If Storms Freak Your Dog Out, Get Her A Nice Warm Jacket

My chocolate lab Ladybird loses her shit when it storms. I can only describe it as a dog panic attack: She runs all over the place, pants crazily, tries to climb up on my bed (where she is not allowed), nervously licks my legs, and eventually seeks comfort in the safety of the bathtub. She can’t talk to me,… »10/19/15 11:14am10/19/15 11:14am

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 12:30pm4/30/15 12:30pm

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 3:57pm12/12/14 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 2:03pm11/26/13 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 12:52pm11/19/13 12:52pm