more about: pets

Pet Prep for Hurricane Sandy: Get the 411

First, an apology. I would have posted this sooner, but I was getting my own “go bag” ready. And standing on line with every other person in my neighborhood who was stocking up for Hurricane Sandy just in case. Second, some quick tips: – Make sure your pets are wearing their collars and ID tags. – Pack supplies of pet […]

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Why I Dressed Up My Dog for Halloween This Year

Usually, I resist the urge. But with the Presidential race as tight as it is and a Portuguese water dog in the White House, I knew I had to act NOW…or else. My last-minute costume idea: “Michelle and Bo Obama on the Campaign Trail.” First up: The Dog. How to mimic Bo’s coloring, with the large white chest and two […]

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Does Your Pet Feel Guilty?

Consider it the opposite of bragging. Or perhaps the “anti-brag.” Everywhere I go these days, people are “outing” their pets for bad behavior. It’s done with a sense of humor; malice doesn’t enter the equation. Here’s one of my favorites, less scatological than many of the others: “My Mom Can Never Sleep In. If she tries, I sit next to the […]

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Do You Eat Like a Bird or a Horse? What Does it All Mean?

I could give Mrs. Malaprop “a run for her cash money,” as I’ve been known to misquote common expressions to unintended comic effect. So I thought it appropriate — perhaps necessary — to examine animal expressions, their origins, and whether they are fact or fiction. I “ferreted”* answers out of Victoria Stilwell,  host of Animal Planet‘s TV series It’s Me or the Dog, […]

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Could Your Dog Be an Olympic Athlete?

OK, so it’s not quite the same. The dogs don’t have to wait four years for their next turn at glory. There’s no lighting of an Olympic torch and carrying it thousands of miles. There aren’t a billion people watching. But across our great nation, Border Collies are racing through obstacle courses, Scotties are charging down Seesaws, and mixed breeds […]

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Getting Your Pet a Pet? Here’s How…

I’ll never forget the woman who made me feel better about my over-the-top behavior with my pet. “Are you kidding?” she had responded. “I got my pet a pet! What’s crazier than that?” Jokes aside, introducing a second dog or cat into your home can be a wonderful thing to do, though one should strategize for optimal results. Jealousy can […]

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A Cat with a Curfew? Indoor Cats vs. Outdoor Cats

Meet Jack. He is a bit of a legend in his neck of the woods. In fact, he’s mayor of his block, and I’m not talking about Foursquare. Jack has a curfew. “A cat with a curfew?” you might ask, incredulously. I know I did, when I had the privilege of making his esteemed acquaintance. But yes, Jack is allowed […]

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Could Your Dog Be a Movie Star?

It’s almost time for the Oscars, and I’m on pins and needles waiting to hear if Uggie (of The Artist fame) will be appearing or — better yet — performing a trick or two at the ceremony.* Apparently, he hasn’t been invited yet, which is an outrage if you ask me! The Jack Russell terrier with a certain je ne sais […]

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Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love

There is love at first sight — or smell or sound as it were. And then “ooh-ooh-ooh, what a little moonlight can do“…”Ooh-ooh-ooh, what a little moonlight can do to you…” as the tune goes. Turns out that human beings aren’t the only ones who try to put their best foot forward when looking for a mate. In the animal […]

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Can Your Pets Have Too Much Fun?

Chances are, at some point, you’ve experienced pangs of guilt when it comes to your pets. Either you’re gone for too much of the day or you don’t play enough games with your pets or you travel to places where your pets can’t come along. Such is the modern world we live in. Many of us commute to offices where […]

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