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…

January 30, 2013

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…

January 24, 2013

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…

January 18, 2013

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….

January 11, 2013