When Mike and I (Steph) brought our adorable 4.5 lb dachshund puppy home in late 2015, we knew he would depend on us for everything. We gave him the best fresh dog food, puppy obedience training, high-quality toys, early socialization, and essential puppy shots.
Because there are so many different dog diseases, it is hard to know which vaccinations our puppies need and which ones are optional. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we give an overview of common canine diseases. We also provide a first-year puppy shot schedule and discuss the prices of core and non-core vaccinations.
One of the greatest things about being an e-commerce owner and blogger in the pet space is the amazing people I get to connect with! This month, I (Steph) caught up Heather Hunt, an incredibly talented and kind woman in the pet industry. Heather is the founder of The Dapple blog and author of a joyful recipe, DIY, and activity book for dog lovers.
I sat down with Heather to discuss the story behind The Dapple, tips on how to successfully grow a niche blog in today's online community, and learn more about her adorable pups, Dave and Elizabeth. We also chat about her new book that just dropped on Amazon and discuss the process of getting a book deal.
Choosing the right type of dog harness is crucial. A high quality and proper fitting dog harness will improve your pup's comfort, prevent the risk of chafing and injury, and make walks and outings more enjoyable for everyone. With an endless number of dog harness styles on the market today, selecting the best one for your pup can be a trying task.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog post, we review the 3 types of dog harnesses: back-clip, front-clip, and dual-clip. We'll also tell you how to measure your dog for a harness and how to make sure that it fits safely and correctly.
In our ongoing quest to find the healthiest, most nutritious, and highest-quality food for our 14 lb dog Django, we (Mike and Steph) have tested almost every fresh dog food subscription service on the market. We are selective with what we feed Django and look for dog food brands that use high quality animal proteins, nutrient-packed and wholesome ingredients, and avoid fillers, preservatives, and artificial ingredients.
We discovered A Pup Above earlier this year and have been very happy with our experience. We feel good about giving Django A Pup Above because it is made with free-range animal protein, non-GMO veggies, rich and natural gravy, and super spices. The company is also environmentally conscious and strives to keep its carbon footprint small. It uses ugly produce that would be chucked into landfills, and it stores its recipes without using fossil fuels. This is a mission we can get behind because we built our family-owned small business to be environmentally philanthropic.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog post, we provide an in-depth and unbiased review of A Pup Above sous-vide fresh dog food. All opinions are our own and based on our own personal experience feeding A Pup Above to our dachshund Django.
Puddin is a spunky terrier mix and one of Instagram’s most uplifting dogfluencers. After being neglected and abandoned at 6 weeks old, Puddin developed a very severe eye infection. By the time the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas stepped in and rescued her, Puddin was completely blind. She needed to have her eyes removed and her eye sockets were sewn together.
Despite being unable to see, Puddin has a spirited and brave personality and is now living a normal and healthy life in Lubbock, Texas. We caught up with her new owner, Cory Gonzales, to discuss Puddin’s rescue and rehabilitation and to debunk some common myths about blind dogs. Gonzales also talked with us about traveling with a special needs dog and how Puddin positively impacts his mental health.
You may know Dr. Travis Stork from his 12-year run as a co-host on The Doctors or his stint a the bachelor on season eight of The Bachelor. What you may not know is that Dr. Travis and his wife Parris are avid dog lovers and have adopted two shelter pets over the years. They also welcomed their first child, Grayson, in June 2020.
We caught up with with Dr. Travis to discuss pet adoption and to dispel some common myths about shelter dogs. The New York Times best-selling author also chatted with us about Charlie and Grayson’s relationship and how his shelter dogs have helped him get through thick and thin.
Are you adopting a senior dog from an animal shelter? Is your dog growing old and starting to gray around his nose and mouth? Dogs become senior citizens at various ages depending on their size. Small dogs typically reach senior status around age 11. Medium-sized dogs become seniors closer to 10, and large dog breeds reach old age around year 7-8.
Whether you are adopting a senior dog from a shelter or your dog is aging, here is everything you will need to make sure your four-legged friend's golden years are as comfortable as possible.
What do French bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, and Shih Tzus have in common? It is not just that they consistently rank among the American Kennel Club’s most popular breeds. These dog breeds are brachycephalic, which means “short-headed” in Greek. Brachycephalic dog breeds (also called flat-faced or snub-nosed dogs) have buggy eyes, squished faces, and scrunched-up noses.
With their baby-like features and small size, Brachycephalic dog breeds are incredibly cute. The problem is, breeding dogs to have miniature muzzles and shorter skulls can cause many health problems.
Want to add a brachycephalic dog breed to your family? Once your beautiful four-legged friend arrives, you will need to take special precautions to keep your snub-nosed dog happy and healthy. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we discuss everything you need to know about taking care of flat-faced dogs.
Winston is an adventurous, loving, and strikingly good looking "tweenie" long-haired dachshund from Los Angeles. He is also completely blind on one side. When Winston was just a few months old, he was attacked and severely injured by another dog. The attack was the start of several harrowing months for Winston and his loving mom and dad.
I caught up with Winston and his mom to learn more about Winston's injury, the experience of going through such a traumatic and heartbreaking ordeal, Winston's recovery process, and how the beautiful one-eyed boy is now handling life, adventures, and puppyhood in southern California.
Do you want a dog but start coughing and sneezing whenever you are near one? Pet allergies are very common, especially in people who have other allergies or asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 10% of people in the U.S. are allergic to dogs.
While there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog, these 15 small dog breeds have low or non-shedding coats that produce less dander and are the best dog breeds for allergy sufferers.
Mike and I (Steph) have tried out countless monthly subscription dog boxes for our adorable dachshund Django. Two boxes that we keep going back to are BarkBox and Super Chewer.
Most seasoned dog owners have heard of BarkBox, the super popular monthly subscription box for dogs that includes a fun assortment of plush toys, treats, and chews. We are huge fans of BarkBox in our house, but I readily admit that it is not for some dogs. Our little guy Django is a 14lb tweenie sausage dog, and he has easily chewed through many BarkBox plush toys in a matter of minutes (or maybe seconds). Does that sound like your dog? If so, let us introduce you to Bark Super Chewer.
Super Chewer is Bark's monthly subscription box of "tough stuff for tough dogs." It offers dog owners a curated collection of toys, treats, and chews designed specifically for tough and aggressive chewers.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide a comprehensive overview and review of Bark Super Chewer based on our own experiences getting the toy and treat-filled boxes for our dog Django.