Ominous Splashing in the Lake on a Dark and Creepy Night

I let the dogs out for their nighttime potty and went out onto the back deck to look up at the stars. It was a week before Thanksgiving and cold weather was reaching its fingers out for a touch, but …

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Do Pets Remember Being Abducted by Aliens?

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This is probably the weirdest blog post I’ve written to date, and I am writing it in all seriousness. Our dog Dakota was sound asleep and actively dreaming, loudly yipping with her feet paddling as if she were running a …

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Training Your Dog to be Home Alone eBook

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For those of you who don’t want the full book Bad Dog to Best Friend, I’ve excerpted the three chapters that will help you train your dog to be home alone, and released them as an eBook called “Training Your …

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Fireman’s Dog Dies

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We hear about stories in the news such as the hero dog from Afghanistan who foiled a suicide bomber’s attempts to blow up an American barracks, and was later adopted by an Army medic who had witnessed the dog’s bravery. …

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Punched in the Nose by a Dog

Dogs can bite you, body slam you, claw at you, or lick you silly but did you know that a dog can punch you in the nose and give you a nosebleed? I didn’t, until yesterday. I’d already learned about …

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Man’s Best Friend and National Dog Week

For virtually every vice and oddity, occupation and religion, hobby and emotion, there is a holiday to honor it. We honor mothers and fathers, grandparents, teachers, firefighters, secretaries, bosses and sweethearts. We celebrate beer, practical jokes, waffles, head lice and …

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The Perils of Procrastination

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We all do it. We put things off and sometimes years can go by and we still haven’t done the deed. We figure the thing will always be there when we get to it. The trouble is that’s not always …

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Cactus Isn’t a Dog Toy

Our dog Dakota was at it again. This time she was after something in the burn pile. It offered the perfect hidey hole for small animals. For several months we’d throw sticks and branches on the pile letting it build …

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Cat Lady to Dog Person

I was one of those girls that everyone thought would end up as an old maid owning thirty cats. I always had a cat, and no matter where I traveled or moved, my cats went with me. I didn’t ditch …

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Guilty Dog

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I came home late one evening to be greeted at the door by my dog Gypsy Rose. The moment I walked in it was obvious she had been on the sofa. This was illegal. She wasn’t allowed on the sofa …

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