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  • Dear Labby: My Dog Ate My Money! What Should I Do?

    Dear Labby: My Dog Ate My Money! What Should I Do?

    One of our readers came home to find her dollar bills were chewed up and some were even swallowed by her dog. Dear Labby has some advice.

  • Help — I Want A Dog So Bad But I Can’t Afford One

    Help — I Want A Dog So Bad But I Can’t Afford One

    I'm trying to convince my parents to let me get my first dog. I

  • Dear Labby: My Dog Is A Halloween Scaredy Cat

    Dear Labby: My Dog Is A Halloween Scaredy Cat

    I believe that endless doorbell ringing and a stream of kids would set her back significantly, I'm wondering if it is socially acceptable to let the porch go dark this year? If so, what do I tell my neighbors when they ask where we were?

  • My Friend Didn’t Adopt And I Want To Tell Her How I Feel About It

    My Friend Didn’t Adopt And I Want To Tell Her How I Feel About It

    Recently, an friend bought a Yorkie from a breeder in the next state over. She is having a "puppy shower" and I don't want to attend. I'd like to be honest about why, but a mutual friend thinks I should just say I have other plans. What do you think?

  • My Roommate Hates My Dog’s Farts, What Can I Do?

    My Roommate Hates My Dog’s Farts, What Can I Do?

    My Bulldog, Meatballs, is really gassy. The problem is that my roommate can't stand it.

  • Dear Labby’s Advice: Smelly Dog — Or Insensitive Family?

    Dear Labby’s Advice: Smelly Dog — Or Insensitive Family?

    I recently took my ten-year-old Poodle to my parents' house for Christmas. Thanks to old age, he has liver problems, stinky breath, and dermatitis. As you can imagine, Gerard smells. Horrifically.

  • Dear Labby: Tip The Groomer?

    Dear Labby: Tip The Groomer?

    I take my dog to a groomer. Am I supposed to tip? If so, what is the standard amount?

  • Dear Labby: Dog breath is coming between me and my pup

    Dear Labby: Dog breath is coming between me and my pup

    Reader wonders if her dog is offended by owner's refusal to accept kisses on the lips. But dog's severe halitosis could be a sign of larger health issues.

  • Dear Labby: I’m jealous of a Yorkshire Terrier

    Dear Labby: I’m jealous of a Yorkshire Terrier

    Dear Labby, When my uncle died, my elderly aunt was devastated. So she went out and adopted a Terrier with a very sad history. Groucho is a sweet dog, and I love that he makes her so happy, but my aunt has taken it too far. She spends all her time with him, pampers him, […]

  • Is owner responsible for his own barking dog?

    Is owner responsible for his own barking dog?

    Dear Labby, This morning I took my dogs for a leisurely walk down a street in our neighborhood. As we strolled, a German Shepherd in a yard across the street began barking loudly from behind a chain link fence. A moment or two later, a man stepped out the front door. The man called to […]

  • Dear Labby: I don’t love a friend’s Facebook photo

    Dear Labby: I don’t love a friend’s Facebook photo

    Dear Labby, An acquaintance of mine posted a picture on his Facebook page that I found a bit offensive. It showed his child riding the family dog like a horse, which I don’t think is fair to the medium-sized Lab (who didn’t look thrilled). I really want to post a comment, but I don’t know […]

  • Dear Labby: Kids are stressing out my rescue pup

    Dear Labby: Kids are stressing out my rescue pup

    Dear Labby, I have a rescued Chihuahua. Pepe wasn’t treated so well in his former home and now has some issues. Understandably, he can be a bit snappy when approached suddenly by a stranger. Because he’s so little, parents often let their kids rush up to him, hands in his face. No one has gotten […]

  • Dear Labby: Forwarded messages are clogging my in-box

    Dear Labby: Forwarded messages are clogging my in-box

    Dear Labby, I love dogs, I have three. My extended family thinks I’m kooky, and I guess in a way, they’re right. Problem is, a good many of them think they’re doing me a favor by forwarding every dog-related joke, photo, video, or news item that comes their way. Once in a while, that’s fine. […]

  • Is owner responsible when his dog barks?

    Is owner responsible when his dog barks?

    Dear Labby, This morning I took my dogs for a leisurely walk down a street in our neighborhood. As we strolled, a German Shepherd in a yard across the street began barking loudly from behind a chain link fence. A moment or two later, a man stepped out the front door. The man called to […]

  • Embarrassing shedding, what to do?

    Embarrassing shedding, what to do?

    Dear Labby, I have a big sloppy Golden Retriever. He’s a great dog, but he sheds like crazy. Last week when my neighbor came by, she took one look at my blue couch and said, “Wow, do you still just have the one dog?” I don’t think she meant to be rude, the comment just […]

  • Dear Labby: advice for girl who is ready for a new dog

    Dear Labby: advice for girl who is ready for a new dog

    Dear Labby, I got my first dog, Bear, when I was two years old. He had been a part of our lives until a little over two months ago when he had to be put to sleep. I am now seventeen and am very confused on what I should do. I am a private person […]

  • Curbing and dog pee

    Curbing and dog pee

    Dear Labby, I live in a major city. I love dogs although I don’t currently have a dog because my son is allergic to them. However, I get the creeps when I see a dog pee in the middle of the sidewalk and then the urine runs down the path forming little artsy designs. Worse […]

  • Dear Labby’s answer to treat-dispensing strangers

    Dear Labby’s answer to treat-dispensing strangers

    Dear Labby, There’s an elderly woman who brings her rescued Bulldog to the dog park every morning. The other dog parents love her – she’s sweet and frail and doles out treats to any canine who approaches. I’ve christened her the Treat Lady. Problem is that my dog, who needs a lot of exercise, now […]

  • Dear Labby: gifts & puppy announcements

    Dear Labby: gifts & puppy announcements

    Dear Labby, My wife says you need to send a present when you receive a “New Puppy” announcement from a friend. I say hogwash. Who’s right? Signed: Dog Acquisition Necessitates Gift? D.A.N.G., what will they think of next? New lawn mower notice? Disposable camera obituary? Hey… isn’t this why they invented Twitter? I’m guessing the […]

  • Droning on about dog? Dear Labby’s advice

    Droning on about dog? Dear Labby’s advice

    Dear Labby, I don’t have any animals. I realize that’s not going to make me very popular with your readers, but I have a legitimate problem. Very good friends of mine recently got a new dog, and now they talk about nothing else. It’s “Ringo does this” and “Ringo does that” for hours on end. […]

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