Category: The Pooches

On Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Dog Breeding

My latest story about dogs was published today by The Washington Post. It’s about a little-discussed sphere of the current political divide: the fact that our level of national vitriol is now keeping dogs in conditions that many of us find unacceptable. I traveled…

An Op-Ed Generating Predictable, and Unfortunate, Response

I wrote an op-ed piece titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Biters” that ran in yesterday’s Boston Globe Magazine. It’s about new rules that the state of Massachusetts is about to announce in public hearings, rules that would require rescue groups to assess…

Giving Thanks that Hoss is Safe

This Thanksgiving, there is a surprise guest in my home—my former foster puppy, Hoss. I last saw him five months ago, when he was just three months old. The rescue where I volunteer adopted him out to a family who had never before owned…

Welcoming Ginger Home

“What’s that you say? We can both call you Mommy now?” A few days ago, I typed through tears and uploaded this blog post about my 19th foster dog, Ginger. She had been here at the house with Blue and me longer than any…

“A Moving Call to Action”

That’s what Kirkus Reviews had to say about my forthcoming book “Little Boy Blue: A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth.” “Little Boy Blue” just became available for pre-order on Amazon.com. I’m proud to note the starburst on the…

Closing in on 500 Friends—with the Potential to Reach Nearly 200,000

My dog is closing in fast on having 500 Facebook fans, most of whom I’ve never met. Some of them are as far away as India and Sweden, where I’ve never been and don’t know anyone. This would seem strange if not for the…

Lulu’s Rescue Featured in Short-Form Documentary

I do a lot of volunteer work for Lulu’s Rescue, the group that helped to save my dog, Blue, from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. The group is featured in my forthcoming book “Little Boy Blue,” due out in hardcover this summer from…

Yes, I’m a Little Weepy as I Type This

Yesterday, I said goodbye to my sixth foster dog. His name is Mac, and he’s about 10 or 11 months old. He arrived at my house after being saved from a North Carolina shelter that was going to kill him in a gas chamber….

“Little Boy Blue: One Puppy’s Great Escape” Gets Encouraging Early Reviews

Few feelings are scarier than handing over a first-draft, unedited book manuscript for criticism. I’ve done so eight times before writing “Little Boy Blue: One Puppy’s Great Escape.” Apparently, the ninth time’s the charm in terms of giving myself heart palpatations. I care so…

My New Foster Dog, Buster, in Memory of the Chesterfield 22

Today, the dog-rescue groups Middle Mutts and Pilots N Paws are working together to move as many death-row dogs as possible from high-kill shelters to adopters and foster homes nationwide. Lulu’s Rescue, which helped to save my dog Blue, was asked to participate in…

2 Weeks, 2 Dogs, 2 Wonderful Homes

It’s been exactly two weeks since I returned from North Carolina, where I was reporting for my book “Little Boy Blue: One Puppy’s Great Escape.” On my way out of the county where Blue was found—where the shelter has a 95-percent kill rate and…

Summer is Set! Now, Who Will Love Izzy?

Well. That didn’t take long. Just a week after I visited North Carolina for my forthcoming book “Little Boy Blue: One Puppy’s Great Escape,” I’ve already found a home for the cute black dog Summer who was rescued from the same shelter where Blue…