7 Cues To Teach Your Dog BEFORE Eating at a Pet-Friendly Restaurant

Honey the golden retriever eats out.

I can hear some of you now. “If I took my dog to a pet-friendly restaurant, the video of him misbehaving would go viral in ten minutes.” Have some faith. It might be easier than you think. Especially if you teach your dog some basic cues before you try it for the first time. Here […]

Celebrate – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Honey the golden retriever likes to celebrate the little things.

An Irish saint’s feast as an excuse to drink beer? Bah, humbug. Twenty-fifth wedding anniversary? Why is an anniversary more special for having a five at the end? Big birthday parties? What’s the big deal? Billions of people have managed to get born. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a bit of a sour puss when […]

Does Your Dog Love You As Much As You Love Your Dog?

Pam and Honey the golden retriever.

You can’t imagine life without your dog. Just the thought of her makes you smile. You buy her gifts, celebrate her birthday, and can’t stop hugging and kissing her. But does your dog love you as much as you love her? I Like My Dog, Does My Dog Like Me? Researchers in Sweden did experiments […]

Celebrate the Power of Place – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Honey poses at Ithaca Falls.

It was the same every time. We’d slow down to make the turn into my parents’ neighborhood and our dogs, who had slept peacefully for the past two hours, popped their heads up. Agatha and Christie knew fun was ahead. After months of leashed walks and play time in a yard smaller than most American’s […]

9 Cult Movies That Aren’t About Dogs (But Should Be)

Honey the golden retriever and cult movies.

Joining a cult never seemed that bad to me. At least not if it involved wearing fishnet stockings and throwing toilet paper at the movie screen. I love cult movies. You know. Those pictures that don’t get much attention when they first come out but that spawn rabid fans after years or decades? But I […]

How Do YOU Abuse YOUR Dog?

Dog abuse warning.

Did you laugh when you saw Daisy and Cooper getting ice cream at McDonald’s? If you’re one of the six people in the world who hasn’t seen this viral video, check out the footage: Not everyone found it funny. If you read the comments under the video, you’ll find plenty of people accusing Cooper’s people […]

Is It Ok For Dogs To Sleep Outside?

An Alaskan malamute sleeps outdoors.

Animal people are dogmatic (forgive the pun). A pet is forever. Always scoop your poop. Spay and neuter. Dogs belong indoors. I’m not complaining. When it comes to protecting those who can’t speak up for themselves, it’s good to have strong principles. But are those “rules” about caring for animals always right? Or are there […]

Expensive Dog Toys – Dog World Problem

When cheap dog toys last longer than expensive ones, it's a dog world problem.

You’ve heard of first world problems. But your true suffering comes from Dog World Problems. Your Turn: Are expensive dog toys worth it in your house?

What Does Your Dog’s Breed Say About You?

Rosie the Akita gives the look.

Which Harry Potter character are you? If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? What’s your Myers Briggs type? People love quizzes that claim to tell them about themselves. After all, if years of introspection and therapy haven’t helped you understand yourself, a ten question quiz on Buzzfeed asking for your […]

Live With Less – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Honey the golden retriever uses her voice to communicate.

If I got rid of all my history books, did that mean I wasn’t smart anymore? That the time I spent working for two Philadelphia archives was wasted? That I should never have considered grad school? Paring down my book collection for a move just got complicated. Who knew that my “stuff” held so much […]

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