Friends With Dogs

Honey the golden retriever plays tug with chocolate lab Mr. Handsome.

When I adopted my dog Honey, this extrovert had a fantasy. A fantasy of making lots of new friends with dogs. I have made lots of friends with dogs. Unfortunately, most of them live scattered around the country and even the world.

The REAL Reason We Love Dogs

Honey the Golden Retriever sniffs the air.

Unconditional love. (Wo)man’s best’s friend. Blah, blah, blah. I’ve seen the standard explanations for why we love dogs so much. But I think they miss the mark. I know the real reason we love dogs so much.

Create Calm In Chaos For Your Dog–And Yourself

Honey the golden retriever is exhausted.

My dog Honey spent an hour watching us loading a truck. She daintily avoids walking under the stepladder in the foyer. And she barks when we’re upstairs but she can’t follow because of the plastic drop cloths on the stairs. How can we create calm in the middle of chaos for our dog. And for ourselves?

Why Do So Many People Torture Golden Retrievers On YouTube?

Honey the golden retriever relaxes with Oliver the foster puppy.

I can’t stand it any more. Every time I try to find a cute golden retriever to watch on YouTube, I’m hit in the face with torture videos. Okay, there’s no blood. Or broken bones. But I can’t watch them nonetheless.

Wondering If Your Dog Loves You? You’re Asking The Wrong Question

Honey the golden retriever loves.

It was the last place I expected to see controversy. If asked if their dog loves them, most people would reply, “Hell yeah.” At least that’s what I thought. But after seeing the responses to a video I shared on Facebook, I’m wondering if asking if our dogs love us is the wrong question.

Dog Stuff vs Human Stuff

Human stuff vs dog stuff illustrated.

Less time for visiting my friends online. Less time for having fun. Less time for playing with my dog. All because I have too much stuff to get rid of before I sell my house. How much better off would I be if I just had dog stuff and not so much human stuff?

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Honey the golden retriever all grown up.

I’m a sucker for a lovely story about someone creating a “bucket list” for their dying dog. They get me every time. But they also strengthen my determination to enjoy every day I have with Honey. And not wait until it’s too late.

Treat Your Dog Like You’re Married

Pam and Mike on their wedding day.

Now that I’ve been married more years than I was single (goodness, that’s a startling realization), I feel the right to judge the marriage advice columns I see online. The more I read them, the more I see good advice for living with dogs. Maybe it’s time to treat your dog like you’re married to her.

Do You Know Your Dog’s Point Of View?

Honey the golden retriever stands in the snow.

Every day I see someone pulling his dog away from an interesting smell, yelling at them for barking, or looming over a new dog they want to greet. I wonder what would happen if more people tried to see a dog’s point of view?

Why Are Dogs Better Than Cats? – BTC4A

A dog and a cat are friends.

Okay, I don’t really think dogs are better than cats. But cats get less veterinary care, are more likely to be homeless, and are more likely to roam free. Sounds like lots of people do think cats aren’t as good as dogs. I think it’s time for that to stop.

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