How To Get A Good Dog, And Be A Good Dog Owner 

I wasn’t ready when I got my dog, Penny, in college. Lots of people compare owning a dog to raising a child, but I’ve never had a child, so I’ll compare it to looking after a Pokémon, of which I have owned many. True, canines are loyal companions who will come to your aid whenever you may need them. Except in this… » 4/30/15 12:30pm 4/30/15 12:30pm

How To Get A Chill Cat

So you’ve decided to get a pet. Maybe you’re hankering for some furry companionship to perk up the lonesome evenings. Perhaps you’re attempting to plug an emotional gap in your life by saving some of god’s non-edible creatures. Or maybe you just want to strike back at those people clogging up your Instagram feed with… » 4/02/15 5:17pm 4/02/15 5:17pm

Who Gets the Dog When You Break Up?

It is the road most traveled: You partner off. The two of you move in together, get hitched or make a Kurt-n-Goldie-style life commitment to one another. You buy some throw pillows and if you didn't already have a pet, you go and find yourself a fur baby. Maybe after the two of you have realized you're capable of… » 12/12/14 3:57pm 12/12/14 3:57pm

Be Your Own Best Friend: Why A Man Doesn't Need a Pet

I took the subway on a warm autumn evening from trendy Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., to the distant Maryland suburbs. As directed, I waited on the street by a line of pay phones. At the appointed time, a couple pulled up in the kind of rumpled and earnest vehicle typically associated with a riotous display of… » 11/26/13 2:03pm 11/26/13 2:03pm

The Remarkable Tale of Hunter, the Real-Life Rescue Dog

Wives and husbands come and go, children leave, friends fade into abstractions on Facebook. The dog is generally there for life, all of his or all of yours, whichever comes first. Hunter, who died Sunday night at home and surrounded by his people, was there for life. It was really his second life, which began when I… » 11/19/13 12:52pm 11/19/13 12:52pm