You didn't have to know much about dog behavior or body language to figure out what he was trying to say to this lady. We were in the Aegean region near Fethiye, Turkey, and this dog was fluent in the international language of good smelling dog treats.
Dogs understand what treats are, and how to ask for them in any language...
There is nothing cuter than a low-riding, confident dog strolling on a Saturday morning down to the neighborhood farmers market. Watching a dachshund trot down the street with their long hair flowing in the breeze is like a supermodel with a fan on a photoshoot. Their doxie confidence is contagious!
When an artist is a dog lover they never seem to fail to capture the essence of our relationship in their painting or illustration. Behold this beautiful and peaceful image from, My Favorite Things, a book by Maira Kalman. Can't you feel how relaxed these two are on the grass, sharing a special quietude? It brings to mind my memories of similar moments with my dog on our living room rugs.
From the book, My Favorite Things, by Maira Kalman
Watch this older Labrador Retriever very sweetly walk a dachshund on a snowy trail. Dogs are amazing creatures. I love their little dog friend in the pink sweater who is keeping a close eye and ear on the videographer.
It may come as a surprise to you but some dogs aren't interested in being the center of attention. Reactive dogs like Teddy need their space. When she's ready, she'll seek you out.
For a dog lover, it can be hard on your feelings when you're turned down by a pretty dog, but since spending time with Teddy here, when she decides you're okay by her, and you are allowed to give her a scratch or two on the butt -- it felt like winning a prize! Being allowed to give Teddy some affectionate attention was a wonderful sensation the first time, and many years later, the excitement hasn't diminished.
Have you ever had a reactive dog offer you their affection, or the chance to make physical contact with them? How did it feel?
How do people come up with creative street art that includes dogs? This one here was found while out walking in San Francisco. It wasn't hidden. It is simple in design and large enough to notice without feeling it was over-the-top for a city sidewalk.
Passing by adorable dogs waiting patiently, and sometimes not so patiently, for their people makes walks in the city perfect. I love seeing their expectant faces, and I'll admit to hoping I can get them to glance my way or even better, want to give me a little lick on my fingers.
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It's hard to believe she was surrendered to a county shelter. When I look at my dog today, it feels like we were given an unexpected gift from the San Francisco SPCA all those years ago. I didn't expect to find such an amazing dog. I was hoping for a buddy, and instead, found my best friend.
Dog lovers, you're in luck! Here is the cutest yet practical little tote! Don't you love it when you find necessary (sometimes boring) items, like a doggy bag, constructed with soft, eco-friendly material, while still looking fresh and adorable?