Category: Mixed Breeds

Time Magazine and Designer Dogs

My last blog post included a bit of ranting about puppy mills and the importance of purchasing puppies responsibly. While it’s unusual for me to rant two weeks in a row I simply can’t resist given what I… Read More

Hybrid Vigor: Real or Assumed?

Many of us talk about “hybrid vigor”- the notion that mixed-breed dogs avoid the inherited medical maladies passed along to their purebred counterparts. Does proof exist that mixed-breed dogs are indeed healthier? An article  within the most recent… Read More

The Science Behind Saying, “No” to a Pet Store Puppy

Approximately one year ago I told you about animal welfare advocate, Dr. Frank McMillan’s study documenting the increased incidence of behavioral abnormalities in adult dogs rescued from puppy mills. This important research provided scientific documentation that these animals… Read More

Back at the Keyboard

Following a brief medical leave of absence I’m thankfully back at the keyboard.  I’d like to draw your attention to a PetConnection blog post I wrote in which I discuss a study that examined the causes of death in… Read More

Adopt the Internet

   Please, will you join the “Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet Day” effort on March 15th?  Email your dog loving friends and relatives.  Feel free to share this blog post with them.  Heck, write a blog post of your… Read More

March 15, 2011: Adopt the Internet Day

  When I first met Quinn, he was a two to three month old pup with a soft orange and white coat and an even softer disposition.  That was two years ago and I often find myself reflecting… Read More

A Rottweiler Reunion

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you may remember a series of stories I posted about two pregnant Rottweilers that were abandoned at my veterinary hospital ( 2/20/09, 3/8/09, 3/17/09).  In fact, these girls were… Read More

Nellie (Toto) is a Superstar!

My little Nellie has become a star of stage! For those of you who may have missed it (, I blogged about volunteering to train my little, bitty ragamuffin of a mutt to become a believable Toto in… Read More

Tipper’s Trials and Tribulations

Tipper came to live with us just over a month ago.  We don’t know what he was called during his former life in Louisiana.  Like so many other dogs, Hurricane Katrina forced Tipper to adapt to a new name,… Read More

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

It began as a simple request from my incredibly talented friend, Leira.  She is directing a production of The Wizard of Oz at our local junior college, set to run around Thanksgiving.  Knowing that I am well connected… Read More