John Perritano

John Perritano is an award-winning journalist and author, and regular contributor to HowStuffWorks. He likes writing about science, history, sports and anything else that helps pay the mortgage. You might have noticed that he often mentions his favorite family members — his dogs — in his articles. John holds a master’s degree in U.S. History from Western Connecticut State University, and has worked for many publishers including Time-Life, National Geographic, Scholastic and others. He lives in Southbury, Connecticut, on “Big Dog Farm.” It’s a real place. Honest. It even has a sign.

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Humans experience a wide range of emotions, but what about dogs? Do they ever get embarrassed by things their humans force them to do?

The American Association of Feline Practitioners wants you to know there's a better way to feed your kitty than just filling his bowl and leaving him to gorge as he pleases.

If you walk your dog on a retractable dog leash, you need to read this article before you or your four-legged friend wind up hurt.

People often hear if a dog's nose is dry, the dog is sick. If that's true, does a wet nose signal a healthy dog?

As if warming temperatures and melting glaciers aren't bad enough, now climate scientists are warning that the world's beer supply could all but dry up. Even at Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest.

Thanks to a citizen science project in the path of totality, researchers studied bee activity and were surprised by the results.

Ceramic and plastic bowls, especially, have been shown to breed E. coli, salmonella and even MRSA.

Police and fire departments across the U.S. are eliminating jargon like "10-4" in favor of every-day vernacular. And there's a good reason why.

Some say shoes get in the way of your car's pedals and can actually cause accidents. So why would driving barefoot be bad?

You probably have a bottle of the stuff at your house. Have you ever seen it come in any color bottle besides brown?

When it rains, it pours. And when that rain pours into your basement, that's bad news. But there are ways to keep that rain out. We'll tell you how.

And the smellier the better. But nobody seems to be able to figure out why they do it.

A new study shows that our beloved four-legged friends are moved to action when they see us in emotional distress.

Or do we just stick with the five categories we already have?

Slipping your dog a little human food once in a while is fine, but be aware that some human foods are toxic to Fido.

Your dog might even 'trance' — and you have no earthly idea what he's doing. We assure you, he's not the only one.

Blue light-blocking glasses are super popular these days. But do they even work the way marketers promise?

After a certain age, a lot of men start growing hair in places they don't want it — and stop growing it where they do want it.

Since there seem to be no scientific studies one way or another on whether dogs know when we're photographing them, we have to rely on anecdotal evidence.

If your pooch has an emergency, chances are he could need a blood transfusion. So where exactly does the blood he gets come from?