Category: human-animal bond

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: Tell Your Story

  I love hearing stories about successful adoptions of animals from shelters and rescue organizations. A life is saved and the human-animal bond is nurtured. Now that’s what I call a happy ending! In honor of October’s “Adopt… Read More

Needing to Vent

Traveling home in the dark last night along a two-lane road near my home I drove into some fog. My response was to slow down which is what I think allowed me to somehow swerve and miss the… Read More

Holiday Wishes, Dogs, and Videotape

To all of you I extend my heartfelt best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday season and much good health and happiness throughout the new year. In addition to all the commitments on your holiday to do… Read More

Our Pets: Property or Family Members?

A number of recent court cases have debated the issue of financial compensation for emotional damages stemming from the negligent loss of a pet. While court systems within the United States view our furry and feathered family members… Read More

Mushers in Scotland

Having just returned from lecturing at this year’s American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference while in the midst of preparing to move from my home of 16 years in less than a week (no worries, this is by… Read More

The Dog Days of Summer Camp

Nothing quite tickles my heart like stories conveying the human animal connection.  Sometimes such stories put a big goofy grin on my face, and sometimes they cause my eyes and nose to become uncontrolled leaky faucets.  Needless to… Read More

Who Was Dr. Leo Bustad?

I first heard of Dr. Leo K Bustad in association with the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award.  Since 1986 this award has been bestowed upon veterinarians whose work exemplifies and promotes the human animal bond…. Read More

Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary

Steve and Alayne with Daisy I first communicated with Steve Smith when he and Alayne Marker enrolled their nonprofit organization in the Speaking for Spot Gives Back Program.  Located in New Hampshire, Steve and Alayne are the proprietors… Read More

The Real Reason there are More and More Women Veterinarians

While I’m busy recovering from some back surgery, you have the good fortune of reading posts from some of my favorite doggie bloggers!  Today’s post comes from Dr. Larry McDaniel who blogs regularly at and on the PurinaCare™… Read More


I just had myself a good cry, and who wouldn’t after watching this video featuring an amazing dog named Ricochet (  C’mon now, no one likes to cry alone- please watch it for yourself and report back on… Read More