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

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

Meet the Breed: Siamese

I asked for a Siamese cat when I turned 12, which is a logical birthday request, since a doll and makeup just weren’t quite appropriate (at least back in the old days.) The tween and teenage years can be awkward, but sharing them with a beautiful, playful, friendly cat made that season of life much more enjoyable.

My mother was able to find me a kitten from a breeder at a fairly remote location in Colorado. I’ll never forget driving to their home and seeing several curious, beautiful, blue eyes staring at me from the woods as the sun filtered through the leaves. It was stunning and almost magical to my imaginative young mind. When I saw my new kitten, I knew she must have the most beautiful name imaginable: Jessica! Continue reading

Meet the Breed: The Great Dane

So far, I know I’ve been a bit biased in featuring smaller dogs on this weekly feature highlighting a particular breed. I think this may be based in the fact that I’m a smaller person living in a smaller home, and therefore smaller dogs would seem to suit my family.

I do have a secret fondness for this particular large breed, however. And, as my daughter would say, “Go big or go home!” The Great Danes I have known have been big teddy bears that have made me feel safe and protected with their mellow presence. As a single mom, this would be a pleasant feeling to promote! Though the thought of feeding and cleaning up after such a large creature does cause me to consider this carefully. Continue reading

“America’s Got Talent” Goes to the Dogs

It technically may not be the year of the dog on the Chinese animal calendar, but dogs have made quite a show both here and across the pond in televised national talent shows. Last May, “Britain’s Got Talent” top winner was 17-year-old trainer Ashleigh Butler with her dog Pudsey. Now appreciation for dog acts have spread to the Americas as well! Continue reading

Another Great Rescue and an Opportunity to Help Rescue More!

As you may remember, I’ve posted some amazing videos about Hope for Paws and my friend Eldad Hagar who I had the privilege of meeting at BlogPaws 2012. Eldad is such a prolific dog-whispering rescuer that it’s difficult to choose which videos to pass on!

But this latest video is an absolute winner with Melody and Macy being rescued from a construction site. This was a crucial rescue, just in time, as one of the dogs gave birth to six puppies shortly after they were captured. Find out more about them below! Continue reading

Hero Dogs of 9/11 Legacy Lives On

In remembrance of the events of 9/11, it’s important to acknowledge the heroes that have risen up from the ashes of the tragedy. Not only were there hundreds of volunteer police, firefighters, medical teams, and other countless support responders; there were over 300 teams of dogs and handlers that worked tirelessly to rescue live victims and later to bring closure to families of relatives who did not survive. Continue reading

Feline Friday: Lucky Kitten Survives 100-Mile Trip Inside Bumper

Apparently, no one told this 6-week kitten that black cats have traditionally been considered unlucky, or that an unauthorized joy ride might use up most of her nine lives.

Stacey Pulsifer of Plattsburgh, N.Y., had been traveling between three towns for events related to a wedding. She estimates it was nearly 100 miles of interstate highway driving in her Jeep before she went through a drive-thu for coffee at a McDonald’s. Continue reading