Archive for the ‘Appreciation’ Category

Hero Dog Awards 2012

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The 2012, Hero Dog Awards were presented on November 8, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Los Angeles.  This is always a very inspirational program.

Here’s a summary from

Here’s a three-minute audio clip from the “Dog Appreciation Lessons” CD, in which Michael Hingson describes that fateful day in New York City, on September 11, 2011.


Here’s my interview from last year with Michael Hingson, whose dog, Roselle, won the 2011, Hero Dog Award for leading Michael and some other people out of the World Trade Center on September 11,k 2001:



Why Do Dogs Sniff Before and After Peeing?

Friday, November 16th, 2012

When I wrote “My Doggie Says… Messages from Jamie,” I was curious about why Jamie did so much sniffing before peeing.  Was she looking for something?  Was she looking for the absence of something?  Well, there are several on-line articles that answer this question.  Mostly, they are sniffing for other dogs’ “marks,” so they can “mark over them.”  That is, so they can claim the territory for themselves.

This probably explains why Jamie would also sniff her way all the way to the end of someone’s yard before peeing.  Presumably, because there were no other marks to “mark over.”

Here is one set of answers.

A related question is, “Why do dogs sniff their own urine?”  I’ve always wondering if they were doing some kind of medical “self-diagnosis,” or something like that.  Well, maybe not far off.  Here’s an article titled, “Why Does My Dog Smell Its Urine.”

Callie’s Golden Retriever Neighbors — The Importance of Socializing

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Callie Golden Retriever makes friends everywhere she goes.  She’s by far the most social dog I’ve had.  She loves people, and she loves other dogs.  She’s not particular about dog breeds; she loves them all.  But she’s especially fond of other Golden Retrievers.  Here she is with her Lake Arrowhead Golden Retriever Neighbors — Riley, Rowdy, and Ruckus.

Callie, Riley, Rowdy and Ruckus

One of the best gifts you can give your dog is the opportunity — and the space — to make friends.  As we walk different streets and paths around Lake Arrowhead, we encounter lots of dogs — some friendly and some not so friendly.  Seems like the friendly ones are always attached to friendly people.  People who prevent their dog from being social are doing their pets a great disservice.  Dogs are very social animals!

Top Dogs Show

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Last Saturday, I was a judge for the “Top Dogs Show,” part of the Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival.  What a treat!  Prizes were awarded for look-alikes, best trick, tallest dog, shortest dog, and other fun doggie doings.  Here are a few photos from the event.

Dog Stories from Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Tragedy

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Here are two cheering stories about dogs from Japan.  One about a dog who stayed stubbornly with its master — and what happened to the dogAnd another about search and rescue teams from Los Angeles.

Join the Conversation with Marc Bekoff, Animal Behavior Expert, this Wednesday, on the “My Doggie Says…” Show

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Be sure to call in, between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.,  to KFNX, in Phoenix, to join our conversation with Marc Bekoff, an expert in animal behavior and animal emotions.  The “My Doggie Says…” radio talk show is streamed live at To join the conversation — and receive a free copy of the “Dog Appreciation Lessons” CD — call (602) 277-KFNX, or, toll-free, (866) 536-1100.  Marc is a prolific author of animal books, and we’ll discuss several of them with him.

Click here to learn more about Marc and his extensive list of books.

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Do Dogs Generalize? Callie Golden Retriever Has Figured Out Where to Find Tennis Balls

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I’ve written before about Callie’s tennis-ball-finding skills, but she continues to amaze — and teach some lessons about how dogs think.

Sometimes, at Lake Arrowhead, we walk past the UCLA Conference Center tennis courts.  They are surrounded by the typical tall, green chain-link fence and screen — and also by some tall bushes.  I figured out, a few years ago, that there is often a lost tennis ball hiding between the bushes and the screen.  So several times I reached in and retrieved tennis balls for Callie.

But then Callie broke the code.  She realized that the bushes by the tennis court were a great hiding place for tennis balls.  She got so that every time we were near the bushes, she would look inside the bushes as we walked by — and, occasionally, retrieve her own tennis ball.

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How Dogs Can Help to Heal People

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Our guest tomorrow night, on the “My Doggie Says…” radio talk show will be Jane Miller, author of “Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives.”

The “My Doggie Says” show will help you gain a deeper appreciation for “Man’s Best Friend.” The show is broadcast live from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights, on KFNX 1100, Phoenix. It is streamed live on”Fred interviews dog whisperers, dog trainers, dog psychologists, authors of dog books, and experts on all aspects of dogs and dog behavior and dog nature. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes. Go to the iTunes store, click on “Podcast,” and search for “My Doggie Says…”

To call the program and join the discussion, call (602) 277-KFNX, or outside of Phoenix, call 1 (866) 536-1100.  If you participate in the program, you will receive a free copy of the “Dog Appreciation Lessons” CD.

Click here to learn more about Jane Miller and her book “Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives.”

Animal Assisted Therapy at Phoenix Childrens Hospital and the “Dine With Your Dog” Program: Podcast

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Learn from the pros about “animal assisted therapy,” as practiced at Phoenix Childrens Hospital.  Mary Lou Jennings and Julie Adams talk about:

  • How animal assisted therapy works
  • Some wonderful successes in helping children recover from illness and/or surgery
  • What is required of a therapy dog
  • How to get involved
  • How to support the program

Julie Adams also describes the “Dine With Your Dog” program.  Here are some photos from past “Dine With Your Dog” dinners.  For more information about the “Dine With Your Dog” program, click here.

Phoenix Childrens Hospital’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Listen Wednesday, October 20, to the “My Doggie Says…” radio show, to learn all about the Phoenix Childrens Hospital’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program. Our guests will be Mary Lou Jennings and Julie Adams, both from the program.

The “My Doggie Says…” show is broadcast live on KFNX-1100, Phoenix, at 8:00 Mountain Standard Time (and Pacific Daylight Time).  Live streaming is available at

Call in and join the program, and you will receive a free copy of the “Dog Appreciation Lessons” CD.  The number to call in Phoenix is (602) 277-kfnx.  Outside of Phoenix, the toll free number is (866) 536-1100.