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The search for the perfect dog food

In all the hubbub of figuring out Cooper’s crazy specific dietary needs, the big boys’ nutrition slipped through the cracks. Because we were spending so much time going to and from the grocery store, we copped out and picked up a bag of food for them there. It was one of two organic options, and it had excellent reviews online, so we thought… why not?

Well, it wasn’t a good fit. At all.

You guys are dog lovers, so you’ll understand when I say this: the gas. Aw, lordy. The gas.

Anyway, back to the drawing board for the perfect bag of dog food for Emmett and Lucas! Which brings us to our new adventure: We chatted with the folks at Petcurean and loved what their food brought to the table… er… bowl. (Check out this super helpful guide they provide on Dog Health & Nutrition for an example.)

Here’s the official spiel: “Petcurean is an independent, Canadian-owned family business. Since its beginnings in 1999, Petcurean has been committed to creating nutritionally-balanced recipes for dogs and cats, using premium-quality natural ingredients. GO!™ provides solutions for your dog or cat’s unique dietary needs, while NOW FRESH™ is the only dry food to use 100% fresh meat and fresh omega oils.”

They’re launching four new recipes this year. We love that there are grain-free options with no rendered meats, no by-products, and none of the yucky stuff like artificial preservatives and growth hormones. (How weird slash gross is it that those are even things we need to consider in our food supply?? But, I digress…)
Petcurean Blogger Advocate

For the next six months, the big boys are going to be Petcurean taste-testers – well, okay, their taste-testing isn’t that reliable. They’ll eat compost. And cat litter. They will, however, be eating Petcurean’s food while I keep an eye out on their health and vitality. (I’m really hoping that the added omegas help with their coats!) I’ll share our experiences with the food and even share some interviews with a nutritionist.

Lucas tries Petcurean

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! And, in the meantime, if you’re interested in trying it for your pup, I spotted on their website the opportunity to try a bag for free.

Petcurean pet foods are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in Canada, the United States, and more than 15 other countries.

Disclaimer: Petcurean is providing us with dog food for the boys. Plus, they generously donated $500 worth of the same food to Friends of Homeless Animals, the shelter where we found Emmett! However, as y’all know, we would never share anything we didn’t believe in simply for the sake of compensation, nor would we write a positive review that wasn’t the truth. If something doesn’t work, we’ll be totally honest!

The Peanut Butter Plan (for dogs who hate pills!)

Recently, Patricia McConnell wrote a great post about giving a dog a pill. If you haven’t read it, especially if your dog is a Pill Ninja, go check it out!

These guys take a lot of pills. Emmett has his thyroid medicine, his liver medicine (the size of a horse tranquilizer… that one’s a toughie), two different chemo pills, an acid reducer… and that’s just at breakfast! With the exception of the giant liver pill, the rest get mixed in his food (Dr. McConnell’s first suggestion!) along with his supplements. Which we’ve switched to powder form. Due to the million pills.

Lucas takes his joint medications and, periodically, a doggy aspirin or eight. Really, for his weight, the current formula we have suggests eight. That’s a lot of pills. And he doesn’t like them. At all.

Of our three, Lucas is the only one who’s earned Pill Ninja status. Before we found a daily that he liked, he used to pick it out of his kibble, finish eating, then carry the pill off to spit out – presumably thinking he was pulling the wool over our eyes.

Over the weekend he hurt his foot. It wasn’t his joints, like he was stiff or sore, but his front right foot was clearly aching. He hobbled around. Cried a bit. Paced (because climbing in his bed wouldn’t make us feel bad). Stared. Hobbled some more.

We knew it was time to give him his Pirin Tablets (please tell me someone else loves that movie, too???). Our go-to solution with him has been a peanut butter lollipop!

Instead of smearing the pills with peanut butter – he sees right around that ruse – we LOAD a spoon with peanut butter, then tuck the pills deep in the mound of yumminess. He can’t resist it!

Three crazy adorable pictures to illustrate:

 

Is your dog a pill ninja? Or, like Em, can you just toss them in your dog’s bowl? What’s your go-to pill technique? 

What is wool sucking? This weird thing Newt does…

Hang with us, dog buddies! Today is a post about our feline friends, inspired by something Newt has been doing almost daily: wool sucking and kneading.

Wool sucking and kneading

As you know, I’m a cat novice. Newt is the first cat I’ve ever shared a home with, so it’s been a huge learning curve. Everything she does is new and, oftentimes, baffling! This was one of those head scratchers, so I reached out to a dear friend, Lauren Bowling, DVM, who focuses on feline medicine and behavior. Now, before I get to Dr. Bowling’s advice, for those of you who aren’t familiar with this behavior, here is 30 seconds of Newt’s daily ritual:

Newt: wool sucking and kneading from Maggie Marton on Vimeo.

Odd, right? Not sure if you could hear, but she’s a purring machine the whole time she does that behavior. There are very few parallels that I’ve seen between cat and dog behavior, but this, to me, looked like an obsessive behavior. I found confounding information on the internet (of course), and the two books I consulted said opposite things. So, I turned to an expert!

Here’s what Dr. Bowling had to say about wool sucking and kneading, “Cats display this behavior when they have been separated from their mother at an unusually young age. The kneading and sucking mimics nursing. It is an auto-soothing response similar to toddlers and children sucking their thumb.”

For Newt, that makes sense. We don’t know her history before she showed up on John’s door. She was about four months old and not in too bad of shape, other than worms, but there were tons of stray cats in southern Louisiana, so who knows?

My big concern, though, was if the behavior was problematic. Like, if it is an obsessive behavior, do you need to step in?

“It is generally harmless; however, if your cat gets into it to the point where they are eating the fabric or tearing holes in it, then it needs to be addressed with a veterinarian or behaviorist. And I don’t mean that the holes happen because he’s been periodically sucking on it for years, I mean if holes come up in 1-2 sessions of sucking,” Dr. Bowling said.

Well, that hasn’t happened for her yet, but Dr. Bowling suggested training a distractor cue, like with the clicker or a cellophane bag rattling, and reinforce with a treat when the behavior is stopped. Around here, Newt is typically stopped by the dogs – one will bark or come over to sniff and see what she’s doing, and she walks away. However, she responds really well to the clicker (and shaking treat bags), so I’m going to test that out.

Dr. Bowling also mentioned that most cats will develop a substrate preference, which is totally true for Newt. She only does the wool sucking and kneading on the blanket on my office chair (in the video above), a throw blanket in our bedroom, and one of the fuzzy dog beds. She suggested that, if you know the preference, leaving that blanket or item out only where your cat can be supervised. The blanket in the video used to be on our bed, actually, but it got annoying when Newt would start doing that in the middle of the night!

If you’re worried about your cat’s behavior, you should always check in with your vet. “A trip to the vet is warranted if they are increasing the time and aggression of the behavior or if they start chewing holes in the blankets,” she said. “This is not an easy behavior to eradicate, so if you feel it is a problem it needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.”

As for Newt, now that I know so much more about this particular quirk (thanks, Dr. Bowling!!) I’m going to let it go, though I’ll periodically check the blanket for holes, just in case.

Cat folks, does your cat do any of this wool sucking and kneading? I know the kneading thing can happen exclusive of the sucking part, and I’ve heard that lots of cats knead their owners (not something Newt does). Have you experienced this with your cat? Have you had to step in? Or let it runs its course?

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Sneaky things

A while ago, I wrote about Lucas and the sneaky treat.

He still gets it every night, of course, but I’ve started to realize… we have lots of sneaky things around here, little habits and routines to spoil one member of the herd, while the others are oblivious.

Like, when Lucas and Cooper go to doggy daycare on Mondays, Emmett gets to play with his Most Special Toy, his hedgehog. If it’s out when the other two are home, it gets destroyed. So, I have a secret stash of hedgies in my desk drawer that he gets on Mondays.

Emmett and his hedgehog

And every morning, I eat breakfast – nothing special, just Greek yogurt with some granola – at my desk. The herd likes to sleep late, so usually Emmett, Cooper, and Newt are zonked somewhere. Lucas, though, follows me upstairs because he knows that as soon as I take my last bite, he gets clean-up duty!

Lucas cleans my bowl

 

Cooper doesn’t get many sneaky bits of food because of all his stomach problems, but he has somehow roped us into tucking him in every night. Everyone gets in their regular sleep spot – except Cooper – because he’s waiting for either John or I to get his blanket and wrap it around him.

Cooper, all tucked in

Newt gets spoiled, too, though she doesn’t seem to appreciate it like these guys do! Since we’re cooking for Cooper now, there’s always a fresh supply of meat in the fridge. We always pop one little piece on top of her wet food at breakfast and dinner, and when we’re baking his salmon, she always gets a small piece of the skin to chew on.

Do you have any sneaky habits or routines with your herd? Have you ever been caught slipping a bite of something to your dog? Or, like these guys, have surreptitious maneuvers become part of your daily routine? 

Home cooking for your dog? Don’t make this mistake! (We did. Shoot.)

Does this ever happen to you? You figure out something GREAT! So great that you can’t help but get EXCITED! And the more excited you get, you find yourself getting a smidge… carried away?!?

Welp.

That’s what happened with home cooking for Cooper.

{{If you need to catch up, here’s why we decided to home cook, and here’s how Coop was doing at last check-in.}}

He was doing phenomenally well. His system was actually digesting his food (gasp!) and he had consistently solid poops. We wanted to take photos and frame them, they were so good. Better than being solid? There was no more blood!

Victory!

Well, for a little while anyway.

Home cooking for your dog Don't make this mistake!

Because we had so much success with a range of grains, carb sources, and veggies AND he was doing well with a couple different proteins, we decided to mix things up.

All at once.

There’s the mistake: When you are trying your dog out on a totally home-cooked diet, especially if that dog has digestive problems, stick to one change at a time. One. For real.

Sigh.

We started him on pork, and it seemed to be going OK, so we switched out his veggies and his carbs. Then we decided to give oatmeal a whirl. Then, two of the supplements that I ordered came in, so we stirred those in, too. There were five new things in his bowl all at once. Here is where I have to smack my head and ask, “What were you thinking, lady?!?”

And then he got sick.

Like, really, really sick. Like, worse than before.

Back to having emergency accidents around the house. {{Incidentally, he had a big one directly in front of our CritterZone, and I didn’t smell it until it was already… dried… That thing is pretty sweet. I’ll have a post and coupon code about it soon.}}

The blood was back, and he actually dropped about three pounds. In a week.

The big problem, of course, was that we didn’t know what it was that he reacted to so violently. The pork? The oatmeal? The supplements? No clue.

We had to clear out his system, so he ate boiled potatoes and steamed apples – and literally nothing else because he couldn’t keep anything solid in him – mixed with water to keep him from dehydrating. He ate nothing but that for over a week.

Once we were clear that he was clear, we started adding items back in, one at a time.

It’s been several weeks, and we’ve shifted one bite at a time from the potatoes and apple to his current mix: salmon, quinoa, green beans, apples, and supplements. We’ve been slowly shifting out the salmon and adding in lamb, which has gone perfectly. So far. But I’m not going to push it. I learned my lesson.

Let this be my warning: If you’re home cooking for your dog, especially a dog as sensitive as Cooper, never ever add more than one ingredient at a time. Give that ingredient a few days (or even a week – our new plan) to settle, then add something new.

So that’s the update and our cautionary tale! As we work out other combinations, I’ll be sure to share. I’ve gotten tons of amazingly good questions via email and on Facebook, which I’m compiling into an FAQ-style post. My plan is to tackle the supplement piece in a post by itself first (that’s been the most-asked question), so look for that next week!

Thanks for sticking with us through this! Please join in with your insights in the comments or on Facebook! I’d LOVE to hear your experiences and ideas – the more info we can all get, the better we can serve our pups!

Boredom Busters: 5 ways to exercise your dog indoors

In 2010, we faced an icy winter. Our backyard was a slick sheet, and the sidewalks were a slippery, salty mess. The dogs were going bonkers, so I put together this list of 10 ways to tire out your dogs indoors.

After a few years of working through that list each winter, we landed in Louisiana and faced the opposite problem: It was far too hot to play outside safely. We had worked through that initial list, so I brainstormed 10 (more) ways to tire out your dog indoors.

{{By the way, in case you don’t want to click through all those posts, I’m compiling the full list of 25 Boredom Busters into a handy PDF checklist that will go out with the January newsletter! If you’re not on the list, subscribe here so you don’t miss out!}}

Now, we’re back in Indiana and back in winter. While this has been a mild winter, we’ve had a couple health setbacks that have shortened Lucas’ and Cooper’s walks. They still need exercise – physical AND mental – so I’m back to brainstorming some Boredom Busters for the boys. Here’s my newest list: 5 ways to exercise your dog indoors!

Boredom Busters 5 ways to exercise your dog indoors

  1. DIY games: I love food puzzles and games. But once they’ve played the same ones a few times, they have it totally figured out, and the challenge is gone. I realized that the puzzles we had in rotation were being solved way too fast to truly keep them busy. I DIYed a few variations to mix it up a bit. First up was this Restuffable, Easy DIY Dog Toy from Kol’s Notes. Piece of cake to make (some basic sewing skills required), and you can mix up what you stuff on the inside. I also made a little “find it” game out of two Solo cups. I cut a slit in the bottom of the cup and inverted it over a piece of food. The boys had to target the cup with their nose to earn the food. To increase the difficulty, cut slits in multiple cups and have them select the only one you put food under – a variation on the shell game!
    Emmett plays with a DIY dog toy
  2. Take a drive: Now, I’d rather your dog be safe than bored, so this one is totally weather-dependent. If the streets are plowed, though, getting out of the house can be fun! Plan errands like driving through the bank because, obviously, you don’t want to leave your dog in the car, or just hit Starbucks – be sure to order your dog a Puppy Latte! Note: When John does this with the boys, he always warms up the car before they hit the road. I, on the other hand, am apparently cruel and never think to do so!
  3. Tag! This is Lucas’ favorite game in the house. We play it a couple different ways, but the important thing is to figure out what you can do to cue your dog to PLAY. (This article is an interesting exploration of that question.) For Lucas, he gets very wound up if we pretend like we’re coming in for a hug. I need to get video of this or something because it’s really different from an actual hug – like an over-exaggerated “I’m gonna get you!” He leaps in the air and spins around, at which point I take off in the opposite direction. He chases me around until he catches me, then I do the “coming in for a hug” again, and off we go for another round! With Emmett, the only thing that gets him going is if he sees you actively try to hide, like if he’s watching me and I duck behind the couch. He goes, “Uh oh! Better go get my lady!” at which point I take off the opposite way.
  4. Rotate toys: For a very long time, all our dog toys lived in a basket in the living room. The boys would dip in and out, choosing what they felt like playing with – but, over time, it turned into the same favorites got the most attention. So, I picked up about half the toys, stuck them in the pantry, and waited. When they seemed disinterested in playing with toys, I switched out three at a time (one for each boy, attempting to be fair… even though they only want the toy the other ones have). It revitalized several long-abandoned toys, and when I open the toy drawer, they get really excited to see what I’m going to bring out.
  5. Strike a pose: Start an Instagram account for your dog… and teach poses! I thought of this one because we needed some new tricks. We’ve been working on many tricks for many years, so I wanted to mix it up and come up with tricks that would photo well, just for fun, and Instagram is the perfect platform for those performances! Cooper is learning “Eskimo kisses” and I want the big boys to master a “pout” by putting their chins on their paws.

There you have it! If you can get through all 25 ways to tire out your dog indoors, you’re going to have a super fun – and exhausting – winter!! I’m sure with these lists I’ve probably missed something. Do you have any go-to indoor exercises with your pup? What do you do when you can’t get outside? Any fun boredom busters?

This could be trouble

We’ve been playing a good bit of Mario lately. It has captured someone else’s attention, too…

Newt likes Nintendo

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I can just imagine all the possible outcomes of this situation…

 

The 2016 Pinups for Pitbulls Model call is OPEN! #pfpbmodelcall16 #BtC4A

The 2016 Pinups for Pitbulls Model call is OPEN!

Pinups for Pitbulls 2016 model call is OPEN!

As you guys know, I am passionate about and dedicated to advocating for pit-bull-type dogs. Often, the discussion surrounding these beloved dogs can be heated and contentious. There’s so much negativity, and it can be disheartening.

I truly believe that Pinups for Pitbulls is a bright, shining light in the animal welfare world!

Everyone involved in the organization pours their hearts into their work – all for the love of their dogs and dogs like them who deserve a chance. Emmett and I were thrilled, honored, and ecstatic to be in the 2015 calendar and are so excited that we might get the chance to volunteer at an event in Indy this February for the organization!

The efforts are, of course, driven by the calendar. (You DO have your 2015 calendar, right?!?)

Well, wouldn’t you know! Coincidentally, the 2016 model call opened TODAY! Just in time for me to participate in Blog the Change for Animals!

The deets:

  • The model call is open from today, January 15, through March 1.
  • Click on this link to reach the application.
  • There is a $55 tax-deductible donation to apply. That money supports advocacy efforts all year long!
  • You can apply for yourself, for you plus your dog, or for just your dog.

The photoshoot experience was pretty amazing. I have NEVER had my hair and makeup styled like that by a professional makeup artist. It was so much fun, even though I was a nervous wreck. Emmett was a total ham, too! And now we have this incredible piece of his legacy, a great way that he was able to advocate for himself and dogs like him.

So, what’re you waiting for?! Go apply! Be the change for pit-bull-type dogs!

 

Baby, it’s cold outside!

One night last week, I let the boys out right before bed and thought… “Well, it was bound to turn into this.” See, the whole of December was pleasantly mild for Indiana: temps in the 40s and even 50s! That night felt frigid, and when I checked my phone, it was confirmed. It was 0. There were no degrees. Then, the next morning, I awoke to -4.

That is more like it for this time of year. Not that I like it, of course, but it is what it is!

So, I put a coat on Coop, and he’s had a coat or sweatshirt on for about the last week. It’s easier than taking it on and off every time he has to go out. Plus he’s chilly in the house – I’m chilly in the house – so it helps keep him warm and cozy.

Cooper in his coat

Then, he re-discovered the joy of napping on top of the heating grate!

Coop on the heating grate

Emmett is slightly less cold than Cooper, though I still put a coat on him for walks.

Emmett on the trail

Anyway, while Coop and I bundle up and shiver in these low temps, Lucas is having the time of his life! He loves cold weather. Pile snow on top of frigid temps, and the boy is in heaven! I actually tried to get video of him running his laps in the yard – he jumps and twists and spins and leaps, picking up a mouthful of ice at each turn – but I didn’t realize that I couldn’t unlock my phone with gloves on. And I’m not taking my gloves off in -4!

Since I didn’t get good pics or video, though, I wanted to share this delightful photo gallery of 20 Stunning Photos of Dogs Who Love the Snow! It is fabulous and captures Lucas’ spirit. (Even though he’s not pictured, it’s how he feels!)

I’ve looked through that gallery so many times – it will put a smile on your face! – and I can’t decide who’s my favorite! What do you think? Do you have a fave in that gallery? How does your dog do in these frigid temps?

Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

Today is the 5th annual Pet Blogger Challenge, hosted by GoPetFriendly.com. I’ve participated in the past and always appreciate the opportunity to stop and think through what’s going on around here! Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, especially with a million other things going on outside the blog, that I really love this chance to reflect. I re-read last year’s as a starting point, which was interesting to see what has changed… and what hasn’t. So, without further rambling, here we go!

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about.

I started in May 2009 – my, how time flies! I blog about dog-related topics – like training, health, animal welfare, pit bull advocacy, dog food, DIYs, etc. – all from the perspective of things that my dogs and I are experiencing together. Everything comes from the context of Emmett, Lucas, and Cooper.

2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.

Chronicling Emmett’s road trip and bucket list! I’m proud that I was able to do all that for him – and plan on doing even more in 2015 – and it was a blast to take everyone on that journey.

3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?

It’s nearly impossible to “do it all.” I started reading a handful of non-pet blogs this past year, and I realized that many of them pick a couple social media platforms to focus on and only dabble, if at all, in the rest. It’s tough, I think, for pet bloggers because we want to be everywhere and do everything. Our community is huge and so supportive, so you want to connect everywhere. It’s just not possible. Writing great content needs to be the cornerstone, but then figure out what platforms serve you best and focus on those!

4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?

Without a doubt, participating in social media. It’s tough to find the time to keep up with all the platforms (see answer #3), but it’s worthwhile for sure.

5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?

Of everything I wrote in 2014, the most trafficked posts were the ones I wrote during “Bark Week.” Apparently lots of people struggle with barking issues! I actually plan to revisit those topics sometime this year because we’ve had to tweak our training methods since Cooper’s belly isn’t tolerating most treats right now. Also, the update posts about Emmett and his oncology appointments have been really popular, too, which touches my heart in a way that you guys could not imagine. I’m incredibly, immeasurably grateful for that.

Interestingly, though, my two most visited posts of the year were ones from 2012 and 2013: Idiopathic Head Tremors and the IHT guest post. I get emails about those two posts weekly. It finally dawned on me (yeah, I’m a little slow) that I should start addressing all the questions I keep getting in some new posts. Look for a few updated IHT posts in 2015!

6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?

My letter to Molly on the day she went to her forever home. Dang, it was hard to write. I had to pause every few sentences to wipe tears from my eyes – heck, rereading it now made me tear up again! – but it was also so joyful. We fostered her for eight months, so she felt like part of our family. Heading to her forever home was the best possible outcome for her, of course, but man. It was hard. I think this was my favorite because it felt like a good way to close the Molly Chapter.

7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?

It didn’t change in 2014, but I am making some sweeping changes in 2015. In fact, I’m in the process of drafting those revisions to update my PR page this month. I really enjoy doing reviews paired with giveaways because the pet product market is so VAST that it’s hard to know what’s worth your hard-earned dollars! However, I faced a number of really frustrating challenges this past year that I need to address going forward.

If you do reviews, what do you find works best, and what doesn’t work at all?

I’m still trying to figure all this out. What doesn’t work, at least not for me, is a straight product review without a paired giveaway. The engagement is just too low to make it worthwhile. I’m trying to find a way to make the giveaways more fun – maybe photo contests or something – than just simply filling out a widget. I’ve also had a lot of luck doing “private” reviews and giveaways through my newsletter; only subscribers get in on those opportunities, and it’s worked well for brands because it’s a more “exclusive” list. But, as I mentioned in part one of this question, I had a ton of big challenges with reviews/giveaways in 2014, especially with the holiday gift guide, so I’m striving to fix those going forward.

8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?

Be you!! Seriously strive to be authentic with every post, tweet, and status update. Readers can tell when you’re faking it or being insincere. Being authentic attracts and, more importantly, retains readers! I’m really excited that I get to talk about this topic at BlogPaws this year because I believe in it so wholeheartedly. Craft your posts so that your readers feel like they’re talking to YOU! This is such a personal platform. Expressing your authentic self is vital for success!

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?

  1. A new design: This was a goal for last year, but with all of Emmett’s cancer stuff, it just wasn’t in the budget. I’ve set aside some money for it this year and will be working with a WordPress designer to create a site that reflects my vision!
  2. A regular posting schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. All year. That’s the goal!
  3. Send tons of “value-added” content in my monthly newsletter; make it a joy for readers to open!
  4. This is more of a personal goal, but it’s related: Develop a thicker skin.
  5. Improve the photography: I don’t have a camera, so I either need to learn how to use my cell phone better or, gulp, invest in a camera.

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

This is hard to articulate – which is EXACTLY why I need help – ha! So, I get so many emails every week asking all sorts of questions about training specific behaviors I’ve written about, or millions of questions about Cooper’s diet (especially now that we’re homecooking for him), questions about how to introduce a new dog to existing dogs, questions about head tremors and allergies and how to start a blog and so on. Recently I realized (again, a little slow here) that I’m spending more than an hour each week answering question emails that come from the blog. Which I’ll continue to do, of course, but I’m really seriously debating creating some online/e-course offerings about some of the most requested topics. I guess my question is… would anyone even enroll in those? Would it be better to just do a series of FAQ-style posts and direct emailers there? Or could a series of courses provide enough value? I’d LOVE any input!!!

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Whew! Thanks to our friends at GoPetFriendly.com for hosting this event again this year! I plan on spending chunks of time over the weekend reading through all the other responses – I always learn SO MUCH from reading everyone else’s insights. Can’t wait!