Best Thing I Ever Taught My Friendly Dog

Honey the golden retriever sits in the leaves.

When I knew I was bringing home a puppy whose genes made her likely to love everyone, I got excited. I imagined meeting all kinds of people and their pups on the street, impromptu play sessions, and never crossing the street at the sight of another dog. I had reactivity fatigue. And I was ready […]

Keep Your Boat Light…

Honey the golden retriever with words of wisdom from Jerome K. Jerome.

  Let’s see the rest of the quote: Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe, or two, enough to eat and enough […]

Get Your Dog A Toy TODAY!

Golden Retriever

I’m not usually a big spender. Except when it comes to my dog. And even then, I don’t spend money on coordinating leashes and collars, pretty clothes, or doggy vacations. But I do spend it on toys. And over the years, I’ve found some pretty compelling reasons for you to get your dog a toy […]

Do We Judge People By Their Dogs?

Honey the golden retriever is beautiful.

Yeah, I know we’re not supposed to “judge a book by its cover.” But we all do anyway. It’s only human. But in this age of e-books, maybe it’s time to change the saying. Perhaps we should tell ourselves not to judge a person by her dog. You have a what…? If you live in the […]

Do You Need A Laugh?

Golden Retriever Puppy Smiling

Every morning starts the same way. “What are you going to write about on the blog today, Brain?” “The same thing we write about every day, Pinky. How dogs are taking over the world.” But sometimes inspiration fails me. Despite four attempts, I have yet to assemble a coherent thought. And it’s November, when I […]

What’s The Prettiest Season?

Honey the golden retriever in winter.

I’m not sure when Honey looks prettiest. Is it the winter? Is it the spring? Is it the summer? Or is it the fall? Yep, definitely the fall. Your Turn: When do you think your dog looks prettiest?

What’s Your Town’s Dog Culture – Take Our Polls

Honey the golden retriever wonders why dogs aren't allowed.

An acquaintance waved to me as Honey and I walked toward him. He was walking his friend’s dog. The two pups were obviously interested in each other so I asked him if it was okay for them to meet. They frolicked a bit. Then the other dog gave Honey a little snark. I told Honey, “leave […]

Dumb Ass Dog Owners

A Golden Retriever Winks

The off-leash dog ran down the hill like she was on fire. Her person yelled her name impotently. She might as well have not been there for the attention the dog paid to her. The object of the pup’s attention was a man walking his dog at the bottom of a long hill. Running as […]

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Golden retriever sits in the autumn light.

How Dogs Talk To Us

Honey the golden retriever goes on the hunt.

“If only I could understand what my dog was thinking.” Have you ever said that to yourself? I have. I’m guessing there are millions of us since researchers keep working on tools that translate barks and harnesses that allow handlers to communicate with dogs at a distance. But do you ever sit down to think […]

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