Loose Leash Walking

Loose Leash Walking

Most dog trainers have a canine behavior that irks them more than others. Personally I don’t enjoy walking a dog who constantly pulls on his leash. I like a dog with polite leash manners, but I won’t resort to punishment-based tools like choke collars, prong collars, or shock collars to get this behavior.

How to Choose the Right Dog

A certified dog trainer offers advice for choosing your canine companion. Discover the ways the library can help you narrow your choice and live happily ever after with your new pup.

A Little Less Bottom End on the Guitar, Please

44 years ago today Woodstock happened. Officially billed as the Woodstock Music & Art Fair: An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music, this now historic cultural marker was captured in all its beauty and ugliness in Michael Wadleigh’s iconic documentary.  This film provides us with much of the iconic music and imagery of […]

The Rewards and Challenges of Special Needs Pets

We who love pets unconditionally can’t help but spend endless hours on Petfinder searching for that next dog or cat in need of rescue. We look at the pictures, read the stories, pay attention to who can’t be placed with other species, the same species, or children.  We email links to our friends, begging them […]

Have You Seen This Cat?

Crazy cat lady is a label many of us wear with pride. Gina Gershon, star of great cinematic fare like Bound and Showgirls is no exception. In The Search for Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind, Gershon engagingly and humorously recounts returning from the Cannes Film Festival to discover that her […]

The Pornographer’s Poem

The Pornographer’s Poem was a best-seller in Canada, but has garnered very little acclaim in the U.S. It is the coming-of-age story set in the 1970s. This isn’t a book about drugs, gangsters and commercial porn for the easily offended, but it’s not pornography either (not a poem either).

Sunset on the Strip an L.A. Music Primer

Sunset on the Strip: An L.A. Music Primer

During the 1970s the last thing I was interested in was the laid-back, singer-songwriter music coming out of L.A. – The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, etc. If it wasn’t sporting a leather jacket, a spiked haircut and an electric guitar, I wasn’t interested. However, as a librarian I have to be prepared […]