European Vacationers Abandoning Pets at an Alarming Rate

Our European and Australian neighbors may scoff at the skimpy two weeks of vacation Americans typically allot themselves yearly; however, the month-long vacations that Europeans enjoy have unintended health consequences for certain members of the family: pets.

According to NPR, over 100,000 pets are abandoned during summer vacation in France alone due to owners being unwilling or unable to take their pets along and find suitable care in their absence. Consequently, shelters see an influx of animals brought in by owners who feel this is more humane than simply releasing them. Continue reading

Controversial New Rules Proposed for Pet Trade Regulation

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are fighting like cats and dogs over a proposal designed to close pet industry regulation loopholes that have enabled unscrupulous breeders to dodge animal welfare regulations crafted before the invention of the Internet. Continue reading

Pets May Bring Better Health to Infants

Could there be a rush to adopt pets for newborn parents? It may sound counterintuitive to add a pet to your young family when expecting a baby, but the latest research shows a correlation between fewer respiratory illnesses and ear infections in infants in households with pets, particularly dogs. Continue reading

Is There a Link Between Human and Pet Obesity?

It seems that human obesity is on the forefront of our minds with media exposure and even political platforms. It seems we are not the only ones affected by an increase in an obesity epidemic. Apparently we are also killing our pets with kindness, giving them too many treats and sharing sedentary lifestyles with them. Continue reading

Can Pet-Friendly Policies Revitalize the Economy?

Baxter and running mate Boo for president! It sounds kind of catchy, doesn’t it? With all the political drama, it might be a refreshing change with pet-friendly policies that would follow such a momentous election. Whether or not you think a government that goes (or has already gone) to the dogs is a good thing, there is evidence that enacting pet-friendly policies in the marketplace can play a part in revitalizing a sluggish economy. Continue reading

Petodies: Funny Pet Versions of Popular Songs

I confess… it’s been a while since I’ve watched a music video. Even with teens in the house, and trying to stay cool and current with what they’re listening to, I probably haven’t watched a music video since Mc Hammer! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. A little.

But I think we could all use a break from the serious stuff going on in the world. So here are a couple of fun videos that you can share with the kids, and possibly slide up the cool scale a smidgen, if you’re lucky!  After all, what’s cooler than pets making fun of human music videos? 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

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

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

Why Cats are Better than People, by Ms. Bella Boo

Mistress Mary has come home a bit dejected again. I have no idea where she goes sometimes. She is somewhat mysterious and cat like, never sharing her adventures. I surmise that her interactions with more of her kind are a mixed bag, so I would like to make it clear, humans, that cats are generally superior company.

Let me lay it out for you in plain terms so there can be no doubt… Continue reading