Blogs by Sara Lima

November 4, 2011 by Sara Lima
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To celebrate Roxy's 9th birthday she dined on delicious delicacies such as mashed potatoes, hard-boiled eggs and berry-flavoured cupcakes. Not to be outdone, Cash and Chance generously offered to help her with the task of consuming the baked treats. Such gentlemen.

Chance was so excited about his cupcake his eyes nearly burst from his head

November 1, 2011 by Sara Lima
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I love Halloween, therefore my dogs love Halloween. Each year, Cash stands dutifully on-guard alongside me at the door to greet the eager trick-or-treaters while Chance and Roxy remain uninterested in their beds. Either that, or they're too embarrassed to face the judgemental stares of the zombie brides and fancy vampires who pity them for their humiliating garb. You know what I say to that? Tough beans. I get to dress them up one day a year, so I'm going to make it count.

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October 19, 2011 by Sara Lima
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I think it's evident from my strongly opinionated rantings that I am a fierce proponent of rescue. Other than Roxy, who I bought from a pet store when I was 18 and silly, all my dogs are, and will forever be, rescues. The message of rescue and adoption is hugely important and one that I hope to spread far and wide with every opportunity I get! So, when I heard about Best Friends Animal Society's new "Invisible Dogs" campaign,

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October 4, 2011 by Sara Lima
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No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't seem to keep track of all my dogs' toys. I knew we had tons of tennis balls, bones, squeaky snakes, stuffed dinosaurs, rubber rings and an overabundance of other dog playthings, but I could never seem to find them when hurriedly trying to placate my bored pups before leaving for work. I began to suspect that something off-hand was afoot.

I scoured the backyard looking for clues as to the whereabouts of the missing toys, moved heavy furniture

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September 27, 2011 by Sara Lima
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As promised, I finally unpacked my suitcase and sifted through the plethora of goodies I gathered at the SuperZoo pet industry trade show to come up with a list of my new fave finds. Here they are in no particular order:

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I actually got my Chill Pad from PLAY before going to Vegas, but they were officially debuted at SuperZoo so I feel like it still counts! I can't say

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September 20, 2011 by Sara Lima
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Dear loyal Bark On fans...

Sorry for the long blog silence! I was in Vegas attending the SuperZoo pet industry trade show and was too busy gambling, hustling and altogether misbehaving to get to a computer! I promise I'll be back shortly with my favourite picks from the show and, as always, adorable pictures of my precious brood enjoying said picks. But first, I have to spend some much-needed time with Cash, Roxy and Chance. I don't know who missed who more, me or them!

September 2, 2011 by Sara Lima
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It is a widely recognized fact that dogs have inherited many traits from their wild wolf ancestors. One said trait is the need for a sense of security and one's own territory which, for wolves, is found in caves. For many domesticated canines, this comes in the form of a kennel. I have been a longtime proponent of crate training ever since it was successfully accepted by Roxy as a puppy as her own personal safe haven. Since she no longer uses her crate, we decided to try it with Chance to

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August 29, 2011 by Sara Lima
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My love for animals extends far beyond dogs to virtually any and all wildlife, and I count it amongst the most wonderful occurrences to see an animal in its natural habitat. Unfortunately, I've always been unlucky and have rarely been fortunate enough to spot wildlife while on car trips or camping. Yesterday, however, that all changed.

As with most Sundays, we decided to spend the afternoon at the park with the dogs, and brought along my 2 ½ year old niece, Avery. We packed up the

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August 23, 2011 by Sara Lima
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For me, vacationing without my dogs isn't really a vacation at all because I am consistently plagued with worry. Are the dogs being well taken care of? Do they miss us? Do they know we're eventually coming home? Fruitless fretting, I know, but as any mother can attest, completely unavoidable. So when it came time to select our summertime holiday destination, the first thing that came to mind was "where can we bring the dogs?" After much deliberation and planning, we decided upon the

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August 18, 2011 by Sara Lima
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Modern Dog recently polled our loyal facebook and twitter followers to ask "what lessons have you learned from your dog?" (Check out the new fall issue to see some of our fav responses). This question prompted me to consider my own dogs and what valuable insights they've brought to my everyday life.

Roxy has taught me to be courageous. Watching this tenacious dog charge through life like it's her own personal playground (despite being blind and eventually losing an eye) has

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