About Amanda Huggett Hofland

Amanda Huggett Hofland works as a writer and editor in Fargo, N.D., and volunteers at a local dog rescue by producing its newsletter and maintaining its blog. She and her husband own two cats named Captain and Little Girl and a goofy Boxer-mix dog named Brick.
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Buckle Up for Safety: The Dangers of Loose Dogs in the Car

Dog travelling safe in carWe’ve all seen it, and maybe are even guilty of it ourselves: Driving down the road with a dog loose in the car, windows down, head out the window … or worse yet, sitting in the back cab of a pickup truck. It may seem harmless, especially when your dog loves to feel the breeze on his face, but the cost could be more than you’re willing to risk.

There are many dangers to this activity. Debris can strike a pup’s face outside, which can cause serious injury and costly medical bills. Ever been driving down the highway when a truck kicks up a rock on your windshield? Imagine that same rock hitting your dog. Not pretty.

What’s even scarier to me is that when a dog’s head is out the window, his front legs are often propped up on the armrest on that door. Some cars have those automatic window buttons right by his foot, and if he takes the wrong step, he may actually close the window on his neck.

Even worse still, if he tries jump out of the window, he could get stuck, or his leash or collar could get caught on something inside, leaving his body hanging or dragging outside, and at risk of chocking himself and great bodily injury if not death. Or if he makes it out, he is at great risk of getting struck by another car. [Read more...]

10 Ways to Show Your Dog Appreciation

10 Ways to Show Your Dog AppreciationWe’re excited for the fun pet holiday coming up next week! This month, “Pet Appreciation Week” is celebrated and is a great excuse to spend some time with your pup.

Here’s a list of some of our 10 favorite ways you can show your own dog some extra appreciation! [Read more...]

Celebrating Another Kind of Mother

It’s that time of year where we see advertisements for ways to pamper Mom – a bouquet of flowers, an Edible Arrangement, a spa day, some jewelry. But what about the other mothers? The fur moms?

There may not be an official Pet Mother’s Day, but that won’t stop us from recognizing some of the lovely fur moms out there.

To honor the relationship between human and pet, we asked some of our friends, staff, readers and customers to tell us what they think is best about being a pet mom. Here’s what they said! [Read more...]

Reunited and It Feels So Good: Why Your Pet Needs ID

Lisa Napell Dicksteen never thought that her beloved family pet cat Gus would be lost. But one October day, he snuck out the door and didn’t return for months.

It’s most pet lovers’ nightmare. If your pet became lost, how confident are you that he would find his way back home? If Fido is microchipped and/or wears ID tags, his chances are pretty good. But without ID? Chances aren’t so good. Can you even bear to think about losing your furry friend?

Reunited and it feels so good - Why it's important to ID your petsNational Pet ID Week, the third full week of April, is almost here, and so we here at dogIDs want to remind you the importance of ID tagging your pet. It just may be the one hope you have to getting your friend back home. [Read more...]

A Look at Unlikely Animal Friendships

Unique Animal FriendshipsThere’s something heartwarming about animal stories. Cats who traveled across country in a truck muffler, only to be reunited with his owners weeks later. A dog who helped somebody through a tough situation or a pet that gave a child more confidence. But one of my favorite types of stories are those of unlikely animal friends. [Read more...]

The Power of Padded Dog Collars

 

dogids padded collar

River wears a rock and roll padded collar

There are tons of options for dog collars out there. We even have a large selection right here at dogIDs. You may think it doesn’t really matter what type of collar your dog has, or maybe the selection is overwhelming, so you just choose one at random.

To take a little of the mystery out of the myriad options, today we’re going to highlight one particular style of dog collars today: padded ones. [Read more...]

Top 10 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership

family with dogIn honor of February being Responsible Pet Ownership Month, we at dogIDs wanted to remind you of some of the ways you can make sure you’re being a great doggie owner. You love your animal companion, but sometimes we all need reminders on how to give your dog the very best and keep him happy and healthy. Aside from committing to the long haul, here are 10 things you can do to be a responsible pet owner. [Read more...]

Pet Trusts: Providing for Fido After You Pass

Two elderly people with their dog in the park.You may have heard of people in the news who left millions of dollars to their pets after they passed on. While most of us can’t afford quite that much, there are still ways each of us can make sure that our beloved animal companions are cared for if we’re not able to do it anymore.

Whatever your situation, you don’t have to be elderly or ill to set up a trust for your pet, and it’s probably easier and cheaper than you might think. To find out more about how trusts work, we talked to some experts and got a crash course. [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolutions for You or Your Dog

Brick ResolutionsAs 2013 draws to a close and 2014 is right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. I know some people who say they never make any because they never follow through on them, but I still like to make them whether I stick to it or not. The effort is what counts, right? Even if for a short time, it’s better than nothing. [Read more...]

Bark the Halls: A Christmas Gift Guide for Pups and People

puppy presentChristmastime is magical. I love everything about it. Well, everything but the cold temperatures. Snow can be so pretty, sweaters are so comfy, hot apple cider is so comforting, and trees, lights and decorations are oh so merry.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday passed, chances are you’ve already begun—or maybe even completed—your holiday shopping. But did you remember the special animal in your life? Whether your own pet, a friend or family’s, an animal rescue or charity in need, or even just the crazy cat lady you know, shopping for animal gifts is so much fun. [Read more...]