On Dogs and Flies

Categories: Behavior & Training
My dog Velo is sensitive. Mind, he is much more sensitive about events happening to him than about capers he perpetrates on others. But let’s talk about that later. Suffice it to say, Velo is sensitive. I should mention that Velo is a Border Collie/Whippet cross. Many of you are wincing. You are folks who …

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Travels with Lulu

Categories: Behavior & Training

My mother-in-law is 93 years old, almost completely blind, almost completely deaf, cannot walk unassisted and has age-related dementia and tongue cancer. Through the grace of amazing genes and the perfect care home she has survived (so far) the pandemic, so last week my husband and I traveled to see her in person for the …

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The Dog with a Big Heart – Saving Baby Rhinos

Categories: Behavior & Training
A skilled trainer can teach a dog many things – agility tricks, how to detect drugs and explosives, how to track missing and injured victims when disasters occur.  But kindness and compassion cannot be taught.  Those rare qualities must come from a dog’s heart.  This is a story of a dog with a heart like …

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My Life as an ACT

Categories: Behavior & Training
Many years ago I started my Marin Humane journey as a volunteer adoption counselor, but when an opening came up for an Animal Care Technician position, I jumped on the application.  I was always so impressed watching the ACTs. They walked around in their Wellington boots  (for cleaning), they administered meds, and they were very …

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