Author Archives: Jackie Hirtz

A Most Amazing Dog Tale of True Love

“It was immediately apparent that Jeffrey was leaning on Jermaine and that Jermaine was making every effort to stay with his brother.” According to Little, the two brothers are inseparable. “They’re always pretty much touching each other,” Little said…

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Poet Mary Oliver Publishes ‘Dog Songs’

““Dog Songs,” out from Penguin Press on Tuesday, is a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader, with 35 poems and one essay about the dogs who have shared Ms. Oliver’s days.” ~ by Dana … Continue reading

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Wow! LAX Has Therapy Dogs Now

Rescue dogs come to the rescue in LAX’s PUP therapy program “Someone was there for them when they needed help, and now these rescue dogs walking through the terminals at LAX — offering a few minutes of stress relief to … Continue reading

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No Kill Animal Shelters, Impossible! Think Again!

Nathan J. Winograd is my hero. He has proven that No Kill Animal Shelters are possible in every city. Take a look at his keynote speech at the No Kill Conference 2013 at the George Washington School of Law in … Continue reading

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130 Dogs Need Rescuing Again in California Right Now!

Some people have no conscience when it comes to “saving” dogs. In this case it seems like the “saving” was saving as in hoarding. A pseudo-dog rescue organization was run by hoarders for years. The dogs were neglected in many … Continue reading

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Being dog obsessed is…

…a good thing! Take it from Dean Koontz who writes so beautifully about his dog Trixie and other dogs. Brilliant writers are usually avid readers. Here are five dog books that Dean Koontz recommends. (Of course I recommend Mr. Koontz’s … Continue reading

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A Great Dog is a Gift

“We got another dog right away. That wasn’t the plan. But back in March…” — Meghan Daum, The Los Angeles Times.  A must read for dog lovers and others.

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Poet Memory — William Stafford

Well, this post is not about dogs (or is it?). It’s about the influence poet William Stafford had on me years ago when he visited my American Literature class at the University of Colorado. Mr. Stafford was a gentle soul … Continue reading

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Co-Raising a Future Service Puppy! Great idea!

  Photo Credit: ©Canine Companions for Independence® Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) counts on a community of dedicated volunteers to raise CCI puppies and help prepare them to become service dogs. “C0-raising a puppy is a great way to volunteer … Continue reading

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Remembering Lily the Therapy Dog

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