Road Trip! Taking Your Dog on Vacation

Taking your dog along on vacation can be great fun for many families. If you hate the idea of boarding your best friend while you motor off for distant fun, including her in the vacation plans may be a great idea. But it should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision. Plan ahead to ensure you and your dog enjoy the…

In Praise of Good Leash Manners

Dogs that enjoy inclusion in their families’ activities usually share one characteristic: good leash manners. Think about those summer dog festivals or kids’ soccer and baseball games. For the most part, the dogs that get to join their families for these events walk nicely on a loose leash. Sure, we all see those dogs who…

When Pets Go Missing

I originally wrote this post in June 2012: Two of our indoor cats got out of the house the other day. When we realized it, panic ensued. It was a horrible flashback to 23 years ago when our two dogs broke out of a temporary enclosure we built for them. Both stories have happy endings,…