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 she doesn’t go potty in the house or destroy things. And we wonder why she’s so ornery. In short, I don’t feel bad for Katniss. She has better living conditions than probably most of the … Continue reading Happiness is a (not too) warm puppy: Dogs already have fur coats, so why give them clothes?

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 … 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 one stage of their life or 10 dog years at another stage of their life. The obvious point would be that dog life spans are significantly shorter than human life spans. They are longer today … 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 frenzy thinking it’s time to go for a W-A-L-K. Katniss has a middle initial, P., which my wife has determined stands for multiple attributes: play; princess; parched (she needs more water than a redwood); poop/pee … 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 farm raising antibiotic- and hormone-free livestock. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and worked in an urgent care facility in San Antonio before joining AAC.” Kennedy is affiliated with the … Continue reading Ask My Vet: Can dogs only see in black and white?