Category Archives: Man’s Best Friend


Did someone say treat?  


Our girls get daily treats…they love carrots and bananas…dental treats for fresh breath and cookies for tartar control…but a treat is a treat is a treat…Did someone say treat?


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Wordless Wednesday…nuff said!

Wordless Wednesday…nuff said!


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Faces

These are the sad faces of two stinky little dogs.  They were less than enthusiastic about having their picture taken.  But a picture is worth a thousand words…well at least a few captions to help express the attitude I was getting.   Dogs are very instinctive and I think they knew their face was going to end up on my blog! 

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Dangerous foods for pets…Ripley and Chloe want you to read this.

 I just read this article and wanted to share it with all the pet owners and animal lovers that visit nolagirlatheart !  My puppies are part of the family.  They give me unconditional love everyday.  I would be devastated if something happened to them.  Especially if it could have been prevented by spending a few minutes reading an article. 

Toxic and dangerous foods for pets

By Elizabeth Mason Woods for WebVet

Pets and poison is a growing concern among pet owners.  Household poisons are not the only thing that can harm your pets.  Many common household foods and drugs can also be toxic to your pets.  The following are foods that can be toxic or poisonous to your pets. 

Avocados contain a toxin known as persin.  Persin is found in various parts of the avocado and avocado trees (eg, leaves, rind, etc).  This toxin is known mostly to cause vomiting and diarrhea.  Birds and small pets seem most affected by the negative side effects of consuming avocado.

Not just beer…all alcohol.  Depending on how much alcohol your animal ingests, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, depression, difficulty breathing, coma, and possible death.

Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine that is toxic to pets.  If enough is ingested, your animal can suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and possible death. Cocoa mulch contains theobromine; the ASPCA advises dog owners to avoid using this fertilizer around unsupervised dogs, and dogs with indiscriminate eating habits since it can be toxic if ingested.

Chocolate is the most common candy that is toxic to pets, especially to dogs, cats and ferrets.  Any candy containing the sweetener xylitol can also be toxic to pets.



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Man’s Best Friend…

Can a Man’s Best Friend be a Woman’s Best Friend?  You betcha”!  Well at least it might be true when it comes to friends of the canine variety.

The catchphrase Man’s Best Friend is believed to have been popularized in a courtroom speech in 1870 by George Graham Vest, “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.”

For the past 8 months our best friends, our two little Shih Tzus, have welcomed blogger friends and visitors alike to this little corner of cyberspace. 

Our “girls” are happy and playful.  They are courageous watch dogs as well as extremely affectionate.  They have delightful personalities with expressive adorable faces. 

Man's Best Friend...Miss Ripley

This is Miss Ripley.  She is a Mama’s girl.  However, at the time of this picture she was none too happy with Mama.  She had been to see Ms. Ginger at the Pampered Pooch.  When I picked her up she decided to give me a bit of attitude.  I don’t think she was digging the bows.

She is never far from my side and usually under foot especially when I am on the computer.  She will snuggle up to me any chance she gets.  I call her Mama because she acts like one not because she is one. 

This is Miss Chloe.  She is not camera-shy.  This is one of a series of pictures taken around our house and Chloe is in every picture.  It is almost like “Where’s Waldo’?  She is a daddy’s girl.  She is young at heart and a bit of a tom-boy.  If you get too close she will give you a big wet kiss right on your smoocher.  If something is going on in the kitchen Miss Chloe is sure to be circling the island hoping to find a stray veggie or two. 

If you have a dog in your family you already know what a joy they can be.  They are always happy to see you no matter if you have been gone for 5 minutes or 5 days. 

They put on the dog every time you come through the door.   They are the quintessential welcoming committee.  Tails wagging, happy barking and doggie dancing all to welcome you home.  You can’t help but respond to them with your own delightful greeting. 

Well that is until you discover what they have been up to while you have been away. 

 No matter what…they will always be referred to as  Man’s Best Friend!


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