Today, let the world be a quiet library with only scratch and sniff books for all the dogs afraid of loud sounds like storms, motorcycles and blow dryers. Teach your dog that a treat is as good as a tummy rub. So, let there be buttered popcorn. Then crawl under the bed where the dog toys are “kept” safe and secure from prowlers. Pull out “the only toy” there and play with your dog until you are marked in fifty places from head to toe. And at the end of the day remember: having a dog means there will always be someone around who walks softly and carries a big stick even when it’s the better part of a tree.