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...]

Donald Trump Is Really A Cat That Lives With Me!

"black cat laying on table top jpg"

Donald Trump is alive and well, living in my house disguised as a domestic short hair, black cat with a crooked tail and a bad ass attitude. Which is why our Am Staff (aka pit bull terrier mixed breed), Gracie, has yet to have free roaming rights inside despite the fact that we adopted her last April.  Just so you know, we're well versed in multi-pet households. We've had dogs and cats living happily under one roof for 20 plus years. We are really good at mingling critters. This go round … [Read more...]

My life walking dogs

:young man and female pit bull terrier mixed breed standing in fenced yard

My life walking dogs used to start with early morning walks, me and whatever dog (or dogs) needed to get out and move. Over the years, I've walked ex-racing greyhounds and whippets: elegant walkers with such easy strides. I could ease myself into a quiet meditative state, not worrying about other people's ill-mannered dogs. I've walked Great Danes. Such mild, gentle giants guaranteed to slow cars along West Church Street. I've walked dogs that were dog aggressive that kept me on my toes, one eye … [Read more...]

What Makes a Dog be a Good Therapy Dog?

"female American Staffordshire terrier pit bull terrier"

When we adopted Gracie, we wondered if she'd make a good therapy dog - a dog that would walk calmly into a library filled with elementary school age kids all waiting to have a great interactive reading experience with her. Or perhaps, she'd be good with slightly older kids and adults. What do you think? Doesn't she look like a happy, confident dog? She is confident, when she's in a place that she knows. Like our back yard. This is where we walked her, sat with her, and slowly began to play … [Read more...]

A Penny For Your Thoughts

"Love Always Wags Its Tail book cover"

When I started Healing Rescue Dogs, I didn't call myself a "pet blogger." My intent was to brand myself as a story teller who just happened to know enough about dogs to be able to write about them. And, that's what I've been doing, one post and (finally) one book, at a time.  Certainly I had a whole repertoire of subjects to choose from. Having burned out on the world of small business with all of its 9-5 drama, that was the last thing I wanted to write about. But, I'd put enough time in (10-12 … [Read more...]