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Ginger is our advice columnist at Small-Poodle-At-Large. Need advice? Give her a bark! Photo by Naomi Torres
Ginger is our advice columnist at Small-Poodle-At-Large. Need advice? Give her a bark!
Photo by Naomi Torres

Dear Ginger:  I have a mini-Australian Shepherd / Poodle mix friend who is great to romp around with. She runs fast, has awesome evasive maneuvers, and looks good doin’ it, too! The only problem is she steals my bone when she visits the house. Even when I’m paying attention, she always manages to sneak one out. It’s scary how good she is at thieving. What should I do?          ~ Friend of a Klepto

Dear Friend of a Klepto: If this was a person, I would advise you to get her help from a therapist. But, we’re dogs, girl. And I don’t know any self-respecting pooch who wouldn’t try to take a bone when confronted with the opportunity. In fact, I think I know who you are, and I believe you recently tried to take one of mine! My advice to you is to tell your fetching friend, “Game on!” Then go steal your bone right back. And remember, a bone in the mouth is worth two in the bush.  ~ Ginger