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Who wrote this story about a marvellous Alsation dog?

If anyone recognises this story, please can you tell me the author? I think the story is about five years old. An ordinary man with low self-esteem is dumped by his beautiful intelligent accomplished girlfriend. She gives him a dog as a pity present, with a snide subtext that the dog is better than he is. Gradually through caring for the dog, a magnificent Alsation, and taking pride in it, the man recovers his self-esteem and becomes sought-after. It's a story that feels as if it has a lot of undercurrents and as if it's not as simple as it looks: in some way the dog stands in for the guy, or represents the guy or becomes a totem for him. Or something.
posted by glasseyes on Mar 3, 2013 - 3 answers

How to introduce our scaredy cat to our new apartment?

Should we bring our cat to our new and currently empty apartment while we paint and assemble furniture, to let her get used to it - even though we are not actually moving for another week. [more inside]
posted by rawrberry on Feb 15, 2013 - 17 answers

What to do about an unwanted critter living in our house?

About three years ago, my wife was visiting her mother when they discovered a cute puppy running around on the property. The mother took the puppy home and there was great rejoicing. Flash forward one year. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2013 - 45 answers

Mail order wedding?

Is adopting a dog sight-unseen foolish? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Jan 28, 2013 - 30 answers

Our roof is being redone tomorrow, worried about cats.

Our house still has its original roof from when it was built in the mid-1950s. It's finally getting replaced tomorrow -- after months of leaks in nearly every room -- but I'm worried about our two indoor cats dealing with it. I know the noise will terrify them and they will hide, but are there other things I should worry about? [more inside]
posted by perryfugue on Jan 15, 2013 - 18 answers

"Dogs' lives are too short... Their only fault, really."

I love my dog. Every once in a while, I feel utterly heartbroken that I will most likely outlive him. While it doesn't happen often and it's not overwhelming, and I realize that it is perfectly natural to be sad about something like that, can you give me advice about how to turn these thoughts into something positive? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jan 7, 2013 - 42 answers

Why no pets in the Canyonlands ?

Why aren't pets allowed in the Canyonlands and Moab areas ? [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt on Dec 20, 2012 - 11 answers

My dog is a socially awkward penguin. Where can we board her overnight in Seattle?

What are some good dog boarding/kennel services in Seattle (or, even better, on the Eastside) that will know how handle my sweet but incredibly nervous and poorly socialized dog? [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate on Dec 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Recommend some good books about dogs!

Recommend some good books about dogs! [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz on Dec 10, 2012 - 26 answers

Help Me Clone My Cat

I want to clone my cat. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Dec 2, 2012 - 20 answers

A Cat's the Only Cat Who Knows Where it's at

My cat was hit by a car and had to have high risk emergency surgery. Once he has fully recovered, I am debating whether or not to let him roam outside again. [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon on Nov 28, 2012 - 36 answers

Hey! Hey! Hey! It's 4 AM! Did you know you have to feed me in two hours?

Large, young, lovable cat won't leave us the hell alone when we're trying to sleep in the mornings. I feed him when I get up at 6am, so naturally he's bugging me by 5am, sometimes 4am. How do I get him to knock this off? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Nov 20, 2012 - 34 answers

My dog bowled over an elderly woman in a dog park. Am I liable for any injuries she may have?

Are my dog and I in trouble ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2012 - 18 answers

I want to train my pups without treating them. Let me tell you why.

Is there a way to train dogs using positive reinforcement but without treats? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Pill Pocket replacement.

We need an affordable and hypoallergenic Pill Pocket replacement for feeding pills to our dog. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 1, 2012 - 35 answers

Psychoanalyze my cat

Calling all amateur Jackson Galaxy-wannabes: why is my cat such a jerk toward guests, when he's a bundle of love the rest of the time? [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Cat Conflict Resolution 101

CatFilter: I know this question has been done to death but... three cats, one apartment, two microconflicts. What is to be done? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Oct 4, 2012 - 8 answers

How to train a dog to come, stay, and heel on command?

I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Why do we have cats AND Melmacians have cats?

In any of the Alf media (the live action sitcom, the cartoon, or any supplementary materials), is it ever explained how cats have come to be on both Melmac and Earth? Here, it says that it is unknown if Melmac cats and Earth cats are even the same species (presumably they coud be doing a kind of Allosaurus/T-Rex convergent-evolution thing), but perhaps someone out there with greater Alf knowledge can shed more light on this.
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Please save me from my slovenly ways! Hurt the cats though and I will return the favor.

I'm a slob. I need a cleaning service. I'm totally willing to pay for a cleaning service. But I can't get over the idea that I'll have to clean before they come (which seems very contradictory and silly) and most importantly, I can't figure out how to trust random people alone on my house with my pets. How do other people do this? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Sep 10, 2012 - 32 answers

It is especially bad at night when I am heading to the bathroom

I switched to a wheat-based litter and now it is tracking everywhere despite my best efforts. Any suggestions for combating this? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Sep 3, 2012 - 8 answers

the canine's incisor

I have an older dog whose front tooth is loose enough that I can wiggle it with my fingers. I'm taking him into the vet tomorrow, but before I do, I'm wondering: is it possible for the vet to remove a dog's tooth without putting him under anesthesia?
posted by roger ackroyd on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Games to play indoors with a Husky-cross puppy

I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too much from our work? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Aug 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Was it a bad idea to put Advantage II in the refrigerator?

What is the best place to store my pets' flea medication. I had it in the fridge for the last few weeks. Is it ruined? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Aug 19, 2012 - 3 answers

My apartment is not your toilet.

I'm out of ideas - help me convince my cat that the litterbox is a good place to be. Long explanation with as many details as I can think of inside. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Aug 1, 2012 - 32 answers

Passport, check... But where do I store my cats?

Any recommendations for pet boarding in Birmingham, UK? (Bonus: good vets.) [more inside]
posted by Because on Jul 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Can someone recommend a good boarding kennel in London?

Can someone recommend a good boarding kennel in London? We will be leaving the country for about two weeks for a visit home, and need to find a place for the pets while we're away. [more inside]
posted by jonobarel on Jul 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Chihuahua Puppy Guides?

In the wake of a recent hoarding incident in Pennsylvania a local shelter has a large number of chihuahuas who will soon be needing permanent homes. I have previous experience dogsitting a family member's chihuahua for long periods of time so I know how to take care of adults, but some puppies are also available for adoption and I think that might be a rewarding experience. Everyone in the household has experience with dogs, but we have not raised a puppy. I was wondering if you could link me to the best guides for what to expect and how to raise a puppy, and specifically for the unique challenges of a chihuahua puppy. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Jul 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Just please not Avon Barksdale.

NameMyDogForTheMillionthTimeFilter: On Saturday I'll be bringing this guy home from the shelter. He's incredibly shy and distrusting of humans. What shall I call him? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Jul 16, 2012 - 81 answers

Leaving a pet in the house on vacation. Windows open or closed?

Leaving a pet in the house on vacation. Windows open or closed? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on Jul 12, 2012 - 16 answers

How to move to Boston

Please tell me everything I need to know about the logistics of finding an apartment and moving to Boston on a month's notice. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jul 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Is it true that flea collars are toxic?

How do flea collars work? Are they helpful or harmful? Our cat never had fleas, but we put a flea collar on him preventively because he's an outside cat. Now it looks like he's scratching himself really often, which we have never seen him do before. Should we take the collar off? How do flea collars work anyway? [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Jul 10, 2012 - 15 answers

I'm so tired of being itchy...

Bedbug treatment and cats - Should I board the cat after treatment of my apartment, and for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Ew.

I'm beginning to think that owning pets isn't right for me. But I'm an animal lover, I grew up with pets and the thought of giving my own away breaks my heart. What should I do about this? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Jul 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Permethrin on clothes: safe for cats?

If I treat clothes with Permethrin, let them completely dry outside (for three days), will they then be safe for cats to be around?
posted by Marered on Jul 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Should I get two cats?

I want to get two cats (or kittens). I have two small boys. Should I or not? [more inside]
posted by alshain on Jun 25, 2012 - 30 answers

veterinary thank you gifts

Gift ideas for veterinary co-workers that have recently helped me with my cats? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me get through a flea bombing

Help me prep for setting off flea bombs. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Mr. Vanity Klaw

Is it legal to own this guy in California? And how the heck can I find one? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Nice to pee you again!!

How do I get my puppy to stop peeing in excitement whenever she sees me upon my return? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Jun 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Ideas for nomads in NYC?

Homeless in NYC for two - three weeks with two cats. Any ideas about where to live? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on Jun 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Houston cat adoption filter: Can you help us find a home for Joe?

How can we find a good home in Houston for an adult cat who needs to be an "only" cat? [more inside]
posted by timeo danaos on May 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Insect repellents for dogs?

Help me keep the bugs off of my dog when camping! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on May 30, 2012 - 16 answers

My dogs aren't catching on to pottytraining.

What am I doing wrong in potty training my three dogs? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on May 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Love our kitties, need a vet

Park Rose area of Portland. 2 cats, we are new to the city need a vet we can trust and who likes kitties, any success stories?
posted by Freedomboy on May 21, 2012 - 6 answers

I need to protect my new carpet!

I'm moving into a new apartment in less than a week. I have three dogs that are not fully potty trained. Please recommend products I can spray around the place to discourage accidents on the carpet, furniture and floor. Please also recommend which products I need to make sure accidents don't result in a permanent stain and/or smell. Thank you !
posted by Autumn on May 16, 2012 - 7 answers

When is it appropriate to call the spcaLA

At what point is it reasonable to get involved and call spcaLA, especially if the information is secondhand? All the troubling details inside. [more inside]
posted by katemcd on May 13, 2012 - 18 answers

What pets don't hate being pets?

What pets don't hate being pets? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on May 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Any tips to make a whiny cat less whiny?

How can I teach a cat the virtue of patience? [more inside]
posted by morninj on May 13, 2012 - 21 answers

My pet died. I think his death was preventable. Help me cope.

My pet died. I think his death was preventable. Help me cope. [more inside]
posted by prior on May 10, 2012 - 22 answers

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