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Water Woofs

More shots from Maine. Drippy dogs, swimming dogs, surfing dogs! Wish it had been me.

Pet-Shaming — It’s My Turn

  Remember Sid, from the original Toy Story, a toy’s worst nightmare? In the film, Sid barbecues toys on the grill, straps Buzz Lightyear to a rocket and creates an army of mutant toys including Baby Face, a one-eyed male baby doll head staked on a spider-like body with pincers made from an Erector set. Well, I’ve done my best…

Downward Dog and Canine Calisthenics

One of my owners hates exercise. After two battles (so far successful) with a life-threatening illness, she found a personal trainer to help her fend off a recurrence. I wanted to do my share, as you can see. Alas, my attempt to increase the resistance for her ab exercises, was not appreciated. Not as reluctant are…

Frat Dog: The 25 Worst Dogs You Met in College

Buzzfeed has compiled a series of  images, The 25 Worst Dogs You Went to College With, that my owners found very, very funny. You can see them at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/the-25-worst-dogs-you-went-to-college-with The images are too highbrow for me; I barely finished puppy kindergarten! Still, I did my best to channel a few frat types. Hope you enjoy them.  

Dogs Who Read, Read Bark!

I don’t read much, but my owners do.  They are big fans of Bark magazine http://www.thebark.com/content/magazine, which has as its motto, “Dog as My Co-Pilot” — a sentiment I can really get behind.  Each month the magazine features entertaining and informative material on dog breeds, training and the sheer joy of canine/human companionship. The current issues…

I Survived Hurricane Sandy

No power; no problem. No light; I see pretty well in the dark. No heat; I wear a fur coat. Actually, I loved joining my owners in bed early each night to stay warm. I ain’t afraid of no storm!

Pet Politics: Vote Cat/Vote Dog. Just Vote!

Is the United States a cat nation or a dog nation? That age-old debate may be settled in a vote sponsored by St. Louis-based Purina. Through Nov. 8, 2012, pet owners may choose to become a member of Team Cat or Team Dog at www.AmericasPetDebate.com or www.Facebook.com/AmericasPetDebate and stay up to date on the competition…

Dog Jokes Illustrated

My dog saw you naked. She says your birthday suit needs ironing.

Mad About the Traxx!

                Loaded with a couple of biscuits.                     Captured by me.                           Oops! I dropped it.                       Determination….

Politics/Shmolitics: A Dog’s Eye View

I don’t worry much about affairs of state; affairs of steak are of much greater interest to me. But I do have an opinion on one issue in the upcoming Presidential race — pet transport.  I, for one, would not want to ride on top of a car like Mitt Romney’s dog Seamus often did…

Good Reads: Awkward Family Pet Photos

If you can’t resist an abundance of funny photos of families and their pets, Awkward Family Pet Photos is the book for you. From the publisher: “We adore our pets, but let’s face it sometimes L-O-V-E makes us go a little overboard. Like giving them middle names, throwing them elaborate birthday parties, and making them a Christmas…

Dogs in the City: A Big Paws Up

My owners thoroughly enjoyed Dogs in the City, which premiered earlier this week and airs on Wednesday nights on CBS. The show follows behaviorist, Justin Silver, who speaks dog and counsels owners and their pets. In Manhattan, Justin Silver is known as the “go-to guy” for all things dog-related. He has a creative and instinctive…

Dog Talkin’

This very amusing video of a dog tortured by his owner’s talk of meaty treats was emailed to us from Waggin Tails, an online pet supply site http://www.waggintails.com “When most of us talk to our dogs, we tend to forget they’re not people.” Julia Glass

We Have a Winner! My Favorite XLVI Superbowl Ad

It was Mr. Quiggly by a length. Sporting those flashy GoRun sneakers, the stylin’ French bulldog was my paws-down favorite. In case you missed him — here’s a recap:

Denver: the Very Guilty Dog

We’ve all done it — snatched something from the trash or off the corner of the table that was just above nose level. The initial the triumph can be tempered by guilt is we get caught. Poor Denver, first he eats the kitty treats; then he gets quite a talking to:

Chris Cohen: Pet Translator

I love Chris Cohen’s hilarious animal videos on You-Tube. (More preceisely, I love watching my owners laugh at Chris Cohen’s hilarious animal videos on You Tube.) Cohen vocalizes pets reactions to uncooperative printers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSK1D3bZhRs&feature=related humilating dog booties http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDxrfEeRYAk&feature=relmfu and more. Profanity alert: In Chris Cohen’s world, pets have very salty speech.

The Next Best Thing

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx. These recycled rascals combine both — the written word and the noble beast. Each started out as shredded and rolled newspapers and grew into an adorable eco-friendly canine — one headline at a time….

Chutz-paw: $230,000 for a Guard Dog

The New York TImes reports on Harrison K-9 Security Services in Aiken, Georgia, where dogs are trained in the same tracking and fighting skills as the canine members of the elite Navy SEAL team 6, but sold to individuals to do domestic guard duty, for as much as $230,000!  “Protection dogs” trained in the German…