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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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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! ...