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ARIZONA PET PHOTOGRAPHER: PAWSH SPOTLIGHT COOPER AND KIRA DEDECKER PHOTOGRAPHY

arizona-pet-photographer-Pawsh-magazine-cooper-1For our first Pawsh Spotlight feature (a feature where we show off some of the best pet photographers, ever!) it is our pleasure to introduce Kira DeDecker Photography and her heart-melting session with Cooper.
arizona-pet-photographer-Pawsh-magazine-cooper-2 arizona-pet-photographer-pawsh-magazine-cooper-3Cooper is a two-year-old Old English Sheepdog, who kicked off his time in the limelight by handsomely trampling and frolicking about in some flower beds. Why is it that white haired dogs always love the dirt the most? After trying out his ‘green paw’ this dashing guy spent the rest of his session being a goofball! Although he translates very majestically to camera.
arizona-pet-photographer-Pawsh-magazine-cooper-4 arizona-pet-photographer-Pawsh-Magazine-cooper-5 arizona-pet-photographer-Pawsh-Magazine-cooper-6 arizona-pet-photographer-Pawsh-Magazine-cooper-7Kira DeDecker’s philosophy toward photography is “For the Love of Dog.” Based in Arizona, Kira brings an undeniably modern and picturesque flair to her work, so that even if your dog does eat dirt during his session (like Cooper!) he will be captured in a fun and loving manner.arizona-pet-photographer-pawsh-magazine-cooper-8 arizona-pet-photographer-pawsh-magazine-cooper-9Thank you Kira and Cooper for your wonderful submission! To discover more of Kira’s work, be sure to follow her on FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM.

{Do you have a pet photography session you would like to see published by Pawsh? Hop on over to our “Submissions page” and send us your cutest pictures!}

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DOG FRIENDLY HOME DECOR: WAGGO HOME GIVEAWAY

stylish-dog-bed-waggo-homeHere at Pawsh we have a saying, “Home is where the dog is!” Now you can make your home decor a little more dog-friendly and stylish thanks to the new exciting launch of Waggo Home. This wonderful company that formally specialized in chic dog products has now opened its shop to dotty plates, fluffy pillows, cosy throws and elegant kitchenwares too!

Here are a few of our personal favourite pieces that are guaranteed to brighten up your home!
waggo-home-collection-pawsh-magazine1.  Cosy Up Chevron Blankets
2.  Dipped Cereal Bowl Cherry
3.  Dipped Cereal Bowl Navy
4.  Colour Edged Cutting Boards
5.  Vintage Grey Cream Dot to Trot Blanket
6.  Mini Check and Dot Pillows
7.  Holiday Dog Bowl Holiday Gift Set
8.  Lotta Spot Dinner Plate Cherry
9.  Lotta Spot Dinner Plate Navy

LET’S CELEBRATE!
waggo-home-gift-cardWe’re giving away a $50 Waggo Home Giftcard today to celebrate the arrival of these fantastic new products! One lucky winner will get the shop the new collection!

HOW TO ENTER
1. Visit Waggo Home’s website and take a look at the new collection!
2. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us which product you like the most and why!

The winner will be drawn at random and announced first thing Monday morning! Enjoy the decorating eye candy everyone!

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DOG TRAINING TIPS: THE 11 BEST DOG TREAT POUCHES

The Best Dog Treat PouchesNow that I have two little fur monsters to wrangle on a daily basis, good dog manners have become even more imperative. So I have been doing a great deal of training and retraining with Rory and Lucy, which means I’ve needed a lot of extra treats at my immediate disposal!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on the prowl for the perfect dog treat pouch — something in which I can keep plenty of bite-sized goodies to reward good habits from sit to stay, to come to jump! Here are the results; 11 fantastic dog treat pouches to suit every taste and treat preference! Be sure to pin your favourites from the gallery below for your next shopping trip! (more…)

Pawsh Magazine | “The Career Issue” | Fall 2014

The new Fall 2014 edition of Pawsh Magazine “The Career Issue” has arrived! Inside we have all sorts of special features for you to devour page by page including an interview with one of the anchors from CTV’s most-watched news entertainment show ETALK, expert tips for teaching your dog dazzling party tricks, cosy fall products, moving photo essays and so much more!

Special thanks to our wonderful magazine sponsors this season — Blanket ID, Lincoln Bark, JoeysCoat, Rocky and Julio and Bowzer Box. And thanks as well to our fantastic blog sponsors DogTrot Fitness and Water In My Paint. Without your generous support this issue would not have been possible!

Without further adieu, here is the new issue! As always please be sure to comment below and tell us what your favourite pieces/articles are so we can continue to create content in the future that means the most to your furry family.

DOG HEALTH: CARING FOR DOGS WITH ARTHRITIS

Dogs-and-Arthritis-Toronto-dog-wellness-2Aging is a part of any canine life, but sometimes with those precious golden years there also comes the challenge of coping with arthritis.

This condition, which is often referred to as degenerative joint disease, subjects a dog to pain and inflammation of the joints. Just like in humans, arthritis is defined as “the breaking down of smooth cartilage that protects the bones that make up a joint” (source). Once that healthy cartilage disappears or diminishes, a joint becomes aggravated, inflamed and generally painful from the constant friction of bone rubbing against bone.

Sometimes there are additional factors at play besides genetics that can cause arthritis to present in canines. These factors can include (but aren’t limited to) broken bones, dislocation, torn ligaments or preexisting medical conditions.

For a dog suffering from arthritis their mobility can be greatly limited. Sitting and even walking can become uncomfortable, which as you can imagine is no fun at all. However, there are a few things a pet parent can do to make a dog’s life with arthritis more comfortable.

GENTLE EXERCISE
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Dogs who suffer from arthritis will find movement a challenge, but they will still need to exercise in order to keep fit and keep their joints functioning. Two highly recommended low-impact therapies are hydrotherapy (aka supervised swimming) and canine massage, as both activities allow a dog to stretch, tone muscle and limit the risk of falling.

Depending upon the case, you may also consider short, slow walks. Just be sure to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t topple over.

SMART FOOD
Researchers have found that some human foods possess vitamins and minerals that can help soothe arthritis symptoms, such as celery, papaya and mango. Some experts believe that excessive grains in a diet can aggravate the condition, so you may want to consider removing such elements from your dog’s diet.

Eating smart and avoiding excess weight will also help alleviate some joint stress for dogs, as the more pounds they have to carry, the harder it may be to walk.

MEDICATION
Some cases of canine arthritis are so severe they may require medication and supplements from a certified vet to alleviate their symptoms.

PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE
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Of course, nobody can predict what conditions a senior dog may develop, but encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle can help to prevent the risk of developing arthritis; although avoiding this condition entirely cannot be guaranteed.

Make sure your dog exercises regularly to keep excess weight off and be mindful of their diet, especially as they age. Sometimes a dog’s food will need to be changed as they get older — and keep track of how many and what kind of treats you are spoiling them with.

(Note: Be sure to consult with your veterinarian when addressing arthritis in your dog.)

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dog-treadmills-dogtrot-fitness-pawsh-magazineAdequate exercise is equally important to your dog’s wellness as a healthy diet. Even if you can’t run WITH your dog, we can help you meet his exercise needs, regardless of weather. With running decks scaled to suit any stride, there’s a PetRun treadmill for every size of dog! WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

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