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Has Your Pup Ever Been Skunked?

I always feel bad for skunked dogs and their owners. Recently, I felt special sympathy for one such pair, because the pair consisted of my Labrador pal Buster and me. We hosted a dinner party. Buster …


5 Emergency Plan Tips for Dog Owners

When summer comes, bringing its long, hot days, my thoughts turn to the threat of wildfires. We make our home in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the charred fir tree at the edge of our property is a sta…


Do You Ever Get Used to Scooping Poop?

At the neighborhood dog park recently, one of the regulars made an observation about me that made us laugh: "You make a face every time you have to pick up your dog's poop." No way that could be tr…


How Would You React to Someone Kicking Your Dog?

Last week the weather in NYC had finally (and briefly) climbed above freezing, and I had Charlotte and Mercury outside for our morning walk. We live in a busy mixed business and residential neighborho…


Is Debarking Ever a Good Option?

I'm a wimp when it comes to dogs getting surgery. I don't own a breed that is cropped or docked, and I agonize over dewclaws. I avoid spaying and neutering unless it's absolutely necessary. I've never…


How to Deal With a Fearful Dog

Five years ago this month, my dog Mayzie was rescued by Second Chance Animal Rescue in Colorado. At the time, she was approximately two years old and had spent her entire life at the end of a rope in …


How the Stray Dog Controversy in Sochi Reveals Optimism

After I wrote up the first news item about Sochi's campaign to hunt and kill the city's stray dogs in preparation for the Winter Olympics, one of the comments really stuck in my craw. A woman named El…


Why Do People Poison Dogs?

In 1885, veterinarian Joseph Perry referred to people who poison dogs as "the fiend incarnate." Even during Victorian times, the targeted poisoning of dogs and indiscriminate trap of toxic food intend…


7 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

November is National Adopt-a-Senior-Dog Month. It's during this time I think about all the sweet senior dogs that have left me and are now waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. Even though it's fun to…


5 Reasons to Not Get a Puppy

As the airplane began its final descent into Denver, I set to the task of stowing various items in my carry-on bag. The woman next to me probably noticed the logo of a well-known dog food brand on the…


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