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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Ghost Cat’s Spirit

If you’ve ever wondered whether pets have spirits and souls that live on after their body dies, this is the story of my cat Sunshine, and her visitation from the beyond. Sunshine was 17 when she died. She’d been my …

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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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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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