How My Dog Made Me A Better Hostess

Back in the 1950s, magazines taught women how to be the perfect hostess. I’ve learned the same thing, but with a lot more dog hair. Because my golden retriever has taught me everything I need to know about making people feel welcome.

Learning From My Minimalist Dog About Stuff

It happens every time. Someone comes to the door. Honey pads over to her basket of toys and looks for just the right offering. She returns to the door to greet the visitor, now holding the precious toy in her mouth. Honey always finds just the right item. She doesn’t worry that she doesn’t have […]

The One Thing A Woman Most Needs To Learn From Her Dog

When Honey wants a snack, she drools on my leg. When she needs to go outside, she stares directly into my eyes. When she’s tired and wants to go to bed, she barks. Despite being a dog who doesn’t speak a word of English, Honey tells me exactly what she wants and needs, without hesitating or apologizing. […]

What Lessons Can We Learn From Our Dog’s Problem Behaviors?

If your dog runs away from home, cries when you leave the house, or barks like a mad creature every time a stranger comes to the door, you look for a management tool or training method. Right? I’m not going to argue you out of that. After all, roaming the streets is dangerous. No dog […]

Don’t Play It Cool

When Honey sees someone she wants to greet, she starts off by slowly swishing her tail. If she gets the least little encouragement, she starts dancing in place. Front paw up, both rear paws hop. When her new “friend” comes over to say hello, Honey explodes with joy. She spins around. She leans into the […]

Learning From Dogs Not To Think

Humans are cursed. We have these amazing, complex brains. And we can’t rely on them to tell us the truth. Dogs, on the other paw, while very intelligent, rely more on their senses than we do. And they are rarely led astray. Maybe the most important thing we can learn from dogs is how not […]

Celebrate Earth Day Like a Dog

Earth Day is a time for us to appreciate the earth’s gifts and take action to reverse the damage we’ve done to her. Would we take better care of our planet if we acted more like our dogs? Care for the Earth; Act Like a Dog Maybe we’ll appreciate Earth more if  we experience it […]

The Puppiness Project – Time To Say Goodbye

Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever. I am so not like my dog. I’m not spontaneous. […]

The Poopiness Project – What Dogs Really Have to Teach Us

Yes, dogs have a lot to teach us about joy and acceptance and hope. But they also have lessons on stinks, roadkill, and poop. Am I learning everything I can from dogs? What Your Dog Really Wants You To Know Watch your dog to learn these valuable lessons: ♥ Ignore the TV if no dogs are […]

The Puppiness Project – Trust the Universe; Trust Yourself

Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever. The Watchful Dog Honey looked concerned. Mike was packing the […]

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