Confessions of a Dog Bed Junkie

Confessions of a Dog Bed Junkie I admit it: I have been on a lifelong quest for the perfect dog bed. I have bought (and been given by companies) ten times more dog beds than my lifetime cumulative number of dogs! Over the years, I’ve always had two dog beds in every room of whatever […]

Chill Out With the Zen Pen

Chill Out With the Zen Pen My older dog Maisie just went through her second ACL repair — a major bone-cutting surgery with hardware screwed into the bones. Lots of pain (for which she gets compounded tramadol and gabapentin), as well as anxiety about the whole procedure. Now, two and a half weeks later, she […]

What My Girls are Eating Now

What My Girls are Eating Now I am a pretty devoted Dog Feeding Mom. I think we’ve established by now — with over 14 years in the pet field and nearly 650 consecutive shows of Dog Talk® on NPR – that I have decided that there are nutritional supplements that enhance the health of dogs […]

Joe, Maisie and the Cheese

Joe. Maisie. And the Cheese This is a little story about how dogs learn, and especially how we can communicate to them certain behaviors which displease us. Most importantly, it’s a story about how/when/if to reprimand a dog for having engaged in one of those behaviors. This story is especially useful for new dog owners, […]

Training Your Dog with a New Homemade Toy

Training Your Dog with a New Homemade Toy Dog toys can cost big bucks, reason enough to make your own. In my house, the favorite toy for chasing, tugging, gnawing—and even to cart around as a security blanket—is the Towel Burrito. These are my own invention, and I got the idea when I was reading […]

Japanese Chin Vinny the Vivamune Puppy

Japanese Chin Vinny the Vivamune Puppy My radio sponsor Vivamune makes an immune-system-boosting supplement that I wanted some of my special listeners to “road test,” and I thought of the beautiful little Japanese Chins being rescued and fostered, often from puppy mills, who might really benefit from the added boost to their wellness. My own […]

Skunked in Winter!

Skunked in Winter! The snowiest, coldest winter in memory has been challenge enough, trying to entertain and burn off the energy of a young, super-hyper, over-the-top energetic young dog. It has been so brutally cold, and the snow at the side of the roads has been piled so high, that I have not been able […]

Vivamune Gives Shinier Coats to Shelter Dogs

Vivamune Gives Shinier Coats to Shelter Dogs I have had such great luck with Vivamune for own blue Weimaraner, Maisie, who was shedding like crazy and had a dull coat until Vivamune supplements changed all that. Now she is shiny as can be and drops very little hair. Vivamune is a sponsor on my Radio […]

The Expert Vet #5029 (8-04-2014)

The Expert Vet (8-04-2014) #5029: What to do if you adopt a dog like Tracie’s new Blue Weimaraner Maisie and she has horrible diarrhea when switching her to better food? Dr. Donna explains FRD (fiber responsive diarrhea in large breed young dogs) and how adding Fiber One cereal and psyllium husk powder to all meals, […]

Dog Talk #376 (6/21/2014)

Dog Talk (6/21/2014) #376: If you have lost a pet and have ashes you aren’t sure what to do with, you’ll want hear Lisa Brambilla talk about BioUrn, the unique method created to transform your pet’s ashes into a growing tree or bush; Aubrey Fine, a professor at Cal Poly University, talks about philosophical issues […]