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
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.
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.
cats
When I saw my colleague pull a random strand out of a salad at work and exclaim, “Oh, cat hair,” I figured she really doesn't want any more visitors.
in

Sep 3, 2014 at 12:00pm | 533 comments

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.
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
My dad is fond of saying “Not all pet owners are crazy, but all crazy people have pets.” Truer words never spoken.
dogs
I've owned my rescued pit bull Samsung (Sam, if you're nasty!) for less than a week, but, man, oh, man, is there a lot to learn. Help?
in

Dec 6, 2012 at 3:00pm | 367 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
Do you spend tons on your pets? Or do you think spending lots of money on animals is ridiculous?
cats
Every morning, at 4:30 am, like clockwork, my stupid effing cat starts mrowling and screeching like a banshee.
in

Feb 15, 2012 at 12:48pm | 287 comments

stray animals
There's discussion of animal death and also animal rescue here. So it might be a mixed bag, emotionally speaking.
cats
FATTY MCBUTTERPANTS, you guys.
in

Apr 16, 2012 at 12:00pm | 274 comments

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

cats
While I hope everyone seriously considers adopting their next pet from a shelter, no one talks about how difficult it can be to raise a shelter pet or a pet that is the product of an abusive previous home life.
in

Dec 11, 2012 at 9:00am | 243 comments

diets
Just a few weeks ago, I had a conversation with my partner in which I'd announced that I had decided that I was going to accept my body at this larger size if it meant that I could just live my life eating normally and he was fucking elated. Now I'm all like, "Uh, nevermindsies."
in

Dec 4, 2012 at 12:00pm | 233 comments

dogs
I’ve been saying "This could be Max’s last year" for five years.
cats
You have your baby, and I have mine.
in

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

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

cats
He doesn’t adore me, unconditionally or otherwise, but that hasn’t stopped me from developing feelings for him. Feelings I’ve never felt for a cat before.
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

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