I had no idea the video would touch so many people or be shared so many times. The comments and emails -- for the most part -- have been a wonderfully moving procession of individuals sharing their own journey through Alzheimer's or dementia.
I didn't believe in love at first sight until July 25, 2010, when my husband and I walked into an animal shelter and met our first dog, Rio. He was a yellow Lab mix with a bite on his cheek and skin stretched thin over his ribcage.
I noticed your table early in the night. I saw you and your husband. I also saw your two kids. You looked unhappy. When I walked by the table, there was no eye contact. I got concerned that we screwed something up.
My dog is now 8 years old, which makes him as middle-aged as I am, and he is comfortable in his own white furry skin. I'm trying to take lessons from him. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, maybe, but this dog has plenty to teach an old writer.
We all agreed, after some more snacks and wine for ourselves, that it had been fun to play these new games with our dogs, and that we'd be likely to use them again. But we almost always enjoy playing with our dogs. Had the games been more than just fun?
As the warmth of the season beckons us outdoors, many pet and plant lovers are caught in the crossroads -- is it possible to intertwine a love for nature while meeting the needs of our beloved domestics? The short answer is yes -- with a little bit of ingenuity!
People roll their eyes at comparisons of dogs to children, and I support this exasperation -- in theory. At the same time, in my heart of hearts, I know that our dog has profoundly influenced my experience as a mother.
I am Cejas Van Ostrand. I am a dog. I am a writer, too. I am the only dog in history ever admitted into the National Society of Newspaper Columnist...
I am the proud dog-parent of two rescues, Boo Radley and Maisey Mae, which many of you have come to know through my various posts on Facebook and Yout...
Meet Goldie, a very stylish Chihuahua whose signature snout, pointy ears and piercing eyes have made her fashion's coolest "IT" girl.
The thing is, having a well-trained dog doesn't happen overnight. But you don't have to drill your dog in obedience for hours a day; in fact, dogs learn better in shorter practice sessions.
Every girl needs a dog. I'm not saying boys don't need dogs. And I'm not cat bashing, either. Cats are cute. Yeah, I said it. But, I still say every girl needs a dog. Please hold all eye rolls until I've pled my case.
Grab your bacon, your eggs, your cheese, your pasta -- and your favorite pup -- and watch now!
I know I can't fix her leg, but I wonder how I can fix the rest. And then it occurs to me: when I was broken inside, what fixed me was her.
Two days after we adopted Boomer, or she adopted us, my hair fell out. I stared at my reflection (and a crazy-looking woman looked back) for a couple of moments, and then I said aloud, "F*ck it. Go downstairs and cuddle your puppy."
Heart disease is the second most common cause of death in dogs. Oxidative stress is known to cause damage to many types of cardiovascular cells and is...