Dog Blog

Monday, December 30, 2013


                               "Ah, ain't life grand?"
Beau spreads more drool and fur on our carpet, or as it's better known, the big blue napkin.  

Friday, December 27, 2013


                  Peaches enjoys some quality chew time 
             on a treat from her Christmas stocking.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


                            Beau in his Christmas collar

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


My family always opened our gifts Christmas Day, but to quell the anticipation, Mom started a tradition called "Christmas Eve Gift." Whoever said those words first on Christmas Eve morning got to open a gift on Christmas Eve. In more recent years, it mainly stayed a contest between my mother and me.  At one point it became so competitive that one of us could expect to receive a phone call at 12:01 a.m. on December 24.  

I hope those of you reading this will share some of your special family traditions with my readers.  Wishing you all a special Christmas Eve Gift, like the most special one of all that I found under my tree one Christmas Eve, shown here:

                         A pretty young Daisy May

Monday, December 23, 2013


A few words of caution: While you're busy baking all those yummy chocolate goodies for Christmas, remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs.  Most dangerous is baking chocolate, which has the highest concentration of caffeine and theobromine.  If your dogs are anything like mine, efficient Dyson vacuums for any morsel that could remotely be considered food, be extra vigilant during the holidays.  Be aware of the symptoms of chocolate poisoning: panting, hyperactivity, and increased heart rate.  Of course, if your dog is normally hyperactive, it might be harder to tell if the cause is from ingesting chocolate.  

Also, skip "treating" your dog to those rich, fatty table scraps at Christmas dinner or you can expect to spend Christmas night at the emergency clinic to get your dog treated for pancreatitis. That's no treat for anyone!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Looking for that special Christmas gift for Fido?  What kind of collar does your dog wear?  If (s)he wears anything but a harness, better read this.  Chokers, prongs, and other instruments of canine torture. Who thought up those things, anyway? Bet they never tried them on themselves first.  

Friday, December 13, 2013

THE BARK SIDE OF MYSTERY--On December 14, Second Saturday, I'll be autographing copies of BRACED FOR MURDER, my latest Amazon best-selling, Maxwell Award-nominated book in the Beanie and Cruiser Mystery Series at The Adamson Gallery, 1021 R Street, Suite 15. The signing event is in concert with the annual Barks for Art Show at the gallery, which will benefit Sacramento's Front Street Animal Shelter. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013


The temperature this weekend is predicted to dip way down into the 40s in the daytime and the 20s at night.  That's a sudden and drastic change for our best fur friends after all the balmy weather we've had for so long. If you don't have spoiled indoor dogs like I do, make sure they have a warm place to sleep. If your dog doesn't have a centrally heated dog house, make sure s(he) has one that is well-insulated, with warm bedding and a flap to keep out the cold wind.   

If he sleeps in your garage, know precisely where he is before you drive your car into or out of the garage. Dogs often get accidentally run over right in their own family's garage. Also be sure there is no antifreeze leaking from your auto, which is deadly poison to pets.

Here are some tips on protecting your pet during winter and cold weather from the Humane Society of the United States.  Please donate to your rescue group of choice during this season of giving.  Your gift can help ensure that every dog has some comfort and joy during the holidays, and perhaps a new home and a warm dog house, too.