Our 12th Anniversary Poochie Love Story

Your dog makes you a better person™
and this month we recognize
LOVE.

It is a theme that is fitting for both Valentine’s Day and our 12th year anniversary here at Poochie-Pets, which was founded on this day in 2005.

12 years ago what started out as a need to communicate with my family dog began its evolution into a business that now employs 10 amazing souls, supports over 3,000 stores, connects to hundreds of vendors and consumes most of my attention every day. I look back over the last decade of this evolution from a single invention; PoochieBells®, to the drive to create a product line to enhance the lives of dog families everywhere.

I am frequently asked: “what is it like to start, grow and live the world of a business owner and entrepreneur, what are your take-aways?”.  Poochie-Pets started as a dream and fun discussion on a car ride home from a friend’s home with my family. Recognizing we needed to quickly figure out how to better communicate with our dog at potty time, evolved into a handcrafted product (originally made in our home’s basement), team of people and company that has created a product segment in the pet industry. Now, Poochie-Pets is driving forward to evolve into a thriving full line pet product company.

Personally, this company has brought excitement, fear, stress, happiness, self-reflection, drive, and tears along with laughs, travel, connections, failures and success. Most of all, though, Poochie-Pets has brought me incredible LOVE.

I love knowing that families everywhere that use our products find that they enhance the relationship between them and their dog. I love that I surround myself with a team that is passionate about what they do and believe in our company. I love that I can continually learn, face challenges and grow. I love that I have given my children an example of how to believe in your dreams and pursue, take risks, challenge yourself. I love that my family and friends constantly rally around me and support my vision, both highs and lows, I love that I have found the most amazing people in my life through this company.

Most of all, though, I love that this small little company was started out of the love within my family and our then, new dog: Oscar. That love and desire to make our lives better by communicating with him created a vision within me and I am so very thankful.

Happy Anniversary Team Poochie-Pets!

A Happier You and a Happier Dog, too!

Five Things You Can Do To Make Your Dog Happier

  1. Rotate Toy Selection – We all love new stuff, keep it interesting for your dog by rotating their toy selection.
  2. Keep Your Dog’s Diet Consistent – Keep your dog on a consistent diet of their dog food. Keeping consistent creates a calm digestive process.
  3. Walk Your Dog – Great for you and your dog. Even a 15 minute stroll adds to your dog’s mental happiness and fitness.
  4. Appreciation and Praise, Both verbal and physical: Talk to your dog and give him a snuggle. Spending a few moments to reconnect with your dog through praise lets your dog know he is loved and in a secure relationship ☺ Don’t we all want that?
  5. Keep Calm. Your dog’s behavior many times is a reflection of your mental state and environment. Try to keep an environment that is calm and peaceful for your pooch.

Five Ways Your Dog Makes You A Happier Person

  1. Your Dog is Always There For You. Doesn’t matter how moody you are, that you haven’t gotten out of your pajamas all day, he’s there by your side to listen and love you.
  2. Your Dog Makes You Laugh. I know there is always something quirky my dog is up to. Most recently a fascination with my daughter’s hair clip, seen by him as an intruder in the home, he made us laugh by his unexpected fierce reaction to it. Spending time each day to observe him consistently gives me joy and a few laughs.
  3. Daily Walks. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t make time for it, our daily walks are a great stress reducer and way for me to reconnect with the outdoors.
  4. Connection with Other Dog Owners & Conversation. I cannot count the number of times I have joyfully talked about my pug with other pug owners. An immediate and fun connection with people I would otherwise not have connected with.
  5. Love. Simply put: Love. He loves me, he needs me each day, makes me feel loved, special and needed.

Let’s Make Super-Easy, Poochie Punk-Oat-Nutter Treats!

No Bake Dog Treats

Share a little time and love with your furry best friend with these super-easy, pumpkin base treats for your pooch. Our team of in-house testers gobbled these up. No baking involved and your pooch will think you’re a rock star!
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (choose a low sodium/low sugar variety)
  • 1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin (canned, or pureed fresh)
  • 3 tbs Honey
  • 2 1/2 cups Oats

Directions:

Combine peanut butter, pumpkin and honey in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Scoop by tablespoon and drudge through oats to coat and shape into bite-sized balls. Consider the size of your lucky pooch when shaping. Place individually on a baking sheet or in a sealable container.

Store in fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks (3 months if frozen).
With very casual sizing ( for a small furkin and a medium) we resulted in 30 treats.

 

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September 2016 PoochieStar Videos

A lil yoga S-t-r-r-e-t-c-h while he’s at it!

Banjo the Mini Golden-Doodle, knows how to multitask. You can find him on Instagram @banjo.minigoldendoodle.

Just an FYI, my husband and I are SO HAPPY we found PoochieBells! We were struggling with potty training and a friend of ours mentioned trying the bell…I found it at our local pet store here in Des Moines, IA. We started using the bells on a Thursday and by the following Tuesday, Banjo was 100% housebroken and hitting his bell each and every time he needed to go outside (along with his sweet little yoga pose/stretch!)

THANK YOU for helping us make housebreaking a breeze!

The Thompson Family

Hi Poochie-Pets,

I have attached the video below. We just love our bells and think it is the best invention ever!!

Thank you,
The McAtee Family

(the hoomans behind: @gundersonthepug @sernathepug)

Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Makes You A Better Person™

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The Poochie-Pets recognition that Your dog makes you a better person™ has created many great conversations with our vendors, retailers and consumers alike. We’d like to share with you the top most frequent recognitions that have been brought to our attention.

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1 Your dog makes you more Social.
Walks, dog park visits, yappy hour events, all give us a connection and level of comfort to smile and say “hello” when out and about.

2 Your dog makes you Happier.
Who doesn’t feel happier when they are welcomed by your dog waiting for us to return home?

3 Your dog makes you Healthier.
Get that leash out and take your best friend for a walk or jog. Incorporate healthy eating alongside your dog.

4 Your dog makes you try new things. Expand Your World.
Many folks have shared how their dogs have actually awakened them to new interests: adoption & foster groups, agility and competition, fairs and events.

5 Your dog makes you more Loving.
Who doesn’t love cuddle time

6 Your dog reduces your Stress level.
Our dogs are funny beings. The social world is full of dog families showing their dog’s funny antics and personalities. Enjoy and chuckle; laughter is the best medicine.

7Your dog makes you feel Secure.
Your dog is never going to divorce you, cheat on you or talk behind your back; pure unconditional devotion and loyalty.

8 Your dog makes you live LONGER – Yes! it’s true
According to studies such as the one published by Harvard Medical School in 2013, owning a dog contributes to a healthier lifestyle: primarily lowers stress and promotes better, healthier habits inclusive of their dogs.

9 For those who have dogs and a family, your dog creates increased Family time.
More time playing and caring for the dog creates additional common activities shared with the family.

10 Your dog shows you how to not Judge others.
Ever see one dog judge another? Doesn’t happen! Take that to heart and see how it betters your world. Keep an open mind and approach to people and situations without judgment.

Because of Bean: A PoochieLife Story

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PoochieLife Reason #220
“Bean helps me to be a better, more patient, loving, and giving person. I truly try to be the person she thinks I am!”
Bryn

 

Bryn, part of our PoochieLife community, recently shared her story with us about her Boston Terrier, Bean, who opened doors and made Bryn’s life that much sweeter.

Because of Bean | A PoochieLife Story“Bean joined us as a squirmy four-pound puppy from the land of New Hampshire about a year after my husband and I got married. She is now seven and a half. Bean goes right for the face—she is an extreme love bug and snuggles a large amount. Bringing Bean into our lives changed how we lived. We had to be more mindful of our schedule; we had to learn how to hone our awareness to her needs. We brought her with us everywhere we could to introduce her to new things and meet new people.

Having Bean broadened our horizons and grew us as people. We became more conscientious and looked for ways to give back. I began to take an obsessive amount of pictures of Bean, and we became famous instagrammers. After entering and winning many contests, we decided to start giving all our prizes to shelters. Since we’ve been on Instagram, we have won $6,800 worth of food, treats, toys and grants. Right now, Bean and our other sweet Boston Terrier, Yoda, are going through training to be service dogs. Bean and Yoda both have become a huge part of our lives, as you can probably see by our blog Adogwalksintoabar.com, containing our two passions (dogs and beer), some funny photos and training insights. It is amazing how our travels and experiences have expanded because of Bean.”

PoochieLife is a community space for dog lovers to share their reasons why their dogs make them better people. Anyone who has ever known the love of a dog has an experience they can share. Visit PoochieLife to read other dog lover’s reasons and to add your own.

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Poochie-Pets Wins Best Cover Design!

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We at Poochie-Pets had the chance to celebrate our team efforts when we won the best cover design for Women in the Pet Industry Network’s magazine. Women in the Pet Industry Network, or WIPIN, is an organization that connects women in the pet industry through providing a community space of support and advice. Our director of operations Sally saw the contest and got together with our graphic designer to make a cute cover that would knock the ball out of the park. Our director of sales Shawn also put her hat in the ring and came up with our cover’s fun phrase.

Our cover was, of course, inspired by our pooches and their eagerness to get outside when the winter thaws to spring. Their energy is infectious, and we find ourselves being called outdoors as well to enjoy the sunshine and watch nature wake up again.

Thanks to WIPIN for giving us this honor!

Fearless Bulldog Henry: A PoochieLife Story

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PoochieLife Reason #221
“Henry teaches me to live each day in the present moment, and to be fearless.”
Kirby

Kirby, part of our PoochieLife community, recently shared her story with us about her family dog Henry, who made her a better person by living his life whole-heartedly and fearlessly exerting himself.

Fearless Bulldog Henry| A PoochieLife Story“I lived with my brother and mom at the time we got Henry. My brother really wanted an English Bulldog. I mentioned this to my boss one day, and she told me her dentist had an English Bulldog up for adoption. We went to see Henry and took him home that night. Before then, we had always had cats and didn’t quite know how to take care of dogs, so Henry became aggressive over time. But we weren’t going to give up on him; he was family. We put Henry in training, and his trainers told us “this dog is a working dog. He wants a job”. So, we started walking Henry for about 3 miles every single day. Blizzards were about the only thing that stopped us. If it was going to be a killer-hot day, I’d get up early and walk him in the cool of the morning. If it was cold or rainy, we’d bundle up.

After walking that much every day, you get tired of the old neighborhood, so we sought out new places to hike. Henry wasn’t afraid of anything; he would immediately tackle steep hills, mountains, rivers and new places. I taught Henry to swim in the rivers (bulldogs don’t really swim, but he did). After tiring him out, he’d plop down on the floor and be happy and relaxed for the rest of the day. If we didn’t get around to exercising him, he would shake and shiver with tension, so we really dedicated ourselves to walking without fail.

Henry was with us for eight years; he lived a good life. But so did we. I was focused on taking care of him and meeting his needs, but after walking 3 miles or more every day for 5 plus years, that became something I needed too. We all walked Henry—he was a family dog—but after we lost him, we all stopped walking. I discovered that I needed it: to get outside in the fresh air and not be stagnant in life. For me, Henry taught me that lesson. Being out in the sun and the elements was refreshing and relaxing, not just for Henry, but for me too, and our walks gave me more energy for the day. My brother, mom and I still send pictures and memories of him back and forth, to keep his spirit alive. He was really a legendary dog, amazingly fearless and driven.”

See Kirby’s video dedicated to Henry here.

PoochieLife is a community space for dog lovers to share their reasons why their dogs make them better people. Anyone who has ever known the love of a dog has an experience they can share. Visit PoochieLife to read other dog lovers’ reasons and to add your own.

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How Dogs Make Us More Social Beings

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What does it take to get out and expand your world? Sometimes it just takes a tail-wagging companion. Wherever we are in life, having our pooches by our sides can help us expand our social activities and discover more engaging past times. Many dogs seem naturally gifted at making friends, but more importantly their happy and faithful presence provides an anchoring bit of security for us. When we are together with our pooches, we can feel more relaxed and confident, making us more open to strike up conversations or try something new. Here are just a few social activities you can enjoy with your pooch:

  1. Everyday Errands

Dogs in social settings often act as magnets for attention. Just walking your dog in the neighborhood can invite conversations with people who live right around you, but don’t have much occasion to meet you. Even complete strangers will walk up to say hi to an adorable pooch, which can easily turn into chatting with you. To really see this dog-magnet magic in action, take your dog on errands with you, or go to a dog-friendly restaurant. More places are allowing dogs, and with a little research you can quickly find where you and your pooch can go together. Your dog will certainly enjoy spending time with you, sniffing new scents, seeing new scenes, and of course meeting new people!

  1. Dog Gatherings

We make friends when we meet someone with whom we share common interests. For dog-lovers, there’s no better place to start than dog parks, where they can immediately connect with others through their dogs. There are also local events that encourage pooch and human attendance. For example, a humane society fundraiser in Indianapolis, IN holds a walk for pups and their humans called the “Mutt Strut”; thousands of two and four-legged strutters attend each year. Local events like these draw many passionate people and their dogs together.

  1. Play Dates

If you’re looking for a small-scale social, try group dog playdates. Run through a list of friends you know already who have dogs and see if you can set up a time with them to let your dogs meet and play together. This social visit is great for getting to know your friends better and meeting them on a more regular basis.

  1. Dog Competitions

Some of us enjoy competitive activities that let us show off our hard work and training. Dogs, especially those with high-energy, can greatly benefit from training for competitions such as agility events, and even synchronized dance competitions. The training aspect engages your dog’s body and mind, and strengthens the bond between you. The competition aspect lets you meet like-minded people and display in a meaningful way what you and your dog have learned.

What social activities do you and your pooch enjoy? Share in the comments below.

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Roxy: A PoochieLife Story

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PoochieLife Reason #584
“I get out and socialize and meet new people when walking my grand-dog, Roxy.”
Rhonda

Rhonda joined our PoochieLife community and shared her story about her granddog Roxy, a black lab mix with a lot of energy and curiosity, who makes her a better person by helping her expand her social bubble.

“My son adopted Roxy from the humane society, and she has been a great companion to him, and by extension, to me ever since. Whenever I see Roxy, I usually get to walk her. She helps me meet people and socialize, because I am very shy and don’t feel comfortable going up to strangers. But Roxy just attracts people to her, and has no fear of new friends; with her at my side, I can talk with people that I normally would pass by. She has made a big difference in my son’s life as well. She is so excited to be with him, and makes him feel loved and cared about every day.

I don’t see Roxy a lot except during the summer months when the whole family camps out on land we have in Pennsylvania. It’s fun watching her play there, chasing butterflies, leaping through tall grass. When we walk around the property, she’ll be running circles around us, sniffing. She likes to act as our guard dog, and lets us know if she senses any wild animal nearby. We also like to take her to the waterfalls in New York, since Roxy loves playing in water.”

PoochieLife is a community space for dog lovers to share their reasons why their dogs make them better people. Anyone who has ever known the love of a dog has an experience they can share. Visit PoochieLife to read other dog lover’s reasons and to add your own.

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Experience the PoochieLife: Love & Be Loved

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Loving on their humans is part of our pooches’ daily routine. They always seem to be ready to give kisses, paws, noses and snuggles ― their enthusiasm knows no bounds! The affection we share with our dogs is more than just sweet gestures. Petting our pooches and showing love is an important way of communicating that we care. Below are some pooches snuggling happily with their humans. Thanks to the Instagramers who let us share photos of their cuddle sessions with their adorable dogs!

Lazy Saturday's call for movies, pj's and cavs to keep you warm! 😁❤️

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Nap time with Dad #husky #Koda #huskymix #huskiesofinstagram

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They took the gold in the synchronized blinking event.

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