Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Pia Salk’

Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Silliness

Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Silliness

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Welcome to this week’s lecture. As a reminder, My name is Dr. Minnow Salk. I am with you on my sabbatical, taking over this summer course for Dr. Pia. Today’s topic- Silliness: A critical look at human silliness deficit disorder (HSDD)- is no laughing matter. The human ability to exhibit …

Training Humans 101- Lecture 1

Training Humans 101- Lecture 1

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While we are often programmed to think that we humans are the ones shaping the minds of our fur kids- much of the time, it is just the opposite. Our animal companions are actually quite brilliant teachers-many are in fact tenured at Ivy League Dog Parks across the nation. The canine approach to …

Moth-er- v. 1. moth·ered 2. moth·er·ing

Moth-er- v. 1. moth·ered 2. moth·er·ing

Posted by Pia

Lately I find myself using the word, “mother,” more as a verb than as a noun. As I get to witness my own fur kids nurture my frail mother, I am filled with pride- pride as a daughter, as a ‘mother,’ and much more… well, see for yourself…
Not long ago. I made the …

Hippity Hoppity...

Hippity Hoppity...

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With the spring holidays upon us, many a bunny, a baby chick and even a young child are at the mercy of us adult humans to model how best to respect and care for another living being. Below is an updated post from springtime’s past- filled with tips on how to have a …

A Fitting Tribute to Zelda

A Fitting Tribute to Zelda

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Last week I introduced you all to Zelda- a dog whose life changed so many other lives for the better. And now upon her passing, her influence remains very much alive through the efforts of her grieving human best friend.
While Zelda’s rescuer is feeling all of the despair and sadness that comes …

All Paws on Set!

All Paws on Set!

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This week started off with a big woof- a visit to Martha and her crew- and a live appearance with some furry companions in need of homes! The show was called “Do Something,” and was about how anyone can get involved and make a difference! Not surprisingly- the animal guests and I like to …

"Barking Allowed. Big Personalities Rewarded..."

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While I am typically not one to ‘judge,’ last weekend I did just that! I was invited to be a judge in the “Go Dog Go” fundraiser show for HeARTs Speak, an organization that offers a unique and creative way for artists of all ages to help homeless animals.
The first annual “The Go Dog …

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 …

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

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

Posted by Pia

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 …

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 …