Dog books we’re reading


The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love by Melissa Fay Greene

A revolutionary service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life.


51-qEuTI-4L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself by Julie Barton

An honest and moving memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression, and how her dog saved her life.


51MXimNnMQL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life by Shannon Kopp

The inspiring story of one woman’s recovery from a debilitating eating disorder, and the shelter dogs who helped to save her.


Pet podcasts we recommend

The “Pet Dilemmas” episode of the popular New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars”

The “In Dog We Trust” episode of the hit “This American Life” podcast

For kids, the hilarious “This Podcast Has Fleas

Or explore more pet podcast recommendations here


Resources for disabled dogs

The Walkin’ Wheels modeled by Erin’s late dog Frankie, above, are sold new at, and are available used through


Pet-friendly getaways

Last summer, Erin and family visited the proudly pet-welcoming Fireside Motel in Yachts, Oregon.  Highly recommended!

WJZ, Baltimore’s CBS affiliate, recommends these pet-friendly getaways near Baltimore. Sister station FAN in DC suggests others close by.


Where to adopt in Baltimore

BARCS, the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc., is a great place to adopt a rescue dog or cat. BARCS takes in homeless and unwanted animals across the city, and works to find them new homes. They say their “mission is to provide sanctuary for all animals and to promote a more humane community.”

The Maryland SPCA, or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is another great place to adopt a pet – you can browse adoptable dogs and cats right on their website.  They describe their mission as “to improve the lives of pets and people in the community. There is never a time limit for how long an animal can remain in our care.”