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The “Malamute Mood,” or My Dog is Smarter Than I Am

Some days Rumpy and I go for walks and things go smoothly. And then some days, Rumpy gets into one of his moods. Take yesterday, for example. We went for a walk on our new route. It’s a new route because a certain dog one day refused to walk the old route any longer.  Our new … Continue reading

Is Your Dog Safe While at Doggy Daycare?

We’ve heard of all the wonderful things that a good doggy daycare can offer your dog: socialization, exercise, and trained caregivers who will supervise your beloved furry companion.  But there’s so much more that comes from using a doggy daycare. Dogs were infected with a flu strain while attending daycares in Urban Chicago. Several dogs have … Continue reading

What Makes Me a Dog Lover?

What Makes Me a Dog Lover? This question was posed to me in an email sent by a manufacturer of sports apparel for dogs. And it got me thinking. Why do I want to greet every dog I meet? Why do I smile whenever a dog wags his tail at the sight of me? This … Continue reading

Photo op and autographs with Mr Rumpy T Drummond. What a dog! What a cat!

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rumpydog:Look who else came to visit me- the Crafty Sisters gang! What a cat!!!! Originally posted on the crafty sisters: View original

The Scoop on Scooping the Poop!

Recently I was made aware of a research paper submitted by Matthias Gross and published in Environmental Sociology. Professor Gross apparently followed around dog owners in Europe to observe how they handed the poop issue. What did he find? If no one was around, owners were less likely to scoop the poop. We know that not scooping … Continue reading

What Will Happen to Rumpy if I Can’t Care for Him?

They’re building ramps at the front and back entrances of my neighbor’s house. My neighbor, I’ll call her Sue, is a woman in her golden years who lived alone and worked most every day. I saw her outside all the time, but I haven’t seen her in a couple of weeks now. Now there’s always … Continue reading

What Happens When You’re Bitten by a Dog

I got bit by a dog.  I had gone to a home to make contact with a family. I saw no evidence of a dog, so walked up to the door. Suddenly a dog on a chain came out of nowhere. He jumped up on me, and I threw up my hands in a defensive … Continue reading

Adios, June Buggie!

June Buggie ran away from home.  I found the note this morning. It took me awhile to decipher, because his penmanship sucks, but was eventually able to make out that after 17 years of putting up with my crap, he was over it and ready to move on. He tied a couple of cans of … Continue reading

Life Lessons for Humans, Provided by Birds

I recently read a news story about a pair of bald eagles who are nesting on a cell phone tower in Miami. Birds are amazing creatures, aren’t they? As humans have stolen practically all the earth’s land, birds have found a way to survive in spite of us. And isn’t  it wonderful that they have? In addition … Continue reading

#TBT: Best Friends, Then and Now

I ran across a couple of old photos of the Rumpster this week, and this one particularly caught my interest. It’s Rumpy with Junior, back 8 years ago. You can see time has grayed Rumpy’s face, and neither gets around as well as he used to, but they’re still the same lovable creatures they always were.    

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