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.

Got A Fraidy Cat?

Got A Fraidy Cat?

Training

Does your cat streak for the bedroom and dash underneath the bed every time she hears the doorbell ring? Do visitors seem disbelieving that you actually have a cat because they’ve never seen her? I know just how you feel. That was the case with my cat Shelby, a beautiful but painfully shy black-and-white domestic […]

Does Your Old Dog Need A Young Friend?

Does Your Old Dog Need A Young Friend?

Senior Pets

You love your golden oldie canine more than anything, but your relationship has changed. He’s not as active as he used to be, and your days of jogging or hiking with him are in the past. Maybe a puppy would revitalize him and give you a new exercise partner. Before you move ahead with that […]

Planning Saves People And Pets During Disasters

Planning Saves People And Pets During Disasters

Travel & Safety

As Hurricane Harvey heads toward the southeastern coast of the United States, it’s a good idea to review your family’s disaster preparedness plan. You do have one, right? Whether you live in Tornado Alley or an earthquake, fire, or flood zone, you need to have a plan to ensure the safety of family members, including […]

Good Pet Guests Are Made, Not Born

Good Pet Guests Are Made, Not Born

Travel & Safety

Who’s a good boy or girl? Your pet, we hope, when visiting your friends or family. Whether you’re bringing Reggie or Ravenna to a friend’s home for a couple of hours or to a relative’s home for a week-long stay, your pet’s behavior will determine whether his presence is considered delightful or destructive. Here are […]

Hospice Care: What to Know About Quality of Life

Hospice Care: What to Know About Quality of Life

Senior Pets

The goal of hospice is to ensure your dog’s health, comfort, and happiness. Those three elements comprise quality of life: your dog’s physical, mental and social wellbeing. “The philosophy of maintaining quality of life at the end of life honors the human-animal bond,” says Alice Villalobos, DVM, a veterinary oncologist who is considered the godmother […]

How To Get The Most From Pet Health Insurance

How To Get The Most From Pet Health Insurance

Health, Vet Visits

Planning to get a puppy or kitten soon, a young adult pet, or even an adult animal? Pet health insurance can be a good buy. Companies that offer the coverage provide a variety of plans that meet the different needs of pet owners, from the person who wants emergency coverage only to the one who […]