pets

Wendy Moody / smkybear [Flickr]

A cat's nature is to hunt, stalk, mark territory, but living indoors can limit its opportunities follow its instincts.  You can help your cat live a happier and healthier life if you find ways to make your home more "friendly" for your feline resident.

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Mindy Norton

Fitness programs are better when you do it with a friend.  And what better friend that that furry one who would love to spend a little more quality time with you?

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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!

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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.

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Giving a pet as a gift can be a wonderful idea, even better if you adopt it from a shelter.  But as a surprise for the recipient?  It just might backfire on you and on the poor animal, too.

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Home for the Holidays

Dec 7, 2013
Ian M. Phillips

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.

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Aranami

'Tis the season to deck the halls, but do it carefully - make sure your holiday decorations don't pose unnecessary risks for your furry friends!

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theogeo (Lindsey Turner)

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!

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Adopt a Senior Pet

Nov 16, 2013
Mindy Norton

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!

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Dave Parker

Someone must have a special heart to work at an animal shelter.  The work is hard, sometimes heart-breaking, but adoptions and reunions make it all worthwhile.  So make some time to let a shelter worker know you appreciate all their efforts and their dedication for the pets and people of their community!

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Dogfighting

Nov 2, 2013
American Humane Association

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.

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Halloween and Your Pet

Oct 26, 2013
www.petsadviser.com

Halloween can be a fun time for people and pets, as long as the humans make sure their furry buddies are comfortable and safe!

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This is the week for Halloween, with all the costumes and decorations and yummy candy and other treats. Like so many other celebrations we enjoy, this one can pose some very real hazards for our pets.

Adopt-a-Dog Month

Oct 19, 2013
Kazinvan

Probably one of the things that makes dogs so appealing to us humans is that they have a natural smile.  That and the fact that they make such great companions!

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The month of October is Adopt-a-Dog Month. To help celebrate the occasion, let’s consider the American Humane Association’s list of the Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Dog From Your local animal shelter or animal rescue group.

Number ten on the list - You’ll never have to sweep your kitchen floor again.

NatalieMaynor

St. Francis of Assisi was a thirteenth century friar who left a legacy of love and compassion for all living creatures.  Churches and schools are named for him and statues of him adorn public places and private gardens.  He would be pleased to know that eight centuries later he is the inspiration for the annual blessing of the animals.

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World Rabies Day 2013

Sep 28, 2013
couscouschocolat [fllickr]

Rabies has almost been eliminated in the United States - almost, but not entirely.  Every year there are still one or two human deaths  from the disease, and several thousand cases of rabies in animals reported. 

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Dog and Owner Reunion

Sep 21, 2013
Rob Kleine (flickr)

Golden Retrievers are popular dogs - friendly, intelligent, energetic, and very loyal to their humans.   When circumstances separated Mary Ellen Frazier from her dog, Bailey, it comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with this breed that both were anxious to find each other again.

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Karin Dalziel

If you rescue an orphaned or injured wild animal in Alabama you could find yourself in a sticky situation, especially if it's one of the seven species that are no longer allowed to be cared for and rehabilitated under the new regulations.  

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Guard Cat

Sep 7, 2013
Derek Bridges

Guard dog?  Not in this home - there's a guard cat on duty, defending her human and foiling a would-be burglar!

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American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

In the world of Search and Rescue operations, dogs have a very special place.  their keen sense of smell, excellent night vision, extremely sensitive hearing and endurance have made them crucial in efforts to locate people who are missing or trapped.

American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

The Service Dog category includes animals that assist people with disabilities other than sight and hearing.  Most have received special training.

Missing Rufus

Aug 3, 2013
Mindy Norton

When a family member dies, people grieve, even when that family member is a pet.  But humans are not the only ones in the family who grieve the loss.

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T-N-R

Jul 27, 2013
Don DeBold (donjd2 - Flickr)

Usually the spay-neuter message is aimed at people who need to have their pets surgically altered.  But often the cats that we see clearly do not have owners.  Volunteers and organizations are using an approach that solves several issues at the same time.

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OakleyOriginals

Even as hot as it is now in the summertime, your pet still wants to play!  Be careful, because your furry friend may become overheated - and that could lead to tragic consequences.

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Summertime heat can pose a serious health risk for our pets. It’s usually a combination of the temperature and the humidity in the air that creates the danger, because of the way a pet’s body rids itself of excess heat.

The Dog House

Jul 13, 2013
Tejas Prints (Cassandra Gallegos-Moore)

Summer is a good time to take a close look at your outdoor pet's dog house, to see if it is really an adequate shelter for your pet to get some relief from the elements.

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Freedom for Pets

Jul 6, 2013
Randy Son of Robert (Randy Robertson)

What does freedom mean for our pets?  Even for humans, freedom does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want.  For the animals that share our lives, we can give them freedom to enjoy their lives in safety and comfort, as our best friends and loyal companions.  And that's something worth celebrating!

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Mindy Norton

Heartworms can be life-threatening for pets.  Most pet owners know they can give their dogs a preventative periodically to protect them from heartworms.  But cats are also at risk and need to be protected, as well.

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Heartworms? In cats?? Most people think heartworms are a dog problem, not a cat problem. Unfortunately, that’s just not so. Cats can get heartworms; and as with dogs, it can be fatal to our feline friends as well.

Summer's Heating Up!

Jun 22, 2013
Gareth Williams

A little planning and a little common sense - that's all it takes to keep your pet safe and healthy during the hot summertime!

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Adopt-a-Cat Checklist

Jun 15, 2013
Gail Frederick (gailf548 - flikr)

More cats and kittens are surrendered to animal shelters during June than during any other month of the year.  Whether you want a kitten or an older cat, you'll find lots to choose from right now at your local animal shelter. 

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Storm Planning

Jun 8, 2013
julesagogo (flickr)

By the time the storm rolls in, you might start scrambling to locate everything you need for you and your pet.  Having a plan that includes supplies already set aside can help you not only weather the storm successfully but do it together.

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