Rudy the Rottweiler’s Story, pt. 2

  Rudy lived at the shelter from July 5th until October 2nd, three months altogether. The staff there did a remarkable job of working with him, comforting him, and getting him used to being touched. The people at the shelter didn’t just let him languish in his run – when time and circumstances allowed, they … Continue reading Rudy the Rottweiler’s Story, pt. 2

Rudy the Rottweiler’s Story, part 1.

Without a plan or a particular goal, I stopped by the shelter one afternoon and asked to meet the big Rottweiler I knew they had there. He had been there for months, and I was curious, not really interested – it was too soon after my dog Iggy had died, and Rottweilers, while certainly wonderful, … Continue reading Rudy the Rottweiler’s Story, part 1.

Eulogy for Iggy Pup

Iggy Pup died today. We found out he had bone cancer in his jaw about three weeks ago, and that it had metastasized into his lungs. We have been hand-feeding him little pieces of roast beef, stewed chicken, hot dogs, apple fritters, mashed potatoes, and cheeseburgers, but he was losing weight rapidly, and yesterday he … Continue reading Eulogy for Iggy Pup

petStop Natural Pet Pantry Yardbird Chicken Training Video

petStop is a local pet shop owned and staffed by animal lovers. They do not sell animals. Not puppies, not kittens, and not ferrets, hamsters, or birds.  The people who work there take an interest in the pets people are shopping for, and they are always cheerful and happy to help find the right product … Continue reading petStop Natural Pet Pantry Yardbird Chicken Training Video

The Feats of LOOUNCH, All-American Bull Terrier!

It is the nature of alien abductions that one feels confused for an indeterminate time after being returned to Earth. It should not be surprising, then, that it is not clear if LOOUNCH is immortal, or a time traveler. Perhaps there is little difference. Whatever the case, or the reason, there can be no arguing … Continue reading The Feats of LOOUNCH, All-American Bull Terrier!

The World Might be a Better Place

The world might be a better place if more people watched these videos. They are cute and sweet, certainly, like so many dog videos on the internet. They also demonstrate something about the potential for dogs to do surprising and wonderful things, when guided by thoughtful and loving stewardship. I have watched these videos many … Continue reading The World Might be a Better Place

Who Among Us?

"Who among us would not help, were we standing there?" --Anonymous  Though Heather and I have known each other for a very long time, we have not seen each other in years, keeping in touch via social media and the occasional email. Recently, she dropped me a note asking for advice on how to teach … Continue reading Who Among Us?

Potty About Pets: Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum

It has been my habit for ten years now to participate in on-line forums. It is part of  a recurring process: gain a new interest, read all I can at the public library, buy a book or two at Village Books or a used bookstore, peruse all the established websites, then sift through forums on … Continue reading Potty About Pets: Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sidecar Sidekick

Chris Larson has been my friend for over twenty years, and while I do not see him often, it is always interesting to hear what he is doing. Chris has a special excitement about life. In preparing this article, and reflecting on my friendship with Chris, I realized that I have never known him to … Continue reading Sidecar Sidekick