Sneaking through back alleyways and abandoned lots, millions of feral and stray cats make their homes in our cities and rural areas. Often fearful of people, these wild cats are blamed for everything from decimating bird populations to killing sea otters. What’s the truth behind these feral felines and why are some people so determined to ...Read More
The end of summer also signals going back to school, or leaving home to go to college. Very often our pets enjoy increased family interaction time during the summer months when the kids and college kids are home for a few months. When school starts back up and schedules change our pets often have to deal with these emotional changes ...Read More
If you want to have an exotic pet for the purpose of owning an unusual animal, you could certainly find many pets more common than a two-toed sloth. While lacking a history of domestication, these South American mammals can be found as pets, provided that they are acquired through legal channels. And they are definitely out of the norm of pets-...Read More
From the Paw of Patches. As I understand it, an allergy to cats is rather common. I was not personally aware of it until it came to my attention that my human's Grandmother, who is one allergic to cats, is coming to live with us. I couldn't be more shocked. I'm 14, new things don't generally happen to cats of my seniority...Read More
The quintessential example of Western culture treating its pets as well as its own human children is the pet stroller. These devices are modeled after strollers for infants, but meant for four-legged animals, cats and smaller dogs. However, those animals do not have the same need for this kind of protected carriage. Cats and dogs, even puppies a...Read More
Every so often, I find myself wondering about various myths I heard about cats. Hey, I never claimed to be a deep thinker! Still, there are many strange questions floating around about our feline friends. Let's look at some of the longest-lasting legends and see if anything new has been learned about them.
1. ARE CATS TELEPAT...Read More
When we think of Easter, we think of ornate baskets filled with colored eggs, chocolate, marshmallow chicks and, of course, jelly beans. Some people also think of real bunnies and how much fun it would be to get one or perhaps give one as the perfect novelty gift for a child or adult who has everything. Think again. Rabbits do make ...Read More
Was your pet your Valentine this year? If so, you were not alone. A new survey has found that about 1/5 of Americans choose their pet as they Valentine. Some people simply did not have a human mate to celebrate the holiday with and substituted their pets while others prefer spending the day with someone or something that does not talk back or ...Read More
Patriotic pet lovers can proudly call the Maine Coon a Native American breed. Maine Coons have an interesting back story, rife with inane speculation and possible connections to major events of world history.
Some have hypothesized that Maine Coons resulted from breeding a cat with a raccoon, but this is a genetic impossibility. Others ...Read More
Resolution #1: I will eat less and exercise more.
Too many nights on the couch, too many dog biscuits and too little time running around the local dog park has made me a little, well, fluffier.
I don't think the old "I'm-just-big-boned" excuse will work anymore. I resolve to bug my owner to take me out to the doggy park several times a w...Read More
When I was a kid, there was no finer dog in the world than Lassie.
In our house, Sunday nights were reserved for "Lassie" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS. Watching that beautiful Collie perform her amazing feats of heroism and bravery put smiles on the faces of me, my brother and sister. Maybe that's where our love of dogs came from.
Until recently, I lived in the upper Midwest, where winters last half the year and “brutal” is one of the milder adjectives that can be used to describe them. Even on the coldest days, however, my dog Dexy clamored to go outside. She’s a high-energy breed and was undeterred by subzero windchills.
So out we would go, trudging...Read More
Maybe you've seen (on TV) or heard (on the radio) the new ads for The Shelter Pet Project. These provocative ads feature talking animals who, not surprisingly, seem to be smarter than their human owners.
The point of the ads, though, is to make it clear that animals adopted from shelters are not "bad" or "damaged" -- th...Read More
My name is Sarah (which you might have guessed already) and have two teenage kittens named Fred and George. I have lived with pets all my life, and my two boys will give me plenty to write about! I think I'll start off this blog with the story of how F&G came into my life.
My sister Lizzy and I ...Read More
In my last post, I wrote about disagreeing with one of my friend’s decisions regarding his pet. At the risk of coming across as shrill, this post features another friend with whom I disagree.
She’s a cat owner and unquestionably devoted to her feline. In fact, she may be so attached to her furry companion that she ends up doing hi...Read More
A friend of mine recently became a dog owner. He is attentive and caring toward his new companion. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find a guy who is more devoted to a canine. So when I asked my friend when he planned to neuter his puppy, I was surprised at the answer.
“I can’t do that to him,” my friend said. “I ...Read More
About six months ago, I was downsized. My former employer was on the verge of going under, so they let about a half dozen of us go.
Naturally, I was less than pleased to be a ground-level witness to the recession’s intensity. But even though getting laid off is no one’s idea of a good time, it is not without its benefits.
I had...Read More
My father-in-law is a smart guy. He’s a little on the stoic side, however, and I’ve often wondered if he’s on a strict quota of say, speaking ninety-nine words per year. As such, his wisdom usually comes out in short bursts and to-the-point phrases.
Recently, I was walking with him on the farm where my wife grew up. He and I...Read More
Every day I get asked, “Will we know when it is time?” Everybody wants their beloved pets with them just as long as they can. Dealing with death is tough for a culture that keeps it at arm’s length and shields us from the reality of it. Our loved ones often spend their final days in a ...Read More