9 Things That Can Kill Your Dog This Holiday Season

The holidays are, in my opinion, the best time of year.  You get to see your family, even those from far away.  The food is amazing.  I have a cousin who bakes the most amazing cookies, and dozens of kinds.  She uses my grandmother's recipes as well as her own, and it's amazing.  And everyone else … Continue reading 9 Things That Can Kill Your Dog This Holiday Season

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Taking Care of a Kitten: The Master Kitten Raising Guide

Taking care of a kitten seems easy, right? Litter box, food bowl, water dish, and a few toys, and you're set, right? Well, yes--if your only goal is to keep the kitten alive. To raise a well-adjusted kitten, it takes a little bit of planning and making good rules from the beginning. I'm going to … Continue reading Taking Care of a Kitten: The Master Kitten Raising Guide

Seven Reasons Your Cat Won’t Use the Litter Box

Most people keeping cats desperately fear the day their cat won't use the litter box.  Thousands of cats find themselves homeless after refusing to use the litterbox and instead urinating or defecating in any number of places.  Many cats choose the bed, or the laundry.  Others choose the bathtub, or defecate just outside the box … Continue reading Seven Reasons Your Cat Won’t Use the Litter Box

A Step-by-Step Guide for Picking a Puppy

I love writing about puppies.  I started writing to help families have great relationships with their pets, and a new puppy is always the beginning of a fantastic relationship.  Picking a puppy, the right puppy, gives the relationship the best foundation possible.  This guide for picking a puppy walks through the steps to pick the … Continue reading A Step-by-Step Guide for Picking a Puppy

Why You Should Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Heritage

Genetic testing isn't just for breeders.  Pet owners--even those with mixed-bred dogs--can learn valuable information with a simple DNA test.  While responsible breeders are often early adopters of genetic testing, pet owners should participate in the process as well.  Genetic tests tell everyone more about the health of their pets--and knowledge is power. Back when … Continue reading Why You Should Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Heritage

How To Stop Your Cat From Scratching Furniture

Cats scratch furniture, and unfortunately most humans hate this particular trait.  Many cats lose their claws as a result of this very natural behavior, when retraining and rearranging the household could prevent almost all furniture destruction. As with many other behavior issues, getting ahead of the problem is key to solving it.  A cat that's … Continue reading How To Stop Your Cat From Scratching Furniture

The Best Dog Superhero Halloween Costumes

Lots of families will dress up their dogs this Halloween. Some of them treat their dogs like their kids, others want the dog to match the kid for maximum candy-getting possibilities. These are the best dog Superhero Halloween costumes out there! What Superhero list doesn't start with Superman?  This costume, available in 2X and XXXL, … Continue reading The Best Dog Superhero Halloween Costumes

The Best Girl Dog Halloween Costumes

This adorable Supergirl costume is perfect for the hero. Adorable and easy to accessorize.  This costume fits sizes small to extra large. Not a Supergirl fan? Perhaps Batgirl would be a better option. This cute costume is perfect for a tough girl.  Complete with horns.  This costume fits sizes small to extra large. Minnie Mouse … Continue reading The Best Girl Dog Halloween Costumes

The Best Star Wars Dog Halloween Costumes

Welcome to Halloween Season!  I searched high and low for the best Halloween costumes for dogs.  These top Star Wars Costumes go with your own theme costume, or stand-alone for the dog that loves watching movies.  The best part about these costumes?  No DIY--just take them out of the package and put them on your … Continue reading The Best Star Wars Dog Halloween Costumes

Why Neutering Your Dog Makes Him Happier

After being involved in animals for over twenty years, I recognize that in the United States, we have a huge problem with unneutered pets.  The problem isn't just that they aren't neutered--it's that their owners don't understand the consequences of having an intact dog. I'm not talking about the pet overpopulation problem.  Neutering all male … Continue reading Why Neutering Your Dog Makes Him Happier

How to Keep a Newborn Puppy Alive

I've joined a few Facebook groups for pet owners, and every few days someone asks about the care of newborn pups.  Ideally, you should research this before you have a newborn puppy, and before you breed your female.  But some people come into it accidentally--either they adopted a dog from someone else who was pregnant, … Continue reading How to Keep a Newborn Puppy Alive

7 Important Reasons Why Every Dog Needs a Dog Crate

Dog crates are often seen as a "necessary evil."  Many pet owners feel squeamish about locking up a beloved companion, especially for hours when the pet is alone.  I'm here to assure you that a dog crate is not only helpful, but nearly necessary for helping your dog maintain a positive relationship with the human world. … Continue reading 7 Important Reasons Why Every Dog Needs a Dog Crate

The Destructive Dog: Combating Boredom

You just love your dog.  He’s smart, funny, and energetic.  But you work a 9 to 5, and every day he destroys the house.  Garbage everywhere.  Scratches at the windows.  Pillows de-stuffed.  You don’t want to know what he did to your daughter’s stuffed bunny. Some destructive dogs suffer from separation anxiety, but before assuming … Continue reading The Destructive Dog: Combating Boredom