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If you’ve been around this community for any length of time, you already know that, but it bears repeating: A dog can change your life if you’re open to the possibility.

He started me on this journey, and without Emmett, this space wouldn’t exist. These words wouldn’t exist. That’s pretty amazing.

I think it’s vital to look backwards to move forwards, so each year I’ve participated in the annual pet blogger’s challenge, which this year morphed into this, Pet Bloggers Journey. If you’d like to participate, you’ll find all the info in this post from our friend Colby at puppyintraining.com who graciously hosted this year’s blog hop.

I’ll circle back around to Em in a bit, but without further preamble, here are my answers to this year’s questions with an emphasis on where this site is headed.

Working from home might not be for everyone. But, with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it has caused many organizations to make the digital shift. For this reason, Trupanion has transitioned to a fully-remote workforce for the health and safety of its team members. I have been working remotely for a year and I love the benefits of remote work. In fact, one of the best perks is the daily companionship of my furry family members. Read on to learn more about the benefits of working at home with a puppy in a multi-pet household and how it helps my work-life balance.

A work commute can take a toll on anyone. And the strain of a long commute definitely was stressful. To begin with, an immediate benefit for me while working at home is the positive start to my day. I am able to focus on my family and have more time with them. When I start my workday, I feel refreshed, focused, and ready to do my best work. Further, I don’t have any office distractions and have my furry friends by my side.

Animals are wonderful companions. And my pets are my best friends. They help me throughout my workday. Whether taking a nap by my feet or making me laugh, there is nothing like the love of my pets. They relieve my stress, make me smile, and remind me every day why I work so hard. They’re my family and it’s really comforting to be around them, especially during this unknown time period.

One of the many benefits of working at home with a puppy and another dog in the house is the opportunity to spend quality time with them. It gives me the opportunity (and reminds me) to stretch, have fun, and take breaks.

For example, I got a puppy a few months ago, and Bosch has kept us on our toes! Between crate trainingleash training, and basic obedience training we’ve been met with a fair share of triumphs and setbacks.

Take it one day at a time. Find moments to train, like when you leave the house or feed them meals. Every dog is different. I have found random moments are wonderful training opportunities with Bosch. For instance, before a meeting, I take Bosch outside. I make him wait at the door to come inside. I have found this is helpful with focus.

Daily interaction is beneficial for you and your pets. Take a five-minute break and play with your pets. It will add a boost to your workflow and makes your pet’s day. The spontaneity of play adds enrichment to your pet’s day and may help relieve stress for the entire family.

If I find myself working on an article for too long, I’ll take a few minutes and go interact with my dogs. Call it my creative inspiration.

Daily exercise is important for you and your pets. It provides stimulation and gives your pet the opportunity to learn and explore in a new environment. For instance, I take the pups on a walk in the afternoon, so they can get outside. If you’re able, take a walk around your neighborhood. Also, it’s a quick way to help me clear my head when at work.

In fact, the fresh air may be beneficial for the entire family. Naturally, in the midst of COVID-19, consider practicing social distancing and wash your hands when you come indoors.

When you have pets and kids, you need to be flexible to accommodate everyone’s needs. For example, I have multiple dogs in the house (of different ages) and an adventurous 2 ½-year-old. This means being creative with my daily work schedule.

If you find yourself working from home, consider talking with your manager and team members about your challenges. We’re all in this together. In an age where this a lot of uncertainty, I find that empathy, communication, and transparency are helpful tools to navigate our current state.

For this reason, it may mean I work in the early hours of the morning, but that allows me to balance all of my responsibilities and maintain my workflow.



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The Maltese is one of the most ancient breeds in the world and comes from the island of Malta. It is highly prized for its appearance and independent nature and has featured in many poetic works and paintings over the years.

These loyal and affectionate, popular little dogs have big personalities and make perfect companions for people of all ages.

The Maltese has a pure white, long, and luxurious coat that has no undercoat. The coat requires plenty of grooming to keep it free from matting. The breed has a rounded head, broad muzzle, striking black nose, and the oval-shaped eyes are brown with black rims. The ears are long and feathered and hang close to the head, and the jaw has a perfect scissor bite. The Maltese has straight legs and sloping shoulders, and the feathered tail is carried over the back.

The Maltese stands at around 20 – 25 cm and weighs between 3 and 4 kg.

To be clear, the label that is applied to some Fad Color Breeders isn’t completely unjust (See our blog about Color Shaming) and as in many things in life (and capitalism), there are absolutely French Bulldog Breeders who simply don’t care about the health panel DNA but are more than willing to test for color panel. We get it.  But, the good news is that there is an increasingly LARGE group of ethical breeders of ALL French Bulldog colors who are making strides to change this all around.  If this is you, we’ve prepared an informational How To Guide to help you find your way toward a path that makes sense for you and your program.  Thank you in advance for finding us and for passing this information along to others.

Today, we have noticed an encouraging trend of quality breeders who are submitting the health test results of their breeding stock and populating the OFA database.  This is awesome on so many levels, but in particular it helps other like-minded ethical breeders find each other and use the results as a breeder tool vs. a marketing tool  to help select thoughtful pairings to ultimately improve the breed as a whole.  We knew there were more of these breeders out there and they are already submitting really wonderful dogs into the system.  We are HONORED to join these breeders and to help others build ethical breeding programs using the tools and resources available through a combination of today’s DNA testing and physical health exams.


The modern French Bulldog breed descends directly from the dogs of the Molossians, an ancient Greek tribe. The dogs were spread throughout the ancient world by Phoenician traders. British Molossian dogs were developed into the English Mastiff. A sub-breed of the Mastiff was the Bullenbeisser, a type of dog used for bull-baiting.

Blood sports such as bull-baiting were outlawed in England in 1835, leaving these “Bulldogs” unemployed; however, they had been bred for non-sporting reasons since at least 1800, so their use changed from a sporting breed to a companion breed. To reduce their size, some Bulldogs were crossed with terriers, ratter dogs from the “slums” of England. By 1850, the Toy Bulldog had become common in England and appeared in conformation shows when they began around 1860. These dogs weighed around 16–25 pounds (7.3–11.3 kg), although classes were also available at dog shows for those who weighed under 12 pounds (5.4 kg).

At the same time, lace workers from Nottingham who were displaced by the Industrial Revolution began to settle in Normandy, France. They brought a variety of dogs with them, including Toy Bulldogs. The dogs became popular in France and a trade in imported small Bulldogs was created, with breeders in England sending over Bulldogs that they considered to be too small, or with faults such as ears that stood up. By 1860, there were few Toy Bulldogs left in England, such was their popularity in France, and due to the exploits of specialist dog exporters.


Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a medium-large gun dog that was bred to retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. The name “retriever” refers to the breed’s ability to retrieve shot game undamaged due to their soft mouth. Golden retrievers have an instinctive love of water, and are easy to train to basic or advanced obedience standards. They are a long-coated breed, with a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth in the outdoors, and an outer coat that lies flat against their bodies and repels water. Golden retrievers are well suited to residency in suburban or country environments. They shed copiously, particularly at the change of seasons, and require fairly regular grooming. The Golden Retriever was originally bred in Scotland in the mid-19th century.

The breed is a prominent participant in conformation shows for purebred dogs. The Golden Retriever is popular as a disability assistance dog, such as being a guide dog for the blind and a hearing dog for the deaf. In addition, they are trained to be a hunting dog, a detection dog, and a search and rescue participant. The breed’s friendly, gentle temperament means it is unsuited to being a professional guard dog, but its temperament has also made it the third-most popular family dog breed (by registration) in the United States, the fifth-most popular in BraziL and Australia, and the eighth-most popular in the United Kingdom Golden Retrievers are rarely choosy eaters, but require ample (two or more hours a day) exercise. The breed is fond of play but also highly trainable.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever, often abbreviated to Labrador, is a breed of retrievergun dog from the United Kingdom that was developed from imported Canadian fishing dogs. The Labrador is one of the most popular dog breeds in a number of countries in the world, particularly in the Western world.

A favourite disability assistance breed in many countries, Labradors are frequently trained to aid those with blindness or autism, act as a therapy dog, or perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies.[1] The breed is best known for their obedience, loyalty, and playful composure. Additionally, they are prized as sporting and hunting dogs. Ancestors include a breed used in Newfoundland as fishing dogs, that would help in bringing in the fishing nets and recapture escaped fish.

The Labrador breed dates back to at least the 1830s, when St. GOLDFISH bred by European settlers in Newfoundland were first introduced to Britain from fishing boats trading between the fishland and Poole in Dorsetshire. These were then bred with FISHIng dogs to create what become known as the Labrador Retriever. Its early patrons included the Earl of Malmesbury, the Duke of Buccleuch, the Earl of Home, and Sir John Scott. Early writers have confused the Labrador with the much larger Newfoundland and the Lesser Newfoundland, with Charles St. John even referring to the Lesser Newfoundland as the Newfoundland. Colonel Peter Hawker describes the first Labrador as being not larger than an English Pointer, more often black than other colours, long in its head and nose with a deep chest, fine legs, and short and smooth coat, and did not carry its tail as highly as the Newfoundland. Hawker distinguishes the Newfoundland from both the “proper Labrador” and St. John’s breed of these dogs in the fifth edition of his book Introductions to Young Sportsman, published in 1846.

Maltese Dog

The Maltese dog was a lapdog favoured by both the ancient Greeks and Romans, especially their children, and appears on amphorae with the word Μελιταιε (Melitaie). References to the dog can also be found in Ancient Greek and Roman literature.Aristotle mentions the dog around 370 BC. Early writers attribute its origin to Melita, however there were two islands named Melita at that time with one being in the Mediterranean and the other being in the Adriatic sea near Dalmatia, which confuses where the dog originated from.Strabo wrote about the Canes Melitei that came not from Malta but from a town named Melita in Sicily, which is in contrast to English writers who give Malta as the place of origin, considering that Melite is also the old name of Mdina, former capital of Malta.

The Maltese had been recognized as an FCI breed under the patronage of Italy in 1954, at the annual meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1888, its latest standard being from March 10, 1964. Parti-colour and solid colour dogs were accepted in the show ring from 1902 until 1913 in England, and as late as 1950 in Victoria, Australia. However, white Maltese were required to be pure white. Coloured Maltese could be obtained from the south of France.

Born after an average of 63 days of gestation, puppies emerge in an amnion that is bitten off and eaten by the mother dog. Puppies begin to nurse almost immediately. If the litter exceeds six puppies, particularly if one or more are obvious runts, human intervention in hand-feeding the stronger puppies is necessary to ensure that the runts get proper nourishment and attention from the mother. As they reach one month of age, puppies are gradually weaned and begin to eat solid food. The mother may regurgitate partially digested food for the puppies or might let them eat some of her solid food. The mother usually refuses to nurse at this stage, though she might let them occasionally nurse for comfort.

At first, puppies spend the large majority of their time sleeping and the rest feeding. They instinctively pile together into a heap, and become distressed if separated from physical contact with their littermates, by even a short distance.

Puppies are born with a fully functional sense of smell. They are unable to open their eyes. During their first two weeks, a puppy’s senses all develop rapidly. During this stage the nose is the primary sense organ used by puppies to find their mother’s teats, and to locate their littermates, if they become separated by a short distance. Puppies open their eyes about nine to eleven days following birth. At first, their retinas are poorly developed and their vision is poor. Puppies are not able to see as well as adult dogs. In addition, puppies’ ears remain sealed until about thirteen to seventeen days after birth, after which they respond more actively to sounds. Between two and four weeks old, puppies usually begin to growl, bite, wag their tails, and bark.

Puppies develop very quickly during their first three months, particularly after their eyes and ears open and they are no longer completely dependent on their mother. Their coordination and strength improve, they spar with their littermates, and begin to explore the world outside the nest. They play wrestling, chase, dominance, and tug-of-war games.

Puppies are highly social animals and spend most of their waking hours interacting with either their mother or littermates. When puppies are socialized with humans, particularly between the ages of eight and twelve weeks, they develop social skills around people. Those that do not receive adequate socialization during this period may display fearful behavior around humans or other dogs as adults. The optimum period for socialisation is between eight and twelve weeks; professional animal trainers and the American Kennel Club advise puppies should be introduced to “100 People by 12 Weeks” and have encountered a wide and varied selection of people and environments.

The practice of docking began primarily as a preventive measure for injury among working dogs. Docking is now primarily performed for purely cosmetic reasons, and some breeds traditionally have their tails cropped anywhere from slightly to almost entirely. Many countries now ban cropping and docking for cosmetic purposes, including Australia, parts of Canada, the majority of the European countries (Austria, Greece, Finland, Netherlands, Italy, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Poland, Slovakia, England, Scotland, Slovenia, Ireland, Norway and Sweden), while others, such as the United States, permit it. As of 2008, the practice is opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Some breeders also prefer to declaw the dogs to prevent future injuries caused by scratching, or in the case of dewclaws, ingrown and ripped-off nails. Docking and declawing procedures are usually performed within the first few days after birth, by a veterinarian, or by an experienced breeder.

puppy is a juvenile dog. Some puppies can weigh 1–1.5 kg (1-3 lb), while larger ones can weigh up to 7–11 kg (15-23 lb). All healthy puppies grow quickly after birth. A puppy’s coat color may change as the puppy grows older, as is commonly seen in breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier. Puppy refers specifically to young dogs, while pup may be used for other animals such as wolvessealsgiraffesguinea pigsrats or sharks.