How Your Pets Can Be an Extra Dose of Cheer this Holiday!

Pets give us joy any time of year, but they also pick up on the extra excitement of the season and provide an extra boost of gladness. Now that pets have an unprecedented place in our families, they are being featured in holiday photos and get their own accessories to participate in the celebrations.

There are tons of fun things to make the season of giving even more glorious and ways to incorporate the joy that pets can bring to most any occasion. Continue reading

National Dog Show Has Surprise Winner, Strange Contenders, and New Breeds

For the first time in 40 years, the same breed has taken the top award two years in a row in a major competition. Sky, is this year’s top dog and the second Wire Fox Terrier to win the National Dog Show. The English Springer Spaniel is the only other dog to accomplish this distinguished honor of winning a back-to-back awards, which was at Westminster Dog Show back in 1971 and 1972.

Sky’s beautiful coat, build, and stunning personality made her shine. This was no easy feat as there were over 1,500 other contestants and 160 breeds. Then she had to compete against six other group winners to come out on top. Continue reading

Dachshund’s Miracle Therapy Lets Him Walk Again, Gives Hope for Humans

A 10-year-old Dachshund named Jasper was paralyzed after having a slipped disk, a condition Dachshund’s are prone to with their long bodies. He had to wheeled around in a stroller to get out and about. It was heartbreaking to watch him try to move, according to his family. But thanks to a groundbreaking treatment, Jasper has been given a new lease on life. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier is a lively, popular pup that has a winning personality and adorable look. This smart terrier is favored both here in the U.S. and in Britain. This playful pup might be a good choice for an active family looking for another member who won’t want to be left behind! This devoted, happy and faithful dog does, in fact, make a wonderful travel companion due to its small size. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Fun and Safety With Our Furry Friends

The holidays can be wonderful but also can be potentially stressful. Sometimes dealing with family drama makes you especially grateful for those less-complicated furry friends who nose you under the table. At least with them, you know a belly rub and a treat will be all it takes to make them happy! Their mere presence can help lower blood pressure levels and give you a graceful option for directing your undivided attention during awkward moments with probing questions from family members!

While pets add fun and a built-in reprieve to the mix of family gatherings, there are things to keep in mind for the holidays. Continue reading

Prison Inmates and Hard-to-Adopt Shelter Dogs a Perfect Match

Everyone makes mistakes. A rough background and stress can make people and pups react poorly in a moment or learn bad habits over time that can be hard to break. Perhaps that’s why there seems to be such an affinity and even a tenderness between inmates and shelter dogs that are paired with each other in programs designed to teach both humans and animals valuable tools for living in society with improved socialization and marketable skills. Continue reading

Small But Mighty: Meet a Contender for the World’s Smallest Dog!

An adorable tiny Yorkshire Terrier the size of a can of soda is vying to be named the world’s smallest dog. Little Meysi was one of 5 puppies born in a litter in Jarocin, Poland. During delivery, she was so small that her owner mistook her for a bit of placenta and nearly discarded the tissue before noticing it moving. So far, at three months old, she is 7cm tall (2.75″), 12cm long (about 4.75″) and weighs just 150g – about the same as a hamster.

It’s clear on this video that Meysi is a healthy girl with the typical terrier feisty attitude. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds, known for its friendly, outgoing attitude and intelligence. Only the Labrador Retriever has more registrations. This beautiful, sturdy dog gets rave reviews for being the ideal family, service, and working dog.

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Pups Beware: Waste Can Now Be Traced!

It’s not a pleasant subject, but it’s one I felt I must address to my fellow canines. People are getting pretty upset about parks and public spaces being ruined with pet leavings. It’s such a big deal that a company called Poo Prints can DNA test our doggy doo and then trace it back to you! Continue reading

Holiday Travel Plans? We Can Help!

Many of us are getting ready for holiday travel, starting with Thanksgiving. Travel statistics are projected to be higher this year for both driving and flying, in spite of increased airfares and gas prices. Some folks are opting to bring their pets to save on pet boarding fees. Also contributing to the trend of traveling with pets is the fact that more Americans are viewing their pets as family members.

Here is what you need to know to make traveling with (or without) your pet a smooth endeavor. Continue reading