Who Knew Smiling Could Make you Happy?

Who knew smiling could make you happy?

Ok, maybe that sounds rather basic. In fact, I’m sure you knew that already. But I used to think that we smile because we are happy, rather than the reverse. However, a credible volume of research tells us that both are true. You may not be feeling happy at all, but if you smile, it will change how you feel. Pinkie … Read More

The Most Expensive Pair of Underwear I Ever Bought

Lots and lots of money

I’m all about dressing nice. Heck, even when I’m wearing my grubby jeans, it’s fun to shake things up with a cute top and funky necklace… usually… sometimes… ok, when I know I’ll see someone. But, I do get that whole thing about not wearing ratty underwear just in case. What if, God forbid, you are in a horrible car … Read More

Uplift Gift – more than just another company with cool products

Uplift Gift Partners

We at Sassypants Design have the distinct pleasure – make that honor – of working with Uplift Gift, a business that is more than just another company with cool products. Don’t get me wrong, they do have exquisite offerings, but they also have a higher calling. And lucky us – we design their custom greeting cards. Rather than try and … Read More

My Day at the Chiropractor

Forgotten

Ok, I admit it. I’m not the most memorable person on the planet. In fact, I must be downright generic. I know this because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “You look JUST like the sister of the sister-in-law of our old next door neighbor, Bill.” The names change but the story is the same. There … Read More

Exactly How I Create the Artwork

Exactly How I Create the Art for Sassypants Design Cards

People often ask me exactly how I create the artwork for Sassypants Design cards. [WARNING: If reading about software technology makes you want to poke your eyes out with poison darts, then go straight to the video.] I create my drawings using Adobe Illustrator. (This is a vector-based drawing application, in geek speak.) I often work from a photo of … Read More

The Art. Why Draw Dogs and People?

Sassypants Design funny dog greeting cards

What leads a person to a particular vocation? This is fascinating to me. It turns out that most college grads end up in fields that don’t relate to their major. This could not be more true for me. I have a BA in Human Development and a post graduate degree in counseling. And now I draw funny pictures of dogs … Read More

Doggy Behavior Fix – My Dog Barks When Home Alone (part 5 of 7)

dog barks when home alone

QUESTION: “How can I prevent my dog from barking when he is home alone?”
ANSWER: Usually is impossible to influence behavior if you are not there to “coach” the dog. That said, the first step is to identify all the triggers for the barking. At what exactly does the dog bark? When does it happen? Where is the dog when it is barking? If you are not there to hear it, how do you know the dog is barking? For how long does the dog bark?
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Doggy Behavior Fix – Getting My Two Dogs to Get Along (part 4 of 7)

doggy behavior - Sassypants Design

QUESTION: “I have a 12 year old golden retriever and now have a 1 year old golden retriever, both females. The younger golden has started dominating the older dog, brushing her out of the way and exhibiting basic dominant behavior. She also will jump on the older dog who is getting old and frail. I am afraid she is hurting the older dog and is stressing her out. How do I stop this?”
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