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2016 Purina Better With Pets Summit #LetsLiveBig

Earlier this week, I attended my second Purina Better with Pets Summit. I’ve been invited all 4 years, but the first year I couldn’t go because Lilly was so sick, and last year, I didn’t go because we had just unexpectedly adopted Tori, and I didn’t want to leave Tom home alone with 2 border collie puppies and a geriatric Ginko.

My thanks to Nestle Purina for the invitation and for covering my travel expenses. This is a sponsored post for which I’m being paid. All decisions about what to say and how to say it are mine.

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Watch This Petfinder 20th Anniversary Video

Please help !! If this Petfinder 20th anniversary video #MetonPetfinder gets 1 million views before October 24, 2016, then Petfinder will donate $200,000 to the Petfinder Foundation, and 20 shelter / rescue groups will each get $10,000 grants to help them do more for pets in their communities. It’s that simple! And, the video is only 1 minute long.

[This is a #sponsored post. #PurinaPartner]

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Purina Pro Plan and Dognition Giveaway #PurinaPartner

As part of being a #PurinaPartner, Champion of My Heart is thrilled to share the news about a partnership between Purina Pro Plan and Dognition. Plus, we have the chance to do 5 giveaways so that some of you can try out a Dognition Assessment with your dog. These science-based games reveal the unique way each dog sees the world, and if you win (or buy a special bag of Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND), you can try the games for FREE. Details just ahead.

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Where We Are Now in Raising and Training the Puppy-Girls

Everything is a bit of a blur when you’re raising two puppies at the same time, especially two border collie puppies who are just 13 months apart. In the ideal world, I would have had all or most of Clover’s basic training done before we got another puppy, but that’s not how things worked out. So, I’m sitting here with Clover now 2 years old and Tori 1 year old, and I’m taking stock of where we are now on the dog training front. Let’s just say I’ve not reached my goals, and I’m feeling rather bummed about it. Warning — long post ahead.

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Tips for Living in a Tiny House With Dogs

Today is publication day for a book called Living Large in Our Little House: Thriving in 480-Square Feet With Six Dogs, a Husband and One Remote — Plus More Stories of How You Can Too (Reader’s Digest Books). It’s written by my dear friend and colleague Kerri Fivecoat Campbell. She really does live in a TINY house in the mountains of Arkansas with several dogs. Because I’m sure you’re as curious as I am about how exactly that works, I asked Kerri for some tips on living in a tiny house with dogs.

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Canine Genetic Tests Thumbs Up (and Down)

The same day we had Clover spayed, I asked our veterinary hospital to run genetic tests too. My primary goal was to learn Clover’s MDR1 status (multi-drug sensitivity gene). Depending upon the genetic test you choose, you can also find out your dog’s breed heritage and whether or not your dog tests positive for other kinds of possible disease-causing genetic markers. The good news is that Clover is indeed 100% border collie (cute family tree graphic ahead), and she tested NEGATIVE for all 90 genetic markers. The bad news is that the testing company won’t tell me what all 90 of those markers are, which makes me really crabby.

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