When it comes to adoption, older dogs have a lot to offer

By Chris Nelson La Plata County Humane Society I bet you didn’t know that October is National Adopt-A-Shelter Dog month. This is a monthlong push by shelters across the country to highlight...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

What mechanisms does your dog use when stressed?

By Marcy Eckhardt Special to the Herald We all have strategies to help us through tough situations. Some are even highly recommended, such as meditation and exercise. Others are more...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Take steps to be prepared before your pet goes missing

By Emily Phillips La Plata County Humane Society After a long day at work, you come home knowing that you’ll be happily greeted by your beloved pet, but as you walk inside, you’re met by silence. ...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Pausing for a few moments may help your dog reset

By Marcy Eckhardt Special to the Herald Picture this: You’re standing at the doorway, leash in hand, and your dog is going crazy in front of you. All she wants to do is go for a walk, and let’s...

DATE: June 14, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

La Plata County Humane Society provides many services

By Al Winzerling La Plata County Humane Society What can the La Plata County Humane Society do for you? The Humane Society offers many services for our community, even for folks whose lives are...

DATE: May 17, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Remember, pets need to be kept safe in winter conditions

By Chris Nelson La Plata County Humane Society What a winter we are having, with lots of snow to boot. If you have not already done so, it is time to make your cats and dogs safe for these...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

‘Paws’ for thought for avoiding giving pets as gifts

By Marcy Eckhardt At animal shelters across the country, we discourage people from adopting pets as gifts for a number of reasons. Animals that are new to a household need a chance to fit in,...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Want a better relationship with your pup? Remind, don’t correct

Marcy Eckhardt Often when I get called in to help with a dog issue, one of the factors in both the problem and solution is the relationship between the dog and humans. The humans may be...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Have a reactive dog? There are ways you can help

By Mary Eckhardt Dr. Phil says, “hurt people hurt people.” It’s a catchy phrase for a complex topic, meant to remind us that people who lash out are often victims themselves. I find the same true...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Learn how to age gracefully by watching your dog

By Al Winzerling Senior dogs don’t seem to whine, complain or tell us about their aches and pains, so it’s helpful to know what signs to watch for. Here are some of the more obvious ones: hearing...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

What does it take to be an official service dog?

By Marcy Eckhardt Service dogs everywhere these days, aren’t they? And whether you love dogs or are afraid of them, it’s hard to know what’s allowed, practical or legal. Here’s a quick summary:...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Is inside better than outside when it comes to owning cats?

By Al Winzerling Since the 1990s, cats have surpassed dogs in popularity as pets in the U.S. and Europe. Generally, cats are less demanding and easier to take care of for a busy pet owner. If you...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

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