Reading dogs 15: Puppies and adult dogs

Interacting politely with adult dogs is an important life skill for puppies. Young puppies get away with a lot when they’re still with their mother and siblings. They learn about moving their bodies, playing with other puppies, and the kinds of behaviours that may help them have good relationships … Read more

The poodle and the theremin


Alas, I must abandon my desire to become a theremin player. As Canadians know, Sean Michaels won the Giller prize last night for his novel, Us Conductors, about Léon Theremin and Clara Rockmore. This morning, the CBC is playing theremin music anytime the Giller or the novel is mentioned. Fine. … Read more

My dogs



My own dogs are brown standard poodles. Penny is five years old. Juno is Penny’s daughter, from her first litter, and is 19 months old.

Both of them are Paris Poodles. Penny is 20 inches high at the withers and weighs about 35 pounds. She’s now retired from breeding … Read more