Dog & Style

Wildlife vs. Wild Life

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com As I have been a resident of Southwest Florida’s Jurassic Park (a.k.a. Fiddler’s Creek) only since late 2009, I am often asked if I miss my Northern Virginia home. The answer comes down to a discussion of the benefits of “wildlife” vs. “wild life.” For example, up north, whenever Sylvie, our neighbor on Wild Ginger […]

How to be a Party Animal, Part Two

DOG & STYLE  Tony Wakefield-Jones  Tony@mindzoo.com As my loyal readers already know, I am the undisputed king of the “party animal” universe. However, as a professional journalist with a high-profile position at Coastal Breeze News, I have actually never been to an “office party.” Woof! New territory! Imagine my excitement as I hopped in the back of “Anderson Mini Cooper” to […]

How to be a Party Animal

DOG & STYLE As we all know, the pop culture term used to describe one who is exceptionally adept at having a good time is “party animal”—not “party human.” And there’s a reason for this, people. Of course, this also explains why so many of my bi-ped readers write for advice on how to host elaborate soirees, survive an afternoon […]

A Woof in Sheepcoating

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com  I recently turned 11 years old. Yes, mathematical wizards, that means I’m the human equivalent of 77. Of course, we’re never too old to stop learning. More importantly, we’re really never too old to learn something new about ourselves. Let’s take a look at the last year, for example. Our family added a second dog. I […]

Home Dog-cor

Believe it or not, one of the most common topics my inquisitive readers ask me to discuss is home décor. I suppose this should come as no huge surprise as my column is called “Dog & Style”—and when it comes to “style,” you simply can’t beat the Airedale. However, what shocks me the most is when a reader actually inquires […]

Bunny Love

By Tony Wakefield-Jones Dear Tony: I’m the only bunny in my house. I really want to meet another bunny who will shred paper with me and scratch my ears, but the singles scene seems really weird. I snuck on my human’s computer once. She had all these messages from other human males: “I don’t do monogamy” and “that’s how I roll.” […]

Dog & Style?

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com     Dear Tony, Why does my human insist on dressing me up all the time? She even had a professional photo shoot for me. It’s ridiculous! Help! B.B. Wrinkles, Goodland, FL   Dear B.B.: Sad. So sad and tragic. Essentially, your human NEEDS A LIFE! It’s one thing for every groomer on the planet […]

CELEBUDOG: The best of TWJ

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com  Each year, as we enter into the holiday season and begin to reflect upon the year behind us, many of us serious journalists “Best of” ourselves. Though I would like to believe my readers have committed every piece of my sage advice to memory, even I wag my tail a tad harder at revisiting some […]

A paws to give Thanks

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com The human celebration of Thanksgiving is once again upon us. Thanksgiving—also known as the day before humans set their alarms at 3 AM to trample over other humans for something they call “doorbuster specials.” One would think I would find this more appealing as I am a “doorbuster” every time our doorbell rings. I admit—I […]

Motor skills

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com         Dear Tony: My family is crazy about this “sport” called NASCAR and a driver named Carl Edwards. As a dog, I understand liking to chase cars, but I am unsure what they get out of it? They don’t even get out of their chairs. There is a lot of screaming involved. […]