2022 Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season, dog lovers! 

My first dog as an adult was born right before Christmas.  Even though he wasn’t old enough to bring home at Christmas, I was ready and waiting for his homecoming to my house with many dog-errific gifts.  Finding the perfect gift for your dog and dog-obsessed friends and family can be tricky. But it’s so worth it to see their huge smile when they unwrap that awesome present!

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Let’s Make a Difference for the Animals:

Roddie

I believe that you don’t have to do much to make a big difference. A small kindness, word or gift can have a huge impact, not only on those you’re giving to, but on those who share your care. A donation to an animal organization not only helps the pets but also impacts the community and makes them feel less alone.

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4 tips to capturing images of your “Wild Child” at your Pet Photography Session

brown and black dog

My last 2 dogs, after some training, were pretty well behaved when I asked them to sit and stay. Then I brought Declan home! He is my ‘wild child’. He will sit and stay, until such time as he sees something more interesting. Then he is off to the races. And boy can he run. I definitely understand the frustration and anxiety a person may have when their dog is not listening to them.

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Dogs in Service to Others

golden retriever

When I started thinking about it, there are a number of different service dogs. Guide dogs is the specific name for dogs used to guide individuals with an impairment in their vision. Service dogs are any dogs that do a service for a human with a disability. They may be hearing service animals, wheelchair assist animals, seizure alert animals or even PTSD dogs.

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Happiness is working with dog rescues

I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say “Oh, that’s great that you work with dog rescue…but I couldn’t do it, it would be heartbreaking.” I sit there and think, that couldn’t be further from the truth. How can you be be heartbroken when your day is filled with licks and kisses.

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Pet Portraits and Urban Art

rotweiller and art wall

Syracuse has multiple places that have beautifully painted urban walls. I recently had a session downtown by one of these walls. We enjoyed having the dogs pose in the painted scenes and then also just sitting with the colorful walls fading out beyond them.

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Dog Safety for the July 4th fireworks!

dog with fireworks

My sister’s dog’s seem to have a fear of noises and the fireworks tend to be near her house.  A fireworks show is probably the worst noise a fearful dog can face. Her dog Beau would back himself into the closet as best he could, or under the bed.   If you know a night of fireworks is coming up, here are some ways to help your dog stay a little more comfortable.

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Dog friendly restaurants in Syracuse, New York

Franklin

Life in Syracuse can provide a list of activities for you and your dog no matter the season. Once Spring is upon us though, we can have our dogs accompany us to many dog friendly restaurants. The community is so pet-friendly and makes it easy to venture out with dogs. Here are just a few restaurants/pubs that welcome dogs in their outdoor areas.

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