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Hi & welcome to K9sOverCoffee, I’m so glad you found my blog!

It’s where I help you learn 24/7 about (DIY) raw dog food including meal prep advice and recipe ideas, but also about everyday dog fitness and traveling with dogs.

NEW: As of 2024, I’m also nerding out on my favorite coffee brands, accessories, recipes & more!

Below, you’ll find links to the 3 main sections of the blog:

Just click on them, and you’ll get redirected to the respective topic.

I’m Your Host Barbara Rivers

Hey there!

I’m a trilingual, 40-something dog lover, e-book author and dog blogger. I grew up in Europe, lived in the States for 11+ years, and then moved to Germany in 2021.

Barbara Rivers is the blogger and founder behind the K9sOverCoffee blog

I hold a Master of Arts in American and French studies from Heidelberg University, Germany, and a certificate in raw dog food nutrition from Dogs Naturally Magazine.

However, please be aware of the fact that I am not a veterinarian and do not provide medical consultations.

I also have a background in content & e-mail marketing in the e-commerce world.

Additionally, I worked as a professional dog walker and pet sitter in Ashburn, VA and then Sanford, NC for almost a decade.

I spent 6 years of that time running my own business K9sOverCoffee Pet Services in Central NC.

That said, I know a thing or two about walking dogs and keeping them fit, ha!

Check out my blog post 5 Tools of a Professional Dog Walker to get a glimpse into my former life.

Who knows, it might inspire you to start your very own dog walking and pet sitting business – the picture below features some of my former doggie clients:

Some of my former dog walking and pet sitting clients

Disclaimer: This section contains affiliate links. I may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.

The K9sOverCoffee Blog – How It All Started

The K9sOverCoffee blog was born in August of 2014, featuring Missy & Buzz, my then two Boxer mixes. 

At the time, I was looking for a creative outlet, and since I’ve always enjoyed writing, blogging was the answer!

The idea was for me to write about my dogs while having a cup of coffee…and for readers to enjoy my blog posts while having one!

The K9sOverCoffee blog features my two boxer mixes Missy & Buzz

I clearly remember sitting inside at the dining room table of our air-conditioned rental house in Central NC when I hit the publish button for the very first time.

And yes, of course I had a cup of Joe next to me!

Back then, life was still rosy because this was just a few months before Missy’s first cancer diagnosis, in August of 2014, and I was still married.

After Missy’s cancer diagnosis, treatments, & recovery throughout late 2014/ early 2015, the blog’s focus has been on dog health.

I use a combination of daily physical & mental exercise and species-appropriate, raw dog food.

The latter helped Missy be in remission from cancer for 3 years and outlive her oncologist’s life expectancy by 2 additional years.

Unfortunately, she was re-diagnosed with the disease in early 2018 and got her wings in late April.

There’s not one day that I don’t think of her, and she will continue to be missed dearly until the day we meet again. 

In Loving Memory Of Missy, 2011-2018

After my divorce, Buzz has been living with his Daddy in Texas. I still get occasional pupdates, but I tell you what – it’s hard not seeing Buzz grow old in person.

I eventually welcomed a new furry friend into my life in January of 2019.

He’s a lovable 38 lb Feist mix whose name is Wally West.

Feists are squirrel hunting dogs bred primarily in the Southern US.

You can read more about him in my post “Introducing Wally West, My New Dog”.

Wally is also raw-fed and goes on daily backpack walks with me.

As a matter of fact, his new raw diet has helped relieve his itchy skin issues tremendously!

My dog Wally with his raw dog food featuring wild venison, beef, duck, thread herring, lamb, and veggies and herbs.
Wally with his homemade raw dog food
Working on Wally's polite leash walking skills
Working on Wally’s polite leash walking skills

Check Out My Raw Feeding Shop & Resources

I already mentioned that I’m a certified raw dog food nutrition specialist through Dog’s Naturally Magazine

Besides this certificate, I’m self taught as I’ve been feeding my dogs raw dog food since 2015, and began making my own in 2016.

Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist Certificate of Completion

In my e-book shop, I:

  • Share raw dog food recipes
  • Provide raw feeding charts for dogs
  • Break down the math of DIY raw feeding
  • Explain how to do raw dog food meal prep for your dog at home

I invite you to browse a variety of helpful tools for raw dog food meal prep and keeping your pup fit in my Amazon Shop.

K9sOverCoffee Blog – Sign Up for my Free Newsletter & Follow on Socials

If you’d like to stay up-to-date on all things K9sOverCoffee, I invite you to sign up for my weekly newsletter that I send Monday-Friday.

You’ll get two FREE raw dog food cheat sheets excerpted from my raw dog food e-books when you join the newsletter community.

In my newsletters, you can expect to:

  • Join us on occasional road trips
  • Get dog training and fitness advice
  • Learn about dog gear I personally use
  • Read my opinions on raw dog food brands
  • Be invited to participate in occasional giveaways
  • Get raw dog food and homemade supplement recipe ideas
  • Learn about the different components of a balanced raw dog food diet

You can also follow K9sOverCoffee on Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get unique picture & video glimpses into our daily life.

How to Navigate The Blog

The following topics are some of the most popular:

But of course there’s many more!

One option is to scroll through all the blog content pages.

But you can also:

(1) Use the search bars at the top and the bottom of my blog to look for a specific term. Just click on it which will open an area for your search term.

Type and hit enter!

(2) Filter the content by category.

Just click on the category you’re interested in:

Work With the K9sOverCoffee Blog

If you’re a brand representative and are looking for a highly engaged and motivated dog food & dog gear blogger, please refer to the Work With Me section to find out more.

I’m available to work with brands, enter new affiliate relationships and accept blog sponsorships as my blog continues to grow as a resource in the raw dog food & dog gear world.

See you soon, bis bald & à bientôt,

Barbara

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