Blogs by Sandy Robins

March 27, 2014 by Sandy Robins
dogs in a shelter for victims of domestic violence

A study published by the ASPCA based on research done in 11 U.S. cities revealed that a history of pet abuse is one of the four most significant indicators of who is at greatest risk of becoming a domestic batterer. And further, numerous other studies have reported that between 18 and 48 percent of battered women, and their children, delay leaving abusive situations in fear for what might happen to their animals.

That’s why the opening of a dog park in a New York shelter for victims

February 6, 2014 by Sandy Robins
togetherness adopt a dog this weekend

Singles Awareness Day is coming up and Samantha Daniels a professional matchmaker and  dating expert  created a four-step guide to finding that special someone for single pet parents and pet lovers this February to co-incide with Petco's National Adoption event coming up this weekend.

Step One: Get Out There
Pets encourage people to get out and get active, and whether it’s taking a dog for a walk or a shopping trip to pick up pet products, sharing a common love of animals can

January 29, 2014 by Sandy Robins

Before this year’s team of rookie shelter pups hit the field for Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL X, the coaches enlisted a top-notch and very special training staff to get the puppies motivated and ready for the big game – First Lady Michelle Obama and America’s top dogs, Bo and Sunny. Joined by 12 first-and second-grade students from Harriet Tubman Elementary School, the First Lady,

September 20, 2013 by Sandy Robins
Leslie Smith and Isaac

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

September 15, 2013 by Sandy Robins

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 the

August 19, 2013 by Sandy Robins
Sun times with Fido

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 19, 2013 by Sandy Robins
The Outback Log Cabin  Doghouse from Precision Pets


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 this

July 12, 2013 by Sandy Robins

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 figure

July 8, 2013 by Sandy Robins

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 from

June 28, 2013 by Sandy Robins

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



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