13 Mar

Where Does Your Charitable Donation Go?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently agreed to pay (that’s right PAY) $9.3 million to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus over unproven claims brought by the ASPCA that the Circus abused elephants. Way back in 2000 the ASPCA sued the Circus claiming there was elephant abuse, a […]


5 Mar

Dog Training Saves Lives

Recently we hosted two 10-month old Rottweiler puppies, Carmine and Vincent, from San Francisco Animal Care and Control for a week of lodging and training. These two very cute (but rambunctious) puppies had not passed the adoption test because they were too difficult to manage.Sadly, failure to pass the adoption test often means that the dog will […]


27 Feb

Rent a Pet at a Strip Mall Near You

I take Splash, my Newfie, with me everywhere I go – which includes several bars in both San Francisco and Oakland. Splash is an attention getter, so much so that I am often asked if I can lend her out to those who are looking to attract a little attention and start a few conversations.   I […]


19 Feb

Old Dogs: When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

One year ago today I had to say goodbye to Zambi. She was 13 years old – ancient in Newfoundland years. And as with everything Zambi did for me, she made her passing easy, well as easy as possible for a pet parent.  She simply stopped eating and drinking Friday night after work.  By Sunday […]


13 Feb

Stop Feeding My Dog Human Food

I’m a big believer that humans eat human food and dogs eat dog food. I think it’s healthier for my dog.  I don’t think her stomach can process the spicy Mexican food that I like – and there are plenty of really high quality dog foods available. Equally important, I don’t want her to think […]


8 Feb

Changes to Antifreeze and Engine Coolant Made to Protect Pets and Kids

According to a press release from the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) and the Human Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), antifreeze and engine coolant manufactured in the United States will now contain a bitter flavoring agent to prevent animals and children from being poisoned by what, to date, has been a sweet-tasting liquid. Seventeen states already mandated […]


30 Jan

Should Cats Be Allowed Outdoors?

I was reading an article in DVM Magazine (yes, I have a very exciting life) about cats with extreme behavioral issues and one of the suggested “remedies” was to let the cat be an outdoor cat.  Not an indoor-outdoor cat, but strictly an outdoor cat.  The argument was that being an outdoor cat was better […]


24 Jan

Changing Your Dog’s Food

Myth 15: Dogs Need a Smorgasbord of Food Choices For many families there comes a point when you need to change your dog’s diet.  Maybe he’s not a puppy anymore, maybe the pounds are starting to pack on, maybe you’ve seen changes in his stool or coat you’re not happy with.  There are many reasons […]


18 Jan

Squirrel Appreciation Day – January 21st 2013

January 21st is the twelfth annual Squirrel Appreciation Day. Started by Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina, her intent was to assist squirrels and protect them from extinction. Now I know that I’m a bit jaded – o.k., way more than a bit – but I’m not really too concerned about protecting squirrels from extinction.  Perhaps it’s […]


11 Jan

Kids and Dogs: What’s a Parent to Do?

Our house is a bit crazy.  While it may be big by San Francisco standards (about 1800 sq. feet of living space), we’ve crammed 2 adults, 4 kids and 2 dogs into it.  To say that we exist in a state of organized chaos is being far too gentle – in reality it’s just chaos. […]