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Pet Travel: All Aboard!

Would you let your family pet travel by plane? If size restrictions ruled out coach, would you settle for cargo? I for one, would not (and I have our initial car ride of 24 hours to prove it), though I know of several families who made the tough decision to go this route in order to stay reunited with their pets […]

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Searching for a Lost Pet: The 14-Step Approach

1. Notice top of hamster’s cage is ajar; wonder if your house is inhabited by fairies as no one admits to knocking into cage. 2. Look under every surface on entire first floor. Wonder: Can hamsters climb stairs? Ponder. 3. Console children. 4. Nag children, who on second thought don’t seem that upset and in fact are not searching as strenuously as you […]

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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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When Your Mother-in-Law Does You a “Favor”

My friend Jill’s mother-in-law ran over her dog. Not on purpose. She accidentally backed up her sport utility vehicle and crushed the dog’s pelvis. While pet-sitting. As a favor.

The question: Who should pay for the dog’s surgery and medical expenses?

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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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Bad Manners Case File: The Little Dogs Who Liked to Bark

Larry You already have met one of my dogs: Sticky. She’s the one who behaved so badly on an airplane a few weeks ago that other passengers were practically weeping.

But when I was telling the story about the yapping and the whining and the snuffling, there was one little detail I forgot to mention: my second dog. Meet Larry.

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Taking Care of a Sick Pet

I’m sure you’ve all been there. Your beloved pet is not acting like his or her usual self. There is a listlessness, a mopiness, and a lack of appetite. If only they could speak and tell you what ails them! But they can’t, and so, you must put yourself in their shoes, or paws as it were, and attempt to […]

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