This Saturday, September 23rd, King Duke’s celebrates its FIFTH BIRTHDAY! According to the AKC, this makes us 36 in small, medium, and large dog years, and 45 in extra large dog years, and whatever the number, we are putting on our biggest and best party yet! What do we have in store? TONS!
This month, in honor of Responsible Dog Owner Day, we have put together our own guide to tip top pet parenting; for while there is no greater joy than a loving pet, as with all relationships, there are some non-negotiables.
Calling All Pet Photographers: whether yours is a mutt, a Westminster winner, a tiny kitten, or a pair of Persians, we want to see them! Send us your snaps and every month, the winning portrait will get a special King Duke’s prize package with which to spoil your photogenic pet!!
Who doesn’t love a summer playlist, and who doesn’t really, really love a Summer's-for-Dogs Playlist? In reverse order, Billboard Hot 100 countdown style, here are five of our favorite dog-inspired tracks. Tell us yours in the comments!
Besides the requisite cook outs, coolers, concerts, and the crackle of fireworks, 4th of July is a celebration of the end of one journey and the start of another, marking as it does independence from the rule of King George III and the beginning of an ongoing experiment in democratic self government. It marks the first steps on the road that brought us where we are today, a road which has no end but handy directions provided by the Constitution. Thus, it is fitting that in anticipation of a great 4th of July weekend, we bring you part 2 of our King* Duke’s Guide to Summer Road Trips. Let’s go!
No matter how small your pup or how large your pack, there is nothing better than a road trip! To help make sure you end up on the happy hound highway rather than the Boulevard of Broken dog Dreams (shout out to my fellow Gen Xers!), we have a ton of tips; so many in fact, that this guide is a two parter! In this first installment, we’ll cover what you need for the car and the trail, and next time we’ll do all you need for everything else, including eating, drinking, and sleeping. The open road awaits…
Every once in a while, life and art collide in unexpected ways. As I prepared to write about pet health and wellness, I found myself in the middle of a health situation with the redoubtable Lucy the Dachshund. This is not the time for cliff hangers; the green shoots of recovery are starting to show themselves and the patient is happily snoozing next to me! The experience has taught me some valuable things, and we share them here in the hopes that should need them, you may have their benefit.
As long as humans have lived with dogs, dogs have worked with humans, and this brings us to today’s topic: working dogs. Earlier this month, it was K-9 Veterans’ Day, and that set us thinking about the many ways dogs assist and support humans, formally or informally, and what in the world we would do without their love and help.
Truthfully there is no topic about which we do not love to write, provided dogs (or cats) are involved, and indeed we can find a way to involve them in literally anything, so really, who could ask for more? But sometimes we arrive at a topic so perfect, so magically compelling, that the pleasure is doubled, tripled even, and this is where we find ourselves today. Yes friends, we are going to talk about food! Mmmmmmmmm. Food!
To mark the start of the year of the Rabbit, and all the opportunities it creates, we have some ideas and suggestions for our fellow canine Stans and their four-legged friends. There are at least 90 million dogs in the USA, and that means 90 million opportunities for dogs and their humans to win at life in 2023. For the sake of your sanity, and ours, we won’t list all 90 million, but a few of our favorites that we think you’ll enjoy!