The Daily D.C. Doggie Dog

October 12, 2016

Nancy McKeon

Your Dog Doggie 101 LittleBird Kathy’s dogs Sugar and Buster, BFFs obviously. Maybe this new course on Dog Cognition can tell us what they’re talking about. / MyLittleBird photo. Not sure yet what to think about this, but Dr. Steve,…

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It’s a Small World -- for an Apartment Pet

October 5, 2015

Janet Kelly

says. Two of Sajery’s clients got creative. “One would bring her dog over and they could hang out together and then get walked together. The dogs were separated at night and had their owners.” A dog’s ability to adapt to…

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New Yorker 'Cat Person' Short Story Stirs Controversy

January 1, 2018

Mary Carpenter

…“Cat Person” led to an outpouring of comments and questions about cat people (versus dog people)—with many echoing the general consensus: cat people are more introverted than dog people. Although dogs may “expand your social circle in the real world”—because…

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Elder Orphan? C’est Moi!

May 31, 2018

Nancy McKeon

at a reasonable hour. Now this dog, this ideal dog, has to be kinda old, with a little less bounce in his step, just like his owner. I adopted my last dog, Jeremiah, at age 9 (his age, not mine),…

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Green Acre #149: Doggie Dont's

May 15, 2019

Nancy McKeon

Step-dog Tallula probably can’t read, but she tries her best to respect the neighborhood flora. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh. THERE’S AN ART to walking a dog in a city neighborhood like this one. With a few grand exceptions, Washington’s…

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Green Acre #31: Dog Walkers, Ugh!

November 30, 2016

stephanie cavanaugh

…to loose your dog. I say that as the grandmother of the magnificent Lula the Murderess, a Plott Hound-Lab mix who is conducting a brief stay, and of whom I am fond enough to sleep even though she stinks at the…

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Thursday Is National Puppy Day!!!

March 22, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…not a “wrong dog.” Please don’t misinterpret: Puppies are adorable creatures, and I join the oohing and aahing when a new little life arrives at the dog park. But I didn’t have to housebreak my older dog, Jeremiah, whom I adopted…

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Pet Love

January 18, 2016

Mary Carpenter

…oxytocin to fall,” wrote Zak. With dogs, previously owning pets “seems to have trained our brains to bond with them.” Dogs also reduced stress hormones better than cats, which “may tell us why people who own dogs are judged as…

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Weekend Reading, Chapter 20: Deep in the Heart of Alcohol

April 2, 2015

Nancy McKeon

…stopping to toss the baggie in the corner trashcan. Mornings I was to take her to the doggy hill in Central Park to network with other dogs and their owners before they left for their offices. I had looked forward…

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Weekend Reading, Chapter 13: Fish out of (Texas) Water

February 12, 2015

Nancy McKeon

…to let us in. We peered through the leaded-glass window into the dimness of the foyer. No sign of anyone, even the dog, who must’ve been in his kennel by the laundry room. I rang again, calling to the dog

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Green Acre #94: A Tale of Tail and Turf

March 14, 2018

Nancy McKeon

ago. She’s still looking for it.” Damn cat. Where’s that damn cat? I know you’re around somewhere. Come out here so I can eat you, she’s saying. I speak dog. Or grand-dog, to be precise. Baby and her Personal Prince…

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Green Acre #104: Dog Eat Dogwood

May 30, 2018

Nancy McKeon

The dogwood path at the National Arboretum in Washington DC begins. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh. Blue Shadow Dogwood, seen at the National Arboretum in Washington DC. / Photos by Stephanie Cavanaugh. The fountain at the end of the dogwood…

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Who’s Your Dog, Really?

June 5, 2019

Nancy McKeon

THE SAINTED JEREMIAH, as one friend called my good old dog, died in December 2017 at age 14. For a St. Bernard mix that wasn’t bad, right? But even better: He lives on! In a goofy but ultimately satisfying way….

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Fledgling Buddhist Seeks Downward-Facing Dog

August 4, 2019

Janet Kelly

iStock MEDITATION IS so in right now. That and yoga. And eating yogurt with probiotics for a healthy digestive tract. And suddenly it is very important to be mindful. Mindfulness is definitely in. Wanting to be in,…

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Weekend Reading: Where We Lived

December 7, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…      A splash?  A dividend?  One more?     A dollop for you, Commodore?     Life’s dinginess dissolves like fog.     Aunt Ag slips Triscuits to the dog.         Clearness returns, as in a pool     where color trembles,…

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Come Rain or Come Shine

May 19, 2020

Janet Kelly

…all the while the dog is pulling to get a move on already. It’s hard to do without letting go of the umbrella, the dog or the poop—or all three. (Though I must say it’s entertaining to watch…someone else.) A lot…

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Sharp-Looking Skeleton Crew

October 30, 2016

Nancy McKeon

even doggie dogs displaying their bones. The butler here in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is happy to serve his master pup. / MyLittleBird photo. A Georgetown student rental house put its ground floor to use, projecting skulls, even waltzing skeletons (next…

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Happy Howloween!

October 31, 2014

Nancy McKeon

…scary dogs will soon be gone (go visit while you can), but the first-edition dog books, dog and horse paintings and, of course, leashes and collars and fleece coats for winter will be there for you whenever you stop by….

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