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This is a head shot of my dog Heiko

The Dog who Loved me A tribute to Heiko

The older I become, the more regrets I accumulate. Some still hurt. Some, I keep beating myself up about. Heiko was one of those I keep beating myself up about. I regret giving him away to an irresponsible family. Basically, I regret ever giving him away. Heiko loved me. He was devoted to me. Yet...


Causes and Treatment of Gastric Torsion in Dogs

Gastric torsion in dogs is referred to in veterinary manuals as Bloat, Gastric Dilation or Torsion Complex. (See Delbert G Carlson, DVM and James M Giffin MD “Dog Owners’s Home Veterinary Handbook. 1992,  Simon & Schuster MacMillan. Pp. 199-202.) It is a medical emergency and needs treatment as soon as it is noticed. During the...


Why AKC Papers are Important when Buying a Purebred Puppy

If you have decided to buy a purebred dog in the United States, AKC papers are critically important to your decision-making process. Your only other alternative to AKC papers, certifying that you are buying a purebred dog, is to have DNA testing on the dog prior to purchasing it. The breeder or owner may not...


Puppy Classes are to Puppies what Kindergarten is to Children

Not only is it good to take a puppy to puppy kindergarten (puppy classes), it can be a lot of fun. At puppy classes, you will meet other new owners and their adorable puppies. You will meet knowledgeable people who will be able to answer many of your questions. You will have an evening filled...


Review of Stanley Corens book called How to Speak Dog

Dr. Stanley Coren has written a remarkable book on “Dogish” or the language of dogs.  (Stanley Coren, PhD, How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication. Simon and Schuster.2000.) This isn’t the first book he has written on dogs but it is the one all dog owners should read; especially dog owners who...


The Best Book on Obedience Training for German Shepherd Dogs

The best book on obedience training for German Shepherds is out of print. Toward the PhD for Dogs:  Obedience Training from Novice to Utility. By Robert J. Martin and Napoleon A. Chagnon. Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich. 1975.) This outstanding obedience book is out of print because the second author, a cultural anthropologist, loved to write books...