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 […]

iSpeakDog: My Next Chapter

iSpeakDog: My Next Chapter

Those who have been following along know that I’ve been plagued by one thought: There is often a disconnect between what many people think their dogs are doing and saying and what is actually happening. And it’s killing me. I’ve had a front-row seat to the world of fearful dogs since adopting Emma the Beagle in […]

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, […]

Harness the Love: The Little Beagle Who Pulled

Harness the Love: The Little Beagle Who Pulled

Emma used to be a nightmare to walk with, but not because she pulled. She was never in a hurry. In fact, it was just the opposite: she froze. Sometimes she’d stop moving and stand cowering, making herself look as small as possible, with her tail tucked tightly underneath her. Other times she’d plop herself down on the […]

Shocking Dogs with Electricity Is Not a Game

Shocking Dogs with Electricity Is Not a Game

Garmin has made shocking dogs with electricity as easy as fighting a Pokemon, and I’m outraged. The company announced a new product this week: The Delta Smart activity tracking device, which includes an electric shock feature. With the companion Garmin Canine app, dog guardians can send jolts of electricity to their dogs’ necks with a simple finger […]

Please Don’t Scare Your Puppy

Please Don’t Scare Your Puppy

I can’t fill up my brain fast enough with information about dogz, so I’m constantly reading books or blogs or articles to get my fix. Today I’m reading the book How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication, and I happened along a passage that raised my hackles. (Note: It’s not the first […]

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, […]