Essential Oils for Dogs

I once saw my sister put a few drops of oil on her crazy hyper boxer/ lab/ pitbull mix and I was shocked to see Bailey calm down in maybe a minute. I had never seen anything like it, and I had been close to this dog for a long time. That moment was when I started to think it would be worth trying on myself. Yes, that’s right. I translate results on a dog to myself. What can I say? I love animals! I think animals are much more honest with themselves about their bodies than we are, they follow their instincts. We explain everything away until we’re not sure what works and what doesn’t. Bailey’s calming blend is Stress Away, Lavender, and carrier oil; but there are so many other great things to try. For my Shiba Inus, I swear by T-Away. My friends and I call it doggo magic oil. For my two anxiety ridden rescue dogs, it calms them right down and helps ease their fears of strangers and loud barking. My neighbors appreciate it.

Before you get started, please read the info in the top graphics about precautions and starting slow. Also, check out the dilution chart below. To dilute an oil, simply mix it with a carrier oil. A carrier oil is typically a vegetable or nut oil of your choice. My personal favorite is sweet almond oil, but you can use almost anything. I don’t dilute my T-Away, because it comes diluted and my dogs are very fluffy. I would dilute it further if they were short haired, but I just take a drop and rub it behind their ears.


My favorite story that I’ve heard lately is of a friend that started using essential oils on felt pads as scent markers for his newly blind Shiba Inu, O-ren. By putting small felt pads on the walls in areas where she was having trouble finding her way, and adding a different oil to each location, he was able to help her navigate again. She was hitting her head on a wall frequently, and now she doesn’t anymore! He puts a drop on each of the two pads every other day, and she feels safe. A 5ml bottle of essential oil has around 85 drops in it, so a bottle used for this purpose would last five to six months. Another really cool thing is, she also gets the benefits that the oils themselves give her (of course, if you were to do this, you would want to research which oils were safe and beneficial for your dog to breathe in). Please contact me if you have any questions about using oils with your dogs!

Essential oils can be used to make almost any product you currently use for your dogs, but you will end up with a product that you know is safe and improving their health. Rachel Rice worked with the Happy Oilers to create these graphics for all of us to enjoy! Let me know if you try any of these recipes. I have used quite a few myself, and I love them! If you would like to purchase essential oils, check out my info page on how to order, or just click here to sign up directly!

courage spray recipes

Check out my disclaimer page for more info on treating medical conditions.

Are there any other recipes you would be interested in seeing for your dog?


Tofu, the Shiba Inu 

Tofu the Shiba Inu

Tofu at about six months with his new duds by DownDog Duds and Julius K9

A very important event that occurred last year was Tofu’s adoption. He was in a bad situation in a puppy mill, and he was offered to a rescue. I flew to Salt Lake City to pick him up from a volunteer so that he could fly home in the main cabin. He has been a wonderful brother to Riley Annabelle and now they are BFFs. 

Me and baby tofu in SLC

Meeting baby Tofu in SLC

Sad interjection- Lambeau passed away, so there will be no further updates on him. He is still greatly missed, and Tofu is not a replacement in our hearts. He is, however, the new friend that Riley needed to cope with her loss. 

Riley and Tofu

Riley (left) and Tofu

Tofu turned one in August and struggles with anxiety, but now knows how to sit, shake, high five, and lay down. He loves treats and rough housing, and dislikes car rides, the vacuum cleaner, and obeying. 

Tofu in his bow tie by Bailey and Stitch

Tofu in his bow tie by Bailey and Stitch

I can’t possibly resist his little face. Isn’t he just the cutest?! 


Tofu on the couch

Shiba Inu and cat

My 36 Project

Jillian loves the Packers  I thought about it for a while, and even though I didn’t complete 100% of my 35 Things to do Before 35; I still really enjoyed the process and am going to do it again. Here are my goals to accomplish before I turn 36!


1. Go to afternoon tea

2. Canoeing at Cook Park

3. Tree to Tree obstacle course

4. Go horseback riding

5. Take a vacation- even if it’s just using the days off to stay home

6. Spa day with Chelle

7. Hike Dog Mountain

8. Go to West Coast Game Park Safari

9. Visit Seattle

10. Volunteer at a homeless shelter

11. Frame my two unframed pictures

12. Do a painting

13. Go to a play

14. Go on a picnic



15. Automate emergency fund deposits- and keep them that way!

16. Invest in stock (any amount, even one share. Maybe Acorn?)

17. Decide if I want to save to buy a house/townhouse/condo

18. Do Suze University

19. Check credit


On-going goals

20. Visit grandparents once a month (0/12)

21. Send a card or care package every week (0/52)

22. See a friend once a week (0/52)

23. Practice yoga once a week (0/52)

24. Exercise at least twice a week (0/52)

25. Buy myself flowers once a month (0/12)

26. Do purge of belongings once a month (0/12)

27. Use all four free car details (0/4)

28. Post on blog once a week (0/52)



29. Lose 40 pounds

30. Do a cleanse

31. Use my Happy Herbivore meal plans for at least a month

32. Run a 10k

33. Focus on giving fewer things and more experiences



34. Take Lambeau to two puppy classes

35. Take Riley to a third training class

36. Adopt Lambeau!


Beauty From My Phone

Hello my lovelies 🙂 For today, I want to share with you some of my favorite pictures from my phone. The first is the most amazing- my friend took this. I have always lived in the Northwest, and I had NO IDEA that real snowflakes looked like this. Seriously, this is not magnified and it is her car window. What?? Am I the only one who didn’t know this was a thing?

We also have some dog friends, the giraffe at the zoo, and the view in my friend’s mirror on her drive to work. Beauty in everything!


Riley scary teeth

giraffeBaileyseattle roadriley belleI hope you have a beautiful day! It’s finally getting sunny here, at least temporarily, and I am loving it. Anyone else have any sunshine?