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In what felt like the blink of an eye, summer came and went. No more lazy morning stretches or mid-afternoon walks. Over are the nights of late-night barbecues at the beach and weeks of camping trips in the desert. My favorite college pals are heading back for the fall semester, and the littlest household members are getting their first taste of school. Don't get me wrong, I love fall. Leaf piles, nights by the fireplace: it's truly one of my favorite seasons. But the idea of going from constant companionship in the summer to spending hours away from my loved ones alone in the house depresses me. If you think your dog shares this same sad sentiment, don't worry, because they're not...

Father's Day may come once a year, but not a moment goes by when I don't reflect on how much I love my papa. Don't get me wrong; I am a mama's boy, but most of my pawesome genes come from my dad. My good looks, athletic skills, intelligence: all these winning traits came from Chopper Sr. See the Polaroid below? That's my dad and me right after he taught me how to build my own dog house. I always look forward to this special holiday because it gives me yet another reason to spend some quality time with him. Every year, my pals ask me what I plan on doing for Papa Chops. Naturally, I have the best ideas. This year, I've decided to share my plans for Father's Day. If you're still trying to...

My favorite time of year is almost here, guys. You know what that means. Humans aren't the only ones who need to worry about getting their beach bodies ready for the dog days of summer. After all, we're the ones who have to strut around the sand in our birthday suits. You know what they say: dog beach is always nude beach. Let's face it: we're all still burning off the pumpkin spiced treats from Thanksgiving. However, I will say I'm pretty confident about my canine composition. Every time you see me on the homepage, I know you probably sit and wonder, "How does he stay so fit?" Today's your lucky day, dogs. I'm sharing my five easy-to-follow tips for staying in shape in the summertime. 1....

Attention working ladies and gents: the next time you are about to leave your canine compadre at home to head into the office, DON'T. Not only are you doing your pooch a disservice, you're letting your coworkers down, too. They may not know it, but you are. And do you really want that on your conscience? Research has FINALLY come out supporting my theory (yes, I thought of this first) that dog officemates can reduce the stress and increase the overall well-being of the workplace. After all, there have been billions of studies proving we're good for your health and can help you live longer. It just makes sense, peeps. Imagine: You're sitting at your desk, racing to meet a deadline, but...

There were five seconds left the on the clock, and I was about to make the game-winning shot for North Carolina, when all of a sudden my dream was rudely halted by a text from Cairo (at 11 in the morning, mind you. Such an early bird, that cat.) It read: "Chops, did you see the list?" My paws began to sweat. My tail began to wag uncontrollably. I stirred out of my velour dog bed. The list! I'd heard word that our homies at PetMD were going to release a list of the smartest canine breeds and at last, the day had arrived. I clicked through it hastily. German Shepherd? Obvs. My buddy Hans is one of the brightest dudes I know (but boy, does he shed). Papillon? Meh. Agree to disagree. When I got...

Chopper's Dog House

Woof's up, Pawnation! You are all looking mighty fine today. Allow me to introduce myself: the name's Chopper, but you can call me Chop-Daddy, Chop-Z or Chop Suey -- whatever feels natural. I'm honored to be the resident canine in charge around here, but I know what you're thinking. I can see it in your face. "Is he qualified for the job?" (In case you were wondering, studies have proven that dogs can sense these sorts of things in humans.) Don't let my good looks fool you, I'm more than just a cute and furry face. Born and bred in sunny LA, I was thrown into showbiz early on and got used to being in the limelight. You may be familiar with my work as The Dog in a little move called "Pirates...