Category Archives: new dog

A dog’s life well-lived to the end

Mac came into the shelter in very good condition. He hadn’t been tied to a chain, made to guard a junkyard, abused or otherwise neglected. He was given up by a sobbing owner no longer able to care for him.  This was 2007, and … Continue reading

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Dog as Woman’s BFF

Dog as Woman’s BFF We don’t need chick lit or the Lifetime network to tell us that dogs can be woman’s best friend. The role of dogs in the household has changed drastically in the last few hundred years. Prior … Continue reading

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So you want to show your dog- Westminster style

Watching the Westminster Kennel Club dog show every year brings out the stage mother in many of us. Our dogs are gorgeous, smart, and every bit the champions we see on the most famous dog show in the world, right? … Continue reading

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How I met my ‘Mac’- more stories from 20 years of dog training

My lovely shepherd mix, ‘Bella’, had left us over six months earlier at the age of eight. Her illness progressed and we had to say good-bye. The hefty emotional toll numbed us for some time, but gradually I got the … Continue reading

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Holiday Manners: Is Your Dog Ready for the Social Whirl?

We are all more socially active this time of year. If you are expecting guests this season, or if they just show up without so much as a warning bark, will your dog’s manners get you compliments, or complaints? It’s really all … Continue reading

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