Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads out there – Yes, including the ones whose ‘children’ have fur (or scales, feathers, etc).
I wanted to come back to a topic I originally wrote about around Mother’s Day. More pet owners than ever before, 81% according to a 2011 study, consider their pets to be a part of their family. The term “pet parent” is becoming so main stream that even some commercials for pet products are starting to use it. While some people may find it tacky, or even offensive, I ended my Mother’s Day post by asking “if our pets are happy and healthy, and we’re not actually hurting anyone else, does it really matter what pet owners choose to call ourselves?”
In some instances it might. Continue reading
Acadia Antlers, a company that sells moose antler dog chews, has been hosting weekly photo contests on their Facebook page. All you have to do to enter is “like” them on Facebook, and then share a photo of your pet on their wall. Acadia Antler staff members select 3 lucky winners each week, and send them free antlers! As you may have already guessed from the photo above, Kitsune was selected as one of the weekly winners back around the end of May. He received his free antler chews recently and we figured this would be a great opportunity to write an Acadia Antlers review! Continue reading
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It’s our second week of making Grumpy Cat inspired Kitsune pictures. You can read more about the inspiration behind these photos here.
We don’t have a pinwheel, so made due with this ‘magic wand’ instead. As you can probably tell, Kitsune didn’t mind the substitution.
Discovery.com recently featured an article about the link between dogs’ exposure to lawn and garden chemicals and an increased risk of bladder cancer. The paper that the article is based on will appear in Science of the Total Environment next month.
The article reported that herbicides containing the chemicals 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), 4-chloro-2- methylphenoxypropionic acid (MCPP) and/or dicamba could increase pets’ chances of developing cancer, specifically bladder cancers. Traces of the chemicals were found in the urine of tested dogs, and unfortunately not only in dogs’ whose owners actually applied the chemicals to their yards. Researchers explained that wind can carry herbicides for distances up to 50 feet. Dogs may also come into contact with the chemicals during daily walks. Wherever the exposure takes place, herbicide chemicals can be carried on paws and fur, making it more likely that pet owners will be exposed as well. Continue reading
The weather here today is a rainy, cool 64*F. Quite a difference from the the sunny, hot 90* weather we suffered through last week (can you tell I’m not a big fan of the heat?). We ran the air conditioner for the first time this year, and Kitsune spent a majority of his time camped out in front of it (see the video below!).
Kitsune seems to dislike the heat almost as much as I do! It’s important to remember that the hot temperatures can affect our pets just as much, if not more, as it does us. But how hot is too hot? The answer, of course, depends on what type of pet is in question, as well as your individual pet’s heat tolerance. The first day of summer is in 2 weeks. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you are going to keep your pet(s) comfortable and cool this summer, as well as to learn the warning signs of common heat induced illnesses. Continue reading
I’m sure by now most of you have already heard of Tardar Sauce, the world’s grumpiest cat! Tardar Sauce’s photo went viral in 2012 after being posted on Reddit. Since then, Grumpy Cat has become an internet sensation! Her (yes, Grumpy Cat is a she!) family posts new photos of her on the Grumpy Cat site regularly. Many of the Tardar Sauce images circulating the internet are complete with grumpy, but funny, captions. Grumpy Cat even won Meme of the Year at the 17th Annual Webby Awards!
I have self declared my dog, Kitsune, to be the polar opposite of Grumpy Cat. Dog is opposite of cat, right? Well, even if it isn’t – Kitsune is definitely the opposite of grumpy! He is always happy! Seriously. Silly puppers even enjoys going to the vet! The other week, after receiving a comment about how Kitsune always looks so happy in his photos, and spending a bit too much time browsing through Grumpy Cat photos, I was inspired to create the following Kitsune images…
Apparently tomorrow, June 4th, is National Hug Your Cat Day. Kitsune celebrated early by getting some snuggle time in with Cuddles (the plush cat), who was my favorite toy as a child. If Cuddles was a real cat, according to this cat age calculator, she’d be about 93 cat years (around 19? human years) old. Continue reading
Happy Memorial Day!
I hope everyone is enjoying the day! The pack here is having a quiet day inside, for the most part. I can’t completely take the day off, but I’m going to spend some time catching up on house work and hopefully spending some time on some art projects that I’ve been looking forward to starting. I took Kitsune for a nice long walk this morning, and later we are having a small cookout.
Time off and cookouts are always fun, but of course it’s important to remember the reason for this holiday – the men and women who died defending our country. Did you know that animals help serve our country as well? If you’re looking for a way to give back this Memorial Day, and also love animals, there are some great ways you can help to improve the lives of Working Military Dogs. Continue reading
This year National Dog Bite Prevention Week took place May 19th through 25th. While I may be a bit late posting this, since the week is already almost over, it’s never too late to learn more about how to safely interact with our pets! Continue reading
Does your dog suffer from food allergies or sensitivities? My Papillon, Kitsune, is very allergic to chicken. Unfortunately, Kitsune was our first dog, and it took us some time to realize that he was suffering from food allergies – and then even longer still to figure out exactly what he was allergic too!
Once you figure out that your pet is suffering from food sensitivities, it’s important to figure out what, exactly, is bothering them. Veterinarians can preform allergy testing on dogs, usually either in the form of a blood test or skin patch/prick tests. However, these procedures are often times expensive, and they are not always 100% accurate. Elimination diets can be a way for owners to try to determine their pet’s allergies/sensitivities at home. Unfortunately, discovering what your pet is allergic too this way can take time, and the number of possible variables can make the process confusing for pet owners. Continue reading
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