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5 Reasons Your Dog Would Love Surfing

By Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Have you ever seen a surfing dog? It’s a silly, but heartwarming sight.

On a recent business trip to uber pet-friendly San Diego, I decided to stay an extra day for some surfing business! Specifically, I attended the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon Championships on Del Mar Beach, benefitting the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

While I expected to see a dog-eat-dog competitive action, I actually witnesses was a celebration of the beach and the bond, between man and surfing beast. Check out the five reasons (in bold below) why you and your dog would love this soggy-doggy sport.

5 Ways to Save on Pet Care Without Shortchanging Your Pet

By Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Every time I run into Dr. Marty Becker at a pet industry event, two things happen.

First, he makes me laugh—really belly laugh (he has a great sense of humor)! Then, he teaches me something new about pet care, which I’m happy to share with you today.

I caught up with America’s Veterinarian in Las Vegas at Superzoo, where he shared five simple steps to save on pet care, without shortchanging your pet.

In today’s Pet Living TV episode, Dr. B breaks it down for us. Are you doing all five of these steps for your pet? What’s missing?

The Pet-less Years – What Pet Love Reveals in its Absence

By Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The silence is what I remember most. Then, the feeling of being alone.

That’s what it’s like to be pet-less after years of sharing your home with a pet (or pets).

As an adult, I’d never been without a pet until 2009 when Paul and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Buck and Tank, just a few months apart.

Those first few weeks were overwhelmingly quiet and lonely. We don’t have kids, so the absence of pets made for an unfamiliar emptiness at home.

Sometimes we experience pet less years because of a life transition.

Jackie Walker found herself dog less as a result of a divorce. Moving to Chicago, she didn’t have the heart to uproot Wrigley and Maddie (her two Shih-Tzus) from the home they’d always known, and from her ex-husband, who loved them as dearly as she did.

In today’s episode of Pet Living TV, I show you how those pet-less periods allow us to assess life with and without animal companions and to appreciate and leverage the benefits when time comes to adopt a new pet.