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Top 10 Most Dangerous Days For Pets

Grant Biniasz, VPI

According to research done in 2010 by VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance), the worst day for pets was Monday June 7th. 

VPI took a look at their claims for 2010 and sorted them by treatment days to see if there were any days or times of the year when more pets were being treated for accidental injuries.  What they saw was that more pets were treated on Mondays.  This is perhaps because treatment was unavailable for the weekend and pet owners had to wait until Monday to seek treatment.  As a result, people need to find out if there is a 24-hour clinic in their area.

VPI saw a spike in the summer months, with June in particular, for accidental injuries.  Obviously, our pets are outside more at this time of year.  These injuries included insect bites and stings, which are a typical hazard for summer and our pets. Contrary to popular belief, the company did not find any spike in pet accidents treated on or following full moons.

VPI process a little of a million claims a year, and listed the worst days in 2010 as follows:

Dog with butterfly on noseMonday, June 7 – 206 claims
Tuesday, September 7 – 205 claims
Monday, June 14 – 199 claims
Tuesday, June 1 – 193 claims
Monday, June 21 – 188 claims
Monday, August 9 – 183 claims
Monday, April 26 – 179 claims
Monday, June 28 – 179 claims
Monday, April 5 - 173 claims
Monday, August 2- 171 claims

The amount of accident claims treated spiked following holidays, particularly Labor Day, Memorial Day and Easter.   Surprisingly, December was the safest month with the least claims. 

In order to accurately assess the “danger” of a day, the company only analyzed claims submitted for injuries requiring immediate attention, such as broken bones, poisonings, and lacerations. The data revealed that on the average day in 2010, about 118 VPI-insured pets were treated for severe accidental injuries. Of the days of the week, Mondays had the largest average number of pets treated for accidental injuries at 152. Sundays were the lowest at 59.

For a full breakdown of the data, visit




50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships

Unlikely Friendships book coverWe've all see the pictures of animals of different species together that are normally enemies.   But Jennifer Holland, senior writer for National Geographic magazine, has taken it one step further and written a book called Unlikely Friendships, which documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee.

These are the most amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of full-color candid photographs.  Jennifer narrates the details and arc of each story and also offers insights into why and how these friendships occurred.

Jennifer lives with her husband, two dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos; none of whom, to her dismay, have crossed the species barrier to befriend the others!



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A 15-year-old girl had special help when she took the witness stand at the trial for the man accused of sexually assaulting her for four years. Rose, an 11-year-old golden retriever whose regular job is helping provide therapy in schools for troubled children, was there at her side, helping to calm a child who experts said is otherwise incapable of talking about her traumatic ordeal. It's an unprecedented arrangement in New York and now gaining acceptance elsewhere. Pioneered by a Seattle prosecutor in 2003, courthouse dogs are participating in trials in at least 10 states, often over the objections of defense lawyers who worry that the dogs generate extra sympathy for victims and witnesses. 

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How does this sound...A three-story townhouse on Paris' exclusive Place Vendome, with gorgeous interiors hung with plush red velvet and dazzling gilded chandeliers.  It's an address fit for a king.   Or his dog.  The property in question is actually a miniature poodle-sized replica of a tiny Paris townhouse, handmade for discerning pooches with deep pockets and a taste for the finer things in life.  The 4-foot-tall doghouse, complete with a canopy bed and velvet-lined drawers for storing a dog's accessories, is the jewel in the crown of Puppy de Paris, a new luxury canine comfort line crafted by prized French artisans. Other offerings in the line by Frenchwoman Karin Fainas include a velvet bed painted with scenes from Parisian bakeries and fitted with lion's paw feet in hand-cast silver and a doggy bowl in gold-dipped bronze that looks more like more like a crown than something you'd intentionally fill with dog chow.  "I used to work in fine jewelry, and my clients would inevitably have little dogs in tote," said Fainas, a 41-year-old with elegant features and close-cropped hair. "They were always telling me, what about my dog? You should make beautiful things for him, he deserves them just as much as I do.'" So Fainas set about doing just that.  The Made in France label comes with a price: about $14,000 for the dog bowl to about $21,000 for the Haussmannian master apartment house. The little couches are about $17,000.

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It might be the beginning of summer, but Operation Snowflake is in full effect.
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