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Confessions of a Crazy Dog Mom // Dog Mom Truths, Hacks, + Giveaway!

Pet ownership is not for the faint of heart.

I can remember clearly the day we came home to find wood splinters from Rigby’s chewing escapades on the wood-framed futon on our carpet floor. And then later discovered some chew marks on our newly replaced baseboard trim.

Or the time we thought he might have gotten into a pack of gum. (And if you didn’t know, Xylitol is incredibly toxic to dogs and is in a lot of gum and oral care products! Yikes.)

And I’ll never forget the time, shortly after we moved into our house, that Rigby got out the sliding door, and I ran screaming out the door only to find him sitting in the middle of the street, surrounded by my very kind and nice new neighbors. Nothing like welcoming ourselves to our new neighborhood!


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Fortunately, while panic-inducing and even a bit embarrassing, these incidents were all relatively minor. While Rigby is no saint, most of the time he is a very good boy. But, we all have our moments, even this Dog Mom and her pup. Today I thought I’d share some of my dog confessions: the truths that I sometimes would rather not admit to, and the hacks I’ve learned to compliment these embarrassing, funny, and honest reflections on dog ownership over the past five or so years.

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Giving Thanks with Rigby (+ Giveaway!)

Rigby turned five this week, and it reminded me, again, how fast time flies. I remember going to see Rigby for the first time and falling in love with his cute little face, his upper lip that poked out (because of his underbite) and his busy little personality. Dave and I knew right away that Rigby was perfect for us, and while he has been a struggle at times, he’s been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

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Rigby was the cutest puppy, a little bundle of soft puppy fur. The night we brought him home, he was ready to explore everything. He even found himself in the reflection of the sliding glass door and got so excited that he began to yip and bark at himself. And while his fur isn’t so soft now, he’s not lost his vivacious personality or sweet disposition.

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Moving Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Pup Happy

I made a huge mistake the first time we moved. I didn’t acclimate my dog to our new place properly and ended up rushing Rigby to the vet with some digestive issues if you get what I’m saying. Just like humans, dogs can get stressed and have health consequences too. And if you’re like me and hadn’t considered the impact of moving with dogs, then I’m hoping I can help you keep both you and your pup stress-free.

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Moving with Dogs Tips and Tricks

When we moved this time around, I had quite a few questions from friends and family on how Rigby was handling things. Unlike last time, I was proud to announce that he seemed to be doing just fine! No emergency vet visits occurred, and Rigby’s tummy troubles seemed to be nowhere to be found. (And if you’ve taken any 4 am bathroom trips for a fussy dog like I have, then you know this is a real blessing. Seriously.) Because of what I experienced on our first move, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about moving with a sensitive pup in the hopes that you and your pup are feeling good about a move or a life change! Continue reading


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Holiday Gifts for the Crazy Dog Lady // Giveaway!

Happy Holidays! I’m just starting now to get in full holiday mode; prepping to take some time off work and preparing myself for the fact that Christmas is just about a week away now. How did that happen?! For those of you who are still shopping ’til you drop, I thought I’d share a fun holiday gift guide for the holiday gifts that every dog lover and crazy dog lady alike will appreciate.

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Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers

From treats and toys for the special pups to customizable gifts and books that educate or warm the heart, there’s something on this list for every dog lover. As with my previous gift guide for fashion lovers, I’m also bringing you a chance to win one big ticket prize, so be sure to read through until the end!

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10 MORE Things to Know About the Shiba Inu Breed

It was about one year ago that I wrote my most popular post ever, innocently titled ten things you should probably know about Shiba Inus. I made a few Shiba owners angry, I had a lot of breeders write me messages thanking me and wanting to share with their pet clients, and I had even more people laugh along with me who own a dog just like mine. I also received a lot of emails from prospective owners wondering if I was exaggerating and if the Shiba Inu breed really might not be for them.

Now over a year later, I still get a lot of questions, so I thought it might be time to write 10 MORE things I think you should know about the Shiba Inu breed! Of course, not every Shiba is just like Rigby. Just like the humans that own them, each dog is a special snowflake with its own set of quirks, likes, and dislikes. However, at their core, Shibas tend to be pretty similar in that they are typically 1. aloof, 2. independent, and 3. irritatingly smart. These are the other things that I think you should definitely know before you consider getting a Shiba Inu for your family.

10 More Things You Should Know about the Shiba Inu Breed // Shiba Inu Temperament & Personality Traits // Hello Rigby Seattle Shiba Inu Blog

10 MORE Things to Know About the Shiba Inu Breed

The comparison to cats is real.

As much as I try to deny it, Rigby is really quite cat-like. He prefers to be high up, surveying his kingdom as often as possible. You’ll often find him sitting on top of his crate, on the back of my parent’s couch when we visit, or peeking out the window. He’ll rub your legs to get noticed in the kitchen, clean himself after each of his meals, and let you know when he’s had enough of your petting too, just like his feline counterpart.

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