Fidus Canis

Thinking of getting a portrait painted of your pup? You’re in good company. The dog as a symbol of fidelity and loyalty has appeared in works by Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Velázquez, Jan Van Eyck, Albrecht Durer and many more.
Words by Casey “The Dachshund” Lindsey | February 27, 2021 | Lifestyle


Cole had a rough past, but Lab Rescue saved him. This 8-year-old playful guy loves going for walks on a leash and is learning some tricks. His foster mom thinks this furry darling will get along with most dogs — he likes to play wrestle — but is probably not a good fit with a cat. He’s the good boy in the house and can’t wait to find his forever home. He’s currently staying in Key Largo and would love to meet you!; — Photo by Dana Williams

“I like snoozing on the sofa and LOVE all my toys…but I don’t destroy people things!”

Feeding Frenzy

We’ve all been there. Tempted by those big puppy eyes as we eat. Just a little piece of our delicious food. No harm, right? Well, it isn’t that simple. Many of the foods we consume are highly poisonous to our pets. Even organic and non-organic vegetables and fruits can cause damage: grapes, onions, peppers and garlic, if ingested in high enough quantities, can result in an emergency visit to the veterinary clinic. Anything containing xylitol, a sweetener found in candy, gum and many other treats, is also a no-go for pets. You would be surprised to learn that certain peanut butter brands also contain xylitol, making them poisonous for your pet. The best peanut butter is the one with peanuts as its only ingredient and given in small amounts. The list of poisonous foods is long, and a simple search online or a call to your vet can save your pet large amounts of pain. Not to mention, feeding your pet with food scraps can encourage unwanted behaviors like begging and stealing food from the table. Next time you are tempted to share some human delicacies with your pet, consider all that can happen from that simple action.


›Carol Caridad is the Founder & Executive Director of Paws4You Rescue. For the last 13 years, she has been the face of the organization, a cause she founded because she saw a desperate need in the community to save dogs from abandonment and euthanasia;