petiquette expert

Dear Labby: 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 is a pretty smelly dog.

by Dogtime
December 18th

Shedding Situation? Dear Labby’s Advice

Well, H.A.I.R., there are two kinds of people in this world. Those who expect you to open the fridge and help yourself to a seltzer, and those who deny others their lint removers.

by dogtime
April 13th, 2017

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, talks […]

by dogtime
July 5th, 2012

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 this […]

by dogtime
April 4th, 2012

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 me: “Can […]

by dogtime
August 8th, 2011

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 by […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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 name. […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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 […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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 name. […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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 announcement was sent simply […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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. They […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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 send […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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 she […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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 tries […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011

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. Our […]

by dogtime
March 31st, 2011
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