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Catherine Collier

Catherine Collier
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Catherine is a writer and editor living in Memphis, TN. After working for a state supreme court justice, she retired to write and work with her dogs, six papillons and a rescue. She has been a foster parent for abused children, using her love of dogs to teach them the benefits and responsibilities of loving something dependent on them.

True Confession: I Gave My Sister a Wolfdog Hybrid

Evidence indicates that the domestication of wolves began between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago. This was the beginning of the genetic split between wolves...

Op-Ed: Serendipity and Dogs

I’ve been thinking a lot about serendipity lately, which as you’ll understand in a moment if you don’t already, means that anything I learn...

8 Types of Dog Leashes and How to Choose the Right...

The girl held a wiggling, very young puppy as she stared at the display of different types of dog leashes. The clerk approached and...

Cons of Operant Conditioning: Is Your Dog a Gambling Addict?

In the 70s, there was a lot of unrest accompanied by paranoia over a theory of behavior surfacing in psychology. Never mind that the...

Interactive Puzzle Toys for Dogs as a Brain Exercise

Dogs need shelter and a comfortable, familiar place to sleep. They need good, nutritious dog food. They need human companionship. Dog also require a lot...

Op-Ed: Outnumbered and Probably Outsmarted

I am the manager of an eleven-mammal household: one very busy teenager, one old grouch, a cat that hides, seven papillons, and me. Actually,...

10 Totally Awesome Gifts for Dog Lovers

The perfect gift for a dog lover. Tall order, huh? I started by thinking about all the things I could use and would appreciate....

Dog Teeth Cleaning 101: Brushing Dogs’ Teeth

My vet cleaned my dogs’ teeth for free earlier this year. At almost $300 each, it was a very nice gift. Since I have...

Op-Ed: Canine Genetics – How to Make a Dog

Many years ago, I decided to breed a litter of cocker spaniels. I had a solid-black female with a good pedigree, and after some...

Is Peanut Butter Healthy for Dogs?

I’ve heard how crazy dogs are for peanut butter and decided to try it with my group. They’re generally not picky about what they...

The Healing Power of Dogs

We all know what service dogs can do and the immeasurable benefits they offer those of us dealing with physical and mental challenges. But...

Should You Breed Your Dog?

This is a big question, one that begs for disagreement among dog lovers. Should you breed your dog? Each side of the argument certainly has its...

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