18 Feb

All Breeds Welcome at Pet Camp

I recently had a conversation with the manager of a veterinary hospital who expressed concern that an increasing number of pet care facilities (both dog overnight boarding and doggie day care) were banning “Bully Breeds” and those dogs who are “primarily Bully Breeds.” She asked if we did the same and was relieved when we […]


16 Feb

Neither Snow nor Rain – But Dog Bites!

The informal motto of the United States Postal Service is “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” But it turns out dog bites can! According to the United States Postal Service, 5,714 postal employees were “victimized” by dogs in 2018. The […]


12 Feb

Dog Hikes in San Francisco: McLaren Park

Truth be told, for the last gazillion years I’ve regarded myself as more of a Fort Funston pet parent than a McLaren Park pet parent. More about why I adore Fort Funston in a later blog. But in the last month or so, as my desperation for anything new after 11 months of Shelter in […]


10 Feb

Working with Pet Care Competitors in San Francisco

I was reading an article in the Harvard Business Review (yup, nerd alert is going off now) titled When to Work with Rivals. The article provided a series of examples of competitors working together to address an issue and how businesses should decide when to work with a competitor. The article branded working with a […]


4 Feb

Dog Training and Driver’s Ed

Some of you may know that I have 4 children (the type with 2 legs). Like most families where both parents work outside the home, we have divided up the chores and other household responsibilities. Some of this allocation is based on preference and some on skill set, and through this I ended up being […]


28 Jan

Skip The Counseling Session – Get a Dog!

Last month a blog in Psychology Today asked the question “Is Your Dog Really Helping You Make It Through the Pandemic?” and then went on to explain about a survey to answer the question. An online survey got responses from 1,900 pet parents in the United States age 18 to 64 who were employed full […]


26 Jan

Puppy Socialization: an important part of your puppy’s life

Congratulations on your new puppy! You’ve puppy proofed your house, spent more money on puppy toys than on human baby toys for your 1st human child, gotten your puppy shots started and maybe completed. All that’s left is figuring out how to socialize your puppy in a safe and structured environment with other puppies. That’s […]


22 Jan

Cat Man Do – How to Keep Your Cat Active in San Francisco

Nope, not a typo. We all know there’s a difference between Kathmandu and what a Cat Man Do (or Cat Man Does if we’re being grammar sticklers). Frankly, it’s almost endless what a Cat (Man) Can Do. As a quick editorial aside: PLEASE, we know that there are some who believe if we say Cat […]


20 Jan

Does The Idea of Social Capital Apply to Dogs?

Social capital is the idea that groups do better when there is trust among the members of the group.  The basic idea is that through trust in others and confidence that others are not out to “get you” everyone in the group benefits; people have better connections with others, society improves because people trust others […]