Does Father’s Day apply to me if my ‘kid’ is a dog?

Father’s Day is this weekend. I am honored to have the best dad¹ one could possibly hope for, not to mention a father-in-law I always enjoy spending time with who has never been anything but exceedingly kind and generous to me. I’m lucky. Like, really lucky. There’s a lot of people out there—including a surprising number of my friends—who don’t have a relationship, or at … Continue reading Does Father’s Day apply to me if my ‘kid’ is a dog?

Ask my vet: What does it take to be a veterinarian?

Ask My Vet is a series based on questions I have—and maybe you do, too—about dogs. Katniss’ veterinarian, Dr. Katharine Kennedy of Arbor Animal Clinic here in Austin, provides answers and expertise as a part of this series. Question: What does it take to be a veterinarian? Dr. K: If you make it through the academic gamut of the vet school application process and get … Continue reading Ask my vet: What does it take to be a veterinarian?

Katniss enjoys Christmas gifts, annoys her grandparents to just shy of a restraining order

As evident in the adorable photos taken by my wife, Katniss got a bone for Christmas that is approximately the size of Andre the Giant’s femur—a rawhide bone about 2 feet in length, which seems ridiculously large. Hey, she said she wanted bones for Christmas, right? To put its size into perspective, her bone is as big as: the space guy friends often leave between … Continue reading Katniss enjoys Christmas gifts, annoys her grandparents to just shy of a restraining order

Off the Leash: ‘Star Wars’ fans make me wonder: Am I a nerd, too?

Since it’s my blog and it seems like there’s only so many posts I can write about its star, my dog, Katniss, before I drive myself crazy, occasionally I will veer off-topic in a new series I have named Off the Leash. ___ “Everyone’s posting about being a huge fan of ‘Star Wars.’ … You know what I’m a fan of[?] … REAL LIFE.” One … Continue reading Off the Leash: ‘Star Wars’ fans make me wonder: Am I a nerd, too?

Dear Santa Claws: Katniss shares her Christmas wish list

I bet Christmas is a strange time for Katniss. On one hand, my wife LOVES the holiday season. She decorates the house, sings Christmas songs and watches Christmas movies. I, however, have grown to dislike this time of year. Christmas and its constant focus on material things—gifts—only makes me think about people, especially kids, who won’t get gifts or people who don’t have anyone to … Continue reading Dear Santa Claws: Katniss shares her Christmas wish list

Katniss and Andy’s most not-excellent mini adventure

At the exact moment I realized I had forgotten to lock the side gate, I looked out the window and saw Katniss’ black-tipped tail pointed to the December sky on high alert—in the neighbor’s yard. I had been coughing all day, as I’m sick—during vacation time, no less—and realized that sick or not, I was going to have to go outside and chase Katniss down. … Continue reading Katniss and Andy’s most not-excellent mini adventure

Ask My Vet: What items are most harmful to pets, especially during the holidays?

Ask My Vet is a series based on questions I have—and maybe you do, too—about dogs. Katniss’ veterinarian, Dr. Katharine Kennedy of Arbor Animal Clinic here in Austin, provides answers and expertise as a part of this series. Question: What items are most harmful to pets, especially during the holidays? Dr. K: Chocolate season—it’s the time from Halloween to Valentine’s Day full of the sounds … Continue reading Ask My Vet: What items are most harmful to pets, especially during the holidays?