Conversion to dog


dog-as-god cartoon

Dan Piraro's take on the heavenly kingdom.  Used with permission.


When I was a teenager, my mother stared at me speculatively and said "I hope you never get God." I had a thin-lipped, obsessive look. I spent all my time studying and running. If I got God, I would do it ...

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I vant to be alone:

separation anxiety and its flip side(s)


Greta Garbo and Sasha the dog want to be alone

Greta Garbo and Sasha: whether in a Grand Hotel or a family home, stressed out beings need time alone.

In the 1932 movie Grand Hotel, Greta Garbo wants to be alone, and these days, so does Sasha. "Stay out of my face," is ...

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The Affordable (Canine) Care Act:

when to say no to the vet


Just say no

How to Afford Veterinary Care Without Mortgaging the Kids by Dr. James L. Busby D.V.M.

Sometimes, when contemplating my pet health dilemma du jour — runny poop, gummy eyes, or something more serious — I wish I had a cantankerous-but-kind uncle whom I ...

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What have you done for me lately?

(over) doing it for the dogs...


Hazel the golden doodle looks imperious.
 Hazel refuses to dress herself; her human has to do it.
One of my favourite t-shirts bears the slogan "devotion," with a graphic that shows two dogs in profile, gazing adoringly upwards, presumably at their human. Around here, I mostly get the ...

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Let me have dogs about me that are fat 

Let me have dogs about me that are fat

McCracken was the fattest pup in his litter, and the only one with jowls

It's almost Christmas.  I know this because of the festive seasonal lights, the gaudy store displays, and the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Also because the media tips ...

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