Dear Labby

  • 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: 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 […]

  • Dear Labby talks “intrusive sniffers”

    Dear Labby talks “intrusive sniffers”

    Dear Labby, We have a dog-friendly office. Not long ago, a very proper businessman from India visited our offices for a meeting. During the meeting, an employee’s dog walked under the table and stuck his nose in the crotch of the Indian guest. I’ll never forget the panic in his eyes and his immediate freeze. […]

  • 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, […]

  • Unwelcome feedback? Dear Labby advises…

    Unwelcome feedback? Dear Labby advises…

    Dear Labby, What is the proper response to,”Your dog looks just like you!”? Signed: Opinion on Fido’s Face Elicits Not Desired Effect from Doglady Dear O.F.F.E.N.D.E.D., The proper response is: “Umm… Kevin is my son.”

  • Dear Labby, petiquette expert

    Dear Labby, petiquette expert

    Petiquette for dogs and their people

  • Dear Labby: Who am I, the free clinic?

    Dear Labby: Who am I, the free clinic?

    Advice needed for vet tech

  • Ask Jack, invited by Dear Labby, to tackle small dog issue

    Ask Jack, invited by Dear Labby, to tackle small dog issue

    Dear Labby, I have a Chihuahua. She thinks she’s a T-Rex. At the dog park, she teases Malamutes and German Shepherdstwelve times her size and she comes away unscathed because she can outrun them. She’s not doing it to be mean, she’s having fun. For safety reasons I watch her closely, but is this also […]

  • Dear Labby’s advice for dinner party guest

    Dear Labby’s advice for dinner party guest

    Dear Labby, I’m a dog lover. I have two of my own, both rescues. A friend of mine has a Miniature Schnauzer. Bessie is a sweet pup but an unrelenting beggar. If there’s no food around, I love having her near. But the other day when I was at the friend’s house for a dinner […]

  • Dear Labby’s advice on unwanted, untrue remarks about purebred

    Dear Labby’s advice on unwanted, untrue remarks about purebred

    Dear Labby, I have what appears to be a purebred Doberman. I adopted her from a local rescue when she was guessed to be around six years old. She’d been mistreated and now has a very loving, comfortable life with me. But you wouldn’t believe the comments I get. I have strangers on the street […]

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