Pets with Benefits

I’ve talked about how pets make our lives better, how companion animals are great company and therapy in many instances.  Studies have shown that pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, were less lonely, were more conscientious, were more socially outgoing, and had healthier relationship styles.   Now,


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Many years ago, in a city far, far away, there lived a young newywed, with a lovely young wife.  He knew that making her parents happy would go a long way to keeping her happy, so he set out to find a way into their hearts.   Lo and behold, he found out that her mother wanted a canary.  The young man had contacts, including a

No Nutts

I’ve met a lot of genuinely nice people in this business, but I have to give a shout out to one particular local effort that is being made on the behalf of our pets.   We all know that the first step to controlling pet population is through responsible spay/neuter policies.  And that’s what we’re talking about
I’ve written about the difference between good and bad dog breeders and adopting shelter dogs.  This week, I’d like to talk to you about someone who is one of the good ones, in more ways than one. Kim Gibson is a very good friend of ours.  We met her through work, when she helped us out for a few weeks in an emergency, and

Dogs Have Owners

Dogs have owners, Cats have staff. Never knew just how true that was until I brought home a Bengal kitten for my daughter.  I had brought one in for my best friend years before and he wanted to get a second one, so I brought in two.  And took the second one home, where he was christened Streaky Bell.  The name of the cat was a


I’ve had two types of dogs in my life, Dachshunds and Schnauzers.  You can’t help but have a special place in your heart for the things you are familiar with, and having bonded for decades with these two breeds, I have to admit, I’m biased towards them.  I love all animals equally, just a familiar few are a little

Companion Animals

There have been numerous studies about how companion animals enrich our lives. From children having stronger immune systems in houses with a pet, to the therapeutic effects a companion animal can have after the loss of a spouse.  They are a vital part of the daily lives of a large portion of the population.  There is no way you can


There is no debate that our life is improved by sharing it with pets.  Not everyone is a pet person, granted.  For those of us that are pet people, we find the addition of a companion animal into our lives can increase the enjoyment of that life immeasurably.   Some companion animals have big responsibilities on top of being a
Writing this column has been a great experience for me.  Almost daily someone mentions it, or recognizes me on the street and asks about a subject I’ve written about.  I never thought it would grow like this, but thank you everyone, for reading it and giving me the feedback.  Between the column and my Aardvark Pets 1964


Adoption.  In December, I wrote about the difference between puppy mills and breeders.  Last month I wrote about the irreplaceable DeeDee.  Well, the week after, we went down another street, and adopted a 4yr old, 7lb toy poodle, Cuppa Joe. Joe was rescued from a backyard breeder.  Kim at Vada’s Club K9, who does nail