Who Says Dogs Can’t Climb Trees?

Most dogs, when they chase a cat up a tree, leave it at that. Some walk away, deeming their mission accomplished. Some might skulk away, feeling, or so we’d guess, outwitted. And some might stand sentry at the base of the tree, waiting hours for the cat to come down. But once in a rare while, … Read more

What Color Is Your Dog’s Personality?

The techniques matchmaking services use to help humans meet their mates are increasingly being used by animal shelters, and for pretty much the same reason  — in hopes of ensuring lasting bonds. The ASPCA’s “Meet Your Match” program has been adopted by at least 200 shelters across the country since it was created in 2000, including at the The … 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

Why Dogs Are Smarter Than Wolves

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An Oregon State University scientist’s study, published yesterday, is drawing a lot of attention for concluding (as scientific studies often do) the obvious: The longer dogs live with us, the more dependent they become on us, and, as a result, their problem-solving and survival skills aren’t what they were back when they were wolves. Not … Read more