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Winter Walks With Dogs

My very favorite part of social media is seeing photos and videos of dogs having a good time outdoors. Lately, I’ve been...

Lost Dogs – How You Can Help

Over the past few weeks, I found myself following posts detailing the stories of two lost dogs – and the extraordinary lengths...

Prisma – A Fun App for Dog Owners

Like most dog owners, I absolutely love taking pictures of my dogs and my dogs’ friends (my friends’ dogs, lol). Most of...

Foster Dog Coco Has Found Her Forever Home

I’ve written three previous posts (links are here, here, and here) about my most recent foster dog, Coco – a young mixed-breed...

Oh No, Not a Hot Spot!

The other day, I was working away on my computer, both dogs snoozing in my office while my Spotify playlist blared from...

Senior Dog Otto Gets a Pass

Some years ago, I read a short piece by one of our long-time contributors, Barbara Dobbins, talking about dogs she knew, including...

Please, Get Professional Help

I am not a regular reader of or contributor to Reddit.com. But somehow I started receiving  “digest” emails concerning dogs – it’s...

A Diagnosis for Foster Puppy Coco’s Strange Gait

Since I last wrote about Coco, the little dog with the strange gait (her front feet move normally, but she can only...

Read Your Dog’s Medicine Label Carefully

The last time my senior dog, Otto, had a wellness examination, our veterinarian recommended that I start giving him a medication that...

Affection Can’t Hurt

This is a guest blog post that touched us deeply. Its author, Jenny Efimova, KPA CTP, is the founder and owner of...

Acorns Can Pose a Danger to Dogs

Not that anyone asked, but my favorite tree in the whole world is the oak tree. We have dozens of species of...

Bits Of Advice For New Dog Owners

Last week, I “fostered” a dog for four nights – not a big deal. He was a hound-mix, about a year old,...

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Adventures in dog fostering, chapter #7642

I have a new little foster dog staying with me. The manager of my shelter called me last week and wanted to...

“Something moved in the grass, I’m telling you!” ...

Two of these dogs don’t much care for the tractor-mower. One of them is riveted. I’ll bet you can guess which dog wouldn’t stop following me today. ...

Dogs don’t drive! (Except when parked. Why is the driver’s seat so popular with dogs?) ...

Smart foster girl earned off-leash privileges in three days (and got grass-stains on her forehead from somersaulting in the deepgrassrunningjoy) ...

Foster/assess project: So far, 100% adorable. ...

My sister and her three little dogs. Yes, she is one of those women who always carries a purse, and takes hikes in a colorful skirt. And yes, her dogs adore her and even off-leash, rarely get more than a few feet aeay from her. Otto stayed with them while I was on vacation and while happy to see me again, wasn’t THRILLED to ser me again, if you know what I mean. Thank you, Pam and family, for taking good care of him for me. ...

Today’s new friends. You may have guessed I am not at home. ...

Made a new friend today. Very personable. ...

This little service dog may be overweight, arthritic, and off-leash... but I watched him walk with his Vietnam veteran owner through a crowd and never get more than 10 inches from his side. #damngooddog #thankyoubothforyourservice ...

Incredulous that no one else wants to swim at dusk in winter ...

Soaking up the sun ...

Doesn’t matter if it’s freezing or raining, he’s gonna wade ...

My friend Leonora is fostering these two young ladies. About four months old. Apparently dumped in her neighborhood. Will be available for adoption from the Northwest SPCA in a week or two. Shepherd? Maybe a little mastiff or some thing big in there? Sweet, smart, Already well mannered from just 10 days with a dog-savvy foster provider. ...

Their ears tell the tale: rain. ...

Tiny Sampson’s turn at slow-mo. #superdog ...

#nofilter The light here at this time of year is just unreal. And when this dog dies I’m going to be awfully tempted to have him stuffed. Not really. But isn’t he handsome? ...

When he fetches in tall grass he always starts with these adorable fox hops. I mimed throwing something just to catch this footage. Forgive me, Woody, it’s too cute! ...