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The New Dog and “Youngest Child Syndrome”

I’m the youngest in my family of origin. My siblings are seven, six, and five years older than me. When I became an adult,...
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Ode to a Senior Dog

Not one but two friends said goodbye to their beloved senior dogs in the past week. I read their tributes to their beautiful dogs...
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How Do You Keep Dogs Cool in the Summer?

It’s officially HOT in the northern Sacramento Valley where I live. These are more or less normal temperatures for July in this part of...
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What should you do when you see someone mistreating their dog?

My 10-year-old grandson is visiting from Boston and we went for a bike ride today at midday, to a local park. We were riding...
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The Worst Sound a Dog Owner Can Hear

This is the time of year that all dog owners who live in any of the western states, particularly in any part of California,...
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Concerns about Seresto Collars, Continued

On March 2, 2021, USA Today published an article about the Seresto collar, originally developed and brought to the market by Bayer Animal Health...
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Leaving town? Make sure a “go bag” is available to your pets’ caretaker before...

Last week I attended a conference out of town (it was put on by the Shelter Playgroup Alliance, very cool stuff). For several reasons,...
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Keeping the puppy: The new normal

The news that I’m keeping my former foster puppy is leaking out. I loved him from the get-go, when I agreed to foster him...
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Please, use pet-related social media for good, not blame and slander

I follow three or four local “lost and found pet” groups on Facebook. These are places where people in the community can post photos...
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Don’t wait to teach your dog cooperative care procedures!

I’ve taught both of my grown-up dogs several positions where they will be rewarded for holding still while I – or, importantly, a stranger...
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Drug Ads for Veterinary Products

Something I noticed while on the elliptical machine at the gym (while trying to notice anything but my heart and respiration rate): There are...
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Happy Birthday Karen Pryor

I read the headline with disbelief – “Karen Pryor turns 90 this week!” How can that be possible? It seems like it was just...

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Boone Has Lost His Off-Leash Privileges

I walk with my dogs in a number of locations in my local “wildlife area,” which consists of thousands of acres of land surrounding...