Whole Dog Journal Blog

Why are so many abused dogs so forgiving?

April 25, 2011 - I was in my local shelter one day last week when a couple brought in two intact male pit bull-type dogs. Both dogs were white, which made it easy to see how filthy dirty they were – and to see the wounds that each of them had. The larger, overweight dog had what may have started as a sunburn and developed into a dermatological condition. But the younger, smaller dog had truly ghastly wounds on his hind legs; it looked as if he had been tied up (or even hung) by ropes around his hind legs.
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 03:23PM Comments (19)

Planet Dog Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Orbee

April 12, 2011 - When I learned that Planet Dog was releasing a “Special Edition 10th Anniversary Orbee,” my first thought was, “Wow, has it really been 10 years?” The ball still seems new and exciting around WDJ's editorial office.
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 12:15PM Comments (5)

Excited About a Book on Canine Thyroid Disorders

April 11, 2011 - I just received an email announcing the publication of a book written by one of WDJ’s favorite veterinarians, W. Jean Dodds, founder of Hemopet canine blood bank. Dr. Dodds has long been interested in canine thyroid disorders; years ago, I heard her present a riveting seminar on the topic at one of the annual meetings of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA).
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 03:20PM Comments (2)

New Dog (not mine) - New Problems

March 29, 2011 - So, two weeks ago I wrote about how I have two friends who are looking for dogs, and how I was worried because they are both impulsive and apt to bring home the wrong dog. One friend is actually being patient! Yay, friend!
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 08:54AM Comments (5)

Spring Allergy Season Can Spell Trouble for Our Dogs, Too

March 22, 2011 - The most common symptom of any allergy in dogs is itching. An allergy to flea bites is the most common type of allergy in dogs, but an allergy to something in the dog’s environment, such as pollen, dust, or exposure to dust mites (actually, the feces of dust mites), is the second-most common allergy.
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 10:27AM Comments (26)

Please, Don’t Bring Home the Wrong Dog!

March 15, 2011 - How do you convince people to be patient and selective and wait for a dog who meets their criteria, instead of rushing in and adopting the first cute face in the shelter they see? Despite the fact that you’ve promised to find them the perfect dog, one that meets their every wish in a dog, if they would only give you a bit of time, the next thing you hear is…
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 12:20PM Comments (9)

A Pet Owner’s Worst Nightmare: Fire

March 8, 2011 - I’m dog-sitting Chaco, the last little foster dog I found a home for. I got a call from her new owner the other morning. “Of course!” I replied, “What’s up?” Her voice broke as she answered, “My house burned down yesterday!”
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 09:50AM Comments (7)

Rescue Hoarding

March 1, 2011 - About a year ago, I became acutely aware of the fact that there are increasing numbers of animal “rescue” organizations that are doing anything but “rescuing” animals. I’m not talking about real rescue operations, where animals are well cared-for, the facility does not take on more animals than it can support in a healthy fashion, and the organization has a well-established and successful method of finding permanent homes for its charges.
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 09:35AM Comments (20)

Only Human

February 22, 2011 - I was casually reading an online article this morning from BayAreaParent, thinking “Yeah, yeah, yeah, another sad failed dog adoption story.” You know, newlywed couple buys Labrador Retriever puppy, gets pregnant, doesn’t train the dog, dog is out of control, gets banished to the back yard when the baby comes, dog is miserable, owner gets pregnant again, blah, blah, blah…”
Posted by Pat Miller at 09:22AM Comments (17)

A new look at the Westminster Dog Show

February 15, 2011 - On TV, Westminster always looks so glamorous and plush. My impression of the bench areas, however, was that of a nightmare for the dogs. Space is at a premium; the dogs are squished into tight spaces, and the aisles are PACKED with humans.
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 01:18PM Comments (3)

Canine Valentines?

February 14, 2011 - Write a valentine to your dog? Why wouldn’t you? C’mon, join in. Don’t take more than five minutes, just write a quick bit of doggerel for your favorite dog. Mine are for Otto, of course!
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 01:58PM Comments (6)

Runs with Dogs: Super Bowl Ads Featuring Dogs

February 8, 2011 - I’ll bet that in the past 10 years, every Super Bowl broadcast has been spiked with television ads with dogs in them. Why dogs are such reliable pitchmen for beer, cars, and snack foods, I’ll never know.
Posted by Nancy-Kerns at 09:08AM Comments (4)

Death at Home: Is Veterinary Euthanasia Better?

February 1, 2011 - I came home on Sunday evening and played the messages on my answering machine. I instantly recognized my sister’s voice. She was sobbing. Though I could barely understand her words, I knew what had caused her such pain.
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 09:21AM Comments (17)

Happy Ending To a Foster Story

January 25, 2011 - The sun finally came out in my part of California, on the northeast edge of the great Sacramento Valley. I had a number of invitations from friends hit the trails and I accepted almost all of them. As a result, I’m stiff and muscle-sore and my dog, Otto, is sleeping like a log.
Posted by Nancy Kerns at 09:41AM Comments (2)

Winter, and Dog Love and Loss

January 18, 2011 - This has been a rough month or so for my dog-loving friends. Dempsey the Boxer lost his fight with cancer just before Christmas. His owner summoned a veterinarian to put him out of his pain, but said that there was barely a flicker of life left in him by the time the vet arrived.
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