There are loads of web sites that focus on pets in general and dogs in particular. One of the best is a site called the Dog Crazy Newsletter(www.petplace.com) written by Dr. Jon Rappaport,founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Intelligent Content Corp., and a Veterinary Medical Doctor who has developed a number of animal hospitals in the South Florida area. His philosophy combines “quality, trust, ethics and understanding the human-animal bond.”
According to the web site, more than a million people visit the site every month, and it’s easy to understand why.“More than 85 veterinarians, including many veterinary specialists, have written for Petplace.com. With a library of over 10,000 veterinarian approved articles we offer the largest and most complete source of pet information available anywhere. We not only offer the most comprehensive resource for Pet Health and Wellness, but we also have over 4,000 heartwarming “Pet Stories” that will make you, laugh, make you cry and make you feel good inside. Are you Pet Crazy? Then Petplace.com is for you!” they say.
Want to know what to do if you dog has bald spots? There’s a great discussion that provides insight into possible causes from a deficiency in B Vitamins or Copper to Ring Worm or mange — and suggestions on how to help. Worried about how to give your dog his next bath? A thoughtful article has lots of good suggestions like “Put a drop of mineral oil in the eyes to protect them from suds. Some people use cotton balls in the ears. When your dog is thoroughly wet, apply the shampoo on his back and work it gently through the coat for about 10 minutes”
A great component of the site is an interactive survey that to datehas posed 334 questions measuring how readers feel about various aspects of their relationship with their pet.
One of the survey questions was “Do you talk to your dog as if he could understand you?” Four thousand four hundred people responded – and of them 96.73 answered “yes, all the time.” Another is “What is your favorite dog costume?” Zorro came in first, with 267 votes, Followed closed by Yoda (214 votes) and Bride (192 votes).
Other fun poll questions include:
- Do you save the ashes of your pets? (of 2,357 votes, 70% do)
- When you are away, do you ever call your answering machine so your dog can hear your voice? (of 7,782 respondents, 70% at least sometimes do)
- What was your favorite dog movie of all time? “After more than a week of voting, ‘Dr. Doolittle’ won PetPlace.com’s second annual pet movie of the year award. Of 1,750 votes cast, the movie starring Eddie Murphy garnered 205 votes, or 11.7 percent of the total. However, the voting revealed less about the winner and more about how little consensus there is among pet-loving moviegoers on which movie deserves top honors. For instance, the 2001 hit movie “Cats & Dogs” was nipping at Doolittle’s heels with 198 votes, or just over 11 percent of the total. Statistically speaking, Doolittle won by a nose.”
Some of the questions lend themselves to comments from readers. For example, Dr. Jon asked “Has your dog ever done anything strange during a full moon?” Reader Joyce Anthony said yes, and added “Mydog (a lab) is quite a talker as it is, but during the full moon, he barks almost constantly, running through the house–and I rarely can figure out what he hears to bark at.”
It’s a fun site, with reader videos and pictures, and tons of really good insight on everything you might want to know about Dogs. Oh…and cats too, by the way.