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.
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.
So here I am again, hapless puppy owner... ooh sorry, I meant clueless puppy owner. We've had our 9-month-old for seven months now. He's gone from bei...
Just as with human health care in the United States, I believe the once good and affordable-for-all health care system for companion animals has been hijacked by those interested in money.
I've written a good deal on about some of the problems involved with using shock collars in animal training, mostly to stop behaviors. But an even worse application of this form of training is sing the shock to elicit desired behaviors.
This afternoon, my dog will leave this world in my arms without pain, with my lipstick kiss on her mature Maltese mane. Tonight, when it is late and dark and time to sleep, I will feel her presence beside me.
As a dog trainer, I've spent the last quarter of a century training dogs and influencing their people. As a wife and mom with two young kids, I'm doing pretty much the same thing.
Animals rescued from puppy mills, hoarding situations or natural disasters generate more public attention than those picked up as strays or dumped like trash on an almost daily basis at local shelters in almost every county or municipality in every state in the nation.
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus 2013 rolled through New Orleans' French Quarter today with block after block of canine costumes. For the Krewe's 20th year of parading, the theme was Tails & Tiaras: Here Comes Honey Bow Wow.
You can imagine my frustration when, at every turn, this pup constantly outwits me. We've gone through 8 leashes, hundreds of dollars worth of toys, shoes, clothes, bed comforters, sofa seats and cushions.
Like my dog, I like eating. Unlike my dog, I don't like eating diapers. I don't know how it is with other dogs, but having a Labrador is like having a wood chipper that wears a fur coat and bounces around the house like a giant super ball.
Mast cell tumors occur in both dogs and cats. Although some are benign, most of these tumors are malignant.
Who doesn't love a sweet, inspiring love story? Who doesn't love cuddly cats and precious pups? And who doesn't love the happy surprise of inter-speci...
Any relationship with a dog needs to be grounded in reality. That's the "Honesty" part in "Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty." Before you start looking for a dog -- or when you start looking at the causes of your dog's problems -- you have to look at yourself first.