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It’s the #readathon! Find out what I’ll be reading and enter my giveaway. Also, some sad news.

Hi everyone, It is with a broken heart that I have to share the news that one of our family dogs, Penny, passed away yesterday. She lived 14 years happily among cats, dogs, humans and even a couple of turtles who loved her. I got to see her in February when I visited home and … Continue reading

Reading Series: Dogland – Pet Deserts

“The shelter is at the back end of the equation. People need to realize these animals are not the shelter’s problem; they’re the community’s problem.” I love this quote, which comes from Chris Protzman, interviewed by Dogland author Jacki Skole, who helped found the Blount County Animal Center. The chapter I’m currently blogging, Pet Deserts, … Continue reading

Join the @ASPCA and #GetTough on Dog Fighting!

Are you against dog fighting, but feel like you can’t do anything to help the cause? Well, I’m here to share the awesome news that the ASPCA has launched a new campaign in honor of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, which is on April 8. The ASPCA has made it easy and fun to get … Continue reading

Animals and the Law: Spotlight on Protection Orders

Note: Help for Abused and Battered Women, via If you need immediate assistance, call 911 or your local emergency service. For domestic violence helplines and shelters, click here. If you’re a man in an abusive relationship, read Help for Abused Men. In this post, I will be discussing orders of protection for companion animals … Continue reading

NYC: Please Support Proposed Legislation Requiring Pet Stores to Microchip!

In New York City, pet stores do not currently have to microchip a dog or cat prior to selling the animal. Local law Int. 0146-2014 seeks to change that. If you agree with me that pet stores in NYC should be microchipping cats and dogs before selling them (note: I do not support the selling … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Running Shoe Ad Depicts Dead Dog

Tasteless. “Our approach was humorous, and some people didn’t see it that way. There were clearly some people offended by it.” – Geoff Shaffer, global marketing director at Pearl Izumi. Mr. Shaffer doesn’t articulate the humor in depicting what appears to be a dead dog, and I wish he had so I could understand what I’m … Continue reading

Why We Need the PUPS Act: The Basics

Legislation has recently been proposed which would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to include pet dealers who sell dogs directly to the public (via e.g., the Internet) under the AWA’s definition of “pet dealer.” The legislation, referred to as the PUPS Act, would also include amendments pertaining to exercise standards of dogs maintained by … Continue reading