Zanzi

Mourning Broccoli

Mourning Broccoli

In a moment of sheer genius or intuition. I plopped that huge broccoli stalk down in front of her. Assuming I'd pick it up, untouched, after my dinner.

She immediately started sniffing it. Then she started eating it. My dog LOVES broccoli. Raw broccoli. Preferably the stalks. She will get around to eating the florets, eventually. But she starts at the hard, dried out bottom of the stalk and works her way up. When she does get to the florets, it is a treat for me, because she starts shaking them apart like prey.

Puppy Pointers

Puppy Pointers

Remember that your puppy considers a wide range of items edible that you cannot imagine they would. You need to really sit on the floor and ask yourself what is small enough to be swallowed – those things must be conscientiously put on higher ground. Then find the things that are small enough to be chewed into pieces that could be swallowed. Or are handled a lot by you, especially when you might have been eating.

Do You Underestimate Your Dog?

Do You Underestimate Your Dog?

I have a lot to say about dogs. Which is highly curious since the reason I share my life with a dog is precisely because of the wordless communication that fills my introverted soul. I love Zanzi. So much so, I had to write a book about our rather tumultuous early relationship. As I wrote that book, I did a lot of reading. For a long time, these wonderful canine beings who shared our homes weren't career-making research subjects. But lately this has changed. One of my favorite books of all time was written by a neuroscientist who became the first to MRI his own dog, Callie, who he trained to be able to enjoy getting in the machine with treats: