Kelly's Dog Blog

Kelly's Dog Blog - Acquiring Kenzie

Sometimes it’s not about replacements; it’s about filling the hole in your heart. We lost our Miniature Schnauzer Maggie suddenly this past July, due to stroke-related issues. Adding to our heartbreak was the fact that she was only two months shy of eleven years old. We have always had at least one...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — 2019's Most Pet-Friendly Cities

As a dog mom of four, I am all too familiar with the expenses that come with pet ownership, therefore I am happy to see that San Diego ranks 11 in this nationwide study of pet-friendly cities. In my neighborhood of Hillcrest, where there is lot of foot traffic, and Balboa Park is just down the road...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Don't Forget the Sunscreen — For Your Dog!

We all know the importance of sunscreen as a preventative against wrinkles and skin cancer, but did you know dogs are susceptible to skin cancer as well? Short-haired, close- shaven, and light-colored dogs are especially prone to sunburns. The tender skin of snouts, noses, ears, and tails is also...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Maggie — Part 2

The French doors of our upstairs balcony stayed open a lot over the weekend. While sitting out front with Griffin, Homer, and Curly, I was able to leave the front door open so I could hear the stereo inside. Both of these things hardly ever occurred when we had Maggie; guns a’blazin’ anytime she...
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Kelly's Dog Blog - Maggie

Truthfully, I thought Maggie would be fine. There were occasional coughing fits. There was a fainting spell she experienced a couple weeks before, which she immediately rebounded from. Chuck and I were both so busy with work and other projects that we put off taking her to the vet. We thought about...
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Kelly's Dog Blog - Renaming Your Rescue Pet

We’re not calling him “Monkey.” My husband was adamant. We had just acquired a 2-year-old Brussels Griffon-Schnauzer mix through a foster program. The foster family had been calling him Monkey, and although he did have similar, yet subtle facial features of a primate, to us, he simply looked more...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — 4-Legged Family Members

We have been very fortunate when it comes to all of the dogs we have had — ten in total — that they have lived long, relatively healthy lives. With the exception of Olive, who we lost this past January at the age of ten, our dogs have lived to be 12-16 years old. I have a theory that the more our...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — And Then There Were Four

We have four dogs that still need our love and care. I keep repeating this mantra, but the wound is still too fresh for it to really sink in. Up until 10:30 a.m. last Wednesday, we had five. Early that morning as I was watching CNN before work, Olive, who was up with me with her usual hacking and...
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In Sickness and in Health

There is a huge part of me that is starting 2019 off very grateful that I did not have to lose two dogs in 2018. We lost Wrigley October 29th and have been on the cusp of another loss since then. My Boston Terrier Olive was diagnosed with congestive heart failure late November of 2017 and was given...
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Adoption Fee Waivers

Whenever I hear about San Diego Humane Society or other organizations offering events where adoption fees are waived, I have mixed emotions. As much as I am an advocate for pets finding their forever homes through these amazing organizations, events and opportunities, a sense of ambivalence washes...
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