Articles: human animal bond

December 12 2020

How Smart Are Dogs?

So, how smart are dogs? Look at what Bunny can do. Is Bunny that extraordinary? Or was Bunny merely given an opportunity to express herself in a unique manner that most dogs could replicate if they only had the chance? What do you think?

December 11 2020

“Look What I Found Mom, A Kitten”

Look at what the cat dragged in, or in this case the dog dragged in.  A Yorkshire/Chihuahua/Poodle mix in Abilene, TX took a solo walk and returned with an abandoned kitten. Hazel was let outdoors to “potty,” indeed did her business and then returned with kitty. Each time the kitten hesitated and stopped in her…

December 9 2020

Christmas Gifts for Pets

Not taking the pandemic into account, last year, according to the American Pet Products Association, 42 percent of dog parents purchased at least one Christmas/Hannukah gift (so that’s nearly half the people with a dog) and 26 percent of cat parents do the same. Cats are still getting ripped off compared to dogs but millennials…

December 8 2020

Bulldog Appears to be Rooting for Carnivorous Dinosaurs

Khaleesi watches one of the classic scenes from Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Interestingly the Bulldog appears to be concerned about King Kong and instead supporting the dinosaurs who want to eat terrified Naomi Watts.

December 3 2020

Applauding New Rules for Animals In-Flight: Must be Service Dogs

I agree with the airline industry and U.S. Department of Transportation, animals designated as emotional support or comfort animals should no longer be allowed on airplanes, only legitimate service dogs. Having said that, the airlines – who are partially responsible for this issue in the first place – must offer alternatives for pet travel beyond…

December 2 2020

Pets and the Pandemic: A Survey

A recent study published in the journal Animals sought to identify the unique difficulties and/or advantages related to caring for pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from this study indicates that strength of the owner’s attachment to their pet(s), as well as their economic resources, and the characteristics of their household are associated with the types…

December 1 2020

National Mutt Day

It was once an insult to call a dog a mutt or mongrel. Those days are over. December 2 is a day to celebrate dogs of unknown lineage, it’s National Mutt Day. Odd to believe, but only a few generations ago mutts were thought to be “lesser dogs,” and somehow less intelligent, which is rubbish.…

November 29 2020

Two Legends for Pets in One WGN Radio Show: Dr. Fine, Dr. Ettinger

Gratitude – for having the opportunity not only interview legends, but also calling these two pioneers my friends. And, to learn what they have to say….Listen HERE to both Dr. Aubrey Fine and Dr. Stephen Ettinger on my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio show. Dr. Aubrey Fine, professor emeritus California Polytech State University, licensed…

November 27 2020

Mask Mandate For Dogs

I saw a dog with a mask – no, no, no! The mandate is that dogs and masks do not go together. If the pet parent was trying to be funny, it’s not. If she was truly concerned about her Boston Terrier getting the Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome-2 (SARS virus) that causes COVID-19, dogs are…

November 26 2020

Thanksgiving Looks Different This Year

Dogs and one cat celebrate Thanksgiving. Remember, keep your pets safe over Thanksgiving.

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