Staff Newspaper Columns

Ken White’s Column

World Without Bugs

I’ve used this bully pulpit before to inform (and rage) about the terrifying worldwide decline in insect population. A new report published in the journal Biological Conservation is catching more of the general media’s attention (and, hopefully, therefore more of the...

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The Amazon, Part 2

Last week focused on injured and orphaned wildlife in rehab centers visited along the Amazon. Today, it’s who we saw in the wild and OMG we saw so much! Perhaps I’ve seen such abundance of animals elsewhere, perhaps, but not the conspicuous diversity. Imagine sitting...

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Living With Animals: The Amazon, part 1

The Amazon River holds more water than the next 7 largest rivers of the world combined. It courses 4,000+ miles from headwaters high in the Andes north and then east across 4 countries to feed the Atlantic with enough water every single day to satisfy New York City’s...

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Cost of Caring for a Pet Part Two

To garble the bard, “To pet or not to pet?” Last week we considered the finances of pet care. Yes, economics should be considered when contemplating living with an animal and, sure, not everyone should be responsible for another life. That said, there is some pretty...

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Cost of Caring for a Pet

I had a call from some money magazine reporter (you know, best car under $25,000., pay off your mortgage in 15 years, etc.) asking about the cost of caring for a pet. Not a completely dumb question but pretty darn close, since the variables are so extreme and so...

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Life With Lola

Another update on life with the Official World’s Cutest Puppy (my column, my rules). Now topping 4 months and 5 pounds, little Lola exhibits every reason why people should and should not have puppies: they are adorable, exasperating, sweet, and a whole lot of work....

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Animal Holidays

While you might think the holidays now safely behind you, 2019 comes with many animal-themed celebrations (sayeth the Internet). Mark your calendars! January is Adopt a Bird Month and has days set aside to honor Eagles (January 10th), Dragons (16th), Penguin Awareness...

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New Year’s Resolutions

Let’s all get real with those New Year’s Resolutions, ok? I’m thinking a commitment to rigorous pre-dawn exercise plus giving up all carbs so I can drop 20 pounds since next summer’s swimsuit season is just around the corner after all. Plus sky-diving looks good. And...

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Holiday Wish

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house All the creatures were stirring, including the mouse And the dogs, the bunnies, the turtles and cats Awaiting the Big Guy (you know: white beard and a sack) They nibbled the cookies, set out with great care...

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Holiday Pie

I just knew it! Last week’s column focused on how many of us include our wonderful pets on our holiday shopping list. That earned me a few nice comments and one not so much. My crime, significant enough to merit a rather hateful anonymous voicemail, is that I did not...

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Holiday Spending

According to the pet industry trade group, the American Pet Products Association, last year we spent a total of $69.51 billion on the dogs, cats, parakeets, guppies, rabbits, iguanas and other companion animals with whom we share our homes. That’s an all-in number,...

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Animals Grieve

The CNN report back a few months ago said it well: “It was a journey of love, driven by a mother’s loss, stretching across a thousand miles of ocean as the world watched and wondered. An apparently grieving female orca whale who swam with the body of her dead calf for...

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News from the Front Lines

A few weeks back I introduced readers to Lola, the newest addition to my family. So news from the front lines of life with puppy, here’s the first of what I imagine will be an occasional series of updates. As someone who prefers when friends have swimming pools, small...

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Giving the Bird

What we eat is based on many factors. Economics. Availability. Health. Culture. Personal taste. Ethics. Those factors lead to lots of labels. Omnivore. Carnivore. Vegetarian. Pescatarian (vegetarian diet plus fish and seafood). Vegan. Fruitarian (yes, that’s a real...

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The Name Game

I recently spent a few days labeled uncaring and ill-informed because of a dog’s name. (I get yelled at for all sorts of things.) The name in question? Snickers. The critic asserted, rather forcefully, that the name would encourage children to poison dogs. Confused?...

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Miss Behavin’

Keeping dog out of the trash

Dear Miss Behavin’: My dog is constantly getting into the trash can. Our household is busy with people coming and going and we can’t seem to get on the same page about putting the trash out of reach before leaving. Any tips? Whether it be the trash, the litter box, or...

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Keeping dog calm and relaxed in the car

Dear Miss Behavin’: Our new dog, Spanky, loves going places with us,and we love taking him. The problem is he’s so excited in the car that he can’t sit still. He hops from seat to seat and tries to lick our faces. How do we contain his excitement on the road? You are...

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Dog Park Drama?

Dear Miss Behavin’: My dog Duke and I have frequented the dog park for the last couple years. He has his regular buddies who he plays really well with, but Duke seems to have more and more “discussions” with other dogs lately. A few times we’ve had to leave the park....

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New Year’s Resolution for your dog

Dear Miss Behavin’: We are setting our New Year’s resolutions and thought it would be fun to bring our dog Trixie in on the fun. What are some ideas for dog-friendly resolutions?  It’s a great idea to include your pet in your goals or to set goals separately for your...

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