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Your Dog Loves You – Make Sure You Love Them Back

I did NOT want a dog. Our last dog had been hit by a car, which broke my heart. I had a new baby to take care of. And a new blog. And I really didn’t know anything about training a puppy – and really didn’t have the time or energy to learn. But – Mike found a little cutie pie that he just couldn’t resist, and brought him home. It was supposed to be “his” dog. But it wasn’t. He was Abby’s dog…..

toddler sharing snacks with a puppy

“Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.” – Author Unknown

From the very beginning, they were best friends. He would cry and whine and jump at the crib, until I would pick him up to see her. Eventually he got big enough to jump INTO the crib. She would wake up in the morning and giggle as she watched him hop up and down, until he finally made it over the rail and in to play. She learned to share by offering him bites of her snacks. She even tried to share her sippy cups with him. {Gross, right? Lol.} They played together, napped together, snuggled together…. Total besties.

toddler and puppy playing in the snow

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” – Douglas Pagels

They’ve grown up together – they’re both almost 2 years old now. And they’re still the best of friends. When I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I didn’t know how to train a puppy – well, I never learned either. He’s not potty trained, he jumps into the high chair after I take Abby out and tries to find little bites that have been left behind, and he cries like an abandoned baby when we leave to run errands for the day. But, he loves Abby and I unconditionally, which can make up for a lot. He’s an absolute sweetheart, even if he’s pretty rough around the edges. But who knows – I’m in the process of potty training Abby, maybe I can potty train him too…. {Wishful thinking?}

“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” – John Leonard

Since my little guy, Deuce, shows us daily how much he loves us, it’s definitely important to me to love him back. We take him to the dog park to run, he goes on daily walks around the neighboorhood with Abby and I – and since every good boy deserves a reward sometimes, we buy him the best dog treats. These Cesar Cookie Crunchies are a favorite – they’re shaped like little hearts and bones, and come in flavors he loves like Rotisserie Chicken and Filet Mignon. It’s an easy way to give a little love to my fave furry fella.

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{Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cesar and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.}

How do you show YOUR pets that you love them back?



Love Your Breed – Win the Entire Product Line!

Toys, Dog, Kids

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams

Abby loves dogs. Loves, loves, LOVES dogs. Her third word was dog – Right after momma and hat. But hat also sometimes means dad. We got a puppy when she was just a few months old, and they are the absolute best of friends. So, she of course has lots of doggy toys. When I heard about the new Love Your Breed collection of products from, I knew we had to check it out!

designer doggy gear

“The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.” – Mme. de Staël

I had heard of foufoudog, but had never visited their website before – Which means I have been missing out on some totally amazing doggy gear! The creator, Cheryl Ng, was disappointed by the lack of high-quality fashions for dogs, so she decided to jump into the scene and start designing them herself. One thing that sets them apart is that she realizes that big dogs want cool gear too, so she designs for ALL breeds of dog! That led to the Love Your Breed collection – a selection of super cool accessories to celebrate your love for your favorite dog! My mother lives with me, and has 4 little Dachshunds –  and our little guy is a fluffy Shih-Tzu – so we got an assortment of products featuring both breeds. Abby was so excited when I opened up the package – I wish I had gotten a video, it was priceless.

dog, decal, decorate kids storage

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

One of my very favorite’s that we were sent to check out was this super cute little rhinestone sticker! I thought that it would be trickier to work with, but it was so simple. We’re in the process of re-doing our whole Master Bedroom this month, to make a better space for Abby – {she’s sharing a room with me while my brother and his kids stay here for the summer} –  and this was the absolute perfect thing to decorate her toy buckets!! It has stayed on perfectly, which amazed me, since Abby keeps trying to get it off. So I ordered a couple more for her other buckets too! You could use this for so many things – and they’re even cuter in real life. Really high quality.

Love Your Breed

“The Love Your Breed collection includes Luggage Tags, Plush Toys, Acrylic Key Chains, Key Covers and Pens. Already creating a buzz in both the pet and gift industries, this collection is a must-have for all pet owners, pet lovers, and other pet friendly people.” –

Dog Luggage Tag, Shih-Tzu

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

Another favorite of mine is this super cute Luggage Tag! It matches perfectly with my favorite travel bag from DAV. Since I’m going to be traveling a lot this year to blogging conferences, this will see a lot of use. It’s great quality too, like all of the Love Your Breed products, and is just a really fun addition.

Want to WIN a set of Love Your Breed Products?

One lucky fun is going to WIN the entire collection from foufoudog – The prize package will include everything listed on this page – Love Your Breed – which means one each of:

  • Acrylic Keychain with Rhinestone Detailing.
  • Key Cover – Very Fun!
  • Luggage Tag for Travel.
  • Adorable My Pet Pocket Plushies.
  • Love Your Breed Pen.
  • Rhinestone Sticker – My Favorite!

This fun prize package is sure to totally delight any dog-lover – and has a value of about $40 bucks! And – If you’ve got a pet lover that you’d love to surprise with some of the great goodies from, check it out:

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This is valid for every single one that enters this giveaway – It can only be used once, so make sure to stock up on great gifts for everyone on your list this year! Now – to enter to win, use the easy peasy Rafflecopter entry form below. And if you’re feeling lucky, check out the rest of the great giveaways over in my sidebar too!

Have Fun, and Good Luck!

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