Fri 06.17.16

The sales of popular pet care products are expected to reach almost $63 billion dollars this year. Although many of us purchase toys and treats for our animals, it doesn’t mean we’re stuck with traditional remedies when it comes to more natural solutions that are available. 

For example, mosquitoes pose a real threat to animals, even if they’re already on heartworm medication as a part of their basic health care routine, these pests can still inflict pesky,... Read more

Wed 06.01.16

  Science is continuing to improve the lifespan of not only humans but pets too. To put age into perspective, a 7-year-old dog is equivalent to a 49-year-old owner. A 7-year-old cat is equivalent to a 45-year-old owner. With a lengthier lifespan comes the responsibility for pet owners to be able to keep up with the annual cost of pet health and food expenses. And a loyal pet owner will want his or her dog around to live a happy, healthy life for as long as reasonably... Read more

Fri 05.20.16

In a dog’s lifespan, a family could have as many as 2,000 arguments over everything from cleanup duty to training to the dog’s whereabouts during vacations. Oddly enough, none of the top 20 human versus pet arguments include who’s left in charge should the pet owner pass away naturally or how to handle a pet during an emergency.

Why? Approximately 71 percent of people under the age of 34 and 41 percent of baby boomers (ages 50 to 70) haven’t bothered to create... Read more

Sun 05.08.16

Vision loss in dogs doesn’t always happen at once. Dog owners may notice subtle things like the dog not knowing a dish is full unless it sniffs for the smell of food or hears the dish being placed onto the floor. It could be that the dog doesn’t seem to run toward birds, squirrels or other things that it used to flee to as a puppy. 

Maybe the dog is suddenly clumsy, or starts bumping into furniture during the day or night.

Whatever the curious... Read more

Tue 05.03.16

 Whether you’re the homeowner who is fed up with dogs urinating or defecating on your lawn or you’re the dog walker to blame, pets peeing and pooping are always up for discussion. As with humans, any living being has to relieve him or herself at some point and time. It’s how the body works. Considerate dog owners will keep pooper scoopers and plastic bags on-hand to avoid ruining a distracted pedestrian’s shoes or someone’s manicured lawn. But what happens when pet... Read more

Sat 04.30.16

Opal (Opie) and Dixie, once my little 3-month old puppies, are now 14! And, I must say, they’re in pretty darn good health, considering their age. Because they both have long backs and short legs, which often leads to vertebrae problems, the girls have been going for light, regular chiro alignments for the past several years. Opal gets acupuncture as well. Besides these treatments, healthy organic diets along with vitamins and supplements, having their weight kept in... Read more

Fri 04.22.16

This topic came to mind because here in San Francisco I've noticed a troubling rise in missing dogs. Not too long ago, a Chihuahua was stolen from a a parked -- and locked -- car, outside a supermarket. An elderly Beagle was taken while tethered by the entrance to Whole Foods, in plain view of workers and customers. And only two weeks ago, a chocolate Lab was taken from outside a Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood while the owners were inside, dining. 

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Thu 04.14.16

In an interesting spin on a countdown of best workplaces, Contently ran down “The 6 Most Unique Co-Working Spaces in the World.” The workspaces for freelancers range from kayaking, scuba diving, climbing and surfing. That made us wonder what would it be like to have a dog office, even outside of Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 24, 2016.

For those who aren’t already familiar with Take Your Dog to Work Day, or Take Your Pet to Work Week, the first celebration... Read more

Sun 04.10.16

If you’re a dog owner who has never come home to a suspicious piece of tissue, something half eaten from the garbage or a random shoe with tooth marks, your dog may be a robot. No matter what breed the dog is, or how well-behaved, something like this is bound to arise for even the best pet owner. And while the dog may initially be the first to blame, how many owners step back and wonder, “Did this happen because I was gone too long?”

According to a recent story... Read more

Fri 03.18.16

Just the thought of someone scratching a chalkboard can make humans cringe. Now multiply that feeling by two to five if a fire truck or vacuum is turned on. Welcome to the world of dogs and cats.

Jarring loud noises like these can make a dog run into hiding, especially the closer the loud noise gets to him or her. According to PetMeds, dogs can hear at a frequency range of 40 to 60,000 hertz (Hz). Human hearing range is approximately 20 and 20,000 Hz. (Cats are... Read more