Traveling Dog Lady: June 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Joys of Puppyhood #MyPuppyhood

This post is sponsored by Purina, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about, but K2's K9s & Kitties only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nestle Purina is not responsible for the content of this article.

As "Mommy" to half-a-dozen dogs over the last few decades, I have had poop-loads of experience raising puppies. As recently as a year ago, my most recent pups finally, blessedly, reached "adulthood" (ha, ha, I use the term loosely!  Do they, in fact, EVER grow up?).  But I'm here today to tell you about a new website just for puppy parents, from the folks at Purina®Puppy Chow®.  
The site is called, and it's something I wish I had a couple years ago when Charlie Brown was a terrorist puppy.

Charlie Brown, at 10 weeks old, being snuggled by "uncle" Hobie.  See that decorative spindle on the table, behind Charlie's head? Yeah, he ATE it one night when I was taking a bath.  He ATE IT!!I cried and cried and cried.  I was reminded of this incident when I watched Purina's promotional video (below) for!!  All is forgiven, Charlie, all is forgiven.

Puppyhood helps new puppy parents navigate safely and sanely (ok, well, maybe not!) through... puppyhood!  There's only one opportunity to get your puppy's first year right. Many pets develop "issues" that can be traced back to the formative first months of their lives.  Don't be that pet parent! Use to keep you and your pooch on track for the first year, and longer.

Membership is FREE at, and you can find a ton of helpful and important information about raising a puppy.  They even have a nifty puppy planning section, with a breed-selector and search feature hosted by the Rescue/Adoption site.

Parents and their pups can get a customized learning experience with helpful tools such as a virtual dog walk, where you'll find "hotspots".  If you click on a hotspot, you get tips and expert advice on everything from training, to nutrition, and so much more.  There's also a puppy milestone tracker, to mark down and remember those important milestones you and your canine pal reach together in the first year.
Puppy Charlie, and his collection of chewable items.  He brought that stick in from outside!  It's bigger than him!

My favorite highlights I encountered when testing the site (thanks, Purina, for the great opportunity, by the way!)...

1)  I LOVE the fact that they included teaching your puppy hand signals.  This is so important for when your dog gets older, as many dogs become hearing-impaired.  I've always taught my pups hand signals from an early age.  It comes in handy later.

2) Was I thrilled that their pup-friendly travel section listed our very own Cape Cod as one of their top 10 dog-friendly travel destinations.  Yeah!!

3)  When I decided to try to select a puppy from Puppyhood's Petfinder section, imagine my delight when the American Foxhound came up as one of the top 5 breeds selected for me based on the criteria I filled in!!

There is so much more cool stuff, I could spend hours on the Puppyhood site.  All the Puppy Advice/Info is very up-to-date with the latest website visuals and features that really work, giving the human a unique, trendy, interactive experience -- all while learning a lot about PUPPIES.  There are sections on Puppy Health; Puppy Grooming; Puppy Training and Puppy Nutrition; plus ways to find the best Puppy Accessories/Supplies for your young four-legged friend.

Raising a new puppy?  K2 and the hounds are giving away six Purina coupons to readers who post a comment here on the blog, or on our Facebook page, and tell us what you like best about the new site, We have two coupons for a free bag of food, and four $5-dollar-off coupons for Purina Puppy Chow*.  

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*Purina Puppy Chow is made from a healthy blend of high-quality protein, DHA and essential nutrients found in dog mamas' milk.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 23: Play

I could have used a photo of any of the pets, playing, but this is too priceless not to share.

In searching through my mom's photo albums earlier this week, I came across this one from when I was 5 years old.  Actually, there is a series of photos in this "photo shoot" my parents did of me and my dolly, but this one had me laughing the most.  My folks gave me this doll as a birthday present when I was 5!!  I do recall that I used to hound them, relentlessly, for a baby sister.  (Yeah, I wrote "hound".)  This doll had no name.

One of Gil's favorite movies was "The Shining".  I think you can finish the thought!

Note the careful placement of the hands!

52 Snapshots of Life is a blogging and social media challenge hosted by our pals at The Lazy Pit Bull.  You don't need to be a pet blogger to join in the fun.  Six months remain!  Use any social media account with the hashtag #52Snapshots.  The topic list is below.  We are currently on Week 23 (subject = #Play).

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 22: Race

Race ya!!

If you think three-legged dogs can't run as fast as their able-bodied counterparts.... think again!

Here's Coop giving his brother, Charlie, a run for his money in the deep snow of this past winter.

Cooper, left, chasing Charlie Brown!

This post is part of the 52 Snapshots of Life challenge, hosted by our pals at The Lazy Pit Bull.
Join in the fun on your blog or social media channel.  There's still half a year left!  You don't need to be a pet blogger, although it helps!