We've both grown up a lot in the past few years. She left for college and gained some perspective and maturity. I socialized service dogs-in-training and along the way, learned to be patient and in control of my emotions.
The golden retriever with the giant smile and giving heart continues to see the good in any situation and brings joy to others wherever she goes.
A dog who is a bit worn out is less likely to be reactive. Think of it this way: When a body's got a lot of energy stored, it has to be expressed in one way or another. It's the same for dogs and people.
For true animal lovers, the hardest part of traveling is leaving your four-legged friend behind.
In such cases distemper does not need to be a death sentence for a dog. A combination of homeopathic, nutritional, herbal and conventional drugs and support often does the trick.
Once before, a dog looked at me like that in mid-autumn, a wild dog, a wolf out West that had been caught in a farmer's trap set for coyotes. He had spent his November in lonely exodus from all that he had known in order to start over.
Lily came with a host of serious health issues and was only with me for four short months before crossing over the Rainbow Bridge. In reality, she was an angel with a message for me, "We big old pups need someone to take care of us when we are homeless and in trouble. You can be that someone!"
Pet owners are often portrayed as rescuers, with their newly-freed animals seen as rescued. But that exchange of generosity and appreciation goes both ways. We give to animals because what we get in return is immeasurable.
Shame on ABC for trying to generate this controversy and incite pet owners to be distrustful of their veterinarian.
I learned that when your dog does something completely outrageous, you may not be able to keep completely calm, but you have a lot of control over how you react. One thing I learned is to 'find the funny,' rather than get angry or frustrated.
The close relationship between humans and dogs is something of an evolutionary mystery. Is the dog a slave, or a parasite? Have we adapted them to our purposes, or have they exploited us for free food and shelter? Either way, we are so close it can hurt.
We have even been known to FaceTime so they can see their granddogs, much to the confusion of Julie and Stephan who look quizzically at the screen when they hear the high pitched voices calling their names.
This week as the brutal 'War Against Nature' raged on, the conscious world fought back as hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe united...
War heroes. Tough travelers. These animals covered long distances in their lifetimes, even traveling to outer space.
When I was fostering, curious people wanted to know how I was able to give up my foster dogs. In time, they willingly and excitedly found their way into the hearts and homes of their new owners. With each wet-nosed kiss goodbye, I learned that that life really is full of pawsibilities.
By William "Bill" Wynne I learned a lot from my yorkie Smoky during my 18 months of combat in the SWPA and the Far Pacific during World War II. She m...