Sometimes My Dog Scares People

My golden retriever dog sometimes scares people.

Usually I worry that my sweet, fluffy girl doesn’t scare people enough. People put their hands in her face as Honey walks by. They snuggle up and try to kiss her. And they do all kinds of things I know they’d never try if she looked more like a Doberman or German Shepherd. So if people […]

Death Kitty 2000

Honey the golden retriever looking for Death Kitty 2000.

My dog is a pacifist. She’s a gentle soul who loves everyone. She wouldn’t harm a fly. But one critter in our neighborhood brings out the worst in Honey. I call him Death Kitty 2000.

Why Should I Yell At My Dog Because Your Dog Is A Jerk?

Honey the golden retriever and a statement about jerk dogs.

Imagine you’re on a bus or shopping. A stranger walks up to you and does one of the following: sniffs your neck while asking about your perfume, puts their fingers in your afro, or touches your pregnant belly. What’s the right response? An indignant yell? Running as fast as you can in the opposite direction? […]

Errands With The Dog

Honey the golden retriever at the food waste recycling spot.

Like many people, I take my dog with me when I run weekend errands. We dropped off books for the library book sale. Stopped by the credit union to deposit a pay check. Checked out a new store downtown. Oh look. They have pet sympathy cards. I’ll have to remember that. Bought the weekend paper. […]

Sharing My Secret…

Honey the golden retriever's secrets for keeping your dog from reacting on leash.

You asked me for my secret. How did I manage to hack so many computers and steal millions of dollars while everyone was distracted by Kim Kardashian’s butt? Oops, wrong secret. I mean, how did I train my exuberantly friendly golden retriever Honey to be less friendly so we could pass other dogs and people […]

Best Thing I Ever Taught My Friendly Dog

Honey the golden retriever sits in the leaves.

When I knew I was bringing home a puppy whose genes made her likely to love everyone, I got excited. I imagined meeting all kinds of people and their pups on the street, impromptu play sessions, and never crossing the street at the sight of another dog. I had reactivity fatigue. And I was ready […]

Keep Your Boat Light…

Honey the golden retriever with words of wisdom from Jerome K. Jerome.

  Let’s see the rest of the quote: Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe, or two, enough to eat and enough […]

Get Your Dog A Toy TODAY!

Golden Retriever

I’m not usually a big spender. Except when it comes to my dog. And even then, I don’t spend money on coordinating leashes and collars, pretty clothes, or doggy vacations. But I do spend it on toys. And over the years, I’ve found some pretty compelling reasons for you to get your dog a toy […]

Do We Judge People By Their Dogs?

Honey the golden retriever is beautiful.

Yeah, I know we’re not supposed to “judge a book by its cover.” But we all do anyway. It’s only human. But in this age of e-books, maybe it’s time to change the saying. Perhaps we should tell ourselves not to judge a person by her dog. You have a what…? If you live in the […]

Do You Need A Laugh?

Golden Retriever Puppy Smiling

Every morning starts the same way. “What are you going to write about on the blog today, Brain?” “The same thing we write about every day, Pinky. How dogs are taking over the world.” But sometimes inspiration fails me. Despite four attempts, I have yet to assemble a coherent thought. And it’s November, when I […]

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