Senior Dogs Have a Lot of Love to Give

By Laura Sutherland ~ Honest reasons to adopt an older pooch The online dog journal, dogtime.com, published a wonderful article on senior dog adoption. As an adopter of an older dog myself, I couldn’t agree more with its findings. Shelters are full of older pups who, for whatever reason, find themselves

Our Dogs are Therapy Animals Too

By Laura Sutherland ~ There is an ancient Chinese saying that goes, “May you live in interesting times.”  It is NOT meant as a blessing! These are indeed interesting times. A pandemic is scary, and we absolutely must take the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy, but panic or

Recognizing and Relieving Anxiety in Your Dog

By Laura Sutherland ~  You’ve recently adopted a dog at your local shelter. Congratulations! For the first few days, all goes well. Then you realize you need to spend several hours away from the house. You give your doggie love, then head out the door — only to return, later, to discover the inside

Introducing a New Pet Into Your Home

By Laura Sutherland ~  Oh, goody! A new fur-baby is coming to live with your family. Have you considered how bringing in a new pet might be an issue with your existing 4-legged family member(s) or YOU? Let’s talk about that. Adding a new pet can be stressful. There are so many sad cases of

A Good Dog is a Trained Dog

By Laura Sutherland ~ We adore our canine fur-babies and treat them like the beloved family members they are. But wait! They are dogs, after all, and when we forget that and treat them like human children, we are doing our pets a real disservice. A “good” dog is a trained dog. Dogs have their

When Buying Pet Food, Check Those Labels!

By Laura Sutherland ~ We’ve all heard the adage, “You are what you eat.” But what about our four-legged friends? Pet food marketers do their jobs well: They all want you to think their product is the best for your fur baby. But there’s still some research required. Here is what I’ve learned.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Summer Heat

By Laura Sutherland ~ It’s summertime, and spending days outdoors with Fido can be the best! However, we can’t take a vacation from the responsibilities of pet parenting. Summer can be exciting for our four-legged family members, but it also has its hazards. Dogs (and cats, too) have higher resting

Why People Resemble Their Dogs

By Laura Sutherland ~ Doesn’t it make you chuckle a little when you walk down the street and notice that the person coming towards you walking their dog… looks just like their dog? Tall, handsome man with his stately Lab. The grouchy, bald guy with the round tummy and his Bull Dog. The leggy, blond

The Dog Went Over the Mountain

Travels with Albie: An American Journey Written by Peter Zheutlin | Book review by Laura Sutherland ~ I love animal stories. I love good writing. And I love this great country in which we live. Peter Zheutlin’s The Dog Went Over the Mountain, Travels With Albie: An American Journey combines all

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