Dog Blog

The Dog Blog is a community of ordinary dog lovers who have come together to discuss our extraordinary dogs. Each Monday, a new topic is introduced. If you've got an opinion, share it. If not, look for the current "anything goes" topic and introduce a discussion of your own. On Fridays, weigh in about your training questions and successes.
Your host: Mike Lewis is a little-dog nerd and the proud owner of Eddie and Jillian, a pair of Yorkies who think they're huskies, and Lucy, a sweet Chessie. R.I.P., Rusty. Contact mlewis@adn.com

Parks and Rec Committee approves fenced dog park - 1/10/2013 3:33 pm

AACCC Adoption of the week: Meet Scout - 1/9/2013 12:12 pm

Kitty and K9 Connection: Meet Nano - 1/4/2013 7:04 pm

What are your New Year's resolutions for your dogs? - 1/2/2013 4:29 pm

AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Rudy - 1/2/2013 4:14 pm

Take extra precaution with dogs on New Year's - 12/31/2012 11:58 am

Friday training talk -- what's up with your pack? - 12/28/2012 11:09 am

AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Chris K - 12/27/2012 12:27 pm

What's the best car for a multiple-dog owner?

Do you have a vehicle that perfectly suits the size and number of dogs you have? Spill it! I'm in the market.

My 2000 VW beetle has gone the way of the dodo. I can't say that I blame it. I didn't treat it very well.

Why do you like the car you have, and where do the dogs sit?

Personally, I like smaller cars that get better mileage. The Beetle was perfect for me and two Yorkies. But I also own a 92-pound Chessie, and she was not a big fan of the VW.

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Hate a bath? Love a bath? Tolerate a bath?

Eddie: Up until this year, he would always try to sneak out of the tub mid-bath.Eddie: Up until this year, he would always try to sneak out of the tub mid-bath.

Eddie: He may look cute, but the look was one of sheer terror as he awaited blow-drying.Eddie: He may look cute, but the look was one of sheer terror as he awaited blow-drying.

Some of us have to bathe our dogs more than others, but out of curiousity: How do your dogs deal with being bathed when the time comes?

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Anything goes: What's on your dog-lovin' minds?

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like or just stop by, post a picture of your pooch and say hello.

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Does your dog look forward to winter walks?

Eddie: He has a great time if I insist he go for a winter walk, but it's hard to get him to cooperate when it comes time to putting on the booties and coat.Eddie: He has a great time if I insist he go for a winter walk, but it's hard to get him to cooperate when it comes time to putting on the booties and coat.

Are there any circumstances where your dog would prefer to skip a walk? Maybe it's especially cold, raining or snowing. And if they do, do you insist that they go for a walk anyway?

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Pumpkin

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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AACCC Adoption of the week: Meet Muskrat

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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AT-AT AK-K9 voted People's Champ in Howl-oween Costume Contest

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Check out all the 2012 entries and see the results of the People's Champion Readers Poll

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Anything goes: Any advice for knee-surgery rehab?

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like -- or just stop by and say hello.

I received the below email today from a Dog Blog reader who's looking for advice from anyone who's been through rehab with a dog after surgery. Below is her note. Can anyone help her out with advice?

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Grandma Rocket and Lily Red Riding Hood win Howl-oween Costume Contest

First place: Grandma Rocket and Lily Red Riding Hood (Photo courtesy of Amy McCullough)First place: Grandma Rocket and Lily Red Riding Hood (Photo courtesy of Amy McCullough)

Check out all the 2012 entries and then Vote for the People's Champion in our Reader Poll

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Cooper

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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Howl-oween costume contest deadline is midnight tonight

Pug Dynasty: This submission by MaryJo has pug taking over for the reality TV show Duck Dynasty.Pug Dynasty: This submission by MaryJo has pug taking over for the reality TV show Duck Dynasty.

Check out 2012 entries as they roll in

Deadline is midnight tonight (Oct. 31) to submit a picture to the ADN Dog's sixth annual Howl-oween Costume Contest. The winner will be announced on the blog.

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Still time to enter the Dog Blog Howl-oween Costume Contest

Zoe the spotted leopard: Looks like 2-time defending champion Zoe isn't going to give up her title easily! (Photo by Holly Kennedy)Zoe the spotted leopard: Looks like 2-time defending champion Zoe isn't going to give up her title easily! (Photo by Holly Kennedy)

Grandma Rocket and Lily Red Riding Hood: Photo courtesy of Amy McCullochGrandma Rocket and Lily Red Riding Hood: Photo courtesy of Amy McCulloch

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Drug-sniffing cases send Supreme Court to the dogs

Dogs, we know, have an amazing sense of smell. But when a defense attorney learns that his client was exposed by the snout of a pooch, it becomes a legal issue.

The Supreme Court of the United States is taking up the issue next week. Check out this McClatchy Newspapers story, Drug-sniffing cases send Supreme Court to the dogs, and weigh in on whether you think evidence uncovered by a dog amounts to an unreasonable search or not.

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Anything goes: What's on your dog-loving minds

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like -- introduce a topic for discussion or just stop by and introduce yourself and your pooch.

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Don't miss AACCC's Howl-oween Pet Fair Sunday

Howl-oween Pet FairHowl-oween Pet Fair

If you're looking for a pet -- or just some Halloween fun, check out the flier for AACCC's Howl-oween Pet Fair

From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, there will be fun for kids and adults, including a costume pooch parade, Howl-o-weenie bobbing, a fortune teller and ghostly treats.

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AACCC adoption of the week: Meet Rocky

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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2012 Howl-oween Costume Contest begins

Zoe the Zebra: The 2011 champ. Zoe, a Jack Russell terrier, is actually the two-time defending champion. Owner Holly Kennedy dyes the mostly white dog's hair.Zoe the Zebra: The 2011 champ. Zoe, a Jack Russell terrier, is actually the two-time defending champion. Owner Holly Kennedy dyes the mostly white dog's hair.

It's time for our Sixth Annual Dog Blog Howl-oween Costume Contest -- your chance to turn that Great Dane into a giraffe, that husky into a football player or that pug into a pugilist.

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AACCC Adoption of the week: Meet Ted E. Bear

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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Friday training talk: What's up with your pack?

Leaf-catcher: Eddie reached down to sniff his nosework odor yesterday and came up with a leaf on his face. Playing games keeps walks fun and helps them forget about the elements.Leaf-catcher: Eddie reached down to sniff his nosework odor yesterday and came up with a leaf on his face. Playing games keeps walks fun and helps them forget about the elements.

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

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Does your dog have self-rewarding bad habits?

Self rewarding: I slept in a little too long for Lucy this morning, so she entertained herself by chewing up her bed.Self rewarding: I slept in a little too long for Lucy this morning, so she entertained herself by chewing up her bed.

Does your dog have any bad habits induced by self-rewards? Do you find those habits more difficult to break? Any secrets for doing so?

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