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Dog Sculpture Garden Memorial

A lot of you have been asking about the wonderful metal dog sculptures we have in the lobby now. We’ve been working on a ‘garden’ vibe for our lobby for a while now, and this trio of metal yard dogs really made a beautiful addition!

We didn’t make a sign in that corner, but we quietly consider it to be a memorial to our dear friend and long-term daycare client Patricia Dietz, who passed away this summer due to complications from cancer.

Trish started bring her dog Dinky Dow nearly seven years ago, when Dawg House first opened. Her close friends Carol and Sandy also started bringing their dog Langston at the same time, because Dinky and Langston do absolutely everything together!

Carol and Sandy brought the dog sculptures to Dawg House and explained to us that they used to be in Trish’s yard, and that she would have liked for us to have them. We’re very pleased to have a little area of our ‘garden’ where we can remember Trish. We’re also so happy for Dinky, who has now become a permanent member of Langston’s family!

Thanks to Trish, a sweet and gentle member of our family pack, who we will miss seeing each week.


I know I’ve skipped several weeks…it was a busy holiday season like it was for everyone.  But I’m  back and will do my best to contribute to the blog weekly. I wanted to use this space this week–exactly one week … Continue reading

Bloggydog Tribute

Bloggydog is something we worked on for a while that is about our two dogs, Benjamin and Finnegan, and our adventures around the neighborhood.

Saturday morning, November 13, our amazing and beloved dog Benjamin quite suddenly and unexpectedly died of sudden heart failure. It’s likely that the Valley Fever he had when we adopted him seven years ago caused heart damage, though he never showed any sign.

He was truly the kindest, happiest and most noble King of Dogs.

Your family misses you so much, Ben…

Dawg House Winter 2010 Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • New Dawgs
  • Raw Food
  • Kelly
  • Dawg Blawg Ideas


In each newsletter we like to welcome our NEW DAWGS to the pack…. here we go! A big WOOF to: LEXIE (Spaniel mix), BAILEY (Shar Pei / Australian Shepherd mx) , BRAEDEN (Foxhound / Dane mix), QUINCY (Pointer mix), PEARL (mix), CROGA (Shepherd mix), MIDNIGHT (Lab / Retriever mix), MOMO (Standard Poodle), REMY (Spaniel mix), SHINO (English Springer Spaniel), BAILEY (Boxer), HAILEY (Jack Russell Terrier), PALOMA (Aussie mix), and LIZZIE LOU (Terrier mix). Thanks for joining up!


Have you ever wondered what’s in your dog’s food? Dry, processed dog food has most of the basic ingredients dawgs need for a healthy diet, but there is a significant movement toward a RAW FOOD DIET that we’d like to explore a little in this post.

Why consider switching to a raw food diet? Here’s a good starter list from one of the best raw food sites:

A raw diet provides a range of benefits that commercial dog diets can never hope to even closely match.

These benefits include:

  1. no doggy odour
  2. naturally cleans teeth – no need for toothbrushes, de-scaling jobs, or gum disease
  3. the time it takes for a dog to chew a raw meaty bones give their stomach adequate time to get the acids moving
  4. much less stools produced – and they are firm, and turn chalky after a couple of days
  5. decreased or non-existant vet bills (your dogs are healthier!)
  6. less cost for dog food – commercial dog foods are ludicriously expensive
  7. mirrors what a dog would be getting in the wild – and certainly even the modern day dog has a digestive tract exactly the same as a wolf
  8. puppies develop at a more appropriate rate – and quick growth spurts are avoided. A GOOD breeder will want to stop fast growth in any pup.
  9. the ripping and chewing involved in eating raw meaty bones develops the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles of the dog. Commercial dog foods will never assist in this important muscle development.

Good, right? The raw food diet is most commonly referred to as a BARF diet (really!), which stood originally for Bones and Raw Food (coined by it’s creator Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst), then it sort of morphed into Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, but most people just call it raw diet now.

Check out Dr. Billinghurst’s site here:

So what exactly IS a raw food diet? What’s in it? Here’s a good description of ingredients that also outlines the basic philosophy behind raw food:

You feed it the diet that it evolved to eat. … Artificial grain based dog foods cause innumerable health problems. They are not what your dog was programmed to eat during its long process of evolution. A biologically appropriate diet for a dog is one that consists of raw whole foods similar to those eaten by the dogs’ wild ancestors. The food fed must contain the same balance and type of ingredients as consumed by those wild ancestors. This food will include such things as muscle meat, bone, fat, organ meat and vegetable materials and any other foods that will mimic what was those wild ancestors ate.

Most people who switch their dawgs to a raw food diet report dramatic improvements in health, coat, and even temperament. Most also report a lot fewer vet visits, fewer allergy symptoms, and even better breath!

Of course, making the switch takes a little research and work, as you find the right recipes, ingredients and suppliers, and make room in your fridge or freezer for storing the prepared meals. But these things become routine soon enough.

There are lots of options, too: several companies provide prepared raw diet meals and raw diet food elements like proteins for purchase, so that can take some of the work out of it – you don’t have to do it all yourself!

Here are  some good sample raw diets from scratch:

Here’s an example of pre-prepared raw diets:

And some good general resources on raw food diets:

We were inspired to do a little research on this topic because we have several clients who are preparing the raw food diet for their dawgs, including Guinness and Emma, Harley, and most recently, Raleigh made the switch.

This would be a great place to start a discussion! Let’s hear from you about the raw food diet!



We recently lost a dear old pal. KELLY was profiled in our Spring 2009 newsletter when he was diagnosed with cancer. Kelly’s mom continued to work with vets as Kelly’s cancer came and went, and finally reappeared as a large mass inside his sinus. With no real hope for a surgical solution or easy recovery, Kelly went to the big squirrel chase peacefully. We will miss you very much, big guy.


Got any good ideas for the Dawg Blawg? Send em in!

We could use a few ideas for articles, topics, rants, and other good stuff for our Dawg Blawg, so send em in! Want to do an editorial? Share a funny dawg picture? Want us to cover a particluar daycare, health, training or behavior topic? Let us know and we’ll get right on it!

Send em to:



Happy Valentine’s Day from all us Dawgs!

Dawg House Summer 2009 Newsletter


– New Dawgs

– Summer the Foster Dog

– Maddie Graduates from Class

– Good Luck to Henry and Susanne

– Bailey Memorial

–  Tucson-to-Zurich Dog-blog!


Welcome to all of our NEW DAWGS! Newbies to the Dawg House pack include DYLAN (Yellow Lab), ZEUS (Lab/Border Collie), CID (Hound/Shepherd), LEXI (Catahoula/Shepherd), ZOE (Pug/Lhasa Apso), SMOKEY (Husky), BENJAMIN and BRASKEY (Aussie Mixes), BUSTA (Boxer), SIMONE (mix), TESS (Border Collie mix), CHACO (Lab/Border Collie mix), DAISY (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier), and TOPPER (mix, new brother to ZOEY!). Woof!



You might see Summer at Dawg House with her brother McCabe from time to time – she’s being fostered by McCabe’s dad and up for adoption! 

Summer is still a puppy – about 7 mos. old (and definitely still has some growing to do!), and full of energy at Dawg House.  She loves other dawgs! She stays in motion at daycare, but at home she settles in, takes it easy and is affectionate.  

If you or someone you know might be interested in adopting Summer, let us know and we can connect you with her foster dad for a play date!



Good Girl, Maddie!

Good Girl, Maddie!

Maddie recently graduated from her Basic Obedience class! Congratulations! Woo-Hoo! Keep up the good work!

Classes were held at Paws & Claws Pet Boutique with trainer Vanya Moreno:



Good luck, Henry!

Good luck, Henry!

Henry‘s mom landed a great new job! Unfortunately for us, that means Henry and his mom have to move all the way across the country. Henry has been part of our pack for over four years (!!) and we’re really gonna miss him. We’re also going to miss his mom, who is a wonderful woman and a good friend.

Congratulations to Henry’s mom, by the way! Here’s a little bit about her fancy new job:

I have accepted a position at the National Institutes of Health in DC, actually Rockville MD. The position is as Program Analyst in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives in the NIH Office of Medical Applications Research (OMAR). Located in the Office of the Director, OMAR works closely with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices to assess, translate and disseminate research findings to the biomedical community and to the public. This is really the only office at NIH that works on health policy, so I am very excited.






Bailey joined the pack at Dawg House with his brother Max about four years ago. Bailey enjoyed playing at Dawg House on a regular basis, but had to retire for the last couple of years at home after age issues started making it harder to get around.

We recently lost Bailey at the amazing age of nearly 17 years – that shows a lot of moxie!

We want to express our sympathy to Bailey’s mom, and of course to his brothers Max and Sammy. We’ll miss you, Bailey!



What’s it like to  move from Tucson to Zurich with your dog in tow, you might wonder?

Luna smelling Zurich

Smelling Zurich with Dad

The Dog Comes With

is a wonderfully entertaining blog full of great pictures. We especially love it because the author is owned by a long-term member-in-good-standing of Dawg House ~ one of our very first dawgs ever! Great stuff. Check it out!

Hmmm… maybe Dawg House II could open in Switzerland? Just a thought…



“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
–John Steinbeck

Well folks, it is sort of a short newsletter, but since we have the Dawg Blawg going full swing now, it’s muich easier to post-as-we-go instead of saving everything up. Hope you’re still enjoying reading as much as we enjoy sharing. Send us any and all suggestions you have for Dawg Blawg posts!

Stay cool out there….

Your friends,

Erica, Christopher, Benjamin and Finnegan





Bernie and his sister Olive came to Dawg House all the time when we first opened, and for the first few years they were here all the time. Their best friend at Dawg House was Brutus the boxer. They moved to St. Louis for a new j0b a little over a year ago, and we’ve missed them a lot!!

In January, Bernie’s cancer suddenly got worse, and he had to go to sleep. We know that his family, Jean, Regina, Olive, Honey and Gizmo, all greatly miss him. 

We hope there are lots of squirrels and grass, big dogs and treats wherever you are, big fella.