Just Let It Go – Learning From Dogs

Zoe the foster puppy in training.

Today’s the big day. In a few hours, I will deliver our foster puppy Zoe back to the shelter so she can find her new family. Should I try to get in a few training sessions? Gently expose her to more household noises? Write a treatise on her personality for her new family? Or is […]

What’s The Best Trait For A Dog Person To Have?

Honey the golden retriever is a canine artist.

If you could strengthen one personal trait before adopting a dog, what should it be? Kindness? Patience? Flexibility? Nope, it’s none of those. The best trait for a dog person to have is creativity. Let me tell you why.

10 Mad Skills You’ll Need To Raise A Puppy

Zoe the Australian cattle dog puppy on the porch.

Raising a puppy is like running a triathlon. But you’ll need a different set of skills. To run a triathlon, you must know how to drink while running, how to repair punctures, and how to keep going even when you’re in pain. Hey, come to think of it, those are pretty good puppy raising skills […]

It’s A Lifesaver! – Not Quite Wordless Wednesday

Zoe the foster puppy sits in her crate.

Have you heard? We’re fostering a puppy. She’s a very good puppy. She’s a very smart puppy. But she’s a very active puppy. An Australian cattle dog puppy to be precise. Thank goodness I’m equipped with my foster puppy survival kit. And two items are my lifesavers. Puppy Lifesaver #1 The best dog purchase I […]

I Have A Bad Case Of Puppy Brain

Zoe the foster puppy sits in the snow.

I’m suffering from a serious condition. It’s called infantem canis cerebrum. Otherwise known as Puppy Brain. And I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get my regular brain back.

How To Make A Foster Puppy Survival Kit

Foster puppy sitting on her pillow.

The puppy is coming! The puppy is coming! Thank goodness I’ve assembled a foster puppy survival kit that will make life so much easier. Of course, there are still a few extras I’d love to have.

This Shocking Item Set Off My BS Meter

Honey the golden retriever puppy near a baby gate.

I’m kinda gullible about people. If someone tells me something, I tend to believe it. After all, why would they lie? Thanks to a good liberal arts education, I don’t have the same failing when I read something. And it’s a good thing. Because I got a shocking email recently that set off my BS detector […]

Countdown To Puppy Time

Honey the golden retriever puts her toys away.

Our local shelter is receiving a litter of puppies. And they need foster homes to keep them healthy until their vaccinations take hold. Guess who will be hosting a foster puppy for the next two weeks? When a puppy comes to visit, we get ready by: bringing the extra crate down from the attic setting up […]

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? […]

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 […]

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