Unlike us humans, who value face-to-face introductions, dogs prefer some latitude and movement when they meet. Meeting nose-to-nose may seem the most polite way to us, but it's the least preferred approach.
On National Hairball Awareness Day, on April 26, 2013, cat lovers around the world will gather to show their strength and increase their resolve to prevent the condition that dogs their feline friends.
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and the ASPCA is urging supporters across the country to support their efforts to fight animal cruelty. This post is dedicated to their efforts, and to the efforts of animal lovers everywhere who spend time saving all animals from cruelty and danger.
I woke with a mop of cat in my face. Bono's owlish eyes gazed unblinking at me. Closing my eyes, I pretended to sleep. The feather duster of Bono's tail brushed my cheek. He mewed urgently.
Who knows how Augie got there, but there he was. Found wandering through an orchard with a broken leg, and no identification. How had he become separated from his home? When had he been hit by the car that broke his leg? How long had he been wandering around in this pain?
Bono refused to budge from under the bed. Nobody said it was going to be easy. The whole point of fostering this cat was to accustom him to human company so he'd have a chance of finding a permanent home.
Meet Emerson, an adorably sweet little Papillion/Pomeranian mix. You'd never guess the struggles this tiny guy has faced by looking at him now, but little Emerson is a fighter and a survivor. This is where Emerson's story begins.
A new study suggests American singles are taking their search for love into the wild. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says there has been a major rise in pet ownership among singles since 2006 as they look to fill a sense of love and family in their lives. I
Lydia opened the carry case. Bono burst into the living room. He whirled around the center of the room, faster and faster like a tornado building strength. Then, to our absolute horror, he disappeared up the fireplace.
The gift is always wrapped in risk. It takes courage to open it and dive in. From cradle to grave we've been indoctrinated to dedicate ourselves to safety. Which doesn't seem like such a bad thing, until you consider all you're likely to miss.
This past week I paid $3,673.73 in vet bills accrued by our four year-old yellow Lab, Maggie, who was stricken with a mysterious, Ebola-like malady. There was never any thought of NOT paying. Still, the $3,673.73 bill stuck in my mind. Perhaps it is because, as a Canadian and a resident of Ontario, I never see human medical bills.
Bono was the strangest looking cat I'd ever seen. Apart from his enormous head, shaggy feet and the feather duster tip of his ridiculously long tail, he was entirely shaved.
We are enough. Some days we are more than enough. I can't imagine starting the clock again. And yet, seeing a woman with a baby in a Bjorn or with a basketball belly can gut me. She's in the midst of a miracle. That will never be me again.
Meet Jazzy. She's is an adorable pug mix who always seems to be smiling. You can't help but laugh when you look at Jazzy now, and you would never guess the horrible situation she was rescued from and the pain this little girl has suffered.
Legally enforceable documents are the only way to try to ensure that your pet will be cared for according to your wishes. There are essentially three ways you can make provisions for your pet: a will, a pet trust or a pet protection agreement.
It surprises me that what I really miss is just being able to call out the words, "MOM." It's one of the first words we learn, and one we often take for granted.