Days out … Dads Inn … Y not?

We didn’t know the whole story behind this, but sometime this summer a motel changed names in Lansing, Michigan. With the simple switch of one gigantic yellow plastic backlit letter, what was once a Days Inn, became Dads Inn. We guessed that the Days Inn franchise shut down, leaving a multi-story motel vacant. We guessed that some … Read more

There Will Never Be Another Skidboot, But… – Hartwig is back!

For David Hartwig, the joy of showing off dog tricks died in 2007, along with his dog Skidboot — the remarkable blue heeler we’ve shown you before. Skidboot’s still gone, but Hartwig is back. Due to popular demand, he’s entertaining audiences with a trio of new dogs – Tiedown, Bois’d’arc and Little Skidboot, the Dallas Morning … Read more

When Is It OK To Pick A Dog Up By The Tail?

Amid the bashing she’s taking on the Internet for picking her dog up by the tail, there are those coming to the defense of Rebecca Cross, owner of Knopa, the Scottish terrier who won Best in Show at Crufts. But the explanations those defenders offer, and their justifications for the practice — which has existed for … Read more

It’s Official: Dogs are Chick Magnets

A new study has confirmed what many of us guys already knew, or at least suspected — having a dog can make us more appealing to women. The study goes a step beyond stating the obvious, though, looking at why that is, and why using a dog as date bait — unfair as it may … Read more

Utopia Ranch: Kinky Friedman’s Dog Haven

Yesterday, as can happen in life, I took a wrong turn on the way to Utopia, ending up instead on a dead-end dirt road. So I turned around, drove back through my own dust, took a different road and finally spotted the driveway I was looking for — the one into Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, founded by mystery novelist, … Read more