Cats and Kids: Can They Be Best Friends?

Cats and Kids: Can They Be Best Friends?

Kids & Family

Kids and cats go together like mac ’n’ cheese. Cats offer warm companionship for children and the life-long value of compassion for sentient, living beings. In children, cats have a built-in playmate and attention-giver. What can be a special relationship takes work to build, though, to ensure that cats and children enjoy a stress-free experience […]

Acupuncture: Can It Help Reduce Pet Stress At The Vet?

Acupuncture: Can It Help Reduce Pet Stress At The Vet?

Health & Nutrition

“Daeli receives regular acupuncture sessions. She was once very afraid of the needles and she still gets a little worried right before, but she relaxes as you can see here,” says KristyAnn Brock, DVM, CCRP, CVA, Fear Free associate veterinarian at Viking Veterinary Care in Portland, Oregon. The idea of sticking needles in your dog […]

Team Effort Makes Training Fun, Successful

Team Effort Makes Training Fun, Successful

Behavior & Training

Not long ago, a woman contacted me about her dog. He was an accomplished trash can raider and recently had surgery to remove several foreign objects from his intestinal tract. “I guess it’s time for him to be trained,” she said. This idea that training is something that happens to the dog is not unusual. […]

Marriage Pending? How Do You Merge Your Pets?

Marriage Pending? How Do You Merge Your Pets?

Exercise & Enrichment

Moving from San Diego to Dallas a few years ago, I bravely left my being-single comfort zone and joined an online dating service. My biggest concern wasn’t if I would find the person of my dreams, but rather, how dating would emotionally impact my dogs, Kona and Cleo, and my cat, Casey. Seriously. And, I’m […]