Why People Rescue Dogs

They eat standing up in the kitchen so the 25 dogs don’t overwhelm them. Their bed sleeps 7 dogs, including a mastiff, in addition to two humans. And every day sees them giving pills, dropping medicine in ears, and scooping poop. Lots and lots of poop. Yep, you guessed it. They rescue dogs. David Rosenfelt […]

Sailing with a Dog? Pet Travel Tuesday

I love reading an armchair adventure. And A Sea Dog’s Tale: The True Story of a Small Dog on a Big Ocean

The Healing Power of Animals – Pet Travel Tuesday

Animals, and dogs in particular, carry a heavy burden. Those of us who love them, ascribe all kinds of virtues to them—understanding, compassion, and unconditional love. Maybe dogs have every wonderful trait we praise them for. But I suspect dogs are too complex to be everything we need them to be. Sometimes they’re patient and […]

Do Dog Breeds Matter?

In 1945, Japan had only 16 Akitas. Eaten by starving Japanese families, their pelts lining the coats of Japanese military officers, the beloved, ancient breed became more important dead than alive.     Akitas were lucky. Morie Sawataishi, a Mitsubishi engineer from northern Japan, took an interest in the dogs and began breeding, raising, and […]

Afghanistan and Dogs – Take the Quiz

Afghanistan has been in the news my entire life. And despite that, I know very little about it. I know even less about its dogs. So when Pet Travel Tuesday coincided with the month of Ramadan, I decided to review a book about a man who walked across Afghanistan with a dog. What could be […]

Julia Child Loved Cats

Julia Child is a public television deity in a holy trinity that includes Mr. Rogers and Big Bird. Imagine how popular she’d be if everyone know how much she loved cats. We Love Julia Julie Child was an unlikely television star. At six feet, two inches tall (188 centimeters), she was a striking, if not […]

Working Dogs – On the Wyoming Range or in the Suburban Yard

People are happier when they have a job. Dogs are happier when they have a job. And a person and a dog working together? Pure bliss. Guarding Sheep in Wyoming Cat Urbigkit is a writer and photographer. She also keeps a flock of sheep in the Green River basin area south of Yellowstone National Park. […]

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