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Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Numbers Behind Animal Abuse And What You Can Do To Help

 A hearty thank-you to K9 of Mine for putting together this nifty infographic with statistics provided by the Humane Society of the United States. The idea is to raise awareness of animal abuse so that together, we can take steps to finally put an end to animal cruelty. We can all help by sharing this infographic, for starters!

Although we were aware of the relationship between domestic violence and animal abuse, we didn't realize the correlation was so high— 71% of domestic violence victims reported that their abuser also targeted their pet. And we also didn't realize that the most common dogs abused are Pit Bulls, which likely starts the cycle ending in their high death rate at the hands of their abusers or in shelters.

One key to ending animal abuse is to have tough animal cruelty laws. You might consider signing up for the ASPCA's Advocacy Brigade, so you'll be notified of important animal cruelty legislation in your area and can take action. Every voice counts!

How to Prevent Animal Abuse

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's "theme" over at BlogPaws is all about exercising your right to vote...in the 2015 BlogPaws Pet Blogger and Social Media Nose-to-Nose Awards, that is. So hurry on over and nominate your favorite pet blogs in a plethora of categories—nominations are open through January 31, 2015!

And let's not forget that January is also "Get Fit With Your Pet" Month. Let us know how you're ramping up you and your pooches' fitness levels!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, Parental Unit takes me for one long, or two shorter walks each day, plus has revved up my indoor play time, which I'm lovin'!

                               Tackling Disney's "Tigger"...

          Hey, Parental Unit, is it O.K. if I rest a bit with Tigger?

Now off to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to let our fingers get some exercise, too.

Monday, January 26, 2015

An Indoor Cat Paradise

We ran across this article and video on the Huffington Post and couldn't resist sharing it with you—talk about enrichment for indoor cats—this guy has it covered for his 15 (and counting) rescued felines.

First of all, this home in California is simply gorgeous, but what the owner designed to keep his cats happy is gorgeous, too. The article, via a link to Houzz.com, explains how they built the hundreds of feet of cat runs and perches to keep their felines purring. Yes, this house is definitely "catified"!

What enrichment or playground-like objects  keep your indoor kitty happy? Let us know!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Pretty Husky Dog And A Sweet Lamb...Love To Play

Enjoy these few minutes of a Husky and a lamb, well, butting heads in play. Looks like they're both having so much fun!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Are You And Your Dog Bonded?

          Clever illustration courtesy of Modern Dog Magazine

So you think you and your dog are glued at the hip, do ya? This fun article from Modern Dog Magazine, complete with quiz, might have you thinking otherwise—or pleasantly surprise both you and your dog. It also includes strategies to help you bond even more closely with your canine companion.

Parental Unit took the quiz and was a bit miffed (you know how touchy humans are) that there are some indications that we're not super tightly bonded. For example, I rarely look at her on walks or check in with her at the dog park of my own volition, unless she says the word "treat".  And I don't come 100% of the time when called. Although to be fair, I do "obey" her, ehem, "requests" the vast majority of the time. And when she's home all day, I don't always rest in the same room—after all, I have a backyard to protect!

On the other hand, I always greet her with wild enthusiasm when she returns home, even if she's only left momentarily to take out the trash. And of course, I love it when she pets and plays with me—we have a variety of favorite games and I've recently learned a few new ones like a short "crawl" after "down." We agree with all of the bonding tips described in this article, and particularly the idea of stepping up the training, even if you simply teach your pooch a new trick each month. It keeps you spending time together, after all.

So do you feel deeply bonded with your dog? Take the quiz and let us know the results. And we'd love to hear your strategies for improving that all-important bond.

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