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June 30, 2016
5 ways to keep your dog happy this Fourth of July
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, here are a few tips to...
May 25, 2016
To kill or not to kill spiders
I stood there and pondered the spider nest, baby arachnids hatching and scurrying in every...
May 20, 2016
Taking my chicken to the vet, and other dizzying thoughts
This isn't the first time I've taken a chicken to the vet. My friends think...
May 13, 2016
Groundhogs, coffin parts, and other cemetery surprises
While walking my dog in the cemetery, we came across a groundhog hole surrounded by...
May 09, 2016
My dog eats a live bird (musings on animals doing what animals do)
My dog Bailey was just outside, just hanging out in the grass, enjoying the evening...
October 19, 2014
Cruelly abused German Shepherd gets second chance
One of the down sides of covering animal issues is the tidal wave of stories...
October 01, 2014
Renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin dead at 48
The dog community is mourning the loss this week of renowned veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dr....
September 30, 2014
Susie the pit bull mix named “American Hero Dog” of 2014
A pit bull mix named Susie from High Point, North Carolina, has been named this year's...
January 17, 2014
Dog and baby photos: are they cute or dangerous?
This meme is making the rounds on Facebook - it's a photo of a...
November 19, 2013
If your dog could talk, would he speak like a preschooler?
A friend posted on Facebook today: "Who decided that if dogs were able to speak...
October 30, 2013
Dexter has two mommies – and that’s reality
I just wanted to share with readers a link to my friend Carol's blog,...
September 22, 2013
Why “free to good home” can be a death sentence for your dog
This image is making the rounds on Facebook. I have a difficult time looking at...
July 08, 2013
Dog training, the Shedd Aquarium way
I saw a story this weekend on NBC Nightly News that highlights positive dog training...
February 23, 2013
Bloodhounds, the most feared dogs on earth?
I was at my alma mater St. John Fisher College yesterday for a day long...
February 21, 2013
Indigo, Orphan pups and a gift of Mercy – a heartwarming dog rescue tale
Here in Rochester, NY we're fortunate to have a wonderful animal group, Pitty Love Rescue, that does...
February 20, 2013
Can dogs be introverted or extroverted?
Not long ago, I did a post reflecting on Susan Cain’s book, “Quiet: The Power of...
January 18, 2013
Loyal dogs who mourn the deaths of their owners
A story popped up in my Facebook newsfeed today about a dog in Italy who...
September 06, 2012
Vote for the most unusual pet insurance claim in the 2012 VPI Hambone Awards
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. is getting ready to award the 2012 Annual Hambone Award, and ...
September 04, 2012
5 reasons to obey the leash law (yes, I’m talking to you)
I took my dog Bandit for a walk today in Corbett's Glen, a nature park...
July 09, 2012
Fight for Lennox the dog nears the end
Lennox is scheduled to die tomorrow. In fact, he may already be dead, since he's...
July 03, 2012
Andy Griffith dies at 86 (video of The Andy Griffith Show episode, Dogs Dogs Dogs)
It's with a heavy heart that Mayberry fans learned today that actor Andy Griffith passed...
June 25, 2012
The results of positive dog training (video)
(Video of Bandit and Bailey; I'm not really that fat ... it's an apron filled...
June 19, 2012
Take Your Dog To Work Day, Friday, June 22, 2012
This Friday is Take Your Dog To Work Day! Because I work at home, it's...
June 13, 2012
Just another day at the Funny Farm (video)
Regular readers of my columns and personal blog (ie: my friends and family) know...
May 22, 2012
A year of animals, blogging and Patheos
I was excited this week to receive a notecard in the mail from the staff...
May 15, 2012
Scientists use MRI to see what Fido is thinking
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look at my quirky Border...
May 04, 2012
Washington Capital’s defenseman Karl Alzner’s dogs make a pretty, Twitter-worthy mess
After a marathon triple overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, Washington Capitals defenseman...
April 30, 2012
Animal testing and a little Monday morning crankiness
It's Monday, and to be quite frank, I'm feeling a little cranky, animal-wise. It's 10:30...
April 26, 2012
Loose puppy on runway delays flights
On Wednesday, the AP reports that a 30-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback named Byrdie escaped from her...
April 19, 2012
It’s a Pitty Pup Pawjama Party (photo)
This picture shared by a Facebook pal was just too doggone cute to not share with readers: this...
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