I’ve Got A Dog Habit

Honey the golden retriever is my dog habit.

Habits get no respect. There are drug habits. Creatures of habit. Nun’s habits. I have a dog habit. And it’s been a life saver.

Change Is Hard

Honey the golden retriever with for sale sign.

Losing a loved one, surviving a natural disaster, suffering from health problems—they’re all stressful. But what about good changes? Are they easier to handle? I’m unsure. All I know is that change is hard.

You Think You Know A Dog…

Honey the Golden Retriever sits at the store.

I spend hours every day with my dog Honey. I watch her. I write about her. You’d think there would be no surprises left. But just when you think you know a dog, she surprises you. My Dog Loves Everyone More Than Me It’s easy to think Honey loves everyone in the world. And that she […]

Today Is The TRUE Puppy Day

Pam, Mike, and Honey before they go home.

Apparently yesterday was National Puppy Day. It must be true because I saw scads of puppy pictures on Facebook. But I think everyone was off by a day. Today is the true puppy day. Because it was five years ago today that Honey came to live with us.

Reassuring Your Dog (Who Doesn’t Speak English)

Honey the golden retriever chews her nylabone.

Honey looked worried. We were packing bags at a frantic pace and she didn’t know what was going on. How do you reassure your dog if she doesn’t understand when you talk to her in English?

When Dogs Train Us

Shadow was a beautiful mutt.

Supposedly people are smarter than dogs. But I wonder if that’s true. I feel dumber than my dog all the time. And it’s a fact that sometimes our dogs train us.

Do Dogs Get Bad Moods?

Golden Retriever sitting on Mike's lap

Some people have such a simple view of dogs. If you train them, they’ll make excellent companions. Or if you’re a strong leader, they’ll be perfect. But don’t dogs ever just get bad moods?

A Dog Who CAN’T Be Bad

Agatha and Christie, litter mates, pose in front of the car.

I wonder if I have a problem in the making. It’s a problem I never thought I’d have. My dog can’t be bad. Now how did that happen?

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.

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