Life’s Never-ending Lessons from Our Companions

February 28, 2023

If we ever think we know all there is to know about our companions and their various personalities, a new lesson will always pop up that we did not expect, even after years and decades of experiences and thinking you’ve seen it all. Sometimes I am equal parts humbled by the new lesson and exhausted […]

Found a Peanut

October 9, 2021

Remember that song? Well, this isn’t about that song. It’s about a dog named Peanut who I met today. Peanut’s family is looking to re-home her. They also have two of her puppies from her first and only litter: two girls. But sometimes there are fights among them — one of the babies vs mom. […]

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Can My Dog Eat This Fruit?

December 11, 2019

It’s so tempting to share what we are eating with our canine companions, but when it comes to fruit, should we? Sometimes NO.

Grey Muzzle Helps Keep Old Dogs with Their Owners; Beloved Author Lends Support

August 3, 2009

The Grey Muzzle Organization has partnered with author Harold Creel to help address a casualty of the economic downturn: old dogs that are being separated from their owners who can no longer afford their food and medical care. Through the sale of Creel’s book, Do Old Dogs Dream?, Grey Muzzle is looking to make additional grants for community programs that provide food and medical assistance to help keep old dogs with their owners and out of animal shelters.

Schwarzenegger Tax Cut: Kill Shelter Animals Faster to Save Money

June 9, 2009

One of the many tax cuts Gov Schwarzenegger is proposing is one that has been previously defeated but I guess he hopes that Californians who are feeling the pinch will let it get through this time, is to kill animals at shelters faster. He wants to cut the hold time on strays and lost pets from 6 days to 3 days, saying it will save the state $24.6 million.

Maria Daines sings in support of animal rescues worldwide

May 13, 2009

Maria Daines writes music that supports not-for-profit organizations all over the world.

Update: Dog found in the ditch

April 18, 2009

“Harley” is recuperating. His front leg has been splinted for the four breaks it sustained after being hit by a car. From asking around we have learned there was a small dog with a camoflage collar that regularly ran around in a nearby neighborhood but he has not been seen in a couple weeks. His […]

Recipe: Oatmeal Dog Biscuits

April 14, 2009

Recipe for Oatmeal Dog Biscuits

Dog in ditch update

April 7, 2009

Not much to report. His leg has been splinted. Due to the swelling the vet will re-assess our options on Thursday. The options are: splinting; surgery; or amputation. Needless to say, I am hoping the splinting will work… cross your fingers, say a prayer or whatever best works to ask for some good fortune for […]

Dog lays in ditch for a while after getting hit by car

April 6, 2009

The lady was heading to her mom’s house from out of town. As she was driving down the highway (a two-lane highway), she noticed a dog laying in the ditch raise it’s head.

Online Silly Dog Tricks

March 27, 2009

Have you seen this website? You type in commands for the dog to do like sit, jump, bark, down… and check out his comments when you get crazy with your request. Pretty clever. Catchy tune in the background, too!

Top 10 plant poisoning insurance claims for pets

March 24, 2009

Pets eat some odd stuff and plants are among the most commonly injested items. According to a recent study, claims were higher for pets that ate marijuana than walnuts.

Dog Tags

March 16, 2009

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) recently launched a brand new program, “Dog Tags,” which provides a very different kind of training to soldiers. Injured soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center come to WHS’s new Behavior and Learning Center, located across the street from the hospital, twice a week to learn and study animal […]

Tellington TTouch

March 16, 2009

The intent of TTouch is to relax and awaken the mind, to create focus, and enhance an animal’s willingness and ability to learn. It’s a massage of sorts.

Send a FREE email postcard

February 27, 2009

I have added a function for sending free email postcards from the Will Work for Dog website. There are several photos to choose from for your postcard and I will be adding more.

Underground railroad… did you know?

February 24, 2009

Did you know there is a large “underground railroad” going on all the time moving cats and dogs from shelters and rescue facilities to other rescue facilities or even forever homes? The only commitment is driving a dog/cat or dogs/cats from point A to point B, generally about an hour or maybe 90 minutes one way.

Greeting cards

February 20, 2009

I’ve been working on several greeting card ideas for the website.


“Indomitable survivor”

February 13, 2009

When he was just a puppy, Larry says Oogy was living in a hell on earth. He was tied to a stake and used as bait for pit bulls in a dogfighting ring. “He’d been thrown in a cage and left to die, and the police raided the facility,” Larry says. “He was brought to Ardmore Animal Hospital, and they saved him.”

Too much help… or art?

January 24, 2009

I thought I would paint part of the floor. I primed it weeks ago. The phone rang shortly into the process. After returning to the paint job, this is what I found: Looks to me like they ran through the paint as soon as I left the room.

Later the next day…

January 10, 2009

It’s going on 11 am. This time yesterday, I was getting ready to take Lily to the vet. I’m not sure why it is important to note this except that at this time yesterday, Lily was still on the front porch, still snoozing in her dog house and still alive, albeit a lousy state of […]

In Memoriam… Lily

January 9, 2009

It’s 1:30 pm on Friday. In the previous two and a half hours, I drove Lily to the vet where she was put to sleep, and now she is home and buried. The photo at the left was shot just before we left the house this morning. I practiced my words a few times before […]

Little Lil

January 5, 2009

Lily and I are just back from the vet… seems that tumor on her elbow has reached the point that she may have just days left. It was diagnosed as malignant in September, just after Hurricane Ike. It was actually twice diagnosed. The vet that started the diagnosis was knocked out of electricity by the […]

Eating habits….

December 22, 2008

I feed 10 cats and 32 dogs twice a day every day whether it is hot or cold, light or dark, and whether it is sunny or cloudy or rainy. So I know most everyone’s eating quirks. Goose and Paketa — two of my cats — chase their food around their bowls like small bulldozers, […]

Antibiotics for dogs

December 18, 2008

The goal with antibiotics is to hammer down the infection and not give it a chance to develop resistance before it is wiped out. This means that keeping the dog on the antibiotics long enough is critical. If a dogs starts to look better after a few days, do NOT take it off the drugs!

Should be mentioned

December 9, 2008

Within a few days, a couple stories crossed the pages of the news around the country. Each registered a “Geez” in my mind. Both are pet-related stories: In Tulsa, a four-month old lab puppy is confiscated from a home for mauling a baby to death. The baby was in one of those baby swings and […]

Humbling Times

December 5, 2008

Purina has reduced the size of their Pro Plan and One dog food bags. What was once a 37.5 lb bag is now 34 lbs. The price remained the same… for a while: $27. Now it’s $34. My dog pack consumes about 1,000 lbs per month, so I had to switch to a cheaper Purina […]

Charley Tan the Man

January 23, 2008

I lost Charley this day to a tumor he developed in his mouth. Together we fought it since it appeared in September. Funny how disease opens your eyes to things you either did not notice or took for granted. Charley ran the house, and all the dogs respected whatever he said… even if he wanted […]

Sweet, sweet Baxter


October 24, 2007

On September 15, Baxter was diagnosed with lymphoma. He is 3 1/2 years old… a baby with a very grown up disease. It’s been quite a ride to this point with all he has been through, but yesterday, he could not get himself up. It’s like his hind legs have become spaghetti. I tried to […]

Bobbie: In Memoriam

April 2, 2007

A friend just called to let me know that Bobbie passed away over the weekend. He, Mattie and Timmy got out of the yard, and with his nose glued to the ground, Bobbie took off heading down the road out into a busy street. Whatever he smelled apparently took him back and forth across the […]

Brazos Valley no-kill shelters give animals a reprieve

February 20, 2007

By WHITNEY LITTLE Eagle Staff Writer Technically Gail Allen has no sons or daughters, but she has more than 100 children. The woman behind The Cat’s Cradle, a no-kill animal rescue shelter outside Navasota, has been housing cats and kittens for nearly 10 years. Allen shares her 125-acre home site outside Navasota with more than […]


February 12, 2007

The pondering of the day is actually left over from yesterday and seems to be a recurring one: HOW do dogs have the uncanny ability to get restless in the last minutes of a movie or a project you are working on? Yesterday, I had invested almost 2 hours into watching a movie on tv. […]

The benefits of sunshine

February 6, 2007

Ever notice how hypnotic a sunny day is in the winter after weeks of rain to a bunch of critters? Pretty sweet. The dogs pile up in a couple places around the yard and soak up as much of it as possible. Several can be seen sleeping on their backs letting their stomach soak up […]

Starting over!

January 27, 2007