Summer weather is great - you can take your dog for a walk, go toss a ball, and numerous other activities that both you and your pet will enjoy. The sunshine is intoxicating, drawing everyone out for some fun. Unfortunately there are also drawbacks and dangers, and it is imperative that these be kept in mind for your dog's safety and well-being. Cars Never, ever leave your dog in the car, even if the windows are cracked. The inside of a car in the summer is like a hot oven, and can kill your ... Continue Reading
This summer keep your dog safe with these tips for dealing with heat, water, and those pesky fleas.
There are many homeless pets in this country. Even if you can’t afford to own one,here are some ways you can help.
So you love animals, want to help a homeless pet, but you can't provide a home by adopting one right now. How else can you help? There are actually many ways and not all involve money. Donate Your Time Shelters need help - lots of help.Volunteer to walk dogs for your local shelter. The dogs reap the benefit of getting out of the kennel, enjoying a walk and seeing new sights, as well as getting some exercise of both mind and body. You benefit too, with exercise, sunshine, and gaining the ... Continue Reading
Here are 4 things you can do to escape proof your yard for your dog.
If I were to ever lose one of my dogs, I would be devastated. For me, it would be like losing a family member, and I am sure most pet parents feel the same. You may not be able to prevent the death of a beloved dog, but you can certainly take steps to stop your dog from getting out of your fenced-in yard. You can do this by making your yard secure so they are unable to find a way out. Here are 4 things you can do to escape proof your yard for your dog: 1) Landscape the Area Along the ... Continue Reading
Incorporate bird feeders and homes into your yard for a great “pet” for your family.
Sometimes it's impossible to have a pet in your home. Perhaps someone in your family has allergies, or you are unable to have pets due to your lease agreement. This doesn't mean you have to forego the love and taking care of animals. While I was sitting here recently working on my computer, near our front porch window, watching some of the visiting birds, I came up with a great idea. Attract birds to your home and use them as an alternate "pet". Not the type you bring inside, but an animal ... Continue Reading
Getting a puppy isn’t the end of the decision making you must deal with when deciding to get a dog. You must do more.
Congratulations, you've got a new family pet. You've got a puppy. What a joy, what fun - what work. Are you ready? To be a responsible dog owner, you must put in a lot of time and effort. You've done the first step and decided on a new family member. After arriving at home, what next? This addition to your family needs more than good food, vet care and house training. House Training Of course first comes house training so life with puppy is, well - cleaner. A good way to start is with a ... Continue Reading
Cats and dogs can live in harmony in your home, with these three key steps at the initial introduction.
As a parent, if your children love animals, it’s probably only a matter of time before you're faced with the decision of having more than one type of pet in the house. One child will want a kitten, one will want a puppy, and one will want a bird. What to do? Having cats and dogs living in the same house is easier to achieve than most people are led to believe. The key to harmony in the home (as far as pets are concerned) is to be in control of the household, and avoid unwanted behavior. ... Continue Reading
Learn the pitfalls of buying a puppy, and instead consider adopting from a foster home.
So you want to buy a puppy. It's a good way to teach responsibility to the kids, you'll always have a buddy, they're so cute, I always had one growing up. There are as many reasons for wanting a puppy (or kitten) as there are people wanting one. Now you've decided that adding a furry companion to your family is exactly what you want to do. What next? There are several options. There are pet stores - they have puppies, and they are so cute. There are also breeders. Read the local newspaper, ... Continue Reading
Top 5 strangest ways to go green – including cat hair, environmental bombs, and a biodegradable cell phone.
I have talked about numerous ways that you can green up your driving, green up your workplace, and green up your cleaning routine - now I want to talk about some of the "crazy" ways to go green. I recently read an article from EcoFriend on the Seven Most Weird Ways to Go Green and it got me thinking ... So I searched and found my top 5 strangest ways to go green. Environmentally Friendly Bombs Yes you heard me correctly, we have now found a way to blow someone to smithereens in an ... Continue Reading
A look at some family-friendly dog breeds that may be perfect for your next pet.
When people think of a dog, they often think "Man's Best Friend." And, while that may be true, we want our dogs to be "Woman's Best Friend" and "Kids Best Friend" too. Having a dog for a pet can be a wonderful blessing for a family. It can also be a disaster if you don't put any thought into picking the right furry friend. There are thousands of dog breeds out there and more being created each day. These dogs each have there own special qualities, both good and bad, and it is important to ... Continue Reading