This and That Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: This and That

Quora: Saying goodbye to our angel dog

Sunday, Aug 13th, 2017 | By Mikkel Becker

Heaven gained another four legged angel last week: Our Miss Quora. Despite taking every measure possible, our family was unable to save her, and she died at the age of 14 after unsuccessful surgery for hemangiosarcoma at Washington State University. The loss of Quora is truly heart-wrenching as she’s a treasured member of the family; […]

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Veterinarian’s granddaughter wrote her first book, and of course it’s about animals

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Love of animals and of writing runs deep in our family. I’ve written 25 books, selling over 8 million copies with three New York Times bestsellers. Our daughter, Mikkel, has co-authored five books in the Ultimate Pet Lovers Series, as well as the upcoming book, Fearful to Fear Free. Now the third generation is starting […]

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Cats gotta scratch! Here’s how to make sure they scratch where you want them to and not where you don’t

Thursday, Apr 27th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Teenagers must text, and cats must scratch. To a cat, scratching is as just like eating, drinking, peeing, and pooping; it’s something they must do to stay both physically and emotionally healthy. And if you don’t provide him a surface to sink his claws into and pull, he’ll pull a fast-one on you and create […]

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Video: Goose reunited with his person greets her with hugs, cries

Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’ve been writing and learning about the human-animal bond for decades now — since I was in veterinary school. And I’ve never seen anything like this video of a woman and a goose greeting each other after an absence. Geese tend to have a reputation as being aggressive and unaffectionate. It’s hard to believe that […]

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I love to share my food with my dogs (except when I don’t)

Thursday, Feb 2nd, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Yes, I let my dogs eat from the table. I admit it; I’m a bad pet owner. And while usually they wouldn’t agree with that assessment, there are two times they definitely would. Let me first assure you that my wife, Teresa, doesn’t approve of my dog-feeding habits, so I have to sneak them small […]

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