Ken White

Living With Animals: Keeping Track of Your Pet

Not knowing where your animal has gone, if he or she is safe… that’s a horrible experience. Decades ago when we first brought our newborn home from hospital, one of our cats was obviously unhappy about the addition to the family. An indoor only cat, she made the Great Escape. Among my earliest...
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Living With Animals: Hot Enough for You?

Hot enough for you? Prior to my role here at PHS/SPCA I spent 7 years at Arizona Humane Society, so when I hear people complain about how hot it is I admit I tend to snicker. Not, however, when it comes to how hot it is – and how potentially dangerous it is – for dogs in the wrong place in our...
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Living With Animals: 4th of July Hard for Critters

I really think a gigantic red, white and blue cake with forks for everyone is the right way to celebrate our country’s birthday, but people just keep lighting fuses and blowing stuff up. So until my idea catches on, especially since this year the 4th falls smack between two weekends, how best to...
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Living With Animals: Pet-Heads Part 2

Catnip was last week’s topic, a plant with some interesting and at times entertaining effects on cats and even dogs. Today we look at the impacts of marijuana on pets. While not entirely risk-free, both immediate serious problems and long-term complications are rare when it comes to pot and pets...
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Living With Animals: Pet-Heads Part 1

Catnip gets Isabelle’s and Stinky Louise’s motors humming, while my third cat Puccini is distinctly not a stoner. What’s up with Meowy Wowie? Catnip is nonaddictive and completely harmless in cats, affecting about three-quarters of them (all types, by the way, including lions and tigers). The...
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Living With Animals: Big News: Ssshh!

My recent column about the thriving marketplace for wild animals coincided with a friend sending an article from “Science” magazine ( http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/call-keep-secrets-rare-species-draws-reluctant-support ). Let me summarize. From the article: “The extent to which rare animal...
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Living With Animals: I Got It On-Line

An oft-heard comment, a sign of our times: “I got it on-line.” Those few words can signal a great deal (half what I expected to pay!), or a long sought treasure (a 1940s Martin Ukelele!), or the decline of brick-and-mortar neighborhood shops, or something much darker yet. “I got it on-line” can...
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Living With Animals: Hurling Hairballs

For no reason other than the odd symmetry of it, let’s follow last week’s column (why dogs eat weird stuff) with this: Why cats vomit so often. I share my home with three cats and I’ve come to rely on Persian-style carpets for masking the telltale stains of hairballs (although going barefoot before...
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Living With Animals: My Beagle the Sandworm

Reader Michelle asks: “Why does my beagle eat socks?” Allow a digression. Remember Dune, Frank Herbert’s novel or the 1984 film adaptation? Remember “sandworms”? From Wikipedia: “cylindrical worm-like creatures with a fearsome array of crystalline teeth used primarily for rasping rocks and sand...
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Living With Animals: Make That Cat an Indoor Animal!

Last week was all about why cats should be indoor animals only. This week it’s how to make that happen. This applies to bringing that outdoor cat indoors and also to shutting the door to cats used to coming and going. In self-help manual style, let’s introduce the Five Ps: Protect, Pee, Play,...
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