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  • 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: 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Dear Labby: so what’s in a dog’s name?

    Dear Labby: so what’s in a dog’s name?

    Dear Labby, The only information my girlfriend and I ever got about our adopted Yorkshire Terrier is that someone brought him to the shelter after he was hit by a motorcycle. (He’s fine now.) We call him Harley. Recently, a friend told me we have a twisted sense of humor for giving the dog that […]

  • 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: what’s in a dog’s name?

    Dear Labby: what’s in a dog’s name?

    Dear Labby, The only information my girlfriend and I ever got about our adopted Yorkshire Terrier is that someone brought him to the shelter after he was hit by a motorcycle. (He’s fine now.) We call him Harley. Recently, a friend told me we have a twisted sense of humor for giving the dog that […]

  • 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. […]

  • Pet mummification? Dear Labby advises…

    Pet mummification? Dear Labby advises…

    Dear Labby, A dear friend just lost her longtime animal companion: a black and white cat named Kid. She’s sad, but I’m worried she’s making a big mistake in mummifying her cat. She visited a pet mummification website which outlined exactly how to prepare the cat for such a procedure and told her where to […]

  • Granny slips scraps to the dog, complains of begging

    Granny slips scraps to the dog, complains of begging

    Dear Labby, My grandmother is staying with us for the next few months and she’s not very fluent in dog lingo. When she eats her breakfast of toast on the couch, my dog usually sits nearby to hunt for crumbs. My grandmother constantly gets upset saying that my dog is begging for food, and yet […]

  • Dear Labby: I was talking about my dog…

    Dear Labby: I was talking about my dog…

    Dear Labby, A co-worker and I both have rescue dogs. Often she’ll stop at my desk, or I’ll stop at hers, and we’ll talk about our pups. My next-door cubicle neighbor has a cat, and whenever he can, he joins the conversation as well. I don’t mind the cat talk. The problem is, he always […]

  • Owner? Guardian? Other? Dear Labby advises

    Owner? Guardian? Other? Dear Labby advises

    Dear Labby, How do I refer to myself in relation to my dog? I usually say I’m Toto’s owner, but is that un-PC in this day and age? Signed: Dog Owner Guilty For Allowing Terminology to Hastily Explain Relationship Ah, you pose an interesting and potentially controversial question, D.O.G.F.A.T.H.E.R. “Guardian” is the most politically correct, […]

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