While puppies are innately cute, sweet, little fur balls, they have the potential to become barking, whining creatures of destruction if you don’t prepare yourself and your home for the arrival of your new canine wonder. A good way to prepare for a new puppy is to read a book such as The Love That <... >
It’s time for summer getaways, whether it’s a quick weekend to the Hamptons or a longer stay at a woodland retreat in the Catskills. If you’re lucky enough to be able to bring your best furry friend, you know that your pet comes with a lot of baggage!
Some of my earliest childhood memories were walks around my neighborhood with my dad and our German Shepherd mix named Fangs (he was a sweetie and not at all like his name suggested!)
My dog is a tugger, a puller, a lunger. Embarrassing for me to admit, that as writer about pets, I can’t even walk my own dog! Darby has always had a strong hunting instinct, coming from a line of champion field Irish Setters. So every walk since she was a puppy has been an adventure. <... >
We all remember the expression ” good fences make good neighborhoods”. However in New York where most dog owners live in small apartments, nestled in close proximity to each other separated only by paper-thin walls, we need to discover alternative measures to maintain amicable relations. I recently received a letter from the Department of Environmental <... >
I have three terrific dogs, a high-energy American Dingo boy and two lively Beagle girls. We’re so happy to bid farewell to brutal winter and relish pleasant spring. Now we can return to our long walks during the week and vigorous hikes on the weekends. These pups and people relentlessly seek activity, fresh air and <... >
I love receiving catalogs in the mail, which I know doesn’t make me a friend of the environment. It’s a guilty pleasure, leafing through the pages, looking at items that I don’t need. It’s a lazy way to get my dose of window shopping, without actually having to leave my home. Yesterday my mailbox offered <... >
The extent of the devastation in Japan from multiple catastrophes – earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crises – has been in the forefront of relief efforts worldwide. As we have seen from Hurricane Katrina, it is not just the people in the stricken areas that need aid, but animals could use a helping hand too. The <... >
How many times has your kitty woken you up in the middle of the night, because she’s chasing her favorite toy (no doubt it’s the one with the loud bell!) around your bedroom?
My friends Ryan and Corinne just brought home the cutest puppy from the local animal shelter. They think she is a lab-sheperd mix. She has the sweetest face and clever eyes. They have named her Matisse. As new dog owners they weren’t prepared for the multitude of things new fur parents have to do. That <... >