Posts Tagged ‘Pia Salk’

Hot Stepper!

Hot Stepper!

Posted by Pia

Ever witness a human casually scamper across their driveway, sans sandals, on a hot summer day? Suddenly that care free stride becomes quite the dramatic interpretive dance- complete with colorful narrative and some spirited thrashing about.
Now consider the effect of that sweltering heat on 4 feet rather than 2 and with little idea …

Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Who invented creativity?

Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Who invented creativity?

Posted by Pia

Welcome to this week’s lecture: Creativity: Deconstructing the human claim that they invented “Creativity.” While humans claim that the capacity for creativity, as well as the use of tools and symbolic communication, is theirs alone, an extensive and readily available body of evidence exists to refute this self-aggrandizing assertion. Please turn your attention to …

Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Silliness

Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Silliness

Posted by Pia

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 2

Training Humans 101- Lecture 2

Posted by Pia

Welcome to Lecture 2…
You can relax as we will not be having a quiz today. Please turn your attention to the ‘Paw Point’ Presentation below for more examples of the companion animal approach to teaching their humans…
Please be sure to email me your first essay assignments by class time next week (pia@drpiasalk.com). Details can …

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...

Posted by Pia

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

Posted by Pia

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!

Posted by Pia

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..."

Posted by Pia

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.

Posted by Pia

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 …