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Stripe and Perkins

on 12/25/2013 - 09:55 pm

Scratch, scratch, scratch - thud! I smiled every time I heard the familiar noise of Stripe, our large, clumsy Dalmatian, as he skidded across the kitchen floor and into the cabinet door. I knew that meant the “kids” were playing. The “kids”, Stripe and Perkins, our mischievous Siamese cat, were best of buddies.
 
One of their favorite pastimes was playing chase. The kitchen opened to the dining room and living room, which gave them the perfect chase circle, complete with traps and obstacles. Although I don’t like to compare the “kids,” I have to admit that, in this situation, Perkins was by far the more cunning of the two. He would dash into ...

A Christmas Miracle at the Subway Station

on 12/20/2013 - 07:20 pm

On Tuesday, Cecil Williams and his guide dog Orlando were waiting for a train at the 145th St station in New York City when Williams started to feel faint. He quickly lost consciousness and fell off the platform. His dog fell with him and began to lick and pull him to help him wake up. The two were hit by the slowing train, but suffered only extremely minor injuries. Orlando had saved Cecil’s life.
 
Naturally, this story spread, and it came to people’s attention that Orlando would soon be retiring, and Cecil would have to give him up. Word continued to spread until enough people had banded together to join the organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind in providing the mean ...

Papi Chulo

on 12/19/2013 - 07:46 pm

My Papi Chulo is a 5lb terrier who was raised by two pitbulls. As you can imagine, this upbringing made him pretty tough. What you can’t imagine though, is just how tough this little guy really is. At age 4, he slipped and tumbled down two floors of stairs, landing hard on some concrete. He walked away without a scratch. Another time he managed to climb a second floor balcony rail and slipped and fell into a tree and then some bushes. With just a busted lip, he walked to the pool and waited there to be found. He once came close to having his neck broken when he was sat on, and contradicted a doctor’s prediction that he wouldn’t make it. In his lifetime, he has snuck out and ...

A Puppy for Christmas ?

on 12/19/2013 - 06:53 pm

It’s hard not to love that movie moment when someone opens a box and an adorable fluffy puppy comes out. It was such a success for Walt Disney when he surprised his wife that he was inspired to make Lady and the Tramp. If it worked for them, why not you? Unfortunately, this is the part where we take a moment to tell you exactly why not.  The holiday season is actually the last time of year anyone should get a new pet. Think about all of this:
 
An adorable surprise, or an lifetime commitment?
There are few people who wouldn’t be excited to have a furry friend greet them on Christmas morning, but will they stay excited when the reality of commitment washes over them? ...

Traditions for You and Puppy Too!

on 12/12/2013 - 10:16 pm

Families develop fun, heartwarming traditions for the holidays.  Your dog is a part of your family, so why not develop some canine traditions? Here are some ideas:
 
See the Sights!
One of the most exciting parts of the holiday season is watching the world around us transform into a dazzling, cheerful wonderland. Let your dog enjoy this, too! There are a few approaches to this. You can take your dog for nighttime walks to see the neighbors’ lights and decorations (make sure you’re both bundled up!). You can get everyone in the car and take your dog to a drive-through light exhibit. You can take them to a pet parade and let them strut their stuff. 
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Things to Think About When Your Dog is a Guest

on 12/12/2013 - 08:10 pm

The holiday season is here and you’re taking a trip! Woo! You and your little dog too! It’s going to be a blast, and you’re so excited, but make sure you’re also prepared to consider your pet’s needs in your host’s home, especially during celebration.
 
Will there be other pets there? 
Your dog is the friendliest delight of a dog there ever was, sure, but every dog has limits. If your dog meets the doggy in laws, cousins, and neighbors at the same time, will he be scared? Aggressive? Violent? Practice having your dog around others, perhaps at a park or doggie daycare, to get him used to the idea. Try to see if he passes the Canine Good Citize ...

An Impressive Equestrian Award

on 12/12/2013 - 05:16 am

Seventeen year old New Yorker Lillie Keenan received a huge honor last week when she was named Junior Equestrian of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation. This is the cherry on top of an extremely impressive year for Lillie, and she adds this honor to her victories at the prestigious ASPCA National Finals ,the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals, and many more achievements in her budding career. The amount of medals won by Lillie secures her spot in history as one of the most decorated junior riders the world has seen. Congratulations, Lillie!
 
Another honor was given to Keith Bartz, who was the recipient of the United States Equestrian Federation’s Lifetime Achie ...

An Anniversary Gift from a Stranger

on 12/06/2013 - 07:55 pm

For our third anniversary, we decided to take an impromptu trip to Santa Barbara. When we arrived, we took a stroll down the main street, looking at shops, thinking about getting some coffee. Then a car driving by caught our attention. It was really the three dogs riding in the passenger seat that were unavoidable.
 
It wasn’t long after that when we heard someone yelling,"Hey! You guys want a free puppy?!"
 
We turned to find a lady rushing to set up a caged enclosure and plopping the same three dogs we saw earlier into it. They were purebred wire-haired fox terriers.
One was the mother and the other two were the last of her final litter, two boys. Affectionately kno ...

Look Who Was a Winner While We Ate Turkey Dinner!

on 12/03/2013 - 12:17 am

Eighteen million dog lovers tuned into The National Dog Show last Thursday. 1500 fantastic dogs competed, but only one could win the title of Best in Show. That one in 1500 was Jewel, a stunning American Foxhound. She competed with six other Best in Group winners to achieve this goal. This was Jewel’s second year winning best in the hound group in this show, and her first year winning bets in group at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show this February.
 
This is the most an American Foxhound has ever won, topping her grandfather’s previous record. Not only is this a first best in show for an American Foxhound, but it’s in fact the first best in show for any breed in ...

Help Your Cat Feel Thankful, Too! Tips for Cats on Thanksgiving

on 11/27/2013 - 06:21 pm

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather and party it up with your family and friends. While your cat is included in the family and friends category, she may not be as eager to party as the rest of the gang. Here are some tips to keep your cat safe, happy, and appropriately included in Turkey Day.
 
Easy on the Décor, Martha.
Holidays provide us with a wonderful excuse to show off our classy decorating taste, but they also provide cats with dangerous things to tangle and ingest. This holiday, stay away from elaborate floral centerpieces and fancy potpourri. Many plants and flowers are toxic to cats, especially lilies. Anything with a heavy amount of scent and essential oil ...