• 'Type dog' Buddy

    Staying off the radar; my life with a 'type' dog

    Our dog was a rescue dog and we had him for four amazing years. He was lucky enough to make it out of the council pound and find a home. He went on to battle cancer. He was our best friend. He captivated everyone that met him. What makes our story different from ...
  • Pit Bull type dog called Ray

    Are Pit Bull-type dogs inherently dangerous?

    I recently read an editorial in the paper that said that Pit Bull types are inherently dangerous. That even if they weren’t aggressive towards people, they are always a danger to other animals. My response to that claim is pretty simple: one of the reasons animal lovers were so distraught ...
  • Small white dog

    Letting go of the past

    On a bitter February night, my husband and I stopped at the light at the corner of our street, en route to an acclaimed Iranian film called The Past. Glancing to the right, we saw a frightened little dog darting in and out of traffic. I jumped out of the ...
  • The curse of cute

    We’re living through times in which cuteness is sought out like never before. People spend ridiculous amounts of time searching out, watching and sharing cute things, made easy by the internet. The power of cute is not a new thing; it’s part of being human to be attracted to images of ...
  • Westie Bosley in the garden

    The Westie whirlwind that changed my life

    Before Bosley, my first Westie, came along, if you had asked me if I was a dog lover I would certainly have said an emphatic yes - but once we had him and he had lived with us as a puppy for a little while, that love turned into something ...
  • Parents, please stop bringing your kids to the dog park

    At full speed, my 10-month Dalmatian Scholar, all spots and twiggy legs, looks more like a wild thing than a dog. He looks kind of like the kid who got stretched out in the Laffy Taffy machine in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ears flying flag-like behind him (tongue, too), he’s happiest ...
  • Candy the rescue dog in the car

    Life behind bars no more

    It was a warm, autumn day... Perhaps this makes for a good start to a story, but for a rescue dog named Candy, life for 575 days was not all sunshine and buttercups. Candy came into the care of Friends of Eden Animal Shelter in the small city of Eden, North ...
  • dying dog

    Calm, panic, calm; the rhythm of living with a dying dog

    A few months have passed since a vet gave my sweet Sally, a German Shepherd mix of A Certain Age, the diagnosis: a fast-growing malignant tumor on her front left elbow. Since deciding on palliative care, I’ve been keeping her as comfortable as I can, without knowing how many months ...
  • Sherlock the bulldog

    Finding Sherlock; transforming a scared, shy fighting dog

    At the platform of a busy station, I click my fingers to get my dog Sherlock’s attention. Then I hold up a finger to get him to sit. A few people look impressed, and one comments on how well-behaved he is. I feel a swell of pride and say, like ...
  • Carob Cookies

    Carob Cookies For Your Dog

    Dogs can enjoy the chocolatey treats we love to eat by us using carob instead, like these carob cookies! The above recipe is for you to print out and keep, so please feel free to save and share it. You will need: A Baking Tray A Rolling Pin Ingredients: 280g Wholemeal ...