David T. Pisarra is a divorce attorney; Steven May is a pet expert. Together they've combined their years of experience with pets, with pet-custody issues in divorces, and with their own "blended families" of exes and pets in their book, "What About Wally?: Co-Parenting a Pet with Your Ex." After a recent wave of news stories about pets treated more like people than like property – humans seeking interment in pet cemeteries; dogs allowed to stay in domestic-violence shelters – Shine Pets wanted to talk to Pisarra and May about the legal status of our companion animals, the craziest pet/divorce situations they've seen, and more. Our conversation appears below.
Shine Pets: Sometimes you see that kids become pawns in this battle at the end of a marriage, and the parents can seem to lose sight of what's best for them, versus how best to score points off each other. Would you say that this happens with pets too? And would you say that it's more frequent or less frequent than it is with
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- Sarah D. Bunting | Pets – Thu, Mar 8, 2012 2:01 PM EST
David T. Pisarra is a divorce attorney; Steven May is a pet expert. Together they've combined their years of experience with pets, with pet-custody issues in divorces, and with their own "blended families" of exes and pets in their book, "What About Wally?: Co-Parenting a Pet with Your Ex." After a recent wave of news stories about pets treated more like people than like property – humans seeking interment in pet cemeteries; dogs allowed to stay in domestic-violence shelters – Shine Pets wanted to talk to Pisarra and May about the legal status of our companion animals, the craziest pet/divorce situations they've seen, and more. Our conversation appears below.Read More »from Steven May and David Pisarra on co-parenting a pet with your ex
Americans spent $50 billion on their pets in 2011 -- actually, $50.96 billion, an all-time high and an increase of more than 5 percent over the previous year.The American Pet Products Association reported last week that Read More »from Spending on pets tops $50 billion
Where'd all that money go? The single biggest pet expense is food; almost half the nation's spending on "household animals" went towards feeding the critters. Food and vet expenses together accounted for 65 percent of the total. (The $50 billion figure also includes purchases of the animals themselves, which bore a $2.13 billion price tag in 2011.)
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But the fastest-growing category of pet expenses is "services" -- things like grooming, doggie daycares, spas, and pet hotels. Such services might seem like unnecessary luxuries in this economy, but pet owners didn't agree; the sector grew nearly 8 percent over last year. APPA president Bob Vetere said he expected similar growth or better for pet services in
Did you know that March 1 is National Pig Day? The celebration began 40 years ago; in 1972, sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave founded National Pig Day, as Rave asserted, "to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals."
So, to answer your question, no, it is not in fact an excuse to put extra bacon on that cheeseburger, but each of us celebrates in her own way, we suppose. Shine Pets honors our porcine friends with these five pop-culture factoids about pigs.
1. George Clooney's pet pig, the late Max, was purchased as a gift for his then girlfriend, Kelly Preston -- now John Travolta's wife. Max, born in 1987 (and pictured here on Clooney's Wikipedia page -- the picture is awesome), lived to nearly twenty years old, dying of natural causes in 2006 -- but not before he hitched a ride on the Travoltas' private jet; saved Clooney's life by waking him up before the Northridge earthquake inRead More »from Happy National Pig Day!
- Sarah D. Bunting | Pets – Wed, Feb 29, 2012 1:10 PM EST
most popular dogs in the United States -- and the top slot is no surprise. Labrador Retrievers once again led American registrations for the twenty-first year in a row, and German Shepherds held on in the number-two slot.The American Kennel Club has released its list of
But the top-ten list did see some interesting changes, including a move into third place by the Beagle (fourth last year); a drop down to fifth place for the Yorkshire Terrier, previously in third; and the Rottweiler clambered into the top ten, taking the spot held last year by a breed that seems like its complete opposite, the Shih Tzu.Read More »from Labs, Rottweilers headline the AKC's most popular breeds list
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The Rottweiler is a somewhat controversial breed; what explains its ascendancy? Well, the Rottie's been hovering near the top ten for the last decade. Adds Gina DiNardo, Assistant Vice President of the American Kennel Club, "We don't have any specific reason why [the Rottweiler] itself has cracked into the top ten, but
With the Oscars coming up in just a few days -- and Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" in the running (so to speak) for Best Picture -- we got to thinking about our favorite movie horses, from fictional characters like The Pie and The Black to real-life equines Phar Lap and Seabiscuit.
Who's YOUR favorite film horse? Tell us in the comments. In the meantime, check out our gallery of photos and factoids about equines on film.
- father of the American Foxhound. George Washington bred his own hounds; knowing this, the Marquis de Lafayette – American ally during the Revolutionary War, and Washington's close friend – sent Washington several hounds. (Future president John Quincy Adams was detailed to escort them by sea from France, and got into Washington's doghouse – excuse the pun – when he ditched them in New York harbor after the ship docked.)The father of our country is also, according to legend, the
We can't say we blame him; the hounds were apparently so keyed up that Washington had to assign a servant to watch them during mealtimes, lest they rip each other to shreds over their food. But enough of the stock survived these combative suppers for Washington to breed them with his own hounds – and create the American Foxhound.
Washington also bred mules, sometimes using donkey stock sent to him by King Charles III of Spain.
John Adams kept, among other pets a mixed-breed dog named Satan; some sources say his Read More »from Presidential pet stories
We know that Presidents Day made this week a short one for many of you. But sometimes those short weeks can feel even longer for some reason, and you just need to take a break from work to look at cats: cats with bread on their heads, cats who give advice, cats who get picked last for kickball.Read More »from 7 kooky cat sites
So save that spreadsheet, postpone that PowerPoint, and enjoy these seven kooky cat sites. (Warning: You may see some language on some of these sites. "Vet" them first before sharing with the kids.)
1. Nerd Cats
Whether it's sleeping in the lid of a comic-book box, playing with Star Trek: TNG's Data, wearing aqua goggles, or turning into Transformers, these cats get a little geeky -- not that there's anything wrong with that. Click the link to ask the Nerd Cats a question!
2. Ask A Tiger
Email or call/Skype your questions to Sabin, Big Raj, and Rick Styles, the tigers who dispense advice on common house-pet problems. ...No no no, not your problems; your pet's problems! The tigers counsel little dogs
Pekingese! Congrats to Gr. Ch. Palacegarden Malachy and his team; Malachy is the first Peke to take Best In Show at Westminster since 1990.And the winner is...the
(And congrats to Johnny Avello with another correct call on the winner. We were betting the Setter; shows what we know.)
Hound Group: Wire-Haired Dachshund (750-1)
Toy Group: Pekingese (6-1)
Non-Sporting Group: Dalmatian (100-1)
Herding Group: German Shepherd (22-1)
Sporting Group: Irish Setter (350-1)
Working Group: Doberman Pinscher (35-1)>Terrier Group: Kerry Blue Terrier (45-1)
More fascinating facts from the final broadcast, in case you missed it:
The Golden Retriever proceeds from a single foundation litter of four puppies, born when a Tweed Spaniel and a Flat-Coated Retriever were bred together.
You probably already know that the Labrador Retriever is the most popular/registered AKC breed in the U.S. But it's been the most registered for 20 years.Read More »from Westminster 2012 Best In Show!
This year's Great Pyrenees works for a living; he herds free-range
Two separate women in Oahu have filed suit against Petco, claiming that the Kaneohe store of the chain is responsible for cutting off part of a dog's tail; over-clipping a dog's nails so as to cause bleeding; and snipping off the tip of an ear, then supergluing it back on to avoid detection. Read More »from Angry owners sue Petco over grooming gone bad
Gladys Kapuwai took her dog, Dodo, to Petco last July; the suit alleges that the Pomeranian-Maltese mix was returned to Kapuwai with part of an ear cut off, then glued or sewn back on. Kapuwai assumed that the ear, whose cut portion fell off a couple of days later, was infected, but when she took her pooch to the vet (along with the ear), techs put the tissue under a microscope, and truth came out: the ear had been re-attached using "a SuperGlue-type glue." Vets told Kapuwai that the ear segment could have been saved, had proper action been taken in time. Says Kapuwai, "Even the doctor said they could have saved her ear if they told me right there, but they didn't."
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Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred is an account of a year in the life of Jack, a lovable Australian Shepherd who doesn't always cooperate in the ring. It's also a funny and informative look at the dog-show circuit and its people, and it's packed with facts about everything from how a dog achieves champion status to artificial canine insemination to dog-show terminology. Shine Pets spoke to author Josh Dean about the book, the Chinese Crested, and cocktail-party conversation. Read More »from 9 questions for "Show Dog" author Josh Dean
Show Dog is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookseller; for more information and Easter eggs, visit Dean's website, www.joshdean.com.
Shine Pets: You mention in the preface that following a show dog was an idea you had for some years. Did this start out as an article idea and kind of metastasize? Or did you always have in mind to do a book-length treatment of it?
Josh Dean: I always saw it as a book; in fact, that was the original idea, that would be the book I