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Dogs and the Women Who Love Them

Opie & Dixie & DebbieIf you’re looking for a great gift to give someone this holiday season, a good one may be a copy of Allen and Linda Anderson’s book, Dogs & the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing & Inspiration.  This book contains personal ta

'Ear Ye, 'Ear Ye!

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.

Pets Are Wonderful Support

Older man with dogWhat 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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

Rainy San Francisco Days

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.

Dealing with Cat Pee

Kitten and DixieThe 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.

What is the Difference Between "Natural" and "Organic?"

100% NaturalI’m often asked what the difference is between the terms, “Natural” and “Organic.” The answer is really quite simple:

Steps For Creating a Stress-Free Trip Away From Your Pet

Dog in SuitcaseAlthough 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 f