Could Your Dog be Suffering from SAD?

sad dogWinter can be tough on people with the colder temperatures often keeping people and their pets from their usual walks. One of the things that people also miss is the sunlight. Our pets can also be affected by seasonal changes. Less activity can create joint stiffness. Some also believe that since dogs are mammals like humans, that they can also suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Continue reading

A Christmas Miracle for Biggie, an Abandoned German Shepherd

BiggieAs you may recall, my friend Eldad Hagar with Hope for Paws, is one of my favorite animal advocates. He gets calls about abandoned animals and somehow gains the trust of these poor, sweet creatures so they can be gently apprehended. He records these rescues on film with simple, low-tech videography. The rescues show us the power of love and patience, and that hope isn’t just an empty promise.

This video is especially touching to watch with a community pitching in together to save an abandoned German Shepherd. The dog is a big, sweet, but nervous boy who is very brave to submit to the rescue efforts out of a dangerous situation. This clip also features rare footage of Eldad, who is normally hidden behind the camera, so this is a treat!

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Feline Friday: Cats in Christmas Trees

cats-new-yearCats will be cats. It really doesn’t matter that I posted a lovely blog outlining the brilliant ways to keep cats safe during the holidays, and especially how to keep them out of trees. I was feeling rather smug that my cats are so well behaved and “trained” only to find Ms. Boo about halfway up my 9′ tree!

So this is a tribute to catitude, specifically Christmas catitude. Ignoring my admonitions to stay out of the the Christmas decor is not advised but, to my knowledge, none of the cats in these random photos were harmed because of their misadventures. Enjoy! Continue reading

Meet The Breed: The Chinese Crested

twin Chinese crestedI’ve always been fascinated by these elegant, yet unusual Chinese Crested dogs, especially since one of our customers began sending in photos of hers. These two are named Sassy and Allie, and they live in Miami, Florida. Somehow they look appropriate, like two starlets awaiting their yacht.

Read on to learn if this breed might be for you!

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Golden Retrievers Sent to Comfort Newtown, CT Survivors

goldensnewtonBaxterBoo friends understand the comfort that a pet can bring through times of difficulty and times of joy, so learning about a team of Golden Retrievers making the 800-mile trip from Chicago to assist in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is a bright spot in this horrible tragedy. Continue reading

Top 10 Holiday Sweaters for Your Pet!

electric-knit-dog-sweater-stripes-7358What are the holidays without the classic, slightly silly sweaters? Actually, my teenage daughter specifically goes to thrift stores for “ugly” sweaters to complete her holiday look. The tackier the better! I wouldn’t go so far as to say ours are tacky, but putting a dog or even a cat in a sweater is sure to make a statement and the season toasty and bright!

Read on to see our Top 10 Sweaters for the Holidays!

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Dog Trained to Sniff Out Deadly Disease

C diff CliffIt’s no mystery that dogs can sense things about humans, their moods, character, and more. When I have an ill child, or one of us is having a rough day, our dogs and, even the cat, take note and snuggle up close. But now dogs have been trained to use their sense of smell to detect disease, specifically the highly transmittable Clostridium difficile, (C. difficile, C. diff) a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, affecting an estimated 14,000 people in the U.S. annually. Continue reading

Rare Wild Dog Caught on Camera for the First Time in 23 Years

new-guinea-singing-dog-3-510x600There have been no verified sightings of the New Guinea Singing Dog in Papua New Guinea since the 1970s, so they were considered either rare or possibly extinct in the wild until an explorer to the remote mountainous regions photographed one in August 2012. In fact, a team spent nearly a month searching unsuccessfully for one to breed in the mid 1990′s.

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