Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You by Edie Jarolim

By Edie Jarolim

A delightfully witty consultant to conserving much-loved canine not only fed and groomed, yet satisfied to be with you. And vice versa.

Geared to the thousands who are looking to be socially in charge but additionally indulgent, who are looking to be told in regards to the most modern rules inc are and coaching, and, in particular, who fear approximately their relationships with their canine, this poignant, irreverent consultant is doggone humorous. Written through a first-time puppy proprietor who's been there, fearful approximately that, this finished yet obtainable booklet articulates the questions that many of us have approximately all issues canine-related yet are afraid to invite, all with a reassuring, a laugh tone.

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Or, to be specific, one small terrier mix: Frankie. I didn’t take Rebecca’s canine bait right away, mind you. Sure, the picture she e-mailed me was cute, but Frankie was about 5 years old when he was found skittering around the streets of Tucson. I’d always pictured myself with a new model dog. And then there were my travels—not as frequent or far-flung as in the past, but still a good fallback excuse. What would happen to Frankie when I went away? Rebecca informed me that older dogs were much mellower than puppies—and thus a better fit for a newbie like me—and that Frankie was very low maintenance.

Then there’s the dumb luck factor. Full disclosure: Faced with appealing photographs and persuasive dog rescuers, my best (human) friend Clare and I eschewed the painstaking research I’m advocating here and took the blind emotional route. And we couldn’t be crazier about our furry gentlemen friends, Archie and Frankie. 12. ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHELTERS—AND DOES IT MATTER WHICH ONE I VISIT TO FIND A DOG? Sometimes called “pounds” because they once housed only impounded animals, shelters vary in everything from their admission and euthanization policies,10 medical services, and outreach programs to the size and cleanliness of their facilities.

Spay or neuter your dog. 5. Don’t support puppy mills. Observing the first, second, and fourth rules will help maintain your dog’s health; honoring the fourth and fifth will ensure you good karma; and following the second and third will go a long way toward keeping you from boring your dog. Which is only fair. Your dog may amuse you with his antics, amaze you with his wisdom, and, occasionally, fill you with fear or anguish, but he definitely won’t bore you. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Frankie, naturally, was my prime source of information and inspiration for this book, but many other dogs and their companion humans also contributed a great deal.

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