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19 Dec, 2015

Piper is six

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff

Piper is six years old today, so we celebrated the special occasion with lots of scritches and extra cheese. I also made her a party hat (because somehow, I’ve turned into the type of person who makes small party hats for dogs*) but of course, Piper refused to wear it. At least as she posed […]

15 Sep, 2015

Instagram tips I learned from our dog

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff|The business of blogging

Some of you already know about our dog’s Instagram account. It is a multimedia project my family and I started awhile back. I liked the idea of a family Instagram account because it involves two things I love: photography and storytelling, and I think these are skills that are worth cultivating. (Sidebar: this is an […]

… share it with the whole world, of course. :) I wrote about family social media accounts awhile back on MediaSmarts.ca and I wanted to post an update on what has become a truly enjoyable project: our dog’s Instagram account. Each family member was invited to manage Piper’s Instagram account. At the outset we all […]

19 Dec, 2014

Piper is FIVE today!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff

It’s hard to believe the furriest member of our family is five years old today. This is what she looked like when we first brought her home. Below are a few recent photos of her grown up self. And yes, she dishes out the attitude when it suits her. It’s a terrier thing. Suffice it to say, […]

05 Nov, 2014

Mitey dog

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff

Piper’s had some health issues lately, poor thing, but she’s on the mend. It’s a long story, so I will share the short version. Piper has a ragweed allergy. For the past three years she’s been on medication called Vanectyl-P that we give to her during summer/fall season. A few weeks ago we started winding her down, […]


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