Babies and Pets

Jan 17, 2015
Laura Libert [Flickr]

The bond between a child and a pet is special - when it starts off the right way for both baby and animal. Give your furry buddy a chance to bond with its new little human friend and you can watch a great relationship develop that will be remembered for a lifetime.


WOWK 13 NEWS (Charleston, WV) [FaceBook]

A lot of folks complain about the cold weather during the winter months, but what about our pets?  They need to stay warm when the temperatures drop into the frigid zone.  Make some arrangements to protect your best friend from winter's icy blast.


faith goble [Flickr]

Our pets may not enjoy celebrating the new year as much as we might, what with all the loud fireworks and other noise, but it's a good time to think about ways we can make life better for our best friend with a few resolutions that can benefit both them and us!


kvanhorn (Kyle Van Horn) [Flickr]

A pet can be one of the best gifts, but it should never be a surprise.  In fact, it's a good idea to have the whole family involved in deciding to adopt a new best friend, and then in choosing the pet.  Visit your local shelter or rescue group today - you might make this Christmas bright for one lucky animal!


JOE-3PO (Joseph Vasquez) [Flickr] / Joseph Vasquez Photography

Christmas decorations really add to the festive celebration of the season, but they can become hazards to the well-being of our animal companions.  So go ahead and deck the halls, but keep your pet's safety in mind.


Eric T. Morris [Flickr]

It might be tempting to include your best friend when you sit down to the table this Thanksgiving, but some things on your plate could harm your furry buddy.  Be careful and choose treats that are pet-friendly and will make you both thankful for tasty morsels and great companionship!

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Kristin (Kerotab) [Flickr}

When the humidity level in your home drops to 30% or lower, static electricity can make you and your furry friend uncomfortable.  In fact, just stroking your pet's fur could result in a little shock for both of you.  Bathing your pet with moisturizing shampoo (one approved for use on pets) and increasing the moisture in the air can help remedy the problem.


Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter [FaceBook]

Animal shelter workers and rescue volunteers are the unsung heroes of the pet world, because without them many animals would never have the chance to find a new home.  This week is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, but thankfully these dedicated folks are helping our four-footed friends all year long!


American Humane Association [Facebook]

Everybody loves a Cinderella story, and that's exactly what this is - a puppy so badly beaten that she should not be alive, who grew up to become a friendly loving therapy dog bringing hope and inspiration to all she meets!


istolethetv [Flickr]

What is it about Halloween that makes us want to dress ourselves and our four-footed companions in costumes?   Some pets love it, some don't mind too much and others can be totally stressed by Halloween.  It's up to you to make sure your best friend is safe and comfortable, whatever the holiday.


Katie@! (Katie Brady) [Flickr]

There are lots of good reasons for adopting a dog, especially during October, which is Adopt-a-Dog Month.  There are also lots of good reasons for supporting Alabama Public Radio - and surprisingly the reasons are very similar.  Either way you get a faithful friend!


Dog Splash 2014

Sep 26, 2014
University Recreation, University of Alabama

Dog Splash or Pooch Pool Party - whatever you call it, people and pets alike can have lots of fun.  Bring a toy, bring a life vest for your dog if needed, and have a great time with your best friend!


Pets on Campus

Aug 30, 2014
K-Lovera (Kristine Dhillon) [Flickr]

Many schools, like the University of Alabama, have a pet policy that allows only fish in campus housing.  Others, like Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, have more liberal pets-in-residence programs that permit small dogs, cats rabbits, ferrets, even ducks.  For some students, the option to take their best friend with them to school can influence their decision about where they decide to study.


Pet Resorts

Jul 19, 2014
buchsammy (Ralf Bitzer) [Flickr]

Gone are the days when your pet had to spend its "vacation" in a cramped cage.  Pet resorts have become very popular - with both owners and their furry friends!


Hot Spots

Jul 5, 2014
ransomtech [Flickr]

Hot spots are more than just a nuisance; they can cause your dog some real discomfort.  Some owners of long-haired dogs get their pets clipped for the summer just to make sure the dog's heavy coat can't trap and hold moisture in the hot weather.


Tainted Pet Treats

May 24, 2014
Gamma Man (Eli Christman) [Flickr]

About half of jerky pet treats in the US are imported from China.  New warnings indicate that such treats could pose serious and even deadly risks to your pet's health.


Mother's Day

May 10, 2014
ifindkarma (Adam Rifkin) [Flickr]

In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human experience.  Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up.  This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view.   Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed. 


penreyes [Flickr]

The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption.  (The unlucky ones never made it that far.)  But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes.  That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.  


Autism and Pets

Apr 26, 2014
Xena the Warrior Puppy Facebook page

For years people believed that interaction with companion animals was helpful for children with autism, providing them with unconditional love, nonjudgemental friendship, and social interaction.  A new study shows that dogs can provide very real benefits for these children.


State Farm

The arson dog training program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, has put more than 300 dogs to work in over 40 states and several Canadian provinces.  These special animals are an arsonist's worst nightmare and a firefighter's best friend.  Readers of the Washington Post agree, voting the National Fire Dog Monument as the top monument in Washington, DC!


Book Buddies

Mar 22, 2014
Animal Rescue League of Berks County [FaceBook]

Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning a positive experience for children.  That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.


A Pet's Nose

Mar 8, 2014
jarapet [Flickr]

Large or small, round or pointed, long or short - a pet's nose is a finely tuned instrument that  the animal uses to gather a wealth of information about its surroundings.


DiamondBonz [Flickr]


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?


And the Winner Is...

Feb 15, 2014
saly9258 [Flickr]

It may be a Wire Fox Terrier that won the hearts of the judges at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week, but it's the Labrador Retriever that has won the hearts of people all across the country.


Mutts at Westminster?

Feb 8, 2014
Dave Hamster (David Merrett) [Flickr]

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.


marinetank0 (Tom Williams) [Flickr]

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!


CelloPics [Flickr]

Smart idea, even for a cat, to have a shelter that is raised up off the ground.  The animal is protected from bitterly cold winds, too, in a well-build dog (or cat) house!


Pet-friendly Home

Jan 18, 2014
Jennie Faber (Flickr)

Having pets may mean you have to work a little harder to keep the house clean, but smart some choices will make things easier.  And less cleaning may mean more time with your furry friend!


Sonia Su (Flickr)

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.