Tag: dog training

Dec 02, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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Me and My Gal

We got puppies twice when I was growing up. Poochy came from the pound, known today as an animal shelter. Amelia came to us after a neighbor’s dog got knocked up. Neither dog lasted more than six months. No, they didn’t die. Things just didn’t work out. When I moved out on my own, I got a cat — mostly because of the litter box. Letting the dog out from my third floor apartment wasn’t  an attractive option, and I didn’t want to add walking the dog to an already rushed morning routine. I outlived five cats before throwing in the towel, and for several years, enjoyed a pet-free existence. But my ex had always had dogs, and eventually, he talked …

Apr 25, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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A Puppy Primer

A high school friend of mine just got her very first puppy. Judging from her Facebook posts, she’s already head over heels in love with the pup and perhaps a tad bit overwhelmed. I can so relate. Especially if you’ve never raised a child (the ultimate commitment), taking on a puppy is a big responsibility. Having a dog in the house is also incredibly rewarding. We have two long-haired chihuahuas. We got Tico first, and at three-and-a-half, he is a nearly perfect little dog. He’s friendly, well-behaved, and a joy to be around. His little sister, Toodles, is far from perfect, but no less adored because most of her flaws revolve around her unnaturally close attachment to me. They enrich …