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We are Celebrating 1,000 Articles on!

Yes, 1,000 articles about all kinds of dog related topics! We can hardly believe it ourselves!

We wish to extend a tremendous “thank you” to all our readers and advertisers who are making it possible for us to keep our blog growing!

And also, “thank you” to our friends and family who have put up with us spending countless hours at our laptops! We love you all and we couldn’t have done it without you! And, of course, also a great big “thank you” to our wonderful guest writers! We love to have you here!

We’ve created about seven years ago, in March of 2009, with the purpose of helping dog owners understand their dogs better so they can provide quality care for them.

We have worked very hard ever since to provide you with the best information about dog health, dog insurance, breeds, the latest in dog research, dog worms, military dogs, therapy dogs and lots of how-to articles on many other topics!

Or perhaps you just want to read some dog stories, like the one of Jerry Mathers and his hero dog Ron Ton Ton.

It is all about caring for your beloved pooches!

Over the years we’ve experimented with different content and designs and ended up with what you see before you: a (what we think, anyway) fantastic resource for all dog lovers in our 1,000 articles!

Having said that, if you’d like to learn about something specific that you can’t find on, please let us know!



Who is behind WayCoolDogs?

Our blog was started by women who love dogs: writer and illustrator, Nancy L. Houser, who has been taking in and caring for sick and elderly dogs for many years; Sandra S. Marquiss, who does a lot of the heavier outdoor work with the larger dogs and helps with a lot of the proofing and illustrations; and Marita Meegan, who takes care of the technical and advertising part, something both of the other women shudder and avoid at all costs!

Marita is the power behind making sure the blog articles get found by people and organizations who need this information. All three women come together to build this blog via – what else – the Internet! With the two gals living in Nebraska and Marita in California, it has become quite a creative liaison. (More about us and what we do here.)

Celebrating’s 1,000 articles about dogs is very special to us.  It’s been a long ways, baby! And over those years, we have struggled, overcame deep frustration, learned what worked and what did not work, and finally learning just as much as our followers have – both two and four legged!

But, who should really be doing the celebrating? Dogs. Lots of dogs… as they are the ones who are the recipients of learned dog knowledge.

Building our 1,000 article blog, one article at a time…

With some articles coming easy, others with layers of sweat, all our articles have had one thing in common, to foster understanding and learning to care for dogs, one article at a time:

  • To help us understand that dogs can out-think most humans, causing a lot of stress and frustration, “What does our dog REALLY, REALLY want?”
  • To inform our readers on the health and care of their dogs.
  • To better train dogs so they are a joy to their owners, instead of having a dog that acts like a 2-year old while having the strength of an Olympic champion (can you imagine!).
  • Learning how to prevent your dog from becoming another statistic in the many dog shelters across the country.
  • Learn how to make your dog happy and content through dog training. Anything else will make your dog bored, stressed out or a dog with lots of behavior issues.
  • Know where to shop for the latest designer boutiques clothes for dogs, keeping your Great Dane or St. Bernard in mind or your toy terrier.
  • Discover why your dog needs to go to the veterinarian at least once a year, regardless what your dog says 🙂
  • Remember this. If you are a nervous person or an emotional roller coaster, your dog will pick up those same emotions over time.
  • Know how to keep dogs groomed properly.
  • Picking your best dog breed can be difficult, at best.


Some of our most shared articles!

How to Tell What Type of Worms Your Dog Has (Over 25,300 shares!)

Natural Fly Killer – A Ziplock Bag of Water (over 66, 500 shares!)

Removing the Dreaded Tapeworm in Dogs (Over 3,100 shares!)

Puppy Problems? Get Your New Puppy Under Control

Choosing a Vet

Removing the Dreaded Tapeworm in Pet-Owners


A few more of our top articles over the past seven years:

How to Tell What Type of Worms Your Dog Has

Roundworms and young puppies go hand in hand, while adult dogs tend to run toward tapeworms, heart worms, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms.  Those listed are the most common worms known to affect dogs-. Puppies are born with roundworms, and if left untreated, will die.

Our self-help ebook “Dog Worms” can be downloaded HERE.

Roles of Dogs for PTSD-Diagnosed Veterans

Not a new thing, today approximately 10,000 psychiatric service dogs are in use, going back as far as the late 1990s in helping mentally ill people. The Psychiatric Service Dog Society has a message on their website for combat veterans: “They have a ‘soulmate in their dog who is ever loyal and compassionate’ and a community that understands them.”

 Osteoarthritis Dog Study Helps 27 Million Arthritic Patients

Osteoarthritis , the most common form of arthritis, is a difficult disease to diagnose unless painful physical symptoms begin to show themselves. Currently, the United States has about 27 million patients who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, in the form of arthritis.

 Service Dogs Trained for Children With Autism

Service dogs trained for children with autism are different than training service dogs for adults that are physically or mentally challenged.  Young dogs  trained for autistic children have an entirely different philosophy in the training process, as the dog’s natural development needs to be tailored to the child’s unique autistic needs. The subject of autism for 1,000 dog articles was an easy one, as the rate of autism is moving up for children.

How to Find a Long Coat German Shepherd

Dog owners who possess one of these beautiful long coat German Shepherd pups consider themselves to be extremely lucky. Why? Because German shepherd long coat puppies are not pups that are easy to find, not nearly as common as the short hair German Shepherd in the breeding circles. When 1,000 dog articles was written, the Long Coat German Shepherd was chosen, hands down, as it was so popular.


1,000 dog articles

Top image by Nancy Houser; bottom image by Adobe


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  1. October 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm — Reply

    thank you for the hard work! The worm articles helped me and my dog a lot, I am so thankful to you all.

  2. May 29, 2016 at 1:46 am — Reply

    Wow, that’s lot of articles, im looking forward that I will be able to pull that through myself in my blog, congrats

  3. April 20, 2016 at 2:42 pm — Reply

    Thank you for the kind words Melanie!!

  4. Melanie
    April 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm — Reply

    Congrats ladies, that’s awesome! Can’t wait to see what the next 1,000 articles will bring!

  5. Joe D.
    April 7, 2016 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    Great job! Been a subscriber for years. Keep up the good work.

    • April 8, 2016 at 11:49 am — Reply

      Thank you, Joe. If you have anything in mind, let us know and we will write one up for you!

  6. Stevie
    April 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    Wow, seriously?! That’s unreal. Congratulations to you all! Great site!

    • April 8, 2016 at 11:50 am — Reply

      I KNOW! Hard for us to believe also!

      Nancy Houser

  7. Mary
    April 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    That is so exciting!!! Congratulations!!!

    • April 8, 2016 at 11:51 am — Reply

      Thank you, Mary, for the congratulations. And yes, it is exciting to us also. 🙂

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