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Would an Australian Shepherd Be a Good Dog Breed for You

australian shepherds I’ve been getting a lot of emails and comments lately on these two posts  Five Facts You Need to Know Before Choosing an Australian Shepherd and Bringing Home an Australian Shepherd Puppy: What You Need to Know.

There are many wonderful people out there who think their lives might be enriched by sharing their lives with an Aussie, and they’re asking my opinion.

So who would make a good match for an Aussie and vice vera?

I’m going to try to be as kind and direct as I know how to be. Give yourself 1 point for each YES answer.

  1. Have you previously owned and SUCCESSFULLY trained at least two dogs prior to […]

Animals in Research–Make a Difference With a Single Click

I just received this alarming news. Please help us get the animal use data restored. Don’t let the already slippery slope we’re on get any slipperier.

science research dog


In a shocking move, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has just—without warning—deleted its current information pertaining to the use of animals in research from its website.

As part of what it calls online “updates,” APHIS has removed “inspection reports, regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication.” It also notes that moving forward, it will “redact, as necessary, the lists of licensees and registrants under the Animal Welfare Act.”

Also now missing from the website is […]

2017-02-05T09:57:38-05:00February 5th, 2017|Dogs in General|0 Comments

How to Cure Post Election PTSD

I don’t know about you, but I’m still reeling from the most distasteful and disturbing election cycle ever. And I’m deeply concerned for the bitterly divisive direction the whole world is taking. As though the Other who does not share our views is not just expressing a different view, but is painted to be Evil and All That’s Wrong With the World. This leaves no room for the opportunity for discussion, compassion, or understanding–never mind zero opportunity for real problem solving. It is madness and we need to figure out how to heal this profound rift.

So while my mind works on what I can personally do to start making this shift, I will leave you with my usual go-to when […]

2016-11-15T10:34:25-05:00November 15th, 2016|Dogs in General, Funnies, Life|0 Comments

American Humane Hero Dog Awards – Tomorrow Night

Recognizing ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things

Tomorrow night, 8pm (Eastern), Hallmark Channel

Don’t know about you, but I sure could use something uplifting and life-affirming.  As if we need any further validation that our dogs often make our day in every way. : )

Visit the American Humane website for additional info.

Dog Heros

From the American Humane website: The American Humane Hero Dog Awards™ are an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or simply […]
2016-10-27T17:04:58-04:00October 27th, 2016|Dogs in General, Just Dogs|0 Comments

If Only People Paid As Much Attention As Dogs

australian shepherd paying attentionAdmit it. You can’t even move toward your shoes without your dog(s) knowing that you are going out. And whether those shoes are hard-soled or sneakers tell them whether they’re going to get to go with you.

That’s because our dogs really pay attention. They notice every little action we take. Every little facial expression. Every little sigh or laugh. Every little everything. They. Pay. Attention.

And they know exactly what that action, expression, sound means.

I cannot move an inch in my own home without my dogs knowing exactly whether I’m about to leave for a work meeting, or get something to eat, or take them outside, going upstairs to go to […]

2020-12-29T13:34:37-05:00September 19th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General, spirituality|0 Comments

And Then There Were None

I have a dog friend who lives in another part of the country. We try to talk by phone at least once a year.

And how does one get a “dog friend,” you might be thinking.

Back when I first started experiencing dog aggression problems between Kiera and Molly, many years ago now, I researched, joined dog training lists, and read prolifically. In the course of one of my online travels, I met Heidi. She was a PhD Psychologist turned professional Dog and Service Dog Trainer. And she was an immense help to me.

We became friends and stayed in touch over the years. When I first “met” her, she lived with eight dogs and one cat.

Last night, when we talked, I learned […]

2016-10-24T09:56:15-04:00September 12th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments

Living with Multiple Dogs–Is There a Right Number? Benefits & Drawbacks

If having one dog is good, is having two better, and ten even better?

I have quite a few friends who have several dogs. One brave (insane) friend has eleven! If you were to ask them, they’d answer with a hearty, “Yes!”

And there’s actually a pretty simple test to help you determine if you might fare well in that camp. Take a good look at the following picture. Does it make you smile or gulp hard? Okay, you’ve got your answer.

dog pack

So is there a magic number?

As one of my favorite dog trainers, Suzanne Clothier, says, “It depends…”

…Mainly on how much time, knowledge and resources you have.

I’ll spend the rest of the post breaking […]

2017-05-20T21:46:47-04:00August 21st, 2016|Dogs in General|2 Comments
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