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. […]

26 Dec

Doggie Outfits – Who is Making the Fashion Statement?

Let me start by acknowledging that I am no fashionista. My daily routine is to pull on a pair of cargo shorts, a polo shirt and work shoes, then head to Pet Camp. Any day it’s less than 60 degrees (which is most in San Francisco) I will also throw on a hoodie. On those rare […]

18 Dec

Of Dogs, Kids and Cars

At our annual pilgrimage to the San Francisco Auto Show we usually spend a lot of time looking at the cars we’ll never actually own (unless one of you kind readers wants to make a donation) and don’t focus too much on the cars we could actually afford and that might be a reasonable choice for our […]

14 Dec

December 15th – National Cat Herders Day

Yes, according to WellCat (and if it’s on the internet it must be true) there really is a Cat Herders Day. Interestingly, at a recent meeting at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce the head of public policy said that working with small business was as bad as herding cats! Well at Pet Camp we’ve […]

29 Nov

Easy Tips for Urban Pet Fitness

Yes, just like you, your canine companion needs lots and lots of exercise.  According to Pat Miller, former president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, dogs will most likely spend free time away from you, snoozing rather than running around exercising on their own. When dogs do run in the yard, it’s often in […]

2 Nov

What Is Wrong With America?

We’re in full election mode and if you listen long enough (like a minute or two), one candidate or another will give you a long list of our country’s ailments and what they can do to fix them. But the one issue we’ve not heard discussed is that pet ownership has declined 2.4% in the […]

23 Oct

National Pit Bull Awareness Day

This Saturday, October 27th, is National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Started in 2007 by Jodi Preis of Bless the Bullys (a pit bull rescue group in Tennessee), the goal of National Pit Bull Awareness Day is to educate the wider public about pit bulls and bring  more positive media attention to the breed. Interestingly enough, just […]