Stump the Sussex Spaniel Takes Top Prize at Westminster

Stump is the Sussex Spaniel that won Best in Show at the 2009 Westminster Dog Show.  He’s like the Obama of dogs, reminding us that if he, a ten-year-oldSussex Spaniel can win best in show — anyone can. You gotta love him. After rebounding from a near-death experience in 2004, Stump has spent the past five years like most dogs. As his owner, Scott Sommer, told USA, Today, “He’s just

Putting a pet up for adoption

Putting a pet up for adoption can be a very painful experience. Death, divorce, financial crisis, onset of illness or allergy, a new apartment that doesn’t allow pets — all these are reasons why even the most loving owners sometimes have to say goodbye. But there are more and less responsible ways of giving up a pet. Laurie Bleier, the director of the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network, a grassroots no-kill foster

Breast Cancer Awareness: Let's not forget our pets!

As you may be aware, October isNational Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). The NBCAM organization is a partnership of medical associations, public service organizations, and governmental agencies working together to promote awareness of breast cancer issues, and we commend them for their excellent work. But while we honor our mothers, sisters, and daughters by raising the public consciousness about breast cancer, let’s honor our pets as well by keeping in

Avalanche dogs come to the rescue

If you ever find yourself the victim of an avalanche, you had better hope the leader of your search and rescue team is a dog.  Canines’ keen senses allow them to smell things that humans cannot see.  So if someone is buried underneath an avalanche, it’s likely the one who will dictate whether it’s a life or death situation is, indeed, man’s best friend. Skiers, mountain climbers and high-altitude hikers alike don’t think

Does my pet need to leave a tip?

While tipping for good customer service is common practice, this hasn’t always necessarily included pet services. As our pets continue to become more a part of the family, pet owners are becoming increasingly generous when it comes to tipping those who take good care of their beloved pets.  And this practice is not limited to dogs and cats. Take for example, Pixie Merrick.  “Kahlua” and “Kiwi” might sound like something

A Thanksgiving Meal For Dogs

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to celebrate the blessings of the season with family and friends. With a bounty of home-cooked food in your home, you may be tempted to share a few tasty treats with your canine companion, too. After all, who can resist a dog’s soulful eyes begging for just one little gobble-full of turkey? Wafting aromas of hot baked sweet potatoes, herb-filled stuffing, or spicy pumpkin

Winning Over Your Partner's Pet

Introducing your pet to your new boyfriend or girlfriend can be a big step. Imagine this: You think you’ve just met the guy or girl of your dreams. You’ve been on a few dates and everything’s going great. So much so, that tonight, you’re going to introduce the person to your very best friend: your dog. You’re sure it’ll feel as strongly about your new love interest as you do.

How your dog can help you find love

It may be a little-known fact among singles, but the truth is this: People are more likely to talk to you if you’re with a dog than if you’re alone. Single dog owners, take note. Case in point: Deborah Wood was at the grocery store in Portland, Ore., when she noticed that the “scary tattooed” guy in front of her was holding an adorable Pomeranian. Surprising even herself, she asked if