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    Ward’s First Dog Show – Augusta Kennel Club, October 2019

    At just four months and two days of age, High Caliber Classified Warden hit the show ring for the very first time! He was such a star, especially considering the circumstances. Saturday’s show was at 8:30 am, and with an hour and a half drive to the venue, my poor puppy had no time to play or get any exercise. He was a bit playful in the ring – but he actually impressed me. He (for the most part) kept his cool and did what he was there to do. We had the complete opposite problem at Sunday’s show, which was at 4:30 pm. Ward had been at the barn…

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    Horses & Puppies. Tips to make introduction go smoothly.

    There is nothing better than a good barn dog. However, dogs + horses can = sticky situations. You can’t just drop a dog off at the barn and expect a “barn dog.” A lot of precautions must be taken and a lot of training goes into both horse and dog. The first thing anyone wants to do with their new puppy is rush them to the barn to meet the horses. I don’t blame them, but I don’t recommend this. Puppies are unreliable, and horses are unpredictable. My best advice is to wait until your puppy has a solid recall, that way you can reliably call him to you in…

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    Coconut Oil for Dogs – Why, How, and How Much

    Coconut oil seems like a miracle fix for almost everything. You have a cut? Coconut oil. Itchy? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil. What many people don’t know is that coconut oil is just as good for the inside of the body as it is for the outside, for humans and animals alike! I have been feeding coconut oil to my dogs and horse for years now with great success. Here are a few benefits to feeding coconut orally … improves digestion increased nutrient absorption aids arthritis and joint problems reduces allergies improved skin health prevents yeast and fungal infections creates shiny, soft coats reduces bad breath supports healthy weight…

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    Liquid IV – MUST have.

    I don’t know where you live, but in South Carolina – summer is HOT. Hot, hot, HOT. You can count on every summer day to be at least 95 degrees with no less than 60% humidity. In weather like that, it’s important to be aware of your hydration. Liquid I.V. has been a staple in our household for years. My mother is an Ultra Marathon runner, and uses Liquid I.V. for post race recovery. Although I am no where near the athlete that she is (ya girl can hardly do a 5k..) – it is an essential for me as well. I spend most of my free time outdoors, either…

  • Dog,  Product Reviews

    Sport Dog Food, perfect for my sporting dogs!

    With a new puppy coming, I started looking hard into nutrition. I’ve always fed Wells Pro Plan, but after seeing some recent controversy – I looked deeper into it myself. You can read my thoughts here. With Pro Plan out of the picture, I was on the hunt for a great new dog food for both Wells and Ward. I looked at all the things. Victor, Fromm, RAW, 4health, Orijen, Eukanuba, Open Farm, and the list goes on. I had heard about Sport Dog Food, mostly from seeing breeders and fellow bird dog owners recommending it online. It wasn’t until I had a friend tell me ” If I couldn’t…

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    Shoo Fly, shoo scratches!

    If you read any of my posts earlier in the summer, you’ll know that West was struggling HARD with scratches, more specifically photodermatitis. A friend of mine recommended Shoo Fly boots to help. Fly boots for scratches?? No way. That’s what I thought, but I bought them anyways. You can read my first impressions of the boots, as well as what size, etc I got here. Turns out she was right. Fly boots obviously can not treat scratches, but they helped the process and have been 100% effective at keeping them from coming back. West was put on an aggressive medication by my vet, and we were also using a…

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    2019 Competition Year in Review

    2019 … what a year. I know it isn’t technically over – but our show year almost is. For my loyal followers, you know that West and I were forced into dressage in November of 2018 due to his EPM diagnosis. Thankfully West has been previously competed through fourth level – however, I had no prior dressage experience. I took my first dressage lesson in November, and we competed for the first time in January of 2019 at Stable View. Apparently it wasn’t as great as it felt, because we scored a 59.615%. I was still thrilled. Fast forward to two months later, when we showed for the second time…

  • Dog,  Product Reviews

    Open Farm = INNOVATION

    Open Farm is a new-ish company that’s come across my radar recently. As the owner of a new puppy, I’m all about finding brands that are good for him. Before you get hooked – I’ll start by saying, Open Farm is extremely expensive. EXTREMELY. Because of this (and all the DCM mumbo jumbo) I do not feed Open Farm as kibble. I use it for treats and meal toppers. Their cheapest kibble formula would cost me $700 minimum a month to feed my four dogs. That isn’t taking into consideration how active they are ( so it would likely cost me more than $700 ) or even supplements or toppers.…

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    Why I Stopped Feeding Pro Plan

    I see it on Facebook all the time … “What food do you feed your dogs?” “What’s the best food for my new puppy?” and so on. 8/10 recommendations are for Pro Plan. I used to feed Pro Plan. My almost two year old GSP Wellington did okay on it. No complaints really, but we always felt like she could look better or be more muscled or have a softer, shinier coat. Right before Ward came home, we actually tried out Eukanuba – that was a major nope. She’s not a picky dog, at all – and she wouldn’t touch it. That’s beside the point though. It wasn’t until I…