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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...

Mind Your Cues

Hang around with enough dog owners, and inevitably you will hear someone say to their distracted or recalcitrant dog, “Sit! Sit! Sit!...

Can You Put a Price Tag on Your Dog’s Life?

Readers, dog owners, can I ask you a question? Or, actually, a few related questions: If you had to put...

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...

What Is Socially Conscious Sheltering?

In the February issue, which will be in mailboxes and online soon, we have an article about a new model for communities looking...

Feeding Time: On the Dot, or Not?

I have long advised friends and family members to keep their dogs’ mealtimes vague, in order to prevent “clock-watching” and demand behaviors from dogs...

Winter Worries

My “very mixed-breed” dog, Otto, turned 12 years old at some point in the past couple of months. For a big dog (currently...

An Ice-Prevention Product That Is Safe for Pets?

I’ll never forget my first wintertime visit to the northeastern U.S. As a native of northern California, the coldest place I had visited previously...

Finding the Perfect Dogs for Friends

My young adult son lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his girlfriend, a couple of roommates, and his all-black Black and...

Don’t Pull Your Puppy With His Leash!

I was just driving down the street and my eye, as always, was drawn to a dog – a Golden Retriever puppy,...

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m writing this, as usual, in the frenzied build-up to Thanksgiving. Only this year, I’m not hosting a pack of friends and relatives and...

So What’s the Best Dog Food?

Imagine this: You are a writer and editor for Parenting Magazine, and you write about infant toys, vaccination schedules, and nutrition for infants and...

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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...

Having hands would be helpful, but he does okay. (I think he deliberately drops his ball into places that will sometimes elicit my help...but I wasn’t helping, so he had to deal.) ...

"You're leaving us again, aren't you?" Spending long days at the emergency animal shelter, where pets displaced by local fire are being cared for by volunteers. It's hard on our own dogs, but at least they have homes. ...

One dog is enjoying our evacu-cation in a hotel more than the other.

Our neighborhood is under a mandatory evacuation due the the #bearfire, but we don't think our house is actually in danger currently. The fire went FAR, FAST, night before last, so they wanted folks out of the way. The wind has died down and the fire line is holding. In the meantime, like Woody, we will try to enjoy ourselves, until we can get back home.

My thoughts go to those who lost homes and animal friends. Best local relief org:
https://www.nvcf.org/donate
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#noon #nofilter #cafires #smoke ...

If I was half as brave as this pup, there isn't anything I couldn't do.

Dogs are the best, man. Surgery 24 hours ago and he is doing great. Thanks for the well wishes.
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Stuff that's wrecked. Surgery day tomorrow. Send us good juju! ...

I know, it's a *terrible* idea to let the 70 lb pit-mix play with the puppy with the broken leg... but for crying out loud!

Vet has ascertained that the puppy's left hock was broken weeks ago, and is beyond reasonable or certain repair. So the little guy is going to have it amputated soon. In the meantime, he is a puppy... and Woody is golden. Ah, my heart. This puppy is killing me!

Fortunately, he has an adopter lined up and ready to take him.
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Rip out your heart and hand it over. This tiny foster guy, found in a ditch and covered with fleas, has a badly broken rear leg, needs amputation. Working with a local rescue to get his surgery scheduled STAT. Hosting until he has surgery, recovers, and can find a perfect home. ...

He's a fishing dog, belongs to a fisherman. (He is actually fishing for crawdads, his dad says he catches as many as a dozen a day!) ...

When the forecast is over 105 for the next week... ...

Grandson watched an episode of Stranger Things with his older cousin and was too scared to go to sleep last night. We called in the sleep specialist for help. Woody is a champion snuggler...problem solved. ...

One dog worries about me more than the other. ...

JUST found out it's National Mutt Day! Celebrate your mutt! Woohoo! ...

You don't need to see his eyes to read their message: Come outside. Now. ...

Made it through the war, I mean the night. Thank dog for modern pharmaceuticals. ...

The lip *and* a dork ear. This guy just slays me with his cute. ...