Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Celebrating Rudy's First Year | Wordless Wednesday

 On Saturday we'll be celebrating Rudy's 5th birthday, 
so we thought we take a little trip down memory lane. 
Because 5 years is a lot of photos, here are a few of our 
favorites of Rudy's first year.

 Born on October 10, 2010, Rudy joined our family just before Christmas.
 His first day with us wore him out.  
He wasn't too much larger than the Dog Daddy's shoe!

 He was terrific at retrieving cat dishes.
And Jeffie's snow boots!

 One of my favorite photos of Rudy.  
These days that raincoat would cover only his head!
Who says dogs and cats don't get along?
 Rudy and Skeeter really are best friends.

 Jeffie has always considered Rudy to be "his" puppy.

Rudy comes running to Mama.

My pretty boy and partner, Rudy, today.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Adopt Esmerelda a #PitBull Dog @HSMO in #StLouis | Tuesday's Tails

This cutie is Esmerelda.  She's a 3 year old Pit Bull mix dog who's wishing for a new home.  She knows how to sit for treats and walking nicely on a leash.

Watch Esmerelda's adoption video and then contact  the Humane Society of Missouri at 314-951-1562.  Esmerelda's animal ID number is A544311 and she's at their St Louis City animal shelter.

Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances.  They provide a safe and caring haven to animals - large and small - that have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and overpopulation, assist in creating lasting relations hips between people and animals, offer world-class veterinary care, plus offer pet obedience and behavior programs.

HSMO operates three animal shelters in the St Louis, Missouri, area, plus Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri, for abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, chickens and other farm animals.

We are participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs.  This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!  Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes! 

Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  Handmade artisan jewelry gifts in pet themes including dogs, cats, and horses.  

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Dog Song by Dave Boshard | Dog Song Saturday

Another Saturday, another new dog song here at Talking Dogs.  Today we have yet another original song about dogs that is simply titled The Dog Song.

This one is a mellow ballad about growing older.  The Dog Song by Dave Boshard is on his 2012 Distance album which is available on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby..  Boshard is a country / folk music artist who lives in Provo, Utah.  

Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy The Dog Song by Dave Boshard, then have a barking good weekend!

Fetch more dog song music videos here at Talking Dogs.  Every Saturday we feature original music written about dogs and the music videos are barking good!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Dog Cat and Horse Jewelry Perfect for October Fun

Fall is my favorite season and I love October!  Seems everywhere I turn there are pumpkins and spice.  No pumpkins at For Love of a Dog Jewelry, but I do have some smashing orange themed dog lover jewelry.

A bit of green spice and some sweet pink sugar add charm to this orange themed Dog Mom dog bone bracelet shown above.  Gorgeous handmade lampwork beads, pumpkin orange coral gemstone beads, glass beads and an adorable paw print lobster claw clasp make a great combination.  And then there's that heart my dog charm.  This bracelet is a one of a kind.

Here's another one of a kind dog bone bracelet, but this time the focal is beautiful flamed copper dog bone with gold accents. It, too, is surrounded by handmade lampwork beads, plus some fat faceted crystal rondelle beads.  Fantastic dog collar and dog bone clasp.

Spread the word with this Adopt dog bone bracelet is orange coral and peridot jade gemstone beads.  This unique handmade bracelet has a silver dog collar and dog bone toggle clasp.

Let's not leave out the equine!  Check out these orange agate lucky brass floral horse shoe earrings.

Last, but far from least, check out this sparkling one of a kind cat lady bracelet.  The focal is an adorable handmade lampwork cat face.  For the bracelet I used big turquoise blue crystals and some tawny orange natural carnelian gemstone beads.  The clasp is an amazing cat head and mouse toggle.

Spice up your fall wardrobe with unique jewelry from For Love of a Dog.  All of my jewelry is handmade here in my Missouri Ozarks studio with my pawsome three dog team.  

Shop more Dog Mom jewelry, dog bone jewelry, horse jewelry and cat jewelry and know you're purchasing unique handmade items.  Standard shipping is free to the US and Rudy, my shipping assistant, makes sure packages go out within 24 hours.  .

Thursday, October 1, 2015

House Trained by Jackie Bouchard - Fido Friendly Fiction | Book Review

I'd been looking forward to reading Jackie Bouchard's third novel House Trained for quite awhile.  In fact, I pre-ordered it on Amazon as soon as I could.  So when Jackie offered me an advanced reader's copy, I quickly said yes!  I thoroughly enjoyed her first two books, What the Dog Ate and Rescue Me, Maybe.  I was pretty sure I would enjoy this one, too.  And I did!

House Trained is a story about trust, love and being judgemental - with a labradoodle dog named Marie playing an essential role:  
"Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep...with a baby girl of her own in tow. 

While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace and quiet to get her business back on track before Barry finds out she’s spent most of their savings. Meanwhile, the arrival of the girls stirs up old insecurities, and Alex can’t help but worry that Barry’s ex will make an entrance too. 

With her tidy life a distant memory, will Alex be able to learn from her dog the true meaning of love and acceptance?"
House Trained is not a light, fluffy chick-lit read.  It's what I call women's fiction with complex characters and an unpredictable plot.  

When I first began reading I was wearing my judgey pants.  Without talking to her husband, Alex has spent most of their life savings?! In spite of that influx of cash, Alex's business is failing, yet she isn't honest with her friend who works for her?! Um, I was not particularly sympathetic to our heroine.

However, as she is confronted by life's complications I realized she is a good example of "the mirror rule":  life acts a a mirror to what is going on inside you. If you're feeling loved and valued, that's what you project to the world and other people.   In the case of Alex, she's felt undervalued and judged for most of her life.

Alex is childless by choice, yet feels judged as lacking for that life decision. She then spends a lot of head time justifying herself and judging those women who do have children.  She also feels like a runner-up and second best with her husband whose first serious relationship produced a love child (and grandbaby.)  Alex feels judged as lacking with her mother and sister, too, and her judgey pants were pretty tight when she relates to her sister in the book.

Honestly, I can't tell you more because I'll give away the plot twists and turns. Suffice to say, about 30% in, I took off my own judgey pants and really began to appreciate our heroine.   

Throughout the book, Alex thoughtfully wishes she could be more like her dog, Marie.  More accepting and more loving.  Actually, I think Alex had already learned those lessons pretty well, however, she really needed to love and accept herself.

I highly recommend House Trained. The characters were well drawn, worth rooting for and engaged me emotionally. When I wasn't reading I found myself thinking about the book and eager to return to it.  There's a believable happy ending with no cliffhanger. I enjoyed it enough that I'm sure I'll re-read it.  Last, but far from least, the writing was lovely.

As author Bouchard says:  "If you love books and dogs and laughter, you'll love my Fido-friendly fiction novels."   That's definitely true of House Trained.

Expected publication date for House Trained is October 20th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing.  ISBN 1503947122 (ISBN13: 9781503947122)   304 pages. 
Pre-order your copy of House Trained at Amazon

Rita and Jackie Bouchard

Jackie Bouchard (, a USA Today bestselling author, writes what she calls Fido-friendly fiction - humorous and heart-warming stories about women and the dogs that profoundly impact their lives. 

She spent a long time as a creative soul trapped in the body of a practical person. When she was bitten by the writing bug, she managed to leap free of the hamster wheel of corporate America, and now spends her days walking her dog, talking to her dog, and listening for the voices in her head that want their stories told. When the voices don't talk to her, she can often be found staring into the refrigerator. 

After growing up in Southern California, Jackie moved to Bermuda, where she met her husband. Now back in San Diego, American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. 

Jackie's novels include HOUSE TRAINED (Lake Union, Oct. 2015), RESCUE ME, MAYBE, and WHAT THE DOG ATE. Connect with her on Facebook ( and Twitter (@JackieBouchard). Jackie blogs at  

* As noted above, I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.  I was not influenced by my dog, Jeffie, who is besotted with Jackie's dog, Rita.

We're participating in the Thursday’s Barks and Bytes Blog hop hosted by 2 Brown Dogs and Heart Like a Dog.  The Barks and Bytes hop is for anything at all and all bloggers are welcome. You don’t have to be a dog blog to join.
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