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My name is Kalia (Kah-lee-ah) and the star of the show is my boy, Ryder. We are so yappy you found Front Seat Ryder, a blog about dogs and mental health.

A blog about dogs and mental health. Front Seat Ryder is designed to inspire, encourage and empower you to chase a happy life by improving your mental health with the help of your furry sidekick. Join us as we celebrate life with our four-legged buddies through stories, tips, and community. Unleash your pawsitivity!


Welcome to Our Blog!

Front Seat Ryder is a blog designed to inspire, encourage and empower the modern dog mom to improve her mental health and live a full, happy life by maximizing her doggie companionship.

Do you ever just feel lost and alone?

Like your dog is the only one who really understands you?

I have been there.

Actually, I am there often.

I have suffered from stress, depression, and anxiety for more than half of my life. Now as an adult, I want to give back. I want to help others going through some of the same feelings.

Together we will unleash our pawsitivity and chase a happier life.

Dogs have been a source of therapy for many years now. But very few pet dog owners hone in on the relationship between dogs and mental health.

Did you know that dogs can get depression, too? They can. And it often leads to Separation Anxiety.

That being said, I am a strong believer that communication and trust is a two-way street. By working with your dog, you will achieve a life with much less stress for both of you.

I will share dog training tips as well as tips on how to cope with mental health issues. All while building a stronger bond with your four-legged.

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The Story of How We Met

Ryder and I have been together since 2014 when I adopted him at the age of one. He was the sweetest little guy. The first time I saw him he was in his room with his “cellie”, a beautiful yellow lab. Ryder (then known as Bruno) was gently enjoying a game of tug-a-war with a shelter volunteer.

Our very first picture – driving away from the NOAH Center after adoption.

While on a “test walk” with him down a little trail in the woods, he impressed me with how calm and happy he was. So content. Then and there, the decision was made. That day, he was coming home.

I have been in Washington State my whole life. I’m pretty sure, Ryder has too. When we meet he had just been transferred to Stanwood’s Noah Center from a shelter across the state in Tri-Cities.

He had only been there for about a week. Long enough to do all his health checks and get his vaccines.

He was calm, docile, and his eyes were so full of love. … Little did I know he was still drugged up on pain pills from his neutering. Ha.

I knew the name Bruno had to go. It did not fit his personality at all.

Looking back at our first selfie together, anyone could see he was the sweetest little car “Ryder”.

However, Mom didn’t come to that conclusion for a couple of days.

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What to Expect

The name Front Seat Ryder hit me when I realized that through all my trials there was only one companion I ever wanted in life’s “front seat”… Ryder. He has been the happy passenger by my side from Day One.

This is a blog in honor of your Front Seat Ryder. So, if you and your sidekick ever have any topics you would like to hear about, let us know! We want to be there to help and support you the best way we can.

FSR will become a place to find encouragement and support from like-minded doggie moms. Where you can dig deep and get to the roots of your life.

Some of the topics we will cover are:

    • Dog and mental health benefits and tips
    • Dog training tips
    • Tips on bettering your communication and bond with your buddy
    • Tips on how to help dogs with food and other allergies
    • Our favorite items, practices, and dog-friendly places
    • General support and encouragement for all the everyday dog moms like you!



We Want to Help You

Don’t be afraid to reach out to us at any time! You can email me at hello@frontseatryder.com or use the form on our contact page. I would love to hear your story, help celebrate your wins, and even check out pics of your sweet pupper! 

If you ever have a doggie struggle, reach out. We will do our best to tackle your topic on this dog mom blog! Let’s keep in touch!

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Your Next Step

Do you struggle with depression? The puggle is real! I hear you. We all need less stress and more happiness in your life. Especially if you battle with your mental health like I do. The truth is you can find more happiness even if you have depression.



I have put together some useful everyday tips on improving your happiness. I created an e-course called Unleash Your Life. It is a 7-day quick guide to happiness even if you struggle with depression. I’d love to help you on your journey to destress. Join the e-course.