Category Archives: Pup’s Place

Dog Naming 101


Naming your dog doesn’t have to be complicated. Here a few simple tricks we find helpful.

1. If the dog is a boy, name it Buddy.

2. If the dog is a girl, name it Princess.

3. If the dog is loud, name it Boomer.

4. If the dog is spotted, name it Spot. Warning, if the dog has only one large spot, you’ll want to name it Patch instead. Continue reading

3 Ways to Help Your Dog Community to Go Green


Earth day is just a few weeks away, here are a few ways to help out and plan an earth day event with your dog friends!

1. Collect Used Towels and Blankets for a Local Shelter
Have towels that are getting a little thread bare or perhaps some themed bedding that your child has outgrown? Good news – these are like gold to your local animal shelter!

Homeless pets need some snuggly comfort too, donate your old blankets so they have something soft to lay on. Your old towels help to clean up the pets and their cages as well as provide bedding for smaller pets.

Ask your friends, family, and coworkers to gather up their old towels and blankets too (Facebook is a great way to spread the word) or ask your child’s school to help with a donation drive.

Make sure the towels and bedding are nice and clean before your drop them off at the shelter – they have enough laundry to do and this is a big help for them! Continue reading

Using Petfinder to Adopt a Dog


If you’re looking to adopt a dog and don’t know where to start, is an excellent source for information about adopting a dog and will connect you with hundreds of shelters across the US that have adoptable pets waiting for forever homes.

Emi is our own Petfinder success story so I’m happy to share with other potential pet parents what to expect through the process.

  1. Do your research – find out what types of dogs would be a good fit for your lifestyle and the activity level of your family. Also keep in mind the grooming needs of certain breeds that might require frequent maintenance. Continue reading

How to Name Your Dog

Luca and Emi were named after old roommates of my husband.

Luca and Emi were named after old roommates of my husband.

Blitz, Fitz, Trinka and Tuck were among the names of some of the all star puppies in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl IX starting line up this year. (Yes, I love watching adorable puppies play!) The starting line up included a variety of names that seemed to give each dog a personality before you even saw them play and that got me thinking about how a dog is named.

Naming your dog can be a fun process and really anything goes, it comes down to finding a name that fits the personality of the dog and that you’re not embarrassed to call out at the dog park.

For those of you who need a little extra help, here are a few tips. Continue reading

Fostering a Dog

Emi and Rosie just hanging out like best buds do.

Emi and Rosie just hanging out like best buds do.

At one point during the hottest summer I can remember in Memphis, we heard news of a nearby shelter that was desperate for foster homes. They had no air conditioning, poor ventilation and they were losing dogs due to heat stroke. The shelter was threatening to start putting dogs down if volunteers wouldn’t take them in.

Continue reading