Dog Walking Essentials: 14 Items You Need in Your Bag!

This post includes affiliate links. On our day trips, I always carry our PawZaar CALL OF THE WALK bag with all the dog walking essentials I’ll need for me and for the dogs. I carry this bag not…



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The Tragedy of the Dog

Dogs are blessed and cursed by their co-evolution with our species. They are blessed in that their numbers greatly exceed any wild canid species. Many of the ones in much of the developed world receive better access to heath care, good food, and clean water than the poorest people on the planet.

As animals relating to people, dogs go more than half way in trying to communicate with us.  They go even further in how tightly they bond to us.

But this ease of relationship has certain negative consequences. Because dogs are “almost human,” as goes the cliche, we tend to think their entire existence is much like ours.

However, these assumptions are often faulty. We forget that they are still very much carnivorans, very much wolves. Yes, modified by domestication and co-evolution but still they are of that lineage, that natural history. And we cannot deny this simple reality.

We live in world that is increasingly alienated from nature.  The West is heavily urbanized. and fewer and fewer people understand other beings in ecosystems or even in agriculture.

So many people now get dogs without understanding the full context of the animal.  It is the only large carnivoran that most will ever see outside of a zoo, and it will certainly the be the only one that most will ever know on an intimate level.

And herein lies the problem.  The dog’s co-evolution with us gives it special status in our society, but we are largely operating on an understanding that dogs are just like people.

So we have “fur-kids” and “fur-moms” and “fur-dads.”  People are afraid to correct their dogs. They are afraid to train them. They are afraid to cut nails. They are afraid to understand them.

At the same time, the transient nature of modern society has alienated us from each other, and dogs become that ersatz human connection, and this problem compounds with the previous one.

So when I see someone attempting to walk a dog on a harness with a retractable leash, I see two beings in conflict. I see the human, who is seeking to have some sort of communion with the dog, and I see the dog, which has no idea about what is expected in proper society. It is craving essential communication, but this communication it will never receive. If it had received it, it would have learned to walk on the lead attached to its flat collar.

But the retractable leash gives the dog the illusion of freedom, a freedom that it does not seek as much as it would like to know the person on the other end of the line.

The person on the other end, though, either does not know or does not want to know that the dog is not a child. It is no way Homo sapiens.  To confront this reality is too difficult for some, for to admit such a thing is to admit the horrors of modern existence, all alienated from human connection and the natural world from which we sprang.

But there is a profound egocentrism in this convenient anthropomorphism. It is saying that no only does the world revolve around us, even our companion animals must fit our narrow paradigms.

This is the tragedy of the dog in the modern era. It lives better than ever in so many ways, but in so many ways, it is removed from what it is at its core, every bit as much as we are.

Yes, it is weird that I feel a sadness when I see a dog in harness being walked on one of those horrendous leashes, but the sadness I feel is justified.

Because I know dogs for what they are, and I love them for it. I try to give them what their animal side truly needs. The best I can anyway. For I am also short of the Pleistocene hunter-gatherer’s skillset and privilege, but I can try.  Yes, I can try.

 

 

 

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Win a RompiDogz Tug N’ Toss Rope Dog Toy (2 winners!)

Are you looking for a durable rope toy that’s perfect for tug of war? We have to introduce you to the RompiDogz Rope Dog Toy! As our regular readers know, our Barli is a tug of war pro. He…



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2019 Halloween Haunted Houses that Help Homeless Animals

Combining fun, fright, and philanthropy, from coast to coast a number of Halloween haunted houses will help dogs and cats who need forever homes as they help fear fans get in the ‘spirit’…



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Happy Gotcha Day, Tiki, and Happy DogTipper Blogiversary!

Happy 11th Gotcha Day to our Tiki! It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago we adopted this sweet five-month-old girl from what’s new Texas Humane Heroes. She’d been found the month…



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Remember Me Thursday Honors Shelter Pets Who Never Found a Forever Home

“All of the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” A time to take the words of Saint Francis of Assisi to heart, Remember Me Thursday is a day to light the…



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Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt Events

Taking steps to help dogs and cats in need with every step they take, pet parents and their pups in cities from coast to coast are preparing for Strut Your Mutt, a nationwide event unleashed each…



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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day to all of you hard workers out there, both two-legged and four-legged, from all of us at doggies.com and breeders.net. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Stacking practice

Dare got some practice being stacked. She looks pretty good for four months old.

dare stacked 4 months

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A Fun First Day of Kindergarten Questionnaire

A Fun First Day of Kindergarten Questionnaire

Over the past couple of years, I have put together a fun ‘interview’ with questions to ask my daughter on the first day of school. I then ask the same questions on the last day of school to see how her answers have changed. It’s such a cool way to see how her interests evolve and also see how she grows in her vocabulary and articulation!

I have been sharing the questionnaire (and Essley’s answers) here for the past two years, and the posts are always one of our most pinned on Pinterest, so I decided to share again. Many of you have commented and messaged me sharing your kids’ answers, which I absolutely love to read! (Keep them coming!)

Essley’s first day of Kindergarten answers are admittedly not as funny as they were back at the beginning of these surveys when she was only 3, but it’s wonderfully endearing (and bittersweet) to see how she is learning and growing.

1. What is your name? Essley.
2. What grade are you in? Kindergarten.
3. How old are you? 5-1/2.
4. What is your favorite color? Pink and purple.
5. What is your favorite thing to do at school? Writing and learning.  
6. What is your favorite activity outside of school? Dance.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up? A dance teacher and an inventor.
8. What is your favorite food? Tacos.
9. How old is your mommy? 29. (I’ll take it!)
10. What is her job? Being a blog poster.
11. What is mommy’s favorite food? Salad. (I wish!)
12. How old is your daddy? I think 80. (Bahahaha.)
13. What is his job? Stage Manager.
14. What is daddy’s favorite food? A mozzarella pizza.
15. What do mommy and daddy like to do? Play with us.
16. If you have brothers or sisters, what are their names? I have a baby brother and his name is Emmett.
17. How old is your brother(s) (and/or sisters)? 3 1/2.
18. What is your brother(s) (and/or sisters) favorite food? Pizza.
19. What is your favorite toy? Rosie (doll) and Owly (her favorite owl toy since she was a baby).
20. Where do you live? Chicagoland.
21. What is your favorite thing to do? Go to the pool.  
22. What is your favorite place you’ve ever been? The zoo.
23. Who is your best friend? (She went on and on with an endless lists of friends here; too many to type.)
24. What is your favorite animal? Dog.
25. If you could have anything you wished for, what would it be? A pet unicorn that I could ride and that would do magic spells.

I’ll share Emmett’s (his first day of school is next week) soon. I have a feeling his answers will be delightfully hilarious. (Super cute chalkboard signs we used for our photos purchased from this awesome Etsy shop.)

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