RHYTHM AND BLUES – DOGGIE STYLE

By |2024-06-25T10:29:51-07:00June 25, 2024|Behavior & Training|

Let's GO, Neil! By Neil Lurssen It is 2:22pm as I sit at my desk to write this blog. I know have about 38 uninterrupted minutes to gather my thoughts, flip through notes and then start typing. At 3pm – or thereabouts – orderliness will end and tranquility will be replaced by frantic barking, ferocious growling and me yelling bugger off as my jeans are being tugged at by Chloe, the Dachshund/Aussie mix. When I get her off my pants she attacks my sneakers. Sally, also a pure-bred shelter mutt, joins in with her [...]

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HAIR BALLS AND ASSORTED HAZARDS

By |2024-05-22T16:11:23-07:00May 22, 2024|Behavior & Training|

By Kim Bromley Washable area rugs are expensive and worth it! As I contemplate Claude’s latest throw up at 2:35am my mind catches on the practice of gratitude. This is lofty business in the middle of the night and challenging to engage with after the sound of a retching poodle has sent me hurtling out of bed in the middle of a dream about flying over the Azores. But we’ve all been there, am I right? That sound that penetrates your deepest sleep despite any mitigating Ambien, gummies or Scotch before bed. The sound [...]

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DON’T MESS WITH MY SAUSAGE!

By |2024-04-22T14:12:26-07:00April 22, 2024|Behavior & Training|

By Neil Lurssen If there is one thing you can say about the good people of Germany, it’s this: “Don’t mess with their dogs!”  The fine folks of the Fatherland are known to dote on their canine pets and, in particular, the breeds that carry national pride – like the Dachshund and the German Shepherd who are right up there at the top of the list of favorites. Take for instance the dog we in America affectionately call the Doxie - the little fellow with the long body, the ridiculously stubby legs, the amazing flapping ears, [...]

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I MISS MY CAT(S)

By |2024-03-21T16:36:06-07:00March 20, 2024|Behavior & Training|

By Kim Bromley When casting about for a new blog topic I realized the blog hasn’t discussed cats very much lately. This put me in mind of our recently departed Lorenzo and then, naturally, all the wonderful cats who shared our lives for the past 37 years. After my flood of tears subsided I decided to write a very personal (and hopefully entertaining) blog about the cat(s) I miss. I moved to Marin in the summer of 1987 to work for LucasFilm. At the time, I was three years out of graduate school, working free lance, [...]

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Pit Bulls – Can a Dog Named Pork Chop Possibly Be a Killer?

By |2024-02-27T13:03:53-08:00February 27, 2024|Behavior & Training|

The author with a friend     By Neil Lurssen Anyone who has worked in a dog rescue shelter will tell you that Pit Bulls and other members of the Bully family are among the most lovable, loyal and entertaining of all. They are also the most frequently surrendered to shelters, confiscated, rescued as strays or found abandoned. They are the Oliver Twists of the canine world – creatures that, more than any other breed, have been abused by humans down the years when all that most of them seem to want is affection. [...]

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