Do We Always Have To Judge?

Ally is a dog judge.

“I saw an incredible story in the newspaper yesterday about a guy and his dog. It seemed like something you should blog about.” My husband rarely suggests what I should write about at Something Wagging. What was so compelling about this story that made him certain I’d want to share my opinion here? A New […]

Why Does My Dog Look So Sad?

Honey the golden retriever with flowers.

I have thousands of pictures of my dog Honey. But almost none of them show her looking happy. You know—with loose floppy ears and a big smile. In fact, in most of our pictures my dog looks kinda sad. Or at least still and calm instead of joyous and frolicsome. Is it me? Is it her? […]

Why Adopting A Reactive Dog Was The Best Thing I Ever Did

Honey the golden retriever nuzzles a stuffed toy.

Sure, I like a cute dog video as much as anyone. I enjoy following the agility competitions of doggy athletes. And who doesn’t love a funny dog poop story? But many of my favorite dog blogs share the joys and trials of living with reactive dogs. Why? Where’s the fun in reading about the terror, humiliation, […]

What My Golden Retriever Taught Me About Who I Really Am

Honey the golden retriever puppy wades in the water.

What do you think of when someone mentions a golden retriever? Friendly. Silky, blond coat. Loves to swim, right? Well, not my Honey. At least for the last one. Somehow she never got the memo telling her that goldens love the water. Luckily, we love her for the dog she is. And not just the […]

Flame Wars Don’t Save Animals – Be The Change For Animals

Honey the Golden Retriever poses with hound mix Cherie,

I hate conflict. Nothing makes me feel worse than following an online argument. Except maybe when the subject of the argument is really important. And even worse, when the fight does nothing to improve things. So you can imagine how tense I find the online bickering surrounding animal rescue. Because a flame war never saved […]

If I Were A Dog, I’d Be A…

Honey the Golden Retriever is a puppy, not a child.

I recently took one of those click bait quizzes I found online to see what kind of dog I’d be. As usual, it said I was definitely a Labrador retriever—affable, smart, outdoorsy, a little clumsy, and likes to eat. Yep, that sounds about right. But it isn’t the whole truth. I suspect I have a […]

Learning From My Minimalist Dog About Stuff

Honey the golden retriever with flowers.

It happens every time. Someone comes to the door. Honey pads over to her basket of toys and looks for just the right offering. She returns to the door to greet the visitor, now holding the precious toy in her mouth. Honey always finds just the right item. She doesn’t worry that she doesn’t have […]

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. […]

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