Companion Animal Psychology Turns 9

Celebrating nine years of blogging about cats and dogs. 

Companion Animal Psychology turns 9. A Siamese cat is surrounded by yellow party decorations
Photo: Rodica Vasiliev/Shutterstock

By Zazie Todd, PhD

Today, Companion Animal Psychology is 9 years old.

That’s 9 years of blogging about science and our pets, and the best ways to take care of cats and dogs.  In fact, this is the 643rd post. The most popular post of the last year has been if your dog is afraid, avoid these two mistakes.  

A ninth anniversary is traditionally a willow or pottery anniversary, or these days leather is also considered as a gift to represent a ninth anniversary. But if you'd like to support Companion Animal Psychology, you can buy me a coffee

Nine years is a long time in blogging. I feel like it should be dog years, which would make it equivalent to 52 or something. Writing blogs is a tough thing to keep going, especially against the constantly-changing landscape of google updates, social media algorithms, and life in a pandemic. 

So I’m very proud to have kept Companion Animal Psychology going for this long. And I hope to be blogging for some time yet. 

Thank you for your support along the way.

Tonight I’ll be raising a glass to all of you lovely people who care so much about having happy dogs and happy cats. Cheers!


Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, a BC bestseller and winner of the Maxwell Medallion for best book (behaviour, health or general care) from the Dog Writers Association of America. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, and also writes a column for Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats.

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