The first dog I ever had was a Chow Chow. It was a stupid, stupid move on my part. I did a search on Petfinder for medium-sized male dogs in my area, and his was among the first pictures I saw. I knew nothing about Chow Chows, and did a little research, and thought that might be the perfect breed for me. Frankly, it didn’t matter what they said, because I recognized Chowder as my dog from the moment I saw him. I even liked his name. Read More Chow Chows Are Too Much Dog for You, So Move On
I often write about dog breeds and highlight the surprising things about them. I’m not going to do that for Basset Hounds, because really, if you’ve been around a Basset Hound for more than five minutes, you have probably gathered exactly what you are dealing with. Read More Basset Hounds: The WYSIWYG Dogs
If you have ever read this column, you know I’m an ardent supporter of adopting, rather than buying, pets. The bottom line is that there are animals who die because people “commission” one. I’ve already told myself that the only way I’m going to get another Chow Chow is if one appears in rescue. It will be a sacrifice, I remind myself, but it is the right thing to do. Read More Corgis, Destroyers of Worlds, and Their Devoted Human Companions
I remember at one point, early in rescue, seeing a dog who came into rescue who was a lot like our dog, Gingerella Fitzgerald. Gingerella was a great dog — shameless, affectionate, tough-minded — so it was funny to see her doppleganger show up looking for a home. When I talked to her twin’s foster, I found out that this dog had a lot of the same personality traits. He was immensely loveable, good-natured, and self-serving. I remember thinking that the beagle/lab mix seemed like a good one. Read More Vive le Blab!
The Labrador, according to the many videos and news reports we see of them, is the dog that does it all: after a long day of detecting bombs and drugs, pulling a victim from a collapsed building, helping a man with epilepsy detect his seizures, and comforting grief-stricken children, the Labrador Retriever returns home to play with your toddler, collect cuddles from you, and possibly make your dinner. Read More A Guide to Labradors and the People They Have