Fri 01.01.10

Women around the world inherit items from loved ones that they do not want or need.  Many of these items include fur coats and stoles.  Rather than toss these articles out, opt instead to make a tax-deductible donation to PETA. 

In addition to using them in their educational programs and displays, PETA also gives them to impoverished people in bitterly cold climates like Afghanistan.  The coats are then cut into blanket sized pieces and given to refugees who... Read more

Wed 12.16.09

Sit.  Heel. Stay.  These are commands that most well-trained dogs learn.  If Fido passed obedience classes with flying colors and responds well to direction, then you might consider letting him go off-leash.  If he is prone to chasing cars and can't be tempted by treats, he might not be the ideal candidate when it comes to roaming free.

Here's how you can be absolutely sure that your pooch is ready to lose the leash.  Ask yourself:

Does my dog know how to... Read more
Thu 12.10.09

Every dog is The Best Dog Ever, and Flyer was no exception. A dear friend of mine sent me a link to her friend, Lon Lawrence's tribute to his little girl, Flyer. As expected, the story and photographs of Flyer moved me to tears, but they also warmed my heart, as Flyer the Basenji is now over the Rainbow Bridge keeping good company with Beau, Bijou, Poindexter, Nini, Lula, Sammy, Shana, Tigger, Cyrus, Lincoln, Charlie, Jackson, Fred and all of my long and not-so-long... Read more

Tue 12.08.09

One medical emergency can really put you in the "doghouse," so to speak.  Aging pets require extra care, and that can lead you to shell out extra bucks if you're not prepared.  Rather than sit around and wait for the proverbial shoe to drop, smart pet owners are taking matters into their own hands by electing to insure their dogs or cats.

Premiums are based on your pet's age, breed, and location.  Pre-existing, congenital, and hereditary conditions may deem... Read more

Sat 11.28.09

How to Give a Gift of Charity In Your Pet's Honor This Holiday Season

Want to do your part this holiday season and donate to a charity that you believe in?  What if I told you that you could do so in the name of your beloved pet?  Wouldn't that make the gift so much sweeter?  Well, what are you waiting for?  Organizations like the Humane Society, the Rutgers University Board for Equine Advancement (RUBEA), Best Friends Animal Society, and the Lollypop Farm... Read more

Fri 11.20.09

Tis' the season to spread goodwill.  That being said, there are a number of ways to be charitable during the holidays that don't require you to spend a lot of money.  In fact, non-profit organizations around the globe prefer handcrafted items over store-bought ones.  Here is a list of pet-friendly groups seeking your sewn, quilted, knitted, crocheted, and hand-built items for use in their facilities:

Hugs for Homeless Animals Snuggles Project.  Create security... Read more

Wed 11.18.09

Holiday preparations can take their toll you, your household, your families, and even your pets.  The joy of the season can be a lot to handle and your feathered, finned, and four legged friends should not be excluded from your festivities.  Here's a few things to remember when making holiday arrangements that include your pets:

Make sure that your pet's microchip or identification tags are updated before hitting the road or flying to your destination.
Think... Read more
Mon 11.16.09

We all have questions about protecting ourselves from the H1N1 virus, but how about our pets? How susceptible are they to the virus, and how can we protect them? The tips below may come in handy:

Is H1N1 Swine Flu Transmittable to My Pets?

Although the risk is slim, humans CAN transfer the H1N1 virus to pets.  In fact, four ferrets in the state of Oregon tested positive for the virus according to Medical News Today.  Last week, a 13 year old Iowa cat... Read more

Mon 11.02.09

Preventing Parvo: How to Protect the Ones You Love

Parvo is a serious viral disease that can cause death in puppies and young dogs.  The parvovirus attacks cells which cause diarrhea, depression, and weaken your pooch's heart.  Rather than sit back and watch this disease destroy the ones that you love, opt instead to stop parvo at its source.  By taking the necessary precautions listed here, you can ensure that your puppies grow up in a healthy, happy, disease... Read more

Mon 10.26.09

After Nini passed away in June, I knew I wanted to adopt another cat right away. Although I was enjoying not having to change the cat litter, clean up Nini's bad aim from around the cat litter, and having to clean the kitchen counters every minute (I only use eco-friendly cleaners, which I can only hope did/do the job), I love cats, and missed Nini. As you've already gathered if you've read my blog, or if you've noticed that I donate 5% of my sales to Muttville, I... Read more