Please join me at the DOG FILM FESTIVAL as a Founding Member

Please join me at the DOG FILM FESTIVAL as a Founding Member The first annual Dog Film Festival is coming to New York City October 2nd and 3rd and I hope everyone who loves dogs and wants to experience that feeling among like-minded people will consider supporting this unique event by buying a Founding Member […]

What’s that Black Gunk Lurking Inside Your Dog’s Ears?

What’s that Black Gunk Lurking Inside Your Dog’s Ears? If you have a dog with ears that flap over, you’ll recognize that OMG! moment when you casually lift up the ear flap and are shocked to see an entire universe happening inside that ear canal that you were oblivious to! Your first reaction is probably […]

Levi the Pug Wins Again

Levi the Pug Wins Again Dr. Donna recently wrote on the Halo blog about Levi, the gorgeous, once-chubby pug in South Dakota who entered our Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on The Expert Vet radio show and came out a big winner. Pounds melted off him and inches disappeared, as his devoted Mom Kimberly stuck to […]

Dog with Goopy Eyes? A Totally Natural Remedy!

Dog with Goopy Eyes? A Totally Natural Remedy! I’ve been taking tracking lessons with my darling four-month-old Weimaraner puppy Wanda, working with Kathy Jo Morgan, who is widely known as a tracking and Schutzhund trainer and competitor. Lucky for me, she leaves her Florida home base (where she also breeds Belgian Malinois and Corgis!) and […]

Nobody Likes to Hear Their Dog is Fat!

Nobody Likes to Hear Their Dog is Fat! Canine etiquette question: what do you say when you encounter someone whose dog is seriously overweight? I have been in this predicament more than several times and am torn between not wanting to offend or alienate the person, and advocating for a diet and change in feeding […]

10 Steps for Starting a Relationship with a Cat

10 Steps for Starting a Relationship with a Cat [Guest blog: From the creator of Meowspace, one of our special sponsors on CAT CHAT®, comes a few words of wisdom on bonding with your kitty. —Tracie Hotchner] Most of my life has been spent with dogs. I never needed nor wanted a cat until the […]

New Dog Flu: Coming to Town Near You?

The New Dog Flu — Coming to a Town Near You? I don’t like to be a fear monger, but the new strain of dog flu that killed and sickened many dogs in Chicago, has now spread to 12 states beyond Illinois. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about an episode of THE […]

Shampooing Your Dog

Shampooing Your Dog — Making it Fun and Frequent On my NPR radio show DOG TALK® this past week I interviewed humorist Merrill Markoe, several of whose amazing videos will be featured in the Dog Film Festival October 3rd. I invited her to read one of the fall-down-funny essays from her book What the Dogs […]

Gardening Poses Serious Risks to Your Pet

Gardening Poses Serious Risks to Your Pet This is a fabulous time of the year to be outside with your pets while you do a late Spring clean up of your flower beds and shrubbery and put in new plantings. However, managing your garden can also present dangers to your pets which you probably don’t […]

Celebrate Your Vet Tech!

Celebrate Your Vet Tech! Whenever I go for an appointment at the vet, the first person my dogs and I are greeted by is the veterinary technician. She is like a warm friendly maitre d’ at a nice restaurant — making sure we feel welcome and getting everything set up for us. I think it’s […]