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THE lucky day is almost here. Celebrate St. Patrick's with plenty of great Dublin Dog Co gear and get lucky for an afternoon! Who says you have to hail from Dublin to enjoy the luck of the Irish? Note all Dublin Dog hats, shirts, and Lots O' Luck collars are currently on sale. Get 'em now before some other lucky bastard beats you to it! https://67.205.22.232/Dublin-Dog-Store/index.php?cPath=52


Gang, we've all heard it a thousand times, a tired dog is a happy dog (and a happy owner). So why is this the case and what is it about a walk that can do so much good for you and your dog? Let's explore:

1) It's great exercise for you both. Unlike running, it's easier on your knees and joints just as it is with your dog. It allows you both to remain in control while increasing your heart rate and blood flow.

2) It's a wonderful way to establish that you're the alpha in your home and outside; you control the pace, the scenery, and the reward spots (where they get to linger, sniff, snarl, and sample). By using a fixed leash versus the longer, corded retractable leash you can maintain more control over your dog without the risk of rope burn when they tend to lurch forward or want to check out what's going on at their 3 o'clock.

3) Dogs like routine. I know for me, there's nothing better than winding down the night than with a nice brisk walk after dinner with Jake and Kona. We have the same route on our evening walks which is 1.3 miles (i just had to google map it). We pass a great bed & breakfast with amazing gardens, past a stacked stone wall where Jake must always pee and Kona must always climb to the top, and finally to a wild patch of bamboo where Kona loves to climb in a pee. I think she likes the reeds rubbing against her belly. It's routine and each of us looks forward to it as a way to cap off our evening and a way to settle our stomachs before bed.

4) Walks are good for the brain. While I didn't have to consult the New England Journal of Medicine for this one, I simply know that it works for me and I think it stimulates my dog's brain as well. There is nothing like a walk, without the phone, without a computer, without an agenda. Here's a time to clear your head of the clutter and try to fill it with what you intend and what you desire versus your concerns. There is something about exercise, being outdoors, and inhaling fresh air that allows you to think more clearly and open up to fresh ideas. And who better to be your muse than your dog.


Courtesy of Dogster Dogblog.

Snowy weather poses a challenge for those of us who want to maintain our sense of style — but I’m a firm believer that frigid temperatures don’t mean you have to get frumpy just to stay warm. In fact, winter weather offers a unique opportunity for you and your pooch to have fun piling on your fashion finds.

This week’s Dogster Picks cover the practical yet stylish pieces you and Fido will need to look smart in the snow.

1. Dublin Dog No-Stink Collar — Dublin Dog’s collars are made from a blend of synthetic polymers that won’t absorb moisture. Your dog will be able to play in the snow without having to deal with a wet and cold collar.

2. Windsor Wool Sweater — Every dog needs a great winter sweater to keep him warm. I love the old ski cabin look of this one.

3. REI Classic Dog Pack — A stroll through the snow will probably mean you and your dog will need more supplies than usual. This durable dog pack iwill hold everything your snow dog will need.

4. Orbee-Tuff Snowball — Perfect for the pup who wants to play with the snow year-round!

5. Pet Life Parka — This waterproof parka is the ultimate jacket for dogs who live in snowy climates. It’s waterproof and extra-warm, so you can be sure your doggy is happy and comfortable.

6. Mat Dog Bed with Carry Sack — This go-anywhere bed is water-resistant and well-insulated. In other words, it’s the perfect pad for your dog to crash on when he comes in from jumping through snow piles.

7. Echo Fair Isle Neck Warmer — Scarves and neck warmers might just be my favorite winter accessories. I love the extra volume and print they give to an outfit. If you’re looking for a chic print that will go with everything, nothing screams winter chic like a great Fair Isle print.

8. The A&F Skinny Jean — Looking for a pair of jeans that will fit comfortably inside your boots? Skinny is the way to go! This affordable pair from Abercrombie and Fitch looks great, and is made with a heavier denim to keep you warm.

9. Aigle Ecuyer Boots — These boots may look like expensive leather you would never dream of wearing in the snow, but they’re actually made of rubber and lined with a quick-drying material, making them ideal for trekking through seasonal terrain.

10. Steve Madden Faux-Fur-Trim Hooded Parka — A great parka is a snowy climate must. Be sure to look for one that cinches at the waist, like this one, to make it figure flattering. There’s no need to go out looking like a marshmallow.


As some of you may know, I have been on both sides of the fence recently when it comes to lost pets. Last month, our German Shepherd Kona went missing for 24 hours, after wandering down the street while playing with a young lab. Surely I thought with a microchip she'll be home in no time once somebody calls 311, our number for Animal Care and Control. However this individual, thoughtful as she was merely brought our dog into her home to play with her dog and kept her for the night. Meanwhile, I walked, biked, and hiked through the night (she saw a flyer on her door and called the next night).  Now, just this Monday morning I found this little girl wandering the street in front of my home. As I was loading the dogs up for work, she came up to say "hello", and "I'm lost". I heard her loud and clear and the steps were in motion. Trips up and down the street on a leash, a visit to the vet to see if she was micro-chipped (no), and several dozen flyers placed throughout the neighborhood. Having learned from my own experience, we called Animal Care & Control and filed a report, however we opted to keep her at our house versus having her go live in a kennel throughout the holidays. As of this writing, she's still with us. I'm desperately telling myself that she merely ran away or got loose, as I would hate to think that somebody has abandoned her on purpose. However, a microchip, a tag, or tattoo would've remedied this situation with one phone call.

Here's a great little story on a reunion that was made possible after 3 years apart. During the holidays, please don't lose sight of your little friend(s) amidst the hustle and bustle of the season. And please, be sure to identify your dog(s) to the extent which you're comfortable, it could be the greatest gift you give YOURSELF.


Today, December 13th I celebrate Kona's 8th birthday. It's funny, when I got Kona as a puppy I was obsessed with the German Shepherd Dog breed because of their intelligence, their loyalty, and their drive. Today those attributes still fascinate me, however it's her quiet presence and thoughtful and deliberate affection that has made me love her so much. The seed for Dublin Dog Co was planted on an idle Saturday morning while driving to a local dog park. That same drive and determination catapulted Kona out of the backseat of our SUV, through the slightly open window, and after a very confused squirrel chomping on some nuts next to the stop sign where we had just rolled up. Luckily Kona was not seriously hurt, and the squirrel, well lets just say he left more than his nuts on the ground when he sprung up the tree. That day began my quest down a path that took over 5 years to develop a device to keep her from jumping out or falling out of a car window. Today I own a utility patent on a device called "The Window Shepherd". Yet it was through that process that I began to think about dogs, my own and others, products, and this new found lifestyle of hiking, biking, and spending more and more time outdoors with my dog(s) and wife. Soon, the aha moment came for the Dublin Dog Co. back in 2006 and we launched in 2007. The rest is history as they say. If it wasn't for that dog, and that day, my life would never have taken the turn that it did. Go figure.


Did you know that in the US, 78% of us dog owners will purchase gifts for our dogs, with 53% of those gifts bought at Christmas time. If you do the math based on the average spend, we pony up close to $180 Million a year on gifts for our best friends. So if that cash is burning a hole in your pocket, here are some ideas from the good folks at Modern Dog. Needless to say, we always think it's a good time to buy a Dublin Dog item, but hey, that's just us!

 


Dublin Dog Co is offering up over $375 worth of prizes for the best photo and kooky caption to be submitted by their "fans" on Facebook. Enter today at the Dublin Dog Co Kooky Caption Card Contest for your chance to win. Get your friends and family to support your effort by voting for you once a day, every day until December 15th at 11:00pm EST. Special thanks to the great folks at Mountain Khakis for their support and donation of over $150 worth of prizes. Like them on FB to show your support.


I always get excited this time of year as the weather starts to turn, the mornings get a little more crisp, and the trails seem to be calling my name. Well if you're anything like me, you want and need a good trail runner to keep you and your furry friend on the right track. Check out this little ditty from Saucony, the ProGrid Peregrine (shown in women's). Chosen as the editors choice award from Runners World, you can't go wrong whether you're an avid runner or just want to tromp along the trail.


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