Kelly's Dog Blog

Kelly's Dog Blog — The Photo Shoot

Every year Chuck and I take our Christmas card photo with all of our dogs. Our family Christmas card has become a tradition that friends and family have come to appreciate — and expect. Although never an easy feat, it has gotten less cumbersome and chaotic with more modern technology. Related:...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Pets and People in Need

As a dog mom of five, I can attest to the fact that the care and feeding of pets can be costly. My dogs depend on my husband and me to feed them regular meals and snacks, and as much as they dread it, regular vet visits are necessary for their general health. It is sad to think about folks who have...
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Kelly's Dog Blog - Dogs and Thanksgiving

Talk about the quintessential buzzkill. It’s Thanksgiving Day and after hours in the kitchen, you finally get to sit down with family and friends to that glorious meal. You haven’t even drizzled the giblet gravy on your plate when you hear a strange hacking, then look over to see your Basset Hound...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Dogs of Homeless People

While out walking my dog Griffin earlier this week I saw a homeless guy with a loaded-down shopping cart and a large Pitbull-Mastiff-looking dog in tow. Having five dogs that live in the lap of luxury most days, it is hard for me to fathom what the life of a dog of a homeless person must be like...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Dogs and Chocolate

People are always warning us about how chocolate can be fatal to dogs. If that was the case, dog fatalities would be off the charts. Around Christmas time 1993, a bowl of Hershey’s Kisses disappeared off our coffee table at our home in Orange County. We knew it was an inside job, as we hadn’t had...
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Kelly's Dog Blog - An Emptier, Quieter House

They say that when your spouse dies, the nights are the most difficult, as you realize you are the only one in your bed. You reach over in the middle of the night and no one is there. With dogs, it’s about food bowls. The first time you set out five, instead of the usual six. I miss my Wrigley...
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Kelly's Dog Blog — Adopting Dogs, Part 2

Once Elmo and Kermit became mine, and before even pulling out of the PetSmart parking lot, I immediately changed their names to Homer and Curly, named after two orphans in one of my favorite movies, The Cider House Rules . (they would from that moment one be referred to as We refer to them as The...
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Kelly's Dog Blog - Adopting Dogs - Part 1

Not a fan of crowds, there are some things I will make an exception for. The Howl-O-Wine event at Witch Creek Winery in Carlsbad put on by SPOT is a prime example. SPOT — Saving Pets One at a Time — holds a special place in my heart, as it was through them that I obtained my latest two rescue dogs...
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Kelly Danek's Dog Blog: It's Never Easy

“We’ve got to get her a puppy,” I kept telling my husband Chuck back in the spring of 2005. At the time, we had a 3-year-old 40-pound rambunctious Boston Terrier named Trudy, who was making life a bit hellacious for our two older dogs, Schnauzers Winnie, 14, and Clive, 12. All the older dogs wanted...
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