Monthly Archives: July 2019

SUP PUP! Teach Your Dog to Ride a Stand-Up Paddleboard

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5 Cool Dog-Friendly Retro Camping Trailer Hotels and Resorts

Hanging at Hotel Luna Mystica, Taos -- Photo by Jackie Lee Young

Our love affair with retro continues with a new-old concept: lovingly restored vintage trailers clustered together as hotels on wheels. Airstreams, Spartans, Shastas, Vagabonds, Avions—some of the great names from the golden age of travel trailers can be found in these vacation camps.

Vibe-wise, they run the gamut: Taos and Marfa are alt-crunchy, Ojai is New Age bohemian, Harts Camp in Oregon is more mainstream and Autocamp in California is more luxurious. Thankfully, many are dog-friendly retreats. So, after a day trip to soak up the attractions, we can return to all the comforts of home, plus dramatic sunsets, barbeques and stories around the fire, fun made better by sharing it with our best four-legged friends.

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The Changing Role & Responsibility of Rescues & Shelters

There may have been a time when schools only needed to be charged with teaching students reading, writing and arithmetic. But as society changes schools become responsible for instruction that either used to be provided at home, or represents a new field of study. When I was in high school we had a choice of […]

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What To Do About Canine Flu: Canine Influenza Type A H3N2 & H3N8

As you probably know, there is currently an outbreak of Dog Flu in the South Bay and more recently, a number of cases have cropped up in other areas around the Bay. All dog owners, including myself, are understandably concerned about what they can do to reduce the likelihood that their dogs will be infected. However, there is no need to panic. Although Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is extremely infectious, it usually causes only mild symptoms for a few days to a couple of weeks and the dogs normally make a full recovery despite treatment. Yes, complications from the flu can occasionally be…

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Top Ten Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe & Calm this Fourth of July

 

 

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What To Do About Canine Flu: Canine Influenza Type A H3N2 & H3N8

As you probably know, there is currently an outbreak of Dog Flu in the South Bay and more recently, a number of cases have cropped up in other areas around the Bay. All dog owners, including myself, are understandably concerned about what they can do to reduce the likelihood that their dogs will be infected. However, there is no need to panic. Although Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is extremely infectious, it usually causes only mild symptoms for a few days to a couple of weeks and the dogs normally make a full recovery despite treatment. Yes, complications from the flu can occasionally be…

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Book Review: The Animal's Companion

People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story

By Jacky Colliss Harvey

The Animal Companion by Jacky Colliss Harvey

Who would’ve thought that our recommendation for the summer’s best read would be a well-researched, deeply crafted, wry and witty compendium on the importance of pets in our lives? The Animal’s Companion by Jacky Colliss Harvey, a Brit from rural Suffolk with a background in literature and art history and a long career in the museum world, is a cultural investigation that is erudite but accessible (I even enjoyed poring through its extensive bibliography).

With her curatorial  eye and descriptive skill, Colliss Harvey successfully melds examples from a variety of fields —art, literature, history, biology —with personal reflections. It is a chatty book, easily drawing the reader in (this quality makes it an excellent audiobook choice for a summer road trip). While she doesn’t focus on any one species, there is plenty of dog in it, enough to satisfy the most canine-centric reader.

The book’s enthralling stories and tidbits about pets through the millennia are divided into nine chapters: Finding, Choosing, Fashioning, Naming, Communicating, Connecting, Caring, Losing and Imagining. A great example can be found in “Fashioning,” in which we learn about the craze for canaries, and how  an otherwise dull greenish bird became yellow. While we knew that they were used by miners to detect noxious gases in coal mines, what this reader did not know was that miners in Germany also bred and trained the birds as singers.

As the author notes, “[I]n  the eighteenth and nineteenth  centuries, a good living could be made by professional trainers of canaries, or siffleurs, who were employed by the most fashionable owners to expand their bird’s repertoires with flutes and water-whistles.” Some breeders turned yellow birds orange by feeding them red peppers, but got their comeuppance when it was found that red ones couldn’t sing “worth a damn.”

She then segues neatly from canaries to dogs: “[E]verything  we have done to the canary has been endured to the power of ten by the dog. … there were just fifteen or so distinct breeds of dogs at the beginning of the nineteenth century; there are some 340 as I write.” She goes on to tell the reader how, in 1689, King William III and his spouse Mary started the craze for Pugs in England. Those Pugs, however, looked nothing like today’s; they had longer snouts, longer legs and were bigger overall.

Colliss Harvey has a marvelously philosophical way of making strong humane and sociological observations: “If we want that  one special animal, the difference is made by the quality of our relationship with them, the depth of our comprehension of them, and the strength of our connection to them. Fashion has absolutely nothing to do with that.”

Her gem of a book offers a lot to chew on about our reasons for having and loving pets. Animals, and yes, even our dear dogs, are not human (thankfully), and their “otherness” is part of what compels us to love them. Our species’ fondness for pets seems to be the one clear distinction we can claim as our own—indeed, a case can be made for pets making us human. We urge you to read (or listen to) The Animal’s Companion. You will come away as enthralled and entertained as we were.
 

Issue 98: Summer 2019

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Bridesmaids Hold Shelter Dogs, Not Flowers

Many dogs in the wedding have been adopted

Dogs have played a role in Sally Burky’s relationship with her husband since the beginning. She adopted a Pit Bull puppy named Tank before they started dating, and the way he treated the dog convinced Burky that he was “the one”.

During their time together, Burky and her husband have taken in rescues and fostered many dogs. They are outspoken about the importance of adoption and actively support Haven of the Ozarks, an animal rescue that Burky regularly visits and donates to.

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Top Ten Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe & Calm this Fourth of July

 

 

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