My new friend, Yuki the Giant

Dear Friends,

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

I just about had a fit in Dog Park the other day. I was walking along minding my own business, keeping one eye on my humans and the other on various dogs scampering about when out of the blue this giant Doberman Pinscher came galloping over.

Naturally, I told him off in no uncertain terms but he didn’t seem to care or even notice. He just grinned and leaned down, way down, thinking, I imagine, that we’d touch noses and say hello. Fat chance. I backed up between my male human’s legs and this dog whom I didn’t even know just stuck his nose down some more. Well!

I gave in. He seemed very nice after all. For one thing he didn’t growl, hadn’t bitten anyone, especially me, and did I mention that he’s very tall and handsome?

His name is Yuki and it turns out he’s not a Doberman Pinscher at all. He’s a Beauceron (Bo-sir-ohn), from France of all places. Beaucerons are a really old breed over there. They’re sheep dogs, guard dogs and very, very pleasant – nowhere near as crazy as, say, Border Collies which are also very pleasant but never seem to stay in one place long enough for a sniff.

I’ll let you know how this new relationship works out.


Daisy Mae

Welcome To Dear Daisy Mae


I Can See Clearly Now

Dear Daisy Mae,
I’m a poodle-bichon mix. As you noted on Twitter, I can’t actually see my
eyes. Grooming-wise, should I ask my human for shorter bangs? I just
didn’t want to be mistaken for Pink’s mohawk. Thanks,

Dear Dolce,
Thanks for writing.

The real answer to your question is that your Mom should ask the groomer about your bangs. I think it’s a no-brainer, though. I mean, have you ever seen an Old English sheepdog? How come they’re not bumping into things all the time? And I bet their sheep are always sneaking off.

The fun answer is that you can test clipping your bangs; try it on one eye first and see which way works better for you. (I’ll be amazed if my Mom doesn’t delete that last sentence.)

Let me know what happens. All the best,

Daisy Mae

P.S. You might look great in a Mohawk. I know I would but my Mom and Dad are sooooo uncool.


Frida the Skye

Dear Daisy Mae,

Other than your own breed, whatever that is, what’s your favorite kind of dog?

Aloysius, the Dachshund
Peoria, Illinois

Dear Al,

Thanks for writing. I’m half Maltese Terrier, half Poodle, so I’m a mutt, I guess. I like all other kinds of dogs but some breeds fascinate me, like Frida the Skye Terrier. I’d love to meet her someday.
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This is my new best friend at Dog Park.

If her name isn’t Whitey, it should be. I think she’s part Labrador or Golden Retriever, two breeds that are more or less the same to me. We got along great despite the fact that she’s three times my size, not as big as my Newfoundland friends but plenty big enough. Anyway, what other breed do you think she might be? And who’s prettier, Whitey or me?

Dog Sees Dad!

Welcome Home!


Daisy Mae’s good friend @SillyFrogger lives in Pennsylvania and he’s been trying to think of a good question to ask here.


Puzzling Critter

Dear Daisy Mae,

When my Mom brought this creature home, I let out a yelp. What is it, a giant bug?

Sven, the Swedish Lapphund

Dear Sven,

You’re close. It’s a bug-eyed kitten and there’s nothing crazier on planet Earth. Your life will never be the same. It will grow into a cat. We have one in our house and, while I like her a lot (she purrs when I lie down beside her), she is, oh, disconcerting – to say the least. There is no point resisting. By the way, the ears aren’t always down flat. They get like that only when they’re about to do something really nuts.

Daisy Mae


This is Ozzie.

This is Ozzie, my friend from Dog Park. He’s a tall, handsome Labradoodle (half Labrador Retriever and half French Poodle). Sometimes he looks like Bert Lahr (the lion in Wizard of Oz – maybe that’s where his name came from.) He’s quiet and intense, rarely barking but often charging around the park on a serious mission such as chasing a tennis ball. I know he’s always glad to see me because he immediately ignores me, and I ignore him, as we work our way casually around the usual pack of small dogs until we can sniff each other’s you-know-whats. His is a lot higher up than mine.

Hector’s Lament

Dear Daisy Mae,

I am an 8 month old Siamese cat who is rather finicky – which means I like things a certain way, my way. Both of my Pops think I’m complaining when I’m trying to tell them how to put out my food, serve treats, handle the litter box and select toys. I’m sending you a video in the hope that someone can translate my meows for my Pops. Thanks in advance.

Hector, the Siamese cat
Hollywood, FL

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Gimme A Little Kiss, Will Ya, huh?

Dear Daisy Mae,
I know that you almost never run letters from humans, but I thought I’d give it a try. You know my Cocker Spaniel, Brodie? He’s very friendly and loving but he never kisses (licks) anyone, including me. The best I can hope for is a wet nose. What can I do? Anything?

Audrey F
Brodie’s Mom

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Chinese Sunburn

Dear Daisy Mae,

I’m a Chinese Crested dog, cute as a button but with only a few wispy strands of hair that look like a bald guy’s comb over. Here’s my problem, I live In Florida, like you, where it is very sunny. Since nearly all my skin is exposed nearly all the time, I worry about getting sunburns. Anything I can do?

Tattoo, the Chinese Crested
South Florida
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Who Am I?

Dear Daisy Mae,

I’m a small white puppy and I’m told that I’m a “Coton de Tuléar” and I don’t even know what that means. Help.


Dear Harley,

Well, it means you’re a very special dog, indeed. Coton de Tuléar is French for Cotton of Toliara, a town on the southwest coast of Madagascar. That’s your breed, “Coton”, although to me you look like a Bichon, Bolognese or even a Havanese, all of which we have in our dog park. Maybe you’ll become more distinctive looking when you grow up. In the meantime, you are a very cute little critter.

All the best,
Daisy Mae


Calming An Anxious Puppy

Last week in Dog Park, we met Helena, her husband, and Lola, their year-old dachshund mix. They were all charming, especially Lola who’s sweet, friendly, obedient, and much taller than her dachshund parent.

But she has a problem: Separation Anxiety!

When Lola’s parents leave her at home, she howls and barks nonstop. They heard it when they came home, of course, but they thought Lola was just happy they were back.
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Cold Feet?

Dear Daisy Mae,

My mom is a sweetheart but she can drive me bonkers sometimes. Every year at this time it starts to get cold out and sooner or later snow falls and there’s ice and such. And she brings home a new set of booties that are theoretically for dogs. Maybe they are but they’re not for this dog. First of all, I’m a bulldog and I don’t prance about like poodles do. I shuffle, sort of, although I can run like the wind when I have to. Second they look goofy. Third, I hate them. Fourth, I’d be perfectly happy to walk through an entire winter in my bare feet. Please note, that I don’t mind wearing a dog sweater of which Mom knits a plentiful supply. Any ideas?

Martin van Buren, the English Bulldog
St Albans, Vermont

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Halters Tops

Dear Daisy Mae,

I’m afraid I’m going to choke to death one day. My leash is attached to my collar and when we go for a walk, you-know-who tugs gently on it while I’m trying to see the sights or sniff something interesting or just trying to move faster than a senile snail – especially when a squirrel crosses our path. When this happens, she tugs and the collar seems to clutch my throat and I gag, ghack, cough and wheeze. Help!

Snafu, the Parson Russell Terrier
Boise, Idaho
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Daisy Mae Wants To Know

Do you think the dog park is good for dogs? My veterinarian does not like them. Your opinion?


Miami Chill

Hi again Daisy Mae,
So it’s starting to get chilly up here in Pennsylvania. In Florida, does it get cold enough that cats & dogs grow a winter coat, or built-in heavy socks? Just wondering!
Frogger the Cat

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