Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Springtime!?

Well, I must say we have truly lucked out with the weather here in Detroit this week (so far). It's so warm today, I left the winter coat at home and was nearly blinded by the sunlight driving down the street. I'm sincerely hoping this is not some sort of tease, but being Michigan we're still prepared for the likely scenario that there will be a snowstorm in 15 minutes. In the meantime, we're just going to relax and enjoy the sun.

People aren't the only ones who get excited about the warm weather and extended daylight. This morning our dogs were barking early, around 6:30 AM, looking to get outside and play. Normally, our dogs sleep in until much, much later. It seems as though they are needing to get out and get fresh air... just like the rest of us. Anything to keep them happy, right?

Wherever you may be on this gorgeous day, we hope that you are able to take advantage of the Spring feeling in the air... and get outside and enjoy a little time with your pets!

-Mary

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dog Parks!

It's shaping up to be a gorgeous March here in Michigan! We've been fortunate to have weather in the 50s all week. Depending on where you live, this may not seem all that warm, but to us Midwesterners its a fantastic reminder that spring is weeks away!

For dog lovers, it's a great time of year to get out and enjoy some warmer weather activities with our beloved pets. One of my personal favorite activities is to give my boys a chance to "socialize" with other pets at the dog parks. Here in Grosse Pointe, MI we are lucky enough to have a number of dog parks nearby.

I was reading an article today about dog park etiquette from a Canadian newspaper. Since there are a number of helpful hints, I thought I'd pass it on... especially for those new to dog-owning. Read the article here: Minding Manners for Pets: Proper dog park etiquette.

Hope you, and your pets, are able to get a chance to get outside and embrace this wonderful time of year.

-Mary

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Puppies!

A few weeks back, I mentioned my love of the website dailypuppy.com. Well, here's another one to help you get your puppy fix: puppiesden.com. You are able to browse galleries of your favorite breeds, and share photos if you'd like. If I don't quit looking at these sites, there is a good chance there will be another dog in our household soon (and trust me, 2 is keeping me plenty busy)!

Speaking of puppies, has anyone in your life recently added a new little furry friend to their household? What better way to help them welcome their new addition than by sending them a basket filled to the brim with toys and treats? With our Build Your Own baskets, you can personally select each of the items to be included... and as an added bonus, we are currently offering 10% off all Build Your Own baskets in honor of our 7-year anniversary. But, hurry, this sale is almost over!

We hope everyone is enjoying this winter weather. We just love taking our little bichons to run around in the snow, they practically get lost in our yard they blend in so well! I'll try to get a photo up the next time we get a fresh snowfall.

Until next time...

-Mary

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Congratulations Sadie!

The team over here at Doggie Deliveries would like to congratulate "Sadie," the Scottish terrier winner of the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2010 "Best in Show" award!

Sadie has won over 112 "Best in Show" awards at various dog shows, prior to winning the prestigious Westminster prize. To see some of the media coverage the famous pooch is receiving, click here.

Such a cute dog, that Sadie!

-Mary

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dogs on Twitter

If you're following us on Twitter, you've probably seen our tweets about this newest invention: a device which will allow our dogs to Twitter.

While the executives at Mattel, the company responsible for this toy/invention, caution that this is just a "toy," it led me to think - what if our dogs COULD talk? What would they tell us? Do they understand what we're trying to tell them?

As a person who has invested heavily in dog training, I can tell you I think the most effective forms of communication with our pets are nonverbal. My animals are less likely to "obey" me if I give them a spoken command, (i.e. "Enough!" when they are barking) than if I give them a scolding glance. I think they feel the effects of my love for them much more deeply when I give them cuddle time, than when I tell them they did something good.

If my dogs could use a device and (accurately) post their thoughts and actions online, I think they might express gratitude over my baby daughter throwing food all over the floor during mealtime, they would discuss their elation when the snow falls and their sadness when we all leave for the office each day. I'd bet my life that they'd tweet about wanting more walks.

Although this newest fad won't likely be life changing, it does cause one to think. Our animals are already sharing their thoughts with us. We just need to use our eyes and hearts to listen, instead of our ears.

-Mary

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

DD at the Florist!

A big, big thank you to the owners of Moehring Woods Florist in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI for adding Doggie Deliveries merchandise to their store!

You can now find a display of Doggie Deliveries gourmet treats and Valentine's Day gifts among the selection at their beautiful floral shop.

This Valentine's Day, when you are sending flowers to your sweetheart, don't forget the pet!

-Mary

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Valentine's Day

This is one of the best things I have heard in a while... not surprising, but still great to have it proven. A recent study says that nearly 1/5 of 24,000 adults surveyed would prefer to spend Valentine's Day with their pet than their partner/spouse. While I truly enjoy human companionship, I must say I "get it."

There is something so nice and relaxing about spending a nice night in with my dogs. Nobody hogs the remote, nobody cares if I drink the last glass of wine, nobody talks during the TV show/movie.

It's a rare occasion that I find myself in this situation these days. With a baby, husband and family all around town, O'Reilly, Finningan and I don't get much time alone. But, I'm now reminded that they make excellent "night in" companions. And, they won't bark if I decide I'm in the mood for a "chick flick." They've definitely earned a Valentine's Day reward!

-Mary

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