Movie Night

So I’ve just started watching the movie Darling Companion while relaxing with my pup. Has any one seen it? It looks like a dog gone good movie! If you haven’t seen it, add it to your watch list. You can download the Crackle movie app and watch it for free!

Production Day!

It’s official, we are in production! Kick up your paws and cool off with these single-ingredient dog treats.

Made from 100% watermelon 🍉 These treats are packed with plenty of vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial for your dog’s health, and they’re made of 92 percent water, so they can be especially refreshing on a hot day. Watermelon is full of beneficial nutrients that are healthy for dogs, including potassium and vitamins A, B6, and C. It is also high in fiber, which is good for digestion. Although watermelon contains sugar, the fiber content in the fruit insulates the sugar and prevents it from being released into the bloodstream too quickly. It’s also a source of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that may help prevent cancer.Watermelon is low in calories, low in sodium, fat free, and cholesterol free, which makes it a healthier choice than many store-bought treats. Being made of about 92 percent water, this fruit can be a good source of hydration and an especially refreshing treat on a hot day.

Bedtime Snuggles

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep With You?

Sure! You are possibly over the moon about your new puppy and happy that you finally have her home for the first time. If only she felt the same way as you do, your puppy obviously will realize that coming home with you is one of the best things she could ever experience.

Contrary to this exciting feeling of a new dog at home, you must have heard severally from people that your pet should have her own space maybe around the floor, a crate, or better still a bed. Sometimes, maybe a gated area or playpen that is split into a potty pad compartment and a sleeping area will serve the dog better, instead of having a dog with the possibility of relieving herself on your bed, which may turn out a bad habit.  

Also, the polyphasic nature of sleeping by dogs coupled with the fact that they are light-sleepers (since they are always alert for sound) has been shown to reduce the quality of sleep people who sleep with dogs tend to get.

Whatever the case may be, sleeping with your dog (particularly one that is well-behaved) is likely to comfort you, delight your dog, and this enhances the bond between you and your dog. Also, co-sleeping with your dog has a lot of benefits even though modern culture seems to pay more attention to the negative perspective of co-sleeping with dogs instead of the benefits.

There are mental and physical benefits such as increasing the amount of time you have to spend with your dog, increasing the sense of companionship and comfort your dog provides you.

Besides the general benefits that come with co-sleeping, several surveys have shown that the majority of dog owners have at least two to three reasons why they prefer their dogs to sleep with them on the bed. Some reasons gathered include:

Benefits to Dog Owners

• Dogs are Warm: As a matter of fact, dogs have a body temperature about 3-6 degrees higher than human, and so, it just may feel good to sleep close to a dog on a cold night since they can be an efficient means of getting the bed warm. Such practices like this brought the term “three dog night” in Canadian Maritime Provinces where nights were usually very cold, and it was a standard practice to keep dogs around you on your bed to keep you warm.

• Dogs Help Us to Relax: Others claim that when they have a dog lie beside them, the rhythmic breathing of the dog can help to lull them to sleep easily. Also, a dog around their bed helps to increase the flow of oxytocin, also known as cuddle chemical – a hormone that is associated with affection, happiness, relaxation, trust, and psychological stability.

• A Feeling of Safety: Some on the other hand claim that sleeping with a dog beside them helps them to feel safe and gives them a sense of protection irrespective of the size of their dog, especially when they lie in a dark room alone. “With your light-sleeping canine right by your side, she will alert you of anything out of the ordinary around your home, so you have little or nothing to worry throughout the night.”

Benefits to Dogs

• It Makes Dogs Happy: Some have this to say that they notice some feeling of happiness from their dogs ever since they allowed their dogs to join them on the bed.  

• They Want to Stretch Out: Most dog beds are designed to suit circle or curled sleepers. But where your dog doesn’t like the doughnut form of her bed as she lies down for the evening rest, she definitely will seek an alternative. Such alternatives may be the owner’s mattress which offers somewhat like a rectangular real estate for a long, large-breed limbs dogs to fully stretch out.

• They Enjoy the Thread Count: While most dog’s bed covers are designed and made for ease of cleaning and not for luxury, many dogs somehow manage to recognize good quality linens especially when they lie on one. So, finding one on your bed is the easiest way to tell themselves that they know that the Egyptian cotton is where their butt belongs.

Bottom Line: Letting Your Dog a on the Bed is Your Choice!

Research studies have concluded that even though the society may not currently buy the idea or regard co-sleeping with your dog in the best light, due to some of the many benefits, you may gain as an individual, there is no need for unnecessary concern and alarm.

If it is your choice to allow your dog on your bed with you, case closed! That’s your choice, as simple as that, and no one should have you to defend this choice and decision.

But where your dog is already accustomed to sleeping on your bed with you, and you abruptly evict her, it is most likely that she would wish to speak up so that you can understand the feeling. But in most cases, a slight behavioral modification will be required to convince her that bedtime arrangements and allocation have other alternatives that should be accepted at any point in time.


Label Reveal

Today we ordered all our packaging labels for our Watermelon Pup Pops & we are so excited to give you a sneak peek at what we have been up to! The packaging labels are super fun & colorful just like my dog’s personality. Now, the packaging itself is biodegradable. We believe in leaving a carbon footprint in our daily life, so of course it would reflect in our packaging as well.

Pretty soon your dog will be able to kick up it’s paws and cool off with our Watermelon Pup Pops!

Front Side
Back Side

Morning Motivation

Good morning! Rise & Shine. It’s a brand new day, a perfect day to accomplish all your tasks & reach your goals. Every morning I do my morning reading & I write down my 5’s list.

I started out taking some extra time writing down my 5 big Patio Pup goals. I also wrote down strategic actions & set milestones for each goal. Now every morning I formulate a checklist with 5 things to do each day to help me stay on track. I call it my 5’s list. I let my strategic actions determine my day-to-day schedule & activities.

So kiss your dog good morning, drink your coffee, crush your goals & enjoy your life.

Wish List

Yesterday I went to Short Pump Town Center for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. They were giving 20% of your bill to the Richmond SPCA. Lunching with a purpose is always the best kind of lunch.

Perry spotted at California Pizza Kitchen

We then did a bit of walking after and visited some of the shops. We walked into Altar’d State. For any dog lover looking for something amazing to buy regarding dog’s. This is a place to look. I’m sure you’ll find something that you will have to have!

I fell in love with this Coffee Tumblr that I added on my list.

Dog Mom Mini Tumbler $24