Teach Your Dog to High-Five. Dog tricks are an amazing way to connect with your dog. By teaching your dog a variety of cool dog tricks and behaviors, you will help your dog be engaged and eager to learn new things. Having a dog willing and eager to learn is one of the best things you can do for your dog. Today is National High-Five Day, so let's teach this easy dog trick.

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Teach Your Dog to High-Five

Teach Your Dog to High-Five. Dog tricks are an amazing way to connect with your dog. By teaching your dog a variety of cool dog tricks and behaviors, you will help your dog be engaged and eager to learn new things. Having a dog willing and eager to learn is one of the best things you can do for your dog. Today is National High-Five Day, so let's teach this easy dog trick.
Easy Dog Tricks

Dog tricks are an amazing way to connect with your dog. By teaching your dog a variety of cool dog tricks and behaviors, you will help your dog be engaged and eager to learn new things. Having a dog willing and eager to learn is one of the best things you can do for your dog. Today is National High-Five Day, so let’s teach this easy dog trick.

  • Ask your dog to sit.
  • Place a healthy dog treat in your hand and close your hand around the treat, making a fist.
  • Place your hand about 10” away from your dog’s front leg, at his natural height for a high-five.
  • Keep your hand still—don’t say anything, just smile at your dog. Wait for your dog to paw at your hand. As soon as he does, say “YES” and give him the treat in your hand.
  • Repeat this process about 5 times or until your dog is readily hitting your hand with gusto. This may take more than one dog trick training session—it depends on your dog.
  • Once your dog is readily pawing your treat filled hand, do the same set-up, but this time without food in your hand. Once your dog paws your empty hand, say, “YES” and treat with a treat from your pocket.
  • Next, instead of a closed fist, place your hand in a high-five position. When your dog hits your hand, say “YES” and treat. Now you are really getting close to teaching your dog this cool dog trick.
  • Now it’s time to introduce your dog to the dog training cue, ‘high-five,’ ‘hit it,’ ‘smack it,’ etc. Before you present your high-five hand, say your cue “high-five” then present your high-five hand, he hits it, “YES” and treat.

See, you can teach an old dog new tricks. 🙂


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Teach Your Dog to High-Five. Dog tricks are an amazing way to connect with your dog. By teaching your dog a variety of cool dog tricks and behaviors, you will help your dog be engaged and eager to learn new things. Having a dog willing and eager to learn is one of the best things you can do for your dog. Today is National High-Five Day, so let's teach this easy dog trick.
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Special Needs Dogs and Senior Dog Care

All dogs are special and have their own behavior, health, and activity requirements. Some dogs are what we may consider special-needs dogs or senior dogs that may need a little help with their daily lives or activities. This, however, does not mean that these dogs do not deserve to lead a happy, fun, and healthy lifestyle. A special-needs dog may have just a few needs or requirements to help them enjoy life to the fullest. I thought today would be a great day to spotlight 5 amazing products and brands that help our special dogs LIVE LIFE!

 

“WiggleLess has a unique and innovative design which aids in spinal column support and activity restriction in dogs. This dog back brace limits many of the movements which are known to contribute to back injuries as well as provides back support that can help prevent further exacerbation of some existing spinal conditions.” Amber Brooks, DVM Knoxville, TN Order Today!

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Ever wonder why dogs slip on hard floors? Dogs use their nails for traction—engaging them like cleats digging into the ground. But hard nails can’t grip hard floors. ToeGrips are nonslip grips that fit onto dogs’ toenails to restore their natural ability to grip with their nails. Help your dog turn back the clock and rediscover confident mobility with ToeGrips. Read my review or Order Today!

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GingerLead dog slings help aging or handicapped dogs with mobility and dogs recovering from orthopedic problems or procedures. They are easy to use, padded, adjustable for height, include an integrated leash for control and are machine washable. Sizes available for toy to giant breeds. Recommended by Veterinarians. Made in USA. Order Today!

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Pet Gear Pet Strollers are used for a variety of reasons. They help avoid stress on your pet’s body if they are having trouble walking due to joint pain, arthritis, or recent surgery. Strollers also function as a crate on wheels. Wherever you go, your pet, whether it be a dog, cat, furry friend, will be able to keep you company while remaining safely contained inside the stroller. Order Today!

Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs is a 3 piece must-have device that helps blind dogs transition to become familiar with existing or new surroundings quickly. It starts as a harness that is wrapped snuggly around a dog’s neck and torso. The wing attaches to the neck of the harness. The halo is attached to the wing and when placed on neck of the harness, the halo is just above the eye level and acts as a buffer to safeguard a blind dog’s head, nose, face and shoulders from bumping into hard surfaces. Order Today!

 


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Wordless Wednesday National Hanging Out Day When you read this headline, National Hanging Out Day, what did you think of? I thought about hanging out with my dog. If you are like me, you are wrong!

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Wordless Wednesday National Hanging Out Day When you read this headline, National Hanging Out Day, what did you think of? I thought about hanging out with my dog. If you are like me, you are wrong!
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When you read this headline, National Hanging Out Day, what did you think of? I thought about hanging out with my dog. If you are like me, you are wrong! Today is a day brought to you by Project Laundry to educate consumers on the environmental benefits of air-drying laundry. According to Natural Resources Defense Council, “Today’s typical electric clothes dryer sometimes consumes as much energy per year as a new energy efficient refrigerator, clothes washer, and dishwasher combined.” That’s a lot of energy! Personally, I hang dry all my laundry besides my undies, socks, sheets and towels. However, after reading this statistic, I am thinking I should just hang all my clothes to dry. Why not?

No, I’m not going to share a picture of my laundry drying for Wordless Wednesday. I will share a photo of Dexter and myself hanging out instead. 😉

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Quality time with dogs


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Health Benefits of Garlic | Is Garlic Toxic to Dogs and Cats?  Veterinary food therapists and pet herbalists like Dr. Martin Goldstein, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, and Gregory Tilford promoting the use of garlic with our pets. But, like with anything, you need to use common sense and moderation when giving your dog, cat, or yourself garlic.

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Health Benefits of Garlic | Is Garlic Toxic to Dogs and Cats?  Veterinary food therapists and pet herbalists like Dr. Martin Goldstein, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, and Gregory Tilford promoting the use of garlic with our pets. But, like with anything, you need to use common sense and moderation when giving your dog, cat, or yourself garlic.
Health Benefits of Garlic for Pets

Happy National Garlic Day! Did you know that garlic has a ton of health benefits for you, your dog, and your cat? What? But how many times have you heard garlic is toxic to dogs? Today, I will provide you with a rundown on the health benefits of garlic and what you need to know when feeding garlic to your dog or cat.

The garlic study that made garlic a bad guy in our dog’s health: In 2000 there was a small (4 dogs) study to determine the effects of garlic on a dog’s health. Four dogs were given 5 grams of garlic clove (about 2 cloves) per 1 kg (2.2 pounds) of a dog’s weight every day for seven days. In other words, a 25-pound dog received 25 cloves a day!

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Their results: “Compared with initial values, erythrocyte count, Hct, and hemoglobin concentration decreased to a minimum value on days 9 to 11 in dogs given garlic extract. Heinz body formation, an increase in erythrocyte-reduced glutathione concentration, and eccentrocytes were also detected in these dogs. However, no dog developed hemolytic anemia.”

On the other side of this one study with only four dogs and an insane amount of garlic, you have veterinary food therapists and pet herbalists like Dr. Martin Goldstein, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, and Gregory Tilford promoting the use of garlic with our pets. But, like with anything, you need to use common sense and moderation when giving your dog, cat, or yourself garlic.

Health Benefits of Garlic

When garlic is chopped, it releases a sulfur known as allicin that provides us with some amazing health benefits. The allicin is also responsible for that garlic smell.

Garlic has a healthy dose of manganese, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Garlic is known for its ability to boost the immune system. Garlic also improves cholesterol levels, which may lower the risk of heart disease. Add to this that garlic contains antioxidants that help with brain and bone health, and you’ll agree that this little bulb is something that should be in every pantry.

When introducing garlic into your pet’s nutrition, speak with your veterinary food therapist and start slowly. Note any behavior or medical changes such as diarrhea or lethargy, and discontinue if your pet does not tolerate fresh garlic. Do not use with puppies, pregnant dogs, nursing dogs, or dogs on medications prior to speaking with your veterinarian. Cats and Japanese breeds can be more sensitive to the compounds in garlic. Garlic also affects blood clotting, so if your dog or cat will be having surgery or has a pre-existing anemic condition, discontinue use and consult with your veterinarian. When using garlic as a supplement, feed up to three days in a row then 5-7 days off.

First, fresh, organic, raw garlic is the way to go. About 10 minutes prior to feeding, remove the peel from the fresh garlic clove and mince your pet’s garlic. Allow it to set on your counter for the 10 minutes, and mix in with your pet’s fresh food. Mincing the garlic and allowing it to set releases a chemical reaction and provides all the health benefits you are looking for in garlic.

Approximate Dose of Fresh, Organic Garlic:

  • 5 pounds 1/8 tsp
  • 6-10 pounds ¼ tsp
  • 11-15 pounds ½ tsp
  • 16-20 pounds ¾ tsp
  • 21-30 pounds 1 tsp
  • 31-50 pounds 1 ½ tsp
  • 51 + pounds 2 tsp

One final note: Don’t take my advice—speak to your holistic veterinarian.


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Health Benefits of Garlic | Is Garlic Toxic to Dogs and Cats?  Veterinary food therapists and pet herbalists are promoting the use of garlic with our pets. But, like with anything, you need to use common sense and moderation when giving your dog, cat, or yourself garlic.
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Dog-friendly vacations: Folly Beach rentals that are pet friendly. The family decided to take our spring dog-friendly vacation to South Carolina and stay in Folly Beach. We are most defiantly a beach family. We rented “Close To The Edge,” a great 3-bedroom beach house rental through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner, part of the HomeAway Family).

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Best Dog-Friendly Vacations in Folly Beach, South Carolina

Dog-friendly vacations: Folly Beach rentals that are pet friendly. The family decided to take our spring dog-friendly vacation to South Carolina and stay in Folly Beach. We are most defiantly a beach family. We rented “Close To The Edge,” a great 3-bedroom beach house rental through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner, part of the HomeAway Family).
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The family decided to take our spring dog-friendly vacation to South Carolina and stay in Folly Beach. We are most defiantly a beach family. We rented “Close To The Edge,” a great 3-bedroom beach house rental through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner, part of the HomeAway Family).

This pet-friendly Folly Beach rental home was bright, open, and roomy. The 3-bedroom rental had a master bedroom with a master bath, plus two standard bedrooms and another full bath. The bedrooms were very nice, comfortable, and provided plenty of space for our human family of three and Dexter The Dog. Hardwood floors ran throughout the home, which made sandy clean up a breeze.

This dog-friendly vacation rental was very clean, neat and modern, yet felt homey and comfortable.

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The home had a full kitchen, dining room and living room, cable, Wi-Fi, wrap-around porch and fenced-in yard! It was a dog lover’s dream. The neighborhood was quiet and friendly and we were only five minutes from the ocean and fifteen minutes away from Charleston, South Carolina. This was a prime spot for our family vacation.

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Dog-Friendly Folly Beach, SC

Dexter enjoyed the large fenced-in yard for potty breaks and playtime. We also brought a gate to close the front porch in so Dexter could roam the wrap-around porch. We enjoyed our afternoons and evenings relaxing on the deck and watching the lizards.

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Vacationing with your dog in Folly Beach, SC

I can highly recommend booking through VRBO and staying at Close To The Edge in Folly Beach, South Carolina. The dog-friendly rental home was well cared for, immaculate, close to our daily adventures, and perfect for a dog.


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Dog-friendly vacations: Folly Beach rentals that are pet friendly. The family decided to take our spring dog-friendly vacation to South Carolina and stay in Folly Beach. We are most defiantly a beach family. We rented “Close To The Edge,” a great 3-bedroom beach house rental through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner, part of the HomeAway Family).
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Enter below for a chance to win this Woman's Fitted T-shirt size XLarge. I just made this fun LOVE Paw design for my Cafepress Store and ordered this shirt for me. Ooops, a bit too snug for my curves. So, I decided to give it to a fan in this giveaway. It's this shirt, this design, and this size. No substitutions. US only winner. Good luck. Contest ends Sunday 4/16/17 midnight EST Offical contest rules.

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Enter below for a chance to win this Woman's Fitted T-shirt size XLarge. I just made this fun LOVE Paw design for my Cafepress Store and ordered this shirt for me. Ooops, a bit too snug for my curves. So, I decided to give it to a fan in this giveaway. It's this shirt, this design, and this size. No substitutions. US only winner. Good luck. Contest ends Sunday 4/16/17 midnight EST Offical contest rules.
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Enter below for a chance to win this Woman’s Fitted T-shirt size XLarge.  I just made this fun LOVE Paw design for my Cafepress Store and ordered this shirt for me.  Ooops, a bit too snug for my curves.  So, I decided to give it to a fan in this giveaway.  It’s this shirt, this design, and this size.  No substitutions.  US only winner.  Good luck.  Contest ends Sunday 4/16/17 midnight EST  Offical contest rules.

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Wordless Wednesday National Bookmobile Day Yes, I know, lots of fun national days to observe. Today is National Bookmobile Day. Bookmobiles are wonderful for our communities. For over 100 years, bookmobiles have been bringing books to neighborhoods around the world. Now, some bookmobiles even provide computer and internet service.

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Wordless Wednesday National Bookmobile Day

Wordless Wednesday National Bookmobile Day Yes, I know, lots of fun national days to observe. Today is National Bookmobile Day. Bookmobiles are wonderful for our communities. For over 100 years, bookmobiles have been bringing books to neighborhoods around the world. Now, some bookmobiles even provide computer and internet service.
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Yes, I know, lots of fun national days to observe. Today is National Bookmobile Day. Bookmobiles are wonderful for our communities. For over 100 years, bookmobiles have been bringing books to neighborhoods around the world. Now, some bookmobiles even provide computer and internet service.

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Dog-Friendly Petersburg, Florida |Boat Cruise: Shell Key Shuttle. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had to do a dog-friendly sunset cruise!  This Florida dolphin cruise was very enjoyable, and the captain and crew were welcoming and friendly. We started with a great sight-seeing cruise through residential waterways and through the inspiring barrier islands south of Pass-a-Grille. We went from historic cypress beach cabins to modern multi-million dollar mansions. The captain even stopped and pointed out numerous shorebirds.

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Dog-Friendly Boat Cruise: Shell Key Shuttle

Dog-Friendly Petersburg, Florida |Boat Cruise: Shell Key Shuttle. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had to do a dog-friendly sunset cruise!  This Florida dolphin cruise was very enjoyable, and the captain and crew were welcoming and friendly. We started with a great sight-seeing cruise through residential waterways and through the inspiring barrier islands south of Pass-a-Grille. We went from historic cypress beach cabins to modern multi-million dollar mansions. The captain even stopped and pointed out numerous shorebirds.
Dog-Friendly Petersburg, Florida |Boat Cruise: Shell Key Shuttle

During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had to do a dog-friendly sunset cruise! I mean, Dexter is a total boat dog. He loves everything about boat rides. Before our trip, I saw that Shell Key Shuttle had a page on their website stating the sunset cruise was dog-friendly. I always like to confirm and check the rules, so I contacted Shell Key Shuttle and they quickly responded to my email explaining that their day trips to Shell Key were not dog-friendly because of the Audubon preserve, but they did allow dogs on their sunset/dolphin watching cruises. That was awesome news.

We called in our reservation the day of the cruise and arrived at the Merry Pier (801 Pass-A-Grille Way) half an hour before departure. When Dexter saw the dock and boat, he was very happy. I think this boy is a mind-reader and knew we were going for a pet-friendly boat ride. We checked in, then were helped aboard the shuttle. I brought water, dog treats, a dog mat, my camera and of, course Dexter. We were ready to check out some Florida dolphins, then head into the sunset.

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Waiting For Our Florida Dog-Friendly Dolphin Tours

This Florida dolphin cruise was very enjoyable, and the captain and crew were welcoming and friendly. We started with a great sight-seeing cruise through residential waterways and through the inspiring barrier islands south of Pass-a-Grille. We went from historic cypress beach cabins to modern multi-million dollar mansions. The captain even stopped and pointed out numerous shorebirds.

And yes, we saw dolphins! It was so much fun to see them leaping and swimming all around. Dexter was oblivious, as he just sat back and soaked up the salt air. I think having the breeze blow through his ears and nose is heaven for him. After our residential tour, we headed toward the sunset. Wow. It was amazing.

Dog-Friendly Boat Rides
Dog-Friendly Boat Rides

By the end of our 1.5-hour dog-friendly sunset cruise, Dexter was asleep. I’m sure it had to do with having such an action-packed day, the ocean breeze, and smooth rock of the boat. If you find yourself in St. Petersburg, Florida, I encourage you to take your dog and the family on a sunset/dolphin cruise aboard The Shell Key Shuttle. You won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy Dexter on The Shell Key Shuttle


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Dog-Friendly Petersburg, Florida |Boat Cruise: Shell Key Shuttle. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had to do a dog-friendly sunset cruise!  This Florida dolphin cruise was very enjoyable, and the captain and crew were welcoming and friendly. We started with a great sight-seeing cruise through residential waterways and through the inspiring barrier islands south of Pass-a-Grille. We went from historic cypress beach cabins to modern multi-million dollar mansions. The captain even stopped and pointed out numerous shorebirds.
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Custom Pet Portraits and Dog Portraits. An interview with Wendy Beugels. Needless to say, I am more than happy with the entire experience working with Wendy and creating a special piece of art representing Dexter. I think she captured him perfectly. 

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Custom Pet Portraits and Dog Portraits. An interview with Wendy Beugels. Needless to say, I am more than happy with the entire experience working with Wendy and creating a special piece of art representing Dexter. I think she captured him perfectly. 
Custom Pet Portraits

If you haven’t noticed, I adore my pets. Dexter The Dog is my best friend and the best sidekick a girl could have. I love to be surrounded by things that remind me of Dexter or are from a part of his life. I have a few caricatures hanging in my room from pet events. I have a painting of his paw prints hanging above my bed. I have custom dog coasters with his image and loads of photos around and as my screen saver. But I have had one item on my bucket list for a long, long time and that was a custom pet portrait of him.

Art is a very personal thing and comes from the heart. For me, I’ve always been drawn to bold colors, bright colors, and being happy when I look at art. Finding a pet artist that specializes in custom dog portraits was actually pretty easy for me. I’ve been following and ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ over Wendy Beugels’s custom pet portraits and paintings for years!

I’ve shared her work on my personal Facebook page over the years, and have seen friends get their own custom pet paintings from her. Then, about a month ago on another one of my shares, my mom and step-dad surprised me with “we’re going to get you a custom digital print from Wendy!” OMG—I was ecstatic! I literally was jumping up and down like a little schoolgirl.

When I spoke with Wendy, she asked which portraits I felt a connection to, what my color theme was, and asked for a few photos of Dexter. I actually thought I would have a hard time choosing just one Dexter photo, but as I was browsing through the thousands of photos, one jumped out at me. My happy-go-lucky boy was smiling back at the camera, something he doesn’t do a lot of, and I knew this was the photo.

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It wasn’t long before Wendy sent me an image she created for approval, and I again started to squeal and jump around. Perfect! The custom pet portrait of Dexter The Dog was just stunning. I couldn’t have even imagined a better result. I sent the digital image off to my local Walmart to have printed on a 20 x 20 canvas. The print was actually printed from a Fuji lab, not Walmart’s in-house lab.

Finally, after about a week and a half, the custom canvas was ready. Yes, I practically ran to the counter and ripped open the box to view the print. Seriously—I was blown away at how wonderful his portrait looked. The colors were vibrant, and it truly looked like Wendy had painted it right there on that canvas.

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Custom artwork

Some people may find my hanging placement odd, but I wanted to be able to view this canvas as often as I possibly could, so it’s in my office, next to my to-do bulletin board. I spend a lot of time at my computer, and this way I only have to turn slightly to see the print, and I can always see it/him out of my corner of my eye.

Custom Pet Portraits and Dog Portraits. An interview with Wendy Beugels. Needless to say, I am more than happy with the entire experience working with Wendy and creating a special piece of art representing Dexter. I think she captured him perfectly. 
Custom dog portrait

Needless to say, I am more than happy with the entire experience working with Wendy and creating a special piece of art representing Dexter. I think she captured him perfectly. I’m a curious creature, so I asked Wendy if she would agree to a short interview. She kindly agreed. I hope you find her story and process as interesting as I have.

1. What inspired you to become an artist? Was there ever a specific moment or event?

“Ever since I was a little child, I have been interested in art. My mother and I spent a lot of our afternoons drawing, painting, and crafting together. At school art was my favorite class and I loved to participate in drawing contests. I went to study Fine Art and after receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I moved to the States, where I began to make custom portraits and football paintings for people. To make people happy with custom paintings was such a rewarding feeling. Then my life took a different way and I moved back to Holland, where I worked as a graphic designer at a newspaper for several years until I decided I cannot live without making art and having my freedom. So now I have my own creative studio making portraits/paintings again, and combining it with my graphic designs.”

2. What mediums do you currently use?

“To make my traditional paintings, I use high-quality acrylic, oil paint and spray paint on linen. At the moment, I make a lot of digital paintings. I use a digital art pen and tablet that allows me to ‘sketch’ like the traditional way, using digital art materials that have similar visual characteristics like water color, oil paint, pastel, charcoal, etc. When the painting/portrait is finished, I send it to the customer by email, and they can get it printed on canvas themselves. This way, overseas shipping costs, shipping time, and material costs are eliminated, and it also gives me the freedom to work everywhere at all times, like when I am traveling. I try to find different ways to make art available for every budget.”

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Custom digital dog portrait

3. What is your creative process like?

“My creative process starts with inspiration, which I can get from anything and everywhere: color schemes and shapes in nature, architecture and decorative elements in foreign countries, people’s faces riding the subway, walking in the forest or cemetery, watching a movie. Inspiration can be found everywhere. The ideas that come to mind, I write down or doodle in a sketch book which at a later time I use in painting. While I am making my art, I create my own little alone world without phone or people, so I can fully focus on my work which comes with some discipline and a certain loneliness.”

4. What inspires you most during a painting?

“It’s actually the entire setting. The music I listen to, the smell of paint and burning incense, the birds and cats outside that come and visit, pictures of the person or animal that I am painting hang on my wall, color inspirations.”

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Custom pet portrait in progress

5. What is the most challenging part about doing custom work?

“Custom work is very personal. I try to connect with the customer. Sometimes it can also be very emotional. When a customer commissions a portrait of their loved one that passed away, there’s a lot of sadness, but the portrait has to become a positive way to remember the person/animal. I try to capture the joy and their personality, and transfer happiness through the portrait.”

6. How did you end up with so many Cavalier clients?

“My Robin was a Cavalier, and once I made a painting of him that I showed in a FB Cavalier group. Then people wanted to have a portrait made of their own Cavaliers. From there on, the orders from Cavalier clients kept coming. The more paintings I made, the more examples I had to show, and the more new Cavalier customers came.”

7. Is there a subject or animal you find most challenging?

“I really enjoy making portraits of any animal or person, musicians and athletes, even statues. Hereby there is a reference as example, and I can combine it with my own interpretation of what I see: color, shape, movement. Maybe the most challenging subject is free work: paint my own thoughts and views, where there is no visual reference but all has to come from imagination alone.”

8. What is your favorite subject matter and medium?

“That would be people/pet portraits with traditional oil paints on canvas in happy bright colors.”

Visit Wendy’s website and Facebook page to view her amazing works of art.


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Custom Pet Portraits and Dog Portraits. An interview with Wendy Beugels. Needless to say, I am more than happy with the entire experience working with Wendy and creating a special piece of art representing Dexter. I think she captured him perfectly. 
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Indoor cats vs outdoor cats

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Why I Prefer Cats to Live Indoors

Indoor Cats vs. Outdoor Cats

Indoor cats vs outdoor cats
Indoor Cats

I know this is a hot topic with some very strong opinions. As always, everyone is allowed to have an opinion and personal view. My personal view on pet cats is that they should live indoors, not outdoors. I say pet cats, because I realize that some people have stray cats living on their property that they provide basic cat care. I’m also not talking about people who walk their cat in a cat harness or in a cat stroller, but a cat that lives outside unsupervised.

For me, it’s a simple concept. My pets are my family. My family lives indoors, not outdoors. I think a cat’s safety is at risk if they have the freedom to roam the neighborhood, cross the street, or have a run-in with a car, a dog, or a wild animal such as a coyote or large bird of prey. I’m not a risk taker when it involves my family’s safety. I’m just not. Life is a risk, but I’m going to provide the best and safest care for my pets as I possibly can.

It’s not just the safety of the pet cat; it’s also the safety of other animals. Cats are predators at their core and love to hunt bunnies, birds, and other creatures. And what about your neighbors and their yards and pets? How do you think they feel about your cat taking a dump in their flower bed, spraying their house or tormenting their pets by hanging in their yard? I can tell you from personal experience with my own pets and my clients’ pets, that stray or neighborhood cats lingering around their home can cause their pets to have behavioral issues. These indoor cats and dogs see the outdoor cat parading around their territory as a threat. This can cause conflict between the animals in the home, litter box issues, and undue stress. I always advise my clients to speak with the roaming cat’s owner and if that is unsuccessful, scare the intruder away, each and every time.

If you allow your cat to wander the neighborhood, you might want to double check your city ordinance or home owner’s association rules to see if that’s even allowed. In most cases, pets must be confined with a leash or fence. If that’s the case, then allowing your pet to roam at large would be breaking the law or rules.

Now, back to the point that cats are family. Come on. If you committed to caring for your cat, then bring him inside. Show him the love and attention he deserves and craves. Not sure how to bring a cat indoors? Read my article: Bringing Your Outdoor Cat Indoors. If you still need help, contact me for a private behavior session.


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Indoor Cats | Why I Prefer Cats to Live Indoors. It's not just the safety of the pet cat; it's also the safety of other animals. Cats are predators at their core and love to hunt bunnies, birds, and other creatures. And what about your neighbors and their yards and pets? How do you think they feel about your cat taking a dump in their flower bed, spraying their house or tormenting their pets by hanging in their yard?
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