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 […]

Space Dogs — a Darling Little Book

Space Dogs — a Darling Little Book Space Dogs: The Story of the Celebrated Canine Cosmonauts (photos by Martin Parr, text by Richard Hollingham) is a fascinating little book about the period during the Cold War when the Russian space program sent dogs into space.  Never to return. The book is filled with photos and […]

Breezing (relatively speaking) Through Nightmare of ACL Repair

Breezing (relatively speaking) Through the Nightmare of an ACL Repair My majestically athletic, exuberant Weimaraner Maisie made it all the way to age six before she tore her ACL ligament in May. I had been living in absolute dread of it tearing for months before it happened. I was doing everything I could to protect […]

Four Paws Up for Bissell

Four Paws Up for Bissell Need a new vacuum cleaner for all your dog fur? Are you ready to Spring for a rug shampooer for the rest of the mess dogs leave behind? I was! My carpet shampooer recently petered out, after a dozen years of faithful weekly service trying to stay ahead of 8 […]

Icky Ears?

Icky Ears? A lot of dogs have ears that are really bothering them—itchy, painful, irritated—and their people do not realize how much discomfort there are in. Do you have a dog with floppy ears—with flaps that hang down and create the perfect environment for bacteria and yeast to flourish? Does your dog scratch at her […]

Celebrating Spring with Glorious New Collars

Celebrating Spring with Glorious New Collars Here in Northern New England it is still too cold and damp to celebrate Spring. When it’s grey, windy, and rainy and you’re still wearing lined boots and hooded insulated jackets to walk the dogs as May approaches, it’s hard to get in a upbeat mood. Thinking of the […]

A Book About Meghan Markle’s Beagle as Good as Eloise

A Book About Meghan Markle’s Beagle as Good as Eloise An absolutely delicious children’s book “His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle: The Remarkable True Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue Dog,”  has arrived just in time for putting under the tree – and onto the shelf for now and forever more. I haven’t seen a children’s […]

Take Fish Oil for Yourself & Your Pets… No Matter what some study says!

Take Fish Oil for Yourself & Your Pets… No Matter what some study says! There are basic facts about the health value of giving generous amounts of omega-3 fish oil every day to your pets (and yourself and your two-legged children, too!). I’ve been singing the praises of omega-3 fish oil for years, to anyone […]

A Dog Door That Is Truly Ideal

A Dog Door That Is Truly Ideal Until recently, I thought all dog doors were pretty much the same. I’ve had dog doors in my houses for decades — I have moved quite a lot and am lucky enough to be able to choose a house and property based on its desirability to my dogs […]

Falling in Love with Omega-3 Fish Oil All Over Again

Falling in Love with Omega-3 Fish Oil All Over Again I’ve been a huge advocate for supplementing human and pet diets with fish oil. I wrote about it in my long-ago famous pregnancy books, in my books The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible and talked about it on the air on DOG TALK (and […]