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Evelyn Dale

Paws for Thought: Protect pets from heat during dog days of summer

Ever wonder about the phrase “dog days of summer”? It comes from the Romans, who associated hot, sultry summer weather with the dog star Sirius, the brightest star in the Canis Major (large dog) constellation. Here in California, those days extend well into September, so it’s important to remember our pets and how best to protect […]

Paws for Thought: Fostering can change a dog’s life

Most pets in animal shelters previously lived with families and not in a kennel. For this reason alone, many pets find the shelter environment stressful. For large dogs, it can be even harder. While stress-reducing protocols can be implemented within an animal shelter, there is nothing quite like foster homes, especially for large dogs. Animal […]

July 21, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Saving cats’ lives, a million at a time

Do you love cats? Does it break your heart that so many are euthanized in animal shelters? With the Million Cat Challenge, things are improving for our feline friends. The Million Cat Challenge is an audacious project whose aim is to save the lives of 1 million North American cats in five years. Conceived by […]

May 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Hero dogs go above and beyond

People love dogs and dogs love people. Many dogs even go the extra mile for the people they love. We call them hero dogs. As the first domesticated animal, dogs have served humankind in many ways, from hunting and herding, to providing protection, love and emotional support. Many are trained to do difficult and dangerous […]

April 21, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: A little care helps stabilize feral cat colonies

Too many cats in your neighborhood? What’s the solution? Cats have been part of human history for thousands of years, and for most of that time, they’ve lived outside. Today, cats can be indoor pets thanks to kitty litter, spay/neuter surgery and low-cost canned cat food. However, many cats still live outdoors. Some outdoor cats […]

March 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Dogs go to class at Pit Bull University

Do you “ooh” and “ahh” when you see a pit bull puppy but cringe when you see a pit bull fully grown? Sadly, you’re not alone. Many people love pit bull puppies but fail to train and socialize them appropriately so when they’re full-grown, they’re ill-mannered dogs that are abandoned or taken to an animal […]

February 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Try a little TLC with special-needs pets

Do you know someone who has a pet with special needs? Like people, pets can have physical, emotional or neurological conditions. Narcolepsy and cataplexy are disorders of the nervous system that affect animals such as cats, dogs, horses and cattle as well as people. Narcolepsy causes excessive daytime sleepiness, lack of energy and brief losses […]

January 20, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: In the new year, step up to help animals

As we approach the new year, it is time to think about those resolutions. As you do, consider volunteering at an animal shelter or rescue. It’s a gift that gives you more than you’d expect. Animal shelters and rescues need help 24/7. New arrivals need to be checked, cleaned, evaluated and cared for until a […]

December 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Give the gift of love and foster a pet

As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts turn to gifts, but have you ever thought of giving a gift of loving care by fostering an animal from a shelter or rescue? Fostering these animals is easier than you think and provides many rewards to both you and the animal in your care. Foster care is […]

November 18, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Pets for Vets: matches made in heaven

Veterans Day is celebrated once a year, but Pets for Vets celebrates servicemen and women every day of the year. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit was established by Clarissa Black to help heal military veterans with emotional wounds by pairing them with a companion animal from an animal shelter. Shelter animals are selected to match a service […]

October 21, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Socialize your new pup at UCD’s Yappy Hour

Do you have a puppy? Are you thinking about adopting a puppy? No doubt you know about the importance of taking good care of your puppy’s health, right? What about socialization? Animal behavior research shows that appropriate socialization is important for all dogs and is most effective during the first three months of a puppy’s […]

September 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Adopting older pets is truly the gift of life

Want a pet but don’t have the time or inclination to train and socialize a puppy or kitten? Consider adopting an older pet. Here are some advantages. * No surprises: Adult pets are full-grown with established personalities, so it’s easier to find the right pet for you and your lifestyle. * Highly trainable: Surprised? In […]

August 19, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Bone-appetit! Dogs are welcome at some restaurants

Is dining out going to the dogs? California is the most pet-friendly state in the nation but it’s not always easy to take your dog out to dinner. Here’s some help. DogFriendly.com provides travel guides for dog-friendly campgrounds, hotels, parks, beaches and restaurants. In fact, there’s a listing for Davis restaurants in its California Dog-Friendly […]

July 15, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: For ‘Just One Day,’ many lives were saved

June and July include important events for animal advocates. Here are three: * Just One Day: For most of us, June 11 is just another day, but for shelter animals it is a day of reprieve. On June 11, animal shelters and rescues across our nation pledge for “Just One Day” to find homes or rescues […]

June 17, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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