Welcome to CommonPaw

“My mission is to inform and educate people about everything pertaining to dogs with the ultimate goal of improving the health, happiness, and lives of all dogs across the world.”

I’m Carol and for as long as I can remember I always loved dogs. As a child I grew up with 6 German Shepherds (at ONCE) and that’s where my obsession began. Although I am yet to beat my record of having 6 dogs at once again, I have owned and befriended numerous different breeds including: French Bulldogs, Jack Russels, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Weimaraners, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Dachshunds, Maltese, Dobermans, Great Danes and so many more.

Interacting with so many wonderful different breeds of dogs opened my eyes to the true love an animal can bestow upon a person. Dogs have the ability to give as much love as someone is willing to take, and even more!

Ever since my first interaction with a dog I knew they would ultimately be my passion. My first round of living with a pack of dogs involved 3 female German Shepherds named Mickey, Gypsey and Heidi. I was a baby, Mickey was my grandmothers dog, and Gypsey and Heidi were sisters my parents adopted (they couldn’t bear separating them so they decided to bring them both home). I was surrounded! But I didn’t mind the company, they were wonderful playmates.

I was always getting in trouble for letting the dogs out to play and sneaking them into rooms they weren’t allowed in. Luckily my playroom had a HUGE tent that was the perfect hiding spot for me and the dogs. Whats even funnier is the dogs knew they were doing something “wrong” but they loved it so much! They filled my life with such joy, giving me abundant amounts of love, kisses and memories.

Some of my fondest memories include sitting on them as if they were horses, using them as a cozy pillow, sneaking them the food I didn’t want to eat, having cuddle buddies during a thunder/lightning storm, and most importantly the greeting I got every time I came home.

Dogs are said to be mans best friend, and that they are, but they are truly irreplaceable. One of the hardest things I had to deal with growing up was losing a dog, and it is still something that I deal with to this day. The pain of losing your best friend is indescribable, but the love you received from them is never ending.

My dogs were truly the light of my life, and after losing them I realized how important it is to not only make sure your dog lives his/her life to the fullest, but to try to help every dog live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life through educating as many people as I can about the health and wellness of dogs.