We tame our dogs and our cats by inviting them into our lives, by feeding them, by sheltering them and, yes, by loving them. By so doing we become responsible for them -- forever. Let's try not to forget that forever responsibility.
While neutering reduces suffering in general, it may well put your individual pet at greater risk of a serious disease such as cancer. It's a classic conflict between what is best for the individual versus what is best for society. Is there an alternative to routine de-sexing of pets?
It seems most of us lose track of our intuitive, instinctual selves by the time we're 5. Rasta apparently doesn't have this problem. He goes with his gut no matter what. He cannot help himself.
Six hundred million is a huge number, and there's a reason I want you to understand the magnitude of it, because this is the number of abandoned, homeless, and abused dogs in the world.
Could it be that we are more threatened by kittens and puppies than we are by guns? Perhaps we are. My own community, like many others, has restrictions on pets that don't apply to firearms.
"Sounds like a real man cave," he continued, turning to Chris. "All that's missing is a moose head over the fireplace." "It's an elk," I said. "A twelve-point elk," Chris clarified.
For whales, such as the great blue, who can communicate over thousands of miles, such sonic stress affects reproduction and communication so much that some whales simply stop vocalizing. What happens to our oceans when the whales stop singing?
On Saturday, something very sad happened: One of my puppy clients was killed by a truck on First Avenue. Alex was a 14-week-old lab mix who'd come to...
The Rio Negro, I am told, is a river like any other.
I'm shocked by the fact that all these Brits are up in arms about a little mare in their frozen lasagna.
A man's home is his hassle. That's why he needs a throne to sit on. And I'm not talking about one made of porcelain.
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.