• dogs,  seniors

    Snow Dog

    With the snow we’ve been getting in Tucson this week I’m thinking about Kiera more than ever. She made the cross-country trip with us, both Mr. Writes and I wanted her with us, although we knew the trip would be hard on her. She was a trouper, keeping Mr. company for 8 or more hours of driving each day and we’d meet up in dog-friendly hotels from East Coast to Tucson. Kiera loved the snow. When snow would start in Virginia she’d paw at the door until I let her out. She hated when I would go out to get her in. Seriously, I would worry that someone would call…

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    breeds,  dogs,  puppies

    How to Pick the Right Dog For You

    I’m a huge fan of dog shows and am waiting, somewhat patiently, for the Valentine’s Weekend so I can watch the annual Westminster show in NYC. It’s a dream of mine to get there for the show in person someday soon. Whenever I watch I think about all the many breeds, and the variations on breeds, and the good ‘ol mutts out there. I wonder about the reasons that people pick the dog they have. I’m paraphrasing Jon Katz, from his book Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs, “people will shop around, test drive, check all the stats and reviews before buying a large…

  • dogs,  wellness

    Oh Behave! At the Vet

    My dogs have never liked going to the vet and I’m sure yours don’t either. They get stressed which makes me one wigged out dog-momma. We all know that when we’re stressed our dogs and cats pick up on it and react accordingly. Years ago I had a chat with the front-line folks at my local veterinarian’s office to ask them what they wish pet-parents knew about behaving at the clinic and their wisdom makes as much sense today as it did in 2006. Following are some tips to help you, and your dog have a better experience. (Plus you don’t want to end up in the “vetiquette don’ts” I’ll…

  • celebrations,  dogs,  seniors

    How do you Celebrate?

    The holiday season is behind us — all that noise and fuss and stress is over for another 358 days. I get so stressed out over the holiday season that my stomach is in knots and Deuce is always pacing around me, whining and pawing at me to get out of my chair and get on the floor with her. I’m okay with that. It’s super grounding to be with a dog int he first place, and what could be more grounding than sitting on the floor, putting your head onto your pup’s head? Nothing. If you’re one of those people who are truly blissed out during the holidays and…

  • dogs,  personal

    Who’s a Good Teacher?!

    This is supposed to be uttered like you do when you’re saying, “Who’s a good boy?! Who’s a good dog?! You are! You are!” You know that tone, right? This post isn’t about finding a good trainer for your dog. Nope it’s a New Year’s shout out to the lessons our dogs teach us regularly throughout the year. Some of my favorite lessons: Do you. Don’t worry about you hair being out of whack, just go out and make friends. Ask for what you want – directly. Sit and watch nature as much as possible. Chase what you want and have fun doing it. Trust your instincts. Investigate new things.…