Who Is Dearest To Me?

Honey the golden retriever puppy sleeps in her crate.

After blogging for almost five years, I rarely accept and pass on awards. But I recently received one from a surprising place: a sailing blog. And I’m thrilled to be recognized by bloggers who inspire me as they cruise aboard their sailboat with not one, but two, large dogs. Even if you don’t share the […]

Do You Look Like Your Dog? The Experiment

Do you look like your dog?

Did you know that strangers can match a picture of a person to a picture of their dog 80% of the time? Amazing isn’t it? But what’s really amazing is that even when the pictures show only the eyes of the dog and their person, the experiment’s subjects guess correctly 75% of the time. I […]

Helping A Dog Go From Fat To Fit

Blanche the beagle is panting.

I’ve never had a fat dog. In fact, my friends from Slim Doggy had to point out to me that Honey was actually getting too skinny. But our new foster dog is a corpulent canine, a dense dog, a bulging beagle. Blanche is enormous. Beagles should weigh less than 30 pounds. Blanche weighs about 46 pounds, […]

When A Foster Dog Visits…

Blanche the foster beagle laughs.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin When a foster dog visits, things change. If the foster is a puppy, we reorganize the house—put dirty laundry behind closed doors, block off the stairs, and set up an exercise pen and crate. But even when the foster dog is a polite, adult dog who just needs a calm […]

What Dog People Really Want To Know

Honey the Golden Retriever sheds.

I scanned the list of search phrases that bring people to Something Wagging.  Yep, lots of the usual suspects: “woman dog sex” (thanks to this post), “golden retriever” (obviously), and “how to dispose of dog poop” (thanks to this post). But then I saw it. The search phrase that made me gag. “Why do dogs freak […]

Your Dog Doesn’t See The World The Same Way Twice

Honey the golden retriever on a rock in Fall Creek.

We like to think of our dogs as Zen masters. They, unlike us, are present in the moment. When they walk, they walk. When they sniff, they sniff. They don’t eat while watching tv. Or plan their weekend while chasing a ball. But did you ever think of what it means to be totally engaged in […]

What Are Dog Toy Makers Thinking? – Wordless Wednesday

Honey the golden retriever loves her tiki toy.

  Thanks for stopping by from the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. And while you’re here, don’t forget to enter our Solvit Telescoping Pet Ramp Giveaway!

Love the Pups, Hate the Products – The Curse of Super Bowl Dog Ads

When watching Super Bowl ads, sometimes I love the pups but hate the products.

My favorite part of Downton Abbey is seeing the single wag of a labrador’s tale in the opening credits. I rate movies by how many dogs appear in them. Is it any wonder I like commercials featuring dogs? With Sunday’s Super Bowl, I’m sure I’ll see plenty of dog commercials. But even when I love […]

What’s the Difference Between Pets, Wild Animals, and Livestock?

How are animals different?

If you’re looking for a brilliant explanation of why humans put other animals into categories, you won’t find it here. Sorry. My opinion is that people find it convenient to treat animals differently based on what we want from them. Do we want animals to keep us company? Work for us? Hold up a romantic […]

When the Dog Changes the Plan – Train Your Dog Month Challenge

Honey the Golden Retriever is dog tired of sailing.

We’re just going to have fun. No big goals. No tough challenges. For our Train the Dog Month Challenge, Honey and I are going to have a good time doing tricks for treats. But sometimes the dog changes the plan. Or some human changes the plan and blames it on the dog. Honey Goes Sailing […]

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