July 16, 2018

Why Kids With Pets Are Better Off

When I was a kid, a pet changed my life. It was not our family’s lovable mutt Frisky, or even Murphy, my pet duck. No, it was a four-foot yellow rat snake named Fred I got for three bucks when I was 13. He lived in a cage in my bedroom. I was transfixed by his enigmatic stare, alien beauty, and ability to swallow a mouse. I was hooked. Within a year, I had a menagerie of scaly creepy-crawlies. And while other kids were rocking out to the Beatles and the Stones, I was learning the Latin names of snakes and devouring […]
July 16, 2018

Health and Psychological Benefits of Bonding with a Pet Dog

 A pet dog can improve your mental and physical health. On January 29, 1908 an article appeared in The New York Times reporting the decision of a military tribunal concerning one Colonel Deems and his dog Riley. According to the article “The Retiring Board in solemn conclave has decided that the Colonel’s fondness for the little fox terrier that had the run of Fort Howard, Baltimore, was not an evidence of mental derangement.” The testimony against the officer was supposed to be quite damning, such as “it must not be forgotten that Riley jumped right up in the Colonel’s ample […]
June 18, 2018

Learn how to pick the best toys for your cat

Play is a vital activity… not only for kittens. but for adult cats, too! Cats are athletic creatures with amazing strength and agility. Nature made them into perfect machines for leaping, jumping and dashing. Just because your house kitty doesn’t have real prey to chase doesn’t mean they can’t act out their inner predator.   Why it’s important for cats to play Toys and regular playtime are part of providing your cat with a stimulating environment, which makes for a happy and healthy cat. Play gives them an outlet for their energy, mental and physical stimulation, the opportunity to satisfy […]
June 18, 2018

4 Reasons Why Puppies Need Toys

1.Toys provide mental stimulation 2.Toys can calm and settle 3.Toys can enhance training 4.Toys can build the human/dog bond I remember when dog toys were limited to balls, squeaky rubber toys and maybe a Frisbee™. Visit any pet supply store on the ground or online today and prepare to be overwhelmed with the vast variety of toys designed just for our furry companions. Is this just crazy? Perhaps, but many of these dog toys provide us with useful tools in our puppy training and certainly in our fun interactions with our pups. Treat-Dispensing Toys These include my all-time puppy favourite, […]
June 18, 2018

Types of dog toys

Why do Dogs Need Toys? Before dogs were domesticated, they didn’t use – or need – toys, as they had plenty to occupy themselves with, like finding food, staying alive and safe and maintaining order within the pack. Nowadays dogs don’t need to hunt, aren’t in danger very often and they have a set place in the pecking order at home. They do still need to stay alert and stimulated, so toys replace the “wild” activities. They make sure a dog stays fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. Toys also are a great way for humans and dogs to […]
June 18, 2018

Why Dogs Need Toys

Why dogs need toys: dogs need toys to provide mental stimulation, allow for appropriate chewing, and serve as important tools in behavior modification. Toys are mentally and physically stimulating and assist in fulfilling a dog’s emotional and physical needs. Even though dogs today are primarily bred as companion pets, they still need something to do. In the absence of a “job”, they will look for things to do to occupy their time and fulfill their chewing needs. If you don’t want them to choose their own chew toys, such as your sofa, pillows, or toilet paper rolls, provide them with appropriate outlets. […]
May 23, 2018

How to take care of cats in winter

Cats in winter, like humans, are affected by the change of temperature. Dr Maria Grazia Calore, veterinary doctor and expert in pet behaviour, explains the physical and behavioural changes that we could see in our domestic feline when the cold weather sets in.   Brrr, it’s freezing! Some breeds of cats have a naturally thicker coat in winter as their undercoat (an additional substrate under the fur of the animals) increases. A cat that lives outside will also grow a fuller, fluffier coat in winter to help maintain body temperature. To care for our cats in cold weather, attention should […]
May 23, 2018

Winter Do’s & Don’t

We seem to be inundated on social media with stories from the States of dogs being locked in hot cars while their owners go shopping.  These articles are all over Facebook, just the latest being the sad story of Waldo, who was found dead in his owner’s car from heat exhaustion, while she spent a whopping 13 hours in Walmart.  Now I know the Walmart Martians are a breed unto themselves, but really, 13 hours?  The insanity of this kind of cruelty is beyond me. My point is, while it may be summer in the United States, we’ve just entered […]

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