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How do you decide which books to buy versus which to borrow from the library? If you know me, you know I want All. The. Books. But that’s not practical or affordable, so I look at library books as novels or quick reads that I likely won’t reference again, and I buy books I plan […]
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The other night, Violet told her first joke. We talked to her about smelling things, as one does to a two-year old in spring, and John asked her, “What does Cooper smell like?” She grinned. “Cat poop!” And then she laughed maniacally. While I appreciate her developing sense of humor, I can assure you: Cooper […]
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My dog is the best. He’s sweet. He loves to cuddle.  He adores cats. He skitters with his dog friends. He’s incredible with our two-year-old daughter, even falling in line when she waggles her fingers at him and says, “Cooper coming,” in her little voice. He’s my running partner and my sidekick in this balancing-work-and-mom-life […]
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When you love a dog like Cooper–a scaredy dog who reacts poorly when frightened–it takes effort. All of it. There is, of course, the training piece. It’s a big part of it because diminishing the fear through counter-conditioning or teaching coping strategies through positive reinforcement can help with the reactivity. There is, too, the management […]
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I’m not someone who’s easily offended. I’m a “live and let live” kind of gal, generally speaking, as long as you’re not hurting or bothering anyone (or yourself). For ages, though, I found myself rolling my eyes over the same pet adoption memes again and again. But I never thought to comment on them. Fast […]
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Finding a veterinarian to care for your pets can be as simple as lucking into an awesome referral or as challenging as interviewing lots of potential clinics. We’ve been through the range of vets from the best to the not-so-great, and we’re embarking on a search for a new vet for Cooper! I’m hoping by […]
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Last year I shared Running With a Dog That Pulls and included a ton of other running tips I’ve picked up along this slowwwww journey of ours. This weekend, I’ll run my longest distance yet–a 10k–with sights set toward a half marathon in the fall. That, btw, is my uppermost limit. I’m never going to […]
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In the summer of 2012, John walked Cooper through our southern Indiana neighborhood. Suddenly, Cooper yanked the leash and dove into a storm drain and came up with… a one dollar bill. He’s our highest grossing dog to date. Of course, if we look at his net… actually, I guess he’d still be in the […]
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Do you feed your dog fresh veggies? There seems to be some degree of controversy around “people food” for dogs circulating at all times. (Read: The trouble with table food, a post from 2015!) I truly believe that hesitation around sharing food with dogs centers around decades of marketing–you must feed dog food, which is […]
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