Clear The Shelters – Adoption Fees Waived on Saturday

Area shelters are teaming with the Humane Society of the U.S. to host Clear the Shelters, the third annual nationwide pet adoption drive. Over 700 participating shelters across the country will waive adoption fees on Saturday, August. 19, 2017, as part of the nationwide NBCUniversal Clear the Shelters initiative. Over 50,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016. To find a participating shelter in your area, visit the interactive map at … [Read more...]

Are Pets Good for your Kid’s Health? New Research Sees No Link

It's long been thought that having a pet around the house improves your child's health. Now research is saying that there is no clear evidence that is the case. We love our pets and consider them part of the family - that much is certain. A Pew Research Centre study of over 3,000 adults found that 85 percent of dog owners consider their pets to be a part of the family. Past research studies have suggested that social skills in children grew stronger the … [Read more...]

Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke in Dogs

With near record high temperatures across the country this summer, it is certainly time to be extra careful when taking your dog for a walk or spending time outside. And it should go without saying, though many people are still either careless or just uninformed, never leave your dogs inside a care for any length of time when the temperature is hot. Remember, on an 85-degree day, it takes only 10 minutes for the interior of your parked car to climb to … [Read more...]

How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

It’s summertime and the dogs are outside more often, enjoying the warm weather. There’s nothing like a sunny day for a Chihuahua and a romp in the yard along with a roll in something stinky. With all that fun and play, the result is bath time! For our family, bathing our pets is not very traumatic. The retired show dogs are used to getting a quick bath in the deep kitchen sink. When they were going to several shows a month, I would bathe them often. … [Read more...]

Celebrating Your Dog’s Birthday

Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? Do you buy or make special treats or a cake for them? How about buying expensive gifts, or dressing them up in stylish clothing. Apparently a lot of us do. Dogs are family and everyone loves a good time. According to a study by pet food makes Lily's Kitchen, about 75% of dog parents celebrate their pets’ birthdays and more than half throw a party, prepare a special meal and sing “Happy Birthday”! 58% sing the … [Read more...]

Is Your Dog Perceptive or Deceptive?

Recent studies has been testing dogs' ability to use deception to get what they want from humans. A team of researchers headed by Marianne Heberlein of the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Experimental Studies at the University of Zürich wanted to gauge the animals’ ability to be tricky when obtaining treats or benefits from people. The study called "Deceptive-like behaviour in dogs (Canis familiaris)", was published in journal Animal Cognition and … [Read more...]

Labrador Retriever Is Most Popular Dog Breed (Again)

For the 26th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever has been named the country's most popular dog breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC®), the nation’s largest purebred dog registry. The rankings showed little change at the top for 2016 compared to 2015 with the German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Beagle, French Bulldog, Poodle, Rottweiler, Yorkshire Terrier, and Boxer rounding out the top 10. Overall, the terriers did increase in popular … [Read more...]

Crufts vs Westminster; What’s The Difference?

Recently, an American Cocker Spaniel named Afterglow Miami Ink won Best In Show at Crufts in England. The winner was a two year old with flowing black and white fur out of the Hound Group handled and owned by Jason Lynn. Approximately 160,000 people packed the Birmingham NEC arena over the four-day competition. I have never attended Crufts and many people might only be familiar with it from TV coverage. So I decided to give a brief overview of how this … [Read more...]

Is Holistic Care Right for Your Pet?

When my little Chihuahua, Carl was quite young, my vet said he probably had a liver disease. He assumed this due to high enzymes in Carl’s routine blood work taken prior to his scheduled neutering. He told me I should immediately get an ultra-sound; Carl may only have six months left and he may need lifesaving invasive surgery. At the time Carl was, by all accounts a healthy pup, no symptoms at all. My husband and I decided as long as Carl acted normal we … [Read more...]

Westminster 2017 Wrap-up; Rumor Wins Best In Show

The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show wrapped up a little before midnight, Tuesday. Best in Show went to a stunning five year old German Shepherd dog named Rumor. She was runner up last year or Reserve Best in Show. But she came back this year to take the title. Rumor had a noble expression and lively athletic gait. She deserved the crown! It was only the second time in Westminster history that a German Shepherd has won Best in … [Read more...]