Tag Archives: Dogs

Good dog! 7 tips that apply to pets and people

I’ve been walking my neighbour’s two dogs at lunchtime, to cover while his daughter is away. Logan and Norman are relatively big black dogs, like my guy was, and they were good pals with him. So while I’m helping my neighbour out, I’m also getting a little “dose of dog” to ease the pain of […]

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Lessons from the Dogfather

Jake was our first dog. He’ll probably be our last dog, too. Long before we got our black Lab, I was already imagining the pain of saying goodbye to a treasured member of the family. Our youngest son was just 10, so I figured by that time, he would be old enough to handle it. […]

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Never ‘just a dog’

A dog-walking buddy (someone encountered while we were both walking our dogs) recently lost one of her dogs to cancer. Holly was just two, really still a puppy, so my friend thought there was lots of time for treatment. There wasn’t. Holly died within two weeks of the cancer diagnosis. People — mostly those who […]

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A dog day of summer – Take your dog to work!

Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day, as I learned from the Mental Floss e-newsletter. Launched in 1999, the day celebrates “the great companions dogs make” and encourages adoption from humane societies, animal shelter and breed rescue clubs. We didn’t adopt Jake, our resident dog, from the local shelter. We did visit the shelter, […]

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Dog with a rap sheet update

You may be wondering how Jake, the dog known to police, is doing these days. I’m happy to say he is not looking mournfully out from behind bars. After our call from the Humane Society officer, I did indeed take steps that will weigh in his favour should someone need to lodge another complaint. I […]

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Silly dog trivia

From Encarta: “The total cost of buying, feeding and maintaining a dog the size of a Labrador retriever is, on average, equal to the cost of one Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino a day.” Lucky for Jake that I don’t spend much time at Starbucks!

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Dog with a rap sheet

My dog is known to police. I found this out from a hanging door tag left by the local Humane Society while I was out. “Please call the officer below re: incident involving ‘Jake’,” it said. Uh oh! While I was away one weekend, Jake had stayed with my mother, and she and a neighbour […]

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Things we can learn from dogs

One of the enjoyable aspects to working in a home office (and there are many!) is the loyal dog snoozing at my feet. He makes sure I get some fresh air at noon so I get back to work with a clear head, and he’s just good company. Of course, there are times when he […]

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Dogs make great communicators

There surely is proper etiquette for visiting the dying, and I had recent occasion to try to figure it out. My elderly neighbour, a widowed Scot in his eighties, knew he was dying of cancer and had just been moved to Ian Anderson House. This is a warm, homey six-bed cancer hospice that provides end-of-life […]

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