Sandy Robins's Blog
There’s been a lot in the news lately about fake service dogs – people taking their dogs places and claiming that they need emotional support from their canine, when, in fact, they just want to take their pooch with them wherever they go!
There is just one word for this – deplorable!
The people it hurts the most are those that have and need real, trained service dogs!
First off, a real service dog is a highly trained animal. From puppyhood, these dogs are taught amazing
I love service dogs who devote their time working for children's causes.
The first time I met Surf Dog Ricochet was on the red carpet at the American Humane Society's Hero Dog Awards a couple of years ago. She was wearing an evening gown with a long string of pearls ( see photograph below).This stylish gown was a far cry from her usual outfit, namely a pink life jacket and her favorite accessory, her surf board.
This super dog surfs with special needs children, giving them theRead more...
I was interested to learn from a new survey published by TripAdvisor that less people are planning to travel with their pets.
The reasons cited were:
With less pets vacationing with their owners in the coming year, respondents cited the top reasons for leaving their four-legged companions at home:
1. It’s difficult to find a pet-friendly accommodation – 51%
2. It’s a hassle to take a pet on vacation – 46%
3. It can be expensive taking a
July is National Dog House Repairs Month. And while I firmly believe that dogs should be inside and sleeping on your bed, I have to accept that there arte dogs that still have dog houses. Therefore its up to pet owners to ensure that they are always in tip-top condition
An outdoor doghouse – should be just that – a house that offers a dog a place to retreat from very hot summer weather and also a place that offers protection from rain and icy cold conditions.
To thisRead more...
I have been researching dog and cat intelligence for an article that I am currently working on and it is truly a fascinating topic.
The way to gauge canine intelligence is by how a dog performs and learns different behaviors. I discovered that American psychologist Edwin Thorndike was the first person in the early 1900s to test this animal behavior theory to learn more about both feline and canine intelligence. He created special puzzles boxes from which his subjects has to figureRead more...
A couple of month ago I was out walking in my neighborhood and I met up with my neighbor Derek who was out walking a cute bouncy puppy. We stopped to chat and he introduced me to the new canine love of his life named Dani. She is a Queensland Heeler mix (aka Blue Heeler or Australian Cattle Dog). He adopted her from a farm litter in San Luis Obispo County when she was only 9 weeks old. .
She has a truly infectious smile and a lovely nature.
He was clearly besotted and fromRead more...
I don’t often write about books in my blogs simply because I don’t have the time to read them all. And you know the saying -- don’t judge a book by its cover. Well occasionally a book cover does catch my eye and the content does in fact live up to expectation.
The haunting photograph on the cover of a book called Dogs with No Names prompted me to peek within and I am very glad I did.
The book is the work of Canadian veterinarian Dr. Judith Samson-French, and tells of her story
It’s almost the summer solstice and long lazy days ahead. Dogs definitely enjoy summer too, especially if it includes joining the kids in the pool, at the beach and even under the garden sprinkler.
I am forever reminding my friends with pooches that its important to ensure that they rinse off seawater and even chlorine from the pool to prevent itchy skin issues that can quickly develop into problems. Usually that means rinsing the dog down outside and possibly a quick shampoo andRead more...
I recently found myself with a house full of pet beds to test for a report I was preparing for a national consumer publication.
As they got unpacked and placed ready for inspection, I noticed that I had feline help. What was so interesting was that the cats were by-passing the beds marketed specifically for felines and inspecting and getting comfortable in the dog beds.
And I mean really comfortable!
Despite the fact that my cats have carte blanche to sleepRead more...
I, along with other pet lovers cheered when the Southern California city in which I live finally banned pet shops from selling pets from puppy mills. Hopefully this legislation is something that will one day exist in pet stores nationally.
Thus I want to take this opportunity to talk about a new breed of pet store called Adopt and Shop that is starting to appear in Southern California, and hopefully will one day also become the recognized norm in the pet world, namely pet stores thatRead more...