Treats, num nums, burgers: our adventures in seeking the tastiest dog treats

Maggie looooves her treats. But with a dog like Maggie, it’s never that simple. My little rescue mutt has refined tastes and is very picky. When other dogs are begging, barking and gobbling, she’ll turn her nose up and drop the treat on the ground. (Fortunately, she’s not at all selective about tennis balls; she loves them all equally.) I… Read more →

Our non-traditional, small-scale, very-much-American Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving usually conjures up visuals of long tables covered with harvest vegetables and a giant turkey, surrounded by family members crowded inside to escape the end-of-autumn cold. But we live in Los Angeles, where our weather averages 78 degrees in November, and my family is anything but big. As you might expect, our Thanksgiving here is definitely not traditional in… Read more →

Dogs of Badminton Horse Trials

Yes, I know. It’s the Badminton Horse Trials. But the truth is, dogs outnumber horses on the grounds of Badminton House on the competition weekend. The overarching theme is country, as in United Kingdom countryside, with every shape and form of native breed on display at the end of someone’s leash. Terriers, pointers, setters, spaniels, lurchers (go look it up,… Read more →

Maggie explores dog friendly Nashville, TN with Whistle

Recently, Maggie and I were invited to perform a training demonstration for the patients and staff at the Monroe Carroll, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. We invited our friend Aimee to tag along as our lovely assistant, and after Maggie had high-fived just about everyone in the Vanderbilt community, the three of us went out to explore… Read more →

April b’days are grand!

Last week was my b’day. Incredibly lucky to spend it surrounded by amazing conversations and people and animals I admire and love. And completely surprised with cards, messages, smorgasbord of strawberries, and more. Hint for future: Don’t send someone that lives alone 40+ chocolate strawberries, I don’t have many friends. But, better yet the week before was our good friend Colin’s b’day. Last year… Read more →