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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Animals as Inspiration

Animals as Inspiration

Posted by Pia

There is no doubt that our companion animals inspire us in many ways. They bring out our protective and nurturing natures. They provide perspective when we need it most. They can frustrate us when learning a new skill, but then quickly fill us with pride as we see them master it. …

Sweaters Needed for Shelter Animals

Sweaters Needed for Shelter Animals

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While we humans may welcome the change of seasons with a favorite fall cardigan or cozy up with a blanket knitted by grandma, we must not forget that dogs in shelters get cold too. Many shelter animals are kept in outdoor kennels or uninsulated enclosures. While this may be comfortable for most months, the …

Canine-Feline Relations 101

Canine-Feline Relations 101

Posted by Pia

Our best friends can be each other’s best friends too!
For those of us who have the good fortune to live with both felines and canines, it may not come as a surprise to learn the following; More often then not these two species get along swimmingly well!
A survey by Tel Aviv University of …

"Ancient Chinese Secret"

Posted by Pia

Having furry kids is not always smooth sailing, but I guess that is what parenting is all about, really. My little Minnow whom you recently met has what seems to be some discomfort in her lower back and legs. Needless to say we have been to every specialist under the sun and Minnow …

Your Stories of Adoption

Your Stories of Adoption

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In recent weeks I’ve shared some of my own very happy adoption tales — first Pickles, then Minnow.  This week I’d like to call your attention to some great ones sent in by our very own DW readers!
You can read more in our Stories of Adoption gallery and add your own! Please send us more …

Minnow Saves Guppy

Minnow Saves Guppy

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Last week I had the pleasure of introducing you to my new little rescued girl, Minnow. Well this week I get to report on another little dog whose life was drastically changed for the better as a result of that post! As I was writing about Minnow and
searching my emails for the original photos that …

Meet Minnow

Meet Minnow

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It is with great pride and pleasure that I introduce you to my newest fur child, Minnow! She arrived at 5 years old weighing 3 lbs, 11 oz of pure love and joy! Mother and daughter are resting comfortably
You may have gathered from my tribute to the late great Pickles, that I …

A Tribute to Pickles, Part 2

A Tribute to Pickles, Part 2

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I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of your kind comments following Part 1 of my tribute to Pickles last week!
Soon after joining you here at the DW, I wrote about the challenges of losing a companion animal. And it is now that I am sharing some of my personal thoughts on the very …

A Tribute to Pickles, Part 1

A Tribute to Pickles, Part 1

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I can’t believe it’s been a year already! I thank you all for being such engaged and supportive readers since my having joined you here at the DW. I also want to thank Martha and DW editor Mark Ganem for inviting me to join such elegant canine authors as Frannie and Sharkey!
Many of you wrote …

Homemade Doggie Ice Treats

Homemade Doggie Ice Treats

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While I’m certainly no Martha Stewart, I occasionally try my hand at creative recipes — especially if they are for my furry family members.
A friend of mine recently shared a tip for a nifty summer dog treat. I decided to give it a try, and it was a huge hit with my canines and their …