Dogs of War Documentary: PTSD Veterans & Shelter Dogs

by Mary Haight on November 11, 2014

dogs of war documentaryThe Dogs of War documentary series premieres tonight on A&E, 10pm Eastern, and will be one reality show worth watching. This series will follow individuals and their dogs and does not shrink from capturing on film what living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is like, and what a vital role these dogs play in the healing process. [click to continue…]

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Compassion Fatigue: Managing Risk in Animal Care

by Mary Haight on October 31, 2014

compassion fatigue and suicideCompassion fatigue, depression, and suicide in the veterinary community has been in the news recently, with the stunning loss of internationally renowned animal behaviorist and speaker Dr Sophia Yin, DVM. [click to continue…]

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pet parents

Do you think of yourself as a pet parent or more as a pet owner? In the interest of full disclosure, I think of us as pet parents and here’s why: We are responsible for similar basics parents of toddlers are. Our pet’s physical and mental well-being, their healthy curiosity about and confidence in the world around them, and opportunities to learn through positive experiences are up to us.

Maybe you think pet parents is a too mawkish, over the top phrase — but not so fast. The relationship we have with our dogs may be closer to pet parents than you think.

A growing body of published research shows how similar dog emotions can be to our own. Now a neurobiological study provides another piece of this puzzle from the human side of this equation.

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Dog Laws & Sentience: A Scientist’s Epiphany

October 18, 2014

If you’ve been following the new studies on dogs conducted over the last few years, you’re likely to have been surprised, amazed, even thrilled at least once at what is being discovered — how much language dogs are capable of learning, the range of emotions they feel, how they think and how some reason. Do [...]

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Puppy Mills Fight Change: Be The Change Not For The Faint of Heart

October 16, 2014

While we were all looking in one direction of possible precedent-setting change through banning pet shops county-wide here in Illinois, as in a magic trick, puppy mill advocates won a disheartening victory where we weren’t looking. Not only do puppy mills fight change as they attempt to unravel ordinances banning pet shops in cities across [...]

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Dogs Rule Nonchalantly: When Dogs, Art, and Kickstarter Collide

September 30, 2014

Dogs Rule Nonchalantly authored by illustrator Mark Ulriksen was offered for review, and though I rarely accept book pitches due to the time involved, this one struck the right note. And who wouldn’t want to find out more about an artist who has his work in the Smithsonian and adorning the covers of magazines like [...]

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Pet Food 2.0: A Fresh Look At Industry Innovations

September 23, 2014

Pet Food 2.0 (9/23-24, Chicago) showcases advances in science-based nutritional ingredients, packaging, and distribution in a marketplace that has not experienced such change since the early days of the industry, according to John Siefert, CEO, VIRGO Publishing, the company responsible for this event. This disruption requires “a new standard for an evolved industry” supporting innovation [...]

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