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Animals and Autonomy

Can this vitally important ethical concept be meaningfully applied to animals? In conversations about quality of life in animals, I often hear people say things like this: “Well, animals can’t say what they want, so we have to decide for them.” “Animals obviously don’t have autonomy, so we are in absolute charge of their care decisions.” Statements of this kind...
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Valuing Animals and Valuing People

(Un)surprising links between attitudes toward animals and human "outgroups" Both of these assumptions are wrong. New research in psychology suggests (and common sense confirms) that valuing humans and valuing animals tend to go hand in hand. There appear to be close links between how much moral value we accord to animals and how much we accord to other humans, especially...
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Is Human Food Bad For Cats? Find Out!

Why Some People Feed Their Cats Human Food Is human food bad for cats? Though dogs are said to be man's best friend lots of people are actually huge fans of cats. As it turns out these purring animals do not only attract rich pet lovers but also those who care for strays. With this, the rise of cat food...
companion animals

Companion Animals Help People with Mental Health Problems

A review of research analyzed the extent, nature, and quality of the evidence For many people, sharing their lives with a companion animal (aka pet) has positive benefits while for some it doesn't. My own take on these matters is that regardless of what the science says, if living with a nonhuman companion works for you, then do it. I just learned...

Alfie, an adorable rescue dog from Romania

Alfie is a rescue dog from Romania, he was thrown in a shelter with a broken leg when he was 3 months old. His living space was 6ft by 6 ft with dogs barking all around him. He was rescued by a kind man who could not afford an operation for his leg so a rescue stepped in...
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Dogs’ Noses Know More Than Doctors About Cancer Detection

Dogs are highly accurate sniffing out various diseases and outperform humans A recent essay in New Scientist by Liz Bestic called "The cancer sniffers: Dogs could be the best tool for diagnosis" is a very good summary about what we know about the ability of dogs to sniff out cancer (the title in the print edition is "The nose knows"). Because Ms....
dog friendly destinations

5 Great Weekend Breaks To Spend With Your Dog By Campervan

Dreaming of hitting the road with nothing but your dog and a van? If you can’t actually give up the day job for a life on the road, you could just hire a van for a long weekend instead. We like Goboony who are dog-friendly and have loads of advice and recommendations for you and your dog to get the best out...
cats vs dogs

Cats Vs Dogs: Which Make Better Pets?

Well It Depends On Several Factors Cats Vs Dogs? The controversy has gone on for thousands of years, ever since they were domesticated. Which makes the best pet? The answer depends largely on the owner's personality and requirements for animal companionship. We have owned both and have made a few observations based on our experiences. The Upside & Downside Of Each...
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Do Dogs Love Us More Than Cats?

A recent essay by Elyse Wanshel, "Who Loves Their Humans More—Cats Or Dogs? Here’s The Answer" caught my eyes and those of others around the world. How could it not? Dog people and cat people seem always to be talking about how dogs and cats compare with one another—who's smarter, who's more loyal, who loves us the most—so Wanshel's title...
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Are Pets Really Family?

This common sound-bite needs reconsideration The other day, I was with my two dogs, Maya and Bella, at one my local parks. I was throwing the ball for Bella and letting Maya nibble on grass. Maya started barking at a woman walking past. I apologized for Maya’s rude behavior—she doesn’t always follow the conventions of human etiquette—and the woman was very nice...
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Dog Sitters Services – How To Choose A Dog Sitter

Dog Sitters Services Abound Dog sitters services are booming. Hardly surprising when dog walking can prove difficult and time consuming, sometimes all but impossible for owners with busy lives who work long hours each day. We all love our pets and would cherish nothing more than to spend as much time as possible with them, but our lifestyle sometimes make...

Walking a Dog Can Help Us Walk the Talk About Other Animals

Dogs can help people learn about the inconsistencies in how we treat animals. Nonhuman animals aren't less than human animals "Man in his arrogance thinks of himself a great work, worthy the interposition of a deity. more humble and, I believe, true to consider him created from animals." —Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man At the end of each year, I try to...

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