Dog Life

Quiz: What Kind of Dog Are You?

Quiz: What Kind of Dog Are You?

Your breed revealed! more

All in a Day's Woof

Water cooler conversation is changing these days. "Rex's breath reeks
of liver." "I know, he's so delicious. But could he have his head any
further up Buster's butt? I mean, come on!" "Now, now, don't get your
hackles up. He's just bucking for a promotion to top dog." First they
were pets. Then they were family members. Now they're becoming
colleagues. Dogs in the workplace are an increasingly common
phenomenon. As dog lovers, we welcome this advance. But does your pet
really belong in the office? With a little planning, a good portion of
common sense, and sensitivity to your colleagues, the answer is a
resounding "Yes!" more

Is Your Dog a Genius?

Most people are interested in how intelligent their dog is. While there are predictable differences based upon the dog's breed (for example, Border Collies are a lot smarter and more trainable than Bulldogs), there is a lot of variability within each breed. This means that some Border Collies might be rather slow-thinking, while some Bulldogs might be college material. There are some well-documented tests for the general mental abilities of dogs (such as the one described in my book, The Intelligence of Dogs), and all such tests include measures of a dog's memory. more

Are Dogs The New Grandchildren?

Family dynamics today are more complex than just Mom plus Dad plus two children. Many people are divorced or opt for a single lifestyle. Others remain childless, by chance or by choice. It is a lifestyle that makes close family relationships the exception rather than the norm. Into this void step our dogs, ready and willing to accept all offers of adoration and spoiling. More than simply companions, dogs are considered children in many households. So it follows that a fur kid's family tree branches out to include aunties, uncles, cousins, and, of course, the ultimate dispenser of spoiled affection-grandparents. more

To Bring, Or Not To Bring The Dog

Picture it. The rolling lawns of a Beverly Hills estate in California decked with tables for a posh afternoon English tea party. Chilled champagne with a plump strawberry is the drink du jour and the sounds of social chitchat and laughter are offset by a string quartet providing background mood music. Suddenly, a red convertible zooms up the driveway and out jumps a boisterous Golden Retriever barking madly. He rushes to the nearest white Iceberg rose bush and lifts his leg, narrowly missing the cellist. His pet parent, after handing her car keys to the valet, ambles over, pats her pup on the head and tells him to "go play" before heading off to greet her hostess and mingle with the other guests. more

Bow Vows

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Do You Look Like Your Dog?

At a gathering of dog owners, I found myself sitting at a table with a woman who was explaining, "You can always tell which member of a family actually picked...more

Dog Park Discourse 101: Conversation Starters

Let's face it, modern dog owners are just as guilty as first-time parents when it comes to rambling on and on about their "kids." And while a good poop horror story makes for conversational common ground at any canine-centric soiree, why not show your range? The following cocktail party cheat-sheet highlights dogs that have made a significant impact on our common culture. A few minutes studying this list and you'll soon prove that it's possible to impress even the finest pedigreed pooch (and his/her sexy owner) with your best trick: speak! more

How to Reduce Your Dog's Ecological Footprint

1. Make the switch once and for all to biodegradable dog poo bags. What are you waiting for? 2. Order ecologically sound dog beds and organic, pesticide free dog food from or, sites specializing in environmentally friendly pet supplies. more

Solutions for the Dogless

Apartment's too small? Boyfriend's allergic? Perhaps just not down with
de-pooping the backyard? Whatever the reason, if you or someone you
know is simply not ready to become a full-time dog parent, peruse the
following list of alternatives for people looking to cram some dog-time
into an otherwise (sniff) dogless existence. more


Dog of the Week!

Meet: Maxwell