Sat 06.19.10

The reason I developed Opie & Dixie products (starting with Flax Fur Pets) in the first place was because of Opal’s flea allergy years ago. Ever since that one experience, none of our animals have ever had fleas. What a blessing, as I know from that experience that fleas make both us and our pets miserable.  The blood sucking insects feed on human and animal flesh and can cause hives and itching in the infected areas.  An alternative to medicated products for... Read more

Sun 06.13.10

An alarming number of dogs and cats go missing each year. Some wander away on their own accord while others are stolen from homes and yards. Of the 3 to 4 million shelter dogs and cats euthanized annually, a big percentage of "strays" wind up being lost pets that were never reunited with their owners.

You can prevent your precious companions from being destroyed by employing a few tactics that will help speed up the reunion of you and your lost dog or lost... Read more

Mon 05.24.10

New babies bring change into your household.  In an instant, your attention shifts from caring for your dog to caring for your newborn son or daughter.  The arrival of a new family member can cause a feeling of uneasiness in pets, but it doesn’t have to.  By preparing for your baby’s arrival prior to your due date, you can ensure that your beloved companion takes to the infant right away.

Here are a few of the ways to get your pets ready for change:

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Sun 05.16.10

Service animals come in a variety of sizes, breeds, and colors.  They provide physical and emotional assistance to people who are blind, or suffering from medical conditions or mental disorders.  Panda, a miniature horse, leads Ann Edie through the streets of her city, pausing to let cars pass by.  Through a verbal cue, the animal alerts her owner that they have reached an intersection.  Edie then is able to feel her way to the walk signal button, press it, and cross... Read more

Mon 05.10.10

We make choices every day that affect the world around us.  When we opt to boycott products, we are telling big corporations that we do not approve of their practices.  Sacrificing our values for the latest tube of lipstick or overpriced moisturizer is a thing of the past. 

Say hello to the wonderful world of cruelty-free, all natural and organic products!  Today, there are myriad all-natural, botanical options that have not been tested on animals and do not... Read more

Fri 04.30.10

God, how I hate to report on these types of stories... I don't even know where I get the courage to write about them given how gut-wrenched and in pain I am as I write. It may seem as though I'm preaching to the choir when I share these nightmares with my fellow protectors of and lovers of animals, but awareness breeds change, which is what we're fighting for. The Humane Society of the United States, The World Wildlife Fund... oh, so many of these organizations ... Read more

Fri 04.23.10

Amid concerns from pet owners whose animals died after being treated with flea and tick products, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now requiring stricter labeling procedures from companies Merck & Co., Bayer AG and Pfizer Inc, the makers of products Frontline Top Spot for Dogs, Promeris Canine Flea Control and Enforcer Flea Drops for Cats.  Linked to 44,000 reports in 2008 alone, the products continue to cause pet mortality rates to rise rapidly.... Read more

Wed 04.21.10

The Humane Society of the United States just sent me a reminder about the upcoming Genesis Awards TV Special, and I'm glad they did! Every year The Genesis Awards pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues.

This weekend the 24th Genesis Awards TV Special will be airing on Animal Planet both Saturday, April 24th at noon ET/PT and on Sunday, April 25th at 1pm ET/PT (for... Read more

Fri 04.16.10

Of the many moving animal stories we hear these days, tales of people being forced to give up their pets due to these tough economic times are among the saddest. Like you, few of these loving pet parents ever imagined having to give up their pets. But for these victims of the economy who have unexpectedly found themselves unemployed or making far less income than that needed to survive, coming up with extra money to care for a pet can be next to impossible.  This is... Read more

Sun 04.11.10

I love this piece of news I just read! The reason behind the happy news is sad, but the end result Happy! And I loooove happy! The Monkton Conservation Commission in Monkton, Vermont won a $150K state grant that will be used to build two culverts under a stretch of road populated with a large number of amphibians.  The wildlife crossing will help salamanders, other amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals to safely maneuver from one end of the swamp to another without... Read more