About the Dalmatian DIY Dog Blog Introduction and FAQs

Woofs of welcome to the Dalmatian DIY dog blog! It’s very nice to meet you, furfriends! Here’s a quick introduction where you can learn about Dalmatian DIY, meet the team, and check out our FAQs.

Introduction

Hello and welcome to our blog, where (with a little administrative help from our humans) we share dog-friendly DIYs, crafts, recipes and other fun treats for dogs and those who love dogs. All pets are welcome, not just Dalmatians like us. This is a virtual playground for dogs and dog lovers of all shapes and spots! We are very social animals and love fur friends of all forms. In fact, until recently, we had a step-brother rescue cat. His name was Tiger and he was pretty doggone cool…for a cat. We even let him have his own Pinterest board for creative cat stuff! Tiger is deeply missed after sixteen years of love and companionship. Rest easy, mane man.

My name is Humphrey (that’s me on the right). I become the chief blog dog of Dalmatian DIY after my best buddy and mentor spotty senior Oli (that’s him on the left) crossed the rainbow bridge. We miss him immensely, but his spirit still shines through in everything we do and the things we share with you here on our blog and our social media. Thanks for visiting our blog! If you’re a new visitor, you can read more about our Terms of Use, policies, and disclosure details and we wish you happy exploring!  We would love for you to drop by regularly to see what creative mischief we are getting ourselves into, and join us on social media, too. 

Oli and Humphrey, the blog dogs of Dalmatian DIY

Meet the Dogs of Dalmatian DIY (and their Human)

Oliver was the original blog dog and inspiration behind Dalmatian DIY. He recently crossed the rainbow bridge as a senior spotty of 14 wonderful years, but you will still see him throughout the posts here on our blog. We’re ever so grateful for each and every day we were gifted together. 

Humphrey is a handsome whippersnapper of 6 years (August birthday). He is a cheeky chap who particularly enjoys a good squeaky toy that he can howl along with during play. Unlike Oli, he’s always been a very serious lad about posing (treats are serious business!) but when he does bring out his crazy Dali grin it’s impossible not to smile along with him. Humphrey is a clever but cheeky chap with an adventurous spirit. He’s a professional prancer, squeaky toy virtuoso, sous-chef and dishwasher extraordinaire, Momma’s pawsonal trainer, and the very snuggliest of spooners. He loves cruising in the car, napping in sunbeams, and stealing hearts (and kisses).

Laura (Momma) is the dog treat baker and crafter behind the content you see here on the blog. In addition to blogging, crafting, baking, and more (see FAQs below), she spends time walking dogs, cleaning up after dogs, and patting other peoples dogs (seriously…). She also enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors, both of which are even better with dogs as company. She learned to cook and craft from her mother and grandmother, and from there it’s become a lifelong hobby. Her passion for photography comes from her father, and she has a Diploma of Photography and Cert IV in Digital Design (Photography) in addition to her engineering and management qualifications that help underpin the running of the technical and administrative side of the blog. She recently added to her doggy diet knowledge by completing a certification as a Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist to better understand the fundamentals of dog biology, diet, and nutrition. 

Honorary Team Members

Daddy (by far the dogs’ favourite human) is also a big supporter of everything we do and is the one who encouraged the sharing of Dalmatian DIY with the world. Special mention to Tiger, our elderly rescue cat who has since crossed the rainbow bridge, and to Humphrey’s puppy pal neighbour Cooper who enjoys helping out with taste testing duties during play dates at our place. 

Welcome to our blog! Virtual slobbery smooches and sniffs of greeting to you and yours!

Selfies with the blog dogs of Dalmatian DIY
Spacer Bar with Spots Dalmatian DIY Blog

Exploring the Blog

Categories, tags, feature post galleries, recent posts, popular posts, and navigation menus are ready and waiting to help you explore the blog.  Within individual posts, there are category navigation links at the post header and tag navigation links at the post footer. There is also a related posts feature on the footer that will suggest other content that you might enjoy based on the article you’re currently reading.  If you’re looking for something in particular, you can search the blog from our header or sidebar (footer on mobile devices). There are also pages (like this one) linked from our menus to help visitors find key information about the blog and detailed site policies. 

Collaborating with Dalmatian DIY

Want to work with Dalmatian DIY as a guest, special contributor, sponsor, or affiliate?  Please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. If you enjoy what you see here on our blog (and/or on our social media) and think that we might be a good fit for your target readers or customers, let’s create something wonderful together. See our Work with Us page for additional information.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs About Our Dog Crazy Life

Oh my! How do you manage two big dogs?

I used to get this question often from strangers when they saw little me with my boisterous big walking and jogging companions, which was very often as Dalmatians benefit from plenty of exercise. It was a lot of work, but we wouldn’t have it any other way after seeing the joy a “brother” brought to our elder dog and vice versa. I love having energetic exercise companions (aka my personal trainers) and they were the best of friends. It was a challenge sometimes for sure, but pet ownership is a lifelong commitment to love and the very best possible life together.

Why Dalmatians?

It just kind of happened that way, starting with Oli who was my husband’s young pup back when we first met. I’ve got to be honest, though, our sweet spotty boys have definitely won my heart over to a little bit of bias! Don’t worry, furfriends – we love dogs of all colours, shapes and sizes. 

You make a lot of treats. Aren’t you worried about making your dogs fat?

It is kind of the opposite really. As we learned more about dog diets in an effort to take better care of our senior dog, we started to understand how poor some commercial treats are in terms of content and nutritional value (not a blanket statement – there are good ones too!). From there we started to explore different options. Treats are still treats, so all things in moderation with plenty of offsetting exercise, of course. You can read more about why we started making our own treats in our post on Why (and How) to Make Homemade Dog Treats.

Tip: Start making it a habit to read the labels on dog treat and food packages. Pay attention to the ingredients and nutritional content breakdown. Even in our dog crazy household, we don’t make all of our own treats or food, but I am choosy about what we buy for sources and ingredients. Some treats are better made with commercial sources and/or equipment that we don’t current have. Some are a little to yucky for me (like dehydrated furry deer ears – eww) but our dogs love them! If you think we’d like to taste test your treats or food, check out our Work with Us page for more information.

FAQs About Our Blog and Social Media

Can I include your post in a round-up?

Absolutely!  You are welcome to share our links, link to our content, pin our posts, etc. See our Copyright Policy for full details. Blogging is all about connecting and sharing, and it is awesome when you invite your friends and followers to read things here on the blog.  

Do you accept guest posts?
We do not actively seek outside content, but we do occasionally accept guest posts.  These are limited to interesting original content from knowledgeable sources that suit our niche content and audience. Additional information is available on our Work with Us page.

Who designed your blog and graphics?
Things are always evolving bit-by-bit around here. Some of the design elements elements and graphics are mine and some are resources from elsewhere, both free and paid. Check out our Resources and Tools page for more information.
 
Do you take your own photographs for the blog?

I do indeed! My camera equipment and software has evolved over the years. At present, my go-to is my Canon 5D, although you may see iPhone pics and videos from time to time (very convenient when out for walkies). Perhaps some GoPro footage, too. I use Adobe Photoshop for any edits and Picasa for making quick colleges.  You can read more in the photography section of our Resources and Tools.

Can I use one of your photos?
Only if you are using it in direct relation to sharing our content, unless you have requested and received permission for a special purpose.  See our Copyright Policy for full details. If you have a special request, please send me an email.  I’m very flexible and PR friendly.