Time to Say Goodbye

All of us moms and dads of fur babies know that there will inevitably, as Andrea Bocelli so beautifully sings, a time to say goodbye. Having been in this business almost 12 years, I have shared the heartbreak of owners when I learn that dogs who have visited me for years or even months have […]

The Fabulist Tale of Maddie

  The fabulist tale of Maddie begins on a sunny beach in Florida.  Maddie was a beautiful Boykin spaniel who loved nothing more than to go out on the ocean with her human. Day after day, Maddie’s mom would take her kayak into the water and when it was deep enough, the two would jump […]

Put Barryland on That Bucket List!

Barryland. All St. Bernard owners, perhaps all dog owners, should put Barryland on that bucket list. Located in the small town Martigny at the base of the Swiss Alps, it’s a museum dedicated to St. Bernard dogs and features history, art, films and of course, an awesome gift shop. The museum is named in honor […]

Off Leashers: Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

Perhaps human nature has always been this way: blame the cop who issues a ticket to one who drives 80 in a 40mph zone. The teacher who has it in for the parent’s child even with documented instances of misbehavior. And people who walk their dogs off leash who feel unfairly targeted by those hired […]

Dog Boarding Safety: Who Can You Trust?

Vacationers increasingly search for alternatives to kenneling their dogs while on vacation. In response, “Uber”-model businesses like Wag and Rover have exploded to meet the demand. These online companies promise to match dog lovers looking to make a little extra money with dog owners who need someone to watch their pet. With so many strangers competing for […]

Care and Kindness Towards Animals

Rescue organizations have been around awhile, but the concept of care and kindness towards animals goes back quite a bit further, as evidenced by Proverbs 12:10: “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the evil are cruel.” The first legal code for animal protection in America was recorded […]

Animal Rescue, Hoarding or Cruelty?

As a dog lover, I have the utmost respect for most animal rescue organizations. They rely on foster families, which are always hard to find. They make sure the dogs are treated for any health problems and vaccinated before being put up for adoption. Organizations like Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, CAPE (Center for Animal […]

The Ultimate Dog-Lover’s Picnic Basket

Who doesn’t love a picnic on the beach? Well, me, for one. Heat, sand flies, screaming kids? Nope, my idea of the ideal picnic is in a dimly lit room with my PB&J and the TV on. But most folks enjoy picnics, especially if they can bring their fur-baby along. Having done extensive research, I’ve […]

Mystery Novels with Dogs

If you like your mysteries hard-boiled, you’ll love books by Andrew Vachss, Jim Thompson or James Ellroy. Readers with more sensitive souls turn to cozies, a mystery sub-genre that evokes a slight smile with a modicum of suspense. For cozy readers like us, there’s no better mystery than one that combines snoops and their pooches. In […]

HTF! (Heat, Ticks and Foxtails)

I’ll just say it: I despise summer. Mainly, it’s because I have Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. (The good news is now I get to join the majority of Californians who have some sort of disorder, syndrome or complicated issues). Most people slip into a deep funk when the days begin to shorten and cold and dark […]