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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Pet First Aid Part II

Pet First Aid Part II

Posted by Pia

I’m glad to hear you DW’ers found last week’s Pet First Aid Part I to be so valuable! As promised, instructor Denise Fleck is back this week offering more life-saving tips for what to do if your pet is choking. According to Denise, “The Best 911 for Your Choking Dog is YOU!”
One Lucky Dog’s …

Pet First Aid

Pet First Aid

Posted by Pia

For the next few Thursdays we have the privilege of receiving expert life-saving advice from pet first aid and CPR instructor Denise Fleck. I met Denise and her beloved dog Sunny many years ago when she volunteered to help with an adoption promoting video. Years later I took her pet first aid and CPR …

Save a Life? There’s an App For That.

Save a Life? There’s an App For That.

Posted by Pia

While popular Facebook apps like Farmville allow users to trade imaginary cows and chickens, Pet Pardons (Facebook account required to view) lets you advocate for actual animals whose time at the shelter is almost up. And all of this can be done with a simple click of the mouse (not a real mouse!). Here …

Tax Time: Accounting for Furry Dependents

Tax Time: Accounting for Furry Dependents

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As Uncle Sam comes-a-callin’ this time of year, I decided to enlist my accountant and fellow animal lover Mary Tonden to share some priceless pet-related tax tips with you.
To all you tax-paying animal lovers out there,
I can’t tell you how many clients ask me if they can claim their beloved pooch or kitty as a …

Old Socks, New Tricks

Old Socks, New Tricks

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Maybe your dryer has the dog’s best interest in mind when it leaves you with just 1 sock from each pair. Here are a couple of dog- and Earth-friendly ways to put those loners to good use!
Sock Sweater
For little dogs like my Minnow, a generous-sized sock makes a comfy sweater. Just cut off the toe …

Lights, Camera, Adoption!

Lights, Camera, Adoption!

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I’ll let the photos tell the tale. But as usual we had a great time visiting Martha this week. As always, we snapped lots of behind-the-scenes photos to share with you Daily Waggers!
Major thanks to Purina for sponsoring the live segment about the importance of adoption!
Also, be sure to click on the cute pup …

Meow Musings and Next Monday's Show

Meow Musings and Next Monday's Show

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Since last week’s Words of Woof post was so well received– and fun for me to do — I decided to honor your many requests for a similar post with feline photos and quotes. Enjoy!
In other news, I will be a guest on Martha’s show this coming Monday. I will have some cute pooches with …

Words of Woof

Words of Woof

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Expressing the unique bond we have with our dogs is not always simple. Over the years people have articulated their love of canines in many eloquent ways. Similarly, people have also captured the uniqueness of this regal species in photos. Since we get such great photo submissions from readers, I thought I’d pair them …

Two, Three and Four-Legged Friends

Two, Three and Four-Legged Friends

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Minnow has a new BFF!
This past weekend I had the good fortune to visit with some great old friends in Atlanta, where I lived once upon a time. My Minnow finally met the fabulous 3-legged Ms. Boots Malloy, and what a wonderful hostess she was! Of course, we snapped pictures all weekend to share with …

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