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Ducks & Hopelessness

Across the street is a neighbour whose daughter has grown from mindless swearing and hanging out in cars with her boyfriends to having her own children, who she treats carelessly, or worse.…

Blogs On Dogs

Less Barking, Please…!

 (first published by Huffington Post, October 25, 2016) All dogs bark. Even the Basenji, a Central African breed known for its unusual silence, will yodel or howl. Two of my dogs…

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Why Not Go To Trial?

Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Redbook in the US. I don’t know if I am allowed to post the whole thing on my blog now, but this…

Blogs On Dogs

How I Became A Dog Behaviourist

 (first published by Huffington Post, September 20, 2016) We bought a puppy, the most adorable puppy. We named her Gemma and took her home, discovering she was carsick along the…

Blogs On Dogs

I Bake For Dogs

  Three days ago, the Cat Protection League posted their amazing video on how to make cat treats out of tinned cat food. I’ve posted it at the bottom of this blog…

Blogs About Dogs

Dog Food Fights

  Dog food is a highly-charged topic among dog owners. Dog food is downright political. You get factions; you get tribes. There are those who only feed their dog a…

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Let’s Talk About Writing Well

I wish people would stop trying to use metaphoric language and sound “writerly”. It’s wrecking many otherwise good books. I might not have read Patrick Barkham’s beautifully delivered history on badgers,…