Feline Fridays: Squeeze Into National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

It’s okay to be a procrastinator sometimes, because good things come to those who wait! And your perfect addition to your family could be waiting just for you. Right now, many shelters are running specials, sometimes waiving adoption fees for cats entirely! This is truly amazing because the cost of adopting out a cat that includes sterilization, microchipping, and medical care is around $300, so the fact that you can get a lifetime companion for free or low cost is an exceptional value! Continue reading

How YOU Can Be an Animal Advocate During Disasters

Colorado is home to BaxterBoo.com, and fires in the area are raging out of control, creeping into the suburbs, with people and pets being evacuated by the thousands. Pets are flooding the humane societies and rescues. It’s frightening to imagine, but disasters like fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding could be a reality for areas all over the country. Continue reading

Animal Advocates, Part 2: Hope for Paws

I’m really excited to introduce you to this next person I met at BlogPaws 2012! Eldad Hagar was a fellow student in that video class I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that was hosted by Kenn Bell from The Dog Files. Apparently, even without all the great tips we learned from Mr. Bell, Mr. Hagar has managed to shoot some amazing videos that have become YouTube sensations. This dog pictured here is the famous Fiona who has garnered millions of views. It’s hard to believe this is the same dog! Continue reading

Animal Advocates, Part 1: The Dog Files

I just got back from the BlogPaws convention in Salt Lake City and was gratified to meet many amazing animal advocates. These are just regular people who have found themselves on the front lines of being the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Continue reading

Aggression: Angry Animal or Suffering Animal?

Is Your Dog Aggressive?  It’s Time to See the Vet!

Last week we talked about Breed Specific Legislation, which pertains to laws and regulations that are being set in place to prevent people from owning certain dog breeds.  We also talked about how a dog that lashes out for various reasons can cause the entire breed to be looked down upon.  Sometimes dogs can react due to the fact that they have aggression.  But why?  Well a recent study states that aggression in dogs may be due to the fact that they are in pain. Continue reading

San Francisco Enacts Program for Pets to End Panhandling

Apparently all those hearts that were left in San Francisco have banded together to let the love of man’s best friend help with a chronic problem the city faces: Panhandling. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city has tried various laws and programs to deal with this widespread problem. The city has also faced an unprecedented surge in homeless dogs and supporters are hoping that the two needs can serve each other. Continue reading

Tips for Making “Take Your Dog to Work Day” Smooth

Take Your Dog to Work Day is this Friday, June 22. Hopefully you’ve already discussed the possibility of bringing your pooch to work with your boss. After all, one wouldn’t want to miss out on a national holiday! I mean, this is up there with National Waffle Iron Day on June 29! Okay, not really. After all, are there health benefits to celebrating the Waffle Iron? Probably not. But there are benefits associated with taking your pets to work!

For instance, one can use a pet potty break to be unavailable for that overly chatty coworker who comes to call. But when you do want to socialize with that cute guy (or gal) from the cubicle down yonder, there’s nothing like a dog to break the ice! Continue reading

Best of the Best: Tips for Keeping Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Baby, it’s hot outside! And if you’re like me, it’s hot inside too since I’m probably the only person in the U.S. suburbs that doesn’t have air conditioning. Yes, I hear your collective gasp. So we have developed tips for keeping our cool. Like people, dogs can suffer from sunburns, dehydration, and heat stroke.  But for dogs, keeping cool can be especially tricky since they can only regulate body temperature through sweating through their foot pads, by panting, and drinking water.

For some breeds, like this pug and other snub-nosed varieties, breathing issues can be exacerbated during hot spells, so keeping cool for them is particularly important. But all dogs must be looked after in the heat. Continue reading

Pets in the Classroom: A Positive Learning Experience for Life

Having a pet at home is beneficial for children to learn responsibility, helps teach about caring for the needs of another being, and is a morale booster. This same thing can occur in the classroom. In fact, having pets in the classroom can be an attendence booster, increase a love of learning, and be a stress reliever. I carry these lessons and benefits with me to this day! Continue reading