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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 ...

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.
Santa’s Dog Book Review
Santa's Dog ! With the holidays zooming at us, it's the perfect time to think about the young readers on your gift list. Fans of Santa in your life? Want to teach about adopting dogs through shelters or rescues? Get this book.
The Story is Not My Story
If you follow Champion of My Heart on Facebook, you know that we spent the better part of July helping a family spot and rescue their border collie. She went missing in the huge wildland park near us on July 4. The headline? The family rescued sweet Nellie July 24, and she is recovering from her ordeal really well. I want to talk, though, about storytelling -- especially in public / social media / online settings. Whose place is it to tell stories like this? In this case, not mine. The story is not my story. Here's why.
Where Everybody Buys Your Dog Name
While Clover and Tori may or may not ever compete in various dog sports, we are working on earning some Trick Dog titles. In 2017, when I considered Clover's debut into agility competitions, I did the paperwork for her PAL listing through the AKC. Tori didn't have an official dog name yet, so I just did hers recently so that we could apply for their Novice Trick Dog Titles. Alas, we hit a snag on choosing Tori's "registered" name. Somebody bought some of the words I wanted to use in Tori's registered name so that no one else can use them for like 5 years. Really. So weird. Usually kennel names are more original than that.
Tori’s First-Ever Agility Class
As we started testing the theory that Tori could, in fact, now ride in the car without getting sick, we took her to her first-ever agility class in early July 2018. After years of only doing agility at home with the equipment we have here and what I can teach her on my own (after years and years of classes, even though I've never competed), Tori walked out and nailed it. It was the sweetest, funniest thing to see. Don't miss this short video.
Tori says, “Car travel is my passion!”
We're not quite ready to declare total victory on Tori's car-sickness issues, but she has gone for 3 whole trips to town and back without throwing up in July. Maybe she is *finally outgrowing her car troubles. Maybe we finally found the right combination, dosages, and timing of meds. Maybe she loved going to agility class (for the first time) so much that it has helped her realize that the car can take her fun places. As a joke now, Tom likes to use his "Tori voice" to say, "Car travel is my passion!" which makes me giggle after 3 years of car struggles with our sweet girl.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Tori
Crazy work deadlines and a lingering internet-connection issue with my main computer have hampered my plan to create another cute birthday tribute video for Tori's third birthday (which was Sunday). Instead, please enjoy these cute photos from our birthday celebrations. A few other news items also below.
Book Review Animal Lover’s Guide to Changing the World
My book review process typically starts with finally being offered a book of interest. I agree to write and post a review. Then, I promptly freak-out about finding the time to read the book. Weather, in turns out, did me a favor. Thursday, May 3, 2018, we got a ton of heavy, wet snow. So much that I didn't go to agility class. So much that we lost power (and phone service) for about 12 hours. I did as much writing work as possible on my laptop and through sparing use of our battery back-up system to access wifi a few times to check email, but there was only so much I could do. So, I read Stephanie Feldstein's book all in one sitting. Here is my book review Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World - Practical Advice and Everyday Actions for a More Sustainable, Humane, and Compassionate Planet. Details on the book giveaway at the end. Scroll down.
Happy 4th Birthday, Clover
It's that time of year again. I cannot believe that Clover will be 4 years old this weekend. How is that even possible? It's kind of freaking me out how time is flying. We have so much more to do, so many more adventures to have. From the (literally) thousands of photos I took of her in the last year, I selected about 75 of them for this year's birthday tribute video. I like the final photo to be something really special, but I haven't (yet) taken the perfect 04 photo of her yet this week, so we'll stick with a photo of her sprinting so fast that all 4 feet are off the ground. She does fly. Happy birthday, baby girl. Here's to many more!

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