The stories and pet tips featured here are thanks to our two rescue dogs. Our first, a pit bull named Scooby, was beloved by brands (and people on my Instagram feed) for the needy look he always had on his oversized face. He tested Barkboxes, a variety of truly fantastic pet foods, and then some.

Sadly, he also went through TPLO surgery and hemangiosarcoma. I wouldn’t wish either on anyone but I chronicled what recovery (or lack thereof in regard to the latter) was like for other dog owners to read because I was personally searching for these details.

After a few months of severe grief, along came Ruby who is another big, goofy rescued pit bull. She’s a little less needy but hilarious in her own way. I’ve yet to get her really integrated into the below so stay tuned for more about her.