It seems Alexander Pope's bitch, Bounce, whelped a number of pups, one of which he gave to the Prince of Wales in 1736 to guard his house in Kew. The poet engraved this epigram on the collar: "I am his Highness' Dog at Kew. Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are you?"
When we adopt an animal, people pat us on the back and congratulate us for saving a life. How noble! How selfless! How silly. Anyone who has adopted an animal knows that choosing the animal is seldom a part of the process.
Early in my career, I did not quite understand the entrepreneurial calling inside of me. There always was this constant nagging I felt pushing me to think differently, create, and innovate.
An Iditarod dog missing seven days is back under the watchful eye of friends delighted to be reunited with her. May, an experienced lead dog from the ...
Evidence of her enduring loyalty followed Shammy from the beginning of her time with us. Shammy joined our family when Alex was battling cancer. All along Shammy was teaching us an important lesson about life -- to be excited about the little things that life had to offer.
Pets are powerful allies. The devotion and caring they dole out is invaluable during the good times, but even more so during the bad. Without even realizing it, Elsie and Sophie brought me great comfort that day, as well as during my mother's illness two years earlier.
Did you know that over 80 percent of all pets over eight years of age have at least one unrecognized disease by their owners?
As with kids, there are many paths to raising happy, well-socialized dogs. It's important to recognize that each situation is unique -- not only to those involved, but to the age and personalities of the individual dog or puppy.
For those who met Herman even once... he had your heart. He was a clown. He had a joy de vivre that made him seem almost human.
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.
"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.
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...
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.