This is the DoGently Disclaimer/Disclosure statement valid since 2017.

1.   Terms of Use

Although DoGently is a gentle, thoughtful and reflective place, it is written by a human being who makes miskates. All information provided by, and taken from, DoGently is at the reader’s own risk. You are reading  of your own free will. If anything you find here makes you grumpy, free to use the back button at any time.

2.   Copyright Policy

© DoGently 2017 All Rights Reserved. Content on this site, including words, photographs, or videos, may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written consent of Marie Smith. I work hard creating every post I make. Feel free to link to any post you like, but don’t steal from me. Remember, Do Gently.

3.   Hold Harmless

All information provided on DoGently is for entertainment purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Nothing on DoGently is meant to be a substitute for professional animal training with an animal behaviorist. DoGently is not a substitute for legal, medical, psychiatric, or psychological care.

You are taking the provided information at your own risk. If you need assistance, please contact your local hospital, clinic, emergency service number, attorney, sommelier, local dairy council, phone book, farm bureau, Google, or your mother-in-law, for a referral to a competent professional.

Under no circumstances will I be liable for any loss, or damage, including and without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, whatsoever arising from loss of data, or profits, arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Look, it’s a website, not the Oracle at Delphi.

4.   Privacy Statement

DoGently hates spam. We will not sell any of your personal contact information to another company. Your information will never be given to a third party. We will do gently and respect you for commenting.

However, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of any advertisers or other blog commenters.

5.   Reserve Rights

DoGently reserves the right to change the focus, contents, and features, of this site at anytime.

6.   Advertisers and Sponsors

DoGently is not responsible for the actions of advertisers or sponsors. If you buy a product or service based upon a link from DoGently, you must take action with that exact company to resolve any issues, not with me.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires the disclosure of any relationship that exists between one who endorses a product and the manufacturer or service provider of the product when writing a review about the product or service. Following are the guidelines that adheres to:

•The purpose of DoGently is not to simply do product reviews, but we have bills to pay, so there may occasionally be product reviews.

•If there are links to a product in any of the reviews, a commission may be paid to me if you purchase the product.

•I will never write a review on a manufacturer’s product, nor will we promote a product, if I think you’ll hate it.

•Any commissions received as a result of DoGently’s promotional efforts will not impact opinions on a product. My opinions are my own. However, if I think you’ll like it, I’ll let you know.

The Federal Trade Commission wants consumers (that’s you) to understand the relationship between the product reviewer (that’s me) and the manufacturer of the product, and has made this disclosure statement a requirement by law. If you do not see a disclosure policy as part of a product review, the product reviewer may be in violation of the law.

Since doing gently by our dogs and one another is what this site is about, I wanted to be upfront about it. Do you remember the scene in A Christmas Story, when Ralphie was in the bathroom, frantically spinning his Little Orphan Annie decoder? And the super secret coded message was, “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine?” A crummy commercial!

My goal with any advertising, affiliate links, and sponsored posts is to never create a crummy commercial. My goal is to create wonderful things for you, my readers, not robot words for sponsors. However, sponsors help pay the bills, so thanks for understanding.

7.   Letters to the Editor

At DoGently, I believe sharing is caring. If you write to me, or contact me through email, or social media, I reserve the right to use your communication on our site, unless you say otherwise. If you want the conversation to be private, just say so and your wish will be respected.


I welcome comments on blog posts and elsewhere on DoGently. Comments are subject to removal, at the discretion of DoGently, especially comments that are insulting or personal in nature; racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, denigrate religious beliefs or non-religious beliefs, sexually explicit, abusive, offensive, bullying, threatening, and/or cruel; contain language likely to offend, personal attack, and/or threat toward me, or another commenter, or others in general; break the law, condone or encourage unlawful activity, including copyright infringement, defamation, libel, violence, and contempt of court.

Remember, Do Gently.

I think that about covers it. If you think I left something out, please contact me using the contact page.  And if you read all the way through that, click and treat yourself. Believe me, after writing all that, I’m clicking and treating myself right now. Hmm, do we have any wine left? We do, oh, and look, cheese! Mmm, wine and cheese. Click!