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 […]

What To Look For In a Kennel

The holiday weekend is upon us, but what if you decided at the last minute not to bring Fido? While there are lots of great boarding options available, finding the right kennel for your dog requires knowing what questions to ask.

Be a Winner: Switch to Healthy Weight Management Food

Everyone Can Be a Winner: Just Switch to Healthy Weight Management Food I wanted to dance a little jig today when I learned that an old friend of mine (he’s literally old, too — a very vibrant 80 years old!), was inspired by listening to THE EXPERT VET to put his own 12-year-old Lab Maverick […]

I Had a Dream – The Dog Film Festival – And It’s Coming True!

I Had a Dream – The Dog Film Festival – And It’s Coming True! How often do you have a dream — and then it comes true because other people have been dreaming it, too?!  The Dog Film Festival is my first experience of what it feels like to “imagine it and they will come” — and […]

The New Dog Flu: What You Need To Know

The New Dog Flu – What You Really Need To Know By now you’ve probably heard about the brand new H3N2 strain of dog flu that has swept through Chicago, sickening and killing dogs. Halo’s own veterinary expert, Dr. Donna Spector, happens to practice in Chicago, where she is a board certified internist so I […]