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 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...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    November 27, 2019

Companion Animal: Do you love your pet--enough?

My friend had an unshakable conviction that, born with the genetic temperament of a world-class artist, she possessed a distinctive capacity for...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    November 20, 2019

Companion Animal: Pets, Craigslist, and cruelty

The online sales community Craig’s List (CL) has had an undeniable and significant negative impact on the welfare of companion animals in the United States, in particular dogs and cats, since it...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    October 23, 2019

Companion Animal: Important winter considerations

It's that time of the year again, when we say goodbye to warm weather and start to "winterize" our homes and farms. Winter is tough, its...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    October 16, 2019

Companion Animal: Meet the Breeds - Part 5: The Labrador Retriever

For almost 30 years now, the American Kennel Club has annually registered more Labrador retrievers than any other breed. The Lab is, without...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    October 2, 2019

Animal Companion: the 'Labradoodle'

"There's a sucker born every minute" is attributed to P. T. Barnum, describing the gullible nature of the public. One might also say there is a con...

 

Animal Companion

Part 2 of 2 The French bulldog is everywhere these days-TV commercials, movies, YouTube videos, and swaggering down suburban sidewalks. With their...

 

Companion Animal

The suave little Frenchman that has taken America (again) by storm is a dog with a complex story. There is probably no more endearing, engaging,...

 

Meet the Breeds – Part 3: The Cairn Terrier

Little dogs get a bad rap. Some people lump all dogs under 20 pounds as "rat dogs" and consider them shivering, yapping, ankle biting nuisances. Assur...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    September 4, 2019

Companion Animal

The German shepherd is a most interesting breed of dog. They have known the very highest pinnacle of popularity as well as the unfair scorn of the...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    August 28, 2019

Companion Animal

Few dogs are as stunning in appearance as a well-bred black and white Siberian husky with bright blue eyes. Besides good looks, the sled dog breeds...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    August 21, 2019

Animal Companion: A closer look at some dog breeds

There is nothing finer than a dog companion that fits into the home like a pair of hand-made Italian shoes. And, there can be nothing more aggravating...

 

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