PHS/SPCA Local Columns

Ken White’s Column

No bird in the stocking

We all get plenty of emails selling us stuff, and this time of year there’s an obvious uptick in sales pitches tied to the holidays. Last week, weirdly, I received two about parrots and Christmas. The first advertised gifty paraphernalia emblazoned with sayings about...

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Feline mani-pedi

Two cats allow me to share their home. Grateful for their generosity, in exchange I perform all sorts of menial tasks for them. Although not their favorite (nor mine), routine nail trimming is high on that list. These feline mani-pedi sessions occur every few weeks...

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Old dogs, new tricks

The trouble with clichés is, well, they’re clichés. By definition, they are trite and most often untrue. This is certainly relevant when it comes to animal clichés. Bats are not blind. Birds have voracious appetites, so saying someone “eats like a bird” is in fact the...

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Say hooray for spay

You’ve heard me say it before, and you’re going to hear me say it again (and again): spaying (technically an ovariohysterectomy performed on female dogs, cats and other pet animals) and neutering (surgical castration) is the best bet to reduce companion animal...

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Hooray for spay

You’ve heard me say it before, and you’re going to hear me say it again (and again): spaying (technically an ovariohysterectomy performed on female dogs, cats and other pet animals) and neutering (surgical castration) is the best bet to reduce companion animal...

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Farewell sweet boy

The one thing our animals don’t do very well, they don’t live long enough. Carolyn and I have been aware we’re likely not far from some very hard decisions about our aging and ill pack, but little Puccini was the one we thought would hang around. Comparatively young,...

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The kindness of strangers

Dear fellow humans: Thank you! A few days after the North Bay fires began destroying so much and threatening so many, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA posted on our Facebook page a call for donations of food, bowls, collapsible kennels and other donations we knew...

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Exotic cats

Last week, we explored the fancypants world of “designer dogs,” noting the only meaningful difference between them and mutts is that the former has a better publicist. Not wishing to be accused of bias, this week we visit the universe of hybrid cats. Bengal cats,...

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Purebred or mutt?

A friend was convinced that her PHS-adopted shih tzu-mix was actually a trendy new breed made up of shih tzu and French bulldog until I asked if that meant the pup was actually a French Bull Shitz? Yea, I know, with friends like me ... Merriam-Webster defines purebred...

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Best Friends Forever

BFF (Best Friends Forever) gains a whole new meaning when you take a look at the archeological record: did you know that our ancient ancestors in many cultures buried their dogs and cats, often alongside themselves and often with great pomp and ceremony? Certainly the...

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Eight-legged fear

My column about Jacob and his pet tarantula led to several conversations regarding spider phobias, and that led to the internet for some interesting reading. Ten percent of Americans are affected by phobias (per the American Psychiatric Association), 40 percent of...

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Eight-legged love

Many past columns celebrated the joys of life with dogs and cats, and we’ve also touched on potbellied pigs, rabbits, hamsters, love birds, tortoises, guinea pigs and other animals broadly considered pets (or, for the more politically correct in the audience,...

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Honoring our history

Both in our private lives and also in the big public horrors we face together, life is often hard. For my generation, that first shocking experience we share was the assassination of a president. We all seem to remember where we were when we learned JFK had been...

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Hooked on canines

These past few months we’ve talked about the dangers of dogs in hot cars, summertime increases in ticks and fleas and nasty weeds which literally get under our pet’s skin, older dogs being dragged on leash by oblivious humans out to enjoy the nice weather, and more....

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Those Summer Time Blues

From Linda: “Since it’s summer we find ourselves at beaches and parks more than other times of the year. As such, you see more people who have their dogs off leash and the distressing consequences of most dogs who don’t return on command. Dogs who are blissfully...

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Miss Behavin’

Prepare your pets for arrival of a baby

Prepare your pets for arrival of a baby

Dear Miss Behavin’: We’re expecting a baby.  Do you have any advice on how to prepare our “furry baby” for the new addition to our family? Reply: You’ll want to prepare your “furry baby” for the big changes ahead, months before your due date.  If your companion animal...

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