Apr 23, 2017

Lucie - Our Shady Dog

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Developing a business name is not an easy task. My husband and I came up with tons of different names but none of them stuck.
While we were on a walk with the girls one morning, we were brainstorming names again and stumbled upon the name Shady Dog. That was it! Shady Dog Soap was born with Lucie as our Shady Dog. It only made sense to incorporate our heart dog into our business that we love.

My husband surprised me with a 
wonderful gift when we launched our business. 

Lucie enjoyed a ride in her new personalized FJ Cruiser!

Apr 20, 2017

The Dog with the Plastic Jar on his Head

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Every morning we walk with our pups early in the morning to beat the heat. On the morning of April 11, just as we were beginning our walk we found this dog with what looked like a plastic pickle type jar stuck on his head. Since we could not get close enough to him, we had to guess on what type of jar it was. I immediately took our pups back home and my husband and I tried to help the pup.

He was scared and incredibly fast for a dog with limited visibility through the jar. My husband was close a few times but was unable to reach the dog. The dog then bolted and we lost sight of him.

We immediately went home and I called the City of Fort Worth. The lady that I spoke with was very nice and stated that if we see the dog again to call and let them know the location.

I then shared the story with our neighbors through Nextdoor. Hoping that others would help to search for him. And they did.

One of the neighbors who helped with this dogs rescue, Mike P. immediately went out to see if he could locate him. Animal Control showed up but they did not see him so they left and said to call if we found the dog. Mike was told that another person called in on the same day about the dog and someone also called in on Saturday, April 8 stating that they saw the dog with the jar on his head. So this poor dog had been with a jar on his head for at least 4 days. 

Myself, Mike and countless neighbors spent the day driving around the neighborhood looking for the dog. I spoke to mail carriers alerting them of the dog, and one gave me a tip but I didn't locate him there. Thank you so very much to those who helped search the neighborhood for him!

Later in the day, I created signs to post during my next ride around the neighborhood. I took the pups for the ride since they had been stuck in the house all day. For a third time, I retraced the path that the dog was going when he bolted from us that morning, driving slowly thinking that the dog might be laying down somewhere out of clear sight. 

Out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a plastic jar. I pulled over and there he was, curled up nearly under a bush in a bunch of leaves. 

I immediately called Mike who was the point of contact. Mike called his contact at Animal Control who arrived about half an hour later. Mike, Eddie and myself were positioned around the area in case he got away, we patiently waited as the Animal Control officers got into position. The Animal Control officers were able to catch him and remove the plastic jar from his head. 


To say that we were relieved was an understatement. This poor dog had been through hell not being able to eat or drink for at least 4 days. Not to mention how difficult it must have been to breath in it.

Special thanks to the Animal Control officers who were able to catch him and remove the jar. The staff at Fort Worth Animal Care and Control are taking great care of him. 

Knowing that the dog would need a rescue or to be adopted, I created a post to tell people about his story. My husband named him Pickles. And as a temporary name it kinda stuck.

Now, there were two things that were difficult to identify while the plastic jar was on his head when we saw him that morning. His breed, which with the jar on his head looked to be a Boxer to me and what type of jar was on his head. Personally, it didn't matter to me what type of jar is was, I'm simply grateful that it was removed.

I was soon contacted by Annie from Nextdoor. They noticed my post and wanted to share it. With Annie's help, this dog has received a lot of attention which will hopefully give him an excellent chance at a wonderful forever home. And that is what this is really all about. Saving a dog and finding him a home.

I am very thankful for Nextdoor. It allowed me to quickly share this dogs situation and our neighborhoods response was amazing! I am extremely thankful for Mike and all his help! Mike has a pet sitting business, Pet's Best Friend in East Fort Worth. If you are in the area and need a pet sitter give him a call at 817-713-3179.

WFAA ABC was kind enough to run a news piece about Pickles. They even interviewed me and Mike. It was a great opportunity to share Pickles with more people and hopefully increase his chances for finding the best forever home possible. 

So that's my first hand experience of finding a dog with a plastic jar stuck on his head. 

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Mar 9, 2017

Shady Dog Soap

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It has been a while since we have been blogging. I have just caught up our blog on most of our happy times in 2016. I was living the rule of three. I'll fill you in on two of them. First I was unexpectedly laid off from my job of 14.5 years in August 2015. The worst of the three was losing my mom to dementia in January 2016. She was an amazing mom that I adored with all my heart. I feel her loss every day.

I was in shock and lost after losing her. My husband had started a new hobby making all natural soap. One day he showed me how to make a batch and I was hooked. I love everything about making soap. And it's so much fun to design.  After sharing soap with our family and friends and seeing how much they enjoyed it, we decided to open our own soap business. And Shady Dog Soap was born. 

Here is a sample of some of the soaps that I have made. Our soaps are for humans to use. I did my research. Meticulously formulated each recipe, choosing skin loving vegetable based oils for my canvas along with cosmetic grade colorants and clays as my paints. 

My hope is to offer a natural dog shampoo. From all the research that I have done, I have not found a recipe that I would use on my dogs yet. The pH level of a dogs skin is very different than humans which makes it tricky to create a recipe that will benefit them.

I invite you to visit Shady Dog Soap. If you have a special essential oil or fragrance that you would love to see in a soap just let me know. My mom always wanted me to run my own business. Now, that dream is coming true. 

Feb 18, 2017

Addie is 9!

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9 years

2 months

Happy Birthday to my sweet Addie! 

 Low fat beef with potato and carrot