Need Help Sleeping at Night? Consult Your Dog.

As the temperatures drop, now you’ve got more reasons to make it a 1-, 2-, or 3-dog night. The Journal of the National Society of Anthrozoology just reported that women say their sleep is less disturbed and they have greater feelings of security and comfort when a dog sleeps in their bed.

While 55 percent of the 1,000 women in the study have dogs, 31% share their bed with at least one cat and 57% share it with a human partner. According to the cat moms, cats are just as disruptive to their sleep as human partners.

The dog moms also reported going to bed earlier and waking up earlier than the women who have cats but no dogs.

Not that we needed it, but now that we have even more evidence that dogs give us as much or more as we give them, be sure to feed them with unconditional love.

 

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How to Help Your Dog Feel Comfortable with Holiday Guests

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It is very nice information…My dog also suffers fr…

It is very nice information…My dog also suffers from SA and can go through crates (or walls) in about an hour. Finally after coming home to her out but with a collapsed crate hooked into her skin and being dragged around the apartment I gave in and bought this.i’ll wait for your next article.
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Barli’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs

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Win a Paw Promise Bracelet Stack of Your Choice!

It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like the holidays around here as we decorate and prepare for Barli’s first Christmas. I think we’ll have to forego a Christmas tree because…



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RIP Mischief

Long-time readers of this blog may remember my friend’s dog, Mischief, who ate at least one couch with his brother, Mayhem. I’m sad to report that Mischief crossed the rainbow bridge this morning. Sending sympathy to Mayhem and Heidi. I know that Mischief enjoyed her life and knew she was well-loved, in spite of her […]


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RSVP for #CevaHoliday Twitter Party!

Ceva Animal Health has sponsored this post and the upcoming party, but all opinions are my own. We all know that the holidays, for all its fun, can also be stressful for us and our pets, whether…



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Win A Christmas Dog Pin!

I can’t believe it’s already November–and we’re sliding into the holiday season! Maybe it’s because it was nearly 90 degrees earlier this week, but it has taken me by…



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Giving the Gift of Fun: A Child’s First Bicycle

Giving the Gift of Fun: A Child's First Bicycle

This post is sponsored by Huffy; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I vividly remember being 5 years old and walking downstairs on Christmas morning to find a powder blue bicycle with a white basket and big red bow under the tree, and feeling completely overcome with joy. Santa really had heard my wishes and pleas and brought me my dream gift. I rode that bike for years, with training wheels and without. Eventually, my little sister rode it too. Countless memories from my childhood involve my precious powder blue bicycle – from group neighborhood rides on summer nights to swooshing through the fall leaves to joyfully riding it with my best friend in our city parade. Of all of the gifts I received as a child, that bicycle is one that remains strong in my memory as something that stood the test of time, and was treasured through multiple phases of my young life. And since I first became pregnant with my now four year old daughter, I could not wait to give her the same gift of fun that I received so many years ago.

Essley has had a mini practice bike for a while now, but last month, she began asking for a “big kid bike.” She told us she was going to put it on her wish list for Santa Claus, “circled and with a lot of stars around it.” Since then, she has been doing extra chores, helping with her little brother, and working hard (of her own accord) to prove to us and to Santa that she deserves her big kid bike. And while I know from my own experience that there is little better than spotting your very own bike under the tree on Christmas morning, we decided that we were going to give Essley her holiday wish a little early this year.

We chose this Huffy 12” EZ Build Bike (for ages 3-5), and after she cleaned both her bedroom and the family room the other day, asked her to walk into the family room and close her eyes, and then yelled “Merry Early Christmas!” I’m not sure I’ve ever heard her scream so loudly, or jump up and down so high. It was honestly more wonderful than I can put into words, seeing her eyes light up and then watching her experience pure joy and excitement as we built the bike together.

One of the things I love most about the Huffy EZ Build bike is that the assembly is so simple, you and your kids to do it together. Essley really enjoyed the process (and I enjoyed how quickly it was finished); for her, it was part of the fun. And thanks to the EZ Build technology that is only available from Huffy, she was out the door and riding down the sidewalk in minutes.

I also love how the Huffy EZ Build Bike is durable, comfortable, and made to grow with your little ones. Essley used to complain about the seat on her smaller bike hurting her, but says this one is “extra comfy.” The frame is high quality (made of steel), and the bike features a quick release seat that is easy to adjust as your child grows. It’s also a great bike for learning to ride, with a single speed and coaster brake. And lucky for us, it’s also very affordable. Winner all around!

Watching Essley’s face as she feels the exhilaration of learning to ride her new bike around the neighborhood and experiencing that sense of freedom and pure joy brings back the most incredible childhood memories for me – including that moment when I spotted my first bicycle under the Christmas tree. There are endless toys and games and gadgets we can choose to give our children as gifts, but to me, giving a bike is truly giving the gift of fun. And when it comes to gift giving, I can’t think of anything better than that.

(P.S. We heard that Santa will be picking up another Huffy EZ Build bike at Walmart – where they’re available – this holiday season to give to Essley’s little brother on Christmas Day. Shhhh… )

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National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day | Facts to Know

The Origin of National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day Her name was Reveille, and like her moniker (which translates from French as “wake up”) the legacy of the dog agility competitor who…



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