Sharing your bed with your pet can be interesting to say the least. There are all kinds of studies that give you a gazillion reasons why you shouldn’t. I’m sure you have read them all. In spite of all of the hoopla, most pet parents at some point and time give in to letting their cat or dog sleep in their bed even if they aren’t the best of bedfellows.
Shedding of your cat’s Winter undercoat, along with excessive grooming, can only result in one thing, HAIRBALLS! Cats can spend up to 10 percent of their waking hours grooming themselves by licking their fur. They have an amazing built-in barbed, self-grooming tool -their tongue- which can result in a whole ‘lotta’ hairballs. Continue reading
It’s no secret that we may be a bit compulsive when it comes to keeping a neat and clean house. After Baylie came into our home over two years ago, we had to redefine our perception of clean and neat. One thing we said we would never do as doggie parents is place ghastly throws on the sofa, but we succumbed. We are okay with Baylie taking ownership of the sofa, but we needed to find a solution to prevent wear-and-tear and simplify cleaning.
It’s been over two years since I rescued Baylie; a great pyrenees/border collie mix. She has grown from four pounds to ninety pounds, and I don’t thinks she is done yet. My biggest concern when I brought Baylie into the home was how my cat, Smoki, would adjust to the new addition. I now can say, Smoki, weighing in at just under ten pounds, and I have established ourselves as the alpha dogs of the pack. It didn’t happen overnight. It took months of patience and diligence on our part.
Smoki, at twelve years of age, didn’t quite know what to think of Baylie when she arrived on the scene but one thing for certain, she wanted no part of this odd creature. Even though in the beginning Baylie was much smaller than Smoki, I knew the groundwork had to be set to bring cohesiveness between the two since Baylie would grow to be a very large dog. It took repetitive slaps to the face and a lot of fat tails and hissing by Smoki to put her into hierarchy status over Baylie.
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in Spring.
Puppy pads are poorly designed but until now were the only solution for allowing dogs the comfort of relieving themselves as needed. Now, there’s a better option from the folks at Piddle Place™. Not meant to replace walking your pet, the Piddle Place™ dog toilet provides a comfortable sanitary environment for your pet to relieve themselves while waiting for your return or when weather permits a trip outdoors. It’s perfect for house breaking, traveling with your pet on boats or RV’s and condo living. Piddle Place™ is also great for the handicapped or elderly who find walking a pet three times a day a challenge. It’s also good for cats!
Have you thanked your pet?
April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Is your pet heartworm free? Dogs are considered the definitive host for heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis). However, heartworms may infect more than 30 species of animals (e.g., coyotes, foxes, wolves and other wild canids, domestic cats and wild felids, ferrets, sea lions, etc.) Feline heartworms are more deadly and difficult to treat.
Many of us have pets that suffer with some form of anxiety. Experts say canine anxiety falls into three categories; noise anxiety, separation anxiety and social anxiety. Canine anxiety has a myriad of symptoms from barking, pacing and panting, hiding, climbing on you for safety, and the list goes on.