Tag: dog health

5 nonfat healthy dog treats

Has your Vet said your dog is overweight?

Is your dog beginning a middle age spread?

Is your dog a chow hound like our Sydney?

When will she give them to me?
Our Sydney in “Down, stay” behavior waiting for treats.

Tips to slim your hound

 Begin with caution: add each food a few pieces once a week then if your dog’s eating and elimination are normal, try others on the list. These foods are health raw training treats .

Sugar snap peas to break or cut into pieces

Apple slices, thin but not too small. Make you dog chew

Carrot pieces cut long for chewing

Broccoli-skin & stalk cut like above

Cucumber be sure to use the skin, if organic



Please suggest other vegetables and fruits that you give your dog. We love our readers and we love sharing new ideas with readers.


Thanks for reading, Deborah Taylor-French

Dog Chocolate Toxicity Meter

What took me so long?

Just stumbled on this PetMD Dog Chocolate Toxicity Meter. What a helpful and important resource, just type in what type of chocolate your dog ate and the meter states how toxic it is. My mission rolls out in my blog’s tagline “saving dogs’ lives and dog lovers’ sanity.” Four years ago, I set my purpose yet I have strayed a bit from it.

Blogging goals for 2015?

My goals for 2015 include sticking to this mission statement tighter in order to write and publish e-books, relating strongly to my purpose for Dog Leader Mysteries.

The thought just struck me to call this “Mystery Monday” and begin sharing my fiction on Monday. Perhaps, I will need to wait a bit due to the need to choose between WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com. In the meantime, you will find my blog on WordPress.com, until I get this all figured out.

PetMD Dog Chocolate Toxicity Meter

Beware of what goes in my mouth.
Beware of what goes in my mouth.

Thanks for reading, sharing and caring about dogs.

Deborah Taylor-French





Search and Rescue Dogs of 9/11: Keep hope alive

Dogs need hope

Did you know that? Rescue dog handlers learned that after 9/11 as they worked to save lives and find bodies. The dogs needed to find someone alive to keep doing the hard and dangerous work of searching the hideously smelling wreckage.

A dog’s sense of smell compared to a human’s sense of smell.

A dog’s sense of smell is about 1,000 to 10,000,000 times more sensitive than than a person’s nose.” According to Dog Breed Info.


 How did these dogs do this?

How could these sensitive nosed dogs do this work? It must have required a ton of courage and encouragement. They must have felt sick at finding so few people alive after days of working.

What gives you hope?

What gives you hope for the future?

What keeps you writing, blogging and/or volunteering?

What beliefs help you?

Who is your inspiration?

These dogs and their handlers inspire me. I want to learn how to reset my hope.

Please leave a comment and/or share.

So many in this world need hope, love and caring.

Thanks, Deborah Taylor-French

A Dog’s Take on my Favorite Author Quotes

“Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you’re a bit larger

than you used to be” ― Gregory Maguire

I love Goodreads. I discovered this quote on Goodreads and invite you to  connect with me there. Share your beloved dog books, favorite mystery short stories and favorite authors, etc. Please say hello or request my friendship on Goodreads. Thanks, Deborah Taylor-French

Dog Walker on the Plaza Mayor, Segovia, Spain

I say, when we look into the faces of dogs we love, we climb in and when we come out, our hearts expand because through the heart of a dog, we see the world and ourselves newly born with each breath. Deborah Taylor-French

When I imagine looking through the eyes of a dog, I see and smell an unlimited, interesting fantastic world. So it is with pleasure I share with you this photograph I took in the Plaza Major of Segovia, Spain this June. I see pure mutual enjoyment in this gray-sunset dog walking pair. I felt no longer limited by my mind or body, but connected in Spirit with this moving pair of friends. Man and dog quietly crossing the cobblestones, moving as one being.

They swiftly trotted by the newsstand, not pausing for anything as the birds cawed. Each caw ended in passionate sloppy kisses in the cloudy heavens. I felt we all belong to everything. Home, our true home lives in the breath and feet of animals, wild and tame.

The shared pleasure of walking together once or twice a day, keeps dogs and people healthy. Walking at a quick pace strengthens the bond between dogs and their human families. Plus walking your dog on a leash reinforces that you remain your dog’s resourceful and protective leader.  In this puzzling world of people, forests of legs and strange loud sounds, your dog will feel relieved that he does not have to understand everything, he can trust you to keep him safe.

Take a walk today with your dog. Go some place you have not walked before. Walk fast with the dog slightly behind you, like this man. Later, you can stop to smell the roses or the “pmail” on building corners.

Plaza Major. Segovia, Spain
Walking his friend, the dog trots swiftly without sniffing or stopping.

Is Your Dog a Little Stinker?: Photo Friday

By Deborah Taylor-French

Our dog Sydney lets off stinkers.

His new nickname of “Pork Chop” seems odd because he came to us so skinny from an animal shelter. Sydney has always wolfed down his food at top speed. Eating fast causes animals to swallow more air. Gobblers stink more-really.

When Sydney lets off a smelly one, he runs away!

Who thinks I should order this Little Stinker costume for Sydney?

Little Stinker

Photo Credit & Source: The Animal Rescue Site

I have two reasons for ordering. And no, I have never bought a costume before for a dog before. The first reason is that every order from The Animal Rescue Site shop provides money that feeds pets waiting in animal shelters. Buying this Skunk costume gives 14 bowls of food. The second reason is that new challenges are good for a dog’s mind. Sydney loves being the center of attention. He also loves praise and treats. Being part poodle he goes and finds himself a job, unless I give him a new game to work.

Food Allergies Make Foul Smelling Gas

Bad smelling gas can be caused by food allergies or eating the wrong foods.

Puppies need more protein and fat than mature dogs. Working dogs need a different diet than lap-dogs. Racing Greyhounds need different nutrition from retired dogs that love to lay around the house with their people.

Considering there is a huge difference in quality of pet foods, you get the picture.

Visit the Dog Food Advisor and learn about why he started studying and blogging about dog foods. He rates foods from 1 to 5. Breaks down each nutrition part into percentages. Plus he tracks brand name pet food recalls and reported toxins in dog foods.

Looks over shoulder

Halloween Costume #2: Glow Bones

Glow in the Dark Bones would also be a fun costume for Sydney. He has t-shirts and sweaters for winter he wears when he must be trimmed. And I rather like the idea of seeing him glow in the dark.

The head covering with velour strap under the chin maybe feel weird. He is a weird dog, so sometimes weird works.

But I am not ruling this costume out. I did have a black t-shirt with ribcage and spine bones on it. Not a bad idea to go to a fall festival dressed as a pair of dancing skeletons, eh?

Glow Bones 1

Photo Credit: The Animal Rescue Site

From this Wednesday to next Friday here is what you need to do to win a dog pleasing prize.

  1. Vote for one of these two costumes, Little Stinker or Glow in the Dark Bones your comment.
  2. Post a link to this post to your Facebook or on your blog, asking friends to visit and vote for your choice too.
  3. Visiting “friends” should comment with their votes plus tell me who sent them, by typing your name in their comments.

The person with the most votes WINS.

You win a prize for your dog. I order your favorite costume. So Sydney will have to grin and wear it.

To costume for your little (or big) stinker, go to The Animal Rescue Site because your dollars work double. Once for you and again to feed shelter pets.