pets
Adding a member to your family –- yes, even a dog –- is a personal decision and it’s no one’s business why you make the choices you do.
unpopular opinion
It's not that I don't love animals -- I do. I just think the resources spent on animals that will never be adopted could be better used elsewhere.
dogs
I’ve been saying "This could be Max’s last year" for five years.
dogs
As I got closer I saw what no one ever wants to see: the bleeding dog on the pavement was mine.
pets
It’s about common decency, which I think -- in the most Larry David-ish way possible -- does not receive enough thought and attention in our supposedly civilized world.
cats
Make sure you all hug your fur-babies extra tight tonight.
dogs
With a shelter animal being killed every 11 seconds in the U.S. alone, buying a dog just doesn’t make sense to me anymore, and if it makes sense to you, you need to read this.
pets
Many shelter officers and workers anecdotally testify to the existence of Black Dog Syndrome, and it's widely believed to be true in the animal rescue community.
in

Apr 9, 2014 at 12:30pm | 222 comments

pets
Do you spend tons on your pets? Or do you think spending lots of money on animals is ridiculous?
dogs
It's winter on the East Coast, and I'm kind-of lazy because it's cold outside, and she's bored and staring at me constantly with a desperate pleading look. Help?
in

Feb 8, 2014 at 11:00am | 145 comments

stray animals
There's discussion of animal death and also animal rescue here. So it might be a mixed bag, emotionally speaking.
road trip
Next week I'll be driving from San Francisco to DC (with my older incontinent dog). I've driven cross-country before, but only for fun, not necessity -- and never with a pet in tow. Help?
dogster
I've thought about writing this headline for half a year. The answer I keep coming back to is "no."
pets
I'm not ready for my own pets yet, but I can dream up names all I want.
in

Oct 2, 2013 at 12:30pm | 263 comments

pets
You know that "yuck shiver dance" thing you do when you taste a gamey, bland yet salty mush? Yeah, I did that.
in

Sep 18, 2013 at 2:00pm | 59 comments

cats
Until last week, I have always given serious side-eye to people who freak out about the ailments of their children.
in

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:00pm | 161 comments

it happened to me
I am far from perfect, but a bad dog owner I AM NOT and I refuse to let anyone tell me otherwise.
pets
Where once I felt very protective as a pet owner, I now felt it was necessary to protect my human baby from my cat baby. And I didn't expect how sad that would make me feel.
pets
The thing with animals is that they have terribly short lives. Ten years is nothing, an instant, a blur of walks and hugs and throwing massive sticks into lakes.
in

Jun 5, 2013 at 5:00pm | 163 comments

domestic abuse
The thought of having to abandon my pets to seek safety is wrenching, and makes me go convulsively hug a cat just because I can.
cats
You have your baby, and I have mine.
in

Apr 24, 2013 at 10:00am | 223 comments

pets
I don't live beyond my means, but my cats do.
in

Mar 29, 2013 at 2:30pm | 107 comments