Author Archives: Rachel Sheppard


Positively Expert: Rachel Sheppard

Rachel Sheppard is the author and founder of My Kid Has Paws. She is a Social Media Manager, blogger, animal lover, volunteer, graduate student, and shoe collector.

4 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Your Dog

Posted on: May 4, 2017 - No Comments

Today is Cinco de Mayo! This holiday is in recognition of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While not a holiday commonly associated with pets, if you are anything like me, you are always looking for an excuse to celebrate any holiday with your dog.

There’s a Holiday Dedicated to Feline Vet Care, and Here’s Why

Posted on: August 22, 2016 - No Comments

Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day! Some cat parents out there might be wondering why they need to be reminded to take their cat to the vet. Doesn’t everyone take their cat to the vet regularly?

3 Ways You Can Celebrate Your Veterinarian

Posted on: May 3, 2016 - No Comments

As someone who worked in the veterinary profession for a few years and had an opportunity to see first-hand how hard veterinarian’s work, I am so excited that World Veterinary Day is recognized each year!

Honoring Our 4-Legged Soldiers on K-9 Veterans’ Day

Posted on: March 14, 2016 - No Comments

K-9 Veterans represent an elite class of dogs who work and train hard to assist our troops in protecting our home and freedom. Today, I would like to share with you a history and background of Military Working Dogs in honor of their handwork and dedication to our country.  History Brave animal mascots and pets Read More

9 Essentials for Walking Your Dog

Posted on: January 22, 2016 - No Comments

Although walking with your dog seems like a routine activity, a good walk always starts with preparation and the right equipment. So here are some tips for having the best walk with your dog!

5 Ways to Celebrate the New Year with Your Dog

Posted on: December 28, 2015 - No Comments

Parties and other celebrations can be overwhelming and ultimately fail to meet expectations. However, our dogs never disappoint us when we chose to spend time with them. So today I would like to share with you 5 ways you can ring in the New Year with your dog!

Is Your Dog At Risk for Pancreatitis This Holiday Season?

Posted on: November 23, 2015 - No Comments

The holidays bring a lot of guests into homes where dogs are inevitably being fed table scraps, and perhaps even helping themselves to Thanksgiving dinner. As a result of eating a high fat meal, some dogs suffer from pancreatitis the day after Thanksgiving, and any other holiday during this time of year.

10 Beautiful and Pet-Friendly Fall Hiking Trails in the US

Posted on: November 18, 2015 - No Comments

With Fall in full swing, there is no better way to enjoy the foliage than to take a wonderful hike with your dog. Therefore, I thought I would do some research and find 10 beautiful dog-friendly fall hiking trails in the United States.

Less Adoptable Pets and How You Can Help Them

Posted on: September 23, 2015 - 33 Comments

Pets that are considered by society as “less adoptable” are just as loving, sweet, and kind as all of the other pets. However, they aren’t blessed with the natural poster child adoptability as the other pets in the shelter.

How to Train Your Dog Not to Bark at the Neighbors

Posted on: September 9, 2015 - 17 Comments

If you live in an apartment complex or condo, dog barking can become an issue quickly. Not to mention, living in a complex increases the chances that someone will walk by your front door and cause your dog to bark. So today, I want to discuss a few ways to train your dog not to bark at the neighbors.

7 Ways to Keep Your Pet Entertained While You’re Away

Posted on: August 17, 2015 - 10 Comments

Leaving your pet at home is not an easy part of any pet parent’s day, but here are some ideas to help make your absence a more positive experience for your pets.

Take Your Dog to Work (Without Getting Fired!)

Posted on: June 23, 2015 - No Comments

June 24th, 2016 is Take Your Dog to Work Day! If you are like me and feel guilty leaving your dog at home when you go to work, today is the perfect day to celebrate the fact that you can take them with you!

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s “Gotcha Day” or Birthday

Posted on: June 1, 2015 - 1 Comment

As a pet parent, I feel like there is nothing more fun than celebrating your dog’s gotcha day or birthday. Therefore, I put together a list of fun ways to help you celebrate.

6 Ways to Make Your Move Easier and Safer for Your Pet

Posted on: April 12, 2015 - 1 Comment

Perhaps you are moving into a new place this year. Although starting fresh in a new place can be exciting, moving is a very stressful event. Some pet parents forget that moving is equally as stressful for their pet.