Does your pet become anxious in response to loud noises (like thunderstorms)? Most animal experts recommend not cuddling and hugging an anxious pet lest you reinforce the negative response. So what's a caring pet owner supposed to do with a cowering, trembling furry friend who is obviously afraid of the noise?
Westminster Kennel Club has a tradition that goes back more then 130 years, but in 2014 it's not the purebred dogs that are capturing news headlines but the mutts that are making a showing in the WKC's first time ever agility competition.
When we think of a smiling cat, we might think of the Cheshire Cat, whose beautiful smile was the only thing visible when he disappeared. Sadly, for the majority of both cats and dogs kept as pets, their teeth are not so healthy. It's up to you to make sure your pet's smile is bright and clean!
Although Christmas might be over for this year, we can still keep that spirit of giving alive by making a contribution to one or more of our favorite charitable organizations. And if we do it before the end of the year, we get to take a tax deduction when we file our tax returns in the next few months!
Sharing this holiday with all members of our family, including the four-footed ones, is not a new idea. In fact, when we think back to how it all began it seems only natural that they should be a part of our Christmas celebration.
This Christmas, you can add some joy to your life by adopting a homeless pet from your local animal shelter. You get the companionship only a pet can offer, and in return your pet will enjoy the comfort and security only a loving home can bring.
Including our pets in our holiday celebrations is something many of us like to do. Whether you're staying home or hitting the road, a little planning can help to make the holiday safe and happy for everyone!
Some folks may be hesitant to adopt an older pet, but the advantages usually outweigh the disadvantages. Often the adoption fee is reduced for senior pets, making them a smart choice for adoption. In return, the human gets a healthy, loving pet, a companion and a new best friend!
Elle is the American Humane Association's 2013 Hero Dog of the year. She is a Therapy Dog and has her AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. She is also an American Bull Terrier, often called a Pit Bull. Breeders say they are friendly, intelligent and make great family pets. Unfortunately there are those who misuse members of the breed for dogfighting because of their muscular build and strength.