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Pups not meant for purses

Updated: May 5, 2012 8:04AM

Q. Are there certain breeds of small dogs that like to be carried, in totes or arms, more than others? Or is it a bad idea to carry dogs around?

A. There are rules governing the dog universe according to “Ask Dog Lady”: Don’t dress your dog in clothes just for fun, and don’t carry your dog if the beast can walk. And these are just two. Sure, there are fancy doggy tote bags and lots of Hollywood types carrying purse puppies on the red carpet, but, truly, even the tiniest dogs are miserable being carried around.

Dogs are living, breathing creatures whose needs must be treated with respect. They need to walk, drink, eat and eliminate to live. Responsible dog owners accord them these privileges and don’t stuff them into pockets or pocketbooks.

Q. We adopted a wonderfully frisky and quirky cairn terrier, Charlie Boy, from a no-kill shelter . He displays behaviors that we cannot seem to understand or break. He sits on the chaise lounge in our yard and stares into the neighbor’s kitchen window. When the neighbor lets her dog, a golden retriever, out into her yard, Charlie Boy runs frantically back and forth along our fence.

Charlie Boy becomes a whirling dervish, although he and the retriever get along nicely. We have him on homeopathic flower remedies that have helped a bit, but this seems to be some weird compulsion.

A. Weird? Not for a dog. Compulsive? Yes. But distraction is the mother of reinvention. Instead of allowing Charlie to sit on the chaise staring into the neighbor’s kitchen, you should divert him with another activity. Take him away from galloping around the fence for a gambol at the park. Or bring him into your house so everybody gets a break. Keep up with the homeopathic remedy since it seems to be diffusing his obsessions. Charlie sounds adorably terrier — manic for no good reason.

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