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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Who’s Happier? Dogs or Humans?

Happy dog in a field.

Seems like a dumb question, doesn’t it? Of course dogs are happier. Just look at those wagging tails and floppy grins. And what do they have to be unhappy about—especially in a loving, forever home? They don’t have to work for a living. They get all their meals prepared for them. So what if we […]

Do You Look Like Your Dog?

Do you look like your dog.

We all know people and their dogs look alike. After all, check out Winston Churchill and his bulldog. Except Churchill had poodles. So do people really look like their dogs? Or is it an urban myth? Ask Science If People Look Like Their Dogs Some scientists had extra grant money hanging around. So they decided to experiment […]

Dogs Don’t Cure Depression

A sunset silhouette

Don’t read this blog post. At least not if you’re sensitive to sad subjects and violent imagery—including violent images involving dogs and human animals. Really, I won’t mind if you stop now. Come back tomorrow and I’ll have something lighter for you to read. But if you’re still with me, read on. The Blog Post […]

Why Do We Love Dogs So Much?

Why do we love dogs so much?

More people deeply love dogs than any other animal. You can argue with me. But I doubt you’ll win. Cats? There are more of them. And there’s no doubt that some people love cats and understand them very well. But most people like having cats around without trying to know them or getting very involved in […]

What Lessons Can We Learn From Our Dog’s Problem Behaviors?

Honey the golden retriever plays with her stuffed lamb.

If your dog runs away from home, cries when you leave the house, or barks like a mad creature every time a stranger comes to the door, you look for a management tool or training method. Right? I’m not going to argue you out of that. After all, roaming the streets is dangerous. No dog […]

The ONLY Way To Break Through Fear Is…

Golden Retriever getting treats in bike cart

I’m getting a Master’s Degree in fear. First, we worked with a trainer to decrease Honey’s fear of the bike cart. Then we fostered the extremely fearful Cherie. And now, I’m months away from terrifyingly transforming my life by setting out for a life at sea. I haven’t written my thesis yet. But I’ve learned a lot. […]

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