For parents who are considering a service dog for a child with autism, the following may be of interest. However, before you continue, I want to stress that this is MY opinion, based on MY experience. Therefore, you are free to disagree.
When you are with people who love animals, eventually the question arises whether non-human animals have souls. I posed this question to metaphysical scholar, Dr. Norman Wilson. His thoughtful answer held us spellbound.
There is a widely-held notion that one year of a dog’s life is equivalent to seven years of a human’s. But the calculation to determine a dog’s age is more complicated. Breed, size, health and other facets ultimately determine how long a dog will live. Most people, however, realize that large-breed dogs do not live […]
Do you leave music on when you leave home, thinking your pooch will enjoy it, that the music will fill some of the emptiness he or she might feel in your absence? Well, you might be right – or wrong, depending on the music you select and the dog(s) you have. As mammals, it’s understandable […]
A true story: “The dog is limping,” I said to my husband. “Well, let’s wait a couple days and see how he is.” “He’s limping badly. Something’s wrong,” I emphasized. “Well, maybe he just sprained something. Let’s see how he is in a day or two.” “We have pet insurance,” I reminded him. “I’ll call the […]
Here in Washington state, the newspapers covered a truly despicable puppy mill. The papers were explicit in their description of what was found. The state of many of these animals, confined for years to metal cages, without ventilation, breathing and suffering from ammonia fumes released by their urine, standing knee deep in their own feces, […]
What is a service dog? A service dog is not a pet. A service dog performs some of the functions a person cannot do for themselves. For example….
Do you watch dog trainers on television? I do and one of my favorites is Victoria Stilwell, host of the unfortunate title, It‘s me or the dog. What I most admire about her training principles–and actions–are the positive techniques she employs. She has said, “We must stop dominance-based and punitive training methods.” I completely agree. […]
Bonnie and Clyde weren’t the only ones caught after a crime spree. The photo here of my neighbor, Patti Cole, and her two chocolate labs (note their names!) aren’t exactly criminals, although they are mischievous. Visiting with them, I am reminded of an amazing crime that was solved because of a dog’s nose. Not, as […]
We do love our dogs (and cats). Just note the fact that in the preceding years of our recession, the only expenditure that steadily increased were those paid for the care of our pets. Some of us dress them up, talk “baby talk” to them, adorn them in collars with diamonds, color their fur, and […]
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