I never set out to have a protective dog, but soon after I adopted Chowder, my orange* Chow, I realized that I had one nonetheless. He had certain behaviors that revealed this. He would become extremely agitated on a walk if we encountered another dog and I was closer to the dog than he was. When tradesmen (and it was always men, since Chowder was a unrepentant sexist who rarely viewed women as threats) came to the house and were showing me diagrams or estimates, Chowder would wedge himself between us, no matter how little space there was. Considering that Chowder didn’t like a lot of proximity to humans, this was telling. When we fostered dogs, Chowder was the meanest to the ones that I liked the most and ignored the ones I could barely tolerate. Read More Someone to Watch Over Me
“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” — Abraham Lincoln
This is my favorite dog quote of all time. Some of the worst dog owners I’ve ever met have been pious hypocrites who told me earnestly that they had prayed about the decision that they had to make. Interestingly enough, the decision they prayed about always seemed to go in the favor of the human doing something despicably selfish. One of the most disastrous adopters we had was a Franciscan nun. During the process of the adopter returning the dog, my rescue partner Victoria was moved to ask, “Aren’t you guys named after St. Francis? Wasn’t he the patron saint of animals?” The response? “Yeah, we’ve dropped all that.” Indeed.
Lincoln got it in one, 150 years before I learned the same thing. Read More My Favorite Quotes About Dogs
You won’t find dogs more elegant and sleek in appearance than sighthounds, and greyhounds are the most prominent representatives of this category. But all is not as it seems: if Basset Hounds are the WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) dogs, Greyhounds are the Not-At-All-What-You-Think dogs. Read More Joining the Cult of Greyhound
Dogs are judged in numerous ways. Tallest. Fastest. Most expensive. Most obedient. These are all solid, familiar metrics. However, there are more important things to look at, as this list, culled from personal experience, research and opinions expressed on social media, will show. Read More Dubious Dog Rankings
Sometimes people will adopt a dog, and despite all of their best efforts, they end up with a dog who has some serious personality problems. If you are in that position, here are some tips to wrap your head around when considering how to help your dog. Read More Dealing With the Traumatized Dog, Part 1
If you’re reading this, perhaps you are in this situation. Your significant other wants to move on to the next phase in your relationship, but before that happens, your dog or cat needs to go. You’ve been presented with an ultimatum: you can have love or you can keep your dog, and you don’t know what to do. Read More “It’s Me Or the Dog”
The wonderful Laura Temple Carroll once found herself with a litter of coonhound puppies to place (because she is the kind of awesome person who finds homes for strays all the time), but kept ending up with bad applicants who wanted to use them for hunting dogs. I had been down this road before, so I suggested that she change her Craigslist posting to include the word “snugglehound.” As we had hoped, a far better caliber of adopter presented itself immediately. Read More You Need A Snugglehound (New Breed Category #3)
This article contains spoilers from the first two episodes of Fear the Walking Dead.
Fear the Walking Dead, the new show from the makers of The Walking Dead, debuted last week, and it has become clear that the producers have learned absolutely nothing from outcry over the way black males are featured in the original show. Read More Fear the Walking Dead Drops the Ball