Category Archives: Animal Welfare

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

City Terrorized By Packs Of Wild-Roaming Chihuahuas!

This, I must say is one headline I never expected to come out of my blog. But yes, it’s true – Maryvale is a city in Mexico (where else) where wild chihuahuas are terrorizing the residents: “Frank Garcia has also

City Terrorized By Packs Of Wild-Roaming Chihuahuas!

This, I must say is one headline I never expected to come out of my blog. But yes, it’s true – Maryvale is a city in Mexico (where else) where wild chihuahuas are terrorizing the residents: “Frank Garcia has also

A Sobering Tale Of Why Dogs And Lighters Don’t Mix

Here is a heartwarming story of an owner risking his life to save his beloved dog… or is it? You be the judge: “A South Florida man is recovering from second-degree burns after he tried to save his dog, Ruby,

A Sobering Tale Of Why Dogs And Lighters Don’t Mix

Here is a heartwarming story of an owner risking his life to save his beloved dog… or is it? You be the judge: “A South Florida man is recovering from second-degree burns after he tried to save his dog, Ruby,

DogVacay – Consider The Dangers!

Helen is a distraught reader who sent me a harrowing account of her experience as a DogVacay dog minder. Here is an exert:  “…On the way home from the lady who “couldn’t” watch the dog anymore, Sunday the dog puked

DogVacay – Consider The Dangers!

Helen is a distraught reader who sent me a harrowing account of her experience as a DogVacay dog minder. Here is an exert:  “…On the way home from the lady who “couldn’t” watch the dog anymore, Sunday the dog puked

Beware of the Dog Burglar!

Police have apprehended a burglar who stole a prize-winning French Bulldog and 15 puppies:  “Police said on Saturday 29-year old Vigil Philip Birch was in custody, charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The dogs went missing on

Beware of the Dog Burglar!

Police have apprehended a burglar who stole a prize-winning French Bulldog and 15 puppies:  “Police said on Saturday 29-year old Vigil Philip Birch was in custody, charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The dogs went missing on

Does Berlin Need A Dog Restaurant? Of Course It Does!

An eatery with a difference opened in Berlin this year – it caters exclusively for dogs: “Business owner David Spanier, 31, had the idea for the doggy deli after finding his own canine friend could not digest pet food from

Does Berlin Need A Dog Restaurant? Of Course It Does!

An eatery with a difference opened in Berlin this year – it caters exclusively for dogs: “Business owner David Spanier, 31, had the idea for the doggy deli after finding his own canine friend could not digest pet food from

Dog Grooming – The Good, The Bad and… Dog Dyes?

Dog Grooming is big business. Most of the groomers i know are fantastic pet professionals but sometimes things can go a bit too far: “Brown is one of the “extreme groomers.” The fad has become a sport of sorts —

Dog Grooming – The Good, The Bad and… Dog Dyes?

Dog Grooming is big business. Most of the groomers i know are fantastic pet professionals but sometimes things can go a bit too far: “Brown is one of the “extreme groomers.” The fad has become a sport of sorts —

How Robert Pattinson Saved His Dog From Certain Death

This week my appreciation of Robert Pattinson has increased by 200%. I have long imagined that his dog, Bear would be having a pretty good life. I didn’t know how close Bear came to certain death: “He was in a

How Robert Pattinson Saved His Dog From Certain Death

This week my appreciation of Robert Pattinson has increased by 200%. I have long imagined that his dog, Bear would be having a pretty good life. I didn’t know how close Bear came to certain death: “He was in a

Is Adopting A Dog Together The New Equivalent Of Marriage?

Marriage is out of favor these days. I don’t need to tell you that. The new generation has worked out that tying the knot is so 2000, and at any rate, who need to be stuck in a rut if you can

Is Adopting A Dog Together The New Equivalent Of Marriage?

Marriage is out of favor these days. I don’t need to tell you that. The new generation has worked out that tying the knot is so 2000, and at any rate, who need to be stuck in a rut if you can

To Feed Or Not To Feed? The Great Stray Cat Dilemma

Do you feed your local stray cats or do you not? Not an easy answer. Feeding, the theory goes would encourage breeding and magnify the problem. Not feeding keep the cats starving. In the world of animal welfare you often

To Feed Or Not To Feed? The Great Stray Cat Dilemma

Do you feed your local stray cats or do you not? Not an easy answer. Feeding, the theory goes would encourage breeding and magnify the problem. Not feeding keep the cats starving. In the world of animal welfare you often

‘Those Who Don’t Know The Rules Can’t Break Them’ And Other Lessons I Needed To Learn

When you go to University, you learn the right way how to do everything. Then you come to the real world and learn how things are really done. And to this day as a Veterinarian I keep learning ‘what CAN

‘Those Who Don’t Know The Rules Can’t Break Them’ And Other Lessons I Needed To Learn

When you go to University, you learn the right way how to do everything. Then you come to the real world and learn how things are really done. And to this day as a Veterinarian I keep learning ‘what CAN

Pittsburgh Zoo Deflects Responsibility For Toddler’s Death

After a tragic death of a toddler mauled by African wild dog at the Pittsburgh Zoo, you would think that the Zoo management would offer an apology and work to correct the fault that led to such tragedy. You would be

Pittsburgh Zoo Deflects Responsibility For Toddler’s Death

After a tragic death of a toddler mauled by African wild dog at the Pittsburgh Zoo, you would think that the Zoo management would offer an apology and work to correct the fault that led to such tragedy. You would be

Could Your Pet Be Giving You Worms?

After a long hiatus, I am back talking about an issue deserving much more attention then it currently gets. We love our pets, let them eat from our dishes and sleep on our bed, give them hugs and kisses… but

Could Your Pet Be Giving You Worms?

After a long hiatus, I am back talking about an issue deserving much more attention then it currently gets. We love our pets, let them eat from our dishes and sleep on our bed, give them hugs and kisses… but

This Dog’s Tragic End Is A Warning!

Seal watching tours are very popular these days. The tourists usually watch from the shore or are taken to seals on a boat. The best operators, of course are those who can get the tourists the closest, getting that ‘close

This Dog’s Tragic End Is A Warning!

Seal watching tours are very popular these days. The tourists usually watch from the shore or are taken to seals on a boat. The best operators, of course are those who can get the tourists the closest, getting that ‘close

What’s Michael Vick Hiding?

Michael Vick has spend years since his conviction for running a dog-fighting ring trying to apologies to the public. He has been on TV, done community work and contributed to dog charities. Since he has served his jail term and

What’s Michael Vick Hiding?

Michael Vick has spend years since his conviction for running a dog-fighting ring trying to apologies to the public. He has been on TV, done community work and contributed to dog charities. Since he has served his jail term and

This Face Is Saying ‘Please Shave Me’!

This is Colonel Meow – nicknamed ‘the world’s angriest cat’. He also has 32,000 Facebook likes! Want to know why he is looking so angry? He is saying ‘Somebody please give me a haircut’. You think I am joking? No.

This Face Is Saying ‘Please Shave Me’!

This is Colonel Meow – nicknamed ‘the world’s angriest cat’. He also has 32,000 Facebook likes! Want to know why he is looking so angry? He is saying ‘Somebody please give me a haircut’. You think I am joking? No.

Who Needs Animal Experts. Just Call A Lawyer Instead!

A Judge in Alabama has ordered the euthanasia of 33 dogs. He did it not because the dogs have injured anyone or caused any harm. No, in sending 33 dogs to their death Court District Judge Allan Furr was satisfied

Who Needs Animal Experts. Just Call A Lawyer Instead!

A Judge in Alabama has ordered the euthanasia of 33 dogs. He did it not because the dogs have injured anyone or caused any harm. No, in sending 33 dogs to their death Court District Judge Allan Furr was satisfied

Animal Rescuers Beware – A ‘Stray’ Dog Is Stolen Property!

Imagine, you come across an unwell, malnourished dog in the street. The first instinct would be to provide care and a loving home. The problem is, as this activist found out – if you take a ‘stray’ dog home, you

Animal Rescuers Beware – A ‘Stray’ Dog Is Stolen Property!

Imagine, you come across an unwell, malnourished dog in the street. The first instinct would be to provide care and a loving home. The problem is, as this activist found out – if you take a ‘stray’ dog home, you

Black Caviar’s Return To Racing – Cruelty At Its’ Worst!

When is a horse race a ticket to animal cruelty? When the star attraction is battling a chronic muscle strain: “After injury almost ruined her historic trip to Royal Ascot, where she just won her 22nd consecutive race, there had

Black Caviar’s Return To Racing – Cruelty At Its’ Worst!

When is a horse race a ticket to animal cruelty? When the star attraction is battling a chronic muscle strain: “After injury almost ruined her historic trip to Royal Ascot, where she just won her 22nd consecutive race, there had

If You Can’t Protect Tigers In A Zoo, Where Can You Protect Tigers?

In India a tiger has been killed by poachers… inside a zoo! “Police in India’s north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh are looking for a gang of poachers who entered a high-security zoo in the capital, Itanagar, and hacked a tiger

If You Can’t Protect Tigers In A Zoo, Where Can You Protect Tigers?

In India a tiger has been killed by poachers… inside a zoo! “Police in India’s north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh are looking for a gang of poachers who entered a high-security zoo in the capital, Itanagar, and hacked a tiger