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Apr 3

Do Not Ignore Dog Vomit!

When I say “Do not ignore dog vomit” I don’t mean “just step over the mess and hope someone else cleans it up!” I mean consider it a possible sign of a serious physical problem. Ignore it at your peril. I recently survived two medical emergencies with my 10-year-old Weimaraner Maisie. The reason we dodged… Read more »

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Feb 26

Service Dog Salute

Drum roll, please! For the first time in the 9 years of the Dog Film Festival there will be a new separate category called SERVICE DOG SALUTE – with cash prizes and all-expense-paid trips to the NYC Premiere on October 24th, 2024 for the top three finalists! As always, the Festival will then travel to… Read more »

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Dec 19

Have I Got a [Delicious Nutritious] Low Fat Dog Food For You!

[Would you believe it’s Weruva?!] I suddenly needed a low fat dog food. My blue Weimaraner Maisie was just diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis. She had two bouts of throwing up one day and I immediately took her to the vet because she is not generally a thrower-upper. Blood work and an ultrasound showed several of… Read more »

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Nov 28

Giving Thanks – and Giving the Yummiest Meals to Your Dog

It’s that time of year when we reflect on what we have to be thankful for, and we try to do extra nice things for others…like our pets! In the spirit of the Thanking Season, I want to thank Weruva for their steadfast and generous sponsorship of my NPR show DOG TALK (and Kitties, Too!)…. Read more »

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Oct 2

Please Don’t Miss the 6th Annual NY Cat Film Festival

If you’ve been to the Festival in any of the previous five years, you already know what an uplifting experience it is to be surrounded by fellow cat lovers as you watch a series of short films that celebrate the magnificent felines who share our world. There are 17 films this year – a mix… Read more »

Sep 25

Dr Elsey’s “Meow Party” at Meow Parlour 

For the first time ever, we’re throwing a cats-inclusive party on Friday October 20th to celebrate the 6th Annual NY Cat Film Festival on Saturday October 21st (Noon at the Village East theater on 2nd Avenue and 12th Street). The party will be from 5 to 7 PM at the Meow Parlour, NYC’s first cat… Read more »

Jul 7

Dogs & Cats Suffering in Ukraine

Please Join Tracie supporting this GoFundMe campaign! If there’s one image I can’t forget from this brutal ongoing war in Ukraine, it was of a family trying to flee with their dog. It was early on in the war, when the Russians bombed an extended family in broad daylight as they tried to cross a… Read more »

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Jun 12

From Kitties to Pitties – One Good Food Good for All!

I’ve always said that Weruva is my favorite cat food because it is made of human-edible ingredients in a human food facility, something they were the first to do, as far as I know. Weruva has spawned many imitators – which is the highest form of flattery, of course! – but I still say that… Read more »

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May 11

Is Your Dog a Really Really Picky Eater?

My brother Tim’s little “step dog,” Shelby, is definitely in the top ten of “wicked cute” little canines. She is a delightful mix of who-knows-what-breeds. But boy oh boy, was that little dog from a rescue the world’s pickiest eater! She had her Mom Sarena (my brother’s partner) turned into a pretzel, trying to find… Read more »

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May 1

Why the “Dog & Cat Lady” is Embracing Snakes and Axolotls

I’m proud and excited to announce the launch of my new podcast EXOTIC PETS, alongside my co-host Dr. Doug Mader. I figured a word of explanation was in order about why I am sitting myself across a microphone from a world-renowned and beloved exotic animal veterinarian to create this show – about creatures I know… Read more »