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 By Diane Jessup    Features    June 24, 2020

Companion Animal: INDEPENDENCE DAY AND THE SOUND SENSITIVE PET

I think we can finally say summer is here. And with early summer comes the Fourth of July; often a time of crisis for town dwelling pet owners. Here are a few tips on how to keep those inevitable -...

 
 By Diane Jessup    Features    June 17, 2020

Companion Animal: Horses for courses

This past week brought word of the death of a six-week-old infant in his home by the family dog, which was a Belgian Malinois (pronounced Mal-in-waa). To the public, the Malinois is a relatively rare...

 
 By Diane Jessup    Features    June 10, 2020

Companion Animal: Pet news roundup

Mainstream media has been a bit preoccupied with COVID 19, police behavior, riots, and protests to cover some of the news surrounding pet animals, so...

 
 By Diane Jessup    Pet Alley    June 3, 2020

Companion Animal: Tether Tither – Part 3

As we have seen, a dog may be tethered appropriately – or inappropriately; the act of tethering is not itself “bad” or “dangerous”, it does not result in increased aggression in dogs nor...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    May 20, 2020

Companion Animal: Tether Tither 2

We have all seen the sad pictures on television ads seeking money for "humane" groups: a lonely looking dog tangled up in an overly large logging...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    May 13, 2020

Companion Animal: The tether tither 1

Dogs are the most diverse species on the planet. Due to human intervention over what scientist now estimate could be as long as 30,000 years, dogs came to be in more sizes and shapes than any other...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    May 6, 2020

Companion Animal: The animal lover's guide to beneficial donating

You've seen those heart-rending commercials by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Humane Society of the United...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    April 29, 2020

Companion Animal: The colorful Calico cat

Ever wonder how the calico cat came by its name? Surprisingly, the word calico is actually an English corruption of an Indian word for the plain,...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    April 22, 2020

Companion Animal: Spring has sprung-and so has canine parvo virus

Animal shelter workers and veterinarians know that spring is when canine parvo virus (CPV) blooms across America. The reason-the uber hardy parvo viru...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    April 8, 2020

Companion Animal: Update on human-animal COVID-19 cases

Nadia, a four-year-old female Mayalan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, has tested positive for COVID-19, the human form of the coronavirus. Along...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    April 1, 2020

Companion Animal: Goldendale pet owners and businesses deal with the virus

Thursday, March 26, saw the United States become the most COVID-19 infected nation in the world, one day after Gov. Jay Inslee finally put in place a...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    March 25, 2020

Companion Animal: COVID-19 and local pet owners

A second dog in China has tested positive for the (human) form of coronavirus, COVID-19. The first dog, a 17-year-old Pomeranian, tested a weak positive on Feb. 27, after its owner became ill with the...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    March 18, 2020

Animal Companion: Retail rescue part 2

“Chinese wet market” entered the average American’s vocabulary this past month when speculations as to the origins of the coronavirus COVID-19 received intensive media coverage. But long before...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    March 11, 2020

Animal Companion: Retail rescue risks

Elimination of the canine rabies virus variant from the United States required approximately five decades and hundreds of millions of dollars. Imported cases present an ongoing opportunity for...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    March 4, 2020

Companion Animal: You, your pets, and coronavirus

As of March 1, there were 13 confirmed cases and two deaths in Washington state and two confirmed cases in Oregon in human beings, of the disease called “COVID-19”, otherwise known as...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    February 26, 2020

Companion Animal: Upcoming pet events

Most people are familiar with dog shows, those beauty contests where purebred dogs are judged on how closely they resemble the written standard of perfection for each breed. But there is much more in...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    February 19, 2020

Companion Animal: The pet rabbit and her needs

Many of my Klickitat county neighbors keep rabbits, some for food, some for fun. And I know that people want to do right by their animals and will,...

 

Companion Animal: How dog food companies made us guilty

In 1860, James Spratt, an American who had traveled to London to sell lightning rods, noticed dogs hanging around the shipyards eating discarded...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    February 5, 2020

Companion Animal: Dog aggression, final thoughts

The causes of canine aggression toward humans are straightforward-how it is that they are allowed access to harm others is not. Ultimately, all blame...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    January 15, 2020

Companion Animal: A series on canine aggression – Part 4 So why do dogs bite?

Because dogs were developed as specialists (as described last week) with specific types of aggressive behavior either enhanced or diminished through...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    January 8, 2020

Companion Animal: A Series on Canine Aggression – Part 3

Purebred dogs represent humankind’s long and very clever mission to take the grey wolf—a jack of all trades but master of none—and by selective breeding produce a variety of dog-breeds tailor...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    January 1, 2020

Animal Companion: Canine Aggression-Introduction continued

Traumatic events tend to leave one with either a stark, clear memory of the event or, more mercifully, no memory at all. In my case it was the...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    December 25, 2019

Animal Companion: Canine Aggression, Part 1

Traumatic events tend to leave one with either a stark, clear memory of the event or, more mercifully, no memory at all. In my case it was the...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    December 18, 2019

Companion Animals: What do cats and rabbits have in common? Ear mites

Ear mite infestations are quite common in cats and rabbits, less common in dogs. It is something the pet owner should keep in mind, since our pets...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    December 4, 2019

Animal Companion: Meet the breed-the beautiful Bengal

Cats have much less "elasticity" to their genes than do domestic canines which is why there is no "chihuahua to Saint Bernard" type of diversity in...

 

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