United, we sit!

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Ask a Terrier: Washing Machines of Mass Destruction

Budleigh-bookshelf-eye-darkened-V2Lily is afraid of things that go bump in the night. And in the laundry room.

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Paper training

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Ask a Terrier: The Veterinarian is In! Budleigh Offers Advice on Not Swallowing Pills.

Budleigh-bookshelf-eye-darkened-V2Daisy has a drug problem. She won’t take them.

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Who will bark for the voiceless?

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Executive ordering dogs around

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Into the woods without a paddle

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Ask a Terrier: The Giant as Emoticon

ask-a-terrier-main-pic-w-bookshelfUsing sharp teeth and claws, Budleigh unravels the Great Philosophical Question!

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The allegory continues…

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A dog of discontent!

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The dogs vs. Giant Amazon Alexa

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Last-minute gifts for the dog who has – or chews – everything.

Because of the chaos that comes with taking your dog to the store for a holiday present, instead consider giving him a gift card or, depending on the breed, cash.


Ask a Terrier: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

ask-a-terrier-main-pic-w-bookshelfA poodle with a problem turns…lunging and barking…to Budleigh.
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It’s just a game…until it isn’t!

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Ask a Terrier: Oh, Great…Another New Collar

ask-a-terrier-main-pic-w-bookshelfIn time for the holidays, Budleigh’s do’s and don’ts…mostly don’ts…on choosing the right dog collar.

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Happy Thanksgimme!

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Workin’ Dog or Hardly Workin’?

To own a working dog can be appealing, especially for families that tend to wander aimlessly across the landscape in large, unmanageable herds.


Election Night Jitters

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Better fed than Red!

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Ask a Terrier: What is “dog” backwards, again?

Do all dogs go to Heaven? Budleigh has decided!


“We kinda welcome the media!”

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Opinion(s): How the Dogs Are Voting

When it comes to political campaigns, dogs pay no attention to the news media, except for Wolf Blitzer whose name, they complain, is misleading.


Makes one thing. You know, if one could think.

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Shoes and Socks – A Taste Test, Part 3: Positive Reinforcement or ‘They Made Me a Criminal!’

Dogs and shoes can live together in harmony provided both are willing to compromise. To reach an accord, dogs have to be trained to respect shoes, while shoes must agree to limit all provocative missile test launches over disputed borders.


“But what can one dog do?” (Heh! He said ‘dog do’.)

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Shoes and Socks – A Taste Test, Part 2: Socks

Any dog serving prison time for chewing shoes will eagerly admit that socks served as a gateway drug. And that he’s a Good Boy!

Budleigh steals socks. That isn’t his fault. We Giants failed him. As did society. And the apparel industry. He no longer chews them as he did during his house-pet-in-training probationary apprenticeship. Just, ya’ know, sort of steals them. For the kicks, man! The thrill! School is for squares, daddio!


Independence isn’t for everyone!

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Shoes and Socks: A Taste Test

Dogs use their teeth to explore the world much the way we use the Internet. A dog’s mouth and tongue serve as router and modem, while its excretory system works like Comcast.


“Happy Father’s Day! Love, your pack.”

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Dog Grooming Tips, Part 3: The Drying Game

Witty Physics would have us believe that drying a dog is the same as wetting a dog, only backwards, if you follow the math.

Apparently, Physics has never dried a dog. Or owned one. Or been on a date since 1990. So thanks anyway, Physics. We’ll take it from here.


Grooming Tips, Part 2: Bathing your Dog – The New Waterboarding

Understanding the challenges of bath time, the pet care industry has developed an array of shampoo products that ease the torment faced by your dog and the unpaid college intern you’ve assigned to the task. The most appropriate soap should be one formulated to lather well while convincing your dog that he’s done nothing wrong.


Grooming Tips: Best Practices for You, Your Dog, and Your Fingers

Anyone who has safely landed a powered aircraft in severe weather without the benefit of instrumentation, aircrew or their vision has all the skills needed to successfully groom a dog.


Drawing a Line in the Sand in your Bed

In a perfect world, dogs don’t sleep on the bed. But we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in Budleigh’s.


Black Dogs: Danger…or Menace?

Black dogs tend to be passed over for adoption because they are associated with evil. Yet studies have proved that relatively few actively worship Satan.


Poisoning your Dog: A Thanksgiving Primer

With all the dangers to pets posed by ingesting turkey skin, chocolates, raisins, sweets, and other holiday fare, it’s a wonder that dogs celebrate Thanksgiving at all.


A Night in the Box: Crate Training the Convict Dog

How different the rules for crate training a dog would be had the Constitution of the United States been signed by Thomas Jefferson’s hound, Monroe Doctrine.


Halloween and the Hound from…if Not Hell, then Nearby

While Halloween is a whimsical time for children, it can be disquieting for dogs and even more troubling for dog owners unaccustomed to working with the violent criminally insane.


Adopting a Dog: It Takes a Village. Also a Pooper Scooper

We rescued a terrier, although why anyone would is beyond me.

Terriers are what dingos strive to be – wild dogs semi-domesticated because there’s something in it for them. Terriers are the The Joker of the animal kingdom.