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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Greetings From Minnow!

Greetings From Minnow!

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Hey there Waggers and Squadders… My mom’s really been ‘hogging the blogging’ these past few weeks… This is the first chance I’ve had to say woof and let you all know i’m thinking of you! Now that I finally got control of the keyboard, I thought it’d be fun to share some of my …

The Canine Heroes of 9/11

The Canine Heroes of 9/11

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With this tragic anniversary upon us once again, I thought it fitting to re-post a tribute to some 4-legged heroes whose loyalty was evident on that fateful day. Many dedicated canines reported for service after the 9/11 attacks. The stunning photographs below are just a few of those brave dogs, over a decade later.
Remember …

Back To School...

Back To School...

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The 3 words that officially close out the summer months are “Back… To… School.” The free time and leisurely pace are replaced with a frenzied mixture of excitement, anxiety, and anticipation, for kids and adults alike. But what about Mittens and Fido?
Showing a child how important it is to take a …

Doggie Double Takes

Doggie Double Takes

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Some famous furry lookalikes for your viewing pleasure…Enjoy…
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Wisdom and Welfare

Wisdom and Welfare

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As summer winds down and life’s pace speeds up, take a moment to reflect on some canine/feline words to live by- simple but sage advice that we humans would be wise to keep in mind as Labor Day rapidly approaches…
Please also take a moment to actively help homeless pets in desperate need of medical care; …

Maine Event Part II

Maine Event Part II

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Hi All, Minnow here…and as promised, more on my very special trip to mom’s (AKA, Dr. Pia’s) childhood summer digs on Moosehead Lake…
In Minship,
Minnow
P.S. Mom (AKA Dr. Pia) says hi!

Maine Event...

Maine Event...

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Hi There Waggers! It’s me, Minnow… Guess where I got to go?… Give up?…
Maine! Yup, yours truly got to go to Moosehead Lake Maine! Personally I think they should call it Minnow Lake, but I’m not one to make a fuss…
Mom and I hope you are all enjoying the summer!
More on Moosehead …

Loyal Lassies

Loyal Lassies

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Enjoy!
In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

A Dogged Hot Summer!

A Dogged Hot Summer!

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Last week I had the pleasure of introducing you to some pups we got to frolic with on New York’s Fire Island! Having just returned from a very restful beach stay- I wanted to introduce you Waggers to even more of the wonderful critters with whom we got to spend our vacation!
While the summer’s extreme …

Fire Island Fur 'Friendzy'!

Fire Island Fur 'Friendzy'!

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The joy exhibited by a pup splashing in the summer surf is truly infectious! Watching a pooch leap through the breezy summer air… These are some of the moments I have been fortunate enough to witness this summer on Fire Island… and ones I’m certain will bring joy to my pals at the DW!
Witnessing …