What Makes Us Irresistible To Dogs?

Connecting with my Golden Retriever.

You’ve probably heard the advice from trainers. If you want your dog to pay attention to you, you have to be the most interesting person ever. But what exactly does that mean? Is it more than just carrying yummy treats? And what about dogs who aren’t food motivated? What can we do to make ourselves […]

4 Signs of Fall – Wordless Wednesday

Honey the golden retriever lies in the fallen leaves.

As Honey and I walk around the neighborhood, we look for these common signs of fall. Thank goodness. I don’t think we’re ready for snow yet. Your Turn: What do you like the most about fall? What do you like the least?

Do We Always Have To Judge?

Ally is a dog judge.

“I saw an incredible story in the newspaper yesterday about a guy and his dog. It seemed like something you should blog about.” My husband rarely suggests what I should write about at Something Wagging. What was so compelling about this story that made him certain I’d want to share my opinion here? A New […]

Why Does My Dog Look So Sad?

Honey the golden retriever with flowers.

I have thousands of pictures of my dog Honey. But almost none of them show her looking happy. You know—with loose floppy ears and a big smile. In fact, in most of our pictures my dog looks kinda sad. Or at least still and calm instead of joyous and frolicsome. Is it me? Is it her? […]

I Need Your Advice For My Timid Dog

Honey the golden retriever naps on a sailboat.

We all worry about our dogs. You might worry about your dog getting injured or sick. I worry about my dog going overboard and being lost at sea when we move aboard a sailboat next year. I’m working on ways to prevent that from happening. But I need your advice for my timid dog. Protecting […]

Why Adopting A Reactive Dog Was The Best Thing I Ever Did

Honey the golden retriever nuzzles a stuffed toy.

Sure, I like a cute dog video as much as anyone. I enjoy following the agility competitions of doggy athletes. And who doesn’t love a funny dog poop story? But many of my favorite dog blogs share the joys and trials of living with reactive dogs. Why? Where’s the fun in reading about the terror, humiliation, […]

My Dog Is A Brat

Honey the Golden Retriever will sleep on the bed when the pet sitter comes.

I’ve read those stories. I’m sure you have too. About the dogs who seem to understand their person is undergoing serious medical treatment so they settle down and offer quiet comfort. Or how about the high-energy dog who recognizes her sister just back from surgery is a little fragile so she tempers her enthusiastic play? […]

What My Golden Retriever Taught Me About Who I Really Am

Honey the golden retriever puppy wades in the water.

What do you think of when someone mentions a golden retriever? Friendly. Silky, blond coat. Loves to swim, right? Well, not my Honey. At least for the last one. Somehow she never got the memo telling her that goldens love the water. Luckily, we love her for the dog she is. And not just the […]

Who Is Dearest To Me?

Honey the golden retriever puppy sleeps in her crate.

After blogging for almost five years, I rarely accept and pass on awards. But I recently received one from a surprising place: a sailing blog. And I’m thrilled to be recognized by bloggers who inspire me as they cruise aboard their sailboat with not one, but two, large dogs. Even if you don’t share the […]

The Dog Lover’s Guide To Fall

Honey the Golden Retriever - why does my dog do that

The shocking red and orange leaves I can see from my front window, darkness falling earlier, and a slight nip in the air tell me something is changing. It must be fall. But since I’m a dog lover, my fall is different from a normal person’s. Is yours? How A Dog Lover Sees Fall Leaves […]

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