Dogs more likely to respond to the word ‘treat’ than their own name: poll

Half of America’s dogs come running just from the sound of a treat bag, new research suggests. According to a recent poll of 2,000 dog owners, 47% said that their dog reacts instinctively to the noise made when a treat container is opened. Fifty-two percent are also likely to run over when they hear words … Read more

Covid-19, cost of living crisis results in Tauranga increase of abandoned puppies

Puppies available for adoption through Tauranga SPCA. Photo/Mead Norton Tauranga is facing a “non-stop” influx of abandoned puppies, with Covid-19 and the cost of living crisis being pegged as contributing factors. The number of dogs and puppies at Tauranga SPCA was already “above the average” at 31, with the youngest about eight weeks old. Center … Read more

Vet goes viral after revealing the best and worst dog breeds

A vet has caused a stir online after she revealed her top five most and least favorite dog breeds, basing her list on personality, health issues and behaviors. Whitney Terrell, who has over 74 thousand followers on TikTok, explained why she was and wasn’t a fan of each dog across two separate videos which collectively … Read more

Weekend reads: The jobs market isn’t cracking — gloom turns to boom in the economy

So much for all that recession talk. At least for a day. Friday’s stronger-than-expected jobs report immediately sparked more talk that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by 0.75 percentage point, not just 0.50 percentage point, when policy makers next meet in September. As one economist put it, the report “is much too hot … Read more

Who gets the dog in a divorce? Laws are changing for pet custody battles.

If you think of your pet as a member of your family, you’re not alone. A study by the American Veterinary Medical Association showed 85% of dog owners and 76% of cat owners consider their pets family. Because of this, a divorce can be devastating for pet owners. When you divorce with pets, you both … Read more

Who gets the dog in a divorce? Laws are changing for pet custody battles.

If you think of your pet as a member of your family, you’re not alone. A study by the American Veterinary Medical Association showed 85% of dog owners and 76% of cat owners consider their pets family. Because of this, a divorce can be devastating for pet owners. When you divorce with pets, you both … Read more