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Cancer Is Fun

That’s sarcasm, by the way. Cancer sucks, I hate cancer, cancer can go suck it. Anyway. When you have a dog, but especially when you have a dog who is a breed with a 50% occurrence of cancer in their lifetime, you learn to be vigilant. And by vigilant I mean you pick over your […]

Kissing: Reflections on Humans and Other Animals Making Out

We're in the dark about why kissing evolved in some human cultures and whether or not other animals are really kissing or just swapping saliva and smells and enjoying themselves.

Sully the Tortoise Successfully Undergoes Bladder Stone Removal Surgery

All NewsNationalInternational Sully the Tortoise Successfully Undergoes Bladder Stone Removal Surgery By Aly Semigran February 11, 2016 at 10:19AM / (0) comments Save to mypetMD Slow and steady wins the race, so it makes perfect sense...Show More Summary

Time for a New Blog

I've been thinking for a while that it might be time to start a new blog - one with a somewhat different emphasis. Horses are central to my life, but there are many other aspects to my life - and even aspects my life doesn't have yet but I'd like it to have - faith and spirituality, music, reading, writing, the way I want to live in the world... Show More Summary

Is It Possible That a Dog Could Be Racist?

New data shows that minor actions by a dog's owner can cause it to develop negative emotions toward particular people.

How Smart Is that Doggie at My Table? A Measurable Fido IQ

An exciting new study has discovered a generalized intelligence factor for dogs. The researchers found that dogs who did well on one test tended be better on other tests.

Dachshund Survives Back Surgery, Brings Joy to Couple Dealing With Cancer Diagnosis

All NewsNationalInternational Dachshund Survives Back Surgery, Brings Joy to Couple Dealing With Cancer Diagnosis By PetMD Editorial February 09, 2016 at 03:03PM / (0) comments Save to mypetMD By Helen-Anne Travis For the O'Sheas, it...Show More Summary

Parrot Paradise – Natural Encounters

One is never supposed to gush. It’s just not done, not if you want to be cool. Luckily, I’ve never been so constrained, so…. wait for it…. I’m going to gush. I’m mid-week into the Natural Encounters Animal Training and Management Workshop with Steve Martin and Dr. Susan Friedman, and my brain is smoking. In […]

How a Dog IQ Test Could Help Humans

Why it may have been easier to conduct an intelligence test on dogs than on humans: Researchers didn’t have to control for “confounding” factors such as lifestyle choices (e.g., smoking) and socioeconomic status.

Lead Toxicity Showing Up in Flint Area's Dogs

Flint-area residents should give their pets bottled or filtered water — or even melted snow.

Your Cat's Fur Color May Predict Its Attitude

Calico cats like this one tend to be more aggressive than cats with less flamboyant coats.

Tail Docking and Ear Cropping in Dogs

Medically unnecessary surgeries are addressed in an article within the most recent edition the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Tail docking is discussed at length (pun intended) as is ear cropping.   The article begins by... Read More

Meet Quasimodo, a Dog With Rare Short Spine Syndrome Who is Thriving

All NewsNationalInternational Meet Quasimodo, a Dog With Rare Short Spine Syndrome Who is Thriving By Aly Semigran February 04, 2016 at 03:52PM / (0) comments Save to mypetMD A dog lovingly named Quasimodo has captured the fascination...Show More Summary

Do Our Dogs Really Love Us More Than Our Cats Do?

Has it really been proven that dogs love humans five times more than cats? Not quite, but there are some interesting trends that support this predictable suggestion.

Is an Unnamed Cow Less Sentient Than a Named Cow?

An essay called "Is a Cow a ‘Who’ or a ‘Which?’" raises issues about the language we use to refer to nonhumans. Here I argue all animals are a "who" and words really matter.

Pony Power!

Norman the pony enjoying the good life, at about age 27: We should all have it so good!

Ravens Know They're Being Watched: Bird Brain Theory of Mind

A new carefully conducted study shows ravens most likely understand what's going on in another raven's head and that they possess a theory mind.

Dogs, Cats, and Humans: Does 5X the Oxytocin = 5X the Love?

Has it really been proven that dogs love humans five times more than cats? Not quite, but there are some interesting trends that support this predictable suggestion.

Which Toys Do Dogs Prefer?

Research shows that dogs get bored quickly with their toys, so new is always better — although there are exceptions.

Looking Good!

Lily, who we believe to be about 26 years old, enjoying her retirement at Paradigm Farms: She's looking good!

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