Friendly Puppy Who Flunked Out Of K9 Police Academy Gets Awesome New Job

What an honor for a dog to make it through the police academy and become part of a hardworking K9 unit. Such was not the fate for Gavel, the German Shepherd puppy in Australia who has flunked out of the police academy. Gavel’s problem? Simply, he’s too nice. 7News says it turns out Gavel likes people so much, the trainers were concerned he wouldn’t have what it takes to take down the bad guys. Quite a beginning for Gavel who

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Graduation Fear Confession: My Girl Might Not Get Her Diploma

It’s possible I’m a terrible mother. As I have a crisis of confidence in my girl. She’s supposed to graduate this weekend. Between you and me- I’m not sure she’s going to make it. I scroll through Facebook seeing photo after photo of students boldly holding up their diplomas. “Look at what I’ve done!” Their smiles scream through my screen. As for our ceremony this weekend, The chances that my girl will come home with a diploma? Uh… It’s not

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Harry Potter Actor Jim Tavare Cries As He’s Reunited With His Dog After Hospital Stay

Harry Potter actor Jim Tavare knows there is no better medicine than love from his dog. Tavare posted a moving video this week showing him getting to see his dog, Mr. Kippy, for the first time after a two-week hospital stay. The Daily Mail reports Mr. Kippy was in the car when Tavare was involved in serious head on collision in Los Angeles earlier this month. He suffered a punctured lung, broken neck, 15 fractured ribs and multiple other injuries

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How Losing Love Has Sent Me Into Crazy Land

I’ve become that lady. The crazy one. You probably figured this was coming, Dear Reader. Checking in each week to see if I’ve become her yet. Indeed, I have. The crazy lady who misses her dog. Beyond misses. Most days, I ache. It’s been about two months since DarlaDog passed. I still swear I can hear her collar jingling in the other room. Still catch my breath when I see a few scraps from dinner and have to remind myself,

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The Lies My Dog And I Told Each Other

What can I say? I lied to my dog. Each day for almost 17 years I declared, “You are the smartest! The prettiest! The most clever! Best dog ever.” Well, the day she ate the stuffing out of my neighbor’s antique chair, I might’ve had a few other choice words. Still, I bet that day, Any day, really, She heard me. Smartest. Prettiest. Best. Was it a lie? Indeed, it was. Darla would never win Westminster. She never earned a

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The Joy Of Catching My Husband In A Love Affair

I never expected to catch my husband doing this. Not this husband. Not during what should be a season of gift giving. Oh, sure. Every wife is shocked. Says her man would be the last to love another girl. I can say it with fortitude. Not my husband. Not this girl. But it has happened. I’ve caught him. It appears, Husband has fallen for my dog. Yes, this husband who swore he never wanted a pet. This husband who couldn’t

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New Study Says Your Dog Really Can Tell Time…Make That Smell Time

I stopped wearing a watch years ago. Not because I can tell time looking at my phone. Not because I’m so carefree I don’t care about the time of day. All valid, modern reasons. I don’t wear a watch for one simple reason. I have a dog. My DarlaDog’s sense of time is so spot on, She is so reliable, Queen Elizabeth could employ her to set Big Ben. Have you noticed with your best friend, as well, Dear Besotted

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Dog’s Favorite Chew Toy Comes To Life Thanks To Awesome Boyfriend

It’s not everyday that a dog’s favorite chew toy comes to life. That’s exactly what happened for one beyond-thrilled Golden Retriever. Jolene lives for her toy shaped like Gumby. Jolene’s human, Emily Crisp, lives for Jolene. Something his dog-crazy person understands. How about you? The San Francisco Chronicle reports Emily convinced her boyfriend, Ben Mesches, that he should dress up as a life-sized Gumby just to bring joy to Jolene. Sounds like Emily knows her dog well. Jolene’s response to

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How A Dog Really Feels When It Is Adopted From The Shelter

This will come as no surprise to anyone who has a shelter dog they love! A woman named Melanie Malanowski posted this video on her Facebook page on Friday. She wanted to show the world what it love looks life. She shared the ride home with her new dog she just adopted from a local shelter. A dog that had been listed with the warning, “approach with caustion-fearful.” You want to see how a dog feels when they leave the

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Conversations With My Dog

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.  Here’s this week’s column: I learned something new about one of my favorite people in the world this week.     By favorite people, I mean my dog.     You don’t see dogs as people and think those us who do are on the wrong side of crazy?  Save your time, read no more.     But if you’re like me and know your dog

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