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Adopt Pluto on WGN Radio with Steve Cochran

It seems Pluto, a Shih Tzu-mix,  is the perfect name for this amiable little dog. Pluto was pulled from Chicago Animal Care and Control by One Tail at a Time and delivered to a foster family. Foster families are quite heroic giving all animals a more comfortable place to be than a shelter. Even the…

3 Actions Dogs Should NEVER Experience on July 4th

The Fourth of July is a scary time for many dogs. Here are three acts of cruelty which should never occur – each is downright cruel. NEVER tie up the dog outside on a tether, or even keep a dog in a yard around July Fourth without adult supervision. Fearful or terrified, a dog may…

Fearful Pets? Now is the Time to Plan for July 4th

It’s not that dogs aren’t patriotic, but many dogs, and also some cats, are terrified of the loud and sudden bangs we call fireworks on July 4th. It’s actually adaptive to be hard-wired to be afraid of sudden loud sounds. We too may jump at such sounds, and we might also run the other way…

SPCA Puerto Vallarta: What Would You Do?

Compassion has no boundaries. What would you do? A dog is spotted in arid land just outside Puerto Vallarta. A closer look reveals that even one more day outdoors, and Dusty – as the dog was named – would surely have died of starvation. The SPCA Puerto Vallarta’s mission is to save lives. How could…

7 Reasons to Ban Retractable Leashes

If I had the power to do it, I would ban retractable leashes. Of course, any piece of equipment can be a problem, but I argue there are a myriad of potential issues regarding retractable leashes, which may be downright dangerous for dogs and for the people who walk them. 1: The very concept of…

New York State Poised to Ban Declaw

For years, I’ve been calling declaw “barbaric.” It IS just that. Denver approved a ban on declaw, which follows Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, and lots of other California cities, several Canadian provinces and over 25 entire nations. And New York state is now poised to be the first state to ban kitty amputations.…

15 Dog Flu Facts

Here are 15 dog flu facts – whaat you need to know: Dog flu or the canine influenza virus was first recognized in 2004 by University of Florida researchers and Cornell University virologists working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following an outbreak of severe respiratory illness at a Greyhound racing facility in…

Truth About Raw Meat-Based Diets for Pets

Raw meat based diets (RMBDs) may have all sorts of problems associated with them, despite what passionate and loving pet caretakers may think – scientists think otherwise, including those at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine. J. Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario, Canada is one of the most…

Are Cat People Smarter?

I’ve written about this topic, which species is smarter, dogs or cats? How about the people who are their caretakers? According to one study, people who identify themselves as “cat people” are more intelligent. Denise Guastello, associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI, conducted a study on this topic. Her goal was…

New York State Could Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores

Lawmakers in Albany are looking to ban sales of dogs and cats from pet stores throughout New York state. “The animals that are sold in pet stores are, for the most part, produced through puppy mills, where there are abject horrible conditions,” said New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, one of the sponsors of the…

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