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10 Resolutions on Your Pet’s List This Year!

on 12/30/2014 - 10:17 pm

It’s a New Year! Time for a fresh start! Start on some good pet-care habits, that is. Here are ten good ideas for your pet’s list. Let’s start the countdown!
10. A Bright Smile
Time to make sure you are keeping tabs on your pet’s oral hygiene. That means daily brushing with a pet-safe toothpaste. Along with daily treatments, it’s good to go to the vet for a cleaning from time to time as well. If these tricks are no good with your pet, try out some dental treats and weekly fluoride.
9. A Good Diet
Have you been slacking or letting your pet get a little too pawsy with your table food? Time to turn that around. Start by choosing a nutritious, ag ...

Pet Tattoo Ban Becomes Reality

on 12/23/2014 - 12:25 am

This week, Andrew Mark Cuomo, New York’s governor, signed off on a law to ban pet tattoos and piercings in the state. The bill, which has been around for three years, states that people who disobey the law will potentially spend fifteen days in prison and pay a $250 fine.
The spark for the law, besides a recent trend in this type of activity, was a woman who pierced and tattooed kittens and sold them as “gothic kittens”. A more widely known catalyst to this movement is a tattoo artist named Mistah Metro, who tattooed his dog while she was sedated for a spleen surgery. He posted a photo to his Instagram profile and the internet went wild. People were outraged about ...

Saving New York's Hardest Working horses!

on 12/18/2014 - 12:11 am

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken a huge step in the way of animal rights by promising to introduce a bill that will effectively ban horse-drawn carriages from the city by 2016. Animal rights activists are applauding de Blasio’s decision, with animal advocacy organization executive director Allie Feldman saying, “There is no reason that we should continue to perpetuate this unsafe, outdated, inhumane industry when we've got many different alternatives.”
Although the Mayor is planning to offer licenses to operate new green taxis as well as job training to those put out of work by the ban, the carriage drivers are insistent that they treat their horses wit ...

Our Kobe

on 12/02/2014 - 04:30 am

In 2008, my husband and I moved into our very first home and we made one of the best decisions to complete our new home-adopting a dog. A friend of mine owned a chihuahua mixed and also had a pitbull who accidentally mated and voila! Kobe was born and we knew he was for us!
He is a very unlikely mix, and the most beautiful dog in our eyes. People are amazed at how he looks because he isn't as large as a typical pitbull. He has short stalky legs, broad chest and shoulders, a broad boxy head- all the features you would typically see on a pitbull, except a miniature version. Kobe is the center of attention at every event he attends, turns heads at every neighborhood block, stops everyo ...

Congrats to This Year’s Best in Show!

on 11/29/2014 - 12:29 am

Did you tune in to the 2014 National Dog Show after the parade yesterday? If you missed it, don’t worry; we’re about to reveal the winner!
This year’s champion and Best in Show winner is Nathan, the lovable Bloodhound. He won in the hound group and continued until he reached the top! He bypassed Sammy the Samoyed and Freda the French bulldog, tough competition.
Nathan is four years old, and has been in shows with his handler, Heather Helmer, since he was six months old. The duo made in to the Best in Show round at this year’s Westminster Dog Show, which was won by Sky the Wire Fox Terrier. Yesterday’s win was their biggest so far!
Congratulations to Heather a ...

Recall of Ferret and Cat Dry Foods

on 11/28/2014 - 11:42 pm

Natura Pet Products discovered a problem during an ingredient inventory discrepancy investigation. They issued a recall of five lots of food they find to be nutritionally insufficient. There was a formulation error that caused a surplus of minerals and a shortage of vitamins.
The extra minerals are not dangerous, but a lack of vitamins can cause health problems that manifest as appetite loss, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. So far no health problems have been reported as a direct result of the formula error.
Five lots were affected and distributed at stores in CA, MI, GA, MN, PA, TX, VT, NV, Canada, and the Internet. The five lots are:
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken ...

Simpsons Creator Creates Hope for Animals Everywhere

on 11/20/2014 - 10:15 pm

Sam Simon created one of the most popular television shows of all time. He is the co-creator and executive producer of The Simpsons. He recently found out he had terminal colon cancer. Simon, a positive and giving person, chose to make the most out of his battle, a battle that he says is, “the most amazing experience of my life”.
Simon never married or had children but felt a deep connection to the animal kingdom. He joined PETA and also created his own organization, the Sam Simon Foundation, which trains hearing dogs to aid the deaf. He has always cared for and helped animals, but his current situation has been a huge booster to his already enormously generous spirit.

A Pet’s Gentle Passing

on 11/19/2014 - 06:26 pm

We recently learned about Emily, a Great Dane who served her owner as a service dog for nine and a half years. Her owner, Brian, battles with panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and loved Emily for all the comfort and companionship she provided. Brian was devastated when it came time for an ailing Emily to be euthanized. He was very grateful for the help he received from Emily’s veterinary team, but needed a way to grieve and heal in a healthy manner. That’s when he was told to call on Francesca.
Francesca is a Registered Nurse, board certified in pain management. She has been certified in Kundalini yoga and meditation since 2001. She presently started a n ...

Come on Down to the Cat Café!

on 11/13/2014 - 08:04 pm

Oakland, California is home to the Raiders, crime, and now…cats! The Cat Town Café just opened and offers a very cat-isfying experience to its customers.
Visitors who come to the Cat Town Café have a chance to hang out with adorable cats while they enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies. It was modeled after the Japanese cat cafes that allowed pet-less tenants a chance for animal companionship. The difference here is that if you like a cat, you can actually take it home.
Cat Town Café was designed by nonprofit Cat Town Oakland’s founder, Ann Dunn, as a creative new way to find homes for shelter cats. The cats have all lived for several months in a ...

A Farewell Between Friends

on 11/12/2014 - 10:51 pm

Wigan Royal Infirmary in Wigan, Lancashire in England experienced a very special moment recently. A 77-year-old woman named Sheila Marsh was losing her battle with cancer and had an important and unique goodbye to say. Marsh was a pet enthusiast, and owned quite a few pets. She had said goodbye to her dogs, and that encounter sparked her last wish. Apart from saying goodbye to her dogs and her family and friends, she very much wished to say goodbye to her dear friend Bronwen, a 25-year-old horse.
Sheila Marsh expressed her wish and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust worked with the hospital to make that wish come true. Marsh was wheeled out to the hospital parking lo ...