intestinal track! Yogurt Puts Me in Second Place Yupsters….second place. That’s me, their human that takes care of them, numero two! Why? Heck if I know – the yogurt is like little taste magnets! My dogs love it! So, let’s take a closer look and we’ll find greek yogurt. Greek yogurt you say – why is that awesome for dogs? Pure whole...
The Best 2015 Pet-Related Blog Posts

The Best 2015 Pet-Related Blog Posts

You know how you have that big, annual whirlwind house cleaning day…even cleaning behind the spice jar rack? Well, the same is true for pet-related bloggers and writers. We spend a few days every year taking stock of what our readers enjoyed, what articles would have benefited from a clearer explanation, what topics we can add to next year’s articles…and overall, just learning what truly resonated with you. Part of this annual exercise is to review which of our articles our readers really liked and returned to over and over again, because in some way they spoke to you. Maybe they made you laugh or touched your heart. Here are the best 2015 pet-related blog posts that you liked. Enjoy and make sure to revisit them! The best 2015 Pet-Related Blog Posts Humor Writing about life using an ironic and funny twist makes me happy, and when I get to merge it with my love for dogs…well, then my life is in synch (just like the boy band!)! Being a one-percenters was all in the news this year, with the status of being a one-percenter portrayed as a coveted and enviable position. US marketing campaigns tend to have us lusting after the nearly unreachable, including being a one-percenter… But, do dogs care if you are a one-percenter? Reading the way some of the one-percenters care for their dogs made us wonder if dogs could be a one-percenter. It was all so silly and we had fun with it, check out Is Your Dog A One-Percenter for a good, light-hearted laugh. MattieDog’s best 2015 pet-related blog post for humor: Is Your Dog A Once-Percenter:… Click To Tweet Animal Advocacy This category...
10 Hilarious Holiday Dogs

10 Hilarious Holiday Dogs

People are funny. We go ga-ga for the holidays. Every day is a holiday when you are a dog thats been adopted in to a family full of love! Holidays are meant to be shared with our animal companions. So to honor this, we present 10 hilarious holiday dogs (and other critters sprinkled in) to help spread the season’s joy…and a few chuckles. Enjoy! These 10 hilarious holiday dogs, a gigantic cat and a hedgehog, made us laugh and enjoy a much needed break from hustle . Humans and animals…we’re a combo full of passion and frivolity, creating joy whenever we come together in the name of love! Wish us luck as we go brave the stores in order to get our holiday-inspired backdrop for our family photo. We’re leaning towards 80’s big-hair rock band or a mock-take on one of those Pacific Northwest-based Pemco commercials. We probably should have started planning a bit sooner, but that would have torn me away from my very important work of posting hilarious dog pictures! In all seriousness, we love the holidays and we wish you and yours, and your fuzziez, a very Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid ul Fitr, Omisoka, Boxing Day, and Yule.  Embrace the love you have, share your talents with the world, and expect success in everything you do. , the Pet Lifestyle Guru! Founder and Chief Creative Officer  With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!® Tweet Mattie on Twitter – Like Mattie on Facebook – Follow MattieDog on Bloglovin Get MattieDog’s Newsletter for Breaking News, Tips, Discounts, Giveaways and Coupons! For Email Marketing you can trust Share Some...

Instagram-Phototastic

Sometimes all you need is family! Here’s a few pics of my family from my newly created Instagram feed – enjoy! Oh and if you are Instagram, make sure you follow me and stop by to say ‘howdy’ so I can follow you back and check out pictures of your family! With lub, MattieDog  Tweet me on Twitter – Like me on Facebook Share Some...

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