Master of His Domain

by Bob Hollins My Javier is independent and not much of a social butterfly. He likes to be alone at times and isn’t afraid to let me know by turning his back and walking out on our conversation. I think it’s his way of saying that as a human, I am boring him. Silly guy. Or maybe it is the deep conversations that bore

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Rest in Peace, Squeaky Fish

by Erin Reed It’s all fun and games until someone loses a fin. We recently had a traumatic day in the Reed household. Squeaky Fish (as he is affectionately called) has been Griffin’s favorite toy since he came home with us 2 years ago. Here you can see them getting acquainted when Griffin was a puppy: They’ve been known to get into mischief (dad’s

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Furry-Friend Habits

by Monica Rainey The first bath we gave our dog Riley turned him into a drowned-rat looking, pitiful pup. With his long, silky fur matted down by the water, you could really see just how tiny he was. He wasn’t crazy about the first time I attempted to blow dry his fur—I’m sure he’d rather have run through the house shaking off and rolling

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Dog Photography (Is that a piece of cheese on your lens?)

by Dave Aupperlee OK, I’ll admit it. I can be a real pest with my camera. It seems the more I photograph certain individuals, the more shots I get of the “STOP” outstretched hand in front of the lens. I have given up on (human) family members. I don’t blame them. I have tormented them with my camera for years. Dogs, on the other

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Dogs & Camping

by Becky Neibarger Our family consists of my husband and me and our three children. One has two legs and two have four. The Short Boss, our son, is five years old and very active. Zoe and Riley, our two Black Labs, are nine years old and aren’t as active as they used to be – but they still get excited every Friday when

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When Dogs Do the Training

by Daya Pillai Granny has only been to our new place a handful of times, but Clio already knows where she keeps the treats. Clio bypasses the grocery bags, the cooler, and all the other enticing goodies—immediately zeroing in on Granny’s purse. Everything gets a cursory sniff as she walks past, but her head disappears inside the purse with a resounding snort. Now that

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2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party Success!

by Ashlee Kareus On May 13, nearly 800 animal lovers and their four-legged friends took over the lawn of Mangiamo! at the 7th annual BISSELL Blocktail Party. The evening was filled with music, socializing and a silent auction. I spent my evening admiring all of the dogs and wondering how my two miniature pinchers would have handled the excitement that was happening on that

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