“She’s my Iranian princess,” says a 23-year-old smiling Angelina Johnson, while cuddling 72-pound Honey, an Anatolian shepherd mix, following an obedience class at Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center in Fife. “She has blossomed into my best friend and partner,” adds Johnson, ...
Listen up! Communication skills move right alongside professsional expertise for well-rounded veterinarians
Think about it for a minute. You’ve been told by your veterinarian that your beloved dog has a complex, potentially fatal disorder with which you are uncertain how to proceed. This is a gut check for the entire family – ...
Because Team Gus is all about commitment, communication and options, this young boxer is enjoying a quality of life
Which one of us wouldn’t do everything possible for our ailing dog in a time of need? Being proactive on his/her behalf is only part of our commitment and responsibility. The other segment of the equation is knowledge of every ...
If you take anything away from the therapeutic Best Friends Bash in Philadelphia each July, it’s simply—our face does not define us. Yes, we see companies spend millions each year on print, TV and online advertising of beauty products, but after an hour or so at the Bash where human and canine craniofacial patients interact […]
No one can capture the heart and soul of the therapy dogs of Newtown (Conn.) like a youthful recipient. And no better person than 11-year-old Guy Bacon, whose sister Charlotte was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings in December 2012. A beneficiary of the hands-on goodwill dispersed by these […]
“Silent Creed,” by Alex Kava. G.P. Putnam’s Sons. $26.95. Murders, secrets, lies, political cover-up, a devastating mudslide, an edgy relationship and search-and-rescue dogs add up to a fast-paced, riveting read in this second Ryder Creed novel set in contrasting environments of Washington, D.C., and North Carolina’s Haywood County. Boasting more twists and turns than a […]
“Among the Wolves,” by Toni Shelbourne. Hubble & Hattie. $16.99. I read—and only wished it could have been me up close and personal with these mesmerizing and sometimes mystical creatures. Shelbourne worked for the UK Wolf Conservation Trust from 2001–2010, where she served as a senior wolf handler and education officer while bonding closely with […]
“Lawyer for the Dog,” by Lee Robinson. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, $24.99. It wasn’t exactly the ending I envisioned, but this fun-filled Southern-based novel is a clever and amusing portrayal of a middle-aged attorney Sarah Baynard and Sherman, a miniature schnauzer that suddenly becomes the conduit for every relationship in her life. The author, […]
“Talking with Dogs and Cats,” by Tim Link. New World Library. $14.95. This primer for maximizing your relationship with your pets is akin to a college or professional football coach’s playbook designed to produce cohesiveness and teamwork on the field and off. Link seeks to establish a pathway for owner understanding of the pet’s bark […]