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No Kidding: Adopt a Pet and Save the Earth

No Kidding: Adopt a Pet and Save the Earth

In a world teeming with humans, pet parenthood could help save the planet. Forget cats and dogs, it’s raining humans. In 1999 the world population was 6 billion according to the US Census Bureau. In 2044, it’s expected to hit 9 billion, an increase of 50 percent in just 45 years. Our species is not [...]

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 [...]