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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Jockeying for Alpha Dog

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Dakota had been progressing. From her early days with us as the most godawful dog imagineable, she had reached a place where she brought us joy and laughter rather than work and frustration. She’d come a long way from her …

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Cheese Wrapper Party Trick for Dogs

We’d shown off our two dogs for visitors before by demonstrating our dogs’ prowess at playing the Go Find It game and their understanding of sign language. We’d even shown our dogs’ love for sliced cheese, which is a joy …

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Used Dog, Free to Good Home

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She was a dreamboat(What were her previous owners thinking?) We often hesitate to adopt a dog from the dog pound because we figure we don’t know what we’re getting into adopting somebody else’s used dog. We assume that if the …

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Dog Eats Roasted Dead Bugs

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Live bugs are a delicacy in a dog’s diet providing not only a tasty morsel, but the thrill of the chase as well. Noisy, buzzy bugs and small, easy-to-catch animals were prime targets for our dogs, including poisonous toads and …

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Dog Pees From Excitement

I called it “pee pee feet” and I hated visiting my neighbor’s house for it. Their dog peed on the floor every time he got excited which was anytime people came to visit. The worst part was that it was …

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The Perfect Outdoor Dog Game

Dakota was an energetic dog who needed a lot of exercise so we got her a big, bouncy ball about the size of a volleyball. We weren’t the sort to go jogging with her or rollerblading so we looked for …

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The Right Dog

I’ve talked to quite a few dog owners as a result of writing Bad Dog to Best Friend. Once you write a book about training a problem dog, you find yourself meeting people with problem dogs everywhere you go. One …

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Catahoula Leopard Dog

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The Louisiana auditions for American Idol, Season 10, were about to begin. They opened the show with a picture of the Louisiana state flower (Magnolia), the Louisiana state bird (Eastern Brown Pelican), the Louisiana state reptile (alligator), and then they …

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Religion Should Be Like Dog Training

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I was listening to Bette Midler’s song “From A Distance” which looks at wars and hunger from a larger perspective. The song seems to ask, “Why can’t we all just get along and help each other?” Bette Midler’s song really …

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