About Kim Campbell Thornton

Kim Campbell Thornton has been writing about dogs and cats for 32 years. She is the award-winning author of more than two dozen books and hundreds of articles on animal care, health and behavior. Her muses are two Cavaliers and a Pomihuahua.

10 Trail Tips for Hiking With Dogs

10 Trail Tips for Hiking With Dogs

Travel & Safety

Hiking is one of the most special ways to spend time outdoors with dogs. Besides the activity aspect, they open our eyes to the presence of birds and wildlife—I still remember fondly the time my dog Bella “pointed” mule deer—and remind us to stop and smell the flowers, listen to the bees and woodpeckers, and […]

Do Dogs Need a Daily Walk?

Do Dogs Need a Daily Walk?

Exercise & Enrichment

It’s important for dogs to get daily exercise. In fact, many of us get dogs to help ensure that we get more exercise. But life gets in the way, and sometimes walking the dog falls low on the priority list. We get it. Walking a dog can be a big commitment, especially if you have […]

Cabin Fever: Keep Kids and Pets Happy in Isolation

Cabin Fever: Keep Kids and Pets Happy in Isolation

Exercise & Enrichment

Got bored kids, dogs, and cats at home because of the quarantine? To the rescue are two new books by Fear Free contributor Arden Moore, herself a Fear Free certified professional. She has written “A Kid’s Guide To Cats” and “A Kid’s Guide To Dogs” (Storey Publishing, ebook, $9.99, paperback, $14.95). Both are filled with […]

Dog Sports Roundup

Dog Sports Roundup

Exercise & Enrichment

Is walking your dog getting to be a drag? Do you and your dog want to be more active outdoors? Have you ever thought it would be fun to try a dog sport but don’t know which one, how to get started, or where to practice? We have the answers that will get you and […]

Fitness Resolutions Go to the Dogs

Fitness Resolutions Go to the Dogs

Exercise & Enrichment

Is getting—and staying—in shape one of your New Year’s resolutions? Include your dogs, too; it’s good for their physical and mental health. But before you haul them out on a five-mile run, talk to your veterinarian about their current condition and the best ways to make sure they don’t suffer from weekend warrior syndrome—the aches […]

How to Be Safe Around Trippy Cats

How to Be Safe Around Trippy Cats

Travel & Safety

Tortie and Brutus are dedicated leg weavers. Fuzz is a burly 14-pound obstacle who plants herself in walkways, daring 55-year-old owner Cary Cook of Orangeville, Illinois, to trip over her. Which she does, frequently. “They’re dangerous!” she says of her three cats, who have caused her to trip or fall more than a few times, […]

How to Know If Your Cat Is Happy

How to Know If Your Cat Is Happy

Exercise & Enrichment

September is Happy Cat Month. It’s a special celebration created by—who else?—the CATalyst Council. The organization’s purpose is to help spread education and awareness about the health, welfare, and importance of our companion cats. Is your cat happy? We talked to an expert, as well as several cat-loving humans, about how to know if cats […]

Fostering Tiny Felines is Fun and Rewarding

Fostering Tiny Felines is Fun and Rewarding

Kittens & Puppies, Shelter Animals

Want to save a cat’s life with only a short-term commitment? Consider fostering a litter of kittens. In summer, shelters are overrun with kittens, often with multiple litters coming in daily. In many shelters, young kittens need feeding and care ‘round the clock, care that understaffed shelters are unable to give. Without volunteers and foster […]