photo of the Goldens in Goldens arch in Golden Colorado

Despite a dismal cold and snowy weather forecast that more than came true and resulted in a bit of a dicey drive home, I ventured down the canyon to our hometown of Golden, Colorado, for the 4th annual Goldens in Golden event. It’s one of the biggest gatherings of Golden Retrievers in the country. Photos and about 5 minutes of video ahead, including the cheering for the massive group photo at the end of the video!

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100 dollar bag of dog food main graphic (pile of US money, with text on top)

It’s 48 days until Spring. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of M&Ms. It’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses. Bonus points, if you get that movie reference (edited a little to match our situation). I’m in a mood after spending nearly $100 for one bag of dog food last weekend.

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tummy problems in dogs main graphic -- barfy, poopy, sick, tummy problems in dogs new diagnostic index, differentiating between acute and chronic

The graphic I found to modify for this post alone is worth the trouble. Cracks me up. Let’s face it tummy problems in dogs are NO fun — for them or us. So, it’s pretty interesting that researchers at Texas A&M developed and validated a new diagnostic index that uses changes in a dog’s microbiome to figure out if something is acute or chronic … and eventually help find better treatments. I even answer the question, “How Does This Help Your Dog’s Tummy Problems?”

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dog vasectomy and ovary sparing spay main photo of the published study

With increasing interest in the benefits of dogs’ longer exposure to gonadal hormones and demand for options other than traditional spay/neuter, a study published in early 2023 caught my attention. It compares health and behavior outcomes for dog vasectomy and ovary-sparing spay patients with both sexually intact dogs and those with gonads surgically removed as is the current standard practice. It’s a small sample for dogs who’ve had those surgeries, but the results look interesting. I tried to include most of the important points. The full list of health conditions compared is long, but researchers grouped them as follows:

– Orthopedic problems, including blown knees
– Cancer
– Obesity
– Endocrine disorders (thyroid disease, diabetes)
– Reproductive disorders
– Other health problems (dental, heart, kidney, and eye diseases and disorders)
– Problematic behaviors (aggression, anxiety)
– Nuisance behaviors (mounting, marking)

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itchy dog relief main photo -- shows the front page of the new 2023 AAHA allergic skin disease guidelines

With a major veterinary magazine deadline looming, I spent time reading in full the latest thinking about itchy dog relief from the new 2023 AAHA Management of Allergic Skin Diseases in Dogs and Cats Guidelines. A few things jumped out at me, including how apparently cranky and impatient we are as veterinary clients when dogs develop symptoms of allergic skin diseases.

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why puppies pee when excited or nervous main graphic - photo of smiling puppy with text in a bone-shaped graphic

Through my teen years, my family included a cocker spaniel named Brandie. My friends, however, likely thought her full name was “That’s Brandie. Don’t pet her. She’ll pee.” Ever wonder why puppies pee when excited or nervous? Well, consider my thoughts on the issue.

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mystery book series photo, books 1-10 of bought the farm mysteries

Are you sitting down? I’m going to recommend a mystery book series that repeatedly breaks my #1 rule about including debunked, outdated, and total BS dog training and behavior details. Shocker, I know. And, yet, these otherwise funny and engaging books have helped me survive a difficult year, and I adore them. FIVE STARS — Highly recommend. I traded emails with the author to share my angst over those mentions of alpha dogs and being pack leaders and other stuff, so they know where I stand. Why on earth am I writing this? Keep reading to find out what I enjoy these books in the Bought the Farm Series by Ellen Riggs (pssst … that’s a pen name).

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graphic that reads -- when your heart dog dies reflections 10 years later. It's pink with black text and a pink felt heart in the middle

When your heart dog dies, it leaves you gutted in ways words can’t truly describe. I sliced myself open to write Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate while still absolutely devastated by the death of our original canine heroine Lilly. All of this sites content between 2007 and 2013, and a little beyond, tell her stories. So, with the 10 anniversary of her death coming up this weekend, I guess it’s time to reflect. To offset the sad parts, don’t miss the photos and videos at the very end of our latest fosters.

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all new dog anxiety supplement from brave paws

hanks to our longtime leadership in the dog media world, I get to be one of the first to tell you about a dog anxiety supplement with new-to-market active ingredients from Brave Paws. Plus, for a limited time, fans and friends of Champion of My Heart are the ONLY ONES getting access to $10 off with an exclusive coupon code (HOLIDAY10), just for us. I look forward to trying Brave Paws for Tori’s stress and sickness in the car. I hope you’ll keep reading to learn more possible uses for separation anxiety, veterinary visits, thunderstorms, fireworks, car trips, or other ongoing dog stress concerns. Just in time for preventing holiday worries in dogs.

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