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The Top Pet Friendly Holiday Destinations in Victoria

From Melbourne to the Yarra Valley and all up and down the Great Ocean Road, these are the best places in the Garden State to holiday unhindered with your furry friend. Melbourne Dog friendly accommodation in Melbourne If you think a cosmopolitan city like Melbourne doesn’t have time for dogs on holidays, think again. From […]

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How to Stop Your Kitten from Ruining Your Furniture

You love your cat, but you love your leather sofa as well. Don’t worry, it’s possible to have one without sacrificing the other. Here’s how to stop your cat from scratching up the furniture in your home. Why do kittens scratch? Cats and kittens all around the world scratch things, particularly objects with certain textures. […]

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10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Entertained When You’re Out of the House

Your dog is your best friend, so leaving them home alone, even if it’s just for an hour or so, can be hard. Nobody wants their dog to be bored, so here’s 10 of the best ways to keep your dog happy, healthy and entertained while you’re out of the home. 1. Give them a […]

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Does my dog really need a dental cleaning?

Yep! He does! OK, then. See you next time! (: Just kidding… but, yeah, your dog probably does need a dental cleaning. Today, Cooper goes in for his first full dental. The crazy thing is that Cooper will be 7 years old next month, and this is the first time he’s truly needed one. (OK, […]

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Pet-Friendly Holidays in the Northern Territory

From Darwin to the Red Centre, nothing beats a trip to the Northern Territory for natural beauty and unique, iconic landscapes. And what better way to tour the territory than with your best friend? While Kakadu might be off limits for dogs, there’s still plenty to see and do with your pooch, provided you know […]

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Dog Walker

For folks with a busy schedule, a dog walker can be a godsend. But choosing a dog walker you can trust can take time and effort. Here’s everything you need to know about finding a dog walker that you can be sure will do right by your pooch. Ask around for recommendations First thing’s first, […]

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The Top Pet Friendly Holiday Destinations in Victoria

From Melbourne to the Yarra Valley and all up and down the Great Ocean Road, these are the best places in the Garden State to holiday unhindered with your furry friend. Melbourne Dog friendly accommodation in Melbourne If you think a cosmopolitan city like Melbourne doesn’t have time for dogs on holidays, think again. From […]

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On starting a new chapter

A couple weeks ago, John stood in the laundry room folding yet another pile of teeny-tiny onesies while I cleaned the kitchen. Seemingly out of the blue, he turned to me and asked, “Are you ever going to write about Emmett? All the stuff at the end?” I answered as honestly as I could. “It’s […]

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How to Do Your Part in Stopping Puppy Farms

Every dog is special. While Australian laws do prevent some forms of animal cruelty, legislation against unethical puppy farms is still lagging behind. Fortunately, there are things you can do to send unethical dog breeders out of business. Stay informed and raise awareness about puppy mills and you’ll be helping every dog have a safe, […]

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The Top Pet Friendly Holiday Destinations in Victoria

From Melbourne to the Yarra Valley and all up and down the Great Ocean Road, these are the best places in the Garden State to holiday unhindered with your furry friend. Melbourne Dog friendly accommodation in Melbourne If you think a cosmopolitan city like Melbourne doesn’t have time for dogs on holidays, think again. From […]

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Doggy Healthcare: Things You Can Do to Improve Your Dog’s Quality of Life

Keep their teeth and gums clean Proper dental hygiene can greatly prolong your pet’s life, while improving their overall well being. Unfortunately, tooth decay, plaque buildup and poor dental hygiene are very common in cats and dogs. It’s not just mouth related issues you need to worry about, either. Infections in the gums can spread […]

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On priorities, passions, and pet food #HealthyMeetsHappy

At the start of 2017, I wrote out a handful of goals for myself. One of the biggest? Simplify. I’ve come to realize, though, that simplifying isn’t just a matter of clearing out the clutter, creating routines, and so on. It’s a matter of defining your priorities, then shifting time/effort to focus on what matters […]

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Healthy dog, healthy you… and the converse is true, too!

I’m granting myself some leniency here because it’s been a helluva couple months. However. {{This post brought to you by Cooper getting up and peeing in the living room at 4 AM! If that hadn’t happened, I’d still be languishing lazily in my bed, you know, sleeping instead of writing this post! Thanks, Coop! Way […]

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The Benefits of Owning a Pet for Older People

The bond between a pet and owner can be one of the most enriching relationships in our lives. For older folks, having a pet can help improve both health and wellbeing. Discover how a pet can help you, along with some important considerations before adopting a furry friend of your own. Finding the right pet […]

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10 Things You Should Never Feed Your Cat

Cats are independent pets, but that doesn’t make them invincible. There are a number of common household foods that pose moderate to severe risks to your puss-in-boots. Keep an eye out for the following 10 items you should never feed your cat.  1. Onions Onions can be a cause of anemia in cats, regardless if […]

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How to Introduce a Second Dog to Your Family

Friend, family member and guardian – your dog is more than just a pet. So, if you’re considering adding another furry friend to your home, it’s important to take into consideration the needs of everyone involved. Here’s everything you need to know about introducing a second dog into the family. Is your first dog friendly […]

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The Best Pet-Friendly Holiday Destinations in Western Australia

For pet lovers, leaving the furry members of the family at home over the holidays just isn’t an option. However, finding holiday rentals that are suitable for pets as well as people can be tough, especially when you’re looking for places to keep everyone entertained. That’s why we’ve assembled our picks for the best holiday […]

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A Guide to Kitten-Proofing Your House

Cats are lively and exciting pets, full of energy and athleticism. Young kittens are also naturally inquisitive, and not always aware of their own strength. If you’re planning on adopting a furry little friend, then it’s essential you kitten proof your house before they did a way to damage themselves or your property. Assess your […]

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10 Ways to Keep Your Cat Entertained While You’re Out of the House

In a perfect world, we’d take our pets everywhere we go. Unfortunately, be it work, taking the kids to school or doing the groceries, there’s times when you need to leave your kitty home alone. But just because they don’t have you to play with, doesn’t mean they have to be bored. Here are 10 […]

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The Top Pet Friendly Holiday Destinations in Victoria

From Melbourne to the Yarra Valley and all up and down the Great Ocean Road, these are the best places in the Garden State to holiday unhindered with your furry friend. Melbourne Dog friendly accommodation in Melbourne If you think a cosmopolitan city like Melbourne doesn’t have time for dogs on holidays, think again. From […]

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Essential Tips for Looking After Your Pet’s Teeth and Gums

Clean teeth and healthy gums are a sign of good health in humans, and our pets are no different. Despite this, many pets suffer from periodontal disease that affects their teeth, gums and overall happiness. Here are some tips on understanding your pet’s dental needs and how to ensure they have strong teeth and gums […]

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How to Safely Introduce your Newborn Baby to Your Pet

When a newborn comes along, he or she is undoubtedly your top priority. However, that doesn’t mean the furry members of your family need to miss out. Take steps to ensure your pet is properly introduced to your newborn child, and it will be the start of a special bond that will last for years. […]

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Introducing the newest member of our herd

Several people told us the same thing: Emmett was waiting for Violet. “He wanted to make sure you were OK.” Maybe. I don’t know. It’s a lovely sentiment, regardless. I don’t yet have the words to write about Emmett’s life–or his death, for that matter. He himself was larger than life. Over the last year or […]

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What to do if your dogs fight (other than cry)

Emmett and Cooper are thick as thieves. They just prefer to be together. In fact, we make an effort to separate them on occasion because, well, Emmett’s not going to be around forever, and Cooper needs to learn to be alone. When we walk one, the other sits at the door and waits. When one wants […]

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My pets are my Valentines (obvi) + free printable pet-approved Valentine’s Day stickers! #BestLifePets

I found my happy place. Well, one of them. Over the past couple weekends, working on this #BestLifePets planner with an audiobook playing in the background (currently: Everyone Brave is Forgiven)… It’s totally relaxing and seriously fun! Here’s what I’m learning and what I wanted to share with you guys today: The things I’m capturing […]

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Lucky and Sam are their Names

I have two great companions

Lucky and Sam are their names.

Lucky, white with a bit of caramel,

And Sam, brown just like honey.

 

As I walked through the door,

I am never ignored.

I am greeted with joy,

And I tell them “who’s the good boy?”

 

They wag their tails with speed,

And lick me with so much glee.

They jump up high with their feet,

Hoping for a tasty treat.

 

They listen to my conflicts,

And are belly-rub addicts.

They can sniff up any danger

And protect me from a stranger.

 

I love them very much

Lucky and Sam are the names

Of my two companions.

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Getting Ready for the Warm Weather

Tips for preparing your pup for summer activities.
On the first warm day post-winter, I took my older dog, Nemo, on a walk up a local bike path. After months of inactivity indoors, walking three miles was a bit ambitious and Nemo slowed down considerably towards the end of our outing. In my eagerness to make the most of our first break from the cold, I didn't listen to my own advice on easing our pets into an active lifestyle. Now that spring is finally here, it's important to get your pets ready for the adventures that come with warmer weather, whether that be a long walk, a hike up a mountain, or playing fetch outside. Here are a few things to consider as you prepare your dogs.

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Frequency of Urination Related to Dog Body Size

Little dogs pee more often on walks

Scent marking is a common form of communication across a wide range of mammals. Although dogs can scent mark in various ways, they most often use urine, which is obvious to anyone who has watched dogs pee here, there and everywhere out on walks or during play time.

Urination, and other forms of scent marking, allow animals to convey a large amount of information in an indirect manner. That means that they can communicate without direct interactions. That has the advantage of avoiding the costs of social interactions, which can include stress, the energetic costs of interacting and potential injury. In many species, body size is closely correlated with competitive ability, which is why scent marking may be especially important to smaller individuals, who may be unlikely to fare well in direct encounters.

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