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  • Right as Rayne: Happy healthy dogs

  • There are some conversations no one ever enjoys having, but they're necessary.  A few years ago DH and I had one of those conversations.  It was hard.  I cried.  Yet, we had to talk about it because the 'it' was the life of one our family members, our sweet Hermann-Maier.  The conversation was about what we would do 'at the end', when our sweet Hermann would be happier across the rainbow bridge.  [...]
  • Easter FUN with Dogs & Rayne Treats

  • So last week I was chatting Easter with the lovely and talented Heather from Heart Heather, and you know what this awesome lady said?! "You should do a doggie Easter egg hunt!" That woman. A genius. So we did and it was SO. MUCH. FUN. Supplies needed: dollar store plastic eggs Rayne Apple Pumpkin treats (or your dog's favourite) a smile:) Sponsored Post Disclosure: As I [...]
  • Rayne Whole Food Dog Treat Review & Giveaway

  • It's been over four months now we've fed our boys exclusively Rayne Whole Food and I am still shocked at the massive improvement we've seen in Hermann's health and general demeanour. Both boys have noticeably softer coats, their stool is solid and healthy, and for Hermann - all skin issues have gone. All. GONE. And he's dropped close to 15 pounds! (does Rayne make a dog-mom formula I wonder? LO[...]
  • Rayne Whole Food: why I'm #LovingRayne & so are the dogs!

  • I will fully admit to be an active pet-parent. (Ten bucks says there are family and friends reading this, saying "Active! She's a down-right crazy dog lady!") Our boys are family, not simply dogs. So when it comes to their well-being the best is what we strive for. We have always fed the boys high quality dog food, looking for the least processed and 'natural' dog-diet. Hermann, our olde[...]
  • Winter Fun for Everyone!

  • When we lived in the city I really wasn't very fond of winters. Winter meant even worse driving or commuting conditions, gross grey frozen dirt/snow banks, and lots of hibernating. The only fun winter brought came when we left the city and headed skiing or up to our cottage where we could really enjoy the great outdoors. Now, living in the country where the snow stays white and you can make t[...]
  • Saying Goodbye: Grieving the loss of a pet

  • On the afternoon of December 12th our family got smaller.... We said goodbye to our sweet Hermann. I have trouble breathing just writing that. My chest is tight, my throat hurts and I'm fighting back the ugly tears. There have been a lot of those. Our hearts are broken, and yet I know they will mend. We have over 10 years of amazing memories. He was a gift. He was truly o[...]
  • Full Disclosure: A peek behind the curtain

  • Update: this change has come into effect as of January 1, 2017 and it is now law:) A few weeks ago some news broke that got bloggers all a twitter. Why? Well, coming soon to a blog near you will be rules around how bloggers (and anyone else making claims or promoting products online) will have to do business. They have to provide full disclosure. Yes, folks - we're getting a peek behind the [...]
  • Meet Boomer

  • Meet Boomer. Boomer (or Boomie) is part of my girlfriend Julie's family and has been a source of constant joy ever since his entrance.   I got to spend some time with Boomie when I spent a few days at her house helping with childcare, and just fell in love.  He's a fun dog who joined me on my runs, and kept my feet warm sleeping with me at night. Boomer, like Hermann and Eddie, LOVES his[...]
  • Responsible Dog Owners and what they look like

  • What does a responsible dog owner look like? While we all have varying degrees of standards of what we find is and isn't acceptable, there are some basics I think we can all agree on.  And if you don't agree, clearly you're wrong.  Just kidding.  Kind of.  When it comes to a dog's health and happiness, I don't mess around. So, here are things a responsible dog owner does before even gett[...]
  • 9 Reasons to celebrate your dog's birthday

  • Today is our sweet Hermann's 9th birthday!   And since the moment this little sweet thing came into our lives, I can't imagine life without him.  Which is why we celebrate his birthday (and every day!).  Knowing how precious our time with our pets is, I'm a firm believer in celebrating their life.  And what better way than a birthday party! I don't mean loot bags, invited guests,[...]
  • Tips for summer fun with dogs

  • We all love summer, including the dogs, but summer also means different schedules and new places to explore.  We love taking 'the boys' with us as much as we can, so I've pulled together my list for making sure your pets are as happy and safe on your summer vacation as you are! 1. It may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure your pets have up to date vaccinations and tags.  This is especial[...]
  • New puppy? 10 Questions to ask your vet

  • Maybe it's just the weather, but I'm seeing lots of new puppies around.  Who doesn't love puppies?!! When we first got our sweet Hermann, we were overwhelmed with choices on possible vet clinics.  Narrowing down the selection came after asking lots of questions and finding a vet who just seemed to click with us, and our boy! When we moved to the country we had to find yet another vet, so I k[...]