Dog DNA Testing – For What?

There is a company (PooPrints) that provides canine DNA testing services for apartment complexes and such. Why do apartments need canine DNA testing, you ask? To identify owners who don’t pick up after their dog after he/she has done it’s business. If you know what I mean…

Here’s how it works:

1) Dog owners who live on the property give a sample of their dog’s DNA via cheek swab.
2) The dog’s DNA is registered at PooPrints’ laboratory.
3) When the property manager stumbles upon left-behind poo, it gets tested for a match with the apartment’s registered dogs.
4) Guilty owner is caught.

Speaking for myself, I always pick up after my pups. That is, unless I’ve run out of bags and didn’t notice until it was too late. (Ollie is kind enough to carry them on her harness). When I reach for the bag and nothing comes out of the carrier, I cringe. I then cower away like a criminal leaving a crime scene.

What do y’all think about this?

A Valentine for You and Your Pup

 

Love a Dog

Treat your pup to a new collar this Valentine’s Day – and take 20% off your entire order while you’re at it! It’s our Valentine to you and your pup. Simply use the coupon code: HEART at checkout. Enjoy!

XOXO

Macy

More Love Letters

While getting in my daily cardio yesterday, I turned on the treadmill TV and stumbled upon the Jeff Probst Show.  Now, I don’t normally watch daytime talk shows, but when I saw the topic roll across the screen, I decided to unplug my iPod and tune in. A young girl by the name of Hannah Brencher was the guest. Hannah has started a campaign called More Love Letters – where she encourages people across the world to leave love letters to strangers in random places. It’s not stalk-ish like you’d think, since the letters are meant for anyone who finds them, not specific people. She started it when she moved to NYC in 2010 when she went through a bout of depression. As a form of therapy, she started writing love letters and leaving them all over the city. What began as something to help mend her heart, now mends the hearts of people across the globe. The non-profit org has spread across 6 continents.

I think it is an incredible idea – to reach out to someone you don’t know and tell them that they matter. Hannah explained that the letters find the people that they are meant for – and many times, the letters make huge impacts on the hearts of their readers.

So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day next week, I am going to write a few love letters myself. I challenge you to do the same! For more information, visit http://moreloveletters.com. They also have a fabulous Pinterest page here.

Check out Hannah’s Ted Talk:

DIY: Paw Print Wall Art

How adorable is this cute DIY paw print wall art idea from ChicSprinkles.com featured in the latest issue of ModernDog magazine? With a few simple materials (paper, paint, frame), you can create a modern, yet adorable piece of art in honor of your pup! Want the tutorial? Click here!

Menswear Dog

Yep, this is the first post in over 8 months! I’ve made a vow to stay current on content, so here’s my first awesome find…

Well, this might be the best use of dog photography we’ve seen yet! Check out this new blog designed to showcase menswear with the use of a handsome shiba-inu.

The dog is described as a, “3 year old shiba inu (sic) living in NYC with a panache for all things style. His interests include never washing his selvage denim, lurking around Soho for someone to notice his steez, and sniffing fine a$$ bitches.” Haha. Got to love these shots!

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Fiona – The Blind Pup

Watched almost 1,000,000 times, this is a story about a sweet pup named Fiona who got a second chance at life thanks to rescuers Eldad and Audrey Hagar, a married couple who run a non-profit organization called Hope for Paws out of their Los Angeles apartment. If you have a few minutes, please watch the video and share it with your friends. Every dog deserves a chance to LIVE and this is the best example of that.

To learn more about Eldad and Audrey Hagar’s work, click here and here. To see more photos of animals the Hagars have rescued together, click here.

Harry the Hippo

WARNING: This is major cute overload!

Harry the Hippo, a pygmy hippo, was born last Thursday at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. His mother rejected him at birth, so it is now up to the wildlife caretakers to feed him, bathe him, and look after him until he can look after himself.  Harry will be no more than 3 feet tall when he reaches adult-hood. Pygmy hippos are also nocturnal – spending most of their time under water until nightfall, when they come out to eat leaves and grass. Read more about Harry here.

Maddie the Coonhound

Meet Maddie, a Coonhound with an uncanny sense of balance! Maddie is photographer Theron Humphrey‘s sweet pup. She’s been traveling all over the states with Theron working on his latest project: This Wild Idea. Theron explains, “She’s the kind of dog that would rather stand than lay down, so over time I just started picking her up and putting her on things. They are some lighthearted images that make me smile!”

Theron says he took all of the pics with his iPhone – on the instagram app.

To see more images of Maddie on things, visit MaddieOnThings.com. To learn  more about “This Wild Idea,” Humphrey’s cross-country photo project, visit ThisWildIdea.com.

Second Chance Photos

As if there wasn’t enough to love about photographer Seth Casteel, I just stumbled upon his new non-profit: Second Chance Photos. Their mission is to teach volunteers how to take professional photos of shelter dogs – thus increasing their chance of finding a forever home. He has several workshops (all of which are sadly sold out), plus he provides great tips on his site. What an inspiration!

Say Cheese

We finally had nice weather in Houston this weekend. Actually, “nice” is an understatment. It was incredible! Sunny/70’s on both Saturday and Sunday. I took the opportunity to try out my new camera on the pups — so we had an impromptu photo shoot. Ollie wasn’t having much of it, but Pippa was acting like a cover girl! Check out some of the pics below. If you have any tips for photographing dogs, please leave them in the comments section! In general, I took the photos with aperture: 3.5, ISO 200.

– Macy

 

 

 

 

 

Isabella Says

Isabella Says from Life + Dog. Happy Friday everyone!

 

XOXO Macy

Weee! Weee!

Okay. I have a not-so-secret secret. I am dying to get a teacup pig. We’ve had Pippa almost a year now and I would love to add to our family…. again. After catching up with my husband’s aunt at a wedding a few weeks ago, I found out that my husband’s cousin raises teacup pigs. What? A pig you can keep in the house? A pig to snuggle with and love on? Yes please! Not only are they adorable, but:

  • They only weigh up to 30 lbs (adult)
  • They are super clean
  • They can be potty trained
  • The get along great with dogs

Why don’t more people have them? My husband won’t let me get one, for now, but a girl can dream, right?

Got ID?

Since I am on a pink streak, I thought I’d feature these adorable $12 dog tags made by Happy Tags on Etsy. Aimee and Christopher, of San Francisco, create beautiful ID tags for dogs — all shapes and colors (not just pink!). Check them out on their Etsy store.

Eat Your Heart Out

Oh-my, oh-my! Diva Dog, known for their uber-durable dog beds, has created dog food bowls straight from the heart. Made with imitation leather (durable and easy to clean), they come in six colors and are €29.95. Bon appetit!

 

 

Custom Dog Illustration Accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How awesome are these custom dog illustration pillows and totes from Charles Fradin Home? I am absolutely in LOVE. Expensive, yes. But they are amazing.

Underwater Dog Photography

You must check out these incredible underwater dog photos from famed pooch photographer, Seth Casteel.

Mayes got me a new camera for Valentine’s Day and I have embarked on a new journey – discovering dog photography. 🙂 I hope that one day I’ll be able to provide free photography services for rescue groups and shelters in Houston. If you have any tips for me, let me know!

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