Tales of Tails

SlimDoggy Sabbatical

SlimDoggy Sabbatical

Those of you that follow us regularly may have noticed we haven’t been posting recently. We wanted to give you an update and fill you in on what’s been happening here at SlimDoggy. We have been busy with our dogs, Jack & Coco. Jack is recovering nicely from his toe amputation, but he... »

Introducing Coco (aka Coco-bean)

Introducing Coco (aka Coco-bean)

The SlimDoggy family has expanded. We have adopted a sweet little chocolate morsel named Coco. Coco was turned into the shelter when her family lost their home in the fires in Kern County, California this summer. She was then taken in as a foster by an LA rescue organization. We first saw her on Pet... »

Goodbye Maggie May

Goodbye Maggie May

This past Saturday morning, we lost our Maggie May. She fought a year-long battle with osteosarcoma and lived life on her own terms right till the end. That morning, she was happily awaiting her breakfast when she collapsed and died within moments.     When you have a dog that is terminall... »

Why Does My Dog Greet Me With a Toy?

Why Does My Dog Greet Me With a Toy?

One of the most lovable behaviors of our dog Sally was her affection for her stuffed bear. When we first brought her home as an eight week old puppy, we gave her a stuffed bear that was about the same size of her for comfort. She became attached to that bear from the very beginning. She slept with i... »

Maggie Health Update

Maggie Health Update

It’s been almost a year since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left shoulder. She’s been through a lot of treatment and has been a model patient throughout. Read about Maggie’s treatment Part I and Part II.     Maggie has just turned twelve and amazingly, she... »

SlimDoggy Jack Health Update

SlimDoggy Jack Health Update

We’ve had some health issues with both Jack & Maggie lately and a lot has happened since our last post about them, so I thought I’d provide an update and outlook. I’ll start with Jack and provide a post for Maggie after her Doctor’s appointment this week.     J... »

Maggie Update – March

Maggie Update – March

It’s been a few months since I updated Maggie’s status relative to her osteosarcoma. It’s been almost eight months since her initial diagnosis and we’re happy to report she is going strong (knock on wood).     She completed her chemotherapy treatments for the osteos... »

Do Dogs Understand Death?

Do Dogs Understand Death?

If you follow us on Facebook, you know that a few weeks ago my sister’s dog Tally passed away. She was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma about 4 months ago. She initially had surgery to remove a large tumor in her abdomen and then was treated conservatively. She had a few months relatively “... »

Maggie Update

Maggie Update

Folks have been asking how our Maggie is doing, so I thought I’d provide a brief update. Maggie is almost 6 months out from her osteosarcoma diagnosis. She has been through the advanced Sterotactic Radiation treatment and six rounds of chemo which included an infusion of Pamidronate, a bone st... »

What’s the Grossest Thing Your Dog Ever Ate?

What’s the Grossest Thing Your Dog Ever Ate?

Jack holds the crown in our household for eating the most gross things, although Sally would be a very close second. Jack’s first instinct is to put it in his mouth. Hold something out to him and he goes to eat it, whether it’s food, a paper towel, a toy or his leash. “Eat first, a... »

2015 in Review

2015 in Review

For the 2014 New Year, we asked our readers to share a photo of their dogs proclaiming their resolutions for the year. Many of you participated and we hope you go back and look at your resolutions and see how you did.   Last year, we didn’t make any ‘formal’ resolutions for 20... »

Why do Dogs Howl?

Why do Dogs Howl?

Does your dog howl? Of all of our dogs, only Tino howled, and only occasionally – mainly when he heard fire engines or the ice cream truck. It was odd because those two don’t have the same pitch or tone at all. They sound nothing alike, so why did he howl to them? Steve could also get Ti... »

Maggie’s Letter to Santa

Maggie’s Letter to Santa

The other day, we turned the blog over to Jack for his letter to Santa…Maggie insisted on her own time for her letter too, so here you go:   Dear Santa, My brother Jack has asked for a freezer full of bacon for Christmas and listed all the ways he has been good this past year. I will admi... »

Living with a Terminally Ill Pet

Living with a Terminally Ill Pet

I felt compelled to write this post as I know there are many pet owners/pet parents/pet lovers out there who, like us, are living with a terminally ill pet. In an effort to provide a community for our shared experiences, I wanted to offer what little comfort or words of advice that I could about our... »

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

You are probably familiar with the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the places you’ll go”. It was his last published book and has evolved into somewhat of a motivational tome for graduates, or anyone facing a life change or challenge. I just think it’s a fun book with some fun quotes tha... »

Maggie Update

Maggie Update

On July 28th of this year, our life went sideways. That’s the day our Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer. Since that time, we’ve gone through a new form of radiation therapy called Sterotactic Radiation, four rounds of chemotherapy, countless blood tests and trips to the... »

Special Care for your Senior Pets

Special Care for your Senior Pets

We have had nothing but senior pets in our family since we adopted Becca in 2009. Tino was already eleven when we adopted her after our Sally passed at age 12 and Becca was 8 at the time. Jack and Maggie were both around 8 when we adopted them too, so we have lots of experience in caring for senior ... »

Feel a Lump?  Don’t Wait, Aspirate.

Feel a Lump? Don’t Wait, Aspirate.

You may have heard that saying from your vet, or you may have been told “Let’s watch it”. Certainly it’s your choice whether you pay the money to have a lump aspirated and tested or wait for it to grow or change…we’re just suggesting it’s better to be safe r... »

Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

Today we wanted to cover Dr. Mahaney’s recommendations for Maggie as a result of her visit with him. Note: these recommendations are specific for Maggie, her age, weight, overall health and type of cancer and her cancer protocol. Please don’t take them as definitive advice for your own d... »

Why I Love My Dog – Maggie

Why I Love My Dog – Maggie

A while back I wrote a post about why I love my dog and included a list of five things Jack does that make me smile and think how lucky I am to have him. It’s easy to love Jack. He’s a love bug. He loves us and shows it in everything he does, every look, every action, all day, every day.... »

Chemotherapy Safety Measures for You and Your Pets

Chemotherapy Safety Measures for You and Your Pets

Maggie has had two chemotherapy treatments and we’re happy to report she seems to be doing great, no side effects other than a little tiredness. In the course of my research into her cancer treatment, I came upon some materials regarding safety for your self and your other animals if one of yo... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

It’s been about 8 weeks since our Maggie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. We’ve been through a lot since then and you can catch up on our story in our posts Part I and Part II.   Today I wanted to talk about our experience with chemotherapy. In addition to the SRS treatments, our ve... »

Changes to our Routine: Casual Walking

Changes to our Routine: Casual Walking

Since Maggie was diagnosed with OSA, we’ve been adjusting our exercise routine with her. We’ve stopped running with her and reduced the length and speed of her daily walks. Jack has benefited from our reduced routine since his age is starting to show and he doesn’t really need to r... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Today I want to cover Maggie’s diagnosis and the first phase of her treatment.   As I mentioned in Part I of our series on Osteosarcoma, Becca was diagnosed with OSA based on her xrays. They displayed what is a typical “sunburst” pattern in her shoulder. Her vet eventually per... »

Canine Osteosarcoma, Our Experience Part I

Canine Osteosarcoma, Our Experience Part I

Since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA) last month, I’ve done as much reading as I could about the disease. Having had two female black labs who both developed it, I also wondered about breed propensity for OSA. And finally, I looked at treatments recommended – particularly th... »

The Real Reason for Pet Insurance

The Real Reason for Pet Insurance

If you read our blog, you know that our sweet Maggie May was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), bone cancer, in her left front leg. OSA is an aggressive, fast-growing cancer that is typically treated through amputation and chemotherapy or palliative radiation. Our vet offered us a new treat... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Once Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), our objective was to find comfort for her and to give her as long a life as possible.   The vet ruled out amputation, but suggested a newer procedure called Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). In order for Maggie to be a candidate for this procedu... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma Part 1

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma Part 1

We’ve had a tough week in the SlimDoggy household. Our Maggie developed a pretty severe limp over the last few weeks. Increasing her medication and rest did not seem to resolve it, so off to the vet we went. The initial diagnosis was not promising – the vet was concerned it was osteosarc... »

What to do if your Dog Nips at your Heels?

What to do if your Dog Nips at your Heels?

When we lived in Pasadena, we had a neighbor with a cute bull terrier named Lucy who would come over for play dates with Sally & Tino several times a week. They would race around the front yard for 30 minutes or so chasing each other or chasing a ball or playing bite face.   One of Tino... »

How to Tell if Your Dog is Happy

How to Tell if Your Dog is Happy

We have had five dogs over the course of the 20+ years we’ve lived in California. We started with Sally, who we got as a sweet little 8 week old pup. Then we added Tino about 2 years later. When Sally passed away we adopted Becca, when Tino passed away we adopted Jack and then when Becca passe... »

What Tino Refused to Eat

What Tino Refused to Eat

Many years ago, my dad came to stay with us for a few months while my mom had back surgery and we prepared to move them both out to California to be closer to us. We still had Sally & Tino at the time and Tino and my dad were great friends…as you can see. Both Sally & Tino also knew ... »

Tino’s Burial Ground

Tino’s Burial Ground

When we first rescued Tino and his brother Bernie, they were sick and emaciated. They had been abandoned at a local park and from the looks of them they had probably been living on the streets for at least a couple of months. To say they loved mealtime was an understatement. Even sick with distemper... »

Tino and the Flea Collar

Tino and the Flea Collar

More Tales of Tino…   The first 5-6 weeks after we rescued Tino and his brother Bernie were scary. Distemper is a very scary disease and there’s not much you can do to treat it other than try to keep them comfortable, hydrated and safe.   Both Tino and Bernie had fevers that we... »

What’s Up with Maggie?

What’s Up with Maggie?

Those of you that follow our blog know that we rescued our Lab, Maggie about three years ago. She came to us from a Lab Rescue who had removed her from a breeder, a breeding farm really. Her condition was not good, both physically and mentally. She was extremely fearful and didn’t eat for thre... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie contemplates life…   »

Tino and Buddy

Tino and Buddy

I’ve been asked to write more Tino stories, so here’s another favorite.   Our Tino was a sensitive and perceptive dog. Even though he kept to himself and was very independent, he was also very affectionate and sensitive to family dynamics. Whenever one of us was sick he stuck a litt... »

Tino Meets the World

Tino Meets the World

I haven’t written about our dog Tino in awhile, so I thought it was time for another Tale of Tails, Tino style. When we rescued Tino, he was sick with distemper. Very sick. He and his brother Bernie lived in our backyard and carport recovering for weeks. We had to euthanize Bernie once the dis... »

Maggie CREATES a Home

Maggie CREATES a Home

Our Maggie May has been with us for almost 3 years now. It’s been a challenge because she was an extremely fearful girl when she came to our home. She came from a puppy mill breeder situation and had been kept as a breeder mom for 8 years. She got tossed out when she got too old to have pups, ... »

Tino & the Rabbits

Tino & the Rabbits

As you know, we have a million Tino stories. Mostly because everyday was a new adventure with Tino – it’s part of what made him so special. Tino loved chasing critters. He didn’t care what it was – squirrels, coyotes, possums, but his favorite was rabbits. Or maybe they were ... »

Maggie Masters the Dog Door

Maggie Masters the Dog Door

We’ve written a couple of posts about our Maggie, our fearful girl and how she has really started to come out of her shell, let down her guard and be a dog. A recent post called Maggie Magellan described how she’s getting braver about exploring new things and going off on her own without... »

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin. Yesterday’s entry from Rescued Insanity was some great advice on being prepared for a sudden illness or injury. Tomorrow, be sure and visit I Still Want More Puppies for a post on kidney disease.   We are sharing our experience wit... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Coyotes

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Coyotes

I was working on a post for next week about coyotes, actually reworking a piece we had written for Dogster last year and I realized with all the Tino stories I’ve told here, I never wrote about any of his run-ins with coyotes.   Today, I’ll share a few – there were more, but t... »

How is Your Dog’s Hearing?

How is Your Dog’s Hearing?

Here’s another Tale of Tails, Tino edition. A few weeks ago we talked about his sense of hearing and smell when he tracked us down in Big Bear. Today I have another story about his sense of hearing and I bet many of you can relate to this skill.   We live in a gated community (believe me,... »

Tino at Big Bear

Tino at Big Bear

We wrote about our trip with Jack and Maggie we took to Big Bear a few weeks ago, but we have gone to Big Bear for years and all of our dogs have enjoyed it and had lots of adventures there.   We typically get a cabin right on the lake so that the dogs can enjoy the beach and Steve can pretend ... »

Give Cancer the Paw

Give Cancer the Paw

Today is the Give Cancer the Paw Blog Hop. I understand it’s going to be the last Hop and is dedicated to our pets that have had cancer. Our Becca is my cancer hero. We’ve written about her struggles and treatment for osteosarcoma in the past here and here so I’m not going to rehas... »

Tino and the Red Ants

Tino and the Red Ants

I haven’t told a Tino story in awhile and this one is a doozy. This dates back probably 11 years ago, when we lived in Pasadena and Tino was probably about 5 or 6, so he was in his prime. We frequently ran and hiked in Cherry Canyon, a nearby open space area with miles and miles of trails. &nb... »

Maggie May | Our Quirky Dog

Maggie May | Our Quirky Dog

We’ve written lots about our dogs, starting with Sally, Tino, Becca, Jack (of course) and our latest addition – with us almost two years now, Maggie May, or Maggie.   We adopted Maggie through a Labrador rescue and learned that not only was she a puppy mill mom, tossed out at eight ... »

Seven Tips for Training a Fearful Dog

Seven Tips for Training a Fearful Dog

Training a fearful dog is much different than training a dog like Jack. Jack is totally dialed in to his humans and wants nothing more than to be with us and make us happy. Maggie was the polar opposite, she wanted nothing more than to crawl into her bed, pull the covers over her head and not have t... »

Tale of Tails: Tino – Final Chapter

Tale of Tails: Tino – Final Chapter

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. Author: Unknown Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. Author: Omar Bradley The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your re... »

Lessons from the Dog: What Maggie has Taught Jack

Lessons from the Dog: What Maggie has Taught Jack

When we first got Jack he was pretty out of control, overweight, overwrought, under-exercised and under-stimulated. He was reactive to strangers and other dogs. When we got Maggie just over a year later, she was close to being shutdown, fearful, underweight, under-exercised and under-stimulated. Pol... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Hide & Seek

Tale of Tails: Tino Hide & Seek

We haven’t had a Tino “Tale of Tails” in quite some time, so I thought I’d dig into the archives for a Tino story. As I’ve said before, Tino was a real outdoor dog. He preferred to spend his days out in the yard even though he had free rein to come and go through the do... »

Tale of Tails: Tino and the Surprise Visitor

Tale of Tails: Tino and the Surprise Visitor

One of my more scary stories of Tino has to do with a trip we took many years ago. We are not big travelers and we like to take the dogs with us whenever we take a vacation. Frequently we rent a cabin on Big Bear Lake and it’s a great relaxing time swimming, boating, hiking. We also like trave... »

Tale of Tails: Tino and the bird.

Tale of Tails: Tino and the bird.

When we lived in Thousand Oaks, our house had a small courtyard in the front. The courtyard was gated with a locked gate, so we frequently left the sliding door to the courtyard opened for Sally & Tino so they could go out and sun themselves while we were at work all day. Tino in particular love... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Deer

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Deer

In our continuing series about Tino and his mischievous run-ins with various critters, our next installment is about Tino & the deer. This happened many years ago – Tino was in his prime, probably about 4 years old. We frequently ran & hiked in a place called Cherry Canyon in LaCanada,... »

B&W Sunday: Tale of Tails: Becca Pt.2

B&W Sunday: Tale of Tails: Becca Pt.2

Last Sunday, I posted a picture of our Becca getting a laser treatment for her fused spine & arthritis. I thought this Sunday I would wrap up our Tale of Tails series on Becca. You can read Part 1 here. Picking up from Part I, we had just received a diagnosis that no pet parent wants to hear ... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters II

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters II

If you read our blog, you know about our dog Tino. If you don’t, you can read previous stories of him here. Today’s story is about Tino & the squirrel. Tino lived to be about 14.5. Since we rescued him from a wilderness area, we’re not really sure of his age – but he was ... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters

I have so many stories about Tino and one kind of critter or another – enough to fill a book. There’s: Tino & the rabbits – so many of those, at least a monthly story about rabbits Tino & the gophers Tino & the possum Tino & the skunk Tino & the coyotes (too man... »

Tale of Tails: Becca

Tale of Tails: Becca

I haven’t written a Tale of Tails story about Becca yet, even though we’ve written about her cancer treatment. Since we lost her just a year ago, maybe it was too fresh, but I’m anxious to share her story now in honor of her anniversary. We adopted Becca when our first dog Sally, a... »

Tale of Tails: Sweet Sally Brown

Tale of Tails: Sweet Sally Brown

I don’t write about our Sally too often. Not sure why, but I tend to think about her a lot this time of year as we lost Sally four years ago on Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty devastating for both of us. Actually, that’s probably why I don’t write about her much, I still miss h... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie & the Kryptonite

Tale of Tails: Maggie & the Kryptonite

As you may have read in our Tale of Tails: Maggie series, we adopted Maggie last June and soon discovered she was a VERY fearful dog. Maggie had been a breeder farm mom and was turned in to the rescue when she became to old to breed. She was particularly fearful of Steve and limited her movement in ... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Crawlspace

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Crawlspace

I’ve written at length about our dog Tino. (See Tail of Tales) and told much of his story, but I have a million mini-stories as he had many humorous adventures. We retell them all the time: “Remember when Tino…” This story is about Tino and the crawlspace. We live in Californ... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 6

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 6

Chapter 6 – Strength The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. Kakuzo Okakaur Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi One day I noticed what appeared to be a scratch on Tino’s eye – just a little cloudy grey spot on his p... »

Tale of Tails – Tally Part 2

Tale of Tails – Tally Part 2

I landed in Puerto Vallarta on a sunny warm Sunday afternoon at the end of March. The Vet there had nursed Tally back to health, she had all her shots and was ready to leave, ready to fly to her new home in Bethesda, MD. I had with me a sturdy “airline approved” hard plastic crate and padded bed, a ... »

Tale of Tails: Clifford Part 2

Tale of Tails: Clifford Part 2

Part 2 of the touching story submitted by our reader Tina F. about the love of her dog Clifford and their fight with cancer. February 11, 2013   This was Clifford’s last day with us.  The vet was coming at 7:00 this night. This day he awoke feeling a bit brighter than he had.  I thought possibly it ... »

Tale of Tails: Clifford Part 1

Tale of Tails: Clifford Part 1

A touching story submitted by our reader Tina F. about the love of her dog Clifford and their fight with cancer. Clifford came to me 1/27/05.  It was a bitterly cold night and I had just finished dinner with my friend at El Matador.  We were walking to our car when I saw this large dog running in th... »

My Dog Somehow Knew His Friend Was Going to Die

Our guest post: My Dog Somehow Knew His Friend Was Going to Die is posted on Dogster.com today. Check it out.   http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/my-dog-knew-friend-going-to-die   »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 3

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 3

Maggie has been with us for almost nine months now. We can truly say she is a different dog. Mind you, she still has her moments when the fear takes over and she shuts down, but they are fewer and farther between and she recovers from these much more quickly. So how did we do it? It’s slow and... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Part 5

Tales of Tails: Tino Part 5

Chapter 5…..Patience  All things come round to him who will but wait. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Phaedrus  Our lives moved on uneventfully and we learned that Tino was a dog with many interesting quirks.  One which evidenced itself early on, when Bernie w... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 2

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 2

We went looking for more information about Maggie’s background to see if it could help us help her overcome her fears. Unfortunately, the rescue couldn’t tell us much. Maggie had been through one adoption already and had been returned. The rescue said it was due to too many grandchildren... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 1

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 1

We adopted Maggie May in July of 2012. Becca, our black lab we had rescued 3 years previously had just passed away from bone cancer in her right shoulder. We wanted another dog, one to fill out our family and the hole in our hearts and also to be a sister/companion for SlimDoggy Jack. Becca had been... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 4

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 4

 Chapter 4………Gratitude  Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Jean Baptiste Massieu If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain   Tino settled in to his life with us extremely well.  He blended... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Chapter 3

Tale of Tails: Tino Chapter 3

Chapter 3…….Perseverance What does not destroy me makes me strong. John Milton And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. Jerry Chin Putting Bernie to sleep was extremely difficult, but we knew it had to be done. Watching the seizures tak... »

Tale of Tails: Tally (Part I)

Tale of Tails: Tally (Part I)

A Tale of Tails from a reader – Anne P. Getting Tally – Part I The dog came up from behind, running alongside me on the sandy beach, keeping pace.  At first, I was startled and concerned. Seemed like a friendly dog but I wasn’t sure. And why was it running alongside me, as though we were partn... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 2

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – JOY None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau   Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. John Dryden   The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may m... »

Tales of Tails: Maddie

Tales of Tails: Maddie

  A Tale of Tails from one of our Readers: Terri   A bedraggled flea-ridden little mess of fur greeted me as I returned home from school one day.  My younger daughter and boyfriend “rescued” this tiny little thing that had been wandering around outside his store, obviously dumped th... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Chapter One – Fortitude Life is like an ice-cream cone. You have to lick it one day at a time. Charles M. Schultz (Charlie Brown)   I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. Martha Washington &nb... »

Tales of Tails: Ivy

Tales of Tails: Ivy

  A Tale of the Tails from one of our readers – Peg O.   Our late dog, Ivy, a Lab/Akita mix was rescued – not from an animal rescue but rather via a friend. Ivy’s Mom was a white Akita and her Dad a black Lab. Her Mom was owned by a friend of ours and 14 days after giving... »

Introduction to “The Book of Tino”

Introduction to “The Book of Tino”

Every dog-lover has a story to tell about a dog that crossed their path.  It may be a big dog or little dog, a smart dog or a ‘not-so-smart’ dog, but the common thread is they learned something from their encounter.  It may have been a very simple lesson about the joys of life and the contentment fo... »