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Is This a Puppy or a Ferret?

Proof about ferrets, smart and fun pets…I t’s astounding that ferrets in California remain illegal. That needs to be changed – and you can help to do that.  

No Dogs Allowed in Maggie Daley Park, But Why?

Maggie Daley Park in Chicago was opened – at least parts of it were – on December 13, 2014 – and it’s wonderful to honor the ex-Mayor’s late wife, who admired the beauty in people and in our city. There are many trees, and a place for skating as well as a place only for…

Cancer Detecting Dogs: Research Again Supports Canine Ability to Detect Cancers

Instead of Doogie Howser MD, imagine Doggie Howser MD. Check this out: Women at high risk of breast cancer could in the not too distant future be screened for the disease by simply breathing into a tube which is then sniffed by a specially trained dog, in a new clinical trial after UK scientists found…

Service Dogs Help Soldiers with PTSD

U.S. Veterans Administration estimates that 400,000 ex-soldiers are currently being treated for post traumatic stress disorder syndrome with the numbers climbing daily. It’s not a made-up dysfunction – the VA certainly admits PTSD exists. And those numbers don’t count thousands more with traumatic brain injuries. The rate of divorces, substance abuse and unemployment among veterans with PTSD…

Dr. Natalie Marks: My Favorite Veterinarian

Veterinarians often have better connections to their clients than human patients have to their own medical doctors. I knew our 15 1/2-year old miniature Australian Shepherd Lucy was declining, but she was holding her own as I left town several years ago to speak at a veterinary conference. A day later, my wife, Robin, phoned…

His Faithful Companions: Aubrey Fine

He didn’t grow up with pets. His mother didn’t even like pets, but psychologist Aubrey Fine sure appreciates their value. “I know there’s a connection that can heal, and it’s a connection we don’t even quite yet understand,” he says. Thirty years ago, Fine was among a select few pioneers working to explain that connection,…

Aubrey Fine on Our Faithful Companions

Aubrey Fine is the author of “Our Faithful Companions: Exploring the Essence of Our Kinship with Animals” (Alpine Publications, Crawford, CO; 2014; $19.95). In a recent appearance on Steve Dale’s Pet World, he says  our relationship with animals may be more powerful than we ever thought. Hear the interview, as Fine recalls a story from…

Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed, Marc Bekoff

“We know that even fish have emotions,” says Marc Bekoff, author of “Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation” (New World Library, New York, NY, 2013; $15.95). “We chose the (book’s) title because it’s an attention-getter. The title also makes the case that some explanations are not…

Decoding Dogs: Five Tips at Western Veterinary Conference

Decoding dogs, here are five tips with veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debra Horwitz and myself. Together; we presented this talk, in conjunction with the book “Decoding Your Dog” authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, at Western States Veterinary Conference during sessions called WVC Live, Las Vegas on February 17. – Zen dogs – The…

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