Tip One: If you are a regular reader you may recall that my sister Katie has some arthritis issues and has been dragging her back left paw which actually led to the two middle claws being worn off to the quick. No one has been able to get us any real help. Katie was wearing a shoe on that paw when we went on walks, but because of the dragging the shoes keep wearing out within a few days and it was not only frustrating but expensive. If you think about it, dragging something along on the ground is like a fingernail on an emery board.
Katie has been taking Metacam at a dosage for about 65% of her weight for a year and that has really helped rid her of the stiffness, but not the dragging paw. We tried so many different things that we found on line, and supplements the vet recommended but nothing helped. In August, Mom read a post by Forever Home Wanted about a new all natural revolutionary supplement. There was not much information out there on this P&B Hip and Joint Support but we did really think the video was cute. After trying so many things, a cute video seemed to be the tipping point. We checked on Amazon and it was fairly inexpensive compared to other products we had tried. We checked with the vet to make sure it would be okay to try, and ordered it.
Folks! It is amazing stuff! They ship it right out so you have it in just a couple days, it smells like chicken bouillon, and Katie the dog that never ever eats medicine, loves it! It comes in capsules that she eats just like a treat. It took about three to four weeks to see results but she is doing so much better. The proof is in the shoes actually! Katie is only wearing a shoe on longer walks these days and the shoe lasts and lasts, meaning she really is not dragging that paw much. Towards the end of long, long walks or on days when she is tired she drags it a bit, but most days it is a miracle! We highly recommend trying this product if your dog has arthritis issues!
Tip Two: I sent Mom to Bloggy Boot Camp! Actually, I have to thank my friend Gizmo’s mom, Beth, for letting us know about this event that took place in Minneapolis last weekend. When we got the email from Beth, I got right on my laptop and read up on it and realized that Mom had to go. It was a one day blogging conference in our backyard, and we all know she could use some tips to help me improve my blog!
I found a puppy sitter for Bailie so Mom could go off for a whole day to camp. It was a bit odd since she had only been to one conference ever, BlogPaws, last May which was all about pets. The bloggers at Bloggy Boot Camp were mainly mommy bloggers, household type bloggers, bargain bloggers, recipe bloggers, and a few others. She was the only pet blogger. This actually worked out well. It was good for her to see what other bloggers are doing and the blogging basics are the same no matter what you are blogging about. Now she is starting to follow some other types of blogs which really opens up a whole new box of ideas. The day was full of information on what is trending, Google, SEO tips, making money, motivation, and so much more.
The conference also got Mom thinking outside the “pet blogger box”. When she heard that someone got a washer and dryer to test and review, she got to thinking that some of those companies should be giving products like that to pet bloggers as well. With my sisters and I, plus two cats, we have a lot of beds to wash, and lots of towels that are full of dirt, sand, and fur. We need sturdy laundry machines too! But that was just a side thought she had.
Mom made some good connections with a few other bloggers, and now knows some bloggers in our area which is nice. The day was super informative, very fun, and motivational. The speakers were all excellent and up to speed on their topic, Tiffany Romero was hilarious! If you see that Bloggy Boot Camp is coming to a city near you, we would highly recommend attending but they sell out, so reserve a spot early! One further note, it is just for women, so if you are a guy, sorry Charlie, not for you.