Abbie-First Days

A source for dog-related, dog-loving, and just plain cool dog stuff.

Planet Blue Dog – Planet Blue Dog was inspired by our love of animals and the environment. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality, planet-friendly products for your pets.

SitStay.Com – We are family owned and operated and have been offering quality dog supplies on the Internet since 1996. We are dedicated to providing quality products and fun information.

Dogs are telling us how we make them feel all the time. If we are serious about helping them become less sensitive, we have to acknowledge their perspective; their feelings; and stop putting the blame of misunderstanding on them; expecting to find an answer to changing their behavior that doesn’t include a major overhaul of our own.
– Debbie Jacobs,

Gabby the Dock Dog

Stephen Huneck Gallery at Dog Mountain– “The work of Stephen Huneck is like laughter; enriching to life and uplifting to the soul.” Boston Magazine

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem. – A.A. Milne

Useful Links

Dog Star Daily– A free website for dog lovers – a daily magazine with news, blogs and articles about dog behavior.

The Other End of the Leash – An ongoing inquiry about the behavior of people and dogs. A forum by Dr. Patricia McConnell for people who are both intellectually and emotionally fascinated by the behavior of the animals at both ends of the leash.

Dr. Sophia Yin – Dr. Sophia Yin knew what it was like to have a problem pet and nowhere to turn for professional help. And she witnessed countless fractured relationships between misunderstood pets and their frustrated human companions.

Dash in tunnel

The Merck Veterinary Manual – The single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information. It is brought to you as a service of Merck & Co., Inc., providing quality medical information on a not-for-profit basis for more than 100 years.

Whole Dog Journal – Provides dog owners with well-researched, in-depth articles about all aspects of natural dog care and training.

Karen Pryor Clicker Training – KPCT is a leader in the field of animal training and a recognized world leader in the science and application of marker-based positive reinforcement, or what is often call “clicker training.” The company believes passionately in the power of the clicker training approach to enrich the lives of pet owners, animal professionals, and the animals they live with, work with, or study.

Excuses give you a reason to be mediocre, while challenges give you a reason to find a solution. – Susan Garrett, Say Yes! Dog Training

Dog Bite Law – A non-commercial web site, updated daily by the USA’s leading legal expert in dog bite law.

Goldie in Snow

The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project – Through education of child, parent, dog owner and the public in general, dog-related accidents can be lessened greatly.

How to Love Your Dog – A kid’s guide to dog care, celebrating more than 13 years on the web!

Association of Professional Dog Trainers – Building better trainers through education.

Animal Behavior College – Where dog lovers become dog trainers.

The BARk Magazine – Enjoyed by over 250,000 readers, The BARk is a bi-monthly magazine about life with dogs; paying homage to the age-old relationship between our two species. Each issue seeks to bring readers a literate and entertaining spectrum of dog-centric articles and stories.

There is no such thing as bad weather; just the wrong clothes. There is no such thing as a bad dog; just the wrong environment. – Kay Laurence,

Visit Your Local Merchants!

Eldorado Country Pet– Located at 7 Avenida Vista Grande, in The Agora Shopping Center, 505-466-1270

Marty’s Meals – Located at 1107 Penn Road, 505-670-3754

The Critters and Me™ Natural Pet Foods and Supplies – Located at 1403 Agua Fria, 505-982-5040

Teca Tu™ A Pawsworthy Emporium & Deli – Now located at DeVargas Center, 564 N. Guadalupe St., 505-982-9374

Tulliver’s Pet Food Emporium – Located at 827 Cerrillos Road, 505-992-3388

To err is human. To forgive is canine. – Unknown

Local Non-Profit Organizations That Could Use Your Support…

Assistance Dogs of the West – located above FedX Office on St. Michael’s Drive; 505-986-9748

WHAT toilet paper?!

Bridging the Worlds Animal Sanctuary – located down a long dirt road in Santa Fe; call 505-501-1887 for directions

Espanola Valley Humane Society – 108 Hamm Parkway, Espanola; 505-753-8662

Friends of the Shelter Los Alamos – 162 Chamisa Street, Los Alamos; 505-662-3252

Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary – located in Glorieta; to visit the sanctuary, call 505-757-6817 for an appointment

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary – 3749-A State Road 14, Santa Fe; call 505-471-5336 for directions

Rancho de Chihuahua Rescue – located north of Santa Fe; call 505-351-1676 for directions

Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society – 100 Caja Del Rio Road, Santa Fe; 505-983-4309

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter – 1200 Saint Francis Lane, Taos 575-758-2981


“Dog handler” is just a title. To the dog, everyone is a trainer. ~Steve White