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October 2012 – Humane law enacted!   Landlords in California can no longer require tenants to declaw or de-bark their pets.

Luxury Doghouses and the Dogs That Couldn’t Care Less

Your dog doing yoga with you = doga  !     Having a pet really can get you moving around more.


By Helping a Girl Testify at a Rape Trial, a Dog Ignites a Legal Debate

Grandpuppies”  for when  one’s children don’t have children  …    (4/7/2011)     


 Genetic Tests Being Used to Identify Animal Abusers          Two convictions, returned on March 8 2011 in New York City are part of a  handful that have been won in the country, but the existence of DNA evidence has encouraged many defendants to plead guilty.


Trying to Determine if Dogs are Self-Aware

Apes, elephants, dolphins and 2 year old humans are among the ‘elite’ who can recognize themselves in a mirror.  What about dogs?


 The Error of Giving Medicines for Humans to Pets

The story of how a physician learned that ibuprofen can poison dogs, as well as cause ulcers, intestinal bleeding and kidney damage.   Artificial sweeteners, like Xylitol are a big problem, but stomach remedies, Pepcid and Immodium, are not.   The bottom line is that while your domesticated pets may act like small children and your children may, at times, act like wild animals, when it comes to health care, they should always be considered different species.    Source:      Tara Parker-Pope       New York Times      January 20, 2011


Rendell wants to create a network of animal shelters at prisons – assisting 2 populations in need

The number of stray animals in Pennsylvania is on the rise.  Prison inmates often benefit from the experience of training dogs.  Rendell plans to raise money for the endeavor.


Octogenarians Fined $12,000 in Battle with Condo Association over Cat                                                                 

Careless legal representation  further complicated matters.                                                        


Residents of this Building in NY Are Required to Spay or Neuter their Pets                                                                                                                                                      Source:      Christine Haughney      New York Times           January 24, 2011


Home Cooking for Pets ? 

It has advocates, but care must be taken regarding nutritional requirements.             


When Hormone Creams Expose Pets and Others to Risks 

Veterinarians around the country are reporting a strange phenomenon: spayed dogs and cats, even some puppies and kittens, are suddenly becoming hormonal.  Now vets have identified the culprit. The pets were all owned by women who used hormone creams on their hands, arms and legs to counter symptoms of menopause. Animals who licked or cuddled their owners, or rubbed up against their legs, were being inadvertently exposed to doses of hormone drugs.

 Women should be counseled about safe use of a topical hormone cream.  After applying, they should thoroughly wash their hands before handling food, children or pets. Products should dry completely before the user comes into contact with people or animals, and women may want to consider changing the area where they apply the cream or covering it with long sleeves or slacks.                                                                                   Source:      Tara Parker-Pope       New York Times      October 25, 2010


Should you ‘Foster’ a Pet ?

Fostering rescue pets is a lesson in loving and letting go. It’s a great fit for older animal lovers who want to share themselves and their homes fully, but not forever.   “Fostering is particularly attractive to older people who generally have more flexible schedules and more time to devote to animals in need,” says Kim Intino, director of shelter services for the Humane Society of the United States.      Read more …..

Source:  Lisa Kaplan Gordon (AARP)    October 15, 2010


Wow – there’s a lot to think about when you’re naming that new doggie !

Source:  Jan Hoffman     New York Times      April 3, 2013 


Things to consider if you are an older adult in the process of getting a new pet.       Source:  Debbie Swanson     Next Avenue   3/27/2013 



Blogs about Pets

Elderbulls  –  A blog written about the life of  Sarge, a 16 year old, formerly abused, pit bull, who now brings happy moments to elders, children and everyone in between by being a certified therapy dog  and a humane educator !

A list of pet blogs from BlogPaws –


Max & Daisy
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