California dreamin’ becomes real—just not for my dog

If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. Actually, don’t bother buying flowers because you’ll need the money. The city isn’t cheap. If you read this blog with some regularity, you know I’m a near-lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan, and I live in Texas—which is obviously and unfortunately Dallas Cowboys country¹. I love being a Texas resident; … Continue reading California dreamin’ becomes real—just not for my dog

Happiness is a (not too) warm puppy: Dogs already have fur coats, so why give them clothes?

Katniss, my beloved four-legged pseudo-child, has it pretty good at our house. She’s spoiled worse than a Kardashian¹: Katniss sleeps on our bed, gets to play outside for hours at a time if she wants, is loved more than most people I know, gets endless cuddle opportunities with my wife and me, and pretty much is allowed to do whatever she wants as long as … Continue reading Happiness is a (not too) warm puppy: Dogs already have fur coats, so why give them clothes?

My dog isn’t deaf—she just has ‘selective hearing’

Within about five minutes of walking in our neighborhood recently, I heard Spanish and possibly Chinese being spoken. We also have several residents from India or Pakistan and lots of people speaking English, of course. The diversity in my neighborhood is one reason why I love my adopted hometown of Austin—though I will always claim Dayton* as my home. However, regardless of the language being … Continue reading My dog isn’t deaf—she just has ‘selective hearing’

Katniss loose again, nearly body slams me; artifacts found and other adventures

“Finally … The Rock has come back to (insert city here)!” Mega-successful action star Dwayne Johnson, better known to many as professional wrestler The Rock, still uses that catchphrase (along with “know your role, and shut your mouth,” “if you smell what The Rock is cooking” and other pleasantries) each time he enters the ring before his occasional matches/appearances for World Wrestling Entertainment. To say … Continue reading Katniss loose again, nearly body slams me; artifacts found and other adventures

Ask My Vet: Do dogs really age seven years every year?

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: Do dogs really age seven years every year? Dr. K: “The short answer: It depends. One human year could be equal to seven dog years at … Continue reading Ask My Vet: Do dogs really age seven years every year?

32 things you never knew about my dog, a.k.a. a few minutes you’ll never get back

To commemorate 30 posts of “A Guero and His Perro”—well, this actually post 32—here’s 32 random facts about Katniss that I find amusing. If you’ve been drinking enough cough syrup or if you’ve been exposed to certain fumes (see number 19!), maybe you’ll find them amusing, too: We can’t say the word “walk” around Katniss—we have to spell it out—otherwise she’ll whip herself into a … Continue reading 32 things you never knew about my dog, a.k.a. a few minutes you’ll never get back

Ask My Vet: Can dogs only see in black and white?

Ask My Vet is a series I am starting 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 new series. According to AAC’s website, Kennedy “completed her undergraduate studies at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, North Carolina, where she worked on the college … Continue reading Ask My Vet: Can dogs only see in black and white?