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Ken White’s Column

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The mind wanders down some strange paths at times like this, and so for no reason other than random, sleepless 3AM curiosity I did an on-line search of checkout counter tabloids’ stories about animals. To my surprise, the Enquirer proved disappointing, focusing far...

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Dogs and Cats

Two weeks ago our topic was how animals show up in clichés. Here’s another: “They fight like cats and dogs,” meaning constant, loud and sometimes violent squabbling, like what I experienced growing up. (The baker laughed but said he couldn’t fit “celebrating 60 years...

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Carl and Lola

A very dear friend died just a few days ago. His death was not a surprise, coming at the end of a long and sad illness. His death is, in some terrible way, a good thing considering what had happened to his body and spirit. His death came, thankfully, only after we had...

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Animal Words

I’ve written before about animals’ languages (whales’ song, bees’ dance, that sort of thing) but let’s turn this time to how animals feature in our own language. The many animal-related sayings, clichés and expressions: where do they come from, and what do they say...

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Every Day Is Cat Day

Amazing that, once again, I fell into the same trap! Two weeks ago this column suggested we all celebrate a number of pet-themed holidays, and while two of the four highlighted were all inclusive (National Love Your Pet Day and World Spay Day) the remaining two were...

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Spring About To Spring

The official start of Spring is less than a month away but signs are in the air. (Makes sense, of course, since the official start of anything in the natural world is a human construct and means nothing to Mother Nature who keeps a far more subtle calendar.) Peninsula...

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More Pet Holidays

Maybe because my last two columns were about Valentine’s Day I remain in a holiday mind-frame and, happily, February still has four special pet-themed holidays to celebrate. February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day. Don’t get too excited since, according to the...

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is hands-down my favorite holiday. Yeah, yeah, I know all the negatives: rates of depression skyrocket mid-February along with chocolate sales figures; the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre is among the bloodiest dates in mob history; it’s really all a...

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Not Very Valentinesy

I love animals. That said, not every lovely-dovey thing we think about animals is necessarily all that lovely-dovey. Take, for example, the Kissing Gourami. As anyone who had an aquarium as a kid can tell you, these are relatively hardy, interesting and unfortunately...

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Kitten Season

Six months ago you would have found dozens of kittens during a tour of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. Take that same walk today, however, and you’ll find many wonderful adult and senior cats but no purring fuzz balls. Why is that? You’ve probably heard the...

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Squirrel Appreciation Day

Break out the party hats, or at least the big bag of mixed nuts, because tomorrow, January 21, is World Squirrel Appreciation Day. (No, despite my job title, they don’t let me make these things up.) Squirrels are members of the pint-size rodent family Sciuridae which...

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Winter Worryland

There’s little doubt the holiday season has left you in need of a vacation. I mean, all the shopping, the eating, the napping between shopping and eating. It’s been hell, and you deserve a rest! For many that means a call into work claiming you’re sick, and a drive up...

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100 Years Ago

How the heck did it become 2020? This first column of the new decade, join me in Mr. Peabody’s Way-Back Machine (remember?) for a decade-by-decade peek at animal welfare over the past century. The year is 1920, the so-called War to End All Wars finally over, and the...

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Resolution Solution

New Year’s Resolutions, typically unmet, are often repeated year after year. In 2018, 13% of us pledged “more time with friends and family,” making that the tenth most popular Resolution. #9 was drink less alcohol (15% of us made that promise last New Year’s Eve, 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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Miss Behavin’

Working from home with the dog

Dear Miss Behavin’: My dog loves that we are working from home, but doesn’t realize that we are still working! He is demanding our attention and we feel bad locking him in his crate. What are some tips for keeping him occupied while we work? No doubt, Fido has had...

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Litterbox training your rabbit

Dear Miss Behavin’: I recently adopted a rabbit and she’s pooping everywhere! Can I litterbox train a rabbit? I’ve also noticed she sometimes eats her poop. Is that normal? It is possible to train a rabbit to use the litterbox! They usually choose a specific place to...

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Preparing puppy for vet visit

Dear Miss Behavin’: We have a new puppy and want to know the best way to prepare for an upcoming vet visit? Congratulations on your new family member!  This is a great question as vet visits can be very scary for most pups!  Things to think about are getting your pup...

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Dealing with an escape artist dog

Dear Miss Behavin’: My dog, Jimmy, is constantly trying to escape the backyard, and he is often successful! Most of the time he digs under the fence. What can we do to keep him contained? A good place to start is thinking about why Jimmy keeps wanting to leave the...

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Teaching puppy to not bite

Dear Miss Behavin’:  We just got a lab puppy named Sammy and she’s so fun! However, over the last couple of days she has started using her teeth on everything, including the kids! They are starting to become scared of her. How do we stop her from biting everything?...

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Yes you can train a cat!

Dear Miss Behavin’: My dog is well trained. He knows sit, stay, come, you name it! When I call my cat’s name he just ignores me (in typical cat fashion). Can I train my cat similar commands as my dog? Is it possible? Contrary to popular belief cats are definitely...

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Tips on stopping puppy from biting

Our newly adopted puppy is biting everyone and everything in our house!   Is this normal and how can we make him to stop?  Congratulations on your new family member!  Rest assured your puppies’ biting is very normal!  Here are some tips to get you through this stage...

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