Renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin dead at 48

Renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin, who passed away this week. (photo https://www.facebook.com/SophiaYin)

 The dog community is mourning the loss this week of renowned veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin, who died Monday at her home in Davis, CA. Her death has been ruled a suicide.Dr. Yin was a veterinarian as well as a prolific author, lecturer and consultant who was a pioneer in the field of positive reinforcement methods of training. In addition to workshops and lectures, Dr. Yin as the author of  Perfect Puppy in 7 Days, How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, and Low S … [Read more...]

The fight for Lennox ends – shame on the Belfast City Council

Lennox, the 7-year-old American Bull Dog/Labrador mix who was seized by the Belfast City Council (BCC) in Northern Ireland in May 2012 has been, according to reports, "humanely put to sleep."The story that has captured the hearts of animal lovers around the world centers on a law in Belfast that makes owning a pit bull illegal. The BCC seized Lennox because they deemed that he was, by appearance, a pit bull, despite DNA testing to the contrary.The Barnes family, Lennox's owners, have … [Read more...]

A year of animals, blogging and Patheos

Bandit and Bailey, in a rare moment of calm, sit for a photo. A great deal of chicken was required for this.

I was excited this week to receive a notecard in the mail from the staff at Patheos, congratulating me on my one year anniversary blogging about animals and faith.Really? A whole year? Where did the time go?I love writing here. The columnists, bloggers and editors have been kind and welcoming, and I love hearing from readers who have shared photos, shared thoughts and engaged in discussions on a variety of animal-related topics. It's been a nice change from my decade-plus experience … [Read more...]

Books for the animal-loving reader on your Christmas list

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If you've got an animal lover on your Christmas list who also happens to love books, then here are a few great gift ideas they're sure to love!1) "A Dog's Purpose" and "Emory's Gift", by W. Bruce Cameron. "A Dog's Purpose" is narrated by Toby, a dog who is born, lives, dies, and then finds himself reborn again and again, eventually understanding that he has learned something from each life that helps him find his ultimate purpose. It’s a very funny and inspiring must-read for anyone who has e … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: does a dog have a conscience, from Temple Grandin

"[Y]ou don't have to have language to have a conscience, which means it's at least possible for an animal to have a conscience, too. Many owners have seen their dogs act remorseful after doing something wrong, but animal behaviorists always reject this interpretation. However, no one has shown that an innocent animal can't feel bad for doing something he knows is wrong, the same way an innocent child can feel bad for doing something he knows is wrong. We shouldn't assume that we know for a fact … [Read more...]


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