The internet and your pet: watch out for this danger

The internet and your pet: watch out for this danger

Stories that I get exposed to throughout the day either have a positive effect on my mood and sense of well-being or a negative one. While the facts from any particular story do contribute to the feelings that the reader gets, other intangibles also have an effect. Many times I have read stories that describe something terrible but then go on to put a positive or a “miraculous” spin to […]

Prepare now for the unexpected pet emergency

Prepare now for the unexpected pet emergency

Duke is at least fourteen years old and for a large dog, this places him well into the geriatric range. This is the part of his life that should be spent relaxing in the morning light, eating his favorite treats, getting petted whenever he wants, and given all that an older gentleman would deserve in his golden years. Over the years, Duke has served his family and performed his duties […]

Have a pet? Prepare now for a worry-free vacation

Have a pet? Prepare now for a worry-free vacation

While walking down to the supermarket one Sunday, I noticed a passenger plane flying overhead and immediately started imagining all the exciting places that those passengers were heading off to. This daydreaming led to an overwhelming feeling of freedom combined with the desire to “escape” which in an instant transported my mind to all corners of the globe. I began thinking how much a little unplanned escape would allow me […]

Do this now to protect your pets in an emergency

Do this now to protect your pets in an emergency

Here in South Florida we’ve been lucky the past several years because, thankfully, every single hurricane coming at us somehow took a detour away from us or had a last-minute lessening of intensity from hurricane to “tropical storm” status. Now as we near the end of yet another calm hurricane season, I notice something happening to the psyche of many Floridians: we’re starting to get the feeling that “it will […]

Who’s the good dog? Solutions to problem pet behaviors

Who’s the good dog? Solutions to problem pet behaviors

One Sunday last month, the sun had barely risen when I was awakened by a banging on my front door. As I cautiously looked out the side window I could make out my neighbor, Mr. Velez, standing there and looking quite upset. “I don’t know what happened last night, but your dog kept barking and kept us up all night, and we do have to work in the morning!” Before […]

What happens when your best buddy slows down?

What happens when your best buddy slows down?

My dog Daisy was adopted and joined my family when Duke was already five years old. From the moment the two dogs set eyes on each other, something beautiful occurred–the two together became better than they seemed to be alone, each bringing out the best characteristics of the other. Duke always treats Daisy with gentleness and respect and Daisy reciprocates by being loving and trustworthy. Theirs is a relationship based […]

When was the last time your pet had a headache?

When was the last time your pet had a headache?

How do you know if your dog has a headache? You don’t. Obviously our pets can’t complain about minor aches and pains or make a dramatic scene to let everyone know how much they suffer. If our pets have mild aches and pains, most of the time they will simply wait it out in silence. While you might think this creates a disadvantage for them, I do have another point […]