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Rate Your Dog's Sense of Smell!

Dog's have incredible noses: it's how they "see" their world.  In her book Being a Dog,  Barnard College, Columbia University professor and canine researcher Alexandra Horowitz challenges us to consider what it's like "to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time?"

But just how good a sniffer does your dog have and what exactly might breed have to do with his/her olfactory savvy?

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Seasonal Separation Anxiety

If my dogs had to pick a least favorite month, it'd be September.  After the hullabaloo of summer, when foot traffic is high, and laughter surrounds them, back to school spells one thing: B-O-R-E-D-O-M.

Frantic activity in the days leading up to school can ratchet up the overall household anxiety level. Dogs may start to act out, hoping for attention in their dog-like way. 

 

It's a good time to remember this favorite phrase: anytime your dog acts out, or your kids for that matter: 

 

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Fun in the Sun for All, Even the Lizard

 On any given day, one of my family members is assigned the task of playing with the lizard.  Each participant chooses either the grass or sandbox.  

  Yes, I have four dogs who need their daily dose of stimulation.  Cats are also a part of our landscape.  I’ve got tunnels in the backyard and playground equipment that satisfies both kids and dogs, but honestly, it is the lizard, peering out from inside his glassy habitat that routinely makes me feel most guilty.

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