Entries by Dan Perdios

Weight Gain

Harvest-time is here and the pumpkin pies are about ready and there’s gravy for the mashed potatoes. And there’s plenty of football games or a cliff-hanging episode of NCIS (come back Ziva. Tony isn’t the only one who misses you) on the telly to keep us couch-bound. It’s not an easy time if weight gain […]

Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Halloween is just a week away and I see lots of pics on Facebook of pets dressed up in costumes. They all look so cute. On occasion I would put a Red Sox hat on Nicholas. I have one pic on my web site of him with sunglasses looking cool. Willy tolerated hats and glasses, […]

Making That Loving Heartbreaking Decision

  As the country debates our health care system it made me think about two friends who are struggling with the health care decisions of a different kind. This summer these friends had to cancel a lunch because they discovered a tumor in their 10 year old Golden’s mouth and they were too distraught to […]

Dogs Bring Us Together

Yesterday we went to a wedding in Malibu. It was a small intimate affair. We didn’t know many of the other guests.  The view of the ocean was spectacular. We all talked about our favorite beaches along the coast. I mentioned the dog beach just to the north of the restaurant where the reception was taking place that […]

Visiting a Shelter

Palm Springs has had a new dog shelter for about two years now. The old one was built in the 60’s and it was long overdue. I had visited the old shelter once when I was asked to write a column for the local newspaper about a fundraising event for a new shelter. It broke […]

Preparing your Pet for Travel

My life has been blessed with three amazing Golden Retrievers – Nicholas was my first, then Willy and now Morgan. They traveled everywhere with me and over the course of time we’ve experienced a whole array of situations from cuts on the paw pad and Lyme’s disease to a noisy hotel room that frightened Morgan. […]

Steal a Dog

I found this on the web and wanted to share it. I’ve been just as guilty about these risky behaviors as anyone else.  I always left Nicholas outside of a business store front. He waited for me while I worked out at the gym. In fact, my friends would come by and say “we saw […]

Sum sum summer time

Summertime is here and it’s time for getting out and away. When I moved to Palm Springs in 2003, where the temperature can get as high as 115 or worse during June, July and August, I promised my Golden Retriever companion, Willy, that we would escape the searing heat and head for Cape Cod or […]

The Strongest Swimmer

  There’s been a few heartbreaking stories in the news   lately about humans attempting to rescue their dogs from turbulent ocean waves only to be swept away and drowned. Shortly after Thanksgiving a family and their dog were walking along a beach up in Eureka when a wave suddenly swept their dog out to sea. […]