The Dog Days of Summer!

This post is brought to you as a part of the Dog Days of Summer Campaign, hosted by the folks at dog training collars. Summer can be fun for humans and pets alike!

Now, normally, I’m very much a cat person- up until about a year ago. (Don’t get me wrong, I still love cats) but recently I started thinking that maybe I would like a dog. I mean, they’re definitely more energetic that any cat I’ve ever had, and they can fetch, and they don’t relieve themselves in the house (usually). However, once I started thinking about actually getting one- I realized that I had no idea how to go about raising a dog. So, I did what any normal mid-twenties, independent, working class girl would do– I asked my mom.

Talking to her made me realize that when I thought about it, I really did have some good ideas on how to raise and train a pet. I grew up with a dog, and generally I thought that my mom did most of the training, but I guess when it came down to it- we all helped out a lot.

Now, the way I see it- is there is more than likely a fairly big difference between me (a single girl on her own) raising a dog, and a whole family raising and training one. So- since summer is a great time to get a new pet to enjoy the weather with- here are a few tips and tricks own raising and training a pet, weather you’re on your own or you have a group of people helping.

- The first thing everyone needs to know, is that puppies grow up FAST. They can go from a cute little fur ball of a baby to an angsty teen in like 3 months. So, while they’re nice and cute it’s super important to teach them their manners and how to behave in public. Think of it as teaching your little kid to say “I have to go to the bathroom” instead of “I need to peeeeeeee!!!”.
-Also, make sure that you balance their time indoors and outdoors. Too much time inside can lead to bad habits like chewing and scratching, whereas too much time outside can lead to digging and too much barking. If you’re raising a dog on your own, think of it as good exercise for the both of you to come home on your lunch breaks and take a walk instead of eating out.
-Another thing people need to remember is- there isn’t a single breed of dog that will %100 never bite anyone. Dogs attacks are primarily caused because the dogs feel neglected, they weren’t properly trained, or they haven’t been fixed. If you have more than one person raising this dog, be sure that everyone pitches in playing with the dog, and allowing him to be around lots of people from a very early age. If you’re raising the dog on your own- try finding a group of people who also have dogs and doing group walks, that way your dog can get used to being around other people as well as other dogs.

I hope everyone who is looking for a dog finds this helpful! I’m still trying to decide what kind of dog I want, and also trying to persuade my landlord into letting me have one! Happy summer!

26. June 2012 by KNedvidek
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Katie’s School of Grammar

Wearing your shirt inside out. Sneezing after you put on mascara. Promising your mom that you CAN wear a white shirt all day and then spilling ketchup on it. These are just a few of the things that come to my mind when I think about what makes me look stupid. Fortunately, through my exhaustive job search over the last year, I have found out that above all, one thing can make you look so ridiculous that employers won’t look at you twice, and boys will mutter that they can hear their mothers calling and leave: bad grammar! Now, [...] Continue Reading…

13. March 2012 by KNedvidek
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Christmas!

So, I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I have been SOOOO overwhelmed with the Christmas spirit that I felt like I had to share some sories with everyone. This Christmas was oddly a little sad at my house, a very important member of our family, our dog, Gus has gotten suuuuper old, and it became clear that this would probably be he last Christmas.
Now, before I start sharing funny cute stories about him, it’s important to point out that growing up, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Gus. I’ve always been more of a cat [...] Continue Reading…

31. December 2011 by KNedvidek
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New American Girl Dolls??

Hey everyone! Sorry for the hiatus, but I’m back! So check this out- the other day I was visiting a friend and her family still gets the American Girl doll catalogs in the mail! So of course, Little Katie popped out and was like “OMG! I haven’t seen these in years! I have to look at this!” Let me just say that Little Katie was the MOST upset.
Here’s a little background for those of you who don’t know what exactly American Girl dolls are. The Pleasant Company first introduced the dolls in 1986. Originally, they were an array [...] Continue Reading…

05. November 2011 by KNedvidek
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Review: Are Men Necessary? By Maureen Dowd

Ok, so sorry this is a little delayed, guys, but I’ve been on the job hunt all week, so I’m just now getting around to reviewing a book. This week I chose “Are Men Necessary” by Maureen Dowd. At first glance, I had my suspicions about the book. The pupl-fiction-y cover coupled with the title made me a little nervous. HOWEVER, on the first page of the book, Down explains that this book is not to be seen as a tool to eliminate men, but just as a collection of her personal experiences and observations dealing with relationships.

No [...] Continue Reading…

22. October 2011 by KNedvidek
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Miss Representation cont

Anybody out there?? I hope everyone’s watching! So far- I’m really impressed– the clips of high schoolers talking about the lack of respect for women intellectuals was really powerful to me. As sad as this sounds, I really don’t think that I was that aware when I was in high school. Commercials over– keep watching!

21. October 2011 by KNedvidek
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Miss Representation tonight!!!!

Hey everyone- don’t forget to watch Miss Representation tonight! It comes on Oprah’s channel – OWN at 9/8c! I will be blogging throughout the movie so stay tuned for comments or discussions!
For those of you who don’t know- Miss Representation is a movie that premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival. It deals with the way that the public represents women and how that impacts the way we look at women in general- but more specifically, women in positions of power. You can read more about it in a previous post of mine, or by going to missrepresentation.org! [...] Continue Reading…

20. October 2011 by KNedvidek
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Woman of the Week: Nancy Goodman Brinker

Ok- so due to some scheduling conflicts, I was not able to do a spotlight on a woman in the Danville community, however, since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I decided that instead of skipping the post all together, I would highlight a name not often associated with this month: Nancy Goodman Brinker. Most people know of her sister, Susan G. Komen–it’s her name on the foundation, the race and the commercials, but the woman behind the pink ribbon doesn’t get quite as much publicity. So, in honor of her devotion to her sister, I figured I’d let everyone [...] Continue Reading…

16. October 2011 by KNedvidek
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Miss Representation

A few years ago I wrote a speech (with a lot of help) about the misrepresentation of women in the media, particularly politicians. The speech was about the different ways that the media scrutinized women as compared to men and the different types of coverage they got, and how that influenced the way we viewed them. The speech was pretty good, but it was just a start. Recently, my good friend, Maggie turned me on to a new movie that came out at the Sundance Festival called “Miss Representation.”
Check out the trailer here:
Miss Representation

The film looks really [...] Continue Reading…

14. October 2011 by KNedvidek
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Review: The Lolita Effect by M. Gigi Durham

So, I randomly came across this book at the library the other day and the cover alone made me grab it instantly. According to urbandictionary The Lolita Effect is the sexualization of young girls and projecting girls as sex objects before they have even reached puberty and are sexualized beings. It is perpetuated by the media. The title comes from the book Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Durham uses this book to expand on the different way that this is taking place right under our noses today. The first thing explained is the difference between the actual “Lolita” and the [...] Continue Reading…

11. October 2011 by KNedvidek
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