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Teach Your Dog Hand Signals

My just-turned 14-year-old dog Otto has lost most of his hearing. Our communication is very limited now. He can no longer hear me tell...
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Dogs Are People, Too!

An author recently asked for the rationale behind an edit I made to her article. The sentence originally referenced something that worked well “in...

Happy Thanksgiving from a Dog-Loving Family

Like many of us dog lovers, my relationship with dogs started when I was just a lonely kid. My siblings were five, six, and...

Adopting Sibling Puppies

I have the privilege (and responsibility) of dog-sitting two of the pups from my most recent foster litter – for a whole week! –...

Pet Health Insurance Calculations

It’s at this time of the year that my dog Otto’s health insurance company sends out a renewal letter. And, of course, the older...

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Why am I just learning about this now? Apparently, some years ago, the ASPCA and Petfinder.com founded November as “Adopt a Senior Pet” month....

Treasuring The Time I Have With My Older Dog Otto

When I take longer or harder hikes now, I have to leave my senior dog, Otto, at home. It’s for his own good; he...

The Veterinarian and Vet Tech Shortage Is Getting Really Scary

Back in July, I wrote a piece for this space about the increasing frequency of reports I was seeing about emergency veterinary clinics suspending...

New Searchable Database of Approved Canned Dog Foods

What’s the cool new tool? It’s a searchable database of ALL of the foods on our “approved canned foods" list.

A Trip to Kansas (With Dogs in Mind)

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to visit a former coworker/friend I hadn’t seen for a decade or more. He had...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Parts of Fostering

My current fostering project is a little different from what I usually take on. Ordinarily, my local shelter will contact me if they have...

Do Your Dogs Sense When You’re Leaving On a Trip?

They already know. Even before the carry-on suitcase comes out of the closet, they know. I’m leaving town for a few days. Is it the extra...

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Otto Is Showing Age-Related Dementia Symptoms Often Seen in Dogs

My 14-year-old dog Otto is starting to show signs of age-related dementia. While there are all kinds of ways dementia in dogs can manifest,...