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Hi, I’m Sandy Kubillus and I’ve been a dog owner for over fifty years. I work as an environmental consultant and an adjunct instructor, so my focus involves dog-related issues involving the environment. I’m working on my first book, a memoir with a working title My Broken Dog. It’s about my trials and tribulations associated with a Springer Spaniel that survived a 75-foot fall with a severely broken leg, her recovery, only to get cancer that required amputation, then paralysis in her later years, and how it affected my life and my relationship with my husband. I also have become a copywriter specializing in dogs with the website

Does Fido Fear or have Fun on the Fourth?

Do you stay at home on the Fourth of July to calm your quivering dog?

Does your dog pace around your bed keeping you up all night or poke you constantly while you can barely hear the distant rumble of thunder?

Many Dogs suffer from Thunderstorm Anxiety

Chipper, my 12-year-old cocker spaniel, has thunderstorm anxiety. He also trembles during visits to the vet; pokes me when he hears firecrackers; pants during car rides; and resists me when I trim the fur on his paws.

Cassie, my springer spaniel who passed away in 2015, slept on my bed and walked all over my legs long before I could hear thunder.

For years, I tried to ignore my dog’s behavior it as best I could, often having sleepless nights as they pestered me. Sometimes I would get very frustrated and lock my dogs in their crates.

But in 2013, I decided I had to do something. My elderly mom, who suffered from dementia and then owned Chipper, spent $500 in overtime fees for her caretaker as she tried to calm his anxiety caused by fireworks around the Fourth of July.

My vet recommended Solliquin for Chipper’s thunderstorm anxiety. I’ve used it since then, but it has limited effectiveness for storms and no effect on reducing his other fears. But, it was better than nothing.

At the recent BlogPaws conference I was introduced to Treatibles, a hemp-based product.

What are Treatibles?

Treatibles are CBD infused dog biscuits that reduce anxiety, decrease pain, help with arthritis, and can reduce the amount of seizures caused by epilepsy. CBD (non-psychoactive cannabinoids) occurs in hemp. Many people confuse hemp with marijuana, but they are different subspecies of the cannabis plant. Hemp contains extremely low concentrations of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the chemical in marijuana that causes people to feel high. THC in doses of 3 g/kg can cause toxicity to dogs—DO NOT EVER GIVE YOUR DOG MARIJUANA.

My Experience with Treatibles

In the past month, I have used Treatibles during these occasions:Dog getting a Treatibles biscuit

  • At the BlogPaws conference when Buffy, my other cocker, was nervous from the noises and crowds. Within minutes of receiving a Treatibles biscuit, she felt calmer.
  • For a car ride with Chipper. He laid down in the back seat instead of sitting in front panting and staring at me.
  • While grooming. I do my own grooming with shaving of my cockers every 4 – 6 weeks during the summer. Chipper hates to have his legs and paws trimmed and Treatibles allowed him to tolerate this better.
  • During thunderstorms.
    • Most of our recent thunderstorms have occurred in the afternoon while I was at work. I would give Chipper a Treatibles in the morning if they were predicted. But I didn’t know how well they worked.
    • But at 4 am last night a thunderstorm rolled in and Chipper started pacing and poking me. I was resistant at first to get up and go downstairs to get a Treatibles biscuit out of the fridge. But after twenty minutes of trying to ignore him, I gave both him and Buffy a Treatibles biscuit. Within a couple of minutes they settled down and fell right asleep even though the storm continued.
    • Hint – if storms are predicted, keep a few Treatibles within easy reach of your bed so you are more likely to use them and get a better night’s sleep.

Treatibles are Healthy:

  • contain medical-grade hemp;
  • free of bio-contaminants and heavy metals;
  • nutritious—containing antioxidants (coconut oil), anti-inflammatories (hemp seed oil, turmeric, and cinnamon);
  • made without wheat, corn or soy;
  • gluten free and grain free;
  • free of preservatives (store them in the fridge or freezer) for longer shelf life;
  • human-grade ingredients;
  • safe and non-toxic;
  • can be used with other medications;
  • hand-made in U.S. based kitchens;
  • two flavors, pumpkin and blueberry

Watch this video on Treatibles here.

Will I continue to use Treatibles?

Yes.  The Fourth of July is coming up and I’ll make sure he gets a steady supply that day and also during thunderstorms. I’ll also continue their use for visits to the vet, long car rides and grooming sessions.

Sponsored post: I received a bag of Treatibles free in exchange for my review.

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Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day

I once commented to my boss about how I would love a job where I could take my dog to work. She told me to try it. That was over two decades ago and I have had dogs at work ever since.

A positive experience is a must, or you may not get permission to bring your dog again.

Preparation is key:

  • Get permission from your boss!
  • Only bring a well-trained, calm and friendly dog.Dog sitting at computer
  • Bring a bed, water dish, treats and a few toys. A crate is also a good idea—especially if you might have to leave your dog alone for short periods. A baby gate may also be helpful to keep your dog in your office.
  • Put out a dog treat jar where strangers are likely to meet your dog. I work at a very small company, and the mail lady suggested this trick. My dog learned to love the mail lady, the UPS delivery guy and anyone who entered.
  • If there are other dogs at work introduce them and make sure they get along or keep them separate. For years we had a “warehouse” dog and an “office” dog, since my “office” dog didn’t like the other.
  • Plan time for dog walks and find a potty area. Your dog will feel stressed and need some outside time. I used to walk my dog at lunch time around the block and take her outside for a potty break every two hours—a total of three breaks each day. These walks helped me de-stress too.
  • Make sure your dog will not bark when you are on the phone or in a meeting. My first dog was good, while my second one barked a lot. I tried squirting her with water from a spray bottle, then using diluted Listerine when water alone didn’t work (recommended by a dog trainer). Neither of these worked. I finally had to resort to a no-bark collar when she was at work. I didn’t like the idea, but it was the only way I could keep her quiet. She eventually learned and I no longer needed it.
  • Be ready to clean up after your dog with baggies, paper towels and rug cleaner solution. Even well-trained dogs can have accidents in new situations, or she could spit up.
  • You will need to spend some time with your dog during work, praising and petting, and giving her something to do. So don’t plan to bring your dog on a very hectic day.
  • Make sure your work area is free of hazards such as loose wires; things she could trip over and damage; chemicals she could get into, etc.
  • You may want to bring your dog on a short day to see how she does. It could be a very long and unproductive day if it goes badly.
  • Don’t be nervous. Your dog will pick up on your cues and this could increase her stress causing her to bark, scratch at doors or cause damage.

By following the tips above with a lot of planning and preparation you should have a good day—and if you’re lucky, she’ll be welcomed back.

The best scenario is to bring your dog to work every day. I did for two decades and it strengthened the bond between us and with my colleagues.

This is a BlogPaws “Wordless Wednesday” blog hop. Please comment below or contact me. Also visit the other blogs and leave comments.

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Low Budgeting the BlogPaws Conference

Although the Sheraton Hotel at Myrtle Beach was 998 miles from my home north of Chicago, I really wanted to bring Buffy, my cocker spaniel to the 2017 BlogPaws conference. Having a dog is an easy ice-breaker and I really missed having her with me at the last conference in Phoenix.

Cocker spaniel next to BlogPaws sign

Buffy at the BlogPaws conference.

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Cocker Spaniels Union

I have two cocker spaniels and Chipper is the union steward of local 633. He is always informing me (his employer) when it is time to eat, when to get treats and which type. He makes sure we follow the cocker spaniels union contract at all times. He warns us if we are late in providing these benefits and if we are in danger of violating the contract.

Cocker spaniels wearing bandanas

Buffy & Chipper in their Cocker Spaniels Union Local 633 bandanas.

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Tick Season – Is it time to change your routine?

  • What do you use for a flea and tick preventative?
  • Do you use the same product year after year since it works?
  • Did someone recommend the product?
  • With new stories about flea and tick preventives available, are you rethinking your usual strategy? I know I am.

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Soul of an Octopus

By Sy Montgomery

You might think a book on octopuses would be the farthest from my list of book reviews about dogs and the  environment, but octopuses are very smart, inquisitive, and have individual personalities. In many ways, the octopuses at the aquarium can act as pets, remembering people who interact with them and express their feelings by blowing water at those they don’t like. They enjoy getting their heads petted, and playing, much like a dog.

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