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An Unexpected Path

Wow! So it's been forever since I've written a blog post!  I have so much to catch you up on, I'm really not even sure where to begin!

Let's just say, I feel the same way I felt when writing my first blog post. Not quite sure what direction I'm headed, but I'm headed somewhere!  Crazy, right?!

Winter road with text overlay,  Dog Mom Life An Unexpected Path

It's crazy how life can take you down a path that you weren't expecting.

12 Unique Gift Ideas For Dog Moms

Looking for the perfect, unique gift for the dog moms in your life?  Then you are going to love these twelve ideas, which are sure to be on every dog mom's wish list! 

Dog Mom opening gifts under the Christmas Tree with her Yorkshire Terrier

The day after Thanksgiving marks the start of preparations for Christmas, for most. There are of course the exceptions,  I do have some friends and family who start in July, I'm sure you do too. I for one, tend to be in the category of last minute shoppers! When do you begin planning for Christmas?

One of the first steps I take in preparation for the holiday, is to make a  a list of everyone I need to get a gift for.  I like to jot down a few items, next to their name, of gifts I think they would appreciate.  I try to come up with one of a kind, unique gift ideas, before heading out to shop.  I also enjoy making handmade gifts, they are always well received by my family and friends.

As I was beginning my list this year, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my dog mom gift ideas with you.  Many of these gifts will cost you little to no money, just your kindness and time.

Whether you've almost wrapped up your shopping or just getting started, there is sure to be something here you'll find perfect for that special dog mom.

Nausea In Dogs: How Changing Their Food Bowl Helps

Can dogs have nausea? Yes, they Can! 

Keep reading to find out how you can alleviate your dog's nausea by changing their food bowl.

How to alleviate nausea in dogs with a slow feeder bowl

Tootsie was just diagnosed with nausea last week. It's been awhile since I've shared any updates on Tootsie,  my Chihuahua.   I figured this was the perfect opportunity.

I never would of thought that a dog repeatedly licking their lips was a sign of nausea.  I thought it was a nervous habit she had, since she does have occasions of nervousness.  When I took Tootsie to her veterinarian, for a followup after her emergency room visit, I found out that  lip licking actually is a symptom of nausea. 

Tootsie The Chi visiting the vet's office

Dog Names of Summer

Summer is officially upon us and everyone is out and about with their dogs, enjoying all the activities that Summer offers.

I must say that Summer is my favorite season! I love spending time with my dogs, in the flower garden, taking walks and relaxing on the porch.  What's your favorite part of Summer?

The only thing I don't like about Summer is that it slips away too quickly...
So before that happens, I wanted to share with you a list of dog names inspired by Summer flowers.  This completes the series of dog names inspired by the four seasons.  If you missed the other three seasons, you can find them under the Names label.

Best Dog Names of Summer

Dog Mom DIY Motivational Water Bottle

I'm excited to share with you a fun DIY project for dog moms! I hope you enjoy this motivational water bottle for dog moms, as much as I do!  What I really like about this particular project is you can personalize it to fit you and your style.  It also has the time markers to keep you on track all day, with your water drinking goals. Choose your favorite water bottle, grab your supplies and meet me back here in five!

Dog Mom Diy project for a motivational water bottle. Step by step instructions

Magical Moments Happen At BlogPaws

My experience at the BlogPaws conference, in Myrtle Beach, SC, was nothing less than magical. I don't mean magical in the sense of hocus-pocus. Rather, the magic that occurs within you, when you have an a-ha or defining moment.

Why you will want to attend a BlogPaws conference, where magical moments happen

I nearly backed out, from attending the conference, due to my anxiety of driving over 400 miles, to unknown territory, by myself.  Well, not quite by myself, Tootsie would be riding shotgun!

The month preceding the conference, I flipped back and forth, like a fish out of water.  I'm going to the conference, I'm not going, I'm going, maybe I won't go...

I then had the pleasure of connecting with Elizabeth Keene, with Chronicles of Cardigans, who is the Newbie Ambassador for BlogPaws. Her post filled with free BlogPaws conference encouragement, motivated me to push through my anxiety and fears.

Then, about a week before I was due to leave, I came across this quote:

Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of fear quote.

"Everything you've ever wanted, is on the other side of fear" George Addair

A quote that motivated me to push through my fear and drive to the BlogPaws conference.  A conference that I had been dreaming about attending for almost a year!

Homemade Birdie Muffins For Your Feathered Friend

If you have a feathered friend of your own, or know someone who does, you are going to love this easy, homemade recipe for Birdie Muffins. Your feathered friend will too!

Homemade Birdie Muffins your feathered friends will enjoy snacking on.

We've been having quite the week here on the east coast,with Mother Nature!  Just when we thought Spring was here, Mother Nature decided to surprise us with a blizzard.

Since we are snowed in at the moment, I thought it would be the perfect time to make some birdie muffins for my Quaker parrot.

This homemade recipe is something I learned to make from the breeder I got my parrot from.  It's super  fast and easy to make, you can store the birdie muffins in the freezer and defrost as needed.

My Quaker parrot, Iris, loves her birdie muffins! She will ask for them when I haven't made a batch for awhile.  Unfortunately, she's very camera and video shy, so I can't get her to talk when she knows I'm recording.