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An Update on Foster Puppy Coco

If only it was summer. I have been so eager for the end of the hot, dry weather that characterizes every summer...

Haunted by a Mystery Hero Dog

Have you ever read a short little news piece – a bit of journalistic fluff – that you nevertheless couldn’t stop thinking...

My Latest Foster Dog Is Something of a Mystery

There’s an old Chinese parable that goes something like this: A farmer gets a horse, which soon runs away....

Keeping Your Dogs At a Healthy Weight Can Be Tricky

Over the past two years, my senior dog, Otto, has started having trouble maintaining his body mass at a healthy weight. He...

Rescue Workers From Across the Country Join the California Wildfire Animal Rescue Efforts

Last week, I mentioned that there were a number of people coming to help locally with the emergency animal shelters established here...

Disaster Readiness – Yes, Again!

If you have been following the weather news, you might have guessed what this post was going to be about, am I...

When Dog Ownership Gets Tough

Dog ownership is not all puppy breath and humorous or beautiful Instagram photos of our dogs; there are times when it is...

When Senior Dogs Act Like Grumpy Old Men

My senior dog, Otto, is nearly 13 years old. He often acts like a big grump around any puppies or foster dogs...

Beware of Service Dog Scams Targeting the Vulnerable

I am certain that if you have a child with a chronic and particularly challenging medical condition or behavioral disorder that cannot...

Are You And Your Dogs Prepared For Emergencies?

I was really hoping to not write this post this year. But here we go again: There are wildfires in my neighborhood,...

Breeding Dogs for Health, Not Looks

To anyone who has been involved in shelter or rescue work, the idea of intentionally breeding mixed-breed dogs, or even unregistered purebred...

Guilt

We often read discussions of whether dogs experience guilt; we’ve published a few, too. But here is a twist I don’t think...

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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...

We wish you peace and plenty, wherever this week finds you ...

Four alumni of our local shelter. Grateful that all my friends adopt from the Northwest SPCA ...

“He’s big and warm and makes me feel safe.” ...

It’s a little chilly in my office this morning. Good to have a cuddle buddy. ...

New day, new band, new album cover ...

Getting the band back together ...

The Nut Wizard! Thanks to the readers who suggested this! https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/blog/acorns-can-pose-a-danger-to-dogs/ ...

Coco is doing aridealong with my friend’s GWP, Luke. That’s a couple of great faces. ...

Her DNA test results are back... any guesses? Wisdom Panel says 40% American Staffordshire Terrier, 38% Weimaraner, 15% Labrador. I admit I did not expect AmStaff in such a little pinhead. Well, as my brother-in-law said, 100% cute! ...

Top models are born, not made. Apparently. ...

Samson doesn’t enjoy temps below 70. ...

Vet visit for Miss Coco; Woody tagging along as canine security blanket. (OMG, you guys, a vet who will let us come into the clinic! I am so excited!) ...