Sat 12.11.10

Now that I’ve covered itchy, flaky skin, I thought I’d touch on the subject of ear infections. Ear problems seem to run rampant with dogs in my dog park. Surefire indicators of an ear infection are constant shaking of the head, incessant scratching of the ears, a stinky smell emanating from the ears, and worse, a nasty, slimy discharge. If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, chances are he or she has an ear infection – and chances are it’s a yeast infection... Read more

Mon 12.06.10

This seems to be the season when everyone complains to me about their pet's itchy skin, often accompanied by dandruff. I'm told that their dogs obsessively chew on their feet and the base of their tails, and that their vets prescribe steroids and antihistamines to combat the problem. Clearly, if these "solutions" aren't working, why continue on the same, useless path?

My first recommendation for allergies is to try switching to a new diet. As a starting point... Read more

Sat 11.27.10

What a beautiful day here in sunny San Diego! I've been down here for the Thanksgiving holiday visiting with my parents. My mother is a tiny, 83-year-old Chinese powerhouse -- up at the crack of dawn, she's been doing her tai chi and calisthenics since she was in her 40's. She's still an avid golfer and gardner, and she could probably lift 100 lbs. if she wanted to. After 56 years of marriage, she's still the same patient and caring wife to my father that she's... Read more

Thu 11.25.10

If you have pets, every day is Thanksgiving. I am thankful every day for Opal, Dixie, Kitten and every pet I've ever been lucky enough to call my own. I'm thankful for all the rescue and animal advocacy groups in America and around the world, particularly the ones without whom I would never have met or adopted my pets. Mostly, I'm thankful for all animals, and for all the people who do good by them. John Muir once said, "Any glimpse into the life of an animal... Read more

Sat 11.20.10

Most dogs don’t really care whether it’s rainy, windy, cold or warm. Opal and Dixie happen to love crisp, cold weather with only a hint of a breeze. They’re not fans of the heat; probably due to their heavy black coats. I, on the other hand, love sunny, scorching, sweltering heat. I am not-not-NOT a fan of San Francisco weather, which is typically cold, misty, foggy and windy.

When we first adopted Opal she hated the rain, and when it’d be stormy or rainy... Read more

Sun 09.12.10

The truth is, there IS no dealing with cat pee. This is why I haven’t blogged in so long. I’ve been physically and emotionally drained by my attempts to deal with it.

The story:  I rescued Mia, otherwise known as Kitten (spoken in a very specific manner, as will be described a bit later), and brought her into our humble home after my dearest kitty, Nini, had to drift over the rainbow bridge last year. I happened to be in one of... Read more

Fri 09.03.10

I’m often asked what the difference is between the terms, “Natural” and “Organic.” The answer is really quite simple:

Natural refers to ingredients derived from plants, minerals, or algae. Organic describes substances grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and processed without man-made chemicals. Natural skin care products, though cultivated naturally, may use certain chemicals like pesticides, herbicides and sludge. Organic skincare products are... Read more

Fri 08.27.10

Although it is ideal for you to travel with doggie or kitty in tow, some situations just won’t allow for it.  Maybe it’s a business trip to meet with potential clients or a once-in-a-lifetime excursion that isn’t pet friendly.  Whatever the reason, if you have to leave Fido and Fluffy at home and you want to make sure that your pet's time apart from you is as comfortable and safe as possible.  Moi? I rarely take long trips because I can't bear to be away from my... Read more

Sat 08.21.10

Like many humans, four-year-old Lucy won’t let a disability get in the way of her living her life.  This week, the mixed breed became the first paralyzed dog to climb Mt. Washington. You might wonder how she did it.  Well, for starters there were plenty of rest breaks that allowed Lucy to eat and drink.  There were also several weeks of training with her owner, Dunning, that allowed her to get used to longer hikes and higher altitudes. 

The 6,288 foot peak... Read more

Sat 08.14.10

Let’s face it.  The dog days of summer are here to stay and a trip to the beach sounds like a marvelous idea for you and your furry best friend (if you live anywhere but in San Francisco, that is… where it’s winter, and it has been for months). Because you’re lucky enough to live in a hot and sunny part of the country, you are ready to take advantage of your beautiful weather and head to the beach. You pack up the essentials—a picnic basket, your dog’s leash and... Read more