Brachycephalic Breeds: Unhealthy in More Ways Than We Thought?

We see them everywhere – Boston Terriers, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, (and the 12 other breeds that fall under the Brachycephalic category)- and they are loved by many.  But they may also be prone to a list of ailments beyond those afflicting other breeds. A recent study of brachycephalic breeds (short-nosed dogs) revealed that…

June 1, 2017

Leasing a Pet

Leasing a pet: is it right for you, is it right for the pet, or is it just wrong? Yes, I am talking about really leasing a pet; not financing the purchase of a pet, not taking a loan to purchase a pet, this is a really a lease!  Yes, seriously, I’m not making this…

May 24, 2017

No, I Don’t Shave My Legs!

For years, small business owners have been told by consultants and other small business experts that their employees see everything the owner does and that as owners, we need to model the behavior we want to see.  As I understood this admonition, I thought it meant such things as we should be as kind to…

May 15, 2017

The New York Times Ethicist & Animal Shelters

In a recent edition of the Sunday New York Times, the Ethicist was asked if someone should adopt a cat from a “no-kill” shelter or at a shelter that “euthanizes animals if there are too many.” The potential pet parent was torn between saving a cat at the kill shelter vs. supporting the policy of the…

May 9, 2017