Six Mile Hike

For many of us, it is not surprising to hear a story of a dog that travels miles searching to bring help to their human lying under cactus with a broken leg, dehydrated, and nearly dead. A hiking trip gone bad, yet the intuitive dog companion, due to his love and commitment to his human […]

Nose to Nose

Nose to nose. Eye to eye. Ears up and listening. Noses twitching to inhale a special doggy fragrance. Tails stiff and up, waiting for the identifying stiff of the anal glands. Here at the rear, scientists have agreed that there is a plethora of tales to learn at the tail end. The information learned from […]

Walking Your Own Path

Its’ only 31 degrees as the three of us head out for the daily trip through the neighborhood. Lab dog knows this path better than her dog food bowl. She knows what the expectations are so well that she just stands near the door while I put the chains on my walking shoes. Carolina dog, […]

Life On Other Planets

Do you think there is life on other planets? Ask that to a class of 29 sixth graders. 13 will raise their hands, the highest they can reach while sitting on one leg scrunched up under them to make them taller so their hand is higher, emitting a sound, uh, uh, uh….. Four, with the […]

The Decision

“When do I make the decision to let them go?” When do I decide what their quality of life is? How do I make these decisions? These words stare at me from the Facebook page. They are the same questions I had to ask myself in June about a beloved canine family member. This time […]

Common Reasons Why Dogs Are Abandoned

No potential owner of a canine companion starts out their journey assuming that they’ll be that person who abandons their dog when things get rough. In fact, most owners have only the best of intentions in mind. The dog will make a great companion, whether for themselves or the young children in the household. Your […]

Rugged Pom

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As I discuss the purchase of the Ultra Paws Rugged Boots with this proud dog dad, he says, “She has climbed Miller’s Peak, hiked Antelope Island, and she has been on every hike my wife and I have been on in the past 8 years.” While I was expecting him to tell me that his […]



Slowly my eyes open. Glancing over at the green numbers that identify for my brain that the blessed wake up time is 3:04 a.m. My arms are pinned to my sides, my legs unmovable and the heat reminds me of that visit with my sister in Tucson. Slowly, my right leg begins to vibrate. With […]

Fight or flight

“Oh my goooossshh! Ahhhh, such a cute dooogy!” three little girls scream as they come running across the park at my dog and me. Their arms dangling out of their sockets like half cooked spaghetti noodles flapping in the air. As they approach, I calmly say to them to slow down and not get any […]

Fair Is Where You Take The Pig

“But, that’s not faaiiirr!” Words spit out by most grade school students and well, possibly many adults on the surface of earth. During my grade school teaching days, my response to these words was, “fair is where you take the pig.” Now, during my doing dog days, I am smacked full in the face with […]