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What does Responsible Pet Owner mean?

The term  - responsible pet owner -  is often bandied about, but do you really know what it means? We all know what it feels like to be nagged by the kids to get a cute little puppy or kitten for Christmas or Birthday, or the impulse to take a beautiful kitten or puppy home [...]

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A guide to moving with pets

Moving is stressful enough for most people. Add a dog or cat into the mix and most pet owners can find themselves completely overwhelmed. If you’re planning to move in the near future, we’ve put together this handy guide to help your family (including your dog or cat) make the transition just a little easier. [...]

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Going to Hell with a Leash in My Hand: Pit Bull Advocacy in 2018

When you fall in love with a pit-bull-type dog, your life inevitably changes. Why inevitably? Well, for one thing, whether you ever intended to or not, that dog you love turns you into an advocate. You might advocate on behalf of your dog, or you might dive head-first into the world of dog-defender, but you […]

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2018 Pet Blogger Challenge | OMD

Before I dive into this annual adventure, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for the kind words and thoughts, and thank you for sharing your pets with me in this space. After my last post, your generosity and kindness reminded me why I love this community so much. And, as promised, I’m back […]

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Is a pet a good gift idea?

 Want to give your loved one a pet in the New Year? Here’s what you need to know.  Pets can help peoples lives thrive with their unrivalled companionship, and perhaps that’s why these little fur balls are the perfect present for the New Year in past years. However, some experts have said although the beginning [...]

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My very first post. ..

Way back when I wrote my very first post, I had big ideas: weekly series, recurring features, guest bloggers, and so on. But my main goal was to chronicle life with Emmett and Lucas. We had recently moved from DC to Indiana. We were dealing with Lucas’ reactivity and finding outlets for Emmett’s energy. We […]

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Adopting a Pet as a Single Parent: Is it a Good Idea?

Ask anyone if single parents should adopt a pet and you’ll receive a slew of opinions. On one hand, pets are a great source of companionship for kids and can teach them responsibility and selflessness. In fact, they might even help kids cope with the stress of their parents’ separating or loss of a parent according [...]

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Pet Parents AND Pet Bloggers

Shipping dates for Christmas delivery are passing us by… though my inbox is jammed full of “last-minute gift ideas” for pet parents, all of which can be rush-shipped to be under the tree by the 25th! I don’t know about you guys, but with all the shopping, shopping, shopping this time of year, I start […]

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How to Keep Your Dog Busy on a Rainy Day: 5 Indoor Activities

Let’s talk about crazy dogs, shall we? You guys know me, so you know I say “crazy” with tremendous love in my heart. I’m talking about dogs like Cooper: high-energy dogs, smart dogs, creative dogs who come up with their owns methods of entertainment when they’re under-exercised or under-stimulated… Cooper runs. A lot. He does […]

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VET’S WARNING | Summer safety for pets

With summer around the corner and summer weather on its way, families and pets will be enjoying more outdoor activities. But a vet from DOGS NSW, Dr Karen Hedberg, is warning pet owners that it is one of the most dangerous times of the year for our furry friends. She said this is due to [...]

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Are regular vet check ups necessary for your dog’s health?

You are probably the most caring pet parent your dog could ever have but did you know that caring for a furry friend requires regular trips to the veterinarian, irrespective of your pet’s health condition? This is especially so if your dog is overweight or old. Yes, you do take utmost care of your pets [...]

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Pets and Their People

Happy Holidays! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving filled with lots of love, laughter, and–of course–food! It seems like no sooner are the leftovers packed up that we shift to the December holidays. This year, I’m trying to stay mindful of my goal to simplify, to protect my time. In that vein, when I […]

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Why a kitten?

Since I introduced Ripley, this has been the number one question: Why did you adopt a kitten? In other words: Y’all are dog people! What not a dog? So, it’s time I addressed the kitten in the room… First of all, I’m a pragmatic person. I lean toward the logical, even in my creative work. […]

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Get your pet fire plan ready now!

With predictions of extreme weather this summer, families are being urged to have a fire plan – which includes ALL members of the home. Whatever pet you may have, whether that be a dog, a cat, a bird or a rabbit, they deserve to be considered too, in the event of an emergency. A few [...]

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Turning adversity into good for pets

We often hear about people who suffer adversity and turn it into good works.  That’s why we want to share the story of Poppy Frances who was named the RSPCA Victoria Ambassador earlier this year. Without going into too much detail, which is very distressing, at only 11 years of age, Poppy witnessed an unspeakable [...]

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A Tale of Two Cats: How Ripley and Newt Became Besties

If I had written this post just a few days ago, I would’ve had a very different story to tell. Luckily, I ran out of time and it took these few extra days because there’s been a twist. First off, you guys are so sweet. So many people have asked how Newt is doing with […]

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Sharing the Love of Pet Adoption with #MaverickandMe (plus a givewaway!)

We’ve been reading a ton of children’s literature around here. Since Violet came home, books have been part of her daily life. I love finding animal-themed books that teach about compassion and kindness, and by now, I think we’ve checked out nearly every dog-related book at our public library–some wonderful titles, some not-so-wonderful. So, when […]

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Dog Training for Cats

I’m going to start with two disclaimers.  First, Newt is the only cat John and I ever had direct experience with, and Petey (remember her?) is the only kitten we ever had direct experience with. We made the mistake of assuming some behavior traits that were consistent between Newt and Petey would be consistent with Ripley. […]

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What to do when your dog won’t listen

We have a… joke? saying?… for this mode Cooper gets in. He totally blacks out. He won’t listen. He won’t calm down. He won’t stop. He won’t come or sit or stay. He. just. won’t. We say (in his voice, of course), “Cooper isn’t here right now. Please leave a message, and he’ll get back […]

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7 Top Tips to avoid your dog behaving badly

FACT:  Like children, dogs don’t get born with a “bad behaviour” gene.  They learn it.  From you or previous owners! Sadly, many dogs with behavioural problems end up in the pound, as some owners believe that they have a “bad dog” – so they simply transfer the problem to someone else.  Of course some dogs […]

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Is pet insurance in Australia important?

A recent study* found there are about 24 million pets owned in Australia. But surprisingly only 26 % of dog owners and 19 % of feline owners had pet insurance.* So why is there such a relatively small percentage of pet owners with an insurance policy? According to Animal Medicines Australia, the 2016 Pet Ownership […]

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Introducing Ripley

Sometimes your head and your heart don’t communicate… So, in my efforts to Simplify All The Things, I may have had a misstep. Just a small one, really. Or, should I say, just a really small one. And her name is Ripley: Yeah. So, we adopted a kitten. She’s teeny: 1 pound 8 ounces at […]

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On finding time for pets, people, work, and fun…

Last night, Violet thumped her legs in her crib on and off all night long. She wasn’t awake–at least, not until 4 am–but she spent the entire night lifting her chubby little legs and slamming them down. In her sleep. All night. See, she’s still sleeping in the little crib in our room. SIDS-prevention recommendations […]

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Smell or Stench?

According to the RSPCA an estimated 80 per cent of pets over the age of three suffer from dental disease!   Of course, dogs have a different diet to humans and naturally, they have a different smell to their breath. But as your dogs ages you may realise their breath changes and they may develop […]

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There’s more to comparing pet insurance than cheap premiums

The most obvious benefit of pet insurance is that should your dog or cat become ill or suffer an accidental injury, it can help with the vet bills so you aren’t faced with difficult choices when it comes to deciding upon treatment. When you compare pet insurance, you may judge the value and then choose […]

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Can large dogs live in small spaces?

Although us Aussies are well known for our wide-open spaces, the vast majority of Australians actually live in towns where the density of housing is increasing – which means more and more people living in apartments, townhouses and the like.   For some who would love a dog, assume that living in a smaller home, […]

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Dear Cooper

Yesterday, Coop, you turned seven. How that’s possible… I still can’t wrap my mind around it… But, it’s true, and here we are. Today, you are a seven-year-old pup. “Middle aged.” I say “middle aged” in quotes because you, my dear Cooper, did not get the #adulting memo. Or, maybe it’s that you’re taking the […]

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Healthy pets mean lower vet bills!

The phrase ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’ isn’t far from the truth for many households, with Australia boasting one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. But have the lines blurred between man and dog? According to Health For Animals, the Global Animal Medicines Association, the humanisation of pets is […]

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The Pet Name Feud

Naming pets should be a simple task… yet it can be tricky and even divisive in the family!  Some pet lovers are so conflicted that they put it out on social media to get inspiration for a name! There is the evolving (never to be settled) argument – is it wrong to use human names […]

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