Anybody who has lived with cats or dogs knows this and knows it for certain: Cats and dogs think deeply. When my stubborn, huge-hearted dog Spike was getting old and sick, I tended to him as if he was one of the family -- because he was.
Adopting or acquiring an animal -- any animal -- is a lot of work, and it is a gamble. These two things are true every time. Before bringing a pet into your life, you have to be certain that you have the wherewithal, commitment, and maturity to rise and meet that challenge, now or later -- whatever it may be.
I can still picture the bright Sunday afternoon my friend Melissa, also known as "Aunt Melissa," surprised us with the red betta fish.
Had a bad morning? Got into a fight? Anxious about the state of the world? Not to worry! Thanks to the some carefree cats and The Eagles, you can now enjoy the effects of what feels like an all-day spa treatment. All without ever having to leave your desk and in under two minutes.
Our beloved golden retriever, Murphy, recently passed away. He had been a wonderful member of our family for 13 years.
Instead of bringing home goldfish from the town fair or letting hamsters go rogue between our bedroom walls, my family takes care of the chickens at our local farm.
I feel like I'm constantly reminded of how dogs bring alive the Third Metric values of well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. They bring us joy. They keep us in the present moment. They make us laugh. They touch our hearts in the most unique way.
By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and co-founders of Healthy Child Healthy World Las Vegas Nevada, City Center, Vdara/ Travels with J...
I think we've started to make a fetish out of Fido. Throwing him birthday parties, dressing him up for the holidays, organizing doggy weddings. Do you have any idea how many dogs have their own Twitter accounts? Lots.
I've bought and sold many homes over the last few decades, and whenever I put a house of my own up for sale, I prearrange for my pets to have a little holiday with friends and family.
You'd be surprised what can happen when you mix animals and airplanes.
Whether they're eating a bowl of kibble or chasing a ball, dogs live for the present moment. The past is gone; you can't do anything about it. The future is unknown. The only thing you can really enjoy and affect is the present moment.
It's important to cultivate and encourage open minds and healthy bodies. And it is at least as important to cultivate and encourage tender hearts in our little ones and in ourselves.
Our love story is unconventional but thoroughly modern. Not unlike a lot of modern day romances, I found my companion online. Hogatha, at first glance, was not exactly what I was looking for. She was almost a year old (I wanted a puppy), she came with some bad habits (snoring, farting, sleeping on the bed), and she was a dark brindle in colour (I preferred fawn). Yet, when we met, none of it mattered. One look in her soulful, brown eyes and I was hooked.
The key to redefining success is exactly this: finding responsibilities that you enjoy. No, not responsibilities at work or school that you enjoy, but responsibilities in your personal life. I, as most college students do, understand how difficult it is to balance your personal life and work life.
Alzheimer's caregiving and pride don't mix! To avoid embarrassing the person or, even worse, to avoid a major argument, try agreeing with whatever they say, even if it's wrong. It takes some time to master this approach, but it is usually successful.