more about: dogs

Does Your Pet Feel Guilty?

Consider it the opposite of bragging. Or perhaps the “anti-brag.” Everywhere I go these days, people are “outing” their pets for bad behavior. It’s done with a sense of humor; malice doesn’t enter the equation. Here’s one of my favorites, less scatological than many of the others: “My Mom Can Never Sleep In. If she tries, I sit next to the […]

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Do You Eat Like a Bird or a Horse? What Does it All Mean?

I could give Mrs. Malaprop “a run for her cash money,” as I’ve been known to misquote common expressions to unintended comic effect. So I thought it appropriate — perhaps necessary — to examine animal expressions, their origins, and whether they are fact or fiction. I “ferreted”* answers out of Victoria Stilwell,  host of Animal Planet‘s TV series It’s Me or the Dog, […]

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Could Your Dog Be an Olympic Athlete?

OK, so it’s not quite the same. The dogs don’t have to wait four years for their next turn at glory. There’s no lighting of an Olympic torch and carrying it thousands of miles. There aren’t a billion people watching. But across our great nation, Border Collies are racing through obstacle courses, Scotties are charging down Seesaws, and mixed breeds […]

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Getting Your Pet a Pet? Here’s How…

I’ll never forget the woman who made me feel better about my over-the-top behavior with my pet. “Are you kidding?” she had responded. “I got my pet a pet! What’s crazier than that?” Jokes aside, introducing a second dog or cat into your home can be a wonderful thing to do, though one should strategize for optimal results. Jealousy can […]

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Could Your Dog Be a Movie Star?

It’s almost time for the Oscars, and I’m on pins and needles waiting to hear if Uggie (of The Artist fame) will be appearing or — better yet — performing a trick or two at the ceremony.* Apparently, he hasn’t been invited yet, which is an outrage if you ask me! The Jack Russell terrier with a certain je ne sais […]

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Can Your Pets Have Too Much Fun?

Chances are, at some point, you’ve experienced pangs of guilt when it comes to your pets. Either you’re gone for too much of the day or you don’t play enough games with your pets or you travel to places where your pets can’t come along. Such is the modern world we live in. Many of us commute to offices where […]

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The Top Names for Pets in 2011

As my friend would say, the cats have the headline this time. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co (VPI) and Petfinder.com, a roundup of the most popular pet names in 2011 marked a real cat fight versus the same old routine for the dogs. Petfinder.com reports that, of its 300,000+ adoptable pets, the top five dog names remained the same in 2011 (“Buddy,” […]

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Stranger Than Fiction: Pet Training Requests

File this under the header “Strange but True.” I asked dog trainer and Animal Planet pet expert Andrea Arden about the most bizarre training requests that have crossed her desk. Top of mind concerned a Betta fish. This is a fighting fish. A potential client wanted Andrea to train her fish — alone, in its fish bowl — because “she […]

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DIY Dog Costumes for Halloween

Whether man is dressing himself or his best friend, I never tire of seeing creative costumes and clever minds at work. This year’s Halloween Howl, in my neighborhood park, did not disappoint. Event attendees were also treated to healthy hounds info as well as a stand for the Best Friends Animal Society. For your last-minute inspiration and information, I share with you my judging […]

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The Dog Who Crossed the Road

Last weekend, I saw something that scared and then angered me. An adorable dog had wandered out of his house and onto a country road. A car had nearly hit him, and had we been driving more quickly, we might have done the same. We stopped the car and I did something out of the ordinary for me. I walked […]

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