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Zen 2016

April 30, 2016

Zen, again.

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When your chain is yanked

April 30, 2016

Yank or be yanked

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My life in code

April 30, 2016

xhtml – code for nerd (not really)

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Stride right

April 27, 2016

I love walking with my dogs.

Prove it

April 27, 2016


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All for the dogs

April 26, 2016

It’s all about the dogs!

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Training tidbits

April 26, 2016

Training never ends

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Stressing out

April 26, 2016

  Effects of Stress

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A year in the life of Ruff Talk

April 22, 2016

  Ruff Talk review

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Pure and essential essence

April 22, 2016

My perfect companions..

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A little more love

April 22, 2016

  Pamper Perks

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Adopt or not?

April 22, 2016

  Orphan – should you bring one home?

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Natural choices

April 20, 2016

  Natural choices

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A mega year

April 19, 2016

  Maximum changes for  Maxie and Mia

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Life in the slow lane

April 18, 2016

a life of Leisure

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Adding to the family

April 18, 2016

  Kids and Dogs –  Do they mix ?

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Green eyed monster

April 12, 2016

  Is it ok to be jealous?

Finding Inspiration

April 11, 2016

  What’s your Inspiration?

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Penchant for Routine

April 9, 2016

  Habits – hard to break

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Spreading the Love

April 8, 2016

  Gracious – defined as: pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous.

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Do the math

April 8, 2016

  Economics of Dog Ownership – how does it add up?

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Foregoing Fetch

April 7, 2016

  Fetch – no thank you.

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Dog by Definition

April 6, 2016

How do you define your Dog?

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An Essential Command

April 4, 2016

‘Come’ when called – the most important command you can teach your dog.

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Bucket List, Schmucket List

April 2, 2016

Do you have a Bucket List for your dog?

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Aging gracefully

April 1, 2016

  Aging Dogs require special care

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Preconceived Notions

March 29, 2016

My follow up post from the 2015 BlogPaws© Conference      

Behavior Adjustment Training

New Train of Thought

March 28, 2016

To truly make a change in Mia’s life,  I had to be willing to make a … Read more

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New and Improved

March 25, 2016

  I like to call her Mia 2.0

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Night and Day

February 6, 2016

2 dogs, 2 distinct personalities.

Never Settle

February 5, 2016

  Mia has always been reactive on a leash. It was my mistake to accept this … Read more

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Season of Change

January 1, 2016

A multi-state move – new beginnings – a new home – oh my!

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A Good Fit

December 31, 2015

Look – over there!  Our new vet!

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Fresh Start

December 26, 2015

Looking for a new vet is a daunting task. Our first experience was not a … Read more

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Fear Factor

December 22, 2015

Mia snores.  I know this, because as I lay awake at night, I hear her.

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December 21, 2015

  Where in the world have the Ruff Talk Girls been?

Max the movie

Max, a Supersized Hero

June 21, 2015

Max, the much anticipated movie, especially for dog lovers, is in theatres Friday June 26.

Make It Happen

May 25, 2015

May is my Make It Happen Month!      

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Proceed with Caution

May 4, 2015

Bringing home a dog is an important decision; where you bring it FROM is just as important. … Read more

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The Puppy Mill Project

May 3, 2015

Ruff Talk is an advocate for the overall health and well being of ALL dogs. … Read more

My Moment of Zen

April 30, 2015

I’ve had plenty of ‘moments of Zen’ with the April A to Z Challenge !   … Read more

Young at Heart

April 29, 2015

Maxie will be 14 in June and Mia was 7 in April – but they … Read more

Making Waves

April 28, 2015

Did you know there were X-games for dogs?  

Warrior Advocate

April 27, 2015

The men and women who serve for our country are truly heroic Warriors.  

A Dog’s other Best Friend

April 26, 2015

My Vet – the best care for my best friends!    

Bloggers Unite!

April 26, 2015

Uniting with other bloggers can be inspirational, spark creativity and  provide your readers with different points … Read more

A Tip to the Tail

April 25, 2015

From the tip of their nose to the tip of their Tail – dogs are … Read more

Senior Similarities

April 22, 2015

When you and your dog are both Seniors, you have a lot in common…  

Ruff Talk Rewind

April 21, 2015

I love to talk about my dogs.  You know those parents that share multiple photos … Read more


April 20, 2015

We all have our quirks – but what about our dogs?    

Poop happens

April 19, 2015

Dog owners know the proof is in the poop.    

Ovation for Obedience

April 19, 2015

Obedience Training – there’s as many schools of thoughts as there are dogs!    

What’s that smell?

April 19, 2015

A dog’s nose is an amazing thing!      

Half Way Home

April 19, 2015

We’re participating in the A to Z Challenge all through the month of April. We’re … Read more

Meet Maxie and Mia

April 15, 2015

Meet Maxie and Mia – the Ruff Talk Girls!    

Little Things

April 14, 2015

There’s a lot of  Little things my dogs do that make me smile..    


April 13, 2015

Today’s post is Kibble – bits of information about dog ownership    

Join In

April 11, 2015

Design woes? Writer’s block? – Join a group to keep you going!  

Inspiring Instincts

April 11, 2015

I always knew my dogs had great instincts – but it wasn’t until one scary … Read more

Everyday Hero

April 9, 2015

My dogs are my everyday heroes!    

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Grooming 101

April 8, 2015

I decided it was time to groom my own dogs

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Fun with Fur

April 7, 2015

Give much thought to your dog’s Fur ?- Me neither!    

Ears Up!

April 6, 2015

Your dog’s ears are their own unique radar that can alert them to an unfamiliar … Read more

Dental Danger

April 4, 2015

Imagine if you NEVER brushed your teeth…    

Cuddle Up!

April 3, 2015

There’s nothing better than a Cuddle with our best friend!      

Bark first ask questions later

April 2, 2015

Our dog’s bark relays a message  – and that can be anything from signaling fear, … Read more

Agility Antics

April 1, 2015

Agility Training is a great way to bond with your dog.    

A to Z Challenge 2015

March 23, 2015

Get your Blog on! It’s almost time for the annual A – to – Z … Read more

Go or Stay Home?

March 20, 2015

It’s great if you can get to the BlogPaws Conference – but its ok if … Read more

What’s in a name?

March 2, 2015

  Our dogs are significant to us for so many reasons, not the least of … Read more

Snow much fun!

February 25, 2015

2-25-15 Snow Much Fun!   We were spoiled today with a fun walk through a … Read more

Moving Forward

February 22, 2015

Thank you to everyone that visited our website/blog in 2014. It was a year of … Read more

Braving the Weather

February 22, 2015

2-22-15 Enjoy Walking the Dog Day by getting outside with your four-legged best friend! Winter doesn’t … Read more

Open Wide!

February 4, 2015

2-4-15 Have you started your Pet Dental Routine?    

Plan to be Fit

January 30, 2015

Appointment calendars, editorial calendars, planning calendars…have you ever thought of a Fitness Calendar for your … Read more

A Lot of Nerve!

January 28, 2015

  1-28-15 Join in the Wordless Wednesday BlogPaws Blog Hop!    

Hug the One You Love

January 21, 2015

Today is National Hugging Day!

Au Naturel

January 14, 2015

1-14-15 It’s National ‘Dress Up Your Pet Day’ – see what the Ruff Girls prefer:

Ruff Talking in 2015

January 10, 2015

Our tails are wagging at full speed for our 1st ever Pet Blogger Challenge. Thank you to … Read more

Holiday Remix 2014

January 7, 2015

1-7-15 Enjoy our 2014 Holiday Remix I DO NOT know how that happened! We love … Read more

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A Job Well Done

January 5, 2015

Years ago I read a phenomenal book titled “The New Work of Dogs” by Jon Katz. … Read more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

December 29, 2014

My neighbor’s dogs are outside ALOT.  I know this because I often hear them barking … Read more

Happy Paw-lidays!

December 28, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Holidays are here and with that comes Family, … Read more

Trust your Instincts

November 30, 2014

I love the tagline under my vet’s clinic name: it reads,  “your ‘OTHER’ family doctor”.

Mistakes Happen

November 17, 2014

The weather is frosty here in the Midwest.  Our first snow a day ago has … Read more

Welcome Winter

November 15, 2014

Look how much fun the Ruff Girls had today!

Due Diligence

November 10, 2014

November is Pet Health Awareness Month.  This reminds me a little bit of New Year’s. … Read more

Think-er or Do-er?

November 4, 2014

Have you ever thought about your dog’s personality? Defining it can go a long way … Read more

Guilt – it’s a good thing

October 5, 2014

Not long ago an enjoyable  weekend came to its inevitable end. It was filled with great food, fun,  … Read more

Fall Fun

October 4, 2014

Can it be Fall already? Warm days, cool nights; a real feast for the senses!

Summer safety

July 27, 2014

The summer season is in full swing – and that brings lots of time together … Read more

Dogs just KNOW

May 8, 2014

It had been a very very long night.  An unexpected emergency room visit turned into a … Read more

How our Dogs see us

May 4, 2014

Have you had one of ‘those’ days at work?    

A Pat on the Head

May 3, 2014

A much appreciated Pat on the Head

Breakfast of Champions

April 26, 2014

I love early mornings with my dogs. They seem to have a penchant for rising … Read more

Hello World!

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year to all of our “Ruff Talk” friends!