Author Archives: Jim Tedford

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances   It is interesting how we tend to appreciate things so much more when we need them.  We complain about paying premiums for our homeowners insurance until we have a … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Feral Cat Day!

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances fe·ral [feer-uhl]  adjective 1.existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild. 2.having reverted to the wild state, as from domestication: a pack of feral dogs roaming the woods. In most every city, town and village one would not have to try too hard to find colonies of cats living outdoors.  Check around … Continue reading

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Get Paid Back in Kisses and Tail Wags

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances I saw a t-shirt recently that read:  “Whoever said ‘money can’t buy love’ never had a dog!”  There is definitely some truth to that statement.   The fee you might pay … Continue reading

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Adopt a Mutt, The Best of Everything

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances A number of years ago one of the national animal welfare organizations printed an awesome poster.  It featured a composite photo made up of various parts from several different dog … Continue reading

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Real dads love dogs

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  I can honestly say that of all the jobs I’ve had through the years, the most important and the most rewarding … Continue reading

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Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month: The Cure for Kitten Season

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances At PetSafe, we seem to talk an awful lot about dogs.  They still carry the title “Man’s Best Friend” which is, quite frankly, a little shady.  You see, according to … Continue reading

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Summertime, and the living is easy – unless you suffer a dog bite

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love summer!  I love longer days, short sleeves, flip flops, snow cones, swimming…everything.  And, one of the best parts of the season is spending … Continue reading

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The Extinction of Dog Catchers

By Jim Tedford, PetSafe Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances As I rock my grandsons on my knee and tell them stories about the good old days (completely leaving the ‘70s out of the equation), I will relate to … Continue reading

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Pet proofing prevents poisoning

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances There is an old cliché saying, “Curiosity killed the cat.” Like most old clichés it bears significant wisdom. And, curiosity can lead to the demise of more than just the … Continue reading

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Training: The investment that always pays

By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Let me start by admitting that my own dogs are not the most well-behaved you might ever encounter. Hopefully they are not the worst, either. They’re just loveable, spoiled dogs … Continue reading

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