I love my two dogs, Teddyoso (“oso” is the Spanish word for “bear”) and Sprinkles. There’s nothing better than being greeted by two 5-pound pups that love giving kisses.
While there are several things I’ll never understand about my pets — like their obsession with toilet paper and clean clothes — there are things I envy about their simple lives.
Here are 4 ways we should be more like dogs.
1. Be trusting.
Dogs are one of the most trusting animals out there. They don’t question their owners or doubt their intentions.
Likewise, you should also trust people you work with or meet. Until they give you a reason, don’t doubt them unnecessarily.
Dogs don’t need a reason to have fun, and you shouldn’t either. It’s OK to let loose sometimes and just relax.
3. Enjoy the little things.
It doesn’t take much to get my dogs excited — a treat, trip to the park or a lonely sock can leave them happy for hours. Take their lead and enjoy the simple things in life: That’s really what it’s all about.
4. Get some sleep.
Dogs are masters of naps — and their versions of naps can last for hours on end.
Take their advice and get rest when you can. You can only sustain going nonstop for so long before you get burned out or worse. So, remember to take care of yourself.
(I also have two cats, so I guess I should write a post about “How Not To Be Like Cats.”)
Customer thank yous come in the form of tail wags and slobbery kisses for Allison Whitfield-Smith — and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
After leaving the corporate world, Whitfield-Smith wanted to find something new that she would enjoy.
“When people would ask me what I would do if I didn’t have to worry about the money part of it, I’d say I’d do something working with dogs,” says Whitfield-Smith, who has two rescue dogs, LuLu and Lylah.
The idea of working with dogs remained only a dream until an idea began to take shape. Whitfield-Smith remembered seeing an ice cream truck for sale on the way to her in-laws’ home. Then, she watched a news segment about food truck businesses in New York — including one truck that sold treats to dogs.
“I jokingly said to my husband, ‘I could do that,’” she recalls. “It became one idea I couldn’t talk myself out of.”
With no dog treat trucks in the state, she began seriously looking into details in January of 2015, eventually buying the ice cream truck. And by last July, the Fetch dog treat truck was created.
“For many, our dogs aren’t just pets: They are a part of the family,” she says. “People get themselves and their kids treats, and many want to do the same for their dogs.”
She takes her truck to dog parks, local events and even private parties. She recently helped one lucky pooch, Pepper, celebrate her second birthday with a personalized cake, ice cream and other treats for the doggie guests. There was plenty of tail-wagging fun for the pets and their owners.
There are different packages for private parties, including gift bags, a six-pack of Bowser Beer with the dog’s photos on it and a personalized cake. Pet owners can also order birthday cakes and have them hand delivered.
In addition to birthday parties, she also brings the truck to events like customer appreciation days at vet clinics and offices with “Bring Your Dog to Work” days. “I’m open to going to any pet-friendly event,” Whitfield-Smith says.
Whitfield-Smith will also be bringing the Fetch truck to the Market at Pepper Place this year, which has led her to make some changes to her treats.
Pepper enjoyed a tasty birthday cake from the Fetch truck.Since she mainly offered treats from other sources like local bakeries in the beginning, she began creating recipes, baking and decorating the dog goodies herself (a requirement of Pepper Place).
She offers cupcakes, Auburn- and Alabama-themed bones, cake pops, non-alcoholic Bowser Beer and ice cream, which is her most popular item.
Ice cream flavors include maple bacon, peanut butter and carob. “They just eat it up,” she says of the ice cream.
The treats use human-grade ingredients, so owners can even try a taste if they please. The cakes taste like banana bread and are sweetened with honey and applesauce, she says. There are also grain-free options for pets with diet restrictions.
“I want to offer quality products,” she says. “Although they are treats, they are healthy treats. I feel good about that.”
She says her favorite part about running the treat truck business is meeting all of the dogs and their owners.
“I see so many different kinds of dogs and personalities,” Whitfield-Smith says. “I enjoy talking with people, too. I can definitely relate to dog owners. It’s a great mix for me.”
While her main focus is on creating treats for dogs, she doesn’t leave out feline friends. Whitfield-Smith also offers some salmon bits for owners to treat their cats.
She supports local rescue groups through Fetch and plans to become more involved with them in the future.
The Fetch treat truck will be at the eCO Credit Union Foundation Charity Trail Run & Doggie Dash April 9 and Mutt Strut on April 16. She also posts when she will be at dog parks on her site and social media pages.
For more information or to book Fetch for a private event, visit Fetchtreattruck.com or their social media pages on Facebook, Instagram (@Fetchtruckbhm) and Twitter (@Fetchtruckbhm).
This article originally ran in Hoover's Magazine.
A brown lawn doesn’t draw you outdoors. If anything, it makes you want to hide from your neighbor’s lackluster stares.
Luckily, there are solutions that will help you have the lush, green lawn of your dreams. But first, you need to get to the root of the problem.
Wondering why your grass is turning brown? Here are three possibilities.
1 Your Grass Is Dead
When you see brown grass on your lawn, your first thought is probably, “Is it dead?”
That’s definitely a possibility, especially if your turf has been heat stressed. Some signs that it’s dead are that it doesn’t grow back when it’s in season and properly watered.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to revive dead grass. So if your grass is dead, you’ll need to remove the dead grass and then seed or sod your lawn to create new growth.
2 Your Grass Is Dormant
Just because your grass is brown doesn’t mean it’s dead, luckily. Here are some signs your grass could just be dormant:
Wait until your grass is in season to see if it starts growing back.
If there are especially dry or hot conditions, try watering your lawn to see if it begins turning green.
3 Your Grass Has a Disease
When your grass isn’t dead or dormant, the next possibility is that it has a turf disease.
If that’s the case, you need to figure out what disease is affecting your lawn. The type of disease will determine the course of treatment.
Snow mold is a common disease in Idaho Falls, and it appears after the snow begins to melt.
The most important factor for treating turf diseases, beyond identifying the type, is beginning the treatment as soon as you spot an issue. Applying fungicides can help treat many diseases.
Just remember: It’s important to not over-apply chemicals because that can lead to resistance issues. A professional lawn care applicator will know how much is needed.
You should also clean all of your lawn tools and equipment after using them on your lawn to avoid spreading the disease to other parts of your yard.
(This blog ran on Outback Landscape's website.)