Friday, May 5th, 2017

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016

I was amazed when my own dog Jam found her way home through 5 miles of unknown territory. This sheepdog found its way home 240 miles away.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Does it get better than this? Adam Gopnik on dogs in The New Yorker. “Dogs aren’t the Uncle Toms of the animal world… they’re the dignified dual citizens who plead the case for all of mute creation with their human owners.”

Friday, August 31st, 2012

To paraphrase what Lincoln said about slavery, if cruelty to animals is not wrong then nothing is wrong.

Larry Hansen

A Restoration and Return

There she was, sitting outside the apartment block! How did she do it? Dogs—or at least Jam—must have some sort of navigational sense we don’t understand.

Curs to Fate

Yesterday I lost Jam in Villa Borghese, the central park here in Rome, some five miles from Talenti, the neighborhood where we’re staying. She has not turned up since.


Jam and Bread, Jam and Bread!

My dog Jam has spent over a third of her time here in Italy as her fixtures have fallen away—first Maddie, then me. But now I’m back!

Only the Rustle in the Trees

Grief, loss — these are the great teachers surely. What one has will pass.

Mind the Dream

Dreaming about our passed companions as if they are alive requires tricks to the dreaming mind to overcome what it believes and knows to be true.


Still Got the Jam

Jam was one of Maddie’s nine puppies, the one who remained after the others were all taken. That was always my plan, to keep the runt.

Such a Tramp

Maddie, who died 18 months ago today, was a mangy mutt and stank, but she was also among the most beautiful dogs I’ve ever seen and for me the longest, richest, widest, deepest streak of feeling lucky.

Lovely Scenery, But Walks Getting Boring

Unless I drive somewhere new, it’s not much fun to just step out the door and wander. But driving to go for a walk seems a tad ridiculous.


Friday, August 17th, 2012

BBC presenter Ben Fogle’s eulogy of his black labrador. This dog angel helped him win his fame, fortune and hot wife. Commiserations.

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

American dogs of war, a photo essay. Good, good.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Avatar pony-tail conceit: it is our unique affinity with other species that makes us most human.

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Old dogs are funny in new and unexpected ways. But, above all, they seem at peace.

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

When the need arises—and it does—you must be able to shoot your own dog.

Robert A. Heinlein

Monday, July 5th, 2004

Do you understand? A bad visitor wants to go sleep, and that doggie making mess? Visitor‘s gonna give you big kick.

Me to my dog at 3:45am as she barks in the night like a fool

Tuesday, February 18th, 2003

I can’t live in a place where dogs require leashes. On the other hand, I need to be within walking distance of a cafe.


Monday, October 28th, 2002

It must suck not to have lips.

Lee Fisher, on dogs

Saturday, September 14th, 2002

Occasionally you may have to go to a hospital or to a restaurant.

Barbara Woodhouse, No Bad Dogs

Thursday, September 12th, 2002



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