As the price of everything from gasoline to groceries continues to skyrocket, many consumers have had to cut back on their spending. However, a recent poll conducted by Petfinder.com shows that most of us will cut back on our personal spending before we cut back on what we spend on our pets.
Honda has decided that a key demographic of potential car buyers in Japan is that they love dogs! (Of course, who doesn’t?) In fact, the Japanese have more dogs and cats than they do children under the age of 15. As a result, Honda has begun designing cars specifically to be canine-friendly and even has a website devoted to the initiative: honda.co.jp/dog/. (It’s in Japanese, but you can look at the pictures.)
The SFGate, online home of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports a rise in the number of infections caused by staph germs that are resistant to common antibiotics. This has been reported for a number of years in humans, often following a hospital stay, but it is new news in the pet world.
As faithful readers know, I live with four dogs: Kayla, Cooper, Penny, and Maggie. The other day, for about the umpteenth time, my kids let the dogs out of the garage door (which incidentally, does not lead to the fenced-in yard).
From NPR: Fifth-graders at Isaac Dickson Elementary School in Asheville, NC wrote about the imaginary personalities they most admire. They then recorded their stories at WCQS, the local public radio station. One student, Mark Federman, chose the dog Squirrel from “A Dog’s Life” because he felt a special bond with the dog.