Signs Your Dog May Be Allergic to Chicken


Dog’s being allergic to chicken is one thing we didn’t expect to hear from our vet when we took Leona in for a routine check up a few months after we got her. The vet started questioning us on all things Leona. I felt like I was on a game show and if I got a wrong answer, they’d take her away from us. I was nervous. In questioning us on her behavior and demeanor, she asked if Leona licked her paws a lot–not just a few licks, but a consistent licking that was noticeable. German and I looked at one another and in a puzzled tone answered yes. All this time, (especially at bedtime) Leona would spend minutes licking her paws to the point where I’d sometimes place a pillow over my head to mute out the sound. Usually I’d put the pillow over my husband’s face to stop the snoring. No, it’s not smothering if you don’t press to hard.

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Traveling with your Dog to Mexico

Mexico, you say?

Traveling to Mexico with your dog is such a fun experience but there’s a lot of work to be done in preparation before Fido can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with you this year. German and I have already done the pet travel to Mexico with Leona twice and had two very different experiences both times. In either case, we were prepared for certain scenarios and we weren’t for others. As you ask yourself, “Can I take my dog to Mexico? or What do I need in order to take my dog to Mexico with me? and even, Is Mexico pet friendly?” We want to answer as many questions as we can for you and give you pet travel tips. Take any learnings from us so when you’re traveling to Mexico with your pet, your 100% prepared.

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BarkWorld 2016 Here We Come!

BarkWorld 2016

What’s going on: Later on in the week, the three of us will head to BarkWorld 2016 (where we get to explore pet social media in a whole new way) in  Atlanta, Georgia, where Leona was identified as a puppy influencer (due to her instagram account) and I was invited to speak on a panel to talk about working with brands. We are thrilled to have this opportunity pop up for Leona.

What to wear: I had a friend in town last week and we took a trip to Bloomy’s where I gave my credit card a thorough workout. Camo jacket, shirts and more. So of course, when it came to Leona’s wardrobe, we went to Dog & Co. for the latest in doggy trends. She got four new outfits and we can’t wait to have her strut her stuff about BarkWorld and showcase her sassy fashion sense. If you can, can pop over and visit their flagship store at TurnStyle in New York City.

What to expect: We hope to make a few authentic relationship with people and their pets and learn how to take things to the next level with Leona. Everyone thinks their child is the best and the prettiest and German and I are no different, we think she’s the best and we want opportunities to work with brands to highlight this fact.

What we’ll do: Not only will there be panels and discussions on social media & pets, we have the CNN Global Headquarters tour and media training. We will also get a face-time interaction with several brands and pitch them. And not to mention I’ll be on a panel with Luna the Wonder Beagle.

What we bring to the table: Leona’s authentic story of how she gets so much engagement on her instagram account and the strategy behind it. German and I don’t always agree on the approach but I guess a combination of both our social media styles are working. We want to help those who are starting out avoid some of the pitfalls what we’ve found ourselves in.

Final thoughts: I’ve spoken at LinkedIn Talent Connect a few times and several conferences on Personal Branding and even hosted a few Dating & Relationship Seminars but this will be my first puppy & brand focused conference. We want to finally visit Atlanta and have fun at the Lowes Hotel.

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