Labrador Retrivers are still number one, according to AKC.

Labrador retriever (Canis lupus familiaris)

Labrador Retrievers continue to be America’s most popular dog, according to 2012 registration data from the American Kennel Club (AKC). The Labrador Retriever dynasty began in 1990, which overtook the American Cocker Spaniel (today ranked No. 27 on the AKC … Continue reading

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2013 Resolution: Take your pet to the vet

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Our pets deserve better.  Americans want to do the right thing for their pets — or at least that’s what they say. Yet, despite our love for our pets, veterinary visits are on the decline, especially when it comes to … Continue reading

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12 safety tips to insure pets enjoy a safe holiday season

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  Here are 12 safety tips to insure your pets enjoy a safe and healthy holiday season: 12) Beware Where You Kiss: Hanging mistletoe is fine as long as it’s out of your dog or cat’s reach. Fresh mistletoe is … Continue reading

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New pet books will make great gifts these holidays

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Pet lovers crave a good dog read….new pet books – which make great gifts for pet loving friends – range from a coffee table volume filled cute as can be puppy portraits to a book filled with touched by a … Continue reading

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A tale of dogs, cats – and pet goats – in Africa

A pet goat and sheep enjoy green grass in Rwanda.  Pet owners even take these lovable animals on walks. (Credit: Steve Dale)

I recently flew into Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, before heading into the Virunga Mountains to see mountain gorillas.  You might be concerned about going to this African country: In 1994, 800,000 men, women, and children were massacred here, one of … Continue reading

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A rare breed: Gorilla doctors

Mountain gorillas in Rwanda. (Credit: Steve Dale)

When you watch nature shows on TV, rarely does a veterinarian jump in to save wild animals. The refrain is, “Let nature take its course.” The complex situation with the endangered mountain gorillas is different, and veterinarians are part of … Continue reading

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No one can resist adorable puppies


If only life was this simple.  These precious golden retriever pups are having a ball frolicking and playing in their backyard.  This video is sure to put a smile on any dog lover’s face.

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A celebration for pets in NYC

Dog of the Year, Fiona, Kid of the Year, 10-year-old Declan Gregg, and Cat of the Year, Scooter, pose for a picture at the luncheon.

All things pet-related should be celebrated more often!  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) held its annual Humane Awards Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on Nov. 8 to honor those who make every … Continue reading

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Fall is prime time for Lyme disease in dogs

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For much of the country the leaves are changing color and before long snow may drop from the sky. We tend to think that once cool air blows in, tick protection is no longer important. But that’s not so, says … Continue reading

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American Humane Association to honor “Hero Dogs” like Lucy

The patients and therapists at Rehab Institute are sure to remember the little black-and-white dog named Lucy, who made them laugh.

Many people might think of the gymnasium-sized room at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago as a sad place. Here where a teenage gunshot victim is learning to walk again, an older women is working hard to come back from a … Continue reading

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