Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | January 07, 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

Ever since he was a pup, Vinnie has loved the beach. His routine is the same at every beach we visit. He races to the water as fast as he can until he’s knee deep in the Pacific. Again and again he leaps over the waves dolphin-style, arcing his body up and down in a U-shape. Then he runs back to his humans to get us to chase him back into the ocean so he can do it all over again.

Vin ocean

Day of Fun at the Beach

At the beach, he is jubilant. You can see it in every jump, in his springy gait, in the huge doggy smile on his face, in every giant play bow he presents to dogs he meets. A beach day is a super day of fun for him so I try to make it happen as often as I can.  When I can’t get to the beach, I make sure his days include other fun stuff, like playtime with other dogs, Vin’s version of soccer, tug matches and scenting games.

I know. You probably came to this blog for serious science-based information on doggy behavior and training. So why the emphasis on fun? Continue Reading

How Safe Is Your Pet’s Flea & Tick Treatment?

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | March 26, 2010 ~ 2 Comments

How Safe Is Your Pet’s Flea & Tick Treatment?

Some flea and tick control products may do serious harm to pets and possibly to humans. On March 17, 2010, the EPA issued a report on flea and tick treatments and urged consumers to be extra careful when using them. The agency announced plans to develop stricter testing and evaluation standards for these products, new restrictions on product use, and better warning and labeling requirements.

The EPA’s report follows an alarming increase in adverse pet reactions to flea and tick treatments. Continue Reading

Giving Thanks for Dogs, Our Everyday Miracles

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | December 23, 2009 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Giving Thanks for Dogs, Our Everyday Miracles

The other day a young boy asked me if I believe in miracles. After I said yes, he asked if I’d ever witnessed one. I told him I’d think about it and get back to him.

I have thought about it and yes, miracles surround me every day – they’re called dogs! Dogs help people in a myriad of ways and have done so for eons. Continue Reading

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Vinnie’s Top 5 SF Off-Leash Dog Romps

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | September 10, 2009 ~ 4 Comments

Vinnie’s Top 5 SF Off-Leash Dog Romps

My dog Vinnie is a young Kelpie mix we adopted when he was a wee 4 months old. We’ve never had his DNA tested but I’d bet my last dollar he’s all herding mutt. He’s got the high energy, drive and smarts of a herding dog. And over the summer, he passed his herding instinct test with flying colors. Continue Reading

New Dog? Top Gear You Didn’t Know You Needed

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | August 10, 2009 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

New Dog? Top Gear You Didn’t Know You Needed

If you’re about to adopt your very first dog, you’re probably a little overwhelmed at the variety of dog stuff out there on the market. Every toy, collar, and chewie out there screams, “If you buy nothing else, buy me!”

Hopefully this post is about to make things easier for you. Read on for a list of Top New Dog Gear You Didn’t Know You Needed. Continue Reading