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How Dogs Inspire Us to Live More Mindfully

When we spend time with our dogs, it provides us the opportunity to be more mindful, to purposefully focus our attention on the present moment, without any judgement. It allows us to take moments to appreciate simple everyday experiences.  It is not a surprise that the company of dogs have a healing effect in many of our lives. Not only dogs make us healthier, happier and more resilient, but they also have the ability to get us out of our ego mind and get into the now.   Undoubtetly, dogs are mindful creatures that can teach us how to live more mindfully. Here's how:  Be silly & simply have fun  Dogs remind us to be goofy, to let loose and take...

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Healthy Smoothies For Your Puppy (and You)

 Last night on the way back from our walk, Gracie and I were cold and damp. It was just one of those nights when the sky can’t decide whether to rain or snow, and so gives us both at the same time. We stopped by Gone Village Eatery for a latte and I was so glad we did. Having a tasty - and nourishing - drink in hand is just comforting. Like eating chicken soup. Gracie kept giving me looks when I was sipping my smoothie. When we got home, it hit me - why not make smoothies for both of us at the same time? I’m always looking for quick breakfast ideas and smoothies are definitely easy. My top...

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Backcountry Checklist for Adventure Dogs

When I pack up my backpack and strap on my hiking boots, my dogs quiver with excitement. They know we are about to take on an adventure. Just like with us, exercising outdoors and breathing fresh air is beneficial to our furry pal's health. And there's nothing more inviting than longer and warmer spring days to venture in nature. Surely, doing fun activities with our dog not only strengthens our bond but also provides physical and mental stimulation to keep them (and us) happy and healthy. And undoubtedly, most dogs want to be included in their hooman's adventures. While adventuring with your pooch might be very rewarding, it comes with a huge responsibility. Not only you need to make sure...

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Vegan Brunch Ideas

Spring is finally here and with Easter just around the corner the first thing that comes to my mind is brunch! Easter is surely a family and friends affair and what better way to get in the Easter spirit, than to gather around the table for an Easter Brunch Breakfast! While the traditional brunch menu showcases a lot of heavy, meaty and greasy foods, you’d be surprise how many gorgeous, healthy vegan recipes are out there to satisfy your cravings, whether it is for a “cheesy quiche” or even “bacon Benedicts”. From classic brunch favourites to delicious new finds, host an unforgettable meal with these vegan gourmet recipes. Carrot Cake Waffles with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese Spread These carrot cake waffles...

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Muddy Paws in Spring: Natural House Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners

Spring in Whistler is a beautiful time of the year. We enjoy longer days, warmer sunshine, fresh mountain air and an array of outdoor adventures, but as dog owners we all know what it also means: muddy floors, wet furniture and hairy everything! While I like to partake in the annual spring cleaning ritual, my furry companions bring their own idea of springtime into my home. They seem too excited to run past the paw cleaning station before entering and delight in rubbing their whole body on the carpet (especially when they’re drenched in mud), but those are simply the joys of being a dog owner, aren’t they? Surely, having a dog is a big responsibilty and so is keeping...

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