Can I give you a lift?

I’ve been living at my new place for 6 weeks now, and in that time the elevators have stopped working twice. It’s not a big deal when I’m by myself—I usually take the stairs anyway. However, it’s a real challenge when you have a 14-year-old, 80lb dog and live on …

Pros of having an older dog

I was reminded of how great older dogs are thanks to my next door neighbor getting a new puppy last week. Puppies are wonderful; don’t get me wrong. I love dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. Puppies are absolutely adorable, but after having my dog, Carmela, for so long …

Bittersweet visit to The Anti-Cruelty Society

Today I made another trip to The Anti-Cruelty Society. I try to go every 3-6 months to donate homemade dog treats that I make out of old toilet paper and paper towel rolls. They’re so easy to make. You just take a roll and toss in a bit of dry …

Dog days and dog wars

In a few weeks I will be moving to the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago where there is currently a “dog war” going on. I kid you not. Initially I thought that it was about aggressive dogs in the area, but that’s not the case. The “dog wars” are actually …

Apartments and large dogs: an oxymoron

Moving with a dog can be a real pain. I love my Carmela more than anything, but with each move it becomes more of a challenge. Our upcoming move to downtown Chicago will be her 6th move. Some people don’t even move that often in their lifetimes. For her, this …

Who’s a good puppy?

Caring for an elderly dog is no easy task. My sweet, loyal, best friend, Carmela turned 14 last week. My family and I got her when she was just 8 weeks old and I’ve been caring for her ever since. When I moved out on my own 3 years ago, …