brushing dog's teeth

High cost – and value – of dental care for dogs

The latest discussion among my neighbors these days is where to take our dogs for dental care -- and how much is it going to cost. Neighbors who have recently had their dogs' teeth cleaned...

Rattlesnake avoidance training best defense

A dog had a fatal encounter with a rattlesnake at the Laurel Canyon Dog Park last week. A second was bitten but is recovering. These incidents highlight how important rattlesnake avoidance training is if... Best Senior Dog Award 2019

Best senior dog award

I will never have a dog that competes in the Westminster dog show. But I sure had fun watching my buddy, 13-year-old Red, strut down the red carpet at the Haute Dogs Competition in...

Tips to avoid tripping over your dog

It was just a simple two-step shuffle to avoid tripping over my dog and then I fell. Reaching my hands out to avoid crashing my head into the curb, I broke my left wrist. I...
Trigger Yappy is Diana Orgain's new dog mystery.

“Trigger Yappy” is a fun-filled dog mystery

Author Diana Orgain has once again served up a light-hearted dog mystery featuring the Wine and Bark bar and its Yappy Hour regulars. In this, the second "Yappy" mystery, the Wine and Bark has more...

Do amber collars repel fleas?

Spike looks debonair wearing his amber flea collar.  We got it at Healing TouchVets in Sherman Oaks. His vet there, Audra MacCorkle, DVM, wears an amber bracelet, as do many of her vet techs...
Dog scratching fleas

Doing Battle With Fleas

The hotter it gets, the more I worry about fleas. At 70 to 90 degrees, fleas hatch and dogs suffer. When you have a dog who is generally itchy, scratchy and licky, fleas make life...
Dog essays by women writers

Women’s best friends: Essays about dogs

This lovely collection of dog essays by women writers will make you nod knowingly, laugh or cry at the inevitable goodbyes. The contributors include biographer Susan Cheever, science writer Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks;...