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Risks

Risks

On Mabel’s 22nd day hiatus from playing with other dogs, my primary veterinarian called me with her PCR test, and it was all clear, as were her X-rays. After two rounds of antibiotics wrecked my sweet girl’s gut, I opted for testing when Mabel’s cough lingered, and I’m glad I did. I now have a cough-free dog… View more

Stripe

Stripe

Since Mabel’s been on daycare hiatus for 18 days, I’ve been trying to give her the play and exercise she needs, but I’m not a room full of rowdy dogs. Well, last weekend, we were in the backyard patio, and Mabel decided she was bored after I tossed her squeaky toys twice for her. She… View more

Supposed To

Supposed To

My sweet, good dog is supposed to be my easy, breezy Mabel girl. As Gavin’s health continued declining and I constantly had to find creative ways to get my non-food motivated sweetest boy to eat all his pills easily, his nickname became a high-maintenance money pit (lovingly, of course). So, I thought, if I put effortless… View more

Useless

Useless

Before I roll out my workout mat, I play tug or fetch with Mabel, then give her a bone on her bed. Or, sometimes, Mabel chases water from the hose, so there’s also a rug by the door, where she loves lying, and I love that it prevents her from slipping when her paws are wet…. View more

Home

Home

My home is Mabel’s fourth. My sweet girl spent the first two years of her life with a man who could no longer care for her, so he relinquished her to a rescue. I assume she was driven to the farm, where she stayed for a bit. Mabel then took another car ride to her… View more

Labor & Love

Labor & Love

I launched Bark Pouch almost ten years ago with two lovely business partners who signed over ownership to me five years ago to focus on their families. I laugh now, thinking that making 100 pouches was such a big deal, and I once tracked inventory in a note on my phone. On so many levels,… View more

Baggage

Baggage

I can’t tell you how often I’ve been told that rescuing dogs isn’t feasible because they have too much baggage. My response is usually some variation:  “If you’re a living, breathing, thinking, feeling being who’s been on this planet for any time, your past is part of you. However, I’ve met dogs at the shelters… View more

Big

Big

Today would have been my big-love, big-feelings, big-headed, big-hearted boy Gavin’s 11th birthday. To celebrate, Mabel and I walked through her second favorite sniffer spot, Scioto Grove Metro Park. Her best-loved stroll spot is the tree line at my mom’s house. I’m unsure whether it’s the ultra-quiet setting, the fact that my sweet girl gets to greet… View more

Luck & Abundance

Luck & Abundance

I listen to guided meditations every morning and evening while Mabel snuggles with me. They all say the same thing in different ways. If we want to live our best, love-filled, financially-free, and most joyous lives, we must think, feel, and believe those things even before we experience them. So, today, I offer us all the… View more

Safe

Safe

We had a smooth week at the shop with Felix. The piston filler works better than she’s worked in over a year. We’re still not back to maximum production because Cammie took a couple of days off to celebrate her wedding anniversary (so happy for her). Still, there was a profound feeling of safety on kitchen… View more

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