My Dog Saved My Life

It might sound like a melodramatic statement to some but it’s the truest statement I have ever made. I’ve been a dog lover my whole life and when my last dog’s life ended young and abruptly from kidney damage, it devastated me. It took me a while to get another dog. I...

The Test of Loyalty and Love of a Dog

“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.”  ― Stanley Coren, Award-winning author of books on the intelligence, mental abilities and history of dogs. Never in my life have I had a dog as loyal as this...

Why Black Dog Syndrome Matters

Photo courtesy of AllAboutDogs. As a child, I owned a Lab mix named Jet. He was rambunctious, loved to give wet, pink-tongued kisses, and wagged his tail so hard it caused his whole torso to shake with infectious enthusiasm. We named him Jet because he was black,...

8 Powerful Photographs of K-9 Responders to 9/11 Attacks

Fifteen years ago around 8:30 a.m. the north tower of the Twin Towers was hit by a hijacked plane, by 9 a.m. the south tower was struck, and by 10:30 a.m. both had plummeted to the ground. Downtown Manhattan is covered in an unearthly layer of dust, survivors run out...

Understanding Your Dog’s Language – Part I

It can sometimes be difficult to tell if my dogs aren’t feeling well. Of course, if your dogs are anything like my youngest, Revi, then you’ll know right away that something is wrong. After a romp in the yard with his brothers, Revi returned to the house...

Keeping the Heat off of Your Hot Dog

Summer is here, and we feel the heat. This is especially true for the dogs we keep in our backyards. As the temperature rises outside, the risk of heat stroke increases for our beloved pooches! There are plenty of ways to keep your dog safe from heat strokes and...

Toy Obsessed? A Dog and His Toys

If your dog is anything like my youngest, then you have a toy basket filled with dog toys. Heck, the basket itself is sometimes considered a toy! So, what do you do with a toy-crazed dog? Why, you love him, of course! And, if his love for toys becomes an obsession,...

Adding A New Family Member

Bringing home a dog as a new addition to the family is an exciting event, but can be nerve-wracking regardless if the dog shows their excitement in the beginning. The best thing to do is to take necessary steps to help the pet to adjust to its new surroundings and...

Springtime Safety Tips for your Furry Friends

Spring has sprung, and with the change of the season, I have set my eyes on fresh fruits at the market, longer days, and most of all, breezy evening strolls with my dogs. I can hardly contain my excitement after being cooped up during the winter season and if you are...

Chomp, Chomp, Chomp: How to Deal with Unwanted Chewing

It is normal for dogs to chew. Like toddlers, dogs take in much of their world through their mouths. However, in many instances, chewing can become destructive and problematic. In our first training class with Hugo, the trainer gave him a “virtually...