DEAR DIDI: I have an eight-month old black lab. She has so much energy. We read your column faithfully and value your opinion. My son likes to play laser light with Sassy and she is nuts for the game. Our vet mentioned that laser light play isn't good for her eyes. What do you think? – Lathrop Dog Mommy
DEAR DIDI: My dog gets annual checkups and is in good health. Recently my new trainer said my dog is overweight and outlined a diet and exercise program I should follow. I love my dog to death and don't know who to believe. My poor baby is always hungry.
DEAR DIDI: My pug, Daisy, is seven months old. She is potty trained, listens most of the time, and I absolutely adore her. She has one big problem that could end up causing me to find a new home for her. I work nights and leave the apartment at 10 o'clock at night. This is when most of my neighbors are going to sleep. Daisy immediately goes into a screeching bark as soon as the front door closes. My neighbors are complaining and I don't know what to do. Does she need a friend? ‑ Pug Lover in Modesto
DEAR DIDI: My 55-pound Boxer won't stop jumping on people. She is just so enthusiastic when we have guests that she can't help herself. I am worried that she will hurt someone someday. What can I do to help the situation? - Boxer Lover in Lathrop
DEAR DIDI: I noticed when I was walking my English Bulldog the other day he refused to stay on the sidewalk. Can you tell me about temperatures for walks and what I should watch for when I take her in the car? - Worried Mommy in Manteca
This is a new column, which will run periodically, focusing on pets and their problems. It is a question and answer format, covering a wide variety of topics.
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DEAR DIDI: Our blue nosed Pit Bull, Bruno, is the love of our life but we have one issue that just drives us crazy. We both work all day. We want Bruno to be able to enjoy our very large landscaped back yard during the day while we are at work. Instead, Bruno digs holes everywhere, which is costing us lots of money and time to fix. He digs up bushes, holes in the lawn, and has even dug up our sprinkler system at times! He has had excellent training courses, listens to commands beautifully and even won a blue ...
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