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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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Bruno the Wonder Dog

lifted table high
the dog did not make a sound
shattered leg shaved
and then
the smooth needle slide

the girl
her head touching his
her fingers fur deep holding
her whispers
it’s okay it’s okay  it’s okay
her uneven breaths
catch between the tears
between the good-byes
between the open and close
of his still faithful eyes
it’s okay  it’s okay  it’s okay
and long after he left
her fingers still fur wrapped
her head still bowed
it’s okay  it’s okay  it’s okay
and nothing is left unwet
by her tears

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A Mudroom Dedicated to Muddy Paws and Sleepy Dogs

Muddy paws are no problem in this new multipurpose room

Ken Perrin, owner of Artistic Renovations of Ohio, says he’s being asked more often to make accommodations for the furriest members of the family. “We aren’t asked to do remodels just for dogs and cats,” he says. “But if we are hired to do a remodel, we are often asked to include elements based on the animals.” Case in point: When Perrin was hired to redo the kitchen, dining area and utility room of this Akron, Ohio, home, the owners asked him to include a dog shower in the mix. “They have two dogs, and there’s a large lawn and a creek on their property,” Perrin says. “They were constantly cleaning the dogs’ paws to keep their floors and carpets clean. At some point, they had had enough.”

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Smiling Dog: Henry

Dog's name and age: Henry, 4 years

Adoption Story:

Several months after losing their Golden Retriever, Daisy, the family decided it was time to add another dog to their life. They were torn between getting a rescue dog or getting a Goldendoodle puppy. During a chance visit, they found a two year old Goldendoodle, Henry, available for adoption while on a trip. Of course, they fell in love with his adorable face and decided it was meant to be: a Goldendoodle who also needed a new home!

Henry's Interests:

"Henry Dancing Bear" loves going out on morning walks, playing hide-and-seek, and meeting new people. Although he's not too good with other dogs (they scare him), he loves to surround himself with people because he loves the attention.

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For Every Dog There is a Season

And a time for every purpose under heaven

It’s fun to watch dogs enjoy snow, especially the first one of the season. Some dogs truly come alive in winter weather, and are never more joyful than when they are plowing nose first through the drifts and leaping around in snow that is up to their shoulders or even higher. For dogs who love it, snow brings out their most playful tendencies.

Other dogs clearly love the springtime when the weather begins to warm up and they no longer have to decide between the misery of heading outside to pee and the misery of continuing to cross their little legs. There are plenty of dogs who do not enjoy cold weather, even if they do have a lovely coat, but especially if that coat is quite short. These dogs could all be named Crocus or Daffodil, because they perk up and become cheerful when the snow melts and the ground thaws.

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Two Dogs Eat Ice Cream

They have different styles

Daisy and Cooper are both ice cream-loving dogs. When their guardian takes them through the drive thru of a fast food restaurant, they share an ice cream cone. Just for laughs, watch the way each dog eats. They definitely have different styles!

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Lessons from a Small Animal Surgeon

A Utah veterinarian reflects on the changing industry and lessons learned.
If you were an animal lover as a kid, everyone probably told you that you should grow up to be a veterinarian. Working with animals is rewarding, but people seldom talk about the challenges. When New York Magazine interviewed Dr. Jesse Terry, a small animal surgeon in Utah, it gave an interesting peek into the changing veterinary field and lessons learned over the course of his career.

About 80 to 90 percent of Jesse's patients are dogs. Specialists like himself are becoming more common as dogs are increasingly treated as valued family members. Jesse performs a wide range of operations from neurological surgeries to heart operations.

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Behavior Advice: Helping Your Dog Adjust to a New Home

Tips on easing the stress of moving

Move is a four-letter word. (So is “pack” by the way, but that whole issue is subsumed within the horror of the move.) It’s not just you who hates moving—everybody does. The misery associated with it affects our dogs, too. There’s no way you can avoid some of the unpleasantness of moving, but there are ways that you can ease your dog’s transition to a new home.

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Try a New Dog Sport This Summer

Outdoor trials are a unique way to enjoy the warm weather with you pup.

Last week I wrote about getting your pup in shape for summer fun, which focused a lot of hiking and long walks. The spring also marks the start of another activity I love—outdoor dog sport trials. It’s such a fun way to enjoy the warm weather while bonding with your pup and meeting fellow dog lovers.

If you’re interested in trying a new sport, start by searching for your local dog training club by looking online, asking around at the park, or getting recommendations from your veterinarian or groomer.

There are also clubs that focus on one dog sport, often affiliated with national organizations. Their web sites often list local clubs and chapters that can connect you with beginner classes. You can also search to find trials, tournaments, and events in your area to get a better idea of what the sport is all about.

Here are some web sites to get you started.

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Smiling Dog: Pawnie

Dog's name and age: Pawnie, 4 years

Adoption Story:

Ready to adopt a dog, Pawnie's person headed over to the Indianapolis Humane Society. Their family had always adopted from local shelters because they believe in providing a great home for rescue animals. Seeing (soon-to-be) Pawnie sitting by herself in the kennel they could tell she had great energy and had the sweetest face. Needless to say, they couldn't leave without her.

Pawnie's Name:

When Pawnie's person was very young they had two imaginary friends, that were giraffes, named Tawnie and Pawnie. When thinking of names the first one that came to mind was, Pawnie. Naturally Pawnie now has a stuffed toy giraffe named, Tawnie.

 

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