Category: Dogs

Mar 5

Muffy Jorn, a registered nurse who blogs at Big Grey Birds, posts about a funny, but not funny, night of sleeplessness. Unfortunately, too many of us can relate:

Since the whole rheumatoid arthritis thing really blew up, my sleeping has not been so great. I am sure it is at least partly medication related; for instance, steroids cause insomnia, and I have been taking them for four years straight. Sometimes pain has kept me awake, and then if you throw the peri-menopausal insomnia into the mix, it is probably surprising I sleep at all. Oh-did I mention jimmy legs?

Dorothy Parker, “Hmmm. What fresh hell is this?”

Nov 14

We couldn’t get through this video without choking up. What a sweet story. It’s about Dale, a Scottish boy with Autism, and

We thought it was important to post a video like this after reading click here of a housing board in New York City that is denying an Autistic boy his dog.

Jan 17

These old girls know what friendship is all about!

(via Dooce)

Oct 28

Bob, above, and Bailey, below, ready for Halloween!

Sep 14

A service dog trained to use the phone called 911 and got help when his Scottsdale, Ariz., owner suffered a serious seizure.

Buddy, an 18-month-old German shepherd, used his teeth to press programmed buttons until a 911 dispatcher came on the line, reported The Arizona Republic.

Buddy can be heard whimpering in a recording of the call placed from the home of Joe Stalnaker, who suffers seizures from injuries received during military service.

Buddy was trained to retrieve the phone and call 911 with his teeth when Stalnaker blacks out, the Republic reported, noting Buddy previously had made three or four 911 calls for other emergencies.

“He’s my world. He’s my best friend, no question. He’s always there,” said Stalnaker, who was hospitalized for two days but has recovered.

Jul 16


“Junior” - shown here with the squash in his mouth - is the low-dog-on-the-totem-pole among the four dogs we share. Somebody else always has the toy, or the chew, or the ball. So when Junior spotted the squash - unattended - he went for it, wedging it in his mouth and holding on for all he was worth.

Jul 4


Jul 2


Milo, shown here, bested 500 other canine contenders to take top honors for bravery in a British competition.

Milo was seriously abused by a former owner, leaving him with damaged legs. Despite his injuries, Milo is credited with jumping into the sea to save a spaniel who was drowning.

Click here to learn more about Milo.

(via Arbroath)

Eds. Note: Cait’s going to drill this story into her dog, Hailley - also known as “The Empress” for her sense of entitlement. Hailley, a border collie/bassett hound mix, is a wonderful hog dog but has a tendency to flee the scene when there’s trouble.

Cait tried to teach Hailley the old Lassie routine of “Bark. Bark. Timmy’s in trouble. Hurry. Bring a ladder to the well.” But Hailley just grunted, rolled around in the dirt and ate some compost.

Jul 1


Jun 23

In the best of all worlds, every Gimpy Dog would have a ramp and/or stairs to ease the pain of getting in and out of the car and on and off the bed.Piglet

Between their two households, Cait & Marty share four dogs - one still in his youth, two in middle age and the fourth, Piglet (seen here), our official Gimpy Canine who was rescued from a ‘kill shelter’ in Tennessee. (These are the people who saved her.)

Piglet has a set of steps to help her reach the bed, but she dreams of getting this deluxe car ramps just for being a Good Dog.

In the meantime, Piglet is praying she never gets put in one of these!

Learn how to choose a dog ramp

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