Why Do We Forgive Dogs Before Humans?

Honey the golden retriever stands on a bench.

Loud music make us insane. But we’ll tolerate some barking. A driver splashing us when they drive through a puddle gets the finger. But we just grab the fabric spray when a dog with muddy paws gives us a “hug.” We give dogs breaks because they don’t have malice. But most people don’t either. So why do […]

Why We Camp

Honey the golden retriever wades in the marsh.

Do you want to hear a secret about campers? We’re not so different from non-campers. But there are a few big differences that will tell you why we camp.

Do Dogs Compare Themselves To Other Dogs?

Honey the golden retriever has sand on her face.

A human who is perfectly happy can become miserable when they compare themselves to another human. Does it happen to dogs? Do they compare themselves to other dogs?

A Dog Is Not A Child Or A Possession

Honey the golden retriever looks at a log.

Every so often someone feels compelled to tell dog people that they own their animals and did not give birth to them. And dog lovers respond with outrage. I sit back and think they’re both wrong. My dog is not my child or my possession.

How To Adopt The Perfect Dog

Honey the golden retriever with flowers.

How do you find the perfect dog for you? On reflection, I’m finding the process pretty similar to buying a boat. No, really. Keep reading and see if you don’t agree by the end.

Make Adventures Where You Find Them

Honey the golden retriever with a glass ball.

Everyone wants pictures of Honey on tropical beaches and stories about living the nomadic life. Heck, one of my friends even hopes we’ll meet pirates. But even if we haven’t moved aboard a sailboat yet, we’re making adventures where we can.

Purebred Dog Rejects

Sammy is a Chinese crested hairless dog.

“She’s a reject,” the man explained. “Most breeders don’t want them. But we just love her.” “I understand. Our dog is a reject too.” In fact, most purebred dogs are rejects. And I feel very lucky to have ours.

What If You Can’t Stop Crying After Your Dog Dies?

Shadow the mixed breed dog has a pretty smile.

This post has affiliate links. Learn more here or at the bottom of this page. Every morning I check which search phrases brought people to Something Wagging. Some are hilarious. But one that comes up a lot makes me feel helpless. It’s “my dog died and I can’t stop crying.” Doesn’t that just break your […]

Don’t Say This To Someone Whose Dog Is Dying

Don't Say this to someone whose dog is dying.

Your friend is suffering. She tells you about how her pet is declining and may not be around much longer. I know you feel sympathy. You want to help. To reassure. But don’t say this to someone whose dog is dying…

Be Scared; Do It Anyway

Honey the golden retriever finds shade in St. Michaels.

Honey took one look at the ramp I had placed on the floor and walked around it. When I put yummy liver treats on the end, she decided she wasn’t that hungry after all. Honey felt scared of the ramp. But she learned to use it anyway.

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