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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Lickity spit

Drooly dog

Photo by Antony***/ Flickr 

Sometimes I think the decision to live with kids sentences you to a lifetime of tears — best case scenario, theirs, not yours. But the decision to live with dogs sentences you to a lifetime of drool. Even if you don't live with one of the spectacularly salivating breeds ...

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The Pushkin Papers: Two

Pushkin in the park

 

As I keep telling everyone, including Pushkin herself, Push is my first little dog. "Pushkin, there are your people!" I say, whenever we see a squirrel. But she's not so different from larger puppies: she rolls in the laundry room lint piles, and carefully examines the ants on the kitchen ...

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Pet projections -- my dogs, my shrinks

 

McCracken outside my therapist's office 

McCracken as we leave my therapist's (he's sad the session's over)

I've learned a lot about my therapists (yes, plural - it's a lifelong learning project) from their attitudes to my dogs.  Joseph Burgo, a clinical psychologist, has written that he's come to see ...

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