Monday, August 31, 2009

Nicholas Dodman & Rusty

Who is in the photo at right?

That is me, Nicholas Dodman. I am a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University near Boston, MA. To my left is Rusty, my 9-month-old neutered male mixed-breed rescue dog.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Photo op.

What's brewing?

Javana Kona blend Arabica coffee. Made in French piston coffee maker on the table in front of us.

Any goodies to go with the coffee?

No empty calories for me.

Any treat for Rusty on this occasion?

Not really - just praise, petting.

How did Rusty come to be united with you?

We rescued him from the Baypath Humane Society shelter in Hopkinton, MA.

How did Rusty get his name?

His color.

You are the author of a number respected books, including "If Only They Could Speak" which made the Wall Street Journal's list of the five best books about dogs. Does Rusty figure in these books?

No, I got him after my latest book, "The Well-Adjusted Dog."

What's an ordinary day like for Rusty?

Walk, breakfast, longer walk, hanging around, playing with toys, spending time with the family, walk, car ride, hanging out again, walk, dinner, walk, couch time, walk, sleeping in my daughter's room.

Who is your dog's best pet-pal?

The cat - but the cat does not always agree.

What's your dog's best quality?

He's a really a gentle soul.

What's Rusty's proudest moment so far?

He's proud of everything he does.

His most embarrassing?

Accident on floor (excited urination).

Nicholas Dodman's books include "The Dog Who Loved Too Much," "Dogs Behaving Badly," "If Only They Could Speak," and "The Well-Adjusted Dog."

Learn more about Nicholas Dodman at The Pet Docs website and at his Tufts faculty website.

--Marshal Zeringue