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Why Play Is Important For Dogs

I read a recent article in The Atlantic about some scientists who taught rats to play hide-and-seek as part of a larger study about the neuroscience...

Always Be Prepared for Emergencies

We had a little practice fire drill here last week. I mean, there was an actual fire, and the mandatory evacuations that were...
Dog wading in water

Beware of harmful algal blooms (HABs)

There are many global environmental disasters that I am concerned about in a big-picture way, but at this time of year, the one...

What Did My Dog Swallow?

A couple nights ago, I awoke in the middle of the night to that one sound that no dog owner can ignore: that...
dog running

Does your dog have a rock solid recall?

Someone sent me a link to this news story about a Texas dog owner being caught on video (taken inadvertently by a...

When Is the Right Time for Euthanasia?

I have a number of friends (and a family member) who have dogs who are nearing the end of their days. I’m noting...

Interesting Reads for Dog Lovers

It’s probably self-evident that most writers and editors enjoy reading. We read professionally, and also for fun. Lately, though,...
Puppy in class

Plan ahead to socialize your puppy early!

Recently, I witnessed an older couple struggling to carry a crate into a puppy kindergarten class. Once inside, they opened the crate and...
Odin with his new owner

A Perfect New Home For My Foster Dog Odin

When, back in March, I scheduled a week-long vacation for early July, I of course had no way of knowing a huge, dog-related...
FDA table on ingredients in dog food

Update on grain-free diets and DCM cases in dogs

On June 27, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update to two previous advisories regarding dog food...

Skunks and Fireworks Are NOT a Dog’s Best Friends

My senior dog Otto has never liked fireworks, but he’s never been a total wreck around the Independence Day holiday, either. He...
puppies suffering from mange

Here’s Why We Can’t Just Keep Every Foster Dog

"Why don't you just keep him?" Everyone who fosters dogs for a shelter or rescue group has heard some...

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Zeal of the convert: Canine seat belts

Just over a week ago, I was in one of those car accidents that remind you to slow down and not take life...