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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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Unbreakable Bonds Of Children And Pets

                 Illustration courtesy of The New York Times

How many of you still think about your childhood pets? For that matter, how many of you still dream about them, like Parental Unit? Well, this beautiful article from the Times "Menagerie" column, should put your mind at ease: you're not crazy and you're definitely not alone.

The Times asked 10 artists to recall their childhood pets in both illustration and words, and they are indeed, quite a menagerie. Some of these brief stories are sad, others are sweet and funny, but all remind us of the intensity of children and their capacity for love.

Please send us memories of your childhood pets—we'd love to hear them! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Horse Indulges In Glorious Roll In Grass

If you live in the city like we do, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful horse indulging in a springtime roll...in the grass. We can't think of a better way to spend at least part of this first full day of spring, 2015! In fact, I've been doing the same thing in our back yard...and Parental Unit wishes she could do the same. (She said so!)

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