Animal Rescue, Hoarding or Cruelty?

As a dog lover, I have the utmost respect for most animal rescue organizations. They rely on foster families, which are always hard to find. They make sure the dogs are treated for any health problems and vaccinated before being put up for adoption. Organizations like Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, CAPE (Center for Animal […]

HTF! (Heat, Ticks and Foxtails)

I’ll just say it: I despise summer. Mainly, it’s because I have Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. (The good news is now I get to join the majority of Californians who have some sort of disorder, syndrome or complicated issues). Most people slip into a deep funk when the days begin to shorten and cold and dark […]

Dog Evolution: How a Wolf Ended Up on My Bed

Ever watch one of those nature shows about wolves, then look at your 10-pound fur baby and think “how did a wolf end up on my bed?” Your little fluff really doesn’t look a whole lot like its sleek, 100-pound ancestor. So, how did it get here? There are competing theories and much academic infighting […]

The Difference Between Big Dogs and Small Dogs

Everyone can see the obvious difference between big dogs and small dogs: their size.  But according to those who have owned both, the difference between big dogs and small dogs is more than size. Physical needs, personality and temperament all set little dogs apart from their hulking cousins. Although no expert, I rely on what […]

From Dogs to Humans: Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. When dog owners think of the types of disease that can spread from dogs to humans, the most terrifying virus comes to mind: rabies. This virus has a fascinating history, one well-documented in the book Rabid by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy. The authors note […]