*Where are you from?
I am originally from Sunny Southern California, but I moved here to Arizona in 2006.
*Tell me a little about yourself?
I am currently 31 years old, and am a full-time college student. I live in Arizona with my amazing boyfriend of over 2 years, Aaron. I love to bake and am currently learning to cook.
*What is your blog called?
Life With My 2 Dogs
*When did you start blogging?
I’ve had blogs all the way back to MySpace, but this blog I started in March of 2014
*Why did you start blogging?
One day I was reading an article and I saw that there were chicken jerky treats coming out of China that were linked with dogs getting sick and dying. I was SHOCKED! How could chicken be bad enough to make a dog sick or worse, lead to their death? So I researched further… I didn’t know that dog treats aren’t monitored the same way human food is. Especially those made outside the country. I didn’t know that dogs can’t eat EVERYTHING I like to eat. (And I thought I ate pretty healthy too, which I was wrong about as well. I have since made some much-needed changes and have lost and kept off 60 pounds for almost 2 years and feel SO MUCH BETTER!) So I picked up a bag of dog treats I had just bought, and turned it over to look at the ingredients (something I do with EVERYTHING I buy now, be it for dog or people) and they had GARLIC and ONIONS listed as ingredients! I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT!!! I then learned that the brand of food I had been feeding her was the nutritional equivalent of feeding myself fast food hamburgers for every meal. JUNK FOOD! No wonder poor Bella got the nick name Stinker-Bella! Her tummy was being upset by the awful food I fed her! I have since switched her (and subsequently Ruffy) to a much more nutritious (albeit pricier) brand of dog food. And the dogs have gotten much less gassy. And I never buy any store-bought treats that aren’t made in the USA). But I have always LOVED baking, but usually ended up making way more than I should. That’s why I decided to start baking for my dogs. Now I know EXACTLY what are in those treats and I can feel good about knowing that they are not only healthy for them, but yummy too! The Holiday season always put me in the mood to bake. So this past year, I decided to make a couple extra boxes of the doggie biscuits and send them out to friends I knew had dogs, but had never tried the treats. The treats were such a hit, that I was told I should sell them. I laughed at the idea of selling dog cookies for a living. At that time, I was working 40+ hours a week at a desk job, but I wasn’t happy or even a bit satisfied with it. When I was laid off in Jan 2014, I needed a way to make some income to keep my bills paid that I couldn’t be laid off from. I thought, maybe the dog treats could be something. Then this past Valentine’s Day, I ran a contest for dog cookies to see if they were really as good as my friends claimed. I sent out more boxes, and the same response! “My dogs loved the treats!” “You should sell these!” “When can I get more?” “People will pay money for these!” I couldn’t believe it! Maybe I could really do this. I could sell dog cookies
*How often do you blog? Is it a set schedule or random posts?
I blog at least once a week, but there is no set schedule.
*What is your blog about?
My blog, Lifewithmy2dogs, is about my adventures with my 2 fur babies, Bella and Ruffio. It also chronicles my business making and selling healthy yummy dog treats. I also post reviews on products I use to make the cookies, products for Dogs, and pet friendly events and places. If you want to send me stuff to review, just contact me!
*Do you have any animals?
I have two mutt babies. Bella is a 5 and a ½ year old Pit-Daschund Chihuahua mix that I rescued at 4 weeks of age. She got her name from Tinker bell, and I though she was absolutely beautiful. Ruffio is my Jack Russell mix (I think the mix is Chihuahua, but I am not sure) we rescued him off the streets of Phoenix in January of 2014 when he was only six weeks old. He’s my wild baby. He got his name because he was a “Lost Boy”
I also have a rescue Rat. Her name is Squeejit. She is also a rescue. A friend of mine found her abandoned outside in a woodpile. She is an Albino Rat.
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*What do you hope to achieve with your blog in 2014?
I hope to promote my message of Dogs are Family, and they deserve to have healthy yummy treats that are safe! I would also love to be able to see my treats in stores, but my mail goal is to have a booth at the Tempe Festival for the Arts in November.
*Have you ever attended any Blog Conferences? If so what ones and how was it?:
I have yet to attend any conferences, but am eager to do so!
*What do you get inspiration from?
For the blog? I get inspiration from the silly pictures I take of my fur babies doing silly things For the cookies? Flavors I like and foods I know my dogs like.
*Any advice for someone wanting to start their own Animal Blog?
Do it! Just make sure you have a goal in mind to achieve.
*Anything else you would like to add?
I hope you will check out my cookie shop on Etsy
*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog? Of Course!
*Do I have permission to use the photos you provided me with? Yes!
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