more about: pets

The Top Names for Pets in 2011

As my friend would say, the cats have the headline this time. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co (VPI) and Petfinder.com, a roundup of the most popular pet names in 2011 marked a real cat fight versus the same old routine for the dogs. Petfinder.com reports that, of its 300,000+ adoptable pets, the top five dog names remained the same in 2011 (“Buddy,” […]

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Last-Minute Pet-Themed E-Cards

Let’s face it. It takes a juggler to take care of our families, keep up with our busy lives, and send out our holiday cards ahead of or on time. Right? If, like me, your anxiety has been building with every mailbox incursion of another holiday greeting card, you can breathe a sigh of relief. E-cards are your friend, and […]

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Stranger Than Fiction: Pet Training Requests

File this under the header “Strange but True.” I asked dog trainer and Animal Planet pet expert Andrea Arden about the most bizarre training requests that have crossed her desk. Top of mind concerned a Betta fish. This is a fighting fish. A potential client wanted Andrea to train her fish — alone, in its fish bowl — because “she […]

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What’s Your Pet’s Best Trick?

We’ve all done it — bragged and bored our friends and family to tears — telling the heroic exploits of our four-legged friends. Some of their skills were learned, such as responding properly to the verbal commands of “sit,” “stay,” “down,” and “come.” Then there were games where words were not exchanged, such as an impromptu game of “hide and […]

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An Hour Changes Everything

  For most, that extra hour of sleep on Saturday night was a welcome treat. Falling back for Daylight Savings Time is usually preferred over springing forward. In my household, though, that extra hour—60 tiny little minutes—has set off a week of disrupted sleep, wacky eating, and a general sense of being off-schedule. Even my puppy has been getting up […]

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DIY Dog Costumes for Halloween

Whether man is dressing himself or his best friend, I never tire of seeing creative costumes and clever minds at work. This year’s Halloween Howl, in my neighborhood park, did not disappoint. Event attendees were also treated to healthy hounds info as well as a stand for the Best Friends Animal Society. For your last-minute inspiration and information, I share with you my judging […]

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A-choo! The case of the allergic houseguest

This week’s reader dilemma: “I am allergic to all pet hairs, I usually feel like I have the flu when I am around pets too long. With the holidays coming, I am sure I will be going to visit family, most of which have lots of pets,” SaraFC wrote.  “When I stay with them, there is always pet hair in […]

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The Dog Who Crossed the Road

Last weekend, I saw something that scared and then angered me. An adorable dog had wandered out of his house and onto a country road. A car had nearly hit him, and had we been driving more quickly, we might have done the same. We stopped the car and I did something out of the ordinary for me. I walked […]

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Pet Loss and Support

It’s the call you never want to receive. Or — as I experienced over the last year — the email, the text, the Facebook status update from a family member or friend. The first time, I inadvertently stumbled upon the news. Perhaps it was some sort of cosmic joke, but I had emailed a friend who I hadn’t been in […]

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Willow the Cat is the Talk of the Town

Yes it’s true, everyone’s been buzzing and now purring about this calico cat and her cross-country journey of some 1,800 miles from Colorado to New York. She’s not the first creature beckoned by the bright lights of the big city — was she seeking fame, fortune, a book deal? — but boy did she achieve instant celebrity status! Apparently this […]

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