It was a long winter. I love tall boots and long coats and hot coffee, but even for me, it was a long, long winter. Spring has arrived suddenly and intensely here in Western New York; the flowering trees have bloomed so thickly it occasionally looks like it’s snowing again when the wind blows, and … More Petunias don’t like to be rained on
Last week, I finally forced myself to read the Washington Post’s exposé of the animal rescue industry, particularly as it relates to rescues paying for animals. If you haven’t read it or you’re not familiar at all with the practice, I encourage you to read the story first, as I’ll be referencing certain points without … More How much for that doggy in the auction?
[Insert paragraph about my absence from this blog that includes a good excuse when in reality I just wasn’t sure if I was going to pick it up again but now I have so there] If you know me at all or have read a few particular posts on this blog, you know I had … More “Good click”
I get nostalgic over little things, things I have no reason to feel any kind of way about. Getting rid of a car? Kind of sad about it. Packing up my college suite to go home for holiday break? Vague melancholy. Saying goodbye to a temporary housemate who’s quoting Mulan, probably hoping I won’t embarrass … More I don’t do goodbyes well
Remember last month when I got a little mean about puppy applications? I was frustrated with people thinking that raising a dog from puppyhood would guarantee them the adult dog they’ve always wanted. I stand by everything I said in that post, but I wouldn’t have guessed the universe was organizing a real-life example of … More Clear eyes, open minds, can’t lose
If you’ve been reading along for a while, you’ve probably seen me refer to Niles and Celia as “reactive” dogs. If you don’t know what a reactive dog is, it’s basically a dog who overreacts to certain things; most commonly, it means a dog who barks, growls and lunges at people or other dogs. For … More Diary of a Reactive Dog, part 1
I’m going to confess right off the bat that this post is not coming from a place of altruistic knowledge-sharing. I’m a little bitter. I shouldn’t be, but I am. For the past two weeks, we’ve had white moms climbing over each other to apply for this litter of puppies we got in. Seriously, our application … More You don’t know what you’re getting
“Now, your dogs are full pit, right?” This is a question I get pretty often. Most of the time it’s our friends asking out of simple curiosity, and there’s no harm in that. One time a guy and his wife pulled over as I was walking Nelson to ask if he had papers. If you … More Breed profile: American Heinz 57
I need another dog in my house like I need a hole in the head, but boy, the puppy fever is coming on strong this year. My favorite video of Niles came up in my Facebook memories today, and I went from “Sure, it would be nice to pet a puppy right now” to “I NEED … More For National Puppy Day, do me a solid
If my blog posts thus far haven’t been a big enough hint, my life has basically been one long learning experience since we adopted Nelson. From reading up on the history of pit bulls to dipping my little toe into the pool of dog behavior and training, it’s the most learning I’ve done since college, … More We went back to school! Kind of.