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Interested in Fostering? Protect Your Foster Dog – And Your Heart

In the April 2020 issue, we published an article by WDJ Training Editor Pat Miller, CCBC-KA, CPDT-KA, about fostering dogs and puppies....

Howling Good Fun

My sister and her husband used to live down the street from a fire station. At least 10 times a day (often...

Using Shock Collars for Dog Training – Is It Ok?

There is a trainer I know who posts a lot of short videos of her own dogs and dogs owned by clients...

Pet Adoptions in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Do any of you work in a veterinarian’s office or shelter? If so, what are the words that you wish you could...

Preparing Your Fireworks-Phobic Dog for July 4th

The July 4 holiday is almost upon us – a source of distress for many dogs, with its days and days of...

Happy Gotcha Day, Otto

I adopted Otto from my local shelter on June 16, 2008. He was an estimated 7 months old when I met him....

Volunteering with a therapy dog? Look out for fake registries.

I love the idea of therapy dogs – that is, dogs who have a special affinity for humans, who love nothing more...

What’s your charitable dog cause?

When it comes to our spare time, we all find different things to become involved with – different causes grab us for...

Lost Dogs and Questions Without Answers

Why do “stray” dogs always seem to appear when you have the least amount of time to deal with them?

Lawns: A Dog Owner’s Guilty Pleasure

I think it’s been pretty well established that lawns are environmentally unfriendly. They require massive amounts of water. Fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides...

Helping Dogs Adjust to Being Home Alone Again

Though many people who have been sheltering in place for weeks report being confused as to the day of the week, I...

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...

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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! ...