To help pet owners remember the importance of keeping microchip information updated, the American Animal Hospital Association and American Veterinary Medical Association designated August 15 as Check the Chip Day.
Shooting stray dogs is common practice in Iran. However, now the northwestern city of Tabriz has become the first and only city in the country to outlaw killing street dogs. It's all thanks to the efforts of one Iranian woman who is campaigning for those who can't speak for themselves.
Little did I know that that following my heart that day would transform my life. After meeting my new best friend, my entire life changed. I realized I could no longer settle in my life. I had a furry friend I was responsible for, and that meant giving us a life we really deserved.
My dog is now 8 years old, which makes him as middle-aged as I am, and he is comfortable in his own white furry skin. I'm trying to take lessons from him. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, maybe, but this dog has plenty to teach an old writer.
I'm going to be brave here and tell you exactly what I fear about my dating life now that I'm over 50. I'm terrified there's no one out there for me. That no one who can put up with my nuttiness, my anxieties, my insecurities, my moodiness.
Fred and I have spent almost every day together since he was weaned by his mother. At the Lundgren home, we are known as "Big Fred" and "Little Fred," but we both come to attention whenever my wife calls our name.
Jack has always surprised and delighted me, and every time I see a sticker that asks "who rescued whom?" I think the phrase "dog owner" is inaccurate. To call a dog one's "pet" is a disservice to the dog. Jack has been a remarkable friend.
My friend recently mentioned that she was using special music CDs for dogs. "For dogs?" I asked. "For dogs," she replied. "Don't laugh -- one of their CD's is on the Billboard list of best-selling classical albums!"