Yes, but How Does Chewing Make You Feel? 

We love our pets when we're looking into their little puppy-dog faces and gazing into their sweet kitty-cat eyes. But when our furry friends stir up trouble at the homestead, it's a whole different story. While a chewed-up shoe and a scratched-up sofa don't necessarily diminish our lovin' feelings, these bad acts do strain our relationships with our little buddies and cause us to wonder: Why, Fido, why would you pick that pump to munch? Dr. Debra Horwitz, a veterinary behavior specialist, has some answers. Talking to the Animals: Enhancing Our Relationships with Our Canine and Feline Companions, her free lecture at 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org), goes over how we should communicate with our four-legged associates and outlines how we can live together in peace and harmony. And not a minute too soon, right?
Tue., Aug. 18, 2009

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