Archive for Category: "Dogs"

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: Compelling Versus Inspiring

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: Compelling Versus Inspiring

Punishment is becoming passé. Rather than compelling your pet to do what is requested, consider inspiring him or her. Teddy Roosevelt described his foreign policy as, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Historically, mankind has embraced this approach to relations. Indeed, many people associate training their pooch with domineering techniques that essentially bully pups [...]

Jog a Dog: Forgo the Gym, Get a Pooch

Jog a Dog: Forgo the Gym, Get a Pooch

Determined to get in shape this year? Forget the gym membership, get a dog. Canines are excellent exercise partners. If you’d like to reach your fitness goals, visit your local shelter and take Buddy for a test run. January is a boon month for fitness centers and cold (or so I’ve been told). New Year’s [...]

Howliday Horrors: Keeping Pets Safe During the Season

Howliday Horrors: Keeping Pets Safe During the Season

Don’t let the Grrrrinch steal your Christmas. Safeguard your pets against holiday dangers so you can all enjoy the season. Oh! The Christmas tree can be hazardous to your cat and dog’s health. Stabilize these monkey gyms by using guylines or hanging trees from the ceiling. Leave ornaments off branches within paw’s reach. Avoid using [...]

Furrustration: Deciphering Hawaii Quarantine Laws

Furrustration: Deciphering Hawaii Quarantine Laws

Thinking about taking your kamaaiana kitty to Kentucky? Want a Weimaraner from Wisconsin? Moving to Poipu with a pointer? Hawaii is the only state in the nation that is rabies free and it’s rabid about keeping it that way. Unless your pet has been living in the British Isles, Australia, Guam or New Zealand for [...]

Meowlo: Pets Teach Us Life’s Big Lessons

Meowlo: Pets Teach Us Life’s Big Lessons

Are you tired of your dog snacking his way through your closet? Of your cat’s preference for the laptop over your lap? Of having every item methodically batted off your nightstand at 4 a.m.? Of being treated like a human bowling pin after a long day of work? Admittedly, our companion animals may need some [...]