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Saturday, March 28, 2015

This Dog Really Listens!

We can't think of anything more adorable to start your Saturday than this Labradoodle, who listens so intently that we're afraid his head will do a 360 spin... Enjoy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Immersive Summer Camps For Children Who Love Animals

You know how we love to share information about pets and children because, well, they go so wonderfully together, like cake and ice cream. In fact, we just brought you a story about canine camp counselors a few weeks ago. The camp, kids and pets combo just got dialed up a few notches by our good friend, Caroline Golon, one of the co-founders of BlogPaws and the author of several cause awareness and fund-raising blogs, like Romeo the Cat and The Happy Litter Box.

   Camps with kids?  I love kids!
Since Caroline is both a parent of young humans and pets, she decided to create another blog, Crayons and Collars, that offers education, resources, activities and entertainment for pet loving children. Caroline and her latest blog are featured in this AP article that highlights immersive summer camps especially for children who love animals. And guess who sponsors these camps? Local animal shelters! According to this article, "thousands of youngsters ages 6 to 17 will attend day camps this summer at hundreds of animal shelters across the country." And the benefits to the animals, the kids, the shelter and the community are many: "They are designed to introduce children to animals and show them how the creatures fit into their world", says one of the shelter education directors. "Campers learn to feed, exercise, wash, train and care for dogs and cats", and older campers can even watch surgeries and monitor an animal patient to test whether they might be interested in a career helping animals. 

Caroline first learned about these camps a couple of years ago when she heard about shelters across the country that were offering birthday parties for kids, and wrote a story on that phenomenon for Vetstreet.com, touting it's win-win-win outcomes. Yep, kids and animals go together like cake and ice cream! She soon realized that the shelters and communities were offering "fantastic options for animal loving kids...[and] not enough parents know about these wonderful programs." Caroline promptly established a national database of these camps on Crayons and Collars to help remedy this problem, and so far she's listed over 250 shelters with camp offerings. What an incredible resource!

                                A famous kid and his famous dog...

Caroline says, "I'd love to see more families be aware of these programs so this next generation of kids truly understand what we can do to combat our pet overpopulation problem and be better to all animals. My site, Crayons and Collars is designed to support that goal. I'm on a personal mission to get more families and kids involved in their local shelters, humane societies and rescues!"  We couldn't agree more, Caroline. Thank you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's Wordless Wednesday "theme" over at BlogPaws showcases some dogs who look quite, ahem, "studious" or "bookworm-ish" while blogging...

          Well, what can I say... fab photo of me by John Clark

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to "meet and greet" our pet blogging friends!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Don't Make These Kitty Litter Box Mistakes!

You know we enjoying sharing healthy pet tips from one of our favorite holistic veterinarians, Dr. Karen Becker, and today we thought these litter box strategies would help you start spring with a healthier, happier cat and a tidier home.

  A healthier, happier cat? Now you're talkin' my language—MEOW!

First, don't fix what ain't broken: If your kitty is using his or her litter box like a pro, don't change a thing! Just keep the box scrupulously clean, and keep an eye out for any changes in stool or urine or deviations from her regular litter box use.

Dr. Becker also reviews the various types of cat litter on the market and her opinion of their pros and cons. She advises against scented litters or litter with odor control additives, because cats don't seem to like them, and since cats clean themselves so much, they can ingest the added chemicals over time. Parental Unit transitioned me to a corn litter many years ago, and I've been a happy kitty ever since.

If you're a part of your cat's staff, let us know what type of litter you've chosen and how it's working. And if your cat is having "litter box" issues, check out "The Happy Litter Box", a great resource for everything concerning cats and their "bathrooms".

Well, that's enough advice for me...I'll think I'm ready for a snooze...

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's National Puppy Day!

        Adorable (and obviously bored pup) Photo credit: Reuters

Although we're a bit late, we didn't want to miss out on National Puppy Day . Yes, this holiday of all holidays was founded in 2006 by Coleen Paige "...to help save orphaned puppies across the globe, and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills. " It was also established to "further our mission for a nation of puppy-free pet stores."

To this we say "Hooray" and Happy National Puppy Day to one and all! Let us know what you did to celebrate this special day—we'd love to know!

Yep, this is me as a puppy (8-10 months old) on my first day home from the shelter in 2008.

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