It’s Time to Start Listening

It’s Time to Start Listening

And then it was Al Franken. I began my day by reading a statement by radio personality Leeann Tweeden, who described a truly disturbing encounter with Senator Franken. While “rehearsing” for a USO show in 2006, Franken purportedly grabbed Tweeden behind the head and then shoved his tongue in her mouth. Later on he took […]

Emma’s Separation Anxiety Story: Epilogue

Emma’s Separation Anxiety Story: Epilogue

“Tracy Krulik — You cured your dog’s separation anxiety. What are you going to do next?” “I’m going to Disney World!!!!!” It’s true! I really did cure Emma’s separation anxiety, and in a couple of weeks I will be heading to Orlando. I’m actually going down for the Pet Professional Guild’s annual summit, where I […]

Don’t Quit at Mile 19 (or 18 in my case)

Don’t Quit at Mile 19 (or 18 in my case)

I didn’t win. This week I attended the Women in the Pet Industry Network’s annual conference, where I was a finalist in the Rising Star category for the Woman of the Year competition. I knew that winning was a long shot, but I was intrigued to check out this group and their conference nonetheless. Maybe […]

Got My Dog Over Sep Anx. Now I Need a Life!

Got My Dog Over Sep Anx. Now I Need a Life!

Dear Diary, I’m feeling blue. Now that Emma the Beagle is all but cured of her separation anxiety, I feel like life has passed me by. I was so focused on helping Ems, that I became out of step with everyone around me. See, our challenge was a little different than what most people face […]

Dog-Dog Reactivity: Emma’s Story

Dog-Dog Reactivity: Emma’s Story

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: My dog used to love to play with other dogs, and then one day she didn’t. A couple of years ago, Emma suddenly became snarky — growling, snarling, snapping, and lunging at other dogs. So hubz and I stopped letting her near them. Because of it, the “problem” […]

Dominance and Dogs — The Push-ups Challenge

Dominance and Dogs — The Push-ups Challenge

Ready to get into shape for the New Year? Have I got the program for you! Every time you say, hear, read, or write the words “dominance” or “dominant” in regards to a dog, drop and give me five push-ups. I guarantee you’ll have rock-hard biceps, abs, and pecs faster than your dog can eat […]

The Second Rule of Emma

The Second Rule of Emma

Discovering The First Rule of Emma (“When Emma doesn’t feel well she gets scared.”) was huge. But discovering The Second Rule might be the key to solving the Riddle of Emma. The Second Rule of Emma: During training, when Emma takes two steps forward, she will always follow with at least one step back. In the past, […]

How My Cats Taught Me To Speak Dog

How My Cats Taught Me To Speak Dog

My cats are the reason I am devoted to learning all-things dog. I thought I knew Briscoe and Curtiss so well. Before I embarked on adopting them, I read The Everything Cat Book to learn “everything” I needed to know about living with cats. (The word is IN THE TITLE after all!) After that, Hubz and I […]

Zen and the Art of Feeding my Dog

Zen and the Art of Feeding my Dog

I’m adding a certification to my name: Tracy Krulik, E.M.M.A. It’s two-and-a-half years since Hubz and I adopted Emma the Beagle, and we’ve finally gotten a handle on what to feed her, when to feed her, and how to feed her. I could talk about the myriad food allergy tests, the vet and nutritionist consults, […]

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, […]