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Early Days with my Best Friend!

Hi Everyone! Today is International Friendship Day so what a perfect time to tell you all about one of my best friends, Pongo.

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Pongo came into our lives in 2013 right after Aaron and I got married. We got him from a friend whose dogs had puppies, and while he didn't have a sad background story like a lot of other pups do, once I looked into those big brown puppy eyes I knew I had to have him. So we drove back to our little apartment in Orlando Florida while he slept in my arms, and just like that I was in love.

Potty training was pretty easy, he caught on pretty quickly, but getting him not to bite us was HARD. My arms were all scratched up and bruised from him  and nothing seemed to help. We tried extra walks, chew toys, bitter apple spray, at the advice of our trainer we tried spraying him with water or holding his mouth shut ( back then I was completely clueless and desperate, I should have found another trainer). It seemed like he hated us and I wanted to give up a million times, I had thoughts of giving him to someone else and that killed me. I made a promise to this little boy to love, teach, and protect him always, so I was determined to not give up.

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The years past by and we figured he would grow out of this stage eventually, I started using POSITIVE training techniques and you know what? He has blossomed into this sweet, funny, sensitive dog that I have always wanted. I look back on our past together with some sadness, because I feel like I didn't get to enjoy his puppy years as I would have wanted, but I have him still and boy do we have fun together. He is such a cuddle bug, he has a weirdo sock obsession that keeps us laughing, when I am upset he comforts me, he is my perfectly imperfect best friend, and I wouldn't change a thing about him now.

Happy International Friendship Day!

Ashley and Pongo

I want to share my training experiences with you all, so I am offering my training guide to my subscribers as a thank you for following Our Life!

*Disclaimer- I am not a professional dog trainer, I am offering my experience which is not meant to be a replacement for professional dog training classes only a basic guide. For extreme cases other than basic training, consult your veterinarian or local professional dog trainer.  This is in no way medical advice.

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5 Dog-Friendly Places You and Your Dog Will Love!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

This week’s blog post is a list of dog-friendly places you and your dog will love to visit together. If you have a friendly and social pup like mine, sometimes you want to treat them to something extra in addition to their daily walk. Here is a list of five fun places to try! *Just a reminder that all posts may contain affiliate links and ads that don’t cost you a thing πŸ˜€ *

1.) Shopping at a Dog-Friendly Store. Why not have Spot help you pick out some light fixtures or patio furniture? Maybe even a new book? Lowes, Home Depot, and Barnes and Noble tend to be dog friendly! According to Huffington Post, here is a list of 19 dog-friendly stores. Before you go make sure to call that specific store and confirm their dog policy. **Never ever… EVER leave Rex in a hot car, even if you are only going to go inside for a “minute”**.

2.) Outdoor Flea Markets. Scoring a one of a kind item you can’t get anywhere else while you two socialize with other people? That sounds like a great afternoon. You can find a list of events online or in your local paper. I am a member of Dog-Friendly events in Tampa Bay on Facebook. I get an event notification every once in a while about a dog friendly event coming up. It is great for finding something different to do together!

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Enjoying a downtown stroll!

3.) Sunday Brunch at a Dog-Friendly Restaurant. Our World of Beer in Orlando FL had a dog-friendly patio and a KILLER Sunday Brunch. Research dog-friendly restaurants in your area. Patches will enjoy sitting by your side taking in the smells while you enjoy mimosas with your girls πŸ˜‰

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Pongo enjoying some brunch!

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4.) Dog-Friendly Beaches. Here in Florida we have a great selection of beaches, most are on-leash only which can still be a great time for Daisy. But over on the Gulf side of Florida there is Fort Desoto Dog Beach. This is an off-leash dog beach AND a huge dog park. Pongo loves going here! In Orlando there is also Lake Baldwin Park where I took my all time favorite picture of Pongo.Β  There are warning signs on the lake to beware of gators, so use your discretion there. Pack a cooler, your sunscreen, fresh water for all, and of course heed beach and tide warnings. Salt water can upset Ginger’s tummy too so make sure to offer her fresh water at all times, but most important… HAVE FUN!!!

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Mom, throw the ball already!

5.) If your precious Bella realizes she’s a natural swimmer during your trip to the dog-beach why not enroll her in a Dock Diving program? There are programs like DockDogs all over the country. If you join, the weekend practices and competitions will keep you two busy and is sure to be a great time !

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Where are some dog-friendly places you like to take your dog to? I’d love for you to post some more ideas in the comments! Pongo is so high-energy we are always looking for new ideas to entertain him!! Click below to share us on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook if you don’t mind πŸ™‚Have a great week!

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Ashley and Pongo

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