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 of panicked pet owners calling vet clinics about their dogs that ate chocolate. This year has been pretty uneventful in terms of holiday toxicities thus far, but the season is young! I find myself wondering … Continue reading Ask My Vet: What items are most harmful to pets, especially during the holidays?
It’s been said that behind every successful man is an encouraging woman—or something to that effect. There’s lots of sayings. For our purposes, dear reader, I think it could be argued that behind me, this blog and its star—my 42-pound German shepherd mix, Katniss—as well as my current life in general, there is one woman who helps make it all happen: my wife. I’ve referred to her countless times in my posts, and today she is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her 21st birthday. My wife—and Katniss’ mommy—is even more organized than President Obama’s daily schedule likely is, can multitask … Continue reading My wife: The woman behind the guy behind the blog about the dog
When I was 20, my dad and I, along with much of the rest of the Boy Scout troop I was part of, went to Alaska to visit an assistant scoutmaster* who had invited us—it’s not like the few dozen or so of us were showing up unannounced. We went during the summer, so it was sunny outside nearly 24 hours a day, which is a little unnerving at midnight. Nonetheless it was a fun, unforgettable trip. While we were there we got to see a whole farm full of sled dogs who participated in races like the Iditarod and … Continue reading A jog with my dog makes me feel husky
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?
I’ve mentioned before that Katniss, my 42-pound German shepherd mix, BFF, mischief addict and serial cuddler, has a middle initial but not necessarily a middle name. … Continue reading Katniss and I have a ‘swell’ time at the emergency vet clinic
One morning about 10 years ago I got a call from one of my best friends, Brian*, who needed me to come over and help him … Continue reading The wolf of your street? Hybrid beast could be coming to a town near you
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 … Continue reading Ask My Vet: Should I get a DNA test for my dog? How much to they cost?
Katniss wants to say hey and thank everyone for reading about her. As if she needs any more attention. Continue reading Happy Friday from Katniss
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 … Continue reading My dog isn’t deaf—she just has ‘selective hearing’
“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