Apparently, August is Itchy Dog Month

Apparently, August is Itchy Dog Month I’ve heard of National Dog Day in August but I only recently discovered that all of August has been dubbed “the itchiest month.” This happened to be when my skin-sensitive Wanda the Weimaraner has reacted yet again to the grasses in the fields where I take her and Maisie […]

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, […]

Health Benefits of Delayed Spaying

Good Dogs! (12-05-2016) #6062: Lise from Avidog International discusses delaying spaying a female dog (as Tracie has with her young Weimaraner, Wanda) purely for health reasons and the challenges of dealing with a bitch in heat for a novice like Tracie. Buyers of Avidog Golden Retrievers actually have to sign a contract not to spay […]

Shampooing Your Dog

Shampooing Your Dog — Making it Fun and Frequent On my NPR radio show DOG TALK® this past week I interviewed humorist Merrill Markoe, several of whose amazing videos will be featured in the Dog Film Festival October 3rd. I invited her to read one of the fall-down-funny essays from her book What the Dogs […]

Filmmaker William Wegman

Dog Talk (05-23-2015) #422: The William Wegman Hour! A whole show with the amazing artist and photographer William Wegman, whose iconic and astonishing film “The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold” will be featured at the Dog Film Festival, as will one of his early video pieces, “The Spelling Lesson,” with his original Weimaraner, Man Ray. […]

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 […]

Another Trip Over The Rainbow Bridge

Another Trip Over The Rainbow Bridge It has been a Spring of sadness and loss in my world — my older rescued Weimaraner, Scooby Doo, gave up the ghost himself, soon after I lost my youngest Weimaraner, Teddy, to a fast and brutal death from cancer. It was heart breaking for me to witness the […]

The Bed of Maisie’s Dreams

The Bed of Maisie’s Dreams It is pretty funny to see our new adopted Blue Weimaraner puppy, Maisie, make the tour of the extraordinary assortment of dog beds in our house. The reason every room has three beds — all of them different styles and designs — is because every dog is an individual with […]

The Pilgrimage For Puppy Pick-Up

As you read this, I am on my way from Vermont to Virginia, driving 10 hours to Virginia Beach, where an 8-month-old Blue (dark gray) Weimaraner pooch named Maisie is waiting for me. It’s thrilling, unexpected, and bittersweet — until the moment I hold her in my arms and then it will be All Good. […]

Chubby Dog? Pudgy Pooch? Take The Halo Healthy Weight Challenge

Dr. Donna Spector (who is also the star of my Radio Pet Lady Network show The Expert Vet) helped formulate the Take it Off Teddy! diet for me, using a prescription dog food. She calculated the calories my dog Teddy needed to eat in order to start burning up his fat, which made it possible […]