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Fri 04.02.10

Living in San Francisco, we're only too aware of natural disasters that occur without warning and force people out of their homes at a moment's notice.  Heavy snowfall this winter season has caused a number of cities back East to flood and countless homes to be destroyed because of rising water levels. A good friend of mine in Masschusetts is dealing with that nightmare at this very moment. Here in California, we worry about the ubiquitous "faults" becoming restless... Read more

Sun 03.28.10

Buying bunnies to give to children on Easter is a bad idea unless a promise is made to care for the bunny through thick and thin, until its dying day.  In addition to being high maintenance, these furry creatures are prone to claw, chew, and spray everything around them if they are not spayed or neutered.  Although they appear cute and cuddly when they are small, their sharp claws need constant maintenance to prevent them from ripping through clothing, furniture, and... Read more

Sat 02.27.10

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is crying foul.  The organization's tests have revealed that much of the "faux fur" sold by many retailers is actually anything but synthetic.  Tests have proven that the material often comes from fur-bearing animals including dogs, cats, and raccoon dogs that were raised in deplorable conditions in China. 

You might ask yourself how this is possible.  It's simple, really.  Due to a loophole in the Federal Fur... Read more

Thu 02.11.10

He's been your devoted sidekick for as long as you can remember.  You've taken long walks on the beach together and have calmed each other's anxieties during the toughest of times.  You provided physical, emotional, and financial support to him after he had his leg operated on and he showed you gratitude by meeting you at the door and planting a dozen wet kisses on your face. 

Up until this point, he has been your greatest source of comfort and the best friend... Read more

Sat 01.30.10

Move over Lassie, there's a more heroic dog in town!  A five year old paralyzed dachshund recently made headlines because of the role that he plays as a pet therapy dog.  Once a week, Super Lance, a nickname given to him by adoring fans, visits Miami Children's Hospital and serves as inspiration to the youngsters who spend their days recovering from serious illnesses and lifesaving surgeries.  The pint sized pooch had his spinal cord damaged by two herniated discs... Read more

Tue 01.05.10

Wendy Nan Rees and Kristen Hampshire, authors of the Dog Lover's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Living a Rich Life with Your Dog offer this recipe for a basic doggie deodorant:

MATERIALS

2 bowls

1 cup (110 g) arrowroot flour, sifted

1 cup (110 g) cornstarch, sifted

¼ cup (18.4 g) baking soda

10 drops of tea tree oil

10 drops of sage, bergamot, grapefruit, lemongrass, or eucalyptus... Read more

Fri 01.01.10

Women around the world inherit items from loved ones that they do not want or need.  Many of these items include fur coats and stoles.  Rather than toss these articles out, opt instead to make a tax-deductible donation to PETA. 

In addition to using them in their educational programs and displays, PETA also gives them to impoverished people in bitterly cold climates like Afghanistan.  The coats are then cut into blanket sized pieces and given to refugees who... Read more

Wed 12.16.09

Sit.  Heel. Stay.  These are commands that most well-trained dogs learn.  If Fido passed obedience classes with flying colors and responds well to direction, then you might consider letting him go off-leash.  If he is prone to chasing cars and can't be tempted by treats, he might not be the ideal candidate when it comes to roaming free.

Here's how you can be absolutely sure that your pooch is ready to lose the leash.  Ask yourself:

Does my dog know how to... Read more
Thu 12.10.09

Every dog is The Best Dog Ever, and Flyer was no exception. A dear friend of mine sent me a link to her friend, Lon Lawrence's tribute to his little girl, Flyer. As expected, the story and photographs of Flyer moved me to tears, but they also warmed my heart, as Flyer the Basenji is now over the Rainbow Bridge keeping good company with Beau, Bijou, Poindexter, Nini, Lula, Sammy, Shana, Tigger, Cyrus, Lincoln, Charlie, Jackson, Fred and all of my long and not-so-long... Read more

Tue 12.08.09

One medical emergency can really put you in the "doghouse," so to speak.  Aging pets require extra care, and that can lead you to shell out extra bucks if you're not prepared.  Rather than sit around and wait for the proverbial shoe to drop, smart pet owners are taking matters into their own hands by electing to insure their dogs or cats.

Premiums are based on your pet's age, breed, and location.  Pre-existing, congenital, and hereditary conditions may deem... Read more

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