Category: Speaking for Spot

The Winners – Speaking for Spot Be Kind to Animals Week Contest

I suspect that every week is a “Be Kind to Animals Week” in your household.  Nonetheless, the official “Be Kind to Animals Week” started this year on May third.  In honor of this special time, I held a… Read More

Walking to Cure Canine Cancer

This past Saturday, I saw four three-legged dogs- each one having lost a limb as part of their treatment for bone cancer. I met another sweetie pie with a shaved patch over one side of his chest. His… Read More

Speaking for Spot Contest Celebrates Be Kind to Animals Week

Be Kind to Animals Week has been celebrated every year since 1915. It is a special time for reflection on the role that animals play in our lives, and provides an opportunity for us to demonstrate care for… Read More

How to Trick a Tick

How to Trick a Tick   I recently learned a fabulous new trick from Jessica, a nurse at my hospital.  I was in our treatment room preparing to remove a tick from the base of my dog’s ear. … Read More

Speaking for Spot on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross

The segment I taped for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross aired on March 19, 2009 and is now available on the NPR website – Please visit to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you… Read More

Victims Come in All Sizes

As I was hanging out in the midst of our busy hospital treatment room during emergency hours a few of nights ago I was impressed at how much was going on all at once. On one treatment table… Read More

What Mutt Fans and Purebred Enthusiasts Have in Common

Every February, in the weeks surrounding the Westminster Dog Show, I hear plenty of biased commentary and heated discussion about mutts versus purebred dogs.  This year, the rhetoric has reached new heights- with all the speculation about who… Read More

Getting More Bark for Your Buck

Today the human-animal bond is stronger than ever. Seemingly, the more tumultuous the world around us, the tighter we cling to our beloved pets. They soothe us with their predictability and unconditional love, and they consistently give in… Read More


When I first met my Boxer buddy Zack and his devoted mom Jan, they were a rather intimidating pair. Both were distrustful, angry, and poised to bite – Zack with his teeth and Jan with her words. Zack… Read More


When I wrote Speaking for Spot, my hope was that this book would enhance the quality of life for dogs everywhere.  Little did I know that at least one dog named Pandy interpreted my passion literally.  This little… Read More