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The Dog Killer in Your Pocket

Your pocket can hold many potentially lethal items, so let me be more specific: `What's the Dog Killer in Your Pocket That You Wish No Longer Existed?' Can you guess?

August 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Three Ways Dogs Fail At Halloween

Three Ways Dogs Fail At Halloween

Halloween is a peculiar holiday, especially for dogs. We two-legged beings all look different, and what’s with the constant doorbell-ringing?

November 5, 2013 — Julie Hecht

28 Santa-Approved Dog Science Articles

Can't believe so-and-so said that in front of everyone? Is it time for a break from members of your own species? The dogs are here to help.

December 25, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Could Our Love of Dogs Obscure Their Most Important Parts?

Ask me about my childhood dog Brandy, and I hope you have at least an hour to spare. The story of how she came into my life (told here) is entertaining enough (and to hold your attention, I would play up the parts about the mother-daughter conflict that preceded visiting the shelter, as well as [...]

November 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Put Your Nose First: Smellwalks for You and Your Dog

There was no way I was going to miss something called a `Smellwalk.' A social dilettante at heart, I revel in time spent in the mind of others — especially those who add an entirely different color to the palate of my worldview.

September 12, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Do You Know a Fat Dog When You See One?

We've all met dogs with a small head and large body who bear a striking resemblance to the people with shrunken heads from the movie Beetlejuice.

August 26, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Should Pets Be Given As Gifts?

Should Pets Be Given As Gifts?

Growing up, I thought A Pet Is Not a Gift was just another Golden Rule. If you had pressed young, animal-loving Julie and asked: Well, why, Julie?

December 23, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Woman's Best Friend

Compared to many other species, dogs as a whole are relatively privileged. Most of us don’t eat them, nor do we specifically breed them to be eaten.

October 15, 2013 — Julie Hecht
3 Ways Dogs Have Been `Consciously Uncoupling' Way Before Gwyneth

3 Ways Dogs Have Been `Consciously Uncoupling' Way Before Gwyneth

Some people get divorced. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin `consciously uncouple.' Fine. I don't know exactly what that means (and neither do you), but here's my take on how dogs have been `consciously uncoupling' way before Gwyneth and Chris even met: 1) Butt Sniffing Humans greet with handshakes and hugs, while dogs greet with head-to-head [...]

March 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht