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Farewell, Sweet Princess...

We had to put our beloved Nini to sleep Friday morning. I've thought of so many things to write for this blog, but having written long, endless emails to friends and family all weekend, I'm afraid that I am all talked out. You can only imagine how heartbroken we are to have lost our little girl. She was such a huge part of our lives for so many years. We'd had her since we'd found her at 5 weeks old, trapped within the hood of a car.

The Danger of Leaving Pets Outside Unattended

Why do people not think twice about leaving their pets tied up outside as they shop or run into Starbucks to grab a cup of coffee? Don't they realize that leaving a dog outside unattended is no different than leaving a baby in a carriage outside unattended? Whether a tiny Yorkie or a large Akita, dogs are helpless out there; they're sitting targets for a dognapper looking to heist a dog to sell for research or for use as bait for dog-fighting training.

Simple Eco-Friendly Cat Toy Ideas

As the author of Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving the Planet One Cat Toy at a Time, I?m a big proponent of homemade cat toys. The book shows you how to make eco-friendly cat toys that are fast, fun and super-easy to create.

Since writing the book, I have not purchased a new toy for Furball. I find there?s more than enough ?make your own? cat toy ideas in the book (52 in all) to keep him busy. As well, I just can?t help myself. I keep inventing new homemade cat toys all the time.

The Plight of Pets in our Struggling Economy

Among the most tragic victims of this wretched economy are pets. As I was driving home yesterday I heard a gut-wrenching news report on the radio that had me so teary-eyed that I nearly rear-ended the guy in front of me.  In these tough financial times, pets are being surrendered to pounds, shelters and rescue organizations in record numbers as people can no longer afford to take care of them.

Why Switch from Clay Litter to Eco-friendly Litter?

I?ve always heard that clay litter wasn?t good for the environment, but never really knew why, I decided to investigate and learn more. The more I learned, the more I?m glad that my cat, Furball, has never used clay litter.

To Vaccinate or Not?

There is so much controversy over the dangers of over-vaccination these days. What I've learned is this: there are two essential vaccines for cats, and two for dogs. Most others, you?ll just need to use your and your vet?s judgment on.

Happy People, Happy Pets

We hear it again and again? owning a pet keeps us healthier and happier in myriad ways.

Dangerous Foods for Pets

As I've switched my own diet to a plant-based diet, I've been thinking a lot about nutrition. My own Opal, Dixie and Nini are fortunate enough to have home-cooked meals prepared by Yours Truly. My recipes are wholesome and balanced, and loaded with dark, leafy greens, carotene-rich foods and other good stuff. Now, although there is a great deal of healthy 'people food' that is equally healthy for pets, there are certain foods that are toxic and often deadly.