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January 4, 2013

How could I not recognize my own dog?

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You’re right to be shaken and chastened. But learn a sublime life lesson. You must certainly see Max with new eyes. You will never lose him again. And he will never lose you. Your dog was living large at Eddie’s house, and you believe he didn’t miss you. Yet, he showered you with kisses. He’d know your scent anywhere. A dog’s unconditionally loving instinct would compel him to pick you out of a crowd of groomed humans. Your dog would never misplace you.

Q: After reading your comments about un-neutered dogs, I can’t help but ask why any dog’s business is your business or my business?

A: A dog’s business is everybody’s business because of pet overpopulation. There are too many unwanted dogs out there. The fortunate ones end up in shelters where they sit in cold cages, barking their hearts out until they are either put out of their misery or taken in by people who can give them a new beginning.

Spaying or neutering your dog is responsible. When you do this, you earn your canine cred because it’s humane and a wise course of action — not only for your dog but for all dogs and people. Badger Dog Lady all you want, but she will never change her mind about this.

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Monica Collins offers advice on dogs, life and love. Follow the “Ask Dog Lady” fan page on Facebook. Write your questions or send to askdoglady@gmail.com.

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