It may be hard to swallow the fact that the fuzzy creature in your lap or at your feet has similar wiring to his wild cousins, but it's a fact I wish more pet owners would embrace.
What's a Dog for? There are a thousand answers to the question that is the title of my new book. This is because being human means needing help, of many different kinds, and sometimes there's not another to provide it.
Back in Rin Tin Tin's day, dogs lived in the backyard chained to a tree. But now simple doghouses have morphed into designer dens and puppy palaces.
Animal suffering and violence against animals deeply affect children and adults. The emotional trauma and the violation of the human-animal bond tend to remain with children throughout their lives. In the communities CLAW serves, violence towards animals has virtually stopped.
The fact is, when it comes to pets in this city, we are in a constant state of emergency. Euthanasia is a fate faced by about a third of the animals that make it into New York's Animal Care Control.
Shane and Sia Barbi, the animal activists and legendary Playboy celebrities, would like us to understand that humans as a species represent "the 1 percent," with animals and the environment making up the 99 percent.
We are the only species of animal that has developed a diet that is essentially toxic for us. We are now giving this "nutrition" to our pets, livestock, and zoo animals, not realizing that we are dooming them to follow us on our path to poor health.
I believe five pounds of fur and love taught me more about life than my bookshelf of self-help books.
Although I would like to believe that my dogs are miraculous, the fact is that any dog can have this effect on people. There is something calming and centering about connecting with an animal.
There never seems to be a lack of news stories highlighting the sad reality of abuse, neglect and abandonment to which companion animals are subjected. There is, however, another side that is more hopeful and positive. This is one of those stories.
by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure When I was 21 years old, I made a list of reasons why I can and...
In this modern world of us all moving in so many different directions at such a high speed, why do people slow down to smile, laugh and gush about pets?
I once was enamored of this ancient ritual whereby the sins of a person are symbolically transferred to the chicken, which is then slaughtered and given to the poor to eat. It was exotic. But no more. I find it reprehensible for Jews to behave this way to animals.
Rather than pulling on heartstrings to motivate individuals to adopt, Pics for Pets focuses on positive elements to persuade people to save cats, dogs and other creature companions from shelters.
I looked over at him and realized how brave he really is. He had no idea where he was heading and what he was about to endure, and yet he sat there trusting this human who he had barely known for three weeks.
I think it is exceedingly important for pet owners to select their "chosen" veterinarian and not just settle on the nearest or cheapest veterinary clinic available. It is a crucial relationship that will enhance your pet's quality of life and hopefully last decades.