Contributors: Pia Salk

Pia

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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Superbowl Biscuit Blues...

Superbowl Biscuit Blues...

Posted by Pia

Now that the proverbial ‘Bowl’ that was so ‘Super,’ is behind us… We are back to the old grind, weathering what winter has in store…
Stay warm and remember… Don’t eat yellow snow!
Oh, and be sure to let us know how Ruby’s mama’s biscuits turned out!
Send pics too!
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk
Adopt a Friend and Save …

I Heart Fur Kids!

I Heart Fur Kids!

Posted by Pia

It is no secret that I think of my fur kids as saints of a sort! So with St. Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching- here are some of my top picks for gifties to get those humans, or fur kids, who may have stolen your heart!
Links to the items in today’s photo gallery are …

Furry Flurries

Furry Flurries

Posted by Pia

Wowser! Are we ever getting some snow here in Minnowville!
Stay warm everyone! Cuddles are highly recommended!
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Paws and Ponder

Paws and Ponder

Posted by Pia

Some simple, but powerful, sentiments from our fellow furies…
Feel free to send your favorite quotes and photos so we can share them here at The Wag!
Email them to pia@drpiasalk.com
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Felines Have Feelings Too

Felines Have Feelings Too

Posted by Pia

While we tend to speak mostly ‘woof’ here at The Wag, I know more than a handful of canines who live with- and even care about – their feline comrades. Minnow is one of them! Upon sharing her concern for the many stray, feral and outdoor cats facing these freezing temperatures, I promised …

Critters Have New Year's Resolutions Too!

Critters Have New Year's Resolutions Too!

Posted by Pia

Even though our fellow creatures already do an admirable job of… living in the moment, taking time to smell the roses, appreciating the simple things that life has to offer, etc… They too see the value of setting various aspirational goals at the beginning of the new year…
Here’s to wishing you and yours …

The Best Gift Ever!

The Best Gift Ever!

Posted by Pia

I think I may have gotten the best holiday gift ever! Remember when I first met the little orphaned squirrel, Ms. Frances? Well, since her release back into the wild, I have been quite curious as to how she is faring…
I’m happy to share the above photos, sent to me by wildlife rehabber Maggie!
Apparently …

Panting For Presents...

Panting For Presents...

Posted by Pia

Human kids aren’t the only ones who get excited about the holidays…
Wishing you and your fur kids a happy, SAFE and healthy holiday season.
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Make A Wish!

Make A Wish!

Posted by Pia

Hey waggers and squaders! Given that today is my b’day- I thought I’d share some reflections and wishes regarding our fellow critters!
Please take a moment to love on your fur kid today and consider doing at least one thing to help another worthy soul get a second chance!
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

16 Months and One Microchip Later,  One Lucky Family is Reunited!

16 Months and One Microchip Later, One Lucky Family is Reunited!

Posted by Pia

This family’s happy tale truly underscores the importance of tagging and micro-chipping our fur kids!
From Ed Boks and Stacey Hawthorne at Arizona’s Yavapai Humane Society:
How Meko made it Home for the Holidays
In July 2012, seven year-old Mady lost her best fur friend, Meko, when he was stolen during a family vacation in Parker, …