575 Dog Names That Start with A

Are you looking for a name for your new puppy–or names to give shelter dogs as they wait for a forever home? Below you’ll find 575 dog names that start with A, from traditional names…

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Strong Mothers, Strong Daughters

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and in honor of it, I wanted to share these photos along with some thoughts. I recently did a campaign where I was able to choose words to personalize the back of matching jerseys for my daughter and myself. Immediately, I thought of the word “strong.” 
As a parent, I feel that it is my job to empower my kids. And while it is absolutely necessary for me to equally empower both my son and daughter, I do believe it’s necessary for my daughter especially to understand that she, as a girl, is equally as strong as boys. So every single day, I tell her that she is courageous, powerful, kind, smart, and STRONG. And you know what? I tell her that I am all of these things too. That’s because it is up to me to set an example for her and instill a sense of confidence that inspires her to do her best and know that she is powerful and capable. I make more than my fair share of mistakes as a parent, but with Mother’s Day approaching, I’ve been thinking about the fact that I am proud of the fact that I make this a priority.
Strong Mothers, Strong Daughters Shirts
Strong Mothers, Strong Daughters shirts

While we’re on the topic of Mother’s Day, I want to reiterate something I’ve said here and on my social media accounts many times, and that is that motherhood has many definition. “Mother” does not only mean a woman who births or adopts a child. Biological females with children are absolutely moms, but so are those who have stepchildren, pets who are also their kids, babies in spirit, babies to whom they’ve had to say goodbye, friends or other humans they nurture, dads who are also moms, and so many more. The traditional definition of Mother’s Day can cause people to feel excluded, and I always want to make sure that when I bring it up in talking about myself, that those of you reading this feel included too. (And for those of you who have lost your moms or mother figures, I’m holding you in my heart.)
Strong Mothers, Strong Daughters

Here’s to strong mamas (and other nurturers!) and strong daughters. Happy Mother’s Day!


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Black Bean and Bacon Breakfast Burritos

Black Bean and Bacon Breakfast Burritos
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed a recent post where I shared my family’s favorite 
“breakfast meal” that they’ll eat any time of day. They affectionally named it the 5B: Black Bean and Bacon Breakfast Burritos. Yes, I am a vegetarian, and I share almost exclusively vegetarian recipes, but my husband and kids love their meat, and this is one meat-based meal I enjoy making for them. It’s also very easy to leave out the bacon or substitute plant-based bacon. (Side note: When making this, I usually use Coleman Natural uncured bacon because it’s sourced from family farms that raise their animals humanely without any antibiotics, and contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.) This is an easy meal to make too (you guys know I don’t do complicated when it comes to the kitchen), and they love it for dinner even more than for breakfast.
Black Bean and Bacon Breakfast Burritos
5B Burritos
serves 6
1 12 oz package (we like Coleman Natural Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon)
6 tortillas

6 eggs
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 avocado, cubed
taco seasoning
1/3 cup cojita cheese  
Cook bacon according to package instructions. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a medium bowl, and scramble in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in black beans and taco seasoning to taste, until beans are warm. Warm a tortilla, and add egg/bean mixture, bacon (add whole or break into smaller pieces), and avocado. Roll into burrito and top with cojita cheese. 
Black Bean and Bacon Breakfast Burritos
Does your family have a favorite anytime breakfast meal?

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Pet Theft: How to Keep Your Dog Safe!

We all strive to keep our dogs safe and healthy–and one important part of that safety is preventing pet theft. Dog theft is on the rise and a very real risk, regardless of your dog’s…

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The Combination Approach To Feeding Your Golden Retriever

Although you can get commercial food for your Golden Retriever, the ideal way to feed is to use a combination approach of both commercial food and fresh people foods. Most commercial food is good for your Golden, although it lacks nutrients and vitamins that fresh food has. Vets will tell you that fresh food is good, providing you don’t overdo it. Golden Retrievers love fresh food as well, as they can smell it a mile away. If it smells good to them – they’ll want it.

Most commercial foods will offer your Golden great sources of protein and vitamins, although fresh food contains far more essential sources. Chicken and meat for instance, have far more protein and minerals than any type of commercial dog food. Fish is another great choice, as it contains a lot of the protein your dog needs to maintain a healthy brain.

All dogs are well within the capacity of staying healthy, although you need to provide them with the minerals they need. Each dog is an individual, meaning that you can’t continue to feed him the same food on a daily basis. Golden Retrievers love people food, and they also love variety. What they need one day may vary the next, so you should always mix it up a bit and give them something different each day.

To be on the safe side, you should give your Golden a little bit of everything. This way, he will get everything he needs with his diet. When you design the diet for your growing Golden Retriever, you should always make sure to include animal protein. This is very important for your Golden, as he has to have it. Without animal protein, your dog will find himself literally struggling to stay healthy.

To keep your Golden Retriever healthy, it is very important that he gets quality nutrition. Although quality nutrition is very important, you should never him eat so much that he gains weight too fast. If you monitor his diet and know exactly what you are feeding him, he should remain in his weight class. Sometimes this can be hard to help though, especially if your Golden starts to develop allergies to a certain type of food.

If you ever have any questions regarding the diet of your Golden Retriever, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your vet. Your vet could make some recommendations for you, even tell you the best type of commercial food for your dog. Depending on his individual needs, what he requires may be totally different than what another dog needs. As long as you keep your dog on a healthy diet and make sure he gets the food he needs – he should grow to be a healthy dog with plenty of energy.
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Friday Funny: Is Santa Real or Not?

Do you suppose he let the cat out of the bag? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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International Samoyed Day: Fun Facts About This Beautiful Dog

A breed with a built-in grin, the smile of the Samoyed dog serves a dual purpose: not only does their upside down frown prevent the dog from drooling (which could be hazardous in sub-freezing…

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers ~ #Recipe Tested & #Reviewed

I decided that for NFL Gameday on Sunday I would make some of these delicious looking Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. They only had a few ingredients so I figured how difficult could it be right? And what could be better than cream cheese, jalapenos and bacon?

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  • 1 pound jalapeno peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheese Cheddar or Mexican blend
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chipotle powder
  • 1 to 2 pounds bacon

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Bob Evans is Getting it Right on Veterans Day! ~ #FREE AYCE Hotcakes!!


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The Loyal Working Companion Dog: American Pit Bull Terrier

This breed of dog, also fondly called as APBT, is known for its loyalty and intelligence. The dogs with this breed make excellent companions since they are very aggressive because of their protective nature.

How, then, are they different from the Staffies? For the UKC or the United Kennel Club, Staffies and APBT are of the same breed but many disapprove of this suggestion. For instance, if the American Kennel Club has an American Staffordshire terrier, it will be registered as an American pit bull terrier by the United Kennel Club. Furthermore, many breeders noted that their lineages have been separate for a long time already for these dogs to be still considered as having the same variety.

Meanwhile, the American Kennel Club does not register a UKC-listed American pit as an American Staffie. In order to gain dual-registry, the dog must initially be recorded as an AKC American Staffie before it can be listed with the UKC as an American pit bull, and not the other way around.

The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to know about APTBs:

Category: Terrier

Living Environment: either outdoor or indoor

Coat: smooth, shiny, thick, and short

Colors: color varies

Height: between 18 and 22 inches

Weight: between 30 and 60 pounds

Temperament: courageous, full of energy, and loyal; should be socialized early on with other animals especially with children

Health Issues: heart murmurs and mange

Care and Exercise:
• Bathe when necessary.
• Brush their coat only occasionally using a brush with firm bristles.
• Rub down their coat with a towel or a chamois to remove hairs that are loose.
• Their physique requires a regular exercise routine which includes a daily play time and/or running along a bicycle while on a leash.
• They should be on leash while walking in public places.


The ancestors of APBT came to the US in the mid-1800s with some Irish-Boston immigrants. Like the Staffie, they were originally bred from bulldogs and terriers. Since APBT is a forerunner to the Staffie, it was also molded to be a fighting dog. However, the Americans made their variety some pounds heavier and trained them to have a more powerful head.

Bull baiting and dog baiting were prohibited in England so bull terriers were no longer bred for bouts. It is in America where the pit bull also gained its popularity for many uses and reasons like:

1. It was used to embody the country in one WW1 artwork.
2. Well-known companies like the Buster Brown Shoe Company and even RCA used the breed as mascots.
3. Petie, a pitbull, was one of the stars in, “Our Gang”, a well sought children’s TV series.
4. A mix breed called Stubby was transformed into a popular and decorated WW1 hero.
5. Pits became good companies of pioneer families on their journeys.
6. Jack, a working pit bulldog was owned by Laura Wilder of lines of books called “Little House”.
7. Popular people like Helen Keller and US President Theodore Roosevelt owned the variety.

Here is some history about the cause of dilemma regarding the registries of APBTs.

In 1898, the United Kennel Club or UKC was structured to provide fighting guidelines and registration for APBT as fighting dogs. Later, there were breeders who shun away from dog fighting so they asked the AKC to recognize their pits so they would be fit for performance events like dog shows.

In 1935, the AKC approved of their petitions but the dogs were registered as Staffordshire Terriers, naming them after the little province in England that the breed was known to have originated from. Thus, many breeders have dogs that have dual-registry.

It is interesting to note that Petie, which was one of the stars in the, “Our Gang” TV series was the first breed that was dual-registered to be Staffordshire Terrier/Pit Bull. However, the UKC later started registering other performing-type varieties and they also began holding dog shows comparable to those of the American Kennel Club.

The AKC soon sealed its studbooks to APBTs. They allocated registration to those pit breeds with lineages that are listed as Staffies. For a little time during the 1970s, the AKC disclosed the American pits to their studbooks.

In 1973, the American KC decided to add the word “American” with the pit’s name to discriminate it from a Staffie. At present, those dogs with mixed APTB-StaffIe parents are recognized by UKC and even the American Dog Breeders’ Association as “American pits or American pit bull terriers”.

Nowadays, the pit has employed as search and rescuers, police/armed service dogs, livestock workers, and even as therapy animals because they are good as companions and working dogs.

Moreover, the variety can even compete in dog sports such as herding, obedience, and conformation, French Ring, and Schutzhund. Breeds of this type can be very loving as pets for everyone. The physical demands and harshness of various activities developed a healthy, strong, and stable animal.

If you want to have an APBT as a pet, be sure that the puppy is handled well and properly socialized. A solid and good training will surely produce an obedient, tranquil, and good companion or even a working dog!
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