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Zen 2016

April 30, 2016

Zen, again. Read more

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When your chain is yanked

April 30, 2016

Yank or be yanked Read more

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My life in code

April 30, 2016

xhtml – code for nerd (not really) Read more

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Stride right

April 27, 2016

I love walking with my dogs. Read more

Prove it

April 27, 2016

Validation Read more

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All for the dogs

April 26, 2016

It’s all about the dogs! Read more

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Training tidbits

April 26, 2016

Training never ends Read more

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Stressing out

April 26, 2016

  Effects of Stress Read more

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A year in the life of Ruff Talk

April 22, 2016

  Ruff Talk review Read more

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Pure and essential essence

April 22, 2016

My perfect companions.. Read more

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A little more love

April 22, 2016

  Pamper Perks Read more

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Adopt or not?

April 22, 2016

  Orphan – should you bring one home? Read more

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Natural choices

April 20, 2016

  Natural choices Read more

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A mega year

April 19, 2016

  Maximum changes for  Maxie and Mia Read more

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Life in the slow lane

April 18, 2016

a life of Leisure Read more

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Adding to the family

April 18, 2016

  Kids and Dogs –  Do they mix ? Read more

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Green eyed monster

April 12, 2016

  Is it ok to be jealous? Read more

Finding Inspiration

April 11, 2016

  What’s your Inspiration? Read more

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Penchant for Routine

April 9, 2016

  Habits – hard to break Read more

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Spreading the Love

April 8, 2016

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

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Do the math

April 8, 2016

  Economics of Dog Ownership – how does it add up? Read more

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Foregoing Fetch

April 7, 2016

  Fetch – no thank you. Read more

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Dog by Definition

April 6, 2016

How do you define your Dog? Read more

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An Essential Command

April 4, 2016

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

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Bucket List, Schmucket List

April 2, 2016

Do you have a Bucket List for your dog? Read more

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Aging gracefully

April 1, 2016

  Aging Dogs require special care Read more

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Preconceived Notions

March 29, 2016

My follow up post from the 2015 BlogPaws© Conference       Read more

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 change in mine.  Read more

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New and Improved

March 25, 2016

  I like to call her Mia 2.0 Read more

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Night and Day

February 6, 2016

2 dogs, 2 distinct personalities. Read more

Never Settle

February 5, 2016

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

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Season of Change

January 1, 2016

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

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A Good Fit

December 31, 2015

Look – over there!  Our new vet! Read more

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Fresh Start

December 26, 2015

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

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December 21, 2015

  Where in the world have the Ruff Talk Girls been? Read more

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. Read more

Make It Happen

May 25, 2015

May is my Make It Happen Month!       Read more

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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. We are proud to be a part of Puppy Mill Action Week. Please visit The Puppy Mill Project website and get the facts about puppy mills. Guaranteed you will learn something about puppy mill operations.… 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 are still Young at Heart!   Read more

Making Waves

April 28, 2015

Did you know there were X-games for dogs?   Read more

Warrior Advocate

April 27, 2015

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

A Dog’s other Best Friend

April 26, 2015

My Vet – the best care for my best friends!     Read more

Bloggers Unite!

April 26, 2015

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

A Tip to the Tail

April 25, 2015

From the tip of their nose to the tip of their Tail – dogs are always trying to tell us something!       Read more

Senior Similarities

April 22, 2015

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

Ruff Talk Rewind

April 21, 2015

I love to talk about my dogs.  You know those parents that share multiple photos of their little ones at the water cooler, or always have  a ‘cute ‘ story about something their toddler did? I am that person about my dogs. I can tell a story anywhere, anytime about… Read more


April 20, 2015

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

Poop happens

April 19, 2015

Dog owners know the proof is in the poop.     Read more

Ovation for Obedience

April 19, 2015

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

What’s that smell?

April 19, 2015

A dog’s nose is an amazing thing!       Read more

Half Way Home

April 19, 2015

We’re participating in the A to Z Challenge all through the month of April. We’re more than half way through at this point, and we have missed posting a couple of times on the designated day. But you know what?- that’s ok. Because we are pushing on and determined to… Read more

Meet Maxie and Mia

April 15, 2015

Meet Maxie and Mia – the Ruff Talk Girls!     Read more

Little Things

April 14, 2015

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


April 13, 2015

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

Join In

April 11, 2015

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

Inspiring Instincts

April 11, 2015

I always knew my dogs had great instincts – but it wasn’t until one scary night they really shined through. (originally published as ‘Dogs just KNOW’)   Read more

Everyday Hero

April 9, 2015

My dogs are my everyday heroes!     Read more

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Grooming 101

April 8, 2015

I decided it was time to groom my own dogs Read more

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Fun with Fur

April 7, 2015

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

Ears Up!

April 6, 2015

Your dog’s ears are their own unique radar that can alert them to an unfamiliar knock at the door or that distinct sound of the jingle of a set of keys that signals our arrival home.     Read more

Dental Danger

April 4, 2015

Imagine if you NEVER brushed your teeth…     Read more

Cuddle Up!

April 3, 2015

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

Bark first ask questions later

April 2, 2015

Our dog’s bark relays a message  – and that can be anything from signaling fear, danger, or that a squirrel has decided to run across the yard     Read more

Agility Antics

April 1, 2015

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

A to Z Challenge 2015

March 23, 2015

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

Go or Stay Home?

March 20, 2015

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

What’s in a name?

March 2, 2015

  Our dogs are significant to us for so many reasons, not the least of which is the name we choose for them. Read more

Snow much fun!

February 25, 2015

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

Moving Forward

February 22, 2015

Thank you to everyone that visited our website/blog in 2014. It was a year of change for us here at Ruff Talk, and we are excited to see what 2015 will bring. We look forward to more blogging, perfecting our website design and most of all enjoying visits from all… 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 seem to want to end in the Midwest but we’re tougher than the weather.(well, most days anyway) Read more

Open Wide!

February 4, 2015

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

Plan to be Fit

January 30, 2015

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

A Lot of Nerve!

January 28, 2015

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

Hug the One You Love

January 21, 2015

Today is National Hugging Day! Read more

Au Naturel

January 14, 2015

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

Ruff Talking in 2015

January 10, 2015

Our tails are wagging at full speed for our 1st ever Pet Blogger Challenge. Thank you to gopetfriendly.com for this inspirational way to start 2015!   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 new toys! Hey, that’s mine! We hope your holidays were Merry & Bright!  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. It is a tribute and inspiring look into how dogs enrich our lives. If you have read this book, you know exactly what I am talking about. 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 at 2 a.m. My first thought is always, “why are they outside now?”  I can’t help but feel bad for them. Read more

Happy Paw-lidays!

December 28, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Holidays are here and with that comes Family, Food, Friends and Pet Safety! Thank you to BlogPaws and the American Veterinary Medical Association for being willing to share an article on tips for Protecting our Pets during the holidays! Read more

Trust your Instincts

November 30, 2014

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

Mistakes Happen

November 17, 2014

The weather is frosty here in the Midwest.  Our first snow a day ago has left the ground a blanket of white and the air has a serrated bite to it.  Not to be deterred, the Ruff Girls and I bundled up this afternoon and headed outside to enjoy this… Read more

Welcome Winter

November 15, 2014

Look how much fun the Ruff Girls had today! Read more

Due Diligence

November 10, 2014

November is Pet Health Awareness Month.  This reminds me a little bit of New Year’s. It’s a great time to make a promise to do better where your pet’s overall health care is concerned. Have you been lax when it comes to brushing their teeth? (yes, I have). Do you think… 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 in fulfilling your dog’s needs. 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,  (even though the weather didn’t want to totally cooperate) and most importantly lots of time with family!  Read more

Fall Fun

October 4, 2014

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

Summer safety

July 27, 2014

The summer season is in full swing – and that brings lots of time together with our beloved dogs. Read more

Dogs just KNOW

May 8, 2014

It had been a very very long night.  An unexpected emergency room visit turned into a 6 hour long drill of tests, doctor consults, more tests and finally a diagnosis.   Read more

How our Dogs see us

May 4, 2014

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

A Pat on the Head

May 3, 2014

A much appreciated Pat on the Head Read more

Breakfast of Champions

April 26, 2014

I love early mornings with my dogs. They seem to have a penchant for rising by 4:30 a.m. and no matter how I try, I cannot get them to sleep in. Read more

Hello World!

January 1, 2014

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