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Co-owner of GollyGear.com, home of fun, affordable, practical small dog solutions. Life-long small-dog owners, my sister and I founded Golly Gear to find and share great products for our small dogs. Dog trainers and dog-sport competitors, we love helping people find answers, from harnesses that won't choke, to treats that won't fatten, to achieving housebreaking success. We consider GollyGear.com more than a store - it's a resource for people who love their dogs as much as we love ours.

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  • Complete dog nutrition from Your Pet Chef
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    Complete dog nutrition from Your Pet Chef

    2 years ago

    My friend, Lisa, is Your Pet Chef. She makes custom, raw or cooked meals for individual dogs based on the dog's health and sensitivities. Lisa shares her best recipes with all of us in her cookbook.

  • Old dogs - more dear with the years
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    Old dogs - more dear with the years

    2 years ago

    Author Agnes Sligh Turnbull was right - "Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." Adjusting to the needs of an older dog may be challenging, but it's worth it.

  • Dolphin Research Center - The best place in the Florida Keys for kids!
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    Dolphin Research Center - The best place in the Florida Keys for kids!

    23 months ago

    What sounds like a laboratory and acts like an amusement park? It's the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys. From the "Spray Ground" to play sessions with dolphins, the kids will be entranced.

  • Inspiring love for all creatures - great and small
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    Inspiring love for all creatures - great and small

    2 years ago

    If you love animals and you have a sense of humor - you'll love this charming, endearing biography of James Herriot, a rural veterinarian practicing in post World War II Yorkshire, England.

  • Gingerbread Scones - easy, yummy, fast!
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    Gingerbread Scones - easy, yummy, fast!

    2 years ago

    Scones are an easy, fast, treat for everyday. When you're in the mood for some holiday-season memories, these Gingerbread Scones will fill the house with delicious, seasonal aromas.

  • Death by chocolate - what a way to go!
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    Death by chocolate - what a way to go!

    2 years ago

    Every true, committed chocoholic baker should own this book. Every recipe is better than the last, from a master chocolatier.

  • Ender's Game - playing for the highest stakes
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    Ender's Game - playing for the highest stakes

    2 years ago

    Ender's Game is a classic science fiction novel - winner of the highest awards in the genre. It's also a morality tale and will intrigue anyone who enjoys well-written, thoughtful books.

  • Slan made me fall in love
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    Slan made me fall in love

    2 years ago

    Slan by A.E. Van Vogt is a classic of science fiction. But it's not about aliens, it's about people we come to care about - as all great novels are. It was my first SF book and started a love affair.

  • Easy-to-use dog harnesses for arthritis sufferers
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    Easy-to-use dog harnesses for arthritis sufferers

    2 years ago

    The most common closure for dog harnesses is a "pinch clasp" - the most difficult one for arthritis sufferers to use. Here are some other options so you can enjoy walking your dog.

  • City Girls at the County Fair
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    City Girls at the County Fair

    2 years ago

    Ever been to a County Fair? My sister and I hadn't - and it was a simple, delightful thing to do. We had a wonderful time and crossed on more item off that "bucket list."

  • Celebrating Diversity in Skokie
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    Celebrating Diversity in Skokie

    2 years ago

    Skokie, Illinois is my hometown. We're the first suburb north of Chicago, and one of the most culturally diverse. We embrace our neighbors' traditions and cultures in this annual festival.

  • Old dogs - better with time
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    Old dogs - better with time

    2 years ago

    There's a saying that you can't teach an old do new tricks. Perhaps it's because they know what they need to know - how to be our dear, loyal, loved companions. Like my own little Roc.

  • Success = Green Silk!
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    Success = Green Silk!

    2 years ago

    In the world of performance dog sports; obedience, rally, and agility, it's not necessarily the blue ribbons that are most important. Only one dog/handler team can be blue. Everybody can get green.

  • Bar-hopping with my dog!
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    Bar-hopping with my dog!

    2 years ago

    Agility is fun for everybody - dogs and people! We have a saying in the canine performance world - a bad day at a dog trial is better than a good day at work!

  • No-escape dog harnesses
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    No-escape dog harnesses

    23 months ago

    It's terrifying to walk an escape-artist dog! And the situation can only worsen if the dog never gets "out and about." If you've been left holding an empty leash, these options could be lifesavers.

  • Dog Meets Dolphin
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    Dog Meets Dolphin

    2 years ago

    Although not traditional companions - dolphins and dogs are similar because positive-reinforcement training works with both. My French Bulldog, Teddy, got to meet one of our favorite dolphins - Kibby!

  • Fix your dog's tear stains!
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    Fix your dog's tear stains!

    2 years ago

    Tear stains on light-colored dogs may not be a health issue, but they are unsightly. And many additives used to treat them contain antibiotics, a use not approved by veterinarians or the FDA.

  • In the kitchen with Spock (and Kirk, and Bones....)
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    In the kitchen with Spock (and Kirk, and Bones....)

    15 months ago

    Little things make me happy - like a coffee mug that reminds me of one of my favorite television shows - Star Trek. I wouldn't build the Enterprise bridge in my basement, but touches make for smiles.

  • The only love money can buy
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    The only love money can buy

    2 years ago

    People who own dogs know - without benefit of scientific "studies" - that dogs love unconditionally. "To the world, you are one person. To your dog - you are the world."

  • Five 5-Star Vodka Cocktails
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    Five 5-Star Vodka Cocktails

    2 years ago

    The Cocktail Hour was a great tradition that too many have allowed to slip away. Who doesn't want to take time to relax at the end of the day? Enjoy one of these top-notch vodka cocktails and unwind.

  • Five 5-Star Gin Cocktails
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    Five 5-Star Gin Cocktails

    2 years ago

    For many people, Gin is an acquired taste. It's not a neutral spirit - it's made with juniper berries and various herbs and, sometimes, fruit. Some of my favorite Gin-based drinks.

  • Stylish martini glasses perk up any party!
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    Stylish martini glasses perk up any party!

    2 years ago

    I love martinis. And I love glassware. Sitting down at the end of the day with an adult beverage in a classy glass brings a sigh of satisfaction every time.

  • Quick Breads and Snack Cakes
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    Quick Breads and Snack Cakes

    2 years ago

    Quick Breads, also known as Snack Cakes or Loaf Cakes are easy, fast and versatile - and perfect for serving guests. Try one whenever you're in the mood for a home-baked treat!

  • Three Favorite Cookie Cookbooks!
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    Three Favorite Cookie Cookbooks!

    2 years ago

    If you love baking cookies - you need these three books in your collection! Every recipe is a gem and the photographs will make your mouth water.

  • Bad idea: A puppy for Christmas
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    Bad idea: A puppy for Christmas

    2 years ago

    It's an iconic image - children finding a hole-punched box under the tree on Christmas morning. But it's not a good idea - the holidays are stressful enough without adding a new baby to the mix.

  • Tag! You're it!
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    Tag! You're it!

    2 years ago

    Think outside the box! A personalized I.D. tag is a great gift - for congratulations, a special message, to commemorate a special day. The possibilities are endless.

  • Every dog's favorite gift!
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    Every dog's favorite gift!

    2 years ago

    Your time and attention are the most precious things you can give your dog. Just a few minutes each day make all the difference - whether training, grooming, playing, or just hanging out on the couch.

  • Stop dog choking! Use a harness!
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    Stop dog choking! Use a harness!

    2 years ago

    Harnesses are the best accessories for walking your dog. They're available in styles to suit any dog - any size, any training issue, any medical consideration. An introduction to the different styles.

  • The Best Harness for Your Dog
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    The Best Harness for Your Dog

    2 years ago

    With so very many styles to choose among, and your dog's specific needs to consider, it's not always easy to make the right choice. We can help, with an expert staff and even a DIY Harness Selector.

  • Making a game of dog training
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    Making a game of dog training

    2 years ago

    If you have a dog - you're a dog trainer, whether you realize it or not. And the more fun you make training, the more you'll do it, the better-trained your dog will be and you'll both enjoy!

  • How not to buy a motorhome
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    How not to buy a motorhome

    2 years ago

    The road to on-the-road adventuring was bumpy. If there was a mistake to make - we made it. Our cautionary tale - and now not to buy a motorhome!

  • How to keep your dog cool
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    How to keep your dog cool

    2 years ago

    Keeping our dogs comfortable in any weather is always a priority. Especially for those of us who have short-faced dogs. Be wary of heat exposure, and be sure to have an array of weapons against heat.

  • Drinking of the Green!
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    Drinking of the Green!

    2 years ago

    Here in the Chicago area we're all Irish for St. Patrick's Day! Over the years we've found that for those of us who don't like beer (green or not), there are wonderful alternatives for celebration.

  • Celebrate Love Your Pet day!
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    Celebrate Love Your Pet day!

    2 years ago

    The official date for "Love your Pet Day" is February 20, although every day is a reason to celebrate the bond you have with your four-footed friend.

  • Stocking Stuffers for Dog Lovers
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    Stocking Stuffers for Dog Lovers

    2 years ago

    For those people who are "all about the dogs" - some delightful and inexpensive gifts to bring a smile to their faces.

  • Cold Brew Coffee easy and cheap
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    Cold Brew Coffee easy and cheap

    15 months ago

    It's easy to make cold-brewed coffee at home. With just five minutes's effort, you'll always have delicious, lower acid coffee - and you choose the brand. No barista needed.

  • The Ted
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    The Ted

    19 months ago

    Teddy is my French Bulldog. Now four years old, he has titles in Rally and Agility, and is a Canine Good Citizen. But we just call him Ted, or Big Giant Head.

  • Step-in Harnesses for dogs
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    Step-in Harnesses for dogs

    2 years ago

    There are three basic designs of dog harnesses. Step-ins are easy to use, avoid choking the dog, don't go over the dog's head, and come in fabrics, patterns and styles to suit any taste.

  • Help! My dog destroys all his toys!
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    Help! My dog destroys all his toys!

    2 years ago

    There is no such thing as an indestructible dog toy - if the dog is determined enough and has the time and opportunity. There are some that are better than others.

  • Puppy with a cause
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    Puppy with a cause

    2 years ago

    There are only a couple of good ways to acquire a dog - either adopt through a rescue/shelter, or find a reputable breeder. Teddy wants to spread the word so puppy mills will someday disappear.

  • Dog dining with style!
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    Dog dining with style!

    2 years ago

    Dog bowls come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. While the choice is largely a matter of taste, other things do matter. For instance - did you know that plastic bowls causes acne for some dogs?

  • Styles of dog coats - which is right for your dog?
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    Styles of dog coats - which is right for your dog?

    23 months ago

    Whether your dog needs a coat depends on where you live, what kind of fur your dog has, and how he/she feels about the weather. Just like people, some dogs feel the cold and need weather protection.

  • About French Bulldogs
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    About French Bulldogs

    2 years ago

    French Bulldogs seem to be everywhere these days! As a happy Frenchie family for the last decade, I know how wonderful they can be. And how awful. Is a Frenchie right for your family?

  • About Boston Terriers!
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    About Boston Terriers!

    20 months ago

    Boston Terriers are smart, energetic, sweet, non-stop bundles of energy and fun. I know, because there's been a BT in the family since I was a kid. Learn a bit more about this breed, from a huge fan.

  • Do Papillons make your heart flutter?
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    Do Papillons make your heart flutter?

    2 years ago

    Papillons are bright, beautiful, energetic little dogs. Their ears, fringed and held high, resemble the wings of a butterfly - the reason for the "Papillon" name.

  • About Maltese dogs
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    About Maltese dogs

    2 years ago

    Maltese are one of the breeds, along with the Bichon Frise and Coton de Tulear, originating around the Mediterranean. They are charming, bright, adorable little bundles of fluff and joy.

  • The absolutely adorable Japanese Chin!
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    The absolutely adorable Japanese Chin!

    23 months ago

    Toy dogs full of charm and spunk - the Japanese Chin has always been a true and loyal companion dog, originally favored by Asian royalty.

  • Learn About Poodles!
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    Learn About Poodles!

    19 months ago

    Poodles are among the most recognizable dogs in the world - and among the most intelligent. These bright working dogs, in any of three sizes, are the epitome of "man's bet friend."

  • About Toy Fox Terriers
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    About Toy Fox Terriers

    2 years ago

    Energetic, bright, and full of themselves, Toy Fox Terriers are athletic toy dogs and practically perfect companions for any living situation - from city apartment to country home.

  • About Chinese Cresteds
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    About Chinese Cresteds

    22 months ago

    Chinese Cresteds are elegant, high-stepping dogs known primarily for the hairless variety, although there is a fully-coated "powderpuff" as well. Cresties elicit strong feelings - both love and hate.

  • About Italian Greyhounds
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    About Italian Greyhounds

    19 months ago

    Italian Greyhounds are among the most elegant-looking toy breeds around. IGs are, like their bigger sight-hound cousins, capable of both great speed and energy, and equally skilled at snuggling.

  • About Havanese Dogs
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    About Havanese Dogs

    2 years ago

    The Havanese breed, as the name implies, was developed in Cuba and is related to other fluffy dogs of Mediterranean origin - including the Maltese and Bichon Frise. All are four-footed happiness.

  • About Miniature Pinschers
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    About Miniature Pinschers

    2 years ago

    In 2013, Min Pins were the 53rd most popular breed in the U.S. - a drop in recent years. Afficionados of these lively, athletic little dogs must be keeping them a secret!

  • About Brussels Griffons
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    About Brussels Griffons

    3 months ago

    Brussels Griffons are characters! Funny, stubborn, smart and charming; if you let a Griff into your life, you'll never be alone again.

  • About Chihuahuas!
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    About Chihuahuas!

    2 years ago

    Chihuahuas are the quintessential toy dog - to fanciers a loyal, cuddly companion. To their detractors the "yappy little purse dog." Both are equally right - and wrong.

  • Help! My new puppy is making me crazy!
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    Help! My new puppy is making me crazy!

    2 years ago

    Even experience dog trainers can become frustrated with puppies - if they weren't so cute, there'd be no excuse for them! Here are a few tips to make your life with puppy a little easier.

  • Clean the clutter in 10 steps!
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    Clean the clutter in 10 steps!

    2 years ago

    Some people are born organizers. Then there are the rest of us. It may not come naturally, but, like me, you can learn to live clutter-free and love it.

  • The 12-step program for Cubs fans
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    The 12-step program for Cubs fans

    2 years ago

    Habits are hard to break. If you're a life-long Cubs fan, like me, you know the pain. Eternal optimists, maybe we should become "recovering" fans. Or maybe next year is the year.....

  • On the road - with dogs!
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    On the road - with dogs!

    2 years ago

    Travelling with your dogs - either short trips around town or cross-country road trips - can be fun and enjoyable, if you're prepared properly.

  • Find the perfect puppy for you!
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    Find the perfect puppy for you!

    2 years ago

    Getting a dog is a commitment - one that will, with luck, last well over a decade. It's worth a little time and research to find the perfect addition to your family.

  • Great stuff for Toy Fox Terriers!
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    Great stuff for Toy Fox Terriers!

    2 years ago

    Toy Fox Terriers are a sprightly blend of intelligence, sensitivity, and terrier tenacity. Special dogs deserve special treatment. These are some of favorite ways to spoil a TFT.

  • The Best Dog Treat Recipe Ever
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    The Best Dog Treat Recipe Ever

    23 months ago

    This dog treat recipe is the best because it's infinitely adaptable. You can make it with any kind of flour, any flavor, and size, and any thickness. Tailor it to your dog's taste!

  • Great stuff for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!
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    Great stuff for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!

    2 years ago

    Among the most adorable dogs in the world - Cavalier King Charles Spaniels deserve our devotion, affection, and the best accessories for their particular needs.

  • Great stuff for Silky Terriers!
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    Great stuff for Silky Terriers!

    2 years ago

    Silky Terriers are related to Yorkies, but are a distinct breed developed in Australia. These clever, sprightly dogs are great companions, but their agile bodies and active minds need to stay busy.

  • Great stuff for Pekingese
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    Great stuff for Pekingese

    2 years ago

    Pekingese dogs were designed to be royal companions. These loyal, affectionate dogs still excel in that role, although nowadays anyone can enjoy the devotion of this loyal breed of dog.

  • Great stuff for your Bichon Frise!
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    Great stuff for your Bichon Frise!

    2 years ago

    Bright, bubbly, adorable, silly, and stubborn, Bichon Frise are delightful companions for the right people. If you're Bichon folk, you know these charming imps deserve the very best!

  • Stuff for Pomeranians and their people!
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    Stuff for Pomeranians and their people!

    2 years ago

    With the popularity of internet celebrity Poms, the world has come appreciate this adorable, clever, pocket-sized pup! The Pom(s) in your life will appreciate these especially-chosen products.

  • Great stuff for Japanese Chins!
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    Great stuff for Japanese Chins!

    23 months ago

    You don't see Japanese Chins walking down the street every day - but this unusual and adorable breed is gaining popularity. Special dogs have some special requirements - these are some favorites.

  • Shopping for your Affenpinscher
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    Shopping for your Affenpinscher

    2 years ago

    The Affenpinscher or "Monkey Dog" was almost wiped out during World War II. This charming, adorable toy breed is slowly making a comeback - for good reason. Delightful little ragamuffin dogs!

  • Just the stuff for Papillons!
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    Just the stuff for Papillons!

    2 years ago

    Papillons are amazing little dogs. Every time we attend a dog competition we're impressed by the Paps' intelligence, speed, and devotion. Highlighting some particularly Pap-friendly products.

  • Stuff every Havanese dog needs
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    Stuff every Havanese dog needs

    7 months ago

    Havanese are happy, bouncy, family dogs that are rising in popularity - for good reason. If you're lucky enough to share your life with a Havanese, your dog will love this stuff!

  • Great stuff for Shih Tzus!
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    Great stuff for Shih Tzus!

    22 months ago

    Shih Tzus are among the top 20 most popular breeds in the U.S. These sweet, adorable little dogs, with their short faces and soft coats, have some special needs. We recommend these items for Shih Tzus

  • Great Stuff for Italian Greyhounds!
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    Great Stuff for Italian Greyhounds!

    19 months ago

    Italian Greyhounds are wonderful dogs - but as IG owners know, they can be a challenge to fit. We've found some products that are particularly IG-friendly.

  • Picked just for Miniature Pinschers!
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    Picked just for Miniature Pinschers!

    12 months ago

    MinPins are an ancient breed and have changed over the years - but they're still wonderful, intelligent, playful family companions. We've picked some items for MinPins' small-but-mighty nature!

  • Great products for Chinese Cresteds!
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    Great products for Chinese Cresteds!

    2 years ago

    If you have a Chinese Crested dog, you're among a select group who appreciate this unique breed. You also know they have some very particular needs to stay happy, healthy, and warm.

  • The Best Stuff For Brussels Griffons!
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    The Best Stuff For Brussels Griffons!

    3 months ago

    We've had at least one Griffie in the family for more than 30 years. If you also share your life with one of these special characters, you know how special they are and deserve the best. Our picks:

  • Stuff every Chihuahua needs!
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    Stuff every Chihuahua needs!

    2 years ago

    Chihuahuas are among the most popular toy dogs - for good reason! Loyal, wonderful companions who thrive in almost any situation, Chihuahuas do need some special stuff to suit their tiny size.

  • Great stuff for Boston Terriers!
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    Great stuff for Boston Terriers!

    2 years ago

    We've had Bostons in the family all my life and I can't imagine life without one of these joyful, energetic, sweet dogs. These are some of the best products we've found, and use, for our BT "kids."

  • Every Pug Needs this stuff!
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    Every Pug Needs this stuff!

    10 months ago

    Who doesn't smile when he sees a Pug? Delightful, happy dogs, Pugs nevertheless have some special needs to stay healthy and happy. These are some of our favorite products especially for Pugs.

  • Great stuff for Maltese!
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    Great stuff for Maltese!

    22 months ago

    Maltese are bright, merry, charming little dogs who have stolen hearts for centuries. If you share your life with one of these charmers, these products are especially for you and your pup.

  • Just the things for French Bulldogs!
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    Just the things for French Bulldogs!

    2 years ago

    Because of their unique shape and characteristics, French Bulldogs may be difficult to fit, and "outfit." These products are particularly picked to accommodate Frenchie peculiarities.

  • Great stuff for Yorkshire Terriers
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    Great stuff for Yorkshire Terriers

    2 years ago

    Yorkshire Terriers are among the most popular dog breeds in the country. Smart, social, feisty little dogs that adapt well. We're highlighting some items that suit Yorkies well.

  • Dog Harnesses - makes and models explained
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    Dog Harnesses - makes and models explained

    2 years ago

    There's no such thing as the "best" dog harness - but there is a best harness for every dog. Here's a guide to deciding on which style is perfect for your best friend.

  • Canine Essentials - Every dog needs this stuff!
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    Canine Essentials - Every dog needs this stuff!

    2 years ago

    These items may not be the most fun part of owning a dog, but they are crucial to keeping your pup healthy, safe, and happy.

  • Golly Gear has small dog solutions
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    Golly Gear has small dog solutions

    2 years ago

    Small dogs are special. And our shop, Golly Gear, specializes in small dog solutions: harnesses that won't choke, treats that won't fatten, toys they can carry, etc. Fun, affordable, and practical.

  • The best dogs in the world
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    The best dogs in the world

    2 years ago

    Everyone knows the world's best dog - it's yours! This is an introduction to my best dogs - current and past. And how fortunate I've been to share my life with them.

  • Small dog rescue
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    Small dog rescue

    19 months ago

    If you'd like to adopt a "rescue" dog - there's no reason you can't have the breed you really, truly want. There are rescue groups associated with every breed and wonderful dogs needing forever homes.

  • Pet Carriers for safe (and comfy) travels!
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    Pet Carriers for safe (and comfy) travels!

    2 years ago

    Pets are now part of our families and more and more frequently are going along on travels - whether to visit family, a weekend away, or a longer vacation. Carriers make any trip easier.

  • Toy Dog Breeds in brief
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    Toy Dog Breeds in brief

    3 months ago

    With more than 20 different breeds represented, the Toy Group is one of the most varied and dynamic. If you'd like a compact canine in your life, there's sure to be a breed perfect for you.

  • A harness for every dog
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    A harness for every dog

    2 years ago

    There's no such thing as a "perfect" dog harness - but there is a perfect harness for every dog. We'll help you find the best choice for your best friend.

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