We are constantly playing scent games and training with scent. When we have a low blood sugar issue with Stella (a BG level under 70) we swab her mouth with cotton a freeze it to use at a later date. Here, we are working with Major to “find it”. We have just taken a sample and left it out in the house for him to find. Sometimes we keep it in a pocket, or Stella carries it, or we can use it in specific scenarios, like with Stella in her bed with the lights off. We even have a “fetch stick” that we can fill with scent and play fetch with. More »

My wife and I were outside with the dogs, enjoying the quiet from the kids and a cup of coffee. And then it happened. Raven alerted. Both kids were inside playing Wii. And yelling. That’s how you play Wii, isn’t it? I didn’t get to my phone until after Raven had a pretty good grip on the bringsel.  More »

8733373815_d028cb96b1_bIt’s summer time! For some of us, that means backyard BBQ’s and days spent by the pool. Add kids and dogs, and it can get pretty chaotic, and not so fun. So we are working really hard to keep our dogs calm and controllable around the pool. A child could very easily get hurt if a dog went after a pool toy that someone threw in the water.

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Major&StellaI am not a dog trainer. I am a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes. And I’m a dog lover. I am always looking for a tool to help make diabetes management easier and safer for my child and a dog lover. So when my wife and I heard about DAD’s, we were very interested.

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Can you tell they are my kids?

On Father’s Day, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I threw out a couple of ideas to the kids, one of which was to head to the dog beach. Dash (my son) asked if we could stop at Subway and pick up lunch. Well, that sounded down right perfect.  So off to the Huntington Beach dog beach we went!

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last beat of his heart

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Dear Stella and Dash,


Tomorrow is Father’s Day. It’s always a strange day for me, and one I feel somehow very ill equipped for. You see, when I was growing up, it was just another Sunday. I grew up without a dad, and all though I had a father, I wasn’t even really a blip on his radar.


I never had a male role model growing up, and so I often struggle with some of the typical male things that some of the other kids get from their dads. I never really had anyone around to teach me these things, and of the typical male things I do know, I kinda had to teach myself. My mom, your Nana, is an amazing woman, but as a single mom, working her ass off to get us through, fishing and Boy Scouts weren’t necessarily priorities.

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A favorite from Shel Silverstein. You just gotta believe…



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