Adopt a Dachschund

Recently we went to a great adoption event for, hosted by our friends at


New, But Costly, Treatments to Save Pets

The NY Times has an interesting story about new, advanced medical procedures that prolong a pet’s life. Like end-of-life treatments for people, these procedures are often expensive and also raise the question of what is the quality of life the procedure will bring? If you have brought an elderly and very sick pet to the vet recently, you have probably been asked to fill out a form authorizing how far you would be willing to go with your pet’s treatment. How far would you go?

The Original Motorcycle Dog

This dog, whose name is Dog, was an early adopter of canine motorcycle riding. He rides with his owner, and he can even take his goggles off by himself.

Video: A Big Welcome From A Big Dog
A video camera captured this giant Great Dane welcoming his military dad back home — a heartwarming moment!

Understanding Your Pet’s Body Language

According to an article in the Miami Herald, our pets’ body language speaks volumes about how they’re feeling. Mary Burch, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who works for the American Kennel Club says when a dog stares directly at you, he could be issuing a threat, and if your dog’s mouth is closed with his lips pulled back at the corners, he might be scared. A stressed or scared dog’s eyes gets smaller and he pulls his ears so far back they appear to be plastered to his head. Click here for more details on animal body language.

The Ethics of Dog Ownership

Today the author of the New York Times’ Ethicist column, Ariel Kaminer, tackled a reader’s question regarding who is responsible for a dog’s bad behavior when a friend is taking care of the dog — the owners of the dog or the friend? It sparked an interesting debate on the NYT website. Click here to read the various opinions and find out which side the Ethicist took.

How Pets Affect Your Health, Good and Bad

Hyptertension, obesity, bone strength and allergies all get a positive boost for those who own dogs or cats. Pet owners also live longer and are more likely to quit smoking for the sake of their pet. On the converse side, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year (most of them children), and ringworm, MRSA and the plague are all communicable by pets. Here’s more on the pros and cons of pet ownership.

The Hypoallergenic Dog Myth is Exposed

Bad news for the allergy-prone owners of Portuguese Water Dogs, Poodles, Schnauzers and other breeds that are considered “hypoallergenic.” A new study published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy shows that these so-called allergy-free pooches have just as much allergens as other breeds. “We found no scientific basis to the claim hypoallergenic dogs have less allergen,” says Christine Cole Johnson, senior author of the study. “The idea that you can buy a certain breed of dog and think it will cause less allergy problems for a person already dog-allergic is not borne out by our study.”

Dog-Hair Sweaters a New Fashion Trend?

A 1997 book called Knitting With Dog Hair: Better a Sweater From a Dog You Know and Love Than From a Sheep You’ll Never Meet introduced dog owners to the concept of using canine fur to weave blankets, sweaters and mittens. Now a group in Boulder, Colorado is trying to create an industry around it. They’re calling the fabric chiengora (a mash-up of the French word for dog, chien, and the word angora), and they claim it doesn’t smell like wet dog when it gets wet.

Pet Hotels, More Popular Than Ever

Business travelers and baby boomers are taking advantage of the pet hotels popping up near airports across the country. Suites, flat-screen TVs, and webcams for pet owners to check in on their pooches while they’re away are just some of the amenities offered at these facilities, according to this article in the New York Times.