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Author: Brandi Barker

Patience

Patience

I thought Finn taught me patience. However, the older I get, the less I’m sure I know about anything—life, love, dog behavior. And, even though Gavin needed a profoundly compassionate, mushy, soft approach to anything and everything I asked of him, I’m learning that I know nothing about patience. Mabel and I are having so… View more

Meal Enrichment for Dogs

Meal Enrichment for Dogs

I’ve loved slow feeders since they came into my life. Gavin, not so much. My sweet boy needed a lot of love, patience, and spoon-feeding to eat. Conversely, Mabel greatly benefits from slow feeders, and I’ve used Gavin’s old Mine Pet Platter since she blessed my life with her food-loving self. It’s just so big…. View more

Precious

Precious

Four people I love have lost (passed away) dogs they love in recent weeks. And, while my sisters (birth and soul) and two dear friends’ loss and grief journeys aren’t mine, they remind me that life is too freaking short. We have so few days on this earth. Why do we squander our free moments? Why do we let… View more

Pearls

Pearls

Since most of you humans are recovering from comforting your dog(s) from the sky booms, my human asked me (Mabel) to step in again this week and share more pearls of wisdom for your dog(s). Here goes: Be HelpfulI’m always helping my human when she waters flowers. Sometimes, I assist by watching over her, making sure she lightly… View more

Frozen Enrichment for Dogs

Frozen Enrichment for Dogs

With the upcoming sky booms, I’m grateful that Mabel doesn’t give two hoots about fireworks. So, I’m adding more enrichment to her daytime routine so she’s as relaxed as possible at night while we hunker down inside, blinds closed, TV blaring, and her snore-farting her way through pops, bangs, and booms. I’m all for fireworks… View more

Waiting

Waiting

As a child, I composed a non-sensical novella, “My Ice Cream Dream.” I wrote, illustrated, and self-published (cut-up cardboard and contact paper) my debut book. I was so proud of my silly adventure story, racing through Rocky Roads, skidding down Sundae Slides, and my riveting twist ending when I woke up covered in ice cream—was it a dream? I’ve always… View more

High-Value Dog Treats

High-Value Dog Treats

Mabel’s gut is almost healed after four rounds of antibiotics. I’ve worked closely with my primary and holistic veterinarians to help mend her tummy microbiome, but it’s taken time. So I’ve recently and very slowly reintroduced dairy to my sweet girl after being unsure for months if she was allergic. Her current favorite Bark Pouch… View more

As Is

As Is

This time last year, Mabel woke me up in the middle of the night, unable to breathe. I panicked and stumbled out of bed to get my purse when she started shooting snot rockets all over my bedroom. Thankfully, her breathing returned to normal, but we headed to our primary veterinarian the next day, who… View more

Enrichment Toy Stuffing

Enrichment Toy Stuffing

It took time to adjust to life with a food-motivated Mabel. My angel Gavin and I used to sit on the bathroom floor with what I called his Thanksgiving feast. I’d meditate, rub essential oils on my hands, then love on him and let him tell me whether that morning’s favorite food was a Bark… View more

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