When you discuss acquiring a pet with your youngster, cover the topic of permanency. Help your child understand pets are not like toys that can be tossed aside or given away if he grows bored with them. Make sure he understands the commitment he is making is for the lifetime of the pet.
It's always appalling to see animals abused and betrayed for profit, especially when the activity is legal and defended as a "sport." That's the reality of greyhound racing, but the reasons this detestable industry still exists defy not just our humane values, but common sense as well.
There is the expensive sheepskin glove that was a long ago birthday gift; a tan pigskin glove that belonged to my late father in the forties; there is the warm and wonderful cashmere lined leather one I bought as a pair last year -- found at the bottom of the clearance pile in a pseudo British store on Madison Avenue.
I take great comfort in the fact that some of her last moments were spent with Dad and me, and especially with such a compassionate puppy, who somehow knew what my dying mother needed most: unconditional love.
February is the month dedicated to loving everyone who is special in your life -- but what about your four-legged friends? If you need some reasons to love your favorite pup, look no further.
A fire broke out in the basement of the home where she lived with her owner, Ben Ledford, in Ohio. Firefighters found Carmen laying on over her owners face, trying to shield him from the smoke and flames.
Years ago, while driving in Florida, I was pulled over by a state trooper on my way from Sarasota to Tampa to teach a class. Unbeknownst to me, my car had a broken taillight. The trooper asked for my license, which, it turns out, I accidentally left on my dresser.
Her concept, "Name the Rescue," is simple: animal shelters allow people or businesses to name an adoptable pet (a.k.a. rescue pet) in exchange for a donation.
I'd like to sadly present a recent medical case of mine to convince those non-supporting vaccination policy individuals that they are foolishly playing Russian roulette with their loved one's good health.
Dogs get the value of cuddling for its own sake. They like to snuggle up to you while you read in bed and while you polish your toenails and while you talk on the phone, and this is actually -- get this -- all they want. What's more, dogs are actually interested in whatever you are interested in. Jazz concerts by the lake? Awesome.
Virginia's Attorney General has announced a new animal law unit in response to the refusal to prosecute PETA for some of its workers allegedly stealing and killing a little girl's dog.
It's hard to come home knowing a wagging tail won't greet you at the door, but you also have a sense that there's a bit of a wagging tail within yourself, in his memory at the same time.
Trio Animal Foundation (TAF) was called in to an emergency veterinary clinic right before Christmas. When they arrived, they were shocked by what they saw: a stray dog with a choke collar embedded in his neck. The collar was so far in that the skin had actually started growing over it.
During this time of texting and tweeting and disconnectedness, some say community is fading. But though I've lost my two loves, what I found is a renewed sense of the goodness of people and the existence of community.
It was the photo entitled "Puppy in a Onesie" that put me over the edge. Before that it'd been something of a slow burn. I knew on some conscious level that my sense of irritation was increasing but the gravity of the subject was so minor that I ignored the agitation.
About a month ago, I adopted a dog. Now -- a month later -- I'm still rescuing that dog. Bambi, my beautiful two-year-old pup, is a Pit Bull mix. I was ready for the wide array of problems new rescues often have. What I was not expecting, and what I was not ready for, was The Great Pit Bull Bias.