Figuring Out Fido—My chat with pet expert Steve Dale

By Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ever wonder what some of your dog’s quirky behavior might really mean?

Take my dog Chilly. Recently, he’s been stubbornly stopping during our walks to sit in my neighbor’s driveway. He sits, not wanting to proceed, despite my “come” command, (which usually works). What he is trying to tell me?

It’s not the first time I’ve been stymied by a pet’s behavior.

That’s why I was intrigued when I learned about a book called Decoding Your Dog, by certified veterinary behaviorists and Steve Dale pet expert and certified dog and cat behavior consultant.

Recently, I had the chance to Skype chat with Steve in Chicago, which was quite a treat, as I’ve been reading his columns and blogs for over a decade! We spoke about how the book gives insight into the furry minds of our canines and how we can prevent or solve common canine issues.

Five Ways Pets & People Can Stay Mentally Fit Together

By Friday, November 21, 2014

Especially among the Baby Boomer set, there’s a lot of talk about how to age gracefully by staying physically and mentally fit. And it’s no secret that our pets are a big part of the puzzle by keeping us socially engaged and encouraging us to remain active.

More than half of pet owners don’t realize their pets can experience significant cognitive decline during aging, according to a recent Purina survey. However, our four-legged friends aren’t immune to the cognitive effects of aging any more than we are. As pets get older, they may experience symptoms of mental decline similar to those in humans, including confusion, increased sleep, apathy, anxiety and forgetfulness.

But the good news is that there are steps we can take to keep both ourselves and our pets mentally sharp as we age. Here are a few of my favorite tips:

Fond Farewells to Pets—Creative Goodbyes Help Heal the Heart

By Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I’ve been touched by several beautiful farewells to pets in recent months.

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is THE most difficult, but inevitable right of passage a pet parent or family endures.
There’s no easy way to ease the pain, before, during or after.

However, in the hours, days and weeks that follow a pet’s passing, what helps us heal the most is finding ways to keep their memory alive.

In this week’s episode of Pet Living TV, I share a few of the sweetest, most heartfelt ways people have chosen to remember or to bid a fond farewell to their pet. The story is uplifting, not a downer, so please watch in honor of all the pets we’ve had to part with.