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

Driving Dogs Learn New Tricks for a Good Cause

190623-dogs-driving-carsThese mutts are on a mission! The SPCA of Auckland, NZ has a goal of making the public aware that dogs in shelters are highly intelligent, capable companions and decided to teach three adoptable dogs how to drive a car.

Mark Vette, the trainer, who has worked on numerous movie sets, had his doubts about being able to execute the project, even if it was for a good cause. The vehicles had to be modified to be operable by dogs, but all the controls would be done by the dogs: starting, the pedals, steering, and stopping! Continue reading

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

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

Feline Friday: Cats Lead the Way Towards Promoting Peace

One of the things that is difficult to mend after an election is the divide created by the polarization that seems inherent to politics. So in an effort to promote peace and harmony, I give you Cats with Unlikely Friends. If the species erroneously known for being aloof can be kind to others, we can embrace each other as fellow Americans and world citizens. Continue reading

Dog Lovers Will Want This for Christmas!

We’ve promoted some of Seth Casteel’s amazing underwater dog photography, especially during the dog days of summer as sort of a subliminal cool-off message when it was just so dang hot! His images went viral with over 150 million views/shares this last year. (We like to think we helped a little.)

Seth Casteel has just released a new coffee-table book that we will all want to get our paws on. At $20, this will be the perfect gift for yourself and other dog lovers this Christmas! It’s available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also check out the 2013 wall calendar as well. You may be wondering why we’re promoting a book that we don’t even carry. Not only is Mr. Casteel a talented photographer with a gift for capturing animals with an amazing range of expressions, he’s just an all-around good guy and animal advocate. Continue reading