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Helpful books for the dog parent

Helpful books for the dog parent

September 16, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

A collection of books on dog nutrition, training, the human-dog relationship and more.

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Helpful websites and web articles

Helpful websites and web articles

September 16, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

A collection of websites for the dog parent, covering diet, nutrition, things to avoid feeding your dog, dog poisons, home remedies and more.

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Research on the human-dog relationship

Research on the human-dog relationship

September 4, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

One in six Americans would pay for their dog’s medical treatment before their own (Reuters, April 4, 2011) Americans may be clipping money-saving coupons and delaying buying a new home, but when it comes to their pets they’re spending more than ever, according to a new survey. Between trips to the vet, specialty foods, treats […]

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Always write down healing instructions, and keep them

Always write down healing instructions, and keep them

August 31, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

When your dog contracts a curable illness (such as an upset stomach) or is recovering from an accident, your veterinarian will give you instructions of things to do, and not do, to help ensure speedy and thorough healing. If these instructions are fairly straightforward, you might be tempted to believe you’ll remember them, and don’t […]

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Jan. 17, 2011: How to make Shayna’s dinner

Jan. 17, 2011: How to make Shayna’s dinner

August 27, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  On January 20, 2011, I was scheduled to undergo my first-ever surgery (outpatient). Were I a loner, it would be a pretty straightforward process: get to the hospital, pray for the best, come home, and heal.  But as Shayna’s “dad” and best friend, my life is blissfully more complicated. What happens if something goes […]

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January 17, 2011: A walk in the woods with Shayna and Gloria

January 17, 2011: A walk in the woods with Shayna and Gloria

August 27, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  The first part of this story is here — in which I talk about my dear friend, and angel, Gloria, and a very hard time she was having in January 2011. As an continuation of my video postcard to Gloria, I thought, what could be more fun that taking her along for a “walk” […]

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April 12, 2009: Our seventh anniversary

April 12, 2009: Our seventh anniversary

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  I cannot believe it’s been seven years since I met and adopted Shayna, as a little 14 pound bundle of black fur. How fearful yet optimistic I was, being that I was going to be responsible for another living creature. Yet look how it all turned out, after those months of hunting for the […]

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January 7, 2008: Shayna gets a new toy for her birthday

January 7, 2008: Shayna gets a new toy for her birthday

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

(This is the second video we shot today; see the first one here) It is hard to believe that it’ was six years ago today that Shayna was brought into this world.  I thank my lucky stars for her, every single day. So today, we spent the afternoon in a park… in the middle of […]

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September 23, 2003: First video of Shayna swimming – ever

September 23, 2003: First video of Shayna swimming – ever

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

As described here, Shayna had severe water-phobia for the first 18 months of her life.  It took a lot of patience (on both our parts) and courage (on her part alone) to overcome it. What you’re about to see is the first video ever captured of Shayna swimming, soon after she overcame her fear of […]

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Articles on dog aggression

Articles on dog aggression

August 24, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Shayna was diagnosed with reactive aggression in November 2002, when she was 11 months old.  See the video of her last moments in doggie day care, before she was kicked out (“disinvited”) here. I took this video at the request of the veterinary behaviorist to who we were referred, so she could see exactly what […]

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