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The $3,750 Question: How Much Would You Pay to Save Your Cat's Life?

Valerie Frankel | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Valerie Frankel

Although it seemed wrong to subject an elderly pet to a painful ordeal, the price tag was a factor, absolutely. My husband and I made the rational, perhaps cold decision to preserve resources for the humans in the family.

Dog Sense

Lisa Conte | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Conte

"Where do you live? What apartment? What's your phone number?" said the middle-aged man with a wave of white hair, which appealed to me more as a potentially comfy perch than an attractive human feature. I could smell trouble as soon as he came around the corner.

Liberty Mountain Resort Goes to the Dogs

Connie Lawn | Posted 05.25.2013 | DC
Connie Lawn

Liberty Mountain Resort in Carroll Valley, Pa. has gone to the dogs! It has also gone to the possums and other pets which could enjoy trying their paws on snowboarding, or just playing on the slopes with their people.

How Bad Dogs Get Good

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

For many dog guardians, our relationships with our dogs can be a taste of heaven. Except when the cuties start having surprising behavior that isn't so cute. Dogs are known to be stress reducers; however, for many people, their dog's behavior can be a huge source of stress.

Sunday Evening Dog Blogging

Radley Balko | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Had some requests for Sunday evening dog blogging this week. Here are a couple shots of the pup I took last week. ...

PHOTOS: Adopt These Pets, Chicago!

Posted 03.15.2013 | Chicago

With spring just around the corner, why not consider bringing a new pal into your life to kick off the new season? The city is home to many shelter...

Cruise Control: Travel Tips for Jet Set Pets

Natasha Ashton | Posted 05.15.2013 | Travel
Natasha Ashton

While it is somewhat simple to pack up our son and have him tag along on our trips (keeping him entertained is another matter), we must be much more industrious when it comes to traveling with Wellington and Montgomery.

My Cancer Diagnosis: Alone, But Not Alone

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

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.

The Conquest of Nature

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Lewis Lapham

Over the course of the last two centuries, animals have become all but invisible in the American scheme of things, drummed out of the society of their myth-making companions, gone from the rural as well as the urban landscape.

ASPCA Opens Rehab Center For Fearful Dogs

AP | By SUE MANNING | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — People want their dog to be a friend, not afraid. But sometimes, fear grips dogs so tightly they shake, cower, bit...

The Secretive Pet

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Did you know that over 80 percent of all pets over eight years of age have at least one unrecognized disease by their owners?

Architecture For Dogs!

Posted 03.07.2013 | Arts

We never thought we'd be jealous of our pets, but "Architecture for Dogs," a series of dog houses created by some of the world's most accomplished des...

Training a Cat Actor for Broadway? Better Understand the Peculiar World of Feline Motivation

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Anna Jane Grossman

Training is just a game of finding a creature's motivation and then delivering it wisely. What makes cats notoriously difficult to train is the complexity of their reward systems. They're usually not as motivated by the two big things we use to train dogs: food and human attention.

Travels With Journey to the Montage: Dogue in Vogue 90210 Style

LuxEco Living | Posted 04.29.2013 | Travel
LuxEco Living

Experience ultimate green luxury, fine dining, the spa and forget the kennel fee.. treat you and your pet to the very best... Montage

Romeo the Cat Gets to Join a Book Club

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Mary Walker Baron

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.

To the Teeth: Arm Your Pet Against Dental Disease

Natasha Ashton | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

Despite the desire to give our pets the very best, dental hygiene is one of pet parents' most frequently forgotten responsibilities. But what we now know about the health implications of poor oral hygiene is a reality we can no longer ignore.

PHOTOS: Adopt These Pets, Chicago!

Posted 03.02.2013 | Chicago

With March 1, comes the end of meteorological winter, meaning warmer weather and lots of sunshine are right around the corner. Taking advantage of ...

The Decision to Neuter Pets Just Got More Complicated

Hal Herzog | Posted 05.01.2013 | Science
Hal Herzog

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?

Life Lessons From My Dog

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Lee Carter

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.

It's A Dog's Life For Singapore's Pampered Pets

Agence France Presse | Annabelle Liang | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

The guests lean over the side of the boat to catch the morning breeze as their catamaran eases off from a jetty in Singapore. A typical cruise, except...

Catherine Pearson

Can Pets Help Kids With Autism?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.28.2013 | Parents

Science shows that interacting with animals may have big health benefits. Pets can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, increase the amount of e...

The Conflict I Feel About Taking Time Away From My Kids

Lisa McElroy | Posted 04.26.2013 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

Does my world perspective help me raise globally conscious kids? Or does my travel across the world mean that they miss out on something essential in what a mother promises her child?

PHOTOS: Adopt These Pets, Chicago!

Posted 02.22.2013 | Chicago

February is almost over -- and that means the worst of winter is likely behind us here in Chicago. What better way to look forward to spring than t...

Vacation Bound! What to Do With the Pets?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Travel
Sarah Hodgson

No matter where you travel, or who you leave behind, the end goal is to make your pet's day consistent and routine. Select an option that will give you the greatest peace of mind. Now pack up, unplug, and enjoy yourself. Bone voyage!

What an East Village Puppy's Untimely Death Can Teach Us About Dog Safety on City Streets

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 04.23.2013 | New York
Anna Jane Grossman

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...