Fri 04.23.10

Amid concerns from pet owners whose animals died after being treated with flea and tick products, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now requiring stricter labeling procedures from companies Merck & Co., Bayer AG and Pfizer Inc, the makers of products Frontline Top Spot for Dogs, Promeris Canine Flea Control and Enforcer Flea Drops for Cats.  Linked to 44,000 reports in 2008 alone, the products continue to cause pet mortality rates to rise rapidly.... Read more

Wed 04.21.10

The Humane Society of the United States just sent me a reminder about the upcoming Genesis Awards TV Special, and I'm glad they did! Every year The Genesis Awards pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues.

This weekend the 24th Genesis Awards TV Special will be airing on Animal Planet both Saturday, April 24th at noon ET/PT and on Sunday, April 25th at 1pm ET/PT (for... Read more

Fri 04.16.10

Of the many moving animal stories we hear these days, tales of people being forced to give up their pets due to these tough economic times are among the saddest. Like you, few of these loving pet parents ever imagined having to give up their pets. But for these victims of the economy who have unexpectedly found themselves unemployed or making far less income than that needed to survive, coming up with extra money to care for a pet can be next to impossible.  This is... Read more

Sun 04.11.10

I love this piece of news I just read! The reason behind the happy news is sad, but the end result Happy! And I loooove happy! The Monkton Conservation Commission in Monkton, Vermont won a $150K state grant that will be used to build two culverts under a stretch of road populated with a large number of amphibians.  The wildlife crossing will help salamanders, other amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals to safely maneuver from one end of the swamp to another without... Read more

Fri 04.02.10

Living in San Francisco, we're only too aware of natural disasters that occur without warning and force people out of their homes at a moment's notice.  Heavy snowfall this winter season has caused a number of cities back East to flood and countless homes to be destroyed because of rising water levels. A good friend of mine in Masschusetts is dealing with that nightmare at this very moment. Here in California, we worry about the ubiquitous "faults" becoming restless... Read more

Sun 03.28.10

Buying bunnies to give to children on Easter is a bad idea unless a promise is made to care for the bunny through thick and thin, until its dying day.  In addition to being high maintenance, these furry creatures are prone to claw, chew, and spray everything around them if they are not spayed or neutered.  Although they appear cute and cuddly when they are small, their sharp claws need constant maintenance to prevent them from ripping through clothing, furniture, and... Read more

Sat 02.27.10

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is crying foul.  The organization's tests have revealed that much of the "faux fur" sold by many retailers is actually anything but synthetic.  Tests have proven that the material often comes from fur-bearing animals including dogs, cats, and raccoon dogs that were raised in deplorable conditions in China. 

You might ask yourself how this is possible.  It's simple, really.  Due to a loophole in the Federal Fur... Read more

Thu 02.11.10

He's been your devoted sidekick for as long as you can remember.  You've taken long walks on the beach together and have calmed each other's anxieties during the toughest of times.  You provided physical, emotional, and financial support to him after he had his leg operated on and he showed you gratitude by meeting you at the door and planting a dozen wet kisses on your face. 

Up until this point, he has been your greatest source of comfort and the best friend... Read more

Sat 01.30.10

Move over Lassie, there's a more heroic dog in town!  A five year old paralyzed dachshund recently made headlines because of the role that he plays as a pet therapy dog.  Once a week, Super Lance, a nickname given to him by adoring fans, visits Miami Children's Hospital and serves as inspiration to the youngsters who spend their days recovering from serious illnesses and lifesaving surgeries.  The pint sized pooch had his spinal cord damaged by two herniated discs... Read more

Tue 01.05.10

Wendy Nan Rees and Kristen Hampshire, authors of the Dog Lover's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Living a Rich Life with Your Dog offer this recipe for a basic doggie deodorant:


2 bowls

1 cup (110 g) arrowroot flour, sifted

1 cup (110 g) cornstarch, sifted

¼ cup (18.4 g) baking soda

10 drops of tea tree oil

10 drops of sage, bergamot, grapefruit, lemongrass, or eucalyptus... Read more