more about: dogs

Don’t Hate Me…Adopt Me

Remember those Pantene commercials in which fashion models said, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”? Well Petfinder.com is trying out a new twist with its third “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet” campaign (this year extended to run from September 17 – 25), featuring a theme of “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m ______, Adopt Me Because I Need You.” The goal is to encourage people […]

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Should Your Pet Go on a Diet?

Touchy question, I know, and one that could even offend. But it’s a subject worth discussing with your vet, as excess weight can lead to health problems down the road. In our household, Mr. Monkey, pictured below, is on a brand-new fall regimen of a mile-long evening walk. Truth be told, we’re doing it as much for our own health […]

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Who Causes Separation Anxiety? You or Your Pet?

Jodi Andersen-Spen, author of The Latchkey Dog, How the Way You Live Shapes the Behavior of the Dog You Love, defines separation anxiety as “anxious behavior triggered or stimulated by the signals of separation.” She explains that it’s “latent in every dog on the planet, though it is cultivated by their humans. The dogs who are most prone to it […]

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Caption This Dog Photo

Back by popular demand, a new pet photo to caption! Seriously, keep those captions coming in — your comments have been very clever! To set the scene: A man and his dog at breakfast, at a high-end yet low-key, outdoor city cafe´… I think the dog’s face and body language speak volumes, but that’s all I’ll say.

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Caption This Pet Photo

These beds were just purchased for these fine canine consumers. (The reason? To address shedding concerns.) The dogs then took matters into their own hands, as you can see. Let’s have some fun—share your best caption for this photo:

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Secrets of Cool Cats and Dogs

How are your pets faring in the summer heat? Mine is covered from head to toe with wavy black hair, and black retains the heat, so if you’ve guessed that we’re in for a long hot summer, you’ve guessed right. The Cole Porter song “Too Darn Hot” comes to mind. What does he do to compensate? Well, he gravitates to […]

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Can Cats and Dogs Get Along?

Age-old question, but one that has particular resonance for me right now. You see, my brother’s back in town with his cat, and that’s added some complexity to family time given my Portuguese water dog and his attitude towards felines. Let’s just say that we had one near-crisis — or rather, standoff — when the two animals found themselves face-to-face […]

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So you think your pet can do pet therapy?

I certainly did, given my dog’s sociability, people-centric behavior, and working dog breed. But as I learned more about the stringent requirements and the zero tolerance for unpredictable behavior, I reconsidered. Even I had to admit that it probably wasn’t a plus for Monkey, as he is so aptly named, to startle when a person in a wheelchair or a […]

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Saving Lives in Japan and the U.S.

In this raw footage from CNN, “Anatomy of the earthquake,” the sidewalk splits open beneath our feet, water bubbles up from the ground, and a dog barks in the background. The news reports and images from Japan are horrifying; the devastation unimaginable. Enter the dogs. Reuters reports that the U.S. Agency for International Development has deployed disaster assistance — including […]

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Who Knows Your Pet Best?

Allow me this rhetorical question, if you will. As a pet owner, I am continuously amazed by how friends and strangers alike seem to think they know other people’s pets better than the people who live with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Case in point: You are merrily walking your dog along the street, noticing for […]

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