Sydney Tibetan Terrier by Cori Solomon

Sydney Was Supposed to Die — Not Win Awards at Dog Shows

This is the week of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which ended last night. Exhibitors find this prestigious show a great honor and privilege. Those who watch on television see some of the beautiful dogs, but there’s more to the competition and the event behind the scenes. Last year was my first visit to

Parker, a Saluki

I Enabled My Saluki’s Midnight Rabbit Hunt — By Accident

Salukis are the oldest recognized breed of dogs, bred to hunt rabbits and gazelle. In California, you don’t see many gazelles, but rabbits can be quite abundant. They were out in droves a couple of weeks ago when my husband and I took our three Salukis, Parker, Lexi, and Zoe, to Palm Desert for the

Gabe, a Military Labrador

We Interview the People Behind the First U.S. National Monument to Military Dogs

If you watched the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, you probably saw the Canines with Courage float dedicated to military dogs. It was sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Food and modeled after the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, scheduled to be dedicated in the fall. The float and monument honor American military dogs

Rosario Mission Cat

Rosario’s Mission In Life: The Cat of Mission San Antonio De Padua

In California, the Missions were a significant part of our history. One Mission,  San Antonio De Padua in Monterey County, has a hidden secret with a special gem: a black cat named Rosario. Mission San Antonio De Padua is hidden away in on the grounds of Fort Hunter Liggett. It is the third Mission to

Pearl: Search and Rescue Dog - ASPCA Dog of the Year

ASPCA Dog of the Year: Pearl the shelter dog
turned search and rescue dog

Pearl does it again.  From shelter dog to search and rescue dog, to heroine of the book, “A New Job for Pearl,” and now the ultimate award ASPCA Dog of the Year. The latter was announced this month.  Captain Ron Horetski of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (Pearl’s handler) and Pearl will go to

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