[VIDEO] Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy School

When he’s whining, acting silly, or I just need his attention, I playfully admonish my pup by saying, “Hey Zero, you’re big for a little dog, but you’re still little for a big dog!” He’s more of a big dog and less of a small dog by the moment, but there’s still a lot for Zero to learn about this big world. And with Penny as his teacher, what could possibly go wrong?

[VIDEO] Penny, Meet Zero. Zero, Meet Mayhem Incarnate

Some introductions use handshakes and polite conversation, but where’s the fun in that? Penny and Zero found it much more entertaining to meet each other in paw-to-paw combat. It’s still early, but it appears Penny thinks her little bro has the mettle needed to join our crew!

[VIDEO] The Story of Zero

It is often difficult in life to know you’re doing the right thing. Other times, thankfully, it’s quite easy. It’s been less than a week with Zero but there’s no doubt he’s the right one for us.

[VIDEO] An Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object

This weekend brings to a close our playcation with Leo the Bernese Mountain Dog. Penny and Leo are perfectly cast as The Odd Couple. She’s the wiry firebrand, he’s the lovable big guy. Watching their friendship grow over the course of the week was a real treat and I’m glad Penny got to have a constant companion again. (I think Leo is glad to know the position isn’t permanent!) After ten days with Penny, I think our pal is ready for a relaxing staycation back at home. You’ve earned it, buddy!

[VIDEO] Every Day Is A New Year

For people, the fireworks and festivities of January 1 herald the great promise of new opportunities. For dogs, well, every day is January 1. Every day is full of possibility and worthy of excitement. My resolution, today and every day, is to remember to celebrate each moment with the joy it deserves. Luckily, I have the best teacher a guy could ask for!

[VIDEO] The Joy, Pain and Lessons of 2016

“I did not ask for the life that I was given, but it was given nonetheless, and with it I did my best.” – Mr. Eko, LOST

 Before signing off to ring in the new year, I want to say thank you. I lost my way when I lost Eko. Each of your kind words pierced my darkness with light. When I finally  had the courage to look up, I saw a sky filled with stars, showing the way forward. Thank you for taking precious time from your own lives to help me find my way. I witnessed firsthand just how far small acts of kindness can carry you. It’s a lesson I’ll hold close to my heart always. Happy New Year!

 

[VIDEO] My Christmas Wish

We beseech genies, godmothers, stars, and at this time of year, even a guy at the North Pole. But it seems to me the best wishes are the ones we learn to grant ourselves. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

[VIDEO] How Rhodesian Ridgebacks Stay Warm in Winter

Based on my research, the ideal ambient temperature for a Rhodesian Ridgeback’s comfort is somewhere around the surface temperature of the sun. Short of that, they have to make due with sunlight, blankets and heaters. Of all the ways to stay warm this winter, Penny has two particular favorites –  kinetic energy (running at Mach 1 is nice and toasty)  and a good roaring fire. This weekend is going to be bitter cold here in Chicago, so our plan is to run fast in the snow and then cozy up slow to the fire.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

[VIDEO] You Can’t Stop Penny. You Can Only Hope To Contain Her.

So here’s my question. Do you still call it “zoomies” if she’s been operating at this speed for three straight years?

[VIDEO] The Magic Question

Each evening, there’s only one question which can wake my blanket monster from her slumber…