Not All Working Dogs Have Job Titles

Jessie was scheduled for euthanasia as a “behavior problem”–a separation anxiety nutcase, a house destroyer, a crazy bag of bones abandoned. He came to me for behavioral rehab. His intelligence, sensitivity, and 100% reliability with all other animals and humans of all ages was almost missed–until he graciously showed me what he needed. I understood…

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Teaching Children to Think Independently & Humanely

From Wild to Mild by Sunny Weber

How do we as parents, teach our children to respect authority and yet think independently enough to decipher and reject illegal, immoral, or dangerous demands from those more powerful than they are—especially when we are not present to protect them? We want to protect our kids from harm, yet they may face adults or peers…

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Colorado Voters for Animals

I am privileged and honored to be invited to join the Colorado Voters for Animals Board of Directors! CVA was founded in 1996 and has over 8,000 supporters today. CVA conducts candidate surveys, publishes scorecards ranking individual legislatures on their stands on animal welfare issues, testifies at legislative hearings, and helps craft bills that improve…

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Questions From A Reader

  I recently received this inquiry from a reader after he read my blog, Springtime Cat Wanderlust: I have a young male cat (1 year and 4 months old) and he hasn’t been neutered yet, so every other day he went out and came back after 1 – 2 day intervals. However on June 12…

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Another Reason to Spay–The Story of Lillie Langtry

        Cheery play-barks at the chain link fence gate brought me out of my pre-breakfast funk. I padded across the chilled floor in my slippers, opened the back door and called my two dogs in. I shivered in the winter’s chill; my robe did not cut the biting air. Normally obedient, the…

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Adoption Counseling: How to Make or Break a Family

“Hello, I adopted a puppy mill rescue dog five weeks ago and cannot get a leash on her. She is ruining my apartment because I can’t get her outside. Can you help me?” This email came through my website (www.sunnyweber.com) a few weeks ago. Because I specialize in working with fearful dogs, my mind’s eye…

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Springtime Cat Wanderlust

  Pet cats are especially attuned to spring. They respond to warmer temperatures and longer days in instinctual yearnings to wander, seek prey, mate, and sleep less than the usual sixteen to twenty hours a day they do in winter. It becomes urgent during these times to keep your cat indoors for several reasons. First,…

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Consider Your Pet Family When Shopping For A New Home

I’ve just returned from a delightful second house-hunting trip in Medford, Oregon. After several years of periodic exploratory trips around the country, I’ve decided the Rogue River Valley is my destination of choice. Although I didn’t find THE home on this trip, I’ll continue to look. The reason I’ve made two trips to the Medford…

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Pet Politics

“Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a Cat!” Morris, a non-party candidate for mayor in Xalapa, Mexico touts a slogan few can criticize but many can nod heads and smile at. A black-and-white Tuxedo cat promises only to “eat, sleep most of the day and donate litter to fill potholes” in the town streets.…

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