Archive for June, 2013

New Funny Dog Memes

June 29, 2013

I’ve been having a lot of fun making new funny dog memes (photo captions). Most of them feature Maya and Pierson. As you may or may not know, Maya and Pierson work with me for and So many of the photos show them in the car while wearing their dog car harnesses.

If you follow me on Facebook or follow the pet safety blog, you may have already seen some of the following memes. But a couple of them are new. Feel free to pin them! The last one is a photo where I am having trouble thinking of a funny dog meme. I’d love to hear some ideas!

Dogs Wearing Babushkas

Maya Disneyland Pluto

Dogs in Car on Road Trip to Grandmas

Confessions of a Sporting Dog

Pierson Doesn't Like the Vet

Pierson Doesn't Want to Get Out of Car

Maya Wearing Dorothy's Dress

Maya Licking Her Lips and Wearing Dress

Dogs in SUV Maya Whispering to Girl

Can you think of a funny dog meme for this photo? What is Maya whispering to Sha Sha?

Wordless Wednesday – Drawing Mos the Dog

June 26, 2013

This is my second art project from my May 29th post, Thunderous Pet Portraits. I finished drawing Deuce the cat last week. And yesterday I finished drawing Mos the dog. Below are photos from my work in progress. I also filmed myself drawing this. I had hoped to make a fast-forward video of my work in progress, but I have not figured out how to use my video editor yet. Anyway, enjoy the photos for now.

Photo of Dog Mos 2

This is a photo of Mos, a rescued dog with a sweet face.

Final Mos Sketch.

This is the final sketch I completed of Mos.

Drawing Mos Step 1

Step 1: Trace sketch onto pastel paper and complete a simple background.

Drawing Mos Step 2

Step 2: Draw the eyes in detail.

Drawing Mos Eyes Close-Up

Close-up of the Eyes

Drawing Mos Step 3

Step 3: Draw the nose in detail.

Drawing Mos Close-Up Eyes and Nose

Close-up of the Eyes and Nose

Drawing Mos Step 4

Step 4: Start coloring in the face.

Drawing Mos Step 5

Step 5: More of the face is colored in. This gives me an idea of colors and shading.

Drawing Mos Step 6

Step 6: I have added more color and smoothed out the pastels on Mos’ face.

The Final Drawing of Mos the Dog

The completed work of Mos the dog. Pastels by Dawn Ross, June 25th, 2013.

What do you think of Mos? He’s adorable, right? He is my aunt’s dog. She adopted him from the humane society some years ago.

Perhaps in the next couple of weeks, I will complete the third drawing from the sketches I showed you on the Thunderous Pet Portraits post. Keep checking in!

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“A Home for Books” – Book Reading for a Good Cause

June 22, 2013

A Home for Brooks

I had the opportunity at the Mutt ‘n’ Strut recently to meet the author and illustrator of “A Home for Brooks”. This book is a children’s book about a dog named Brooks. The story follows Brooks from stray to shelter to happy home. It’s heartwarming and the illustrations are wonderful.

The author, Stacey Adams, isn’t just the author and illustrator of this great children’s book. She is also the Director of Education at the Books for All Foundation. The Books for All Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides educational reading programs to children with special needs.

We all know how pets enrich our lives. Reading does too. So give your children the ultimate experience by having them read about Brooks. 🙂

Visit Tate Publishing to buy your copy of “A Home for Brooks”.

Wordless Wednesday – Deuce the Cat is Done

June 19, 2013

Remember the sketches I did a few weeks ago? Well, I’ve finished the final art work of one of them. Check out Deuce!

Photo Deuce the Cat

This is a photo of Deuce the cat.

Deuce the Cat Two

The final sketch of Deuce.

Deuce the Cat Traced Sketch

First, I trace my sketch onto pastel art paper and do the background.

Duece Cat Eyes in Pastel

Next, I do my most favorite part – the eyes! I have also included in the photo the colors of pastel pencils that I used to color the eyes.

Deuce the Cat Nose

Next is the nose. I have included the colors of pencils I used for the nose in this picture.

Duece the Cat Art 1

Then I start working on the cat’s body. I didn’t picture the pencils here but I used black, dark blue, light blue, grey, and white pencils.

Duece the Cat Art 2

The last part I need to work on is Deuce’s head. As you can see, I first did the white parts of his face. They I lay the background color, which is black.

Deuce the Cat Art 3

Finished! Deuce the cat has been completed in pastel pencils by Dawn Ross on June 18th, 2013.

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Pawsh Wash Mutt N Strut to Benefit the Lawrence Humane Society

June 15, 2013

I decided to take Maya to another pet event benefiting the Lawrence Humane Society. Maya is over her doggy cold and the vet confirmed she is clear to go! This event was the Mutt n Strut and it was held in front of our favorite place to go get a dog bath – Pawsh Wash. We didn’t participate in the walking part of the event, but we enjoyed socializing. The event had a few pet supply vendors and some delicious food for both dogs and people. And we were able to sit down and enjoy the band.

Big Mastiff Dog

This is one big dog! I think his name was JuJu.

Mutt n Strut Pawsh Wash

Lots of people and dogs at the Mutt n Strut held in front of the Pawsh Wash.

Maya Ice Cream

Maya eating ice cream made just for dogs.

Twin Brindle Dogs

“I swear we’re not related.” These two dogs just met. It seems they have a lot in common.

Maya also got to play in the kiddy pool. She is a little wet in the photo above where she is eating a doggy ice cream cup. She is also showing off her new dog collar that we bought from one of the vendors, Daisy Diva Designs. Sarah is the owner of that business and I’ve bought these handmade dog collars from her before. I love how they are custom made. I almost always get a lavender design and a 1.5″ width.

There were also dogs there showing off their disc catching skills. We saw our friend Oscar doing some neat tricks. And we saw lots of dogs up for adoption.

It was a hot day, but cool misting fans were set up for both people and pets. And there were several kiddy pools. There were also some shaded areas under tents or trees. The event lasted from 5:30 to 9:00pm, so while it was hot at first, it did cool down.

Maya and I had a great time! I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was having too much fun.


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Nearly Wordless Wednesday – Sweet Prize from Sugar

June 12, 2013

Look what we won! “Sugar’s Furry Friend” is a great book by Maria Rosalyn Acero. If you don’t know Sugar, she is a beautiful Golden Retriever who has her own blog, SugarTheGoldenRetriever.

Maya and I with Sugar

Maya and I are on the porch swing reading “Sugar’s Furry Friend”.

My Maya loves chipmunks (which are a lot like squirrels in her mind). And she loves sitting with me on the patio swing. So I combined her two loves as shown in the photo above.

If you have children or if you just love Sugar the Golden Retriever, then you will really love “Sugar’s Furry Friend”. It is an excellent story about friendship and has lots of wonderful art of Sugar and her chipmunk friend. I was going to give this book to my nephews. But I love it so much that I’ve decided I want to keep it for myself! I can share it with all my nieces and nephews when I or they come to visit.

Get the Kindle version on today. We also have it on our Amazon a-store, Dog Lover’s Book Store. Click the image below:

Sugar's Furry Friend

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Mutt Mixer Adventure and Misadventure

June 8, 2013
Maya Mutt Mixer 1

Maya, lots of dogs, and lots of people at the Lawrence Humane Society Mutt Mixer.

What is a Mutt Mixer? It is an event put on by our local humane society here in Lawrence where the public is invited to bring their dog over for some outdoor fun. Our dogs and adoptable dogs hang out in one of several large fenced areas. Everyone has a good time socializing. We people get to ‘mix’ with other dog people while the dogs ‘mix’ with one another. This event gives the adoptable dogs get a chance to get out of their pens, practice their socialization skills, and show off their cuteness in hopes of getting adopted.

Maya Mutt Mixer 2

Lots of dogs at the Mutt Mixer. Maya is going to go introduce herself.

Maya Mutt Mixer 3

Ooops! Someone’s getting a really good sniff. Hi Maya!

Maya came with me to this recent event and had a great time. She loves socializing with other dogs and with people too. I had a good time as well for the same reasons. Unfortunately, Maya started showing symptoms of a doggy cold about a week later. I’m not sure if she caught it at the Mutt Mixer or not, but the vet seems to think so. Fortunately, it is not serious. She just has a slight runny nose and sneezes from time to time. She is almost over it, but now Pierson has it.

We were warned at the Mutt Mixer that although the humane society is not currently having issues with bordetella, there is still a possibility of it. Bordetella often happens when you get a large group of dogs together, even if you take all the precautions and keep the facility clean (as our humane society does). I signed a waiver saying I understood this. Before I attended the event with Maya, I also confirmed with my vet that she was up to date on her bordetella vaccination. So I don’t blame the humane society in any way for Maya getting sick.

What is bordetella? I call it a doggy cold. Like our common cold, there are many strains. So even though Maya had a bordetella vaccine, she still caught it because it was a different strain. Like our common cold, it is relatively mild and doesn’t last long. Also, like our common cold, it is harder on the young and old and it can be complicated if there are other health concerns. And like our common cold, the symptoms can vary. Mild symptoms include coughing, sneezing, or runny nose. More concerning symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, or even pneumonia. Maya has visited the vet and she does not have any of the more severe symptoms. Read more about bordetella, or kennel cough, on PetMD.

If having large groups of dogs together increases the likelihood of someone contracting bordetella, this means Mayta could just as easily get it at the dog park or doggy day care. I’m interested in knowing what you think of our Mutt Mixer event. Do you think Maya might have gotten sick from it? Would it make me irresponsible to take her to the next Mutt Mixer event in July? What are your thoughts?

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Wordless Wednesday – Working Under a Desk

June 5, 2013

My job is at a computer for almost the entire day. Thank goodness Maya and Pierson get to work with me too. Their job is to not only model for fun photos and for pet auto safety products, but also to keep my feet warm and give me a mental break by encouraging me to pet or play with them. Here they are, hard at work:

Maya and Pierson Under My Desk 2

Maya and Pierson are working hard under my desk and earning their kibble. I think they deserve a raise.

This is Maya’s favorite place to sleep. Lately, though, Pierson has decided he wants to lay under there too. Neither Maya nor myself mind it one bit. 🙂

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Low Maintenance Dogs?

June 1, 2013

Want a dog that is relatively easy to care for? One that doesn’t require regular brushing, grooming, exercise, or other kinds of regular attention? Are there such dogs? I found some:

Stuffed Dogs

The Lowest of the Low Maintenance Dogs

LOL! Seriously, though. Even low maintenance dogs are work. Sure, some are more work than others. But they still require daily attention and care. Here is a list of the normal regular tasks that I do for Maya and Pierson:


  • Feed twice a day – Some dogs do well at being fed once a day while others, especially younger dogs, need fed at least three times a day. Consult your veterinarian for the proper feeding schedule and amounts. Some estimated feeding instructions on dog food bags are inaccurate.
  • Give plenty of water – I always make sure their water bowl is full of fresh water.
  • Potty time – I let Maya and Pierson outside several times throughout the day.
  • Pick up poop from the yard – Sometimes you can get away with doing this ever-other-day or even once a week, but for optimal health (and so Pierson won’t eat Maya’s poo), I do this every day.
  • Walk – Every dog needs exercise. How much varies per dog. Some dogs need more vigorous exercise, like running, while others just need a short jaunt. Maya and Pierson each walk about a mile or so almost every day (except in winter when I tend to get lazy).
  • Play – How often and how long varies per dog. Pierson has dog agility equipment in the back yard. He doesn’t use it on his own. I direct him to it and it is both playing and dog training. Both Maya and Pierson get bored with play after about 15 minutes or so.
  • Brush teeth – I never had to do this every day until I got Pierson the poop-eater. Some dogs who are good chewers can get away with a weekly brushing with a dog tooth brush and toothpaste.
  • Dog Training – Regular training is always a good idea, no matter how low maintenance the dog is. I do a short session of 3 minutes or more of dog tricks or obedience in order to keep the things I taught them fresh in their minds.
  • Wash food and water bowls.
  • Pet and cuddle.
Pull No More dog harness

I take the dogs for a walk almost every day.

Maya Yellow Ball 1

Maya will jump to try to catch this yellow ball, but it is too big so it bounces off her nose. She loves the game, nonetheless.

Pierson Makes it Through the Agility Tunnel

Pierson goes through the dog agility tunnel.

Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Brush your dog’s teeth so they look healthy like Maya’s.

Me and Maya on the Porch Swing

Maya’s not usually allowed on the furniture in the house, but I always let her cuddle with me on the outside porch swing.


  • Brush hair – In spring, Maya and Pierson need this done daily with de-shedding dog brushes. Some dogs may require more brushing while others may not require any.
  • Cut nails
  • Check ears and eyes – Clean as needed. Maya sometimes gets goo in her eyes. Pierson tends to get gunk built up in his ears.
My Dog Pierson Shedding

Springtime means more use of the de-shedding dog brush.

Maya Getting Nails Cut

Maya lies on the porch quietly and calmly as I cut her toenails. We’ve been doing this almost every week since she was a puppy.


  • Give a bath – Additional grooming may be needed for dogs that need haircuts, such as the some non-shedding varieties.
  • Wash dog beds
  • Give medications – I give my dogs monthly Heartgard and flea and tick preventions. Some people have found more natural remedies to prevent against heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other pests.
Pierson Towel

A wet Pierson after a bath. In summer, I give the dogs a bath outside. In winter, we go to Pawsh Wash.

Maya & Pierson on Dog Bed

It is probably time to wash the dog beds and blankets again.


  • Visit the veterinarian for an annual checkup – Additional visits during the year may be needed for unexpected health issues.
  • Travel – My husband and I travel at least twice a year. When we do, we either take the dogs with us or find someone to take care of them while we are gone. When they travel with us, it is by car and they wear their dog seat belts.
Maya Pierson SUV Dog Seat Belts

Maya & Pierson ride in the back of the SUV for our trip from Kansas to Texas. Both are wearing dog seat belts.

These are things all dogs need. So if you don’t have a dog, you want a dog, but want one that doesn’t require much responsibility, then look this list over carefully. If you feel you can’t provide one of them, then consider the kind of low maintenance dogs in the photo at the top of the page. Real dogs require real work. Fortunately, the rewards are infinite.

Did I forget anything? What regular tasks do you do for your pets?

***Added later… Rumpy Dog asked an excellent question. The purpose of my article was not to point out all the things you should be doing. I do not intend to criticize anyone who might do things differently. How I choose to care for Maya and Pierson are not intended to be held up as an ideal. I am not perfect. The purpose of this article is to show people who are considering getting a dog and people who are looking specifically for low maintenance dogs that there is still a lot of work that goes into caring for a dog. It is very sad when someone buys or adopts a dog, then gives them up later because the dog is more work than they expected. See my reply to Rumpy Dog below.

Thanks Rumpy for asking this question. 🙂