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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 ...

Support Small Biz – Where to Buy Dog Food, Treats, and Toys Online
I recently ditched my affiliate relationship with a major / famous pet site that's owned by a huge pet products mega company -- both because I literally never earned a dime because their terms sucked so much and because I realized they sell (and lately promote a lot) shock collars (some of which now masquerade as GSP devices and dog activity trackers to mask their other purpose -- to train dogs using pain). So, if you're looking for new places to shop online, please consider these other sites with whom I have new affiliate relationships: K9Cuisine.com and Buster & Dickens. Ditch the megastores. Support small biz.
When to Spay or Neuter Your Dog
The veterinary profession continues to learn about the long-term health effects of surgeries done to prevent unwanted canine pregnancies. These insights help Dog Moms and Dads make better decisions about when to spay or neuter dogs. Simply put, our goals must bridge both reproductive protection and long-term comfort and health for the dogs we love. Researchers from UC-Davis looked at associated joint disorders, cancers, and urinary incontinence in 35 dog breeds and offered insights on making this important decision. In some cases, the best option may be leaving some dogs intact.
Big Barker Review Video (Dog Bed) and New Research
Our youngest canine hero, Mr. Stix, has NOT been sleeping well for many weeks now. We needed some fresh ideas, then along came some new research from Big Barker dog beds done at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center. Here's why our little dude needed a new bed and how it's working so far. Don't miss the end of the Big Barker review video -- so doggone funny.
Book Review You Know Your Dog Loves You Because
If you need a good giggle about some of the silliest (and, yes, documented by science) ways dogs prove their love for us in every day life, check out our book review! You Know Your Dog Loves You Because ... by writer Jeff Parks and illustrator Mark Sean Wilson might make a good gift for your loved ones of all ages. Here's why. [Also, news about our Mr. Stix at the bottom of the page.]
Book Review 100 Dogs and Counting
100 Dogs and Counting is the latest book by Cara Sue Achterberg about her adventures fostering dogs and about the efforts of so many to save more dogs from places where they face little hope of being adopted. If you're looking for something new to read as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and you feel strong enough to learn some tough things about the reality of animal sheltering and rescues, I recommend reading this book -- with a few caveats (at the bottom of the page).
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.
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.

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