Dear Labby

  • Dogs in public: Dear Labby’s advice

    Dogs in public: Dear Labby’s advice

    Dear Labby, What’s the etiquette as far as bringing your dog into those big warehouse sorts of stores? I’m talking about the kind that have wide aisles and cement floors (like Old Navy). I have a very well behaved Lab who would stay by my side and not bother the customers or the merchandise. Ok […]

  • Dear Labby advises: houseguest is scared of my sweet dogs

    Dear Labby advises: houseguest is scared of my sweet dogs

    Dear Labby, I have two very gentle, elderly Greyhound rescues. A friend I haven’t seen in years, and who is very anxious around dogs, is coming to visit for a night. When I mentioned Elsie and Leroy, I could hear the panic in her voice. Must I kennel the dogs during her stay? Or did […]

  • Dog leaves his mark… at friend’s house

    Dog leaves his mark… at friend’s house

    Dear Labby, My friend is disabled. As a way to make sure her dog gets plenty of exercise, I bring my Dalmatian to her home a couple of times a week for play dates. For the most part it works out great–our dogs are best buddies. My dog, however, is a marker. We’re working on […]

  • Serious doggie halitosis? Dear Labby advises

    Serious doggie halitosis? Dear Labby advises

    Dear Labby, On the weekends, I go for hikes with my sister and her dog, a beautiful Pit Bull/Dalmatian mix. Occasionally we come across horse poop, which Dixie likes to eat. My sister tells her “no!” but many times it’s too late and Dixie has already begun snacking. If we then encounter passers-by on the […]

  • Family’s not following rules? Dear Labby advises

    Family’s not following rules? Dear Labby advises

    Dear Labby, I just got an adorable Morkie puppy (Maltese/Yorkie mix). I’m staying with my family until I move out in August, and they are enjoying having the pup around more than they are willing to admit. I know it’s their house, but they are beginning to disregard the schedule and rules I put in […]

  • Dragging behind? Dear Labby discusses

    Dragging behind? Dear Labby discusses

    Dear Labby, Some friends down the street stopped over for lunch last weekend and they brought their Golden Retriever/Great Dane mix. During our post-lunch conversation, the dog scooted and dragged and scraped her butt across our floor. When she reached the end of the carpet she turned around and came back performing the very same […]

  • Breedists: Dear Labby advises how to handle

    Breedists: Dear Labby advises how to handle

    Dear Labby, I recently adopted a beautiful Chow Chow mix puppy from my local shelter and I couldn’t be happier with her. Bailey is everything I had been looking for and more, but because she’s part Chow, people tend to be hesitant to approach her when I take her to dog parks or pet stores. […]

  • Kids at the dog park: Dear Labby weighs in

    Kids at the dog park: Dear Labby weighs in

    Dear Labby, I read last week’s column on dog park etiquette and felt compelled to speak for those on the other side of the issue. Why do people bring toddlers, who aren’t exactly stable on their feet, to the dog park? I know they want their children to get used to dogs, but as a […]

  • Dear Labby: call the puppy police?

    Dear Labby: call the puppy police?

    Dear Labby, We recently went to the park with some family friends. Officially, all dogs are supposed to be on leash, but that’s hardly ever the case. It’s not usually a problem, as most of the dogs are well behaved and the dog parents are very courteous. My friend, however, was bitten as a child […]

  • Who should pick up poop? Dear Labby decides.

    Who should pick up poop? Dear Labby decides.

    Dear Labby, We rented a very nice condo for a weekend vacation. While having a dinner party, the kids left the door open. Two cute Dachshunds invited themselves in and then crapped on the linoleum. I just cleaned up the present and threw it out. Should I have gone out of my way to let […]

  • OK to leave dog in car? Dear Labby advises

    OK to leave dog in car? Dear Labby advises

    Dear Labby, My friends are telling me that they bring their dogs everywhere they go – even for a dinner out – because they’re too smart/vivacious/young/nervous etc. to leave at home for three hours. They say the dogs would prefer to be in the car knowing their owners will come back, rather than wait anxiously […]

  • Dear Labby’s advice on grieving for a pet

    Dear Labby’s advice on grieving for a pet

    Dear Labby, It was May 25, 2009, when I had to let go of my Shepherd mix best friend, Maxine. It’s now March, 2010, and I’m still very emotional. After almost 17 years of great memories with Maxine, old age caught up to her. I promised her I would let go when she was not […]

  • What kind of dog to get? Dear Labby advises

    What kind of dog to get? Dear Labby advises

    Dear Labby, My family is thinking about getting a dog, but we have no idea which breed to get. We have a medium-sized “double house” and don’t want to disturb the neighbors. We also have a rabbit. My dad would like a Beagle or Border Collie–something loyal–and I would like a Basset Hound. My mother […]

  • Dear Labby advises employee who hates boss’s gift

    Dear Labby advises employee who hates boss’s gift

    Dear Labby, For Christmas, my dog received the most hideous little “doggie shirt” from my boss. I’m offended on many levels, but mostly that this person would think that I’m the type to put clothes on my dog. Marbles is a Chow mix, by the way, and a polo would look ridiculous on him. My […]

  • Who pays to clean muddy paw prints? Dear Labby advises

    Who pays to clean muddy paw prints? Dear Labby advises

    Dear Labby, The other day I was walking my toy Poodle on leash. A woman reached down to pet Lily, and delighted for the attention, Lily jumped up and landed a slightly muddy paw on the woman’s jeans. The woman seemed very upset. She said something like, “I didn’t realize this dog was dirty!” and […]

  • Do I have to be friends with my dog’s friends’ owners?

    Do I have to be friends with my dog’s friends’ owners?

    Dear Labby, My 50-lb. Pit Bull mix (Flora) met a 15-lb. Westie (Niles) at the dog park. They’ve become great friends. I love watching them play together and I really like the fact that so many people see how gentle and sweet my big girl is with the little dog. Niles’s owner has invited Flora […]

  • Labby’s advice for correcting another person’s dog

    Labby’s advice for correcting another person’s dog

    Dear Labby, My mother-in-law’s Golden Retriever is a jumper. She’s a friendly dog, and I like her, but she’s pretty big and I don’t care for the constant, attention-seeking jumping. My mother-in-law and I have not always been on great terms so I don’t want to rock the boat by chastising her precious pet. On […]

  • Dear Labby: Big dog/small dog etiquette

    Dear Labby: Big dog/small dog etiquette

    Dear Labby, I live in a community that has mainly small dogs residing in it, so my Alaskan Malamute stands out quite a bit. Sometimes when we encounter other dogs, he’ll want to sniff, or even play with them, but then the smaller dogs will go off for no reason and bite him. And he’s […]

  • Dear Labby’s advice for in-law with smelly dog

    Dear Labby’s advice for in-law with smelly dog

    Dear Labby, Friends and relatives know that when they are invited over, their dogs are welcome too. We travel too much to have our own pets and relish the chance to hear little paws prancing about our house. However, when my brother’s fiancée brings her Collie for the evening, the rest of us can barely […]

  • Dear Labby answers dog park query

    Dear Labby answers dog park query

    Dear Labby, There’s a great dog park around the corner from my house and I take my Maltipoo there everyday. Her favorite doggy friend is a huge Labrador who doesn’t know his own strength. Sometimes my baby gets knocked around when they play. Is it my place or the other owner’s place to step in […]

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