Category Archives: Tracie Hotchner

Sammie Gets Breakfast (Finally!)

My friends Marianne and Julien are the sweetest, kindest people you’d ever like to know — and they are devoted to their darling rescued mutt, Sammie. They are both brilliant retired college professors, so I was astonished to discover that … Continue reading

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Important Corrections About Flying With Your Dog

I received a most informative email today, right on the heels of the most recent podcast of the DOG TALK show in which Dr. Nick Dodman talked about the (mis)use of tranquilizers for dogs when they are traveling. I received this … Continue reading

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Is This Dog Dangerous? Shelters Struggle with Testing “Aggressive” Dogs

For decades, animal shelters have evaluated whether a dog was dangerously aggressive by poking a rubber hand attached to a pole into a dog’s food bowl while he was eating – then pulling the bowl away from him. If the … Continue reading

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How To Protect Paws on Icy Sidewalks

With an extended cold wave across the Northeast and other parts of the country, dogs have their own particular challenges when going outside. A recent New York Times article on the subject called “Don’t Make Me Go Out There” with … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Protect Your Pets in an Emergency

Here’s some good advice from some animal-loving friends Down Under, about managing risks to our pets during emergencies. With all the weather-related emergencies around the United States, and beyond, I found good information in this article in “The Conversation,” about … Continue reading

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