Contributors: Pia Salk

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Meet Dr. Pia Salk

Dr. Pia Salk is a psychologist, animal welfare advocate, and expert on the human-animal bond. Pia frequently highlights the important role that animals play in our lives and how our societal treatment of animals conveys important messages to our youth. In her own work, Pia often credits the animals as being "the real therapists."

Pia is also a writer and the spokesperson for Adopt-A-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website. She is a professor in the area of diversity and family systems and a frequent guest on national radio programs, speaking on such topics as companion animals being important members of the family. Her extensive involvement in animal rescue efforts and her expertise on animal welfare have been featured on many national shows including The Martha Stewart Show.

Pia is the niece of polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk and daughter of bestselling author and psychologist Lee Salk. She resides in Los Angeles, California, with her multiple adopted animals.

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Strike A Pose.  Save A Life.  Part Deux.

Strike A Pose. Save A Life. Part Deux.

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I recently shared the story of fashion photographer extraordinaire, Richard Phibbs, focusing his lens on the plight of shelter animals. Having now had the good fortune to spend a day with Phibbs, his crew and the NY shelter staff- who he very accurately described as amazing- I’m here to share my account of ’shelter …

Puparazzi Sightings

Puparazzi Sightings

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Hey there waggers! I had an itch to do another celebrity look-alike blog for your viewing pleasure….
As I’ve said before, I personally find it an honor to be told I look like someone’s ‘fur kid.’ And I’m quite thrilled when I meet a four-legger who shares my name. But for those who may not …

Strike a Pose.... Save a Life...

Strike a Pose.... Save a Life...

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Do you ever feel like a certain topic keeps coming up in your daily life? Well recently photography is the one that keeps coming to my attention- both as an art form overall, and with regard to how it can help save the lives of shelter animals specifically.
First, it was the photography in The …

"He Had Me at Woof..."

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That is exactly what my friend Megan had to say about Stanley, the pooch she recently adopted. And fortunately her 4 year old twin boys feel the same way about Stanley, who they affectionately refer to as, “our dog brother.”
On a recent trip to California, I got to visit with my dear friend Megan …

Chihuahuas of Leisure

Chihuahuas of Leisure

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Remember Guppy? The long-lost suspected-sibling of Minnow? Well the two little canine ‘fishes’ got to reunite on a recent trip to Palm Springs.
Some of my human girlfriends and I got away for a few days to a fabulously hip mid-century modern abode in the desert. It was a BYOAP of …

Peace on Earth... and Safety For All...

Peace on Earth... and Safety For All...

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As many of you know, I’m all for recycling and that includes blog posts with information to keep our fur kids safe. The precautions below are as pertinent today as they were when I first posted them a year ago. Happy holidays to all of my fellow animal lovers!
We all know that it’s …

Raindrops on Noses and Whiskers on Pooches...

Raindrops on Noses and Whiskers on Pooches...

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Once again I bring you my annual version of a classic tune… maestro…
Happy holidays to you and yours.
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk
Horse painting and other animal art by Delia (Photo 12)
Martha’s jingle bell dog collar (Photo 18)
Dog-nose pendant and other special gifts by Brent and Jess (Photo 29)
The Unexpected Pit Bull Calendar makes a GREAT gift! …

What To Give Your Best Gift-Giver...

What To Give Your Best Gift-Giver...

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Gift giving is a huge part of the holiday season- but even the most sentimental among us can lose site of what makes such an exchange truly meaningful. Thankfully, our furry friends are once again here to ground us and offer us humans some perspective on keeping things real.
A gift is essentially defined …

Canines, Collaboration and Calendars...

Canines, Collaboration and Calendars...

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Why a calendar makes a great gift is basically a no-brainer- it’s both useful and you can invariably find one to fit the specific interests of it’s intended recipient. That much you already know… That said, I have NEVER been so excited about receiving or gifting a calendar as I am about the …

Fido and Mittens Deserve a Seat at The Thanksgiving Table Too!

Fido and Mittens Deserve a Seat at The Thanksgiving Table Too!

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Thanksgiving is a time when many gather with those they cherish as family. We at the Wag know full well that family can come in a variety of sizes, shapes, ages, breeds and species. How many legs one has is of little importance when it comes to those we choose to love with …