It's been more than a week since Banana Joe, a coiffed and plucked Affenpinscher, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. I am not usually a dog show follower, but I had a wet cold last week and spent evenings on the couch with a box of tissues and the remote control.
We as a culture seem to have decided arbitrarily that we are comfortable making dogs and cats our pets and comfortable making pigs and fish our dinner.
My husband took our youngest son to visit a college out of town last weekend. I stayed home. Then my aunt came to babysit me.
The old adage about taking the cat out of the wild, but not the wild out of the cat now has a number associated with it. That number is 2.4 billion.
This isn't a call for a fight -- it's a call to action. Birds deserve protection just as cats do. Cats that kill rats and mice will always have a role but cat lovers need to take responsibility for acknowledging their pet's predatory instincts and acting accordingly.
Prepare your best Saint Valentine's Day cards for them. Our pets are our sisters and our brothers, and they call us to be better people and better stewards of creation than we are now.
In the last 24 hours, America has learned a lot about Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, including that he parches easily and is selling his West Miami...
Just for fun, we thought we'd explore the darker side of love in the wild -- with animals that are willing to die for it!
The adorable Kandu and Lucy have an inspirational 'can do' attitude that most dogs in their situation would not. Both pups were born without their fro...
While many dog lovers will soon be watching pampered pooches strut their stuff on the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show stage, the ASPCA has this reminder: Dogs in shelters might not have a distinguished pedigree, but they are equally deserving of pomp and circumstance.
Shifting our current practice from the collection and dispersal of homeless animals to preventing their births can stop the suffering and abate the need for building or expanding shelters. It can be done.
Well, not in real life, but Stacey and I just put together a short called STACEY DASH IS NORMAL: The Dip, and in it, you better believe she does what the headline says.
Okay, so now there's a cat instead of an iron. This isn't the first time they've changed the game pieces, though doing so flies in the face of the benefits of a monopoly. On Monopoly. One of the foundation board games of human experience. Seems desperate to me.
While it's true that cats do hunt and kill millions of animals (the New York Times piece estimates that cats kill around 500 million birds a year) much of this is a human-made problem.
As with so many slick marketing campaigns, the American Kennel Club has glossed over the downside of purebred dogs, including the fact that they often suffer miserably from congenital defects and inherited diseases. Here is the info that you won't hear from the AKC about those top 10 breeds.