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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Feel Bad About Feeling Bad – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Honey the golden retriever grins in the snow.

Feeling bad stinks. Being injured or sick, whether physically or emotionally, is no fun at all. There’s only one thing that’s worse. And that’s when you feel bad about feeling bad. Talking To Yourself When You’re Feeling Bad How do you talk to yourself when you’re feeling bad? I hope you have nurturing voices inside […]

Show Your Delight – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Honey the golden retriever delights in sitting in the snow.

Do you miss words that people rarely use anymore? I do. And “delight” is the word at the top of my list. When was the last time you heard anyone describe something as delightful? Cynics Don’t Show Delight Cynical people don’t find anything delightful. But dogs are not cynics. They delight in many things: a […]

We Can’t Fix Everything and We Shouldn’t Try – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Honey the Golden Retriever asks how anyone could make her better.

Do you want to piss me off? Send me a woman’s magazine. There’s nothing I hate more than being told I’m a failure because of my poorly groomed brows, disorganized pantry, and lack of a thigh gap. Want to piss me off even more? Take that culture of self-improvement used to sell worthless products and make […]

Even Superstars Have Bad Days – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Connecting with my Golden Retriever.

Honey was abducted by aliens. That was the only explanation I could think of for her lack of focus on the day we took her Canine Good Citizen test. It was either that or her brain had fallen out and was hiding behind a dog hair tumbleweed in the bedroom. We still managed to eke out […]

Sometimes Dogs are Jerks – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Honey the golden retriever thinks some dogs are jerks.

Some dogs understand when you’re not feeling well. They lie down by your side and relax. Honey is not one of those dogs. If she doesn’t get her morning walk, she gets pissy. She won’t settle down. She barks for seemingly no reason. In other words, sometimes dogs are jerks. Honey is no better or worse […]

Ask for Nurturing – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Honey the golden retriever chews on a huge stick.

Honey Asks for Nurturing Honey has been a little clingy lately. It happens sometimes after we send a foster dog home. When I sit on the couch, Honey rests her head on my knee. When I get down on the floor to sort laundry, she comes in close for a hug. And when I go […]

Keep Calm – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Keep Calm and Love Your Dog.

I can learn a lot from my golden retriever Honey about dealing with nuisances. Honey lies down to chew her bone. Ginny, our foster beagle, grabs the bone out of Honey’s mouth. Once Ginny tires of the bone, she walks on Honey’s face. No reaction. So Ginny grabs the end of Honey’s tail and pulls. […]

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