I’m on a Mission to Help the Dogz

I’m on a Mission to Help the Dogz

When I cancelled my book deal in 2013, the last thing I ever wanted to do again was take up a cause through my writing. But here I am. My dream was that a New York agent would fall in love with my book and sell it to a publisher. When it happened I was elated; […]

Let Girlz Be Girlz

Last night at the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton spoke, and Rachel Maddow cringed. “I think the beginning of the speech was a controversial way to start, honestly: ‘The girl,’ ‘a girl,’ leading with this long story about him being attracted to an unnamed girl and thinking about whether he was starting something he couldn’t finish, […]

Do You Speak “Dog?”

Do You Speak “Dog?”

At least once a day someone posts a video on Facebook of a dog doing something “hysterically funny” — like that “naughty” German Shepherd who jumps through a glass window, or the Boxer who stands in a kennel at a shelter with his “sneaky” eyes darting back and forth. These videos get thousands and thousands of “likes” […]

Un-Dog-Whispering My Brain

Un-Dog-Whispering My Brain

Little by little I am un-Dog-Whispering my brain. Before we adopted Emma the Beagle, Hubz and I watched The Dog Whisperer to learn all about Man’s Best Friend. Hubz decided pretty early on that he didn’t like Cesar’s way with pups — it seemed cruel, he said, but I kept watching. Then the day we adopted Ems, […]

Loving Dogz, Killing Deerz

Loving Dogz, Killing Deerz

I never understood how deeply animals could feel emotions until I met Emma the Beagle. And part of me wishes I could go back to living in a blissful world of ignorance. Earlier this week I received news from our homeowners association that the beautiful deer who graze in the fields behind our home have […]

On Cesar Millan: Does Calm Assertiveness Work?

On Cesar Millan: Does Calm Assertiveness Work?

I’ve been wracking my brain for the last week trying to figure something out. Everything I know about dogs and dog training tells me that Cesar Millan is just plain wrong, and yet, when I recently happened upon his TV show, he magically got these bouncy pups to walk politely next to him. They were […]

Let Sniffing Dogz Sniff

Emma and I have taken up meditation. In fact, as I type this — two hours since our “session” — I can still feel the peace washing over me. The method is so simple and easy that if I weren’t feeling so Zen-calm right now, I’d chastise myself for being a moron: When I take Emma out for her […]

Is My Dog Afraid or In Pain or Both?

Is My Dog Afraid or In Pain or Both?

I forgot the Number One Rule of Emma: When Emma doesn’t feel well, she gets scared. More than two years ago, when we brought our girl home from the shelter, Emma was a mess — physically, emotionally, and stink-ally (Oh did she stink!!!!). It took us months and months to even begin to sort out her physical […]

What Will You Do if My Dog Misbehaves?

What Will You Do if My Dog Misbehaves?

Repeat after me: “What will you do if my dog misbehaves?” If my dog jumps up on people, what exactly will you do to stop him? If my dog barks, what will you have me do to quiet her? If my dog pulls on his leash, what exactly will you do to teach him to walk politely? […]

A Day in the Life of a Fearful Dog

Last week Emma the Beagle became afraid to walk on our wood floors. We don’t know why. Maybe she slipped, maybe she just took a bad step, maybe someone clicked open a pen at the same moment Emma stepped on the floor. The reason doesn’t really matter. What does matter is the fact that because […]