Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Dogs , Science / October 12, 2016

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know,  by Alexandra Horowitz, is a nonfiction book that investigates our most loyal companions from a unique perspective: the dog’s. Alexandra Horowitz constantly reminds the reader that we must look at the world through the dog’s eyes rather than our own if we are to truly understand them.  Her refocusing of our perspective leads to many surprising and fascinating discoveries about dogs that often run counter to conventional “wisdom.” Despite our natural disadvantage of being human, there is a lot that can be learned about canis familiaris when we avoid anthropomorphism (treating the dogs like they are little humans) when determining what a dog’s life is truly like. Horowitz really hits the nail on the head when she acknowledges that people tend to study dogs through human eyes rather than through dog eyes.  We ascribe their actions to human motives. When we throw out these preconceived notions biology, scientific observations, and even psychology become our guides in understanding the dog.  Horowitz makes use of her own research, as well others, to study the dog from many angles. Inside of a Dog thoroughly investigates how the sensory organs of the dog work: the eyes, ears,tongue, paw pads and whiskers, and especially…

Wishbone: Retrospective
Dogs , Retrospective / October 12, 2016

What’s the story, Wishbone? I cannot believe it, but I just realized that this year marks the 20th anniversary of Wishbone‘s initial run starting in 1995 (This article was originally published in 2015).  Just typing the year 1995 sends waves of nostalgia coursing through my veins (or wherever nostalgia courses).  I also realized that I could not call myself a “proud nerd” any longer if I did not take time to reflect on the most influential pooch in the history of literature.  I honestly do not think that I would be the reader I am today if it were not for the television and book series that all revolved around the Jack Russell Terriers (all five of them) who brought classic literature to my living room every afternoon. If you do not know about Wishbone I will take a moment to grieve for the state of the half-life that you have been living.  Wishbone featured a Jack Russell Terrier in the titular role, although there were actually five different dogs who portrayed Wishbone at various points, and his interactions with his family and friends.  Joe Talbot (Wishbone’s owner) and his two best friends Sam and David always got into some kind of crazy adventure that would parallel a major theme…