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articles by: Lisa Spector

5 Reasons NOT to Get a Puppy!

They say the only cure for wanting a puppy is getting a puppy. Well, the other cure for wanting a puppy could be thinking about what the puppy requires when he is grown up. While it may be cute that a…

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Nestlé Adopts New Animal Welfare Standards

World Animal Protection has a vision. They want to see a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended. Earlier this year, they partnered with Nestlé, one of the world's leading food…

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More Than 100 Cats Dumped at Marin Humane Society

In the period of 18 months, someone dropped off more than 100 kittens and cats at the Marin Humane Society, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area. All four drop-offs in a …

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In Memory of Robin Williams and His Love of Gorillas

It's not only people that are mourning the tragic loss of Robin Williams this week. In 2001, Williams visited Koko, at The Gorilla Foundation. Prior to Williams' visit, Koko hadn't smiled in six month…

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Pet Meds: The Latest Online Scams and How to Avoid Them

After spending $56 billion on their pets last year, Americans are predicted to increase that to $60 billion this year. About half of that spending was divided between veterinary care and pet medicatio…

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Your Pet’s Last Breath in the Luxury of Your Home

When I had my 13-year-old Golden Retriever euthanized in 2003, I was blessed to be surrounded by loving friends in my backyard. As difficult as it was, I was very comforted having my veterinarian come…

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Why Women Shouldn’t Ignore This Holiday

My family of birth lives 3,000 miles away. But, my family of choice lives within 40 miles. They are four sensational women, and we are in a "Womens' Group" together that meets monthly for a vegetarian…

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It’s National Mutt Day! 5 Reasons These Dogs Rule

Growing up, we called them Heinz 57. The American Kennel Club calls them All-American Dogs. No matter what your preferred name is for mixed breed dogs, people who have adopted mutts all agree that the…

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What Your Cat’s Mealtime is Missing

I was captivated by a recent NPR interview with veterinarian Vint Virga, a specialist in animal behavior. Virga emphasizes that we should try to view the world from our companion animals' senses. The …

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Do You Favor One of Your Pets?

Friends frequently ask me which of my dogs I love more, Sanchez or Gina. It's a funny question, as I doubt many people ask parents of human children which child they love the most. But, by appearance …

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about Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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WARNING! WARNING! Cuteness overload!

Very nice, thank you!

As I've always said, its not the dogs its the type of owners that they attract.

What is sad is that the only thing they are really interested in is not the animals or peoples healt…