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 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...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    August 14, 2019

Companion Animal Fake service dogs

Dogs almost always bring out the very best in people; it's wonderful how faces light up when one enters a room. But lately a growing number of dog own...

 

Animal Companion Algae

Summer brings good times for people and their dogs, but a little-known hazard can bring unexpected tragedy. It did for a Washington state woman who...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    July 24, 2019

Companion Animal Article

Most folks are smart enough to leave their dog at home when the weather makes their being left in the car, even for a few minutes, a danger. Some...

 

Companion Animal Symptoms of Common Cat Issues

Cats have their fans, just like dogs, but all in all, whether you are a cat fan or not, you must admit that cats are more enigmatic and harder to...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    July 10, 2019

Companion Animal: It's in the genes

"It's all how you raise them!" If you own an American pit bull, German shepherd, Rottweiler, Doberman or any other breed labeled "aggressive" by the...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    July 3, 2019

Animal Companion: Microchips

I spent 20 years working in a large animal shelter, a great deal of that time in “receiving,” where animals that have strayed and previously owned animals no longer wanted are turned in....

 
 By Diane Jessup    Community    May 29, 2019

Animal Companions

Ah, summer! Fun in the sun—and in the water. If your dog(s) join you in outdoor activities please take a moment to read about two local, potentially deadly threats to your dog friends. The first is...

 
 By Diane Jessup    News    May 15, 2019

Companion Animals

Have you ever thought of owning an "exotic" pet? Back in the day, when I was a kid, it was relatively easy to buy anything from a lion cub to an...

 

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