Meet the Breed: The Shih Tzu

The Shih TzuĀ is a popular breed for people who like a small, yet sturdy dog. When kept in a puppy cut, these dogs are easy to maintain. When kept in a show cut, they are simply stunning with their curtain of long hair. Of course, I’m a bit partial to the breed as they make up half of my own shih-poo pups. But let’s see what the essence of a true Shih Tzu is to find out if this is the right breed for you. Continue reading

Funny Pets: Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Now that the 12 Days of Dogtober is officially over, it seems as though my body finally gave itself permission to give into the cold that has been circulating around the office (sigh.) It makes me a bit reluctant to write a blog, to be honest. And perusing the pet-related news today was not helping with terrible stories of animal abuse (double sigh.)

Fortunately, a coworker sent me a cute video, and I instantly felt better (thanks Deanna!) So I thought I’d post a couple of cute videos as a remedy in case any of you are feeling crummy too. Feel free to share the love, since Mondays can be tough even if you’re you’re fit as a fiddle! You won’t want to miss these… Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Circus Cats!

Dear Gentle Readers,

It’s the 12th Day of Dogtober… I can’t hardly even choke out that word, it’s so overdone! So I’m renaming it Catober! It is Feline Friday, after all!

I do, however, approve of today’s Circus theme. The reason for that is that there are simply dozens of videos of cats in circuses that I’m dying to show you! And not just my big cat cousins either. Continue reading

Even Pets Can Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

The world has been painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. While pets may not understand the significance of this cause, they do love people, and a good many of them are dependent on the health and well being of nurturing women. So of course they are willing to become a visual supporter of the pink ribbon campaign! Continue reading

Herding Dogs: Smart Workers, Wonderful Pets

We’ve been having a lot of fun with our Dogtober campaign, and today’s Western theme has us thinking about the history of herding dogs and their modern function, both as companions and as working dogs.

There are dozens of herding breeds from all over the world that have been developed to assist in the management of livestock. Herding dogs are agile, intelligent, and have harnessed their inner prey drive to be able to control herds of animals often much larger than they are including cattle, bison, reindeer, sheep, goats, and even poultry. Continue reading

How to Adopt from a Breed Rescue

As mentioned previously, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. But what if you are interested in a particular breed? Hopefully, if you’re able to open your home to a dog, you’ve already checked out PetFinder.com to see what is available in your area and in your desired breed category. You will be amazed at the number of dogs available!

Another viable option is to research breed-specific rescues. This can be a great alternative if you desire a more rare breed that isn’t likely to show up in a shelter without being placed on a long wait list. Here’s what you need to know to go through a Breed Rescue Group. Continue reading

Flu Can Be Passed to Our Pets, New Study Finds

With the change in the weather, illnesses seem to circulating through offices, schools, and families. And while we haven’t heard of many flu cases yet, the flu virus tends to start appearing in October or November and peaks in January or February.

I don’t know about you, but in my house, the person who is sick gets dog-piled by cats and dogs as the most viable option for warmth and comfort. It’s a mutually beneficial situation. But now, a study has shown that the flu virus can be transmitted to our pets, so you might want to take care of the furry caretakers before they try to take care of you. Continue reading

Feline Fridays: The Proud History of Storybook Cats

Dear Gentle Readers,

It’s the 5th Day of Dogtober, (I never signed off on that name, by the way) and BaxterBoo.com is doing a tribute to storybook characters. You may have noticed all that silliness with a castle, a prince, a princess, and a frog. I have to ask… where are the stories and tributes to cats? We’re lucky to have a black cat show up in one of the graphics for Halloween, and that is just so cliche. If I have anything to do with it, a cat will be making an appearance in our Dogtober themes!

This omission made me realize that I need to do a better job of educating our public. Cats have always held a prominent spot in literature, and well-known authors have said wonderful things about us, even going so far as to claim we are Muses. Continue reading

How to Help: October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month!

How Can I Help?

Lily Mae is an adoptable chihuahua terrier mix available in Castle Rock, CO. Click the picture to get more info!

Maybe you’re like me and have a full house and aren’t sure how to support the cause of animal adoptions, even though you believe in it. After all, who wouldn’t want to help find homes for the thousand of adoptable pets in our overcrowded shelters? Continue reading