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An Open Letter To My Puppy
An apology for my dog-owning deficiencies
Alvy, I owe you an apology. I haven’t been the easiest person to live with over the past few months, and I want to tell you how much I appreciate your patience with me. I did so many dumb things when you first arrived, I don’t really know where to begin.    I’m sorry that I named you Alvy Singer, which I’ve been told is pretentious. In my defense, “Roman Polanski” seemed too political.   I’m...
News: Guest Posts
Gator Enters Through Doggie Door
Beware of unwanted houseguests
Who says doggie doors are exclusive to canines? One Florida homeowner learned firsthand that the easy access has a downside. Alexis Dunbar came home to discover a six-foot alligator slithering along the floor of her bedroom. Apparently, he snuck in through the doggie door. Interestingly, she does not have a dog; the door was for Dunbar's cats, who were both alive and well. I also use a small...
News: Guest Posts
BIG Dogs Prefer Itty Bitty Beds
Size doesn't matter (except when it comes to treats)
A friend shared this hilarious photo of a small Terrier and giant Wolfhound trading spaces. Why do some big dogs prefer to sleep in smaller spaces? My theory: It's an assured attention-getter. Anytime our Dalmatian, Jolie, curls up in a tiny cat bed, my husband and I have to point it out to each other. "Oh, isn't she cute?" "Look at that silly monkey!" Then we pet her nd coo over her until one of...
News: Karen B. London
Mutt Inspires Thoughts of Nirvana
Dooley’s behavior models the Dalai Lama
Newspaper reporter Abbie Gripman read about a Tibetan Mastiff who was sold for $1.5 million dollars in China. The reason for the high price is that in China and Tibet, members of this breed are believed to be reincarnated souls of monks who did not achieve Nirvana.   As any normal person with a dog would do, Gripman began to search for signs of holiness in her own dog, Dooley, whose breed mix is...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Goofy as Hell
The other day my daughter confided that she and her friends had that day engaged in an argument, one that’s been raging, it seems, forever. They weren’t discussing the origins of war, or why evil exists, or whether God exists, but a question just as troubling— is Goofy a dog? My heart was warmed that these young people were confronting the same issues I’d confronted when I was their age. How...
News: Guest Posts
Are Dogs Born Politicians?
They’re loyal, smart and usually get along well with others.
Dogs don’t often have much use for politics—it doesn’t make for polite conversation—but that hasn’t stopped them from taking office. Last year, the Hillbrook-Tall Oaks Civic Association in Annandale, Va., elected Beatha Lee its new president—unaware she was a dog. Nothing in the association’s bylaws prevented a dog from the presidency, and Beatha still runs meetings from under her owner’s dinner...
News: Guest Posts
When Your Dog Gets to Kiss Viggo Mortensen and You Do Not
Once I was in love in Viggo Mortensen. Yes, I know that this was just a fantasy, a celebrity crush, and that I was yet another not-twenty-year-old woman who had a crush on Viggo, who fantasized about being swept away on a white horse by Aragorn. And I know that Viggo, to date, does not know that I exist.   But there is one thing that sets me apart from all the other Oh, Viggo won’t you rip my...
News: Guest Posts
Guilty Pleasure
Deck the Halls...fa-la-la, woof, meow
We can’t keep ourselves from loving this video—and we're not alone.
Culture: Stories & Lit
Top Secret
A Tale of Dogs, Flatulence and Giardia
Dog Winks
People’s names in the story I am about to tell you are not real. To protect the health and safety of the husband who told me this story, I’ll call him Harry and the woman’s name will be Sally — because if she finds out, he gets hurt. In fact, I am changing the name of the couple’s dog to protect the dog’s identity. You can see this is a serious situation, so don’t start laughing, OK? The name of...
Good Dog: Studies & Research
Teacher’s Pet: Boning up at Ivy League
Harvard puts canine cognition to the test
Ivy League Dog
My dog was a little late for her test at Harvard University. Penny Jane was clearly nervous. Then she saw the testing room’s slick linoleum floors and the glare of the fluorescent lights, which screamed veterinarian’s office to her. She trembled and panted lightly as she scanned the shadowless room, probably for a syringe. When she turned her black nose up at a salmon-flavored treat, I worried...

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