Helping A Dog Go From Fat To Fit

Blanche the beagle is panting.

I’ve never had a fat dog. In fact, my friends from Slim Doggy had to point out to me that Honey was actually getting too skinny. But our new foster dog is a corpulent canine, a dense dog, a bulging beagle. Blanche is enormous. Beagles should weigh less than 30 pounds. Blanche weighs about 46 pounds, […]

When A Foster Dog Visits…

Blanche the foster beagle laughs.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin When a foster dog visits, things change. If the foster is a puppy, we reorganize the house—put dirty laundry behind closed doors, block off the stairs, and set up an exercise pen and crate. But even when the foster dog is a polite, adult dog who just needs a calm […]

No Time For Wordless Wednesday

Honey the golden retriever goes for a walk.

Sorry. We don’t have time for Wordless Wednesday today. We need to go for a long walk and then get ready to meet our new foster dog, Blanche. Oh, all right. You can follow us on our walk. Hopefully we’ll have some nice foster pup pics to share with you soon. Can’t wait until tomorrow? […]

What We’ll Leave Behind

Honey the golden retriever aboard a sail boat.

Now that we have a timeline for selling the house (next spring) and using the proceeds to buy a sail boat, this whole dream thing is starting to feel real. And I’ve started to think of what we’ll be giving up when we move aboard. Missing family and friends is such a given it doesn’t […]

Learning From Improv: Lessons For Your Dog And You

Honey the golden retriever sits with her tongue hanging out.

Have you ever watched a comedy improv performance? One person starts a riff, the second performer carries it on, and soon the situation takes on a life of its own. How do they think of these things? And how do they keep it going with other people? Are they mind readers? No, not mind readers. But improv […]

21 Reasons Dogs Are Better Than People

Reasons dogs are better than people with golden retriever.

I’m a gregarious extrovert. I love people. If I spend too much time alone I get cranky. But even I know dogs are way better than people. Want to see my list? Dogs Are Better Than People Because… 1. I have never once convinced a person to do something I wanted them to by offering […]

The One Thing A Woman Most Needs To Learn From Her Dog

Honey the golden retriever sniffs a jade plant.

When Honey wants a snack, she drools on my leg. When she needs to go outside, she stares directly into my eyes. When she’s tired and wants to go to bed, she barks. Despite being a dog who doesn’t speak a word of English, Honey tells me exactly what she wants and needs, without hesitating or apologizing. […]

What Do You Do All Day? Wordless Wednesday

Golden Retriever on the bed.

Some people set up cameras to see what their dog does when they’re not home. I already know. Glad to know I’m not always in her way.             Do You Look Like Your Dog? Would strangers match you with your dog by just a picture? Let’s find out. Send your […]

How Tolstoy Taught My Dog Not To Jump – Quick Tips

Honey the golden retriever wants to sniff.

Is there anything more annoying than having a dog jumping on you when you’re trying to do something? Okay, maybe you don’t understand if your dog weighs less than 20 pounds. But if you live with a big dog, you know what I mean. Big jumping dogs knock you off-balance. Slobber on your face. And […]

A Confederacy of Dog Lovers

Honey the golden retriever makes a friend.

Dogs live in a circle of love. And if we’re lucky, they sweep us into it. Let me tell you what I mean. Yesterday we walked Honey, my golden retriever, to the marina. Confederates #1 & 2 When we stuck to the sidewalk, Honey knew it was just an ordinary walk. But once we crossed the […]

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