dog chewing on purple toy

The Ultimate Kong Toy Package

Hey! My name’s Valerie, and you’ll often catch me writing about dog-related topics on Officiallypets.com!

Every dog owner likes to buy gifts for their pooch, and most dogs end up with their own toy box full of playthings. Often these toys need to be thrown away because the dog has chewed them. Perhaps the stuffing is coming out, and the ears have been ripped off. Sometimes the toys are left unsafe for a dog. No surprise then, that dog owners are always on the lookout for toys which are almost indestructible. Certainly, we all want toys that our dogs simply cannot destroy. read more

Hugging Cats: Do they like it?

Hello, fellow cat person. The official ‘Hug your cat day’ is coming. Any cat owner must wonder, “Why would anybody create a special day based on a nearly impossible activity?” If you have an adorable cat that is too affectionate and lets you pet it all the time, you must be disagreeing with me already. Make hay while the sun shines, because your beloved pet must be chalking out its ultimate plan to take over the world while you are asleep. read more

Walking the dog

Best Hobbies for Dog Owners

If you’re looking for something to do that involves your four-legged friend; or somehow is based around him, then look no further!

We’ve rounded up some of the most compatible hobbies for dog lovers, and there is something for everyone.

Whether you’re really active and are looking for a new sport to take up with your pooch; or you just want to relax in front of the fire and crochet your adorable puppy. read more

10 Most Popular Purebred Dogs

The US is thought to be home to between 70 and 90 million pet dogs with 580,900 pups being registered in 2018 alone. The number of dogs seems to be going up and up with the number of the world’s favorite animal increasing every year.

There’s no surprise that the number of our four-legged friends is constantly on the up. Dogs are the perfect companion for families, couples, individuals, and help to make our lives easier and safer through their work as service dogs. read more

How Does It Feel to Be a Dog Mom?

When you are in the middle of a hard and stressful workday, there is one thought that never fails to comfort you. You know that when you finally come back home, someone adorable and furry is waiting for you at the door.

There is nothing better than hugging your sweet pup right after you make the first step in your flat. Then you just put on your soft pajamas, flop down in an armchair, switch your favorite TV series on, and cuddle with your dog all evening long. At moments like this, you realize that being a dog mom is the most amazing thing you could ever imagine. read more

Rocko, The Chihuahua On A Mission

Pet of the Week

Rocko

Breed: Chihuahua

Location: Frisco, Texas

Human: Amanda L.

Story: Rocko the Chihuahua might be tiny, but he is a pooch with a mission. After her mom was diagnosed with dementia, Amanda met Rocko – who would become her canine companion and supporter. Every day, Amanda would take Rocko to visit her mother at the Memory Care facility in the hospital. He was so popular with the office staff, everyone loved him! read more

couple walking dog through winter woodland

10 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

Hiking is a great way to shake off stress out your system and get yourself a good workout. But when your dog tags along, your outdoor experience gets even better!

Dogs are the perfect hiking partners because they are actually more excited to get out in the woods than you are. They love to climb on boulders, leap over brooks, run up a dirt trail, and gain a new battery of smells and sights. Witnessing your dog’s energy and sheer enjoyment directs you away from the physical exertion involved in hiking. It only motivates you to go farther! Not to mention the breathtaking sceneries you’ll see along the way. read more

Conversation with Daisy Pt. 4

These are actual conversations I have with our 1.5-year-old English Shepherd, Daisy. Note, I am interpreting Daisy’s barks, expressions, and intonation. But these are all true!

Work…

(Daisy walks under my desk and puts her head on my lap)

Daisy: Hey John!

Me: Hey, Days! read more

Top 10 Pet-Friendly Vacation Destinations

Traveling with your dog is definitely a satisfying thing to do, but it requires some planning beforehand as well as thought through choices of your vacation destinations, ways of travel, etc. While booking a pet-friendly hotel might seem like enough to enjoy your time away with your pooch, it can get quite frustrating to discover that your pup isn’t welcome in most places you’d like to visit. read more

Best Breed of Cars for your Model of Dog

Take a long, hard look at your dog’s face. Remember it. Now, go out and look your car straight in the grill. Go down on all fours or kneel, it doesn’t matter. Let it register.

What do you see?

Chances are, you’ll see yourself (or a close resemblance, anyway) looking back at you. Coincidence? Not exactly. read more