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Dear Readers: “Stay,” published by Scholastic press, is a true story written by Michaela Muntean, is a charming book about a man who finds a way to adopt, love and raise 10 shelter dogs. Sometimes a dog shows up when a person needs one most and sometimes a person will show up when a dog needs one most. What shelters hope for is the magic moment when a dog and a person find each other at a moment when they need each other more than either could ever imagine. This magic is what happened for circus performer Luciano Anastasini. Anatasini … ]]> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:40:34 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/20156458-452/be-kind-consistent-when-teaching-your-dog.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/20156458-452/be-kind-consistent-when-teaching-your-dog.html <![CDATA[ Choosing a female or male dog ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie: Thank you for answering my question last week on how to make the right decision for acquiring a pet. I am contacting local shelters right now and looking for the dog that will exercise with me. Now, I need to know which is better, a male or female? Apparently, from my wife’s point of view, there are great differences between male and female humans. She and I have had discussion after discussion (she says) or argument after argument (I say) on the differences between human females and males. She went to a seminar at work and learned that … ]]> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 06:24:02 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/18537986-452/choosing-a-female-or-male-dog.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/18537986-452/choosing-a-female-or-male-dog.html <![CDATA[ Choosing the pet that’s right for you ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie: I have read that whether finned, feathered or furry, pets are good for people’s health. They can lower blood pressure during times of stress and pet owners are more physically fit and tend to be less lonely or fearful than those without pets. So, we are thinking about adopting a pet from one of our local shelters or buying one from a pet store. Actually, a dog would be nice because our family enjoys exercise. Can you tell me how to make the right decision about acquiring a pet? Ken, San Pierre Dear Ken: I don’t care if … ]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:11:23 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/18331226-452/choosing-the-pet-thats-right-for-you.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/18331226-452/choosing-the-pet-thats-right-for-you.html <![CDATA[ Breeders, shelters best for pet purchase  ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie: Where do pet stores get their puppies? Sandy, Whiting Dear Sandy: Virtually all of the puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. Last week I wrote that Los Angeles, Calif., passed an ordinance banning the retail sale of puppies. Los Angeles is encouraging people to purchase puppies from reputable breeders or from shelters. They envision pet stores selling rescue dogs, cats and rabbits, thereby reducing the demand for puppies that are mass produced in crude, outdoor breeding farms. Because the animals are a means of income, expenses are kept down by the “puppy millers” and little … ]]> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:19:08 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/18052142-452/breeders-shelters-best-for-pet-purchase.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/18052142-452/breeders-shelters-best-for-pet-purchase.html <![CDATA[ Dog’s place in bed a tough rule to follow ]]> Lead story image

D ear Ollie: I heard about your advice column from my human grandmother who resides in Ogden Dunes. She calls me her grand-dog. I’m a state of Virginia boy and hope you can help me as I have an unusual problem with my human parents. They get angry at me for what I do when I crawl into their bed at night. You see, I’m just a 2-month-old French bulldog puppy so I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong. I love to sleep between them because it’s so warm and “comfy” there. I’m quite small and I don’t take up … ]]> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:36:08 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17774902-452/dogs-place-in-bed-a-tough-rule-to-follow.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17774902-452/dogs-place-in-bed-a-tough-rule-to-follow.html <![CDATA[ This column is just for you, cats ]]> Lead story image

Dear readers: I rarely write about cats because, quite frankly, I don’t like them. Alas, we live in an age of cats so I’m dedicating this column to them. Hopefully they can read. Hey Ollie: Please remind your readers to stop feeding the feral cats. Before I started trapping them last month, I counted at least 10 roaming in my back yard. I’ve trapped five in less than six weeks. They carry and spread disease, have shorter life spans and can rarely be domesticated. They don’t control the rodent population either as some think ... because of people feeding them. … ]]> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:27:55 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17617283-452/this-column-is-just-for-you-cats.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17617283-452/this-column-is-just-for-you-cats.html <![CDATA[ Even pets can have New Year’s resolutions ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie: It’s that time of year again when I break most of my New Year’s resolutions. I think about them all through Christmas and listen to humans talk about adopting new behaviors in 2013. It’s all about being a better dog companion and sending good karma and happy vibes into our universe. But I stink at keeping them. For your information, here’s my top 10 list for 2013. I resolved to: 1. Stop eating everything that falls to the floor. 2. Eat better books. 3. Run after a stick only after it leaves someone’s hand. 4. Stop barking from … ]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:29:20 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17497006-452/even-pets-can-have-new-years-resolutions.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17497006-452/even-pets-can-have-new-years-resolutions.html <![CDATA[ Research pet groups before donating ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie: On the last day of 2011, my pet family made the traditional year end donations to about three of their favorite animal welfare charities. These charities received our money and sent back a letter of appreciation to my pet parents. All went well and everyone had the warm feeling that only charitable giving can provide. Well, by March 2012, my pet family began receiving an abundance of letters from various animal welfare organizations asking for donations. My pet parents (dog and cat people) saved every request and deposited them in a black bag to review at the end … ]]> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 06:38:50 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17263548-452/research-pet-groups-before-donating.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17263548-452/research-pet-groups-before-donating.html <![CDATA[ Dogs find way into Nativity scene ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie: It’s the Christmas season and my family and I went to see a lighted Nativity scene staged by one of our local churches. I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the festivities because I couldn’t sniff the sweet smell of food anywhere. However, when I heard some spitting noises and a distinct baying, I peered out the car’s rear window and saw two real critters — a camel and a dairy cow. Really, what are they doing at a Nativity re-enactment? Then, a lone chicken wandered onto the grounds. I was shocked at that sight — … ]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:29:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17153289-452/dogs-find-way-into-nativity-scene.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/17153289-452/dogs-find-way-into-nativity-scene.html <![CDATA[ Keep your pets safe this holiday season ]]> Lead story image

Dear Readers: It’s Christmas-strutting time for “snarky” black and white shih tzus that have not been very good this year. Wait, that’s me. Oh my, I just love this jolly holiday season but, according to my human family, for all the wrong reasons. People leave doors open, I can chew the grandchildren’s toys and post myself in the kitchen to catch whatever Christmas treat drops to the floor. My woman human reads all the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stuff about keeping my eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. She … ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:23:20 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16992988-452/keep-your-pets-safe-this-holiday-season.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16992988-452/keep-your-pets-safe-this-holiday-season.html <![CDATA[ Dog was protecting his bone with bite ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie: The other day, my small dog was happily chewing on a bone. When I tried to take it, he growled and then when I finally did take it from him, he snapped and a small bite that drew blood landed on my hand. Do I have to put my dog down for what he did? Sally, a Wanatah Dog Lover Dear Sally: Grrr … put the dog down … absolutely not. What you really have here is a training issue. You should know better. At their core, dogs are predators and pack animals. Experts say canines’ powerful instinctive … ]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:12:43 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16806997-452/dog-was-protecting-his-bone-with-bite.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16806997-452/dog-was-protecting-his-bone-with-bite.html <![CDATA[ Personality of dogs as complex as humans ]]> Lead story image

Dear Readers: “People behave the way they do for a reason.” Hmmm. Any human attending a life-skills training class will have their eyes opened and ears bent back by an enthusiastic trainer making that point again and again and again. Well, my woman-human and I met Lisa Bataska, a dog trainer, while attending her recent class on recognizing a dog’s body language, at the Canine Country Club in Valparaiso. Bataska believes in relationship-centered training and that “dogs behave the way they do for a reason.” Bow wow. She maintains that each dog’s personality and temperament is different and certain breeds … ]]> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 06:20:25 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16699393-452/personality-of-dogs-as-complex-as-humans.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16699393-452/personality-of-dogs-as-complex-as-humans.html <![CDATA[ What’s behind a name? ]]> Lead story image

Hi Ollie: Is your real name Oliver? Were you named after Oliver Norvelle Hardy? The reason I am asking is because you show a good sense of humor and a quick wit in writing your column. I thought you may have gotten your comedic talent from watching the late great comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. Ollie and Stanley sure made people laugh. I am sure you know laughter is music to the soul. A Faithful Reader Dear Faithful Reader: There is nothing I like better than answering a fan letter that gives me the opportunity to talk about myself. … ]]> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 06:16:10 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16515567-452/whats-behind-a-name.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16515567-452/whats-behind-a-name.html <![CDATA[ Best seat at Thanksgiving is under the table ]]> Lead story image

D ear Ollie: Is it OK if I brag just a little? I’ve been doing quite a lot of wishing this past week. And, like a canine miracle, my wish was granted. Little “Sticky Fingers” is coming to my home for Thanksgiving dinner. “Sticky Fingers” is a tiny girl child human, 3-year-old granddaughter. When she was 2 she dropped all her food on the floor. Oh boy, I hope she still does so that I know just where to sit on Thanksgiving Day — that would be directly under her seat. This year she will be sitting with the adults … ]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:00:53 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16413625-452/best-seat-at-thanksgiving-is-under-the-table.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16413625-452/best-seat-at-thanksgiving-is-under-the-table.html <![CDATA[ Event helps break pit bull’s bad rap ]]> Lead story image

D ear Ollie, Last Sunday, I was a four-legged walker at the Coast-to-Coast Bully Walk at Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve in Chesterton. You probably know this was part of a national program to promote a positive image of pit bulls. I am a small guy and those pit bulls look very big to me. Kate Vanderlin, Porter County Animal Shelter’s community outreach coordinator, is a believer in the pit bulls breed and brought her pit bull Skya to the walk. Veterinarian Brooke McAfee set the day’s tone by welcoming the participants with encouraging words about breed awareness and owner … ]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 06:23:26 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16087134-452/event-helps-break-pit-bulls-bad-rap.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/16087134-452/event-helps-break-pit-bulls-bad-rap.html <![CDATA[ Pet abandonment a significant issue ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie, I have always wondered what really happens to dogs that are not adopted from shelters and cute puppies that never get sold in pet stores. Do you know? Tango, a mixed breed dog adopted from the Hobart Humane Society Dear Tango, Well, I don’t want to know. And I believe that deep down in most peoples’ hearts, they do know. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has stated that some dogs are sold to dog fighters as bait, sold at discounts or euthanized. Dogs that are abandoned in even the best shelters are confined … ]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:23:27 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/15957475-452/pet-abandonment-a-significant-issue.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/15957475-452/pet-abandonment-a-significant-issue.html <![CDATA[ Laddie finds a new, happier home ]]> Lead story image

Dear Ollie: My name is Laddie and you wrote about me last week. You were looking for my owner, right? Well, I find myself in a great place right now. Two ladies adopted me from the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana. I am the only dog and will be the center of attention. However, before I joined my new family, the shelter had me groomed and neutered. I prefer the grooming. And some good citizen paid for it. You were right. My original owner gave me to someone else, so for a year I was living with a construction dude … ]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:42:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/15558906-452/laddie-finds-a-new-happier-home.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/15558906-452/laddie-finds-a-new-happier-home.html <![CDATA[ Looking for Laddie’s owner ]]> Lead story image

Where are you, Dorothy Williams? Laddie, your little black and white pomeranian dog, would like to know. This poor baby was found by two men Thursday and brought to Lucky Stop, a convenience store on County Road 500W and U.S. 30 in Valparaiso. He was found with his fur matted with the accrued dirt and grime of a troubled past and he is very frightened. But, thanks to you, there was a 2011 rabies tag on his collar. We called the local veterinarian’s phone on the registration tag and learned of your address somewhere off U.S. 6 in Valparaiso and … ]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 06:34:20 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/15432649-452/looking-for-laddies-owner.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/askollie/15432649-452/looking-for-laddies-owner.html