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An Autographed Copy of Speaking For Spot
It’s a great gift.
Every year about this time I start to hyperventilate at the thought of the holiday shopping that still remains. No matter how early I start (even the previous December!), I never seem to have it done as soon as I’d like. This year, I’ve got a little help. Nancy Kay, the author of Speaking For Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life, has a great idea. She will...
Culture: Stories & Lit
The Dogs Go Too
Blue jeans, blue grass and faithful friends
I’m sorry to tell you, sweet girl, but I might be a writer. I might be a writer who, on occasion, squirms into a tweed jacket and gives a quick reading. I might be a writer who goes to dinner parties and laughs loudest and can sometimes tell the difference between syrah and merlot (not really, but I’m full of bull). I might lift my glass into the light and I might sniff the cork. I might be a...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Pet Smarts
The verdict is in—the dog did it!
When Mr. Dad and I, not wanting our kids’ psyches to be forever twisted into the knots of emotional angst that produce those hideous “parents dearests” tomes, decided that, yes, getting a dog could help build their little characters. After responsible-parent research into breed sizes, temperaments and personality profiles and scouring the local animal shelters, we narrowed the list to a number of...
Culture: DogPatch
Talking Dog with Geraldine Brooks
A Q&A with one of our favorite writers
  For Geraldine Brooks, the road from her native Sydney, Australia, to the fraught landscapes of the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans was littered with hair-raising experiences, moments of grace and prizes for the quality of her journalism. As a multipublished author, she continues her winning ways with a Pulitzer Prize for her novel March, as well as critical acclaim for People of the Book,...
Guardians of Being
MUTTS’ Patrick McDonnell on his new book, Guardians of Being
Q: Tell us about Guardians of Being and how the project came about. A: Guardians of Being reminds us why we love our companion animals. While we are lost in our thoughts and busyness of everyday life, they have become the key to the present moment, our guardians of being. In his books, Eckhart Tolle often says that true happiness is found in simple things, but you need to be present. He says...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Love, Squared
Nine years ago, when our family got our first dog, I never could have imagined the number of lessons he (and eventually they) would teach us about love, connection and responsibility.   As a child, I didn’t have an opportunity to understand the bond that could exist between humans and canines. My parents didn’t think of dogs as pets, much less as members of the family. Neighborhood dogs came and...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Dogs I Have Known
Culture: Stories & Lit
A Lifetime Dog
A companion, a friend and a source of joy
So there I was, alone, sitting outside Tully’s and enjoying a latte when a woman approached me. “Excuse me,” she said, looking concerned. “Is your dog okay?” Puzzled, I reassured her that Elvis was fine. He’d gone on a walk earlier and couldn’t be budged off his La-Z-Dog recliner. I had to ask. “I’m sorry, but do I know you?” “No,” she replied, smiling. “It’s just that I see you around town...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Number 52
Dead dogs feed the vultures Up and down NC route 39 Numbered hounds Cast out once they’re too slow To run down a deer with the pack Wandering through shrinking forests and backyards Starving Too tired and weak to defend themselves against a poodle One Saturday a shivering bag of bones crawled onto our land Must’ve heard our dogs and smelled their food We let him eat and drink all he could Once...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Team Building
Take one anxious dog, add a talented agility trainer, and good things can happen
Dusty and I weren’t the most difficult team Dee—our wisecracking, charismatic agility instructor—had ever trained. There were plenty of dogs whose exuberance could not easily be funneled into a structured activity, and there were handlers whose thickness made your average two-by-four look like Stephen Hawking. “Try that again with the dog on your right,” Dee would call out after a botched jump,...

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