4 Nov

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

Next week, November 6th to 12th, is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week.  The Humane Society of America estimates that there are 3,500 animal shelters in the United States that serve between 6 and 8 million homeless animals a year.  These numbers don’t include the animals helped by unaffiliated rescue groups. At Pet Camp […]


31 Oct

"Kennels" and "Kennel Cough"

For far too long, Bordetella and other upper respiratory illnesses that afflict dogs have been referred to as “kennel cough.”  Those of us in the pet care industry have long tried to change that vernacular, sadly to little avail.  For those needing some quick background information, Bordetella is an airborne bacteria that dogs can catch […]


18 Oct

“No-Kill” versus “Kill Shelters”

Let’s start with two disclaimers for this blog: For many years I was on the Board of Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control.  This non-profit organization raises money for San Francisco’s animal shelter to fund the things that the City’s budget doesn’t fund.  I watched for many years as the managers and staff […]


1 Oct

National Walk Your Dog Week

This is a guest blog by April.  In addition to being one of the managers at the Main Campground’s Front Desk, April coordinates Pet Camp’s Camper Cadet Program where your dog can learn all the necessary manners to succeed as an urban dog. The first week of October is National Walk your Dog week! A […]


29 Sep

It’s The End of the World as We Know It

This summer the University of California at Davis released a study that the English Bulldog’s gene pool may be too small to save the breed.  The study was widely reported locally and was recently reported in DVM360 (a veterinary medicine journal).  In short, the study revealed that the traits we have spent hundreds of years […]


21 Sep

Have We Gone Too Far?

For many years we’ve been hearing about the issue of obesity in dogs. Sadly, just like there has been an increase in the number of obese humans in the United States; there has been a rise in the number of overweight dogs. What might amaze some is that the remedies available to humans are being […]


14 Sep

Introducing Dogs To Babies

As this picture can attest, it’s been a long time since we brought a new baby into our house. But there was a time a mere 14 years ago when we had three dogs (a Newfoundland, a Great Dane, and a Labrador) and 4 kids under 2 years old all living in a 950 square foot […]


9 Sep

Sami Needs a New Home

Around the middle of August Sami checked into Pet Camp for a short 4 day stay.  Unfortunately for very sad reasons way beyond Sami’s, and maybe anyone else’s, control, Sami was never picked up and we learned that she never would be.  Under California state law when something like this happens (and it has happened […]


7 Sep

Debunking Black Dog Syndrome

For many years it has been stated that black dogs (and cats for that matter) were harder for animal shelters to find homes for than dogs of other colors. Well, a recently published study calls this into question. A study in the journal Animal Welfare examined four years of adoption records at two shelters in the […]