What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Puppy Edition

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(Image Credit: Phase4Photography)

It’s here and you’re excited. That’s right, you’ve taken the plunge into furparenthood (yes, it’s a word). You’ve done your research, you’ve found the perfect addition to your family, and you’ve nested the crap out of your living room. There’s a dog bed here, a big box of toys there, and you already know what you’re naming them. Continue reading

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The Coolest Quirky Pet Products

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One day, I’m going to become a crazy cat lady. I only have one cat, but I have names for the next six picked out in my head. It’s a problem. But, this problem allows me to understand those who want nothing but the finest for their little fur balls. Below are just a few of the coolest products designed with pets in mind. Continue reading

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The Best of Instagram: Celebrity Pet Edition

Miley Cyrus (Image Credit: Miley Cyrus/Instagram)

Miley Cyrus (Image Credit: Miley Cyrus/Instagram)

When it comes to Instagram, the only thing better than pictures of the hottest stars are snapshots of their adorable pets! From Miley Cyrus to Ed Sheeran, we’ve got the scoop on some of your favorite celebs’ furriest friends. Continue reading

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Our Top 5 Favorite Weird Pet Products

Dog Clothes (Image Credit: Flick User Stéfan)

Dog Clothes (Image Credit: Flick User Stéfan)

For many people, pets aren’t just furry little friends. They are children with paws. And while almost every pet owner is guilty of spoiling their companion, there is no limit to the extent some people will go to to ensure their pet leads a life of luxury.

With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that there are some rather odd products out there for pets and pet owners. We’ve assembled a list of our top-5 favorite weird pet products. Keep reading to find out what made the list! Continue reading

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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

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Quirky Item of the Week: Pet’s Eye View Camera

National Geographic Pet's Eye View Camera (Image Credit: National Geographic)

National Geographic Pet’s Eye View Camera (Image Credit: National Geographic)

Have you ever wondered what your animals are up to while you’re out? Who knows, maybe Disney got it right all along. Who’s to say your cats aren’t jamming with a band of alley cats downtown, and your dog’s not sneaking out on late-night dinner dates with strays behind the bistro, sharing meatballs and spaghetti in the moonlight? Document your animals’ shenanigans with this ingenious Pets Eye View Camera from Nat Geo Wild. Continue reading

DIY Pet Pillow by Yellow Brick Home

DIY Pet Pillow (Image Credit: Yellow Brick Home)

DIY Pet Pillow (Image Credit: Yellow Brick Home)

Like most pet owners, I spend way too much time and money on my cats. Technically, they aren’t even my cats. They’re my boyfriend’s. But that doesn’t stop me from spoiling them with toys, constantly taking pictures of them and inserting their names into popular songs. Continue reading

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Your First Time… Adopting a Pet

Adopting a Pet (Image Credit: Scarleth White)

Adopting a Pet (Image Credit: Scarleth White)

As a pet-owner (verging on animal hoarder), caring for my animals has been enormously rewarding. It comforts me to know they have a home because of me. But then again, it is a serious commitment. Pets, by definition, are entirely dependent on their owners—physically, financially and for the rest of their lives. A pet should never be an impulse purchase. If you’re thinking of adopting, first make sure you’re qualified.

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Etiquette for Taking Your Dog to Pet-Friendly Places

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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

How to Help Your Overweight Pet Shed the Extra Pounds

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Golden Retriever (Image Credit: Pete Markham)

Whether you believe it or not, our pets are just as prone to obesity and weight gain as us humans. According to the RSCPA, between 22 and 24 percent of pets are overweight or obese. More serious though is what those excess pounds can mean for your pet. Continue reading

Pet Quirk: A few reasons my cat is crazy, and what he’s taught me…

A few reasons my cat is crazy, and what he’s taught me…

Pet Quirk: A few reasons my cat is crazy, and what he’s taught me…

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My cat may be completely bipolar. Sweet, loving and a cuddle bug one minute, cross him and if he were human he’d spit in your face the next minute. Peter (aka Petey Pie, Peter the horrible, Pete-Pete and $%&?!!) has been in our home since he was 5 weeks old. One reason I think he’s a little kooky is that he was taken away from his mother too young. At only barely 3 weeks he and his 3 other siblings were taken from her. Then at 5 weeks when we took him in, he was raised by our dog. Sometimes I think he think’s he’s a dog. Maybe that’s why he’s a little off, but in any case, he’s very lucky some days that he’s still in our home. Continue reading

How much is that doggy in the window? Things to consider before bringing home a new Pet!

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(Image Credit: Dan Bennett)

It’s the time of year where working in a veterinary hospital, we start to see an influx of new pets, mostly puppies or sometimes, adult dogs. Stretching from Christmas to Valentine’s Day, during winter and holiday school vacations mostly, families are welcoming a new furry friend into the family. Most, but not all, are usually gifts, or spur of the moment ideas, that come about when people are going to be home for a few weeks, and this that it’ll be the perfect time to acclimate to a new pet. These cute and cuddly little buggers steal their hearts and before you know it, some new owners feel that they are in over their heads. Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of taking some calls from prospective owners BEFORE bringing a new pet into the household, and I wanted to share some things that all new (or old) dog owners could take into consideration before bringing Buddy home that may prove helpful in the long run. Continue reading

Simple Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life

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You deserve to be happy! If you need to put a little oomph back in your step or simply realize there is always room for improvement, check out these simple and inexpensive ways to improve your quality of life!
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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