Champion of My Heart began publishing a blog in April 2007. That's forever ago, as blogs go. For 10 years now, dog lovers have followed our stories, looked here for reputable advice, and made good use of our best resources.
Champion of My Heart honors include the following award wins and nominations:
- Humane Society of Boulder Valley Community Engagement Award Winner
- DogTime Media Best Dog Blog Award Winner
- DogTime Media Best Dog Blog Award Finalist
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Here are the most recent posts ...
Best Solution for Sore Feet Saying Oooph!
Last summer I doubled the miles and time spent walking the dogs while recovering from major surgery. My sore feet paid the price. Dreaded plantar fasciitis.
I'd struggled with plantar fasciitis before, and custom orthotics from the podiatrist fixed my problem with super sore feet. This time, it did not work. My VERY expensive custom orthotics did sort of help the plantar fasciitis pain, but they caused me insane other kinds of sore feet issues. It was like walking with huge river rocks taped to my feet.
It was so bad, even just around the house, that I would try to figure out how to do things like put new sheets on the bed by taking the fewest steps possible. I never could get farther than a few houses down the road before the foot pain from the orthotics flared up.
I went back to see the podiatrist about 8 weeks later, and he made some adjustments to the orthotics that helped a tiny bit. But, I still hated them and stopped using them entirely.
Thankfully, the owner of a local running store gave me a better idea. Recovery shoes from OOFOS!
Air Filter Review – Better Filters to the Rescue?
Air Filters Delivered asked me to become an affiliate for their home furnace / home air conditioner filters. We only have a furnace at our house because at our high altitude it just doesn't get hot enough in our very short summer to justify having air conditioning. Air Filters Delivered sent some filters to try, and here is our product review, after about a month of using one of their MERV 11 filters. Whether you need a good air filter to help deal with allergies or you want one with more oomph during the ongoing pandemic, I hope this info helps.
Book Review Who Killed the Dog Lady
Now that so many of us are under stay-at-home orders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I'm making time to read even more than normal. To help you make reading selections, here is our book review Who Killed the Dog Lady -- a murder mystery from author Kathy Cohen.
5 Ways the COVID19 Pandemic May Affect Access to Veterinary Care
I wrote 5 articles for a major veterinary organization in 4 days about the ways veterinarians must adapt to the reality of COVID19 pandemic. Based on the interviews and research I did for those articles, here are 5 ways the COVID19 pandemic may affect access to veterinary care for your pets.
Big Changes in Veterinary Hospital Ownership
One-third of veterinary hospitals will be up for sale within the next 10 years. That's nearly 8,600 spots with big changes in veterinary hospital ownership. Some will indeed sell -- most likely to a big corporation or multi-state veterinary group. Some won't. Either way, it'll affect pet-loving consumers. Here's how.
Please Support One of My Favorite Independent Authors
Over the holiday break, we received the devastating news that our amazing border collie friend Angelo earned his wings on an ordinary night in his sleep. If you don't already know Angelo's story and other tales and images from his epic love story with Leland Dirks -- Angelo's human companion, our friend and one of my favorite independent authors -- now is the perfect time to show some support by buying and reading one (or all) of his books.
Dog DNA Tests – Mr Stix Big Reveal
After being somewhat underwhelmed by the transparency behind the dog DNA tests we did for Clover and Tori, we used a different dog DNA testing company (Embark) to check Mr Stix's health markers and breed mix. The results just arrived. I'm happy-bawling and laughing at the results.
Not the News We Planned to Share
It's an interesting thing to head into a new year thinking that goals and plans and purposes are all set. As hard as some things seem, we forge ahead and do the work and take steps toward the original plan. Then, a bunch of stuff happens and fate keeps bonking you in the nose, until you get the hint. This is the story of something like that -- at least part of it. Yes, it involves dogs. Don't miss this news. It's good. I promise. It's about Mr Stix.
Foxtails and Dogs
A couple of weekend ago, we had a foxtail scare. Clover got one in her eye. Not good. Everything turned out okay, but if you want to know more about why foxtails scare me, please keep reading.
Yikes! 5-fluorouracil Deadly for Dogs
I saw this medication warning while scrolling through FB this week, and I wanted to be sure you saw it too. It's called 5-fluorouracil is deadly for dogs and cats. It is often used for human dermatology cases, including certain forms of skin cancer.
Trend Toward Smaller Dogs | Top 5 Ways It May Affect You
Through my long-time work as a journalist, I get access to stats and other information not always available to other dog folks. When I see something of interest (or that scares me), I'm going to start telling you about it. Here's how the trend toward people preferring smaller dogs may affect you.
Foster Puppy, Good Deed, Good Distraction
Yeah. In the midst of everything else, we took on a long-term foster puppy for our local shelter. The new executive director there is a long-time friend and former coworker, and she specifically asked me to get involved. I've been wanting to do some fostering now that we have dogs who like other dogs enough to allow a canine visitor, so it isn't like it happened crazy out of the blue. This little guy needed us, so here we are many months later. Don't miss the shelter's video about his case and a little photo montage I made for his first birthday, which the shelter designated as June 1 (based on estimates on his age when rescued).
Happy 5th Birthday, Clover
It's that time of year again. Yay, Clover! Honestly, I'm kinda freaking that it's yet another dog birthday in the house. How can she be 5 already? Don't miss this year's video tribute, and a few other news items below. Hint: Have you seen our foster puppy?
Tumbler Dog Toy Review and Giveaway
Three cheers for another Rogz dog toy review. This time we're sharing a Tumbler Dog Toy Review, and we have an extra one to give away. The Tumbler is an activity feeder and food puzzle toy. It allows you to adjust how easy (or hard) it is for the food to come out. We hope you'll take a minute out of your busy holiday schedule to see what we think of the Tumbler and to find out how you might win one for your dog! If nothing else, DO NOT miss the photo of the bottom of this post with Clover dressed like a Christmas Tree and Tori dressed like Santa. It's a hoot!
Yumz Dog Toy Review and Giveaway
Here is a Yumz dog toy review and giveaway -- just in time for the 2018 holidays! We have one FREE Yumz dog toy to give one lucky winner. Keep reading to see what we think of Yumz and how to enter for a chance to win one for your dog.
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