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My favorite things of 2016

29 December 2016 | Comments [2] »

I’m channeling my inner Oprah by creating this post about eight of my favorite things of the past year.

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Quick & easy checklist

20 July 2016 | Comments [0] »

Last month our standard poodle, Bix, had an issue with his eye that required ointment be applied three times daily. My schedule is variable so my husband and I shared responsibility for giving him the medicine. So I knew there had to be a way to keep track of whether it had been given.

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Making homemade dog treats

23 December 2015 | Comments [0] »

It’s a little late in December to be offering up gift ideas, but perhaps this is a gift you can give to your dog (and yourself) without needing the excuse of a holiday.

It’s the You Bake ‘Em Dog Biscuits Cookbook, written by none other than yours truly. This cookbook is the last book I had published a dog writer before starting my organizing business in 2005. Ten years after publication it’s still selling.

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Traveling on an airplane with a puppy

17 December 2015 | Comments [0] »

If you’ve wondered why I haven’t blogged in a week or so, I have an excellent excuse.

Allow me to introduce Bix.

He’s an eight-week-old standard poodle puppy who joined our family on December 13. Tomorrow he’ll be nine weeks old. He’s absolutely adorable, smart as a whip and well behaved (for a puppy). He’s endlessly amusing.

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Instant gratification vs. the joy of anticipation

16 November 2015 | Comments [1] »

My husband and I are getting a standard poodle puppy on December 13. Our beloved poodle, Kirby, passed away on March 1 and since then, for the first time in 23 years, we’ve been living without at least one poodle in our family.

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Worth repeating: Store things near where you use them

4 March 2013 | Comments [0] »

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog post about one of the most important (and common sensical) organizing axioms: store items near where you use them. I think it’s such an important message, I’m posting it here again.

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Pictures speak louder than words

15 February 2013 | Comments [2] »

As I mentioned on Monday, our orange tabby cat, Joe, passed away a week ago. Friends have been asking us whether our standard poodle, Kirby, is missing his little buddy.

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Worth repeating: The magic of linking new routines to old

4 January 2013 | Comments [0] »

Two years ago, I created a life-enhancing habit. At the time, I wrote a blog post about how I went about doing it. I’m happy to say that my poop-scooping routine is going strong, so I thought at this time of year, it was worth repeating that post. The magic of linking new routines to old works on any habit, not just poop scooping. I invite you to give a thought to how you might apply it in your life!

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Do you have four-legged friends?

6 July 2012 | Comments [0] »

If you love dogs and cats, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to purchase really special t-shirts (and hoodies and bags) created by my friend, Sally Brown, of Roll Over Rover Threads.

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Things to consider before adopting a pet

14 June 2012 | Comments [0] »

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Saint Louis PetLover Coalition is sponsoring a regional pet adoption event at over 20 locations across the metropolitan area.

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Store things near where you use them

8 February 2012 | Comments [3] »

One thing I always tell my clients—and I mention it when I give talks—is that it makes life a lot easier if you store items near where you use them. If you select a distant place to store stuff, it gets that much more difficult to put things away when you’re through with them.

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The magic of linking new routines to old

7 January 2011 | Comments [5] »

On New Year’s Eve day, the weather was unseasonably warm here in St. Louis (so warm we had a tornado!). At the risk of being indelicate, I’ll share that I spent some pre-storm time picking up the dog poop in our back yard. The snow had melted, revealing many piles.

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22 December 2010 | Comments [0] »

Change is hard. But it’s not necessarily bad.

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Great shirts for pet lovers

8 October 2010 | Comments [2] »

This weekend I’m once again going to the H.H. Backer Pet Industry Christmas Trade Show and Educational Conference in Chicago to help my friend, Sally Brown, with her booth for her company, Roll Over Rover Threads She sells t-shirts with dog and cat themes and at this show will be introducing tote bags and other products.

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Got pet hair?

7 December 2009 | Comments [2] »

I have a product recommendation for those of you with pets who shed. I have two standard poodles, who don’t shed, thank goodness. But I also have Joe, an adorable orange tabby cat, who is a shedding machine. How a 12-pound short-haired animal can leave so much hair around is beyond me. Seems like he should be bald by now.

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It's t-shirt time again

3 October 2008 | Comments [0] »

I leave this morning for Chicago, where I’m going to staff my friend Sally’s booth at the H.H. Backer Christmas Trade Show. Sally is the creative and business genius behind Roll Over Rover, a company that sells design-conscious apparel for dog lovers. Sally’s illustrations are whimsical and sophisticated. I’m a proud booster.

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Off to Baltimore!

16 May 2008 | Comments [1] »

I’m catching a 6:25 a.m. flight to Baltimore this morning to attend the HH Backer 20th Annual Pet Industry Spring Trade Show and Educational Conference . It’s funny: for ten years I was a pet writer and always wanted to attend this show. But I never found a magazine to send me and didn’t have an excuse to go.

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The ritual of holiday cards

22 November 2006 | Comments [1] »

It’s November, so my mind starts thinking about the holidays and, more specifically, about holiday cards. My husband and I don’t really do Christmas, but I do always send out cards to a long list of people. For some of those folks, it’s the only time of year I communicate with them.

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