Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You by Edie Jarolim

By Edie Jarolim

A delightfully witty consultant to preserving much-loved canine not only fed and groomed, yet chuffed to be with you. And vice versa.

Geared to the thousands who are looking to be socially in charge but in addition indulgent, who are looking to learn in regards to the most modern principles inc are and coaching, and, primarily, who fear approximately their relationships with their canines, this poignant, irreverent consultant is doggone humorous. Written through a first-time puppy proprietor who's been there, fearful approximately that, this accomplished yet available ebook articulates the questions that many of us have approximately all issues canine-related yet are afraid to invite, all with a reassuring, fun tone.

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Sure, the picture she e-mailed me was cute, but Frankie was about 5 years old when he was found skittering around the streets of Tucson. I’d always pictured myself with a new model dog. And then there were my travels—not as frequent or far-flung as in the past, but still a good fallback excuse. What would happen to Frankie when I went away? Rebecca informed me that older dogs were much mellower than puppies—and thus a better fit for a newbie like me—and that Frankie was very low maintenance. She promised to take care of him while I was gone, but pointed out that many hotels accept small dogs.

And don’t worry. The nice folks at the shelter want to make sure that your adoptee is not going to escape through that big hole in your fence and find himself homeless again. They are not, as I had assumed, judging your décor, your cleaning skills, or your domestic arrangements (unless these include living with two dozen cats—or children—and/or with a burly rifle-wielding person). While I waited for my dog’s rescuer to come over to evaluate the suitability of my house, I fretted that she would think it wasn’t tidy enough.

Arrange to have a calm, dog-savvy friend on call who will address all your concerns, no matter how trivial, but who will not offer unsolicited advice. In my case, it turned out to be my friend Elaine—as I discovered when I phoned her in a panic because half of Frankie’s morning poop production was stuck, drying, to his rear end. I couldn’t imagine trying to clear off the mess with shampoo, but didn’t believe either Frankie or I would appreciate its presence for very long. Elaine advocated an immediate application of toilet paper to remove as much of the offending matter as possible—and then explained that sometimes you need to give your dog’s butt a haircut.

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