3 Essentials to Finding Harmony in a Multi-Dog Home

Inspirational article: 3 essentials to finding harmony in a multi-dog home

“Dogs are like potatoes chips, it’s hard to have just one.” ~ unknown

Once you’ve experienced the unconditional love of a dog, and all the joys that come with having a fun-loving canine companion, it’s hard to stop at just one. When that happens, the joys may be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled, but so might the work, worry, and heartache. This may be especially true if you’re a breeder or involved in canine sports and travel a lot. How do we maintain peace of mind and heart when living with more than one dog while juggling all of life’s obligations?

Read on, and discover 3 essentials to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.

Years ago, when I acquired my first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, I had no idea they’d become addictive. They’re beautiful, friendly, fun-loving, comforting and easy to care for… what’s one more? However, what began as a simple task of caring for one dog risked turning my comfy calm life resembling a bed of roses into a garden of weeds. Thankfully, I learned early on the art of creating a beautiful garden.

Finding harmony in a multi-dog home is similar to creating a beautiful garden. 

In preparing this article I interviewed Cindy, a friend whose garden could be compared to Monet’s—it’s extraordinarily beautiful and harmonious. As we spoke, I discovered we had much in common. People often wonder why she would want such a large garden—I mean the more you plant, the more you have to care for, right? Her response echoed the words of my heart: “It’s my passion!” I asked her to offer three words that would inspire others to find harmony in their garden. Her response: Passion, Patience, and Perseverance. These are the same three essentials I would apply to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.

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Happy Hormones [Find Out Why Dogs Make Us Happy]

Feeling Blue? Find out why dogs make us happy.
photo credit: Leila Grandemange

Feeling blue? Be forewarned, when coming into contact with a dog, you might catch some happy hormones!

If you’re feeling sad, there’s probably one thing you’re looking for . . . RELIEF! In other words, you want to be happy again. Happiness can be found in many places, but none more available and sure than in the arms of your dog!

We certainly feel better when surrounded by our canine companions, but what’s actually going on behind the scenes?  Continue reading “Happy Hormones [Find Out Why Dogs Make Us Happy]”

How My Poodle Brought Me Through the Fire [The Incredible Power of the Human-Canine Bond]

Shock, disbelief, and fear gripped my heart! I watched helplessly as our house filled with smoke knowing that my dogs were still inside.
Never was the Human-Canine Bond more evident than when I experienced a house fire! My husband had been relocated and was house hunting in another state, so I found myself all alone. Well, not really. I had my dogs! The story I’m about to share reaffirmed how incredibly powerful the human-canine bond is in helping people deal with stressful events.

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How I Overcame Depression With the Help of My Dogs!

Dogs can be good for your health
Leila with her dog

Dogs are good for our health! Each time I hug my dogs I feel more hopeful, happier, and healthier!  

I’ll never forget coming home after an appendectomy, having some complications, and spiraling into depression due to the ongoing pain. My doctors were amazing, and prescribed what I needed to heal physically. But emotionally, it was another story.

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Dog Anxiety: How to Recognize the Signs and Offer Relief

Dog Anxiety
NO DOG SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER IN SILENCE
Dog anxiety, like the human anxiety, can be a debilitating and often painful experience. 
If you’ve ever felt worried, uneasy, or nervous about an upcoming event or something with an uncertain outcome, or had a panic attack, you know exactly what I’m talking about! Sadly, many dogs suffer in silence because the owners are simply unaware of the signs. Having experienced a season of anxiety myself, I can’t imagine leaving a dog in an anxious state without offering help. Thankfully, there are things we can do to help our furry friends in their times of need.
The purpose of this article is to help you to recognize the signs of dog anxiety and learn how to offer relief.

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For Better or For Worse [A Story About Man’s Best Friend]

Man's best friend history

Published in The Royal Spaniels Magazine fall edition 2012. 

by Leila Grandemange

Once upon a time, thousands of years ago, man and dog entered into a relationship, and it’s been a rocky road ever since . . . Continue reading “For Better or For Worse [A Story About Man’s Best Friend]”