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AVMA Excellence in Media Award: Honor of my Life

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) January 19, 2020—The American Veterinary Medical Association has announced that Steve Dale is the winner of the inaugural AVMA Excellence in Media Award, which will be presented this August at AVMA Convention 2020 in San Diego. This new award was established by the AVMA to honor the achievements of an individual who has…

Naperville’s Opportunity: Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores, Here’s Why

Naperville, IL is considering a ban of sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. Hundreds of cities have already banned the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as the entire states of California, Maryland and Maine. Naperville, located West of Chicago, is more than…

Opposing Declaw, Banfield Hospitals & AVMA Make History

I’ve been adamantly opposed to declaw for many years. Yesterday, I was talking with a cat behavior consultant colleague who edited Think Twice Before You Declaw a handout, which we co-authored with several others back in 2006. Since then, we know much more: Not declawing doesn’t mean more cats will be given up to shelters…

Hindu Celebration of Dogs

In Nepal, every year is the year of the dogs. Each November, there’s a traditional Hundu week of celebration of dogs and for dogs. Dogs are adorned with decorations, including garlands, and presented with special meals. Even street dogs often receive this revered treatment. This is called the Tihar Festival. According to Internet sources, if…

NFL Player Accused of Abandoning a Dog

As I continue to write about how one time dogfighter Michael Vick doesn’t deserve to be an honorary captain for the National Football League Pro Bowl game, according to numerous media reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches allegedly dumped a dog on the side of road, and only discovered only over a day…

Dog Knows Who He Belongs To

Judge Judy says put the dog down and clearly the dog knows who his person is.  Clearly. Many years ago, I suggested a judge do the same as a part of the determination of which couple might get custody of the dog in a divorce.

Why Are Other Great Players Ignored While Vick is Chosen?

Chicago Bear linebacker Khalil Mack reportedly donated $80,000 to pay off all active holiday layaway accounts at his hometown Fort Pierce, FL Walmart ahead of this year’s holiday season. He generosity helped around 300 to 350 people. Mack is scheduled to play in the National Football League Pro Bowl game in Orlando, FL January 27.…

She Was Only a Dog

Thank you for the many hundreds of comments in social media, as well as the email and other notes regarding the sudden loss of our dog Ethel, as a result of hemangiosarcoma (cancer that arises from the cells that line blood vessels of various tissues of the body. The tumors invade and erode blood vessels,…

Ethel: We Loved You

Ethel came into our lives 13 years ago. We loved her all we could. She loved us back ten-fold.  She expressed her love nearly every waking moment of every day. And that love wasn’t only expressed with a wag of a tail or smiles, she said so in her eyes. Indeed, that love was unconditional.…

Drew Lynch on Retractable Leashes

Retractable leashes are downright dangerous. Here’s what I hope is well thought-out story which explains why I believe dogs would be better off if retractable leashes were literally banned. Stand-up comic Drew Lynch does a far better job of getting the point across. Between the laughs I can sense that Lynch understands dogs, and no…

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