I want to save them all

Note: I would love it if the following story ended with me bringing Misty home, but, spoiler, that hasn’t happened. My hands go up to everyone who’s ever rescued a dog, and for those who rescue animals every day. My heart won’t stop bleeding for all the homeless dogs. Perhaps I need to block allContinue reading “I want to save them all”

Separation anxiety (mine) and the canine oxytocin connection

While in Atlanta for BarkWorld, I missed my doggies like crazy. More than usual, probably because I was thinking about dogs and surrounded by dog-lovers all weekend. The highlight of the social “petworking” conference for me was meeting Victoria Stilwell. As a fan of her television show, I already knew that she is a championContinue reading “Separation anxiety (mine) and the canine oxytocin connection”

My “normal” dog

The magic of Mia is that I can take her anywhere. Truly. She doesn’t even need a leash; she sticks right by me. Even on a leash, she doesn’t bark and lunge at any of the usual suspects. My original plan for the Festival of the River was to take Mia with me both days,Continue reading “My “normal” dog”

Leo wants to do fun things, too

I have a T-shirt from Dog is Good that reads: “To my dog, this I promise you: I will love you unconditionally; for who you are, not who I’d like you to be. I will protect you and keep you safe. Always.” I love this sentiment so much that I bought the shirt despite theContinue reading “Leo wants to do fun things, too”

Companion piece to Bark and Lunge

Just finished Suspect, Robert Crais’ best work! Obviously, I’m biased, because it’s about a German shepherd. My mom introduced me to Crais’ Elvis Cole detective novels many moons ago. I’ve read them all and the standalones as well. They’re terrific. This one really spoke to me. Not just because it’s about a dog. I’ve readContinue reading “Companion piece to Bark and Lunge”

From the Leo Archives #WordlessWednesday (Who am I kidding?)

Last night when I got home from Zumba, Leo followed me around the house (like he usually does). The sensation of his soft warm face nuzzling against my legs brought me such joy I cannot tell you. I knelt down, wrapped my arms around him (like I do about 37 times a day), smothered hisContinue reading “From the Leo Archives #WordlessWednesday (Who am I kidding?)”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

One of these weeks, I’m going to take a picture especially for the Weekly Photo Challenge. But for each of the three weeks I’ve participated, I’ve already had the perfect picture: When I first took this picture (in November 2008, according to the metadata), I asked my mom if she thought it was too intimateContinue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss”

Everybody pees

I saw more than one ridiculous commercial this morning about an app to help you reward your child for using the potty. One even depicted a fantastical “first flush party.” People do this? (Evidently they do.) Reminded me of some criticism I’ve gotten for talking too much about peeing in my memoir. Fair criticism, I’llContinue reading “Everybody pees”

The Accidental Teacher Dog

Mia and I helped socialize an 11-month-old Great Dane today. Back when Leo was a puppy and needed lots of stimulation, I sometimes took him to a large ball field at lunchtime hoping to find like-minded dog parents with suitable playmates for him. We also took him to doggie socials on weekends, but since heContinue reading “The Accidental Teacher Dog”