Does Anyone Know If Elon Musk Has Pets?

Dear Elon,

Hello! I would like to congratulate you on the roaring success of Tesla, in particular the Model X. I see them driving around when I’m out walking my dog and I spend a lot of time daydreaming about one day driving one of my own out to the dog park, with my dog’s one ear flapping in the breeze as we race down the road.


Perhaps you might be saying to yourself, “Goodness! What’s keeping you from buying one, then? Aren’t you a veterinarian? I hear they’re rolling in dough!” Crazy, right? I hear that too. It’s a common misquote. What those people meant to say is, “Rolling in debt.” I do know one or two vets who are doing ok, but I think their spouses work in real estate, so there you go.

But we don’t mind, because we love animals. Day after day after day, people come to us for animal related goods and services and ask us, “Don’t you love animals? Because if you did, you would just give me this care for free.” And if we don’t, we are BAD BAD PEOPLE WHO HATE ANIMALS, and that sounds like an awful thing to be. Just check Yelp! You’ll see.

Currency, Women, Savings.

At first, I thought that idea was hogwash, but after so many years of having it repeated to me I thought that maybe I just missed the part of civics lecture where they taught us that no exchange of cash for goods was necessary if the person who has the goods loves animals, because that is just what you’re supposed to do.

So the rule here is, if I really really really want something and you have it and you also love animals, you need to give it to me. I know it sounds nuts, but ten years of experience here can’t be wrong. It’s what the people expect.

Here’s the deal: my car just hit 150K this month and I’m hearing a weird clanking noise that makes me nervous. And yes, I could save up on my own or pick a car in my budget, blah blah blah, but clearly this whole Animal Lover Loophole thing is a widely used shortcut to free stuff, so I figured I would give it a shot before heading down to the used car dealership. I’ll even take the, uh, “cheaper” Model X 60D that just came out, I’m not picky. 😀

I’d hate to see my sad, adorable, one eared dog stuck on the side of the road in this summer heat if I break down. We need reliable transportation befitting his status as Super Awesome Dog. Does Elon Musk like animals? I think we all know what the right thing to do here is.


I’ll be eagerly waiting your response.

Dr V



Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Rent A Dog for your Pokemon Go Hunt

According to a story circulating on Facebook, a Muncie, Indiana, animal shelter started a program where you could rent a dog for $ 5 an hour to walk with you while you were playing Pokemon Go, so people wouldn’t think you were an idiot. This much is true, although I don’t think they actually charged people; […] Dog Blog

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Halo is a 2016 Eco-Excellence Award Finalist

Eco Excellence Award Finalist
Good news! Halo was named an Eco-Excellence Award finalist in three categories this year:

Best Pet Food: Halo Spot’s Stew

Best Pet Treat: Halo Liv-a-Littles

Best Pet Supplement: Halo Dream Coat

Hosted by NCW Magazine (“Sustainable Lifestyle for the Modern Family”), the Awards “recognize excellence in social and environmental sustainability for products, services, companies and web sites.” Past Eco-Excellence winners include Burt’s Bees, Tom’s Shoes, Honest Company and Halo (2013 winner for Best Pet Food).

Finalists are chosen by judges, but winners are chosen by consumer vote.

Please help Halo receive this recognition by voting and, if you are so inclined, by sharing with your own network (email, social media, etc.)

Voting instructions:

  • Visit: to submit votes in the pet products category
  • Cast your votes by clicking on each product you’d like to vote for in each sub category
  • Once you’ve selected your choices, click on “submit your vote” at the bottom of the category page.
  • You’ll be prompted to enter a valid email address.
  • Once you enter the email address you’ll receive a confirmation message that your email address has been accepted and your votes submitted.
  • This process must be repeated for each Main Category page.
  • Voters are allowed one vote per subcategory per one valid email address.

Thank you so much for your support!


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Thank you for this post. Small indoor dogs may be …

Thank you for this post. Small indoor dogs may be small, but they make up for their small bodies with playfulness and great personality. Celebrities have turned these small fluffy balls into popular fashion accessories, however, they are not toys. These dogs can be great companions to your children and you. See more

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Puppy Up Nation

Six years ago this Sunday, Hudson, Murphy and I walked the final mile from Back Bay Fens to the Boston Common alongside hundreds of friends and hundreds of canine companions who traveled from 21 states to be there that day. 
When I started out on the road from Austin, TX, I didn’t have much – just a couple hundred bucks in my pocket and a few friends helping me out.  The focus is so intense on each and every step and each and every mile it seemed unfathomable just how far and how long our journey would take us.  And we have gone far! And as we celebrate our sixth anniversary the Puppy Up Foundation has achieved so many incredible milestones. 
Recently I traveled to Madison for their record breaking year, over 1,100 people, and over a $ 130,000 raised. It’s such an exciting energy to be a part of Team Madison and during a speech by our Scientific Chair, Kai Shiu, said how great it was to be a part of Puppy Up USA.  And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s neat.’ 
But then I thought ‘Our reach is international and all of us really are brought together by a common thread that spans border.’  In many ways I feel like we’re becoming an institution and that’s when it hit me.  We are a Puppy Up Nation!
I feel like that at every walk I’ve had the privilege to personally participate in.  I am often asked, ‘What are you most proud of?’  And my response has always been, to go from town to town and see how excited the communities are and successful they’ve been putting on walks – that makes me the proudest.’ 

And that’s why I wanted to share this inspiration with a commemorative T-Shirt to celebrate our 6th anniversary.   And as a way to say thanks to everyone who has made this such a successful organization and as a reminder that we all are together in this and we stand in solidarity.  You can order a shirt here.  
Thank you.  All of you for being a part of Puppy Up Nation!

Hudson, Indiana & Luke

2 Dogs 2000 Miles

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Maggie and Mia

This is a photo I published about 3 years ago but here it is again for anyone who didn’t see it. Maggie, a red and white Irish setter is on the left, and on the right is Mia, a Bassett Ariegois (a French hunting dog). 

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Larry and Haston

Larry and Haston – who seem to have different ideas of where they are going!

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Win a Paw of the Day t-shirt! (2 winners!)

Could your pet be our PawZaar Paw of the Day? We have been having so much fun seeing everyone’s photos and publishing one every weekday on PawZaar! For entries published June 15-July 14, our…

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The Two Happiest Audience Members at the Dog Film Festival in Seattle

Dog Film Festival Seattle audience

Abel and Dakota

I’m just back from Seattle and the thrill of bringing the Dog Film Festival there, with a phenomenal turn out! Fully half the audience members had four legs and brought along their enthusiastic and appreciative humans! During the showings of short films, all of which included dogs, the dogs in the audience made sporadic barking commentary; the people laughed and cried and applauded every film, including the excellent PSA’s with wonderful adoption stories from the Petco Foundation, the presenting sponsor that made it possible for me bring the Festival across the country.

Our beneficiary partner was Seattle Humane, which had terrific volunteers on hand giving out biscuits and encouraging donations to help build their new shelter. They were already pretty happy because our Founding Sponsor of the Dog Film Festival – Halo, Purely for Pets – had sent the shelter 10,000 meals of food through Seattle Humane was already ahead of the game before the lights went down in the theater – but the big triumph was yet to happen!

A lovely van arrived transporting three darling adoptable dogs, who came out of their crates a little rattled from the trip, but putting on a brave face. They stood with their volunteers on the Green Carpet wearing hopeful smiles. You could see they were imagining that one day they, too, might be a fully loved dog, who got to go to the movies with their people like everyone on the line that wrapped around the block.

Able was a darling, energetic 10-month-old Boxer mix, and Dakota was a sweet Chihuahua mix. You could see how much they craved attention and did whatever they could to get a little love. As it turned out, they both got a whole lot of it: the Dog Film Festival changed their lives forever! I felt privileged to bring the Festival to Seattle. It was gratifying how receptive the audience was to the canine-themed films; it was wonderful to be in the position to help support the growth of Seattle Humane. But the highlight of the whole trip for me was to know that because of the Festival, two lovely dogs would not have to return to the shelter and sleep behind bars in a public place. Abel and Dakota were going home! Two families that had come to see the films wound up finding a new four-legged family member; Able and Dakota would never have to go back into a shelter cage. They would be curled up cozily with their new people, the circle of love that is adoption, complete.

Thank you Seattle for showing what a big heart you have!

newtraciepic2Tracie began her fascination with dogs and cats by turning her eye as a former investigative reporter on every aspect of living with them, resulting in her encyclopedic resources THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and then the THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. Before long, Tracie was established as a leading pet wellness advocate as her all-encompassing books covered everything from medical issues to behavior, nutrition and environmental enrichment.
Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.


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Dachshund puppies rule!

Dachshunds rule – especially dachshunds puppies!

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