Streams of contentment and lessons learned from animals

In the classic song, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” John Denver sang, “Life on the farm is kinda laid back”; I’ve always wondered what he meant by that. I visited a dairy farm once and believe me, the amount of work needed to feed, milk, and otherwise care for cows and then get the milk to processing was certainly not laid back. It was arduous to the nth degree.Now that I'm older, I realize Denver wasn't talking about the physical life on the farm in that famous song, but instead the mental a … [Read more...]

DreamWorks picks up movie rights to NY Times bestseller "A Dog's Purpose"

Fans of writer W. Bruce Cameron will be wagging for joy at this news: DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Cameron's NY Times Bestselling novel, "A Dog's Purpose." Cameron will write the screen play, along with Cathryn Michon (who also happens to be his wife.) The movie will be produced by Gavin Polone."I saw this as a movie virtually from the time the idea showed up whole cloth in my head," Cameron says on the DreamWorks website. He hopes for "an uplifting movie, a movie about joy and … [Read more...]

"The Lost Dogs" author Jim Gorant to pen memoir of Wallace the pit bull

When Sports Illustrated editor Jim Gorant set out to cover the story of Michael Vick and his dogfighting crimes, "I was not involved in any sort of rescue or animal welfare causes," he told me by email. "I stumbled into the topic and was really guided by a simple desire to find the truth and tell it."That desire for the truth led to the best selling book, The Lost Dogs, the story of the 51 pit bulls taken from Michael Vick's dogfighting operation and how they were redeemed despite prejudice an … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought, from Suzanne Clothier

"The leading cause of death in dogs in Western countries is behavior - unacceptable, uncontrollable, inappropriate behavior. Not disease. Not being hit by a car. Not neglect or abuse (though an argument could be made that a failure to train a dog so that he can act appropriately is precisely a form of neglect and abuse). If we fail to develop a high quality of connection with our dogs, we may fail them in the most terrible of ways, and they may pay for our failure with their lives." - Suzanne … [Read more...]

Book review: The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

In 2007, then Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick was indicted in a dogfighting case that rocked the sports world and struck a nerve with animal lovers everywhere. The case made international headlines and begged the question, How could an athlete with the world at his feet be so cruel to animals?But more importantly - and almost entirely overlooked - is what happened to the 51 pit bulls taken from Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. … [Read more...]