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. […]

So Don’t Like Me. Who Cares?

Woman and Girl on the Beach

You may find it hard to believe, but not everyone likes Honey. There’s Abbey, the pretty mixed breed whose person always asks after Honey from across the street. There’s Layla, the foster dog, who made it clear she’d only play with Honey on her own terms. And now there’s Marigold, a neighbor’s dog who came […]

You’re Going To Do WHAT With Your Dog?

Honey the golden retriever sits by the lake.

“I’m really happy for you. But I’d never do it in a thousand years.” As we tell family and friends we’re planning to set sail with Honey next year, that’s the typical response. No one has asked us to explain ourselves. Not until Jan of The Poodle and Dog Blog commented: “As someone whose idea of […]

Who Copes Better With Change? Us Or The Dog?

Honey the golden retriever tires to understand what I'm explaining to her.

We’ve made a decision. And I’m scared sh*tless. So is my husband. Honey? Not so much. She’s sleeping at my feet dreaming of peanut butter and tug toys. What’s the difference? We know what’s coming and how uncertain our life plans are. Honey lives in the moment. So who copes better with change? Us or the […]

What Dogs Have Taught Me About My House

Honey the golden retriever looks at Cape May Lighthouse.

Houses fascinate me. Most people, whether they rent or own, express something about themselves by where they live. The psychologist Carl Jung built and designed a small castle to express his psychological development. And I look at my own house to see what it shows about how I’m feeling or how I live every day. […]

What Do You Mean I Spoil My Dog?

Honey the Golden Retriever is a lap dog.

Has anyone accused you of spoiling your dog? Any number of people have said it to me. It’s a statement usually delivered with a smile, as if the person saying it is making a moral judgment but pretending not to. The more I think about it, the more I wonder what they’re trying to say to […]

What Kind Of Dog Should An Introvert Have?

Honey the golden retriever makes a friend.

Introverts are hot! And no, I’m not talking about the way my introspective husband looks when he gets out of the shower (although he is awfully cute). I mean that introverts are tired of feeling undervalued in a culture (I’m talking of the U.S., in particular) that rewards brash and talkative people. Introverts are fed up […]

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