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New World Order, Puppy Edition

In a world where maintaining safe social distances is going to be the new normal for a while, there are a number...

Watching Your Dog Age Is Hard

Barbara Dobbins, my friend and frequent contributor to WDJ, once wrote a post for this space that described how her senior Border Collie, Daisy,...

Puppy Potty Training: Simple, But Not Easy

The litter of 10 pups that my good friend was fostering for our local shelter at her home had a spay/neuter surgery date,...

Pet Food Shortages? Don’t Panic

I read an article the other day about a pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, shutting down due to hundreds of workers...

Saving Animals While Keeping People Safe From COVID-19

Wow, the world has changed so much in such a short time. This occurs to me several times a day, but today’s...

It’s Tick Season!

One minute, my husband and I were having a perfectly ordinary conversation in the kitchen. In the next moment, I was ripping off...

Life With Dogs In The Age of The Coronavirus

 Life as most of us know it is being severely disrupted by the restrictions and common-sense guidelines being put forth in nearly...

Mixed Results: Researching Your Dog’s DNA

It never fails: Every time I take my senior dog Otto into public, people ask what breed he is. And I have to smile...

Coronavirus, Your Dog, and You

From past work on articles about canine vaccination protocols, I was familiar with the word “coronavirus” when the stories about coronavirus disease 2019—better known...

Volunteering: When it’s Time to Get Back to Work

Anyone who has ever volunteered in animal rescue can relate: You vow to take a break. Maybe your circumstances have changed in a way...

The Strongest Reinforcements

Ask a dog trainer to tell you one of their biggest pet peeves about their training clients, and they will almost always mention the...

What You Should Do (and Not Do) If You Find a Lost Dog

If you are a dog lover and you spend any amount of time on Facebook or any of those community website/discussion groups such as...

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Please, Get Professional Help

I am not a regular reader of or contributor to Reddit.com. But somehow I started receiving  “digest” emails concerning dogs – it’s...

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. ...