A Pit Bull Terrier Named Gracie Dances With My Son on the Autism Spectrum

"pit bull terrier laying in grass"

One year ago almost to the day was when I first saw the six month old pit bull terrier that we would adopt and rename Gracie. She was in a down with her big, blocky head cradled between her two front paws, as far back as she could get from the front of the kennel run. It was noisy. Most animal shelters are. Everything that I knew about her came from listening to my son. He'd noticed her when she first appeared at the shelter in January. Now, almost three months later, at my son's … [Read more...]

10 Greyt Reasons Why Ex-Racing Greyhounds Make Great Pets

"ex-rcing greyhound laying in dog crage"

One of my best friends just adopted her third ex-racing greyhound. Her immediate problem was that he didn't know how to go up and down stairs. For most ex-racing greyhounds right off the track, this is their biggest challenge. Once, they figure this out, they fall easily into household routines. "Did I want to come over to meet him?" she asked. I grabbed my camera and slipped out the front door. From what I can tell (and I've been out of the greyhound business for many years), the … [Read more...]

Amazing Fleece Dog Blanket

"female pit bull terrier mixed breed dog wearing lilac colored fleece dog blanket"

Gracie's new fleece dog blanket seems to be the talk of the neighborhood - at least among those hardy souls who are still walking their dogs, despite the cold weather. So, for our neighbors who are asking my son where we got it, here's the link to the online page of For the Western Horseman where we placed our order. We ordered two: Gracie's is an XXLarge and Tessa, our 20 pound Min Pin mixed breed, has a Large. We called the 800 number to make sure that we were measuring correctly. You … [Read more...]

Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder Doesn’t Keep My Son From Talking With Dogs

"aspergers syndrome book cover"

My 27 year old son who is formally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome Disorder (ASD), has been "talking dog" his whole life. Having Asperger's and being fluent in how dogs communicate are just two of the things that define him. Lately, we've been talking about how being on the autism spectrum affects him at work. And, in what may be an on-going series, we'll be talking about this here at HRD. We don't pretend to have all the answers. We only know what's true for us. One of the true and … [Read more...]

A Young Man And A Dog Forge a Magical Leash Partnership

Happy Dog Tails

It takes two to make that leash-partnership thing work:  the human at one end has to buddy up with a dog at the other end. Together, they are the best and sometimes the worst of each other. Early on, there's a lot of tension between the ends of that leash as they sort out what they have to say to each other, who will take the lead, who will follow. If they begin with honest intentions and a commitment to show up every day, the tension between them starts to lessen until finally, one day, they … [Read more...]