Pug (Image Credit: Erin & Camera)

How to understand your pet’s body language

Pug (Image Credit: Erin & Camera)

Pug (Image Credit: Erin & Camera)

At some point or another, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered what your cat or dog is feeling or thinking. You aren’t an animal whisperer like Ceasar Millan or Jackson Galaxy on Animal Planet, so the best you can do is guess. You aren’t alone, because all parents of furry children sometimes feel frustrated that they don’t understand their pets, but there’s good news. Understanding what your pet is feeling isn’t as difficult as you think, and you don’t have to be trained for years to figure it out. Continue reading

Etiquette for Taking Your Dog to Pet-Friendly Places

Dog with Bowtie (Image Credit: Flickr User Istolethetv)

Dog with Bowtie (Image Credit: Flickr User Istolethetv)

When taking your dog out in public, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and especially mindful of others. A good rule of thumb for practicing good etiquette is to remember that not everyone likes dogs. Often times, it’s fairly easy to tell when someone is a dog lover, like if they welcome your dog’s licks; or if they are more timid around dogs, like when they try to keep some distance. If your dog is on the bigger side, be especially mindful of children and the elderly to avoid any accidents. Continue reading

Quirky Item of the Week: Japanese Nanotechnology Shark Pet Bed

If buying my dog a bed that makes it look he is being eaten by a shark is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I am not sure why I find the idea of this so amusing, but I must not be the only one if someone developed it, at least that’s what I tell myself. The Japanese Nanotechnology Shark Pet Bed comes in two sizes, one for pets up to 10lbs and one for pets up to 25lbs and supposedly is made of some kind of special material that keeps it smelling and looking clean. Now I can not comment on the the special fabric’s effectiveness since I have not yet purchased by Shark Pet Bed (it keeps selling out!), but I will say that most of the reviewers seem pretty pleased with it.  Continue reading

It’s National Pit Bull Awareness Month!

Image Credit : Love-A-Bull, Inc.

In today’s piece, we are focusing on something very important – National Pit Bull Awareness Day! This began in 2007, started by Jodi Preis. On that day several years ago, over 150 events were held to educate others, and celebrate what a wonderful breed the American Pit Bull Terrier (and other bully breeds, Staffys, etc) are. This year, while it is a month of events, the official date is the 27th. What better way to make a difference in such a positive way than by attending one of these events, or by starting your own to showcase that “pitties” and their owners are so much more than what everyone is led to believe. Continue reading