Scientific research about whether you should include a pet in your online dating profile pic is, not surprisingly, rather flimsy. According to some studies, a dog in your profile photograph is guaranteed to get the replies rolling on... and then, according to other studies, a dog can actually reduce your chances of finding a date.
In a world that focuses on instant gratification, I try to remind myself that things take time. Hey, I started out as a little guy myself. I didn't grow into this buff, handsome fella overnight -- it took time.
I never thought that the process of rescuing and raising a puppy would be this wonderful, and this influential on my children's lives. Theo continues to teach us all about love, patience and compassion, and it's taking everything I have not to run out and adopt them all.
As the warmth of the season beckons us outdoors, many pet and plant lovers are caught in the crossroads -- is it possible to intertwine a love for nature while meeting the needs of our beloved domestics? The short answer is yes -- with a little bit of ingenuity!
People roll their eyes at comparisons of dogs to children, and I support this exasperation -- in theory. At the same time, in my heart of hearts, I know that our dog has profoundly influenced my experience as a mother.
In the age of social media and the transparency of everything, traditional sheltering and animal control models that essentially amount to population control by the sanctioned killing of homeless pets just do not stand up to scrutiny.
For the animals in Mancora, the situation is abysmal:Hungry dogs roam the street, half limping as they go because they were hit by a moto taxi; emaciated cats, always seemingly pregnant, search for anything to eat. This is the daily scene in the market.
If you have a pet then you surely know how difficult it can be to choose a quality pet food these days. With yet another pet food recall last week, pet owners have to wonder why premium pet foods continue to have recalls.
Growing up, I always had family pets, but Jack is the first pet that is really all mine. He has been one of my best friends for the better part of 10 ...
The underlying sentiment is that our dog is going to die anyway so why not relieve ourselves of the discomfort and inconvenience. I have worked with animals and people for decades -- it is both my passion and my career -- so I was caught off-guard when I felt that subtle pressure from mainstream society to put my dog down and move on with life.
Sure, these antics are frowned upon, but they're de rigueur and wildly popular for getting the most out of a hotel stay on the sly.
The thing is, having a well-trained dog doesn't happen overnight. But you don't have to drill your dog in obedience for hours a day; in fact, dogs learn better in shorter practice sessions.
Every girl needs a dog. I'm not saying boys don't need dogs. And I'm not cat bashing, either. Cats are cute. Yeah, I said it. But, I still say every girl needs a dog. Please hold all eye rolls until I've pled my case.
I know I can't fix her leg, but I wonder how I can fix the rest. And then it occurs to me: when I was broken inside, what fixed me was her.
Two days after we adopted Boomer, or she adopted us, my hair fell out. I stared at my reflection (and a crazy-looking woman looked back) for a couple of moments, and then I said aloud, "F*ck it. Go downstairs and cuddle your puppy."
We are both afraid. But she is braver than I am. This morning, she climbed calmly, willingly up into the station wagon of these people who are strangers to her. To come here. I, too, got into a car that brought me to this place.