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A Book, A Resolution, and An Offer

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to make an effort on behalf of my first child, by which I mean my book Willing Dogs & Reluctant Masters: On Friendship and Dogs. A year later, I’m determined to follow through … Continue reading

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A Birthday Appreciation

My dog Aktis celebrated his tenth birthday by treating himself to the naughty pleasure of a nap on our bed. I found him fast asleep, head on my pillow, and curled in a fetal position. Until recently, Aktis has never been … Continue reading

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Training Tip #13

  In its appendix I set out 20 training tips gathered from various places in my book.  Here’s #13, which, as you can see, grew out of my own experience: 13. Make imaginative use of props. For example, if the dog … Continue reading

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Wonder of the Day: Light Eaters

In case you need to be reminded of just how amazing plants are, here’s what the late ethnobotanist Tim Plowman said when asked about the “wonders catalogued in The Secret Life of Plants.” Why would a plant care about Mozart? … Continue reading

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We’ve all noticed that yawns seem contagious. No doubt most readers recall a few occasions when, after the yawns have spread around the room, their contagious character becomes the topic of conversation. It will come as no surprise, then, that researchers … Continue reading

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A Touching Campaign on Behalf of Stray Dogs

During a visit to Athens I was struck and dismayed by the many stray dogs wandering the streets, looking for leavings, handouts, or someone to follow home. I was so moved by the experience that I began the first draft … Continue reading

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On Readers, Book Reviews (and Blog Love)

Unless you’re an established author, it’s hard to get a book published. Even if you do get published, however, it’s very difficult to get a book noticed by reviewers. Acclaimed author Doris Lessing—bless her cunning heart—dramatized the difficulties faced by unknown writers … Continue reading

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