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Do Dogs Understand Pregnancy?

  • February 20, 2018
White Border collie Dog and Pregnancy Test

From the day I saw those two pink lines show up on the home pregnancy test, I swear Ava knew something was up.

I used to be skeptical that dogs could possibly understand pregnancy, but over the last few months of watching my dog adjust to my mine, I’ve become a believer! While “understand” is a strong word to use about dogs grasping the actual concept of pregnancy, their behavior does change, so there’s got to be something behind that!

Dogs are notoriously very in-tune to their masters. They pick up on emotions, physical changes, scents, and stressors. Guess what pregnancy includes? A whole lot of emotions, stressors, physical and hormonal changes!

White border collie dog laying on floor
Waiting for mom’s next move

So whether or not they actually understand pregnancy is one thing. But they definitely know that something is up! Here are a few of the things that Ava has been up to these past 8 months that confirm my suspicions.

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Dog Friendly Lifestyle

Here’s what’s happening!

  • February 11, 2018
Montepulciano Italy at Sunset

It’s officially the dead of winter and I’m thinking to myself, “I haven’t blogged in months.” Seriously, months. (That’s a sure-fire way for your blog to fail, Michelle, come on!)  Anyway, since we last spoke, a lot has been happening in our lives, but for now I will keep this short and sweet.

We’ve traveled, yes, but currently our travel bug is taking a short sabbatical.

Here’s a quick recap on some of our recent trips that brought 2017 to an end.

Small Streets of Italy
Wandering the streets of Civita de Bagnoregio, Umbria.
Italian hillscape
Look at that view! The landscape isn’t bad, either.
Orvieto Bell Tower
Climbing the bell tower in Orvieto, Italy.

Sometimes the best views are from the road…

Window view of Umbria, Italy
Admiring the hill country of Umbria, Italy.


I’m going to be honest, though. In the last few months, my focus has really shifted, and the blog sort of fell to the wayside with all of the other things I have been up to!

Here’s a sneak peak of what has been keeping us all so busy…

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Dog Friendly Travel

Beach Days With Fido

  • September 9, 2017
Tropea Italy Beach

Our dog loves the beach. Like, when her feet hit the sand she sort of freaks out and gets the “zoomies” as we like to call them. She chases the surf and digs and rolls in the sand. (A Type-A dog mom’s worst nightmare!)

Our homes in Southern Spain and the North Eastern United States fared well for early morning beach walks and off-leash beach running. Wide open spaces and crisp morning beach breezes. Ahh the memories.

Unfortunately our set up here in Italy isn’t quite as ideal! We don’t live walking distance to the beach and even if we did, the beaches just aren’t the same. Most are pebble beaches ridden with tourists, more debris than I feel should be at the beach, and are packed out with private beach clubs. …I digress…  ANYWAY.

Last week, though, Ava got to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Tropea. I don’t know who loved it more, me or her.

With the summer heat waning and the crowds dissipating a bit, it is THE perfect time to bring fido! If you didn’t already realize, summer is quickly coming to an end-and now is the time to get your last beach trips in.

Just remember that bringing fido to the beach is sort of like bringing a toddler. You need more than just a towel and your bathing suit. Here are few handy reminders for having a smooth and enjoyable beach day with your pup!

  • Bring a shade source
  • Protect those paws
  • Bring lots of water
  • Bring a stake
  • Get them wet
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Dog Friendly Travel

Why Training is Important for Dogs Who Travel

  • July 28, 2017
White border collie dog training in tuscany, italy
Ever stand in a busy square and see a dog walking flawlessly next to its owner and think, “How is that dog so well-behaved? …[Rover] could never do that.”
I still have these thoughts from time to time. I admittedly get dog-envy when I see other dogs’ high levels of training and obedience. Imagine trying to take an unruly, hyperactive dog who doesn’t listen into a shop piled high with hand-painted ceramics. That would be a disaster, right? It would make taking fido MUCH more stressful.  
So, as I begin to tell you about the logistics of taking your dog everywhere you go, I think it’s important to stress the major factor in making traveling with fido possible: Training!

 

Here are 5 things you can start doing now to make your life and future travels with fido a whole lot easier.

 

  1. Get them used to people
  2. Teach impulse control
  3. Practice leash walking
  4. Kick their separation anxiety
  5. Expose them to weird stuff
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Travel

Is Rome A Place For Fido?

  • July 24, 2017

When you think about the Italian city of Rome, the first things that come to mind are probably the incredible ancient sights, followed closely by two evils: crowds and traffic! I’ll bet it’s the last place you would think about bringing your dog on vacation. Funny, because I thought the exact same thing…until we did just that; Rome with our dog.

Despite what you might think about a city being no place for fido… here are 5 reasons why it is totally doable and fun!
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