Having a healthy and happy dog in the family: The importance of play.

Having a healthy and happy dog in the family: The importance of play.

  When you have a pet dog, there are so many things to think about.   Right from the start it can almost be like having a newborn baby, as there are similar things like regular feeding and waking up in the night that will happen.   Then, as you start to get into the …

Famous dogs we wish we owned.

Famous dogs we wish we owned.

The small screen and the silver screen have been home to some of the most adorable and impressive dogs in history.   Dogs that can bark in multiple languages; dogs that became world champions in professional wrestling; and dogs who are better basketball players than the majority of the populace, have all endeared themselves to …

Condo living: Mastering the art of adulting.

Condo living: Mastering the art of adulting.

  One of my daughter’s favorite sayings is, “I don’t want to adult. I’m not ready to adult.”   She may say this, but she and her brother both seem to be mastering the art of adulting at full speed.   There’s nothing much new to say about Stuart, really. He still works at the …

Is crate training good for your dog?

Evidence of Goddess Athena's crime.

  For new dog owners, the question of crate training their dog is often one that seems a little confusing.   Off the cusp, it may seem like an inhumane thing to do. After all, you wouldn’t want to be trained to enter a single room at any given time – for any length of …

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Athena and Oliver - Painting

This morning is glorious!   The insane wind storms we’ve been plagued with lately are gone and it’s beautiful and sunny – although crisp and cold. The dogs are enjoying it too. How can I tell? I walk into the living room to find Athena and Oliver sitting on the bench looking out the window …

Goddess Athena: Back in the dog house.

Dog House

  Well, l should have known better.   After all, we raised two kids through their toddler years – and numerous cats and dogs. The one thing I learned was to not enjoy silence, but to be highly suspicious of it.   Today, I’m sitting at my laptop ‘tippy-tappin’ away on blog posts and my …

Unusual pet vets: Do vets specialize like doctors do?

Unusual and exotic pets.

  We’ve owned animals all our lives and we’ve had numerous occasions when we needed vet care for a pet.   Our pets are pretty normal: two dogs and two cats. The most exotic, or unusual, pet we’ve ever owned was our daughter’s hedgehog ‘Hamisch.’   With the increasing number of exotic and unusual pets …