Julie Barton and Bunker

Book Review ~ Dog Medicine by Julie Barton

Julie Barton’s book Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me from Myself  tells her story of becoming healed by sharing her life with a golden retriever named Bunker. I have written about therapy dogs and have experienced the lifesaving intervention of our little Pomeranian, Puffy, …
Happy Woman with Cat

The Ups and Downs of Volunteering

There is nothing glamorous about volunteering at an animal shelter. I feel the need to stress this because the job often gets glamorized, causing volunteers to resign after only a few shifts. I believe that these short-lived volunteers have the best of …
Yellow Lab in Hydrangea Bush

Dogs Dig Gardens

If you are enthusiastic about having a nice looking yard but are also an ardent dog lover, these two passions are often in conflict. Massive dig holes can appear in a matter of minutes; delicate flowerbeds are often trampled; branches of a …
Dog and Cat

Diabetes in Cats and Dogs

Most of us are familiar with diabetes as a condition that affects people, but did you know that dogs and cats can develop diabetes too? It is estimated that around one in every 500 dogs and two in every 500 cats will …
Clown Loach

Consider a Loach

I make my living as a freelance writer and though a lot of my work is in the health and fitness niche, I also get the opportunity to write content for aquarium websites, newsletters and even e-books on a fairly regular basis. This …
Maine Coon Cat

Playtime a Must for a Healthy Cat

It takes more than just food, water and shelter to keep your cat healthy and happy. It also requires exercise and mental stimulation. From the time they are kittens to the time they are considered senior felines, cats need toys! Especially now …
Old Dog

Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

Have you ever seen an old toy poodle with a severe dry hair coat and a noticeable pot belly who walks around panting all the time?  This is a typical presentation for hyperadrenocorticism — Cushing’s Disease — which affects middle aged to …
Running Dog

Training 101 – WAIT and COME Commands

To successfully train your dog, you must be prepared to practice every day. Short and often is the best policy. Several five to ten minute sessions a day will give your dog plenty of time to build reliability, even around distractions. It is …