Earlier today my fiance' and I took a trip to the Santa Monica Cat Show, an annual Los Angeles event put on by the Cat Fancier's Association. Though she had always been a cat lover, this was my first trip to a cat show, because before two years ago I had never owned a cat and couldn't fathom why people would be so obsessed with the animals. On...Read More
This is the first in what I hope will be many blogs dedicated to pet-related holidays. I just missed this one, so I figured it would make a good starting point. There are weird and wacky days and weeks and months dedicated to animals throughout the year and I hope to highlight some of them here.
National feed the pets o...Read More
Walk with Harley today during high noon was just about the Funniest part of my day, but not as funny or just about the same as getting stuck for a mere 10 seconds in Bart’s sliding automatic doors I said AHHH !
Instead of just walking and having him run, I let him go chase the ball I threw for him. He didn’t seem to get...Read More
The self-proclaimed happiest place on Earth is about to get happier-- for animals, at least. On September 1st, Disney World will open a Best Friends Pet Resort, offering to not only accommodate tourists' dogs and cats, but to outright spoil them. The resort spans over 50'000 square feet of land, including artificial turf, lightly forested woodla...Read More
An unsettling case of animal cruelty occurred a week ago in Cape Cod, Maine, when a wild coyote was found caged in a local couple's apartment. Responding to several tips, police encountered the animal in unsanitary conditions, a stench of waste so strong that later inspectors entered the apartment with breathing equipment. The coyote, a female n...Read More
As much as people love monkeys and even want them as pets, they are still wild animals that can be dangerous if provoked. Hamilton County, Indiana was reminded of this the hard way when Enjo, a 7-year-old Patas monkey owned by resident Bobbi Phelan, escaped his cage and attacked her teenaged son. The 15-year-old boy received only a minor cut to ...Read More
If a human being was found stealing the underwear of his neighbors, he would certainly not be well received. He would be considered a disgusting pervert, and even if his legal punishment was lenient, his community would never treat him with respect again. So when over seventy pairs of clothing were stolen in a neighborhood South Hampton, England...Read More
The images are designed to inflame our anger and tug at our hearts. Severely matted dogs, wounded cats and emaciated horses linger on the television screen and in our minds. Throughout the ninety second infomercial, celebrity voices plead with us to open our hearts, and our wallets, to save these poor creatures.
The Humane So...Read More
The adverse effects of heat upon a dog inside a closed space are well known, as seen by the tragic fates of animals left in cars. However, a hot day can be dangerous to an dog outdoors as well. Even environmental heat and humidity can cause dogs symptoms such as dizziness, dehydration, stomach problems, and in the worst cases, heat stroke. Dogs ...Read More
The attachment people have to their pets can’t be overstated, so obviously a pet owner is going to be concerned when they see their animal sniffling. They will likely start worrying about how bad it could be, and prepare themselves for the worst case scenarios. However, while owners should watch their pets’ health, they shouldn’t necessari...Read More
A friend sent me this video link about a service dog -- I thought, oh another nice story of how a service dog is raised, trained and changes the life of someone special who needs the help. But this one was different - this is about a service dog that didn't quite fit the mold, and who was going to be dismissed from the program - until the ...Read More
At this point in the 21st century, the negative effects of tobacco are so extensively documented that nobody can light a cigarette without being aware of the damage they’re doing to themselves. It is well-known that smoking tobacco is addictive, lowers physical stamina and lung capacity, increases the smoker’s risk of heart disease and cance...Read More
Frontier Airlines, a lower-cost airline based out of Denver, has recently joined the ranks of the best services for traveling pet owners. The company’s policy now allows animals of a certain size ( specifically, any animal that can fit in a carry-on container, such as a cat, rabbit, or small dog ) to ride in the cabin with their owner. They mu...Read More
It’s a common fact that Americans are fatter than ever, to the point of a much-discussed ( and still unresolved ) obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, not even American pets have been spared from the health problems of our over-indulgence. A poll of American veterinarians showed that 45 percent of the dogs and 57 percent of the cats that enter the...Read More
If PETA is known for anything amongst popular culture, even more than the ethical treatment of animals, it’s known for calling attention to animal rights issues with the most ridiculous, overblown, and even unethical campaigns. They’ve criticized Steve “ Crocodile Hunter “ Irwin for putting wild animals under stress immediately after his...Read More
( News courtesy of the Seattle Times
Of all the dubiously legal things a person could smuggle aboard an airplane, a cat or small dog is one of the least threatening-- and one of the most common. Travellers will frequently pack their animals into their carry-on luggage, tucking them away in bags or under blankets. Some will even go so far to t...Read More
What do you think of when you hear the word ferret? Perhaps you think of a ferret living in squalor with an animal hoarder and having to fend for themselves? Or maybe even a negative connotation that you might see in the TV, like the old crazy man carrying one on his shoulder?
Not so, anymore. They are becoming quite fashionable among younge...Read More
If you’re wondering why your partner, family, or other live-in loved ones seem more upset to be away from the dogs than from you, don’t bother. And if you feel jealous that your pet gets more attention, don’t act on it, because it’s futile. It’s a perfectly natural response to the unwavering emotional support dogs g...Read More
Even in a down economy, people will go out of their way to see that their animals are well taken care of. And when pet owners have to work longer hours, they’ll find it more important that their pets are in good hands. Hence why American spending on animals has actually increased-- by the American Pet Products Association’s estimate, from ...Read More