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It’s that time of year! In just two weeks, you’ll be sitting around the table, eating delicious food, enjoying time with friends and family, and being thankful for all your blessings. Then, it’ll be December, and we’ll be frantically trying to find that perfect gift for Mom, or your cousin, or the secret Santa at work. And if you’re like me, you’ll be finding gifts for the dog. Yes, they have no concept of what Christmas is, or why we decorate a tree inside the house (“Why is there a tree in my house? I pee on those!”), but they deserve a little something too. Because they’re part of the family, and love toys just as much as your kids do. So, to start off the gift giving season (it’s never too early!), here are things Gant would love for relaxing after a long day at the dog park. Maybe…

Finally, it’s vacation time! Hotel reservations are made. Flight is booked. Outfits planned. But what about the dog? While there are more dog-friendly hotels and airbnbs available these days, sometimes it is just not feasible to take our furry family members with us. Gant is an emotional support animal, so he travels with us on road trips and visits to family, but if it’s a really short visit or just somewhere dogs are not welcome, it is important to find a trustworthy service that takes care of your dog (or any animal for that matter, but for this post, I’ll be talking about dogs), so you have peace of mind knowing your dog is in a safe, fun, and comfortable environment. We have used a variety of different services, so I am going to break down the pros and cons of three types of dog sitting, so you can see…

When you get a dog, no matter if it’s a puppy or a senior, training is so important. Dogs need to have boundaries, which sets them (and you) up for a fun, successful and happy life. One of the first things we did when we brought Gant home was enroll him in a puppy training class. For six weeks, I went from not knowing how to teach him to sit to seeing him be the first dog to pass the whole course. So today, I am introducing Paw and Order Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting, a company based in Canada. Nicole, the founder, will give us some background on her business, as well as tips and tricks for effectively training your dog. Tell us a little About Yourself. My name is Nicole Courson, CDBC, KPA-CTP. I live in Nelson, British Columbia (Canada) and I train in Nelson and the surrounding…

We all love to give back, but sometimes, we don’t have the time to volunteer. Life gets so busy. Before I moved to Connecticut, I was involved with a wonderful dog rescue. They had events every weekend, and there was always a need for more volunteers. Unfortunately, I couldn’t volunteer very often, and I definitely felt guilty. While giving your time is incredibly appreciated, organizations like these need money! Funds to help with vet checks, medical bills, food, and upkeep of their facilities. Since we enjoy spending money on our furry family members (and on ourselves!), why not buy products that give something back? Fortunately, there are a ton of options. So now you’ll have an even better excuse to use that credit card. Get matching charms for you and your favorite pooch. Part of the proceeds to go animal shelters in Israel. As you have read, there are so…

As a small business owner, one of my favorite things is collaborating with like-minded business owners who have the same passion and drive to make their dreams a reality. We learn so much from each other – our ups, downs, inspirations, and what keeps us going, because being an Entreprenuer is REALLY hard. This week, I am proud to partner with Melissa Portell of Letters by Angelie, a dog-loving business inspired by her late Boston Terrier, Angely.  She creates water color and acrylic pet portraits, as well as stickers, prints, t-shirts and pins. Read her story below, and then keep scrolling for an awesome giveaway! “Letters by Angelie sounds like a simple title, but it has a deeper meaning for me. My dog passed away on October 2, 2017. She was a fourteen year old Boston Terrier. I used to call her “my sweet partner”. I got her when I…

Oakland has become quite the hipster town these days. Unique eats like Thai temples turning into delicious buffet restaurants draw the crowds on Sundays, and Jack London square has a bustling Farmer’s Market. Then, there’s a car dealership turned restaurant in the heart of the city. This fun and hoppin’ place doesn’t offer much on the outside, but on the inside…

With all the horrible things going on in the world, here’s a little dose of laughter for your weekend, courtesy of the New Yorker, one of my favorite Instagram accounts. Check them out here  @newyorkercartoons. New Yorker Cartoon by Peter Steiner, 1990. Credit @newyorkercartoons. New Yorker Cartoon by Charles Barsotti, from 2011. Credit @newyorkercartoons. New Yorker Cartoon by Warren Miller, from 1973. Credit @newyorkercartoons. New Yorker Cartoon by Alex Gregory, from 2005. Credit @newyorkercartoons. New Yorker Cartoon by Danny Shanahan, from 2017. Credit @newyorkercartoons.

German Shepherds are one of those breeds that I like to admire from far away. Their pointy ears, black and brown coloring, and lustrous fur make them truly beautiful.  While I would love to have one, they need a lot of training, socializing, and tons of exercise, which I could not offer. They are also incredibly smart, as we know, since we see them as police dogs or drug detectors. I may not be able to have a beautiful German Shepherd by my side, but I can admire all the unique gifts made just for lovers of this breed. Here are just a few of the many cool gift ideas for your German Shepherd-loving friend, family member, co-worker, whatever! German Shepherd Gold Necklace: Swap your German Shepherd t-shirt with this simply stated necklace. A subtle way to show your love without looking like a crazy dog lady. Purchase here. $20…

Shortly after we brought our 8-week old puppy, Gant, home, we were told we needed to socialize him as much as possible. Not only should he interact with other dogs (once he was properly vaccinated), he needed to be exposed to various environments – out at a restaurant, inside a dog-friendly store, in the car, or any place that had a lot of people. This would get him comfortable with different situations, types of people, and noises. It is important for a dog to be able to acclimate to their surroundings. Since then, we have taken him on cross-country road trips, restaurants, shopping in our local downtown, and many dog-friendly establishments. He loves being with us and we enjoy our outing without having to worry about leaving him at home. Gant ready to embark on our cross-country road trip (He’s in the back seat)! He loves people, plays with all…

You know what’s great about Labor Day weekends? You get a four-day work week! I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. Do you ever feel like the days just pass you by? With that being said, it’s time for this week’s blog post! Again, how is it THURSDAY?! Every week I try to come up with a topic that is not only interesting, but brings a new perspective. Things that I would want to read. As I’ve looked through the last 10 blog posts I’ve written (!!!), I realized I haven’t really shown you exactly what type of products Sacco Studios sells. Of course, you can click “Shop” on my website and find out, but I’d like to take a moment and showcase one of my favorite (and popular) products: the custom pet illustration. I love these because they are unique, personal, and you get some control of how they will…

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