Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

Taming of the cat

There has been plenty of talk lately about determining the origins of the domestic dog so I decided to do some digging into my own ancestry of the domestic cat. I found that domestic cats have been traced back to a single wild ancestor whose relatives still live in the remote deserts of the Middle East today.

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Can Pets be Extroverts & Introverts?

So the other day I made a breakthrough realization about pet disposition that I think will help pets like me meet our right people. It is called VertroPet– the study of pets as introverts and extroverts. Not only is this cutting edge science but I believe it will help people like you find the best pets for their personality.

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More Animal Talk

Last week’s Pet Column was about cat chatter and what it means. The “language barrier” between pets and animals is challenging and pets like me are often misunderstood. And as people like to anthropomorphize pets in many ways – our communication often is put in human perspective rather than pet perspective.

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Chatty Catty

Dear Pet Column,

I have a very vocal cat with a wide range of vocabulary, including his meow greeting which sounds awfully similar to “hello…” Is there a way to figure out what all of his sounds mean?

Sincerely, The Cat Whisperer

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