Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to ensure a stress-free walk? One during which you encountered none of your dog’s triggers? Snap on the leash. Walk out the door. Relax and enjoy the day. No need to scan the surroundings for potential hazards or engage in tactical evasive maneuvers. Can I make … Continue reading PAWZ: A community-based navigation app for you and your pooch
I have learned that the female in my family was not completely honest when, some eight years ago, I was conducting interviews to choose my forever family. What can I say, I was young, naïve, and trusting. After they picked me up at the hostel where I had been staying, I took them across the … Continue reading In My Own Voice #11: A Classic Case of Bait and Switch
I love the fall. The days are shorter. Air crisper. Leaves changing color. Well, almost everything about fall. I don't love the dead animals. You read that right. DEAD ANIMALS. For some reason, animals seem to die more often, or at least more publicly, in the fall. Last week, Pettigrew and I had to temporarily … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season
My dog has a death wish, or maybe he’s trying to prove that cats aren’t the only ones with nine lives. He can be competitive that way. This week on one walk alone he cashed in two lives. It was the mail truck’s fault. We were on the sidewalk, minding our own business, when the … Continue reading My Dog Has a Death Wish
For the past several years I have taught an environmental education class for which I collect nature items once a week. Unbeknownst to Pettigrew, he provides deep cover for my early morning forays. As a woman walking her dog, I attract little attention. And, although I don’t miss the early morning hours, when Pettigrew insisted … Continue reading My Unwitting Accomplice
Just like Mr. Rogers, Pettigrew takes his responsibilities to his neighborhood seriously.
Friday morning: such a ruckus! A girl wants her beauty sleep, but, before the sun was even up, my family was banging around, sending the aroma of coffee wafting through the air, and piling luggage in the hall. I dutifully got up to see them off and then returned to the snuggly warmth of my … Continue reading In Her Own Voice: Stella Is this Week’s Guest Blogger
Pettigrew is not a fan of July--the frequent thunderstorms and Independence Day fireworks make for a stressful time. He's looking forward to the so-called Dog Days of August.
My efforts to unravel the mystery of communicating with my dog. I share this dictionary with you in hopes it will help you too. Or, if not, at least it will make you smile.
Must I forfeit the role of dog whisperer? A chance remark made me question whether I deserved it.