Do You Wear Ugly Shoes When You Walk YOUR Dog?

Do you wear ugly shoes when you walk your dog?

You’ve Come A Long Way, Puppy – Blog The Change For Animals

Guide dog on a bus.

People who advocate for animals have a lot to despair about—the introduction of ag-gag laws, dogs dying in hot cars, and police shooting family pets. But if you don’t see things are getting better for animals, you need a history lesson. Yeah, I know some of you are saying, “I hated taking history in school.” […]

What Do You Mean I Spoil My Dog?

Honey the Golden Retriever is a lap dog.

Has anyone accused you of spoiling your dog? Any number of people have said it to me. It’s a statement usually delivered with a smile, as if the person saying it is making a moral judgment but pretending not to. The more I think about it, the more I wonder what they’re trying to say to […]

6 Benefits of Sharing A Bed With Your Dog

Honey the golden retriever in bed.

I got the message. Stop being a wimp. Put on my big girl panties. And stop whining about sharing the bed with my dog. Time to look at the benefits of sharing a bed with my dog. Benefit #1: Save money on dental floss. By the time I pull Honey’s tail fur out from between my […]

What Kind Of Dog Should An Introvert Have?

Honey the golden retriever makes a friend.

Introverts are hot! And no, I’m not talking about the way my introspective husband looks when he gets out of the shower (although he is awfully cute). I mean that introverts are tired of feeling undervalued in a culture (I’m talking of the U.S., in particular) that rewards brash and talkative people. Introverts are fed up […]

Caption The Picture – Wordless Wednesday

Honey the golden retriever is sniffed at the dog park.

When I found this old picture yesterday for my post on enjoying the dog park, I wondered how you would caption it. Give it your best shot. What is Honey thinking? Thanks For The Marriage Advice When I asked if I should be worried about my husband sleeping with a blonde, nearly everyone had the same […]

10 Tips For Enjoying The Dog Park

10 Tips To Help You Enjoy the Dog Park

Dog parks are the most schizophrenic issue for dog lovers. Communities crow about their great dog-friendly amenities. And trainers warning you of violent gladiatorial contests not seen since the death of the Roman empire. Who’s right? It depends on the park. It depends on the time. And it depends on the dog. But if your […]

Should I Be Worried About My Husband?

Honey and Mike in hotel

Dear S’Waggers, When I read advice columns in the newspaper, I wonder what drives someone to write to a stranger for advice. But now I find myself tempted to do the same. Except I’m not reaching out to strangers. I’m reaching out to you, my S’Wagger friends. Should I be worried about my husband? Let […]

Honey Declares Her Independence

Honey the Golden Retriever declares her independence on july 4.

In Ithaca, July 4, 2014. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen moods of Honey, When in the Course of canine events, it becomes necessary for one dog to dissolve the leash bonds which have connected her with her person, and to assume among the powers of the neighborhood, the separate and equal station to which […]

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 […]

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