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DOG LEASH REVIEW: THE RUFFGRIP® LEASH

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There is a new dog leash in town and it is making quite an impression in the dog community. The RuffGrip® leash is here and is far beyond ‘just another leash.’ It is practically and thoughtfully designed, comfortable to use and symbolizes the strong bond between dog and owner – literally! Here is what we love about this new product.

REASON #1: RuffGrip® is super duper durable

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Constructed from non-slip, lightweight grip, rubberized woven nylon this leash is all kinds of durable! Not only does it deter chewing (for those dogs who insist on using their leash as a substitute tug-of-war toy), but it also handles all sorts of weather conditions, which, as all of you fellow Canadians will appreciate, is a major plus!

According to the RuffGrip® website, “South African security teams in Iraq use the leash in 135o temperature and fine sand. Alaskan rescue teams use it in the coldest weather.”

REASON #2: RuffGrip® has excellent grip

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Little leather ‘stops’ are strategically placed at six-inch intervals along the length of the leash, offering pet parents an easier and steadier grip. When walking Rory on previous leashes I always physically tied knots throughout it; should the leash slide through my grip one of the knots could stop it breaking free from my hand completely. The RuffGrip® leash, however, adds this little feature in automatically which makes a big difference.

REASON #3: RuffGrip® is great for kids

toronto dog blogThis product has earned all sorts of recognition for helping children to handle pets on a leash (with proper parental supervision, of course). The brand earned 4.7 stars from the Parent Tested Parent Approved Awards and is noted to help children better assume a role of responsibility in caring for their canine family members.

This new leash checks all the must-have boxes on our list and is now one of our go-to leashes for long walks through our lovely city!

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DOG HOME DECOR: 10 MINIMALIST DOG TYPOGRAPHY PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME DECOR

minimalist dog prints home decorThe the promise of Valentine’s Day on the horizon some say that love is now officially in the air. Of course, as devoted dog parents, we all know that love is in the air constantly when you have a wet nose in your house who is always on the ready to sniff it out!

To celebrate our beloved pupsters Pawsh has rounded up 10 of our favourite minimalist dog typography prints for your home decor this season. They seriously go with every style of home decor (and might make a cute Valentine’s Day gift too for the dog lover in your life!)

DOG PRINT #1: “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (AND A DOG)” by SimpleSerene on Etsy.
minimalist dog prints home decorBecause it’s true! Ask anyone who loves their dog and they will tell you that you need very little else in life to be perfectly content. Evenings spent at home are suddenly cozier, walks through your neighbourhood are more lively and day to day activities are all the brighter when you have a dog by your side. This sweet little print is a lovely reminder of that!

DOG PRINT #2: “DOG LOVER” by Pawsh Magazine

minimalist dog prints home decorBecause if we HAD to choose one label for ourselves, this would be it! This sleek contemporary print (created by yours truly) is like a badge to display proudly in your home or at the office! Can we get a whoop, whoop?

DOG PRINT #3: “MUST LOVE DOGS” by TinaBlueShoes on Etsy

minimalist dog prints home decorBecause… you must! Especially if you want to date or do the whole relationship thing. Diane Lane had it right all along!

DOG PRINT #4: “LET’S STICK TOGETHER” by Sophie Corrigan

minimalist dog prints home decorBecause the sentiment is oh-so true and this print would be so stinking cute to gift to a best friend, sibling or significant other!

DOG PRINT #5: “BREED CALLIGRAPHY PORTRAITS” by BellePapiers on Etsy

minimalist dog prints home decorHow beautiful is this unique calligraphy print? The scripted words highlight your favourite breed’s best qualities in a gorgeous style that then brings the dog’s profile to life! Absolutely gorgeous!

DOG PRINT #6: “TEA AND SLIPPERS AND THE DOG” by Pawsh Magazine

minimalist dog prints home decorYou know when Julie Andrews sings about her favourite things in The Sound of Music? Well this print is like that for us and highlights three of our all time favourite things! I mean how can you not love this perfect trio? Ideal for hanging in the bedroom or reading nook

DOG PRINT #7: “MY DOG IS COOLER THAN YOUR DOG” by LuciusArt on Etsy

minimalist dog prints home decorBecause it’s funny and a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. (Of course, we love ALL dogs.)

DOG PRINT #8: “I LOVE YOU A LOT BUT…” by Faye Moorhouse Illustration

minimalist dog prints home decorBecause it’s true (even if some of us won’t say it out loud!)

DOG PRINT #9: “BE THE PERSON YOUR DOG…” by TheInspiringType on Etsy

minimalist dog prints home decorBecause we should all strive for this and this cute print would serve as a friendly reminder hanging by the front door.

DOG PRINT #10: (OPENING IMAGE) “YOU, ME & THE DOG” by PeachesPrintsEtc on Etsy

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Because a dog is truly part of the family and this sophisticated print is too pretty not to want!

Which minimalist dog inspired prints are your favourites? And where would you hang them in your home? We’d love to hear! xo

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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: SHADOW THE SHELTIE’S SOULMATE SESSION

As many of you know, I offer Soulmate Sessions – free photo sessions for pets in the Toronto area who have a terminal diagnosis. This sweet little Sheltie is called Shadow. He is 16-years-old and has been with his family since he was a wee shy pup; although he blossomed into a rambunctious young dog who was always eager to shower everyone with love and affection. Here is his sweet Soulmate Session. (Photography by yours truly via LLB Creative, my human photo company.)

About a year ago, Shadow was diagnosed with arthritis and liver disease and he has been on daily meds ever since. He suffers from complications of liver disease, which include neurological issues and difficulty breathing. And although life is hard now, this handsome little man has had lots of adventures!When he was more mobile, Shadow used to go on daily adventures with his human Dad, Rob. From chasing the waves at Cherry Beach to letting everyone at the park know that there was action happening at the fire station (he has a thing for firetrucks), Shadow brought a certain liveliness wherever he went. He was even The Training Room’s (the gym Rob used to go to) unofficial mascot for many years!I say this all the time – a dog’s only flaw is that they don’t live forever. It was an absolute pleasure spending the afternoon with Shadow and his humans and I feel very lucky to have met this little fellow.

ASK ABOUT OUR SOULMATE SESSIONS HERE

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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: GOLIATH’S SOULMATE SESSION

toronto dog photographerPawsh Studio is offering FREE Soulmate Sessions to pets who have received a terminal diagnosis so that their families can celebrate, commemorate and remember their precious time together. Dear sweet Goliath visited the studio with his fur-sister, Gemma, and his devoted pet parents and here are a few of the final shots. toronto dog photographer toronto dog photographer toronto dog photographer toronto dog photographerWe took our time, chatted, laughed and enjoyed healthy helping of treats as we worked through Goliath’s Soulmate Session. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family during this difficult time. It was a privilege to help you capture your boy’s gorgeous spirit!

To learn more about Pawsh Studio’s FREE Soulmate Sessions hop on over to our previous article. And please share with friends, your vet’s office or anyone who you feel might value this service.

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