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A Comprehensive Guide to Dog Shedding: All You Need to Know

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoWhile there isn't any question that being a dog mom or dad is one of the most rewarding experiences on earth, there is one particular matter that everyone could agree is not so pleasant: dog shedding. As the weather warms up, you'll find plenty of dog fur littered throughout your home on your furniture, clothing, and on every other personal belonging you wish hadn't been tainted by excessive amounts of fur. Although there's no way to completely stop your dog from shedding (it's healthy for them!), there are some things you can do to reduce shedding. Also, it helps to have a basic, but thorough understanding of dog shedding, what's causing it, when it's abnormal, and how to cut down on the hair. In this post, we'll walk you through a comprehensive guide to dog shedding. 

  1. The Basics of The Shedding Process: Shedding occurs when your dog loses old or damaged hair. The amount of hair your dog sheds often depends on the breed of your dog. As you probably noticed, dogs are more likely to shed extra hair during the spring seasons, however plenty of dogs shed all year long. You can't stop your dog from shedding but you can minimize the amount of hair they drop all around your home. Regularly brushing your dog's coat is the first step in keeping shedding under control. 
  2. When to Worry About Shedding: When a dog sheds constantly and excessively, especially out of their regular seasonal cycle, it could be a symptom of a bigger problem. Although general shedding is natural, it's important to know when you should take your dog to the veterinarian for their shedding. Excessive shedding could be caused by a number of conditions including pregnancy, a reaction to specific medications, food allergies, a bacterial infection, parasites such as mites, fleas, or lice, irritation from particular substances, cancer, or diseases related to the kidney, liver, or thyroid. If you notice your dog is losing large patches of hair or balding in certain places, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get to the root of the problem. Occasional, dramatic shedding at time of stress (for example in association with a vet or groomer visit) is normal. Stress-induced shedding will typically disappear and go back to normal within 24 hours.
  3. Expert Hacks on Controlling Shedding: What do you do when simply brushing your dog's coat doesn't seem to be enough in order to control or reduce shedding? You try other methods! Deshedding treatments really do work when done regularly. You can buy a FURMinator tool (or one of its knockoffs), and as long as you use it, you can reduce most dog's shedding by 60-80%. A professional groomer will utilize this type of tool along with special conditioners and force drying to remove loads of loose hair -- bags of it, sometimes. Much better than having it all floating around your house.  Also, if your fur baby's coat is not shiny and healthy, look into reducing their stress and improving their diet. Bathe and brush regularly - or have a professional groomer do it. We'll get that hair outta there!

Looking for more information on shedding and how to control it? Don't hesitate to contact us for more information!

When To Leave Dog Grooming To A Professional

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoMany times, dog grooming is a dog owner's particular choice. Certain breeds are very easy to care for when it comes to caring for their coats, nails and overall appearance. On the other hand, some breeds absolutely must have scheduled grooming sessions. Got a cute, fluffy lap dog? It probably needs regular grooming and haircuts to stay that way -- every 4-6 weeks is a typical maintenance schedule. Have a dog that 'doesn't shed' - like a wheaton terrier or poodle (or anything 'oodle')? Yep, you guessed it, those coats also need regular grooming. Even dogs such as Huskies and labs that don't need haircuts, still shed 365 days a year, and a lot of care can sometimes be needed to keep their skin in peak condition. Whether you do it yourself or utilize the services of a professional, for heaven's sake, please take care of your dog!

When grooming yourself, be sure all the products you choose to use on your dog, are labeled expressly for dog grooming. Human shampoos might smell great, but the pH is not right for your pet! Dogs have different skin chemistry than we do.

Here are a few dos and don'ts that might want to consider anytime your own pet needs to be groomed. You can use these as a guide for yourself, if you are doing the grooming. You can also use these as a guide for choosing a professional groomer by asking if they do these things. 

  • When clipping your dog's nails DO use a set of clippers that are nice and sharp and are the right size for your pet. This will ensure that the clip is neat and leaves no sharp edges that will rip or tear into the quick. DON'T clip the nails so short that it bleeds and causes pain. On dogs with white or light-colored nails, this is fairly easy to avoid, but dark nails are harder to clip, especially if you have no experience doing so.
  • When brushing your dog, DO make sure you use a brush that suits the breed, size and hair length of your dog, starting at the head and brushing your way down the body. DON'T neglect ear and teeth cleaning while you're at it. Doing everything at once ensures that you won't forget it later, and an overall clean leads to a healthy, happy pet (even if they don't care for the process while it's happening).
  • For long-haired pets, DO use a special comb or brush if necessary to get the coat nice and smooth. DON'T neglect mats in the fur, because doing so will only cause them to get larger and harder. Gently work them out and consider a trim if it turns out to be too much.

There might be times when you are simply too busy to spend the appropriate amount of time grooming your animals. This can be a problem around the holidays and in the summer especially when the kids are out of school and our social calendars are busy with outings, barbecues and other functions. Don't make your fur baby wait (and don't let those mats develop). If you find yourself too busy or don't want to deal with haircuts and nail clips on your own, then by all means take advantage of professional grooming services. They can help keep your pets groomed, happy, healthy and ready to take on the world.

At Awesome Doggies, in the San Diego area, we not only groom your pet, we pamper them! We come to you and we take care of everything from bathing, eye and ear care and brushing to facials, paw and nail care and haircuts. For more information, and for details about our First Visit Special, please contact us today. You'll be glad you did!

Licking Away the Hours: Causes of Excessive Dog Grooming

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoIt’s normal for dogs to groom themselves but it can become troublesome. But I thought only cats were susceptible to over-grooming. Sadly, that’s not always the case. If you’ve noticed your fur-baby obsessively licking a spot or two it may lead to a possible serious problem. Before you can treat his obsessive grooming, you need to know why he’s grooming himself excessively.

Skin Irritations and Infections

Fleas are always an irritant for pups. If your furry buddy is allergic to fleas, this could cause him to not only scratch but lick or chew his flea bites. Other sources for his excessive grooming can be hot spots, hives or the mange.

It may come as a surprise to learn that your pooch can contract the same bacterial, fungal and viral infections that we can. Generally, canines are affected with ringworm disease or yeast infection.

If you believe he’s suffering from one of these irritations or infections, it’s vital that you make an appointment with your veterinarian right away.  

Possible Injury

Has your four-legged friend been injured? If so, cover it with a bandage so he can’t lick the area and call your veterinarian. While it’s true that grooming the wound could trigger blood flow and encourage it to heal, saliva holds many bacteria which may lead to an infection. If you’re not sure he’s injured, his over-grooming should point it out; once it’s discovered you need to apply a bandage and get him to your vet as soon as possible.

If he tries to chew, scratch or lick the gauze, you should buy a cone protection collar. This collar will prevent him from grooming his wound. 


If your buddy is licking because of itchy skin, he may have an allergy. Like us, he could be allergic to anything from pollen or grass to chemicals or even his food. Allergic reactions in dogs are often expressed through the skin. If you discover that your furry friend’s grooming himself after being exposed to an allergen—say, after being outside—notify your veterinarian; they will run tests to find out what the allergen is and treat it with antihistamines or steroids and ointments. If your vet can isolate the allergen, they might suggest giving your pooch allergy shots which will get rid of the problem for good.

Emotional Issues

Your pup, like people, can have emotional problems. He could be prone to excessive licking if he’s stressed out, bored or going through separation anxiety. If his grooming becomes a serious issue, your vet can identify it and prescribe medication for your fur-baby. If the problem’s left untreated, it could turn into a bad infection called a granuloma.

Pain and Lumps

Not all your dog’s excessive grooming has to do with skin problems. He could be suffering from a strained muscle or joint pain. If you see him grooming a particular area of his body, like a leg or hip, he may have pain there. Obsessive grooming provides him with a brief anesthetic feeling once the saliva evaporates. But, as you know, this isn’t a good fix for his pain; never give your beloved pooch any human pain relievers without consulting your veterinarian first.

Likewise, he’ll over-groom an area, like the back, that contains a lesion, lump or sore. These could be signs of a more serious problem, and warrant a vet check for sure.

Of course, properly grooming your pooch -just the right amount - is the ideal we all strive for.  If you’d like some help keeping your adored pet the best looking (and smelling) on your block, contact us for a grooming appointment.

The 5 Questions to Ask That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About a Dog Groomer

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If you are like most dog moms or dads, you probably aren't going to send your dog off to the groomers for the first time without having a few of your questions answered first. Asking the right questions is just as important as getting the right answers, so how do you know what to ask (and know what you want to hear) before picking the right dog groomer for your furry friend? In this post, we will take a look at the five most common dog grooming questions people ask before committing to a certain groomer. And when you ask these questions, it will help you determine whether or not you picked the right groomer for your lovable dog. mobile-dog-grooming-san-diego

  1. How Will You Soothe my Dog's Anxiety? It isn't uncommon for young puppies and older dogs alike to become anxious at the prospect of being handled by a stranger or by the sound of running water. The best professional groomers are prepared to handle situations in which dogs are easily frightened by certain things, anxious about the situation, or resistant to being handled. And how a groomer deals with these circumstances is very important. Ask the groomers what they do when a dog becomes tense during the rooming process and how they will be able to reduce the stress and anxiety your dog will experience.
  2. What Advice Can You Give me to Make Bath Time Easier? The best dog groomers are always ready and willing to provide their clients with great advice. Although you might take your dog to the groomers as often as possible, there will probably come times when you have to quickly brush your dog's long, matted hair or get them in the tub for a thorough bath after romping in the mud. Ask the groomers how you can make bath time easier and more enjoyable for your dog. The advice you receive and how you receive said advice will tell you a lot about the groomers and whether or not they truly do have you and your dog's best interest in mind. 
  3. Do You Have Experience Grooming my Dog's Breed? Different dog breeds have different kinds of coats and fur and therefore require different grooming methods. You want to be sure that the groomer has experience working with your dog's breed before so that they get the best clean, cut, and other grooming services. 
  4. Will my Dog be Crated? For dog grooming shops that serve a high volume of clients everyday often of necessity will keep your dog in a crate until it is their turn to be groomed. Mobile groomers and a handful of special service shops will handle pets one at a time, start to finish, and therefore will not need to crate your pet for storage or while drying. If you dog isn't crate-trained, being caged can be stressful. And just being crated in the vicinity of other also-anxious pets can send your baby's anxiety levels through the roof. If your pet is fragile, high-strung, elderly or otherwise exhausted by a day at the groomers, consider using a mobile grooming service, which comes to your home, completes the job in about an hour, and does not require crating.
  5. What Kind of Dryer do You Use? Groomers typically use two types of dryers: dryers that circulate air and dryers that add heat. The safer option is the circulating dryers -- the air becomes warm as it passes over the dryer motor but no additional heat is added. Dryers that add heat have been known to cause heat strokes in smaller breeds of dogs, particularly in connection with leaving a dryer turned on the pet while they are held in a crate.

Looking for more information? Don't hesitate to contact us today!

Reducing Allergens Carried by Pets

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoEveryone loves a clean dog or cat. Many people have their pets groomed for this reason alone. However, did you know that dog and cat grooming can actually help reduce issues with allergies?

Our furry friends carry a multitude of allergens around with them on a day-to-day basis. In fact, even short-haired and hypoallergenic pets can carry and shed allergens throughout our homes. Most of these allergens come in the form of dried saliva particles that are shed and carried into the air by dander, another common allergen. Additionally, pets have the potential to carry bits of dust and pollen indoors, especially if they have long hair. These things can also trigger allergic reactions. 

Obviously, if a person is severely allergic to the allergens carried by dogs or cats, they probably should not keep such pets. However, a great many individuals suffer from very mild allergic reactions which can be controlled by taking a few precautions and extra measures.

So how can you reduce the number of allergens brought into your home by pets? Below we have compiled a list of our top tips for diminishing the number of allergens on your pet, in your home, and on your person.

Frequent Baths

Giving your dog or cat regular baths with a shampoo made specifically for pets can help rid their bodies of allergens. However, it is important to choose a soap that promotes healthy skin, because dry or irritated skin could lead to excessive shedding of dander. 

If you are unsure which product to use, aren't confident in your pet-bathing skills, or just don't have time for such things, simply make an appointment with a local groomer. A professional bath will definitely do the trick, and you'll never have to come near the allergens spread throughout the bath.

Daily Brushing

Brushing daily will help release any allergens trapped beneath the fur, making your pet less likely to spread them throughout the house. This should be done outside and by a non-allergic person. If an allergic person must do the brushing, be sure they wear a mask to protect themselves.

Regular Haircuts

Dogs and cats with long hair can easily trap dander, saliva, dust, and pollen under their thick coats. This is gathered in larger quantities than it might usually be, making it especially harmful when it is released into the air. For this reason, it is important to schedule haircuts on a regular basis.

Change Food

Switching to a pet food that contains oils for skin health, as well as the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, will promote healthy skin in your pet. Healthy skin means less dander-shed and fewer allergens in the air around you.

Use an Air Purifier

A high-quality air purifier can help remove dander and dust from the air, making your home a much cleaner and healthier place to be.

Designate "Pet-Free" Zones

By designating a few "pet-free" rooms in various places around the house and keeping pets off of the furniture, you can drastically reduce a person's exposure to pet allergens. It also gives those who do suffer from allergies a place to escape should an allergy attack start.

mobile-grooming-dog-grooming-san-diegoAvoid Carpeting

Tile, wood, and linoleum can all be wiped clean, freeing them from any allergens that may be present. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of carpet. Therefore, carpeting—especially-wall to-wall carpeting—should be avoided in pet-friendly homes. 

Mop and Dust Often

If you want your home to be free of dust, pollen, and dander, it is pretty plain to see that regular cleaning is going to be required. That said, dry dusting and sweeping are definitely not the route to take in this case. These methods are likely to stir allergens up into the air. Instead, use a wet mop and a spray dusting solution. 

Wash Hands and Clothes

After playing with a pet, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. It also helps to have clothing that is dedicated to pet play. These clothes should be removed as soon as a play session ends and washed in an allergen-neutralizing detergent. 

Play Outside

When it does come time to play with your pet, take it outside. Petting, wrestling, and running with your pet all release trapped allergens into the air, something you definitely want to avoid while indoors. 

If you are suffering from allergies caused by pets, we encourage you to contact us at Awesome Doggies. We would be happy to swing by and give your pet a good cleaning and even a haircut. This will leave your pet feeling refreshed, and your sinuses will thank you for it.

6 Reasons Professional Cat Grooming is Worth It.

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mobile-cat-grooming-san-diegoPet owners tend to put more emphasis on grooming their dogs and less attention on keeping their domesticated feline friends just as flawlessly clean. After all, big furry dogs seem to be the ones to track in mud from the outdoors, get a bit messy on long walks, and in general be more susceptible to getting dirtier more quickly. But there are many benefits that go along with regularly having your cat groomed as well. And in this post, we will discuss the top six benefits of cat grooming

  1. Promotes a Healthier Coat: You can keep your cat's beautiful coat super silky, shiny, and in optimal health by having it groomed regularly. When a cat's hair is being brushed, the natural oil on your cat (that keeps both their skin and hair sleek and healthy) is evenly distributed over their coat. Just a few minutes of brushing can have your cat's coat looking gorgeous!
  2. May Detect Abnormalities: If you aren't regularly checking your cat's hair and skin, you could end up missing skin problems, ear infections, lumps or other abnormalities. Not only is regular grooming beneficial for cosmetic purposes, it's also important for health reasons. An extra pair of eyes (and hands) on your pet is helpful for detecting minor health problems you may not notice during regular day to day interactions.
  3. Keeps Nasty Parasites Away: One of the downsides to owning a pet is their susceptibility to attracting parasites. Fortunately, when you are able to have your cat groomed routinely, you can check for fleas, termites, or any other nasty bugs that might have made their way onto your beloved feline friend. The more regularly you groom your cat, the sooner you will be able to catch any parasite problems. If you have a hectic schedule and can't fit in routine grooming yourself, having a grooming professional keep an eye out it is a wise investment.
  4. Provides Bonding Time: In addition to professional grooming, it's advantageous to set aside time to do some light grooming on your cat yourself. Just a few minutes of brushing and stroking helps build the bond with your cat and once a professional has done all the heavy lifting of clipping, deshedding, nail trimming and mat removal, your time can be more focused on the pleasantries. Not only can a deeper bond be promoted, but routine handling will help desensitize your cat to the activities that happen during grooming, keeping them calmer when being handled at other times.
  5. Prevents Matting: When you have your cat groomed regularly it helps prevent matting from occurring. It goes without saying that matted cat hair doesn't look great, but more importantly, it's not good for your cat. Mats pull and restrict air circulation to the skin. With regular grooming, mats can be avoided, or at least removed promptly before they turn into full on dreadlocks that create actual health issues.
  6. All The "Fixins": Grooming is so much more than just taking a brush over your cat's coat. When your cat sees a professional groomer, they will give your cat the full spa treatment. It is important to keep cat's claws trimmed and their hair and skin bathed in addition to deshedding and clipping if needed. All of this makes for a happier cat and a better relationship between the two of you.

Looking for more information? Contact us today!

5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Mobile Dog Groomer in San Diego

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoIt's time for your dog to get a bath again. If you're a dog owner in the greater San Diego area and you're finding it hard to fit your dog's grooming appointments into your busy schedule, there's an alternative to dragging your fur baby to a brick and mortar building. When it comes to mobile dog grooming, you'll want only the best for your pup. Here are some things that the top mobile dog grooming services have to offer.

Pick a mobile dog grooming service that offers you convenience. You won't have to worry about putting your dog into a crate or carrier. And forget about rearranging your schedule to drop your puppy off. The top mobile grooming services offer early morning or weekend appointments. After all, one of the reasons why you're probably looking for a mobile pet groomer in the first place is the convenient schedule.

The best mobile dog grooming services provide a soothing environment. Whether you are arranging a bath for your grubby puppy, or going for a total doggy make-over, the service should be a calming, positive experience for both of you. Just as we humans use spa days or salon appointments as a special treat, when you use mobile dog grooming services, it should be stress-free, and even enjoyable for the dog. The groomers should demonstrate expertise in making your dog feel at home, and they should know how to handle and even pamper her. And if your doggy looks forward to the visits and greets the groomer warmly, that's a sure sign that the service is providing a great environment for your pet to decompress.

Select a knowledgeable dog groomer that knows the details of your breed. Some dogs will have special needs when they're being groomed or bathed. In particular, there are certain breeds, like dachshunds, that bond to a specific individual or that are particularly water-phobic. Highly experienced pet grooming professionals know how to handle virtually any breed, and adapt the bathing and grooming environment accordingly. They may even provide a viewing area for your dog's favorite person so that they can reduce or eliminate any separation anxiety that your dog may have.

You should have the option of picking a preferred groomer. Part of the dog's relaxing, routine experience with a mobile grooming service is knowing that she will meet her favorite groomer buddy every time the mobile salon pulls up. So select a dog grooming service that allows you to have a consistent groomer. Sometimes this is a necessity, if your dog is particularly nervous, has special needs, or otherwise bonds with certain people.

Check the Better Business Bureau and other review sites. The Better Business Bureau has a long track record for listing accredited businesses that have a high satisfaction rate. In fact, it's been collecting and providing free business reviews since 1912. You should try to find a mobile dog grooming service that receives a BBB rating of A+. Also, you can check sites like Google, Yelp, and other sites that third-party online reviews. After all, you'll want only the best for your fur baby.

If you have any questions about mobile dog grooming in the greater San Diego area, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us.

The Importance of Dog Grooming And What Often Happens When It's Neglected

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mobile-dog-grooming-la-jolla-san-diegoGrooming your lovable furry friend is so much more than just a special treat or privilege for them, it's actually necessary to keep them in optimum health. Just as you should feed, walk, and love on your dog on a routine basis, so too should you pencil in time to groom them, even if it is just a few minutes of brushing their coat. So why is this task so important? In this post, we will take a look at why dog grooming is a necessary part of pet ownership and what can happen when your dog isn't regularly groomed.

  1. Regular Grooming is Needed to Check on Your Dog's Health: Brushing and bathing your dog is so much more than just making sure they smell and look clean, it's necessary to ensure they are in great health. A routine grooming will allow you to check their coat and keep an eye out for any strange bumps, spots, or cysts. Grooming will also allow you to take a look at their skin and catch any other problems such as fleas before the issue becomes too much to handle. If you don't have enough time in your busy schedule to groom your dog regularly, a professional groomer can help. This is especially beneficial since professional groomers are trained to look out for clues to possible health issues when grooming your pet. 
  2. There Are Emotional Benefits to Grooming: Grooming your dog is a chance to bond with your furry friend. When they are groomed, it helps alleviate a substantial deal of stress and anxiety and thus further secure the bond between you two. Grooming your lovable pet is a great way for you to relax as well. But most importantly, just a few minutes of grooming on a routine basis will ensure that your pup's physical, mental, and emotional health is in top shape.
  3. Grooming Protects Your Dog's Health: Perhaps you have seen heartbreaking photos of dogs who have been neglected and have matted coats because they were abandoned, homeless, or had owners who didn't care for them. Fortunately, most people would never allow that to happen to their fur kids, but these do photos show what can happen when a pup is not cared for properly. To keep your dog's fur and skin in great shape and prevent them from developing a gnarled coat, dedicate some time every week to brushing their coat and scheduling baths periodically. Again, if you just don't have the time to routinely groom your pet, see a professional. Professional groomers are also trained to handle anxious dogs or puppies who are a bit more difficult to bathe so you don't have to worry about the hassle. 
  4. A Groomed Pet is a Happy Pet (With Happy Human Parents): When you are regularly grooming your pet, he or she isn't the only one benefiting from it. A clean, thoroughly groomed pet means dealing with less shedding around the home. It also means there is less of a chance of them tracking mud and dirt or, worse yet, a problem like fleas into your home. All of these things can easily be prevented by making sure your pet is properly groomed and bathed. If you don't have the resources and products to groom your pet, consider taking them to the groomers where they are equipped with everything needed to care for your pet. At the grooming center, they will have everything from canine toothpaste to eye wipes to ear drops to ensure every part of your pet is groomed and looking immaculate.

Looking for more information? Contact us today!

Chin Up: 4 YouTube Pet Videos to Get You Through Your Darkest Day

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You know what they say...

When it rains it pours and on your darkest, stormiest days, nothing can feel any truer than that.

Whether you are dealing with a general downpour of trivial stuff or something a lot more difficult to bear, first of all... know that you are not alone. Then, grab yourself a snack and settle in to watch these 4 adorable and smile-worthy YouTube pet videos that have earned themselves an incredible amount of views for very good reasons. Consider them a hug from us to you!

Carmy and Claire AKA Guinea Pigs to the Rescue!

There is just something about a guinea pig that makes everything OK. Make that two guinea pigs and they just might be able to take over the world - or at least save it from a rogue toy.

Carmy and Claire are two little guineas with a huge viral following and they are consistently showing up at preschools and elementary schools where they spread joy and imagination to little guys and girls. In this video, Carmy and Claire (with the help of a few thousand Legos) save the day from evil Dr. Trouble... and, well, cuteness ensues.

Buns of Steel

Some dogs warn off those who have gotten on their bad side with a round of REALLY loud barking. Other dogs give the side-eye. Meanwhile, completely unique and meme-worthy dogs simply get out their good side and get to work.

Check out this hilarious (and wildly creative) dog who isn't here to hurt anybody. In fact, his opponent may not have even done anything to deserve this. Old Insta-Butt-McGee over here may have just been looking for a reason to show off how hard he had been hitting that squat challenge lately. 

I Am a Cat Lover... And I Love to Run

If you are single, you may not be feeling very ready to mingle thanks to online dating. (After all, oversharing happens to the best of us - and when it does, it ain't pretty.)

Enter this lady who totally understands your plight in life.

She loves cats. She loves every kind of cat. She wants to hug them all... but she can't - because, well, there are more than 600 million cats in the world - and that would be impossible.

This rendition of a viral pet favorite has been remade by Schmoyoho, synthesized and sound-effected within an inch of its life. You. Are. Welcome.

Baby Monkey + Pig = What Your Life is Missing

It can cure the common cold.

It can make you fly.

It can explain where the dinosaurs REALLY went.

It can prevent that weird feeling you get when you eat too many hot dogs.

It can teach you to contour your nose like a Kardashian.

Well, it feels like it - it's that good.

From the account of YouTuber favorite Perry Gripp, this baby monkey riding backwards on a pig is everything that you needed in your life and never knew that you wanted. If you are in the mood for a little nonsense of the best kind, check out the rest of Gripp's animal videos. (Pst... Perry is the genius who also brought you "Hamster on a Piano.")


Rainy days are never any fun to handle, especially when they have nothing to do with actual rain.

We've been there.

We get it.

Go ahead and curl up under those emoji covers - you earned it. Give yourself permission to let your hair be dirty, your ice-cream bowl be empty and your Netflix queue be full... and then? When you are all ready to get back up and at 'em, set up a beauty appointment for yourself... and one for your pet too - because when you look good, you feel good.

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Dog Shedding

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mobile-dog-grroming-san-diegoIt's that time of year again! As the weather warms up, the coats come off. And that includes dog coats. During the shedding season, your dog will probably be dropping hair more excessively than normal and we don't blame you if that drives you crazy! Everywhere you look there is hair on your hardwood floors, on your furniture, and all over your clothes. So what exactly are you supposed to do to keep the dog shedding to a minimum? In this post, we will take a look at the top five tips you can use to control dog shedding and keep your home cleaner.

  1. Brush Your Pup on The Regular: Brushing your dog's coat is one of the best and simplest things you can do to control their shedding. If possible, try to brush your extra furry friend on a daily basis. Doing this will ensure that they maintain a cleaner, softer coat that will be less likely to shed heavily in clumps. 
  2. Make Sure You Are Using The Right Brush: Following up on the previous point, to really keep shedding to a minimum, it is important that you use the right kind of brush. Many dogs need a couple different types of brushes to completely get rid of dead hair on their coat. Also, the type of brushes you use will depend on your dog's breed because different breeds mean different kinds of fur. 
  3. Give Your Dog a Bath: A cleaner coat means less shedding - because lots of loose and 'about to become loose' fur will come off with the scrubbing action of the bath and again during blow drying -- if you blow dry. And a cleaner coat is of course a nice bonus! You can use a soothing oatmeal shampoo or other animal-safe bath product to give your dog a silky, smooth coat and a temporary reduction in shedding. And if you don't have time to bathe your dog or you find that you have difficulty doing it yourself, consider taking your furry friend to the professional groomers so they can do everything possible to reduce shedding. 
  4. Make Sure Your Dog Has a Healthy Diet: Poor nutrition affects the quality and health of your dog's coat, the same way poor nutrition affects our own human bodies. When your dog is eating healthy foods that are nutrient-rich, he or she will be far more likely to maintain a strong, healthy coat that will do a lot less shedding. Make sure your dog is getting foods that are packed with great, digestible protein. If you are stumped on the best foods for your dog, talk to your veterinarian or another animal professional who will be able to recommend the best food sources for your pet.
  5. Keep Fleas And Allergies in Check: If your dog is constantly scratching or acting strangely, it is a pretty good indication that they are suffering from allergies or another condition that should get checked out right away. And all of that scratching is causing unnecessary shedding that could be prevented. Make sure your dog is both regularly groomed and taken to the veterinarian to keep fleas away and their allergies in check. When your pup isn't suffering from fleas or allergies, they will do a whole lot less scratching and you will do a lot less cleaning up of their dog hair. It's a win for everyone! 

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