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One Woman’s Story

 Subscribers OnlyNorthrop terrier Chili was only five years old when she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her abdomen last May. “Cancer”...

Why Little Dogs Live Longer

 Subscribers OnlyWhy is it that between species, the larger the mammal, the longer it lives (elephants go to about age 60, horses till 25 or 30, dogs up...

Funny, You Don’t Look Poodlish

Many of the responses were way off the mark. One dog thought to be mainly golden retriever by 40 percent of the respondents turned out to...

Dear Doctor: October 2017

Our small cockapoo Bailey always sleeps on the bed with us. And he always ends up on my pillow, curled around my head with breaths from...

Quality of Life (HHHHHMM) Scale

 Subscribers Only“When to euthanize is a very deeply spiritual decision,” says Alicia Karas, DVM, who heads the Tufts Pet Loss Hotline and...

Ticket to Ride

 Subscribers OnlyAfter the two broke up, Ms. Brodsky moved from Albuquerque to Portland, Oregon, to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. The...

The Cycle of Life

Tom Hughes, who lives with his wife, Penni, in the big yellow house with the wraparound porch at the top of our street, had a motto:...