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The Best Kind of De-Stressing

At college campuses in the area, a chorus of “awwws!” can be heard as groups of students flow into the rooms where dogs await young people who need help de-stressing before exams. The therapy dogs roll onto their backs for…

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5 Winter Pet Safety Tips

Most pet guardians are familiar with the risks posed to our furry family members during the summer months. We follow the usual guidelines: limiting activity in the heat, refilling water bowls regularly, and avoiding hot pavement. Some even invest in…

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Halloween Hazards for Pets

My dog Darby looks fantastic in a Halloween costume. For pet owners like me, it’s one of the fun things about the holiday. But as an emergency veterinarian, I have to admit that I also think of all the things…

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Poopology

It’s not an exact science. There is no formal certification. But I can tell you that the path to my current status as duly recognized poopologist was long and arduous, requiring years of study, an abundance of patience, and also…

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Meet Elsa the Therapy Dog

Goldendoodle Elsa is a rock star at VCU Medical Center, even though there’s no red carpet underneath her paws. The calm-natured, 55-pound sandy blonde fluffball strolls alongside her handler, Margaret Popik, down the halls of the pediatric inpatient unit at…

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Cool Cats and Not-So-Hot Dogs

There’s so much to do in RVA, and Richmonders don’t let the season’s heat and humidity slow us down. From the many outdoor festivals to a stroll around Carytown or by the James River, we’re out and about, enjoying our…

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Henrico Humane Society

Suzanne Allen of Ashland had always considered herself a pet person, but after losing her beloved schnauzer Charlie Brown two years ago, she thought she might never adopt again. “It was too painful to lose a friend,” she said. In…

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