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I’ve Been Nominated!

I just found out that my book, Dogs of Dreamtime, has been nominated for the DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America) 2006 awards, in the category for best general interest dog book. I learned of this through a friend who’s on a dog list, who read a posting from another friend, who’d received an email newsletter from DogWise. Wonder when DWAA was planning on letting me know…?

Anyway, here’s what DogWise (the Amazon of dog books) has to say about it:

  • “Dogs of Dreamtime by Karen Shanley. A story about second chances and the power of love between a woman and her dogs. We are all betting that this book is likely to be one of the […]
2016-10-24T09:57:00-04:00December 15th, 2006|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General, On Writing|6 Comments

Cesar Millan – Take 2

Seems Cesar has a way of stirring things up wherever he goes. He’s attracted a fair amount of attention here in Shanleyville. Irma, a thoughtful reader, left a comment on why she found Cesar’s approach useful for certain situations. She brings up some valid points.

Different trainers become popular with different people for different reasons. Obviously, the Dog Whisperer show has struck a nerve. I don’t find that surprising; there are a lot of dogs who need more training. And there are a lot of people who have problem dogs and don’t know how to help them. I’m just saddened that, with all the progress and advances in training and all the truly great trainers out there, it’s been an old-fashioned, […]

2016-10-24T09:57:01-04:00November 14th, 2006|Dog Training, Dogs in General|1 Comment

Two Dogs vs. One Dog

Watching Kiera and Graidy playing with each other this morning, I’m more keenly aware than usual of the benefits of having two dogs.

I’ve just come back from a visit to my mother’s. She has one dog, Zoe; a beautiful, 4 yr old German Shepherd, who’s a ball nut.

zoe1.jpg Because Zoe is a high energy dog, and doesn’t have another dog to help tire her out, she is constantly looking for someone to throw her ball. My mother does her best. Even so, I know I’ll wind up taking Zoe out a bunch more times. With all of that, it hardly puts a dent in her […]

2016-10-24T09:57:01-04:00November 9th, 2006|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|46 Comments

Dear Dogs

A pet-loving friend sent this to me and cc’d a copy to Andrew. There’ve been several versions that have made the rounds. It still cracks me up.

Dear Dogs,

When I say to move, it means to go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two dogs in the way.

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not stake a claim making it your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me […]

2008-01-29T13:24:02-05:00October 30th, 2006|Dogs in General, Funnies|2 Comments

Cesar Millan

Okay, I have to say it. I don’t like Cesar Millan’s training methods. He’s set dog training back about 20 years.

The Alpha Roll?! Come on, really. And I don’t know of any good trainer who would EVER say, “Don’t try this at home.” Then what’s the point, I ask you? Showmanship, ego, and money. That’s the point.

It’s not that Millan is wholly without merit. There are some training techniques that even Millan doesn’t have to turn into an aggressive “Me Leader–You Lower Than Dog Poop” show. But, on the whole, I find this man painful to watch. And I almost always feel very sorry for the dog.

There are several world-caliber trainers who run circles around […]

2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 17th, 2006|Dog Training, Dogs in General|1 Comment

Would you do it to your dog?

I’ve been following Marc Bekoff’s work on Ethology (the scientific study of animal behavior) for years. He’s written and edited a number of books on the subject, including The Smile of a Dolphin: Remarkable Accounts of Animal Emotions, a collection of short essays on animal behavior.

One of his recent articles asks the question of animal research scientists, “Would you do it to your dog?”, in an attempt to address the question of animal experimentation in general, while highlighting the perhaps unconscious hypocrisy of animal researchers who conduct experiments by day and share their lives with dogs by night.

Bekoff’s main point is that, ” Our relationship with nonhuman animals is a […]

2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 5th, 2006|Dogs in General|0 Comments

10 Great Reasons to Have a Dog

Yesterday, I had the good fun of speaking with a terrific group of kids who were spending their week at Mahogany Ridge KidsCamp. It’s a camp where kids and their dogs get to play and learn together. Theresa Richmond, the camp director and trainer, (whom some of you may remember from Dogs of Dreamtime) invited me to give a talk on what it’s like to write about dogs.

As with training dogs, writing about dogs is best learned by doing. So the kids worked on an article together entitled “10 Great Reasons to Have a Dog.” First, each child wrote down their reasons, and then we added up how many of those sentiments were shared by others.

What follows is the tally […]

2016-10-24T09:57:03-04:00August 17th, 2006|Dogs in General, On Writing|65 Comments
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