DOG OWNERSHIP

Who are your dogs legal guardians if youre not around?

One of the first things my wife and I did after our son was born was have a will made up. It made perfect sense. Who was going to take care of him if we died or became incapacitated before he became of age? Who was going to watch over the money we left him? The chances of our dying prematurely were slim, but we needed to have everything in order in case tragedy struck.Why didnt we think to make the same kind of provisions for our dog?

Who Will Take Care of Your Dog If You Cant?

Have you made arrangements for your dogs welfare in the event that you can no longer take care of him? Sometimes pets are discovered in a persons home days after a tragedy such as an illness or accident that sends the owner to the hospital, or after the persons death, says the Humane Society of the United States. The reason, presumably, is that because dogs and other companion animals have shorter life-spans than their human caregivers, we expect them to go first and dont make arrangements for their well-being should we suddenly become unavailable.

Carrying a wallet pet alert card

Mr. Gordon devised a sturdy Pet at Home Alert card that people can keep in their wallets in the event of an emergency. On the card theres a place to put the name of your pet, the breed, the name of someone who has access to your residence, the name and phone number of your dogs veterinarian, and special feeding and other emergency instructions.

The Power to Heal

The experience led Mr. Jones to invite Tuftss therapy animals to the Red Crosss headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a city that had been on virtual lockdown just days earlier when the younger of the two bombing suspects was still on the loose. The horse, dogs, and other animals also went to visit doctors and nurses who had been dealing with amputees and other victims; people who had gathered for memorials; and others affected by the bombings.

Dog Ownership Up Among Singles

A couple of months ago we talked about the phenomenon of young couples getting a dog to test the waters of their nesting instinct before they go on to have children. But it turns out a lot of single people increase their sense of family with a dog, too. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that single people are increasingly turning to dogs and other pets to bring…

Yes, But Have the Car Restraints for Dogs Been Tested? And If So,...

Bad news. Theres a reasonably good chance that even if you buckle your dog into a harness or other safety apparatus before taking a car trip, hes not really any safer than he would have been otherwise. The Center for Pet Safety made the discovery when it tested four different automotive restraints. All were intended for large dogs weighing 50 to 85 pounds, such as standard poodles, German shepherds, Irish setters, Labrador retrievers, boxers,…

Top 10 Dog-Friendly Vehicles

The issue of harnesses that will truly keep dogs secure in the event of a collision is still being worked on, but there are also other features in cars that make them more - or less - safe for companion animals. The online automotive resource Edmunds.com has determined the 10 types of vehicle best suited to dog safety, or at least dog comfort. They are all in the large-car category: no sedans.

Dear Doctor – Picking Up Stakes

Q My 5-year-old Havanese has never known any home except our current one. We will be moving in about a year. Whats the best way to help her make the transition?
Rebecca Harrington
Abingdon, Virginia

Trying On Parenting With a Dog

Charlie was, to put it mildly, impossible. The black Lab-rottweiler mix chewed up Heather and Steve Lamperts couch. He dug up the drip line for their outdoor plants while they were at dinner one night and then, when they came home, ran around the house excitedly, putting his muddy paw prints all over the carpet because he was eager and proud to lead them to the flood he had created in their back yard.…

A Dangerous Mix: A Dog and a Child Under Six Without You In the...

One of the bonuses of getting a dog before you start a family is that you then raise your child with a pet and all the wonderful benefits that will afford him. But we strongly urge you to think twice about having a baby while your dog is still a puppy - under the age of a year to a year and a half. Puppies need a considerable amount of care for their proper development…

More on the Benefits of Dog Ownership

The latest findings, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, show that its psychologically healthy people in particular who derive social benefits from their dogs in addition to the social support they enjoy from the people in their lives. That is, pets are not taking the place of friends of family but adding to peoples social cushion, if you will.

When Letting Go Is the Kindest Thing You Can Do

We had probably already waited too long. Ellie was clearly miserable and was ready to be relieved of her pain once and for all. So we said our good-byes while the vet waited outside the exam room. Then she gave Ellie the injection that would let her body go, with us kissing and petting her and leaving afterward with aching hearts. We still ache for Ellie, in fact, as much as we love the dogs currently in our lives.