The term “responsible pet ownership” has its roots in “racism, classism, and the White dominant culture.” That is according to researchers with the University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection, who argued that some animal control policies perpetuate racial and income inequities in the United States. [...] Not only driven by “racism, classism, and the White … Continue reading Standards of Care
A recently published study in Australia found that pets help connect people within communities: "We found that people who had a pet were more likely, than those who didn't own a pet, to get to know people in their neighbourhood that they didn't know before," says [Associate Professor Lisa Wood from the University of Western … Continue reading Discussion: How Have Pets Helped Make Your Community Better?
As we rally against the needless killing of shelter pets for convenience, we sometimes tend to skip meaningful discussion on true euthanasia for our own pets. This is such an important issue to explore as it is often complicated and always heartbreaking. One way to lift the veil is by sharing our experiences, something I … Continue reading Discussion: End of Life Decisions
We took Schroeder to a mobile vaccine clinic in a grocery store parking lot to get his final puppy shots yesterday. Here are some of the other pets whose owners were waiting with us. The hound, the Chihuahua and the kitty are all from the same family. The black dog is their neighbor. Not everyone … Continue reading Pictures from a Mobile Vaccine Clinic in South Carolina
During the summer heat, keeping pets inside an air-conditioned environment is ideal but not possible for some owners and shelters. Here are a some tips for keeping dogs and cats safe and cool in the hot weather. We are not on a stationary planet. As such, the places that provide shade in your yard in … Continue reading Keeping Pets Safe and Cool in the Heat
In January, I posted about the Novartis plant shutdown in Lincoln, NE. I haven't seen anything new come across the wire about this and had assumed everything was back to normal. When I was unable to buy Interceptor (made by Novartis) today due to shortage of product, I began looking around. The Interceptor website doesn't … Continue reading Novartis Plant Still Shut Down
Ironically, I've done a post on a theme like this in the past but I can't recall where it is. (It's been a long time - at least I remember that much.) So here we are again. What are some things you remember regarding pet care, ownership, feeding, etc. from years gone by? I'll start: … Continue reading Remember When?
How to avoid becoming one of this summer's "Dog dies in hot car" statistics: If the weather can be described as warm, hot, or not cold - do not leave your dog unattended in the car. When in doubt about whether it would be ok to leave your dog in the car, do not leave … Continue reading Dog Death by Hot Car – 100% Preventable
When I see a dog rehoming ad that says "Needs large yard to run in", I translate that to: We don't exercise our dog. We expect him to do that himself but he doesn't seem to be doing it in our yard so I guess our yard is too small. Many dogs don't exercise themselves … Continue reading Needs Room to Roam – or Not
Terrierman has a post up about Veterinarians pushing for twice yearly well pet exams. One justification is the idea that every year is actually 7 "dog years" so you're really only bringing your dog in every 3.5 years. No sale there: Question: Do you think this vet tells hamster-owners that because their animals live for … Continue reading I Chortled