Show Me The Love – Game of Chess, Anyone?

Who doesn’t enjoy playing with their best four-legged friend?  There are many ways to play with your dog and the best way will depend on age, breed, activity level, fitness level, and availability.  Whatever your situation or preferences, it’s a good idea to get out…

Getting To Know You – Beagle

Who doesn’t know and love Snoopy?  What some people may not realize is that the cartoon character is based on a real breed.  For those of you who didn’t know that, let me be the first to tell you that Snoopy is a Beagle.  A…

Ready. Set. Go! Go Take A Hike

This spring, what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than hiking with your best friend?  Most healthy dogs like to be out and about, whether it’s walking at your side or carried in your arms. The American Hiking Society has a handy list of…

Chester & Rodney – Swim Like a Fish

Now that the nice weather is (hopefully) approaching, it’s time to start thinking about fun outdoor activities that you and Fido can enjoy together.  If swimming is on your list, it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind.  Some of these depend on the…

Getting To Know You – Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound

If the looks of a Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound don’t intrigue you, I’m guessing the American Kennel Club’s synopsis of it will…”Hailing from Germany, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is the Bayerischer Gebirgsschweisshund in its native German. The breed’s most notable trait is its outstanding “cold…

Show Me The Love – Avoidance Behavior

While at an agility trial this weekend, a dog in the novice ring was sniffing around while the handler tried in vain to get his attention.  The handler came out of the ring, visibly frustrated, saying that there must have been some really good smells…

Ready. Set. Go! – I’ll Be Back

As a dog parent, traveling without your dog is very stressful.  You constantly worry if they’ll be okay, if they’ll eat and, in some cases, receive their medicine on time.  One option for your pets when going away without them is to leave them at…

Show Me The Love! Did You See That?

As most people who live with a dog know, dogs understand what it means when a human points.  According to Professor Richard Byrne from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland: “…Even our closest relatives, the great apes, typically fail to understand pointing when it’s…

Getting To Know You – Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is one of six dogs that make up the Basset Hound family. This breed was recorded in the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service starting in February of 2015 and was assigned to the Hound Group.  They measure between 12.5”…

Show Me The Love – Rats

I know I’ve spoken about the importance of dog exercise before, but it bears mentioning again.  The other day, I was talking to a friend who told me his dog became destructive any time he left him home alone.  I suggested my friend physically exercise…

Ready. Set. Let’s Go! – Call Me Rudolph

Does your dog love to pull you around when you take it for walks?  Have you tried walking him on a harness, only to have him pull harder?  Then the sport of sled dog racing may be for you.  That is, of course, provided your…

Chester & Rodney – To Emma, From The Dog

A few days ago, I read an article about a 7-year-old from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, named Emma Mertens.  On January 23, Emma was diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare, inoperable brain tumor.  According to the Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Resource Network, DIPGs typically…