Marie Antoinette and Charlotte Bronte were cat people — you can’t win ‘em all. But Helen Keller once wrote that if she had the use of her eyes for just three days, she would want to “look into the loyal, trusting eyes of my dogs.” And opera singer Maria Callas commented that “only my dogs […]
It’s no wonder Teresa Johnston came up with a plan for the hotel where she works to foster dogs in the hope that guests would adopt them. “I’m a dog person,” says Ms. Johnston, director of sales at the Home2Suites in D’Iberville, Mississippi, just across a narrow bay from Biloxi. “Animals are near and dear, […]
Q. Our 5-year-old Chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix, Ginger, sleeps with us in a king-size bed that has plenty of room, but every night she crawls under the covers and lies against my husband. Could she possibly suffocate? She does love the heat and also enjoys resting beside our wood stove. Thank you for your help. Terry […]
Some owners of very small dogs have a tendency to frequently pick up their pets outside because of concern for their safety. Perhaps a large dog comes over to sniff, for instance, and the size difference feels ominous. But most of the time, dogs approach and sniff each other simply out of curiosity, and you […]
The American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1995, it has grown into the world’s largest funder of health research focused solely on dogs. Among its achievements: it has spearheaded critical research for mapping the canine genome, providing much of the initial key to diseases and […]
We recently ran across this post on social media: “We’re thinking of getting a bichon frise, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, or a miniature poodle and need recommendations on how hypoallergenic each kind is. Our family is very allergic to almost all breeds of dogs.” In fact, there’s no way to rate how likely any […]
You like the generally friendly and easygoing temperament of a golden retriever but prefer the look of a curly-haired pet like a poodle, especially since curly-haired dogs don’t shed as much as those with straight hair. So you find someone who calls themselves a goldendoodle breeder to get the best of both worlds, but his […]
The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center says four things top the list of Easter dangers for dogs and should be kept out of their reach. Chocolate. Easter, just like Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Halloween, triggers phone calls regarding exposure to chocolate. While in truth, a very small amount won’t cause harm, you shouldn’t leave holiday […]
You need watch only two or three episodes of House Hunters on HGTV to figure out that a lot of young couples preview what parenting will be like by starting with a dog. One of their “must haves” is a big fenced-in yard for “Trixie” or “Max” or “Daisy.” There’s nothing wrong with the urge […]
Research suggests that if dogs could put together their own playlists, Metallica and Black Sabbath would be out - they dont like heavy metal. Beethoven and Vivaldi would be in, along with perhaps a little Bob Marley and Sting. They appear to chill with classical music and, one study suggests, reggae and soft rock.
Dogs in combat zones can suffer hearing loss from explosions, gunfire, even helicopter engines. The hero dog Conan who was brought to the White House several months ago was no doubt subjected to a serious ear-pounding (as well as an injury) when he cornered the leader of ISIS in a tunnel and the man detonated a suicide vest. Hearing protection for military dogs exists, but how well it protects dogs ears is not clear. Furthermore, it is rigid, cumbersome, and hard to put on.
Dogs put up with a lot to accommodate themselves to our world. Yet in many ways we dont consider a world in which theyd feel more comfortable. Its not because we dont care. Its because we dont automatically consider how their senses influence their experiences. With our dogs senses in mind, here are three ways to make living with us better.