Posts filed under: Dog Tales

You may not know this, because I don’t often talk about it, but Hazel is a DINOS. A DINOS is a Dog in Need of Space. Of the many issues we’ve worked on, and the behaviors we’ve trained, her tendency...
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Some people just stand out. They shine, they are examples, they are the standard we hold ourselves to, they are people we aspire to be more like. The qualities we like in these people are sometimes ones we wish we...
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Animal sheltering is a tough business. If you think about it, many people find the thought of even walking into an animal shelter too much to bear. And if you think even more about it, given the way shelter animals...
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Reflecting on 2016 as it comes to a close hasn’t been easy. As advocates for dogs, and equally enthusiastic advocates for humankind, the year in review feels a whole lot like a whopping kick to Santa’s gift sack. Apologies for...
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As we head into a new year, I’ve decided that my New Year’s resolution is to continue to try to make dogs happy. I like a well-mannered dog as much as the next person, but since I started working in...
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I came home from the farmer’s market today to find the small box containing our Chihuahua’s ashes on the kitchen counter. Kevin had picked him up earlier and for some reason deposited him directly to the spot on which I chop...
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My whole life, I’ve been about fighting for the underdog. I have very personal reasons for that, and though you don’t need to know the details- you should know this about me. I tend to not deal with BS very...
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It does not take an advanced degree or high IQ to realize that social media is full of trolls, bad opinions, bullies, and folks who are just mean. It has, however, become the major marketing tool for animal shelters and...
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  This week, my alma mater and part-time employer, The Academy for Dog Trainers is running a campaign we’re calling “Harness The Love”. Here, at YPBY, we’ve been major proponents for no-pull harnesses since our inception. We love this equipment....
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The conversation usually goes something like this:  “Can I meet him?” “No, he’s going to stay in his crate” . . . “But I feel bad that he’s in his crate” “Don’t. He’s perfectly happy there” . . .  “Is...
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