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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 ...

Canine Neutrophil Counts – Update on Clover
Clover saw the board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist again last Saturday. We rechecked her CBC (complete blood count), and I'm happy to report things continue to improve. I even made a neat chart to explain how things look with her latest canine neutrophil counts. Yay!
Can Dogs See Ghosts?
The summer Clover turned 2, we saw an increase in fearful episodes. These included things she had NEVER had issue with before, including the agility teeter-totter. That's when we tried the CBD oil to help her feel calmer, but then we had to ditch that when we found out her neutrophils were way low. It is not uncommon for dogs -- especially sensitive herding dogs -- to go through a renewed fear period at that age. Things did seem to improve after she turned 3. She can still be a little freaky about strangers without dogs, especially if they pay too much attention to her, but all in all, she seemed better. Until around Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, and suddenly she started having 1 freakout on most days. Honestly, we're starting to think the answer to the question Can Dogs See Ghosts? is yes!
Cooperative Care for Dogs
Cooperative Care for Dogs is an important and growing topic in the worlds of dog lovers and veterinary medicine. Cooperative Care for Dogs simply means training dogs (typically using food rewards) to be compliant partners in the care they need. This could be anything from regular dog grooming and dog care tasks such as keeping toenails the proper length to prevent breakage or injury to teaching your dog to maintain certain body positions while being examined or even while getting an x-ray or ultrasound by your veterinary team. One of our canine heroines, Clover, helped me shoot a little video demonstration of what cooperative care means here at Champion of My Heart.
Take a Dog Holiday This Holiday Season
As the holiday season ramps up, it's easy to let busy schedules squeeze out time spent one-on-one with your dog(s). If you're lucky enough to get extended time off for various holidays, long weekends, and such, I encourage you to Take a Dog Holiday for at least 1 of those days off. What's a dog holiday? 5 ideas for you and your pup.
Introducing the All New Look for Champion of My Heart
Since Champion of My Heart first published in April 2007, we've done a few redesigns. The most recent one went live today (November 17, 2017). The all new look has more to do with the site working better for users than it does with cosmetic changes. Here's a recap of what's new and why our all new look matters.
Happy Gotcha Day #2 , Tori
I still laugh when I think about how I woke up 2 years ago NOT KNOWING that we'd have another new puppy that day. Despite the challenges of raising 2 young herding dogs at the same time, adopting Tori was a good decision. She and Clover truly behave like soul mates / soul sisters, and she is a good and funny friend to us. Happy Gotcha Day, Miss Tori. We celebrate the day she came home, September 23.
Happy Gotcha #3 Day, Clover
How is this possible? Three years already ! Clover flew clear across the country 3 years ago on September 13, 2014, to live with us. Happy Gotcha Day, darling girl! Cute pix and some medical news ahead.
Victory! Thank Goodness for GOOD Tech People
Quick update. On the advice of fellow bloggers, I hired a totally new website hosting company. The guy there was[...]
Tech Issues Keeping Champion of My Heart on Hold
Super quick post to say that while Champion of My Heart is working fine for all of you, it's causing me all kinds of stress behind the scenes with some tech issues. Look for a return to our normal posting schedule once the problem is solved. A total redesign of the site is also likely, so if the site is down here and there or looks weird for a while, that's why. My apologies. I'm getting things fixed as quickly as I can, but at the moment, I'm having a devil of a time saving any new posts or making any edits to the site that take longer than a few minutes.
Neutropenia in Dogs – A Clover Update
June 20, 2017, Clover had a bone marrow biopsy at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. It took longer than expected to get the full biopsy results from the veterinary pathologist at the University of Michigan, where the core sample was sent. The results answer some critical questions and raise others. Here's what we know and what we don't.
Dog Tribute Jewelry Time is a Gift
Quick reminder that the little online dog memorial or tribute jewelry party we're hosting ends next Friday, July 14. Originally, I was thinking only about creating something treasured to wear after you've lost a dog, but look at these amazing bracelets I ordered as a visual reminder of our love and teamwork as I retool agility practice and training -- both for me and Clover. Why not create dog tribute jewelry for the amazing dogs currently at our sides? [Don't miss cute birthday photo of Tori below!]
Terrible Twos Tori Style
Welcome to the Terrible Twos! The amazing and silly Tori Autumn Hawn turns 2 on Saturday, July 1, 2017. We picked that day by counting back 12 weeks from when we adopted her. As has become a bit of a birthday tradition, I created a 2-minute tribute video to celebrate Tori's big 0-2!
Dog Memorial Jewelry New Option
In Chapter 5 of Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate, I recommend getting a piece (or several pieces) of dog memorial jewelry so that you have a wearable symbol to keep with you. I'm super, Super, SUPER excited to tell you about a new dog memorial jewelry option I've discovered.
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Stress Buster
I originally found this homemade hot fudge sauce recipe from a quick online search, but it wasn't turning out quite right. I asked for help inside a great Facebook Group led by a friend, colleague, and mentor called Fearless Fresh Kitchen Ninjas. Thanks to their fast and expert input, I fixed my errors and updated the recipe so that it's nearly flawless. For better or worse, it has become my go-to comfort food (atop quality vanilla ice cream) for several months now. I have the extra pounds to show for it, so be careful. But, if you are stressed or worried and in need of gooey homemade hot fudge sauce, get ready to dazzle yourself. It's that good. (And easy to make ... step-by-step pix just ahead).
Teeter-Totter Training Update – Dog Agility
It took a while to find a used dog agility teeter-totter to buy, but we finally did just before Clover's third birthday. It's going to take some time to fix Clover's teeter-totter worries that have been brewing for nearly a year now, but Tori figured it all out in basically a day and a half. Cute videos ahead!

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