Wordless Wednesday: Spring Park Trip!

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Happy (late) Easter!

I hope that everyone had an awesome weekend!  To those who celebrate Easter, I hope you had an awesome holiday!  I had to work yesterday so we didn’t do too much, but Kitsune had fun searching the house for Easter eggs (full of his breakfast), and he got a new toy.  I took a video of part of his Easter egg hunt and am posting it here mostly because it has been so long since I posted any new Kitsune videos.  I finally got new batteries for my video camera and will try to get back to posting videos more often!

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Funny Friday: Dog Eyebrows

dogeyebrows1Ok so perhaps I’m a little late jumping on the “dogs with eyebrows” bandwagon, but I needed a good laugh today.  Don’t worry, no Kitsunes were harmed in the making of these photos.  Despite how he looks, he was very happy to let me laugh at his expense in exchange for some homemade peanut butter treats!

Did you know that dogs, like humans, use their eyebrows to express emotion?  Not only that, but scientific studies have suggested that shelter dogs with more expressive eyebrows are more likely to get adopted faster! Continue reading

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Potential Buyers Beware, Bunnies Shed…A lot!!

3The fur is really flying around our apartment today!  I had planned on just cleaning Barnaby’s cage really quick…but one look at his shaggy coat and I knew it was time to break out the brush.  As the pile of fur next to us got larger and larger, I started to wonder if non-bunny owners know about the event that is seasonal bunny shedding?  For anyone considering buying a rabbit (or hopefully adopting one!), I think the amount they shed should be something you take into consideration.  My 2.2 lb bunny sheds more than my 20 lb dog!

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No Joke – American Eagle Has Gone To The Dogs

dogsinclothingI’m not a big fan of April Fools’ Day.  Call me gullible, but growing up I always seemed to be the victim of my family’s holiday pranks.  The worst of which was the time they told me that my indoor cat had escaped and I spent hours, in tears, searching for her in the dark.  Unbeknownst to me, Mittens was safe and sound inside the whole time.

Luckily, not everyone plays April Fools’ Day jokes that are that cruel.  The popular clothing company American Eagle, for example, launched an April Fools’ Day prank that not only raised $100,000 for the ASPCA, but received so much attention that the company decided to turn their prank into reality!

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Wordless Wednesday: Lounging Lizards!

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Happy ‘Gotcha Day’ To Kitsune!

1This post is actually a day late, but better late than never right?  Yesterday, March 3rd, marked the 5 year anniversary of the day we got Kitsune!  We brought him home on March 3rd, 2009, when he was just 9 weeks old.  The puppy pictures of him in this post are all from his first week home with us.  It’s a lot of fun to look back at old pictures and see how much he has changed over the past 5 years – but in a lot of ways he’s the same soft, hyper, wiggly puppy that we brought home all those years ago. Continue reading

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Common Sugar Substitute Xylitol Is Deadly To Dogs

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons.

What is it? – Xylitol is a common sugar substitute that tastes like normal table sugar.   Xylitol has been used as a sugar replacement since the 1960′s.  It contains less calories than regular sugar, making it popular among dieters.  It is also commonly used as a sugar replacement for diabetics, and is present in some oral hygiene products  (such as toothpaste) because it is known to help fight tooth decay and repair tooth enamel.  All that sounds great right – A sugar substitute that not only tastes like sugar, but contains less calories and can improve oral health?  However, pet owners (those with dogs especially) should be aware that, although safe for humans, Xylitol can be deadly to pets. Continue reading

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Sometimes It’s The Little Things: #RecipeForMoments

1It’s a well known fact – My dog Kitsune is crazy!  At 5 years old, he’s got more energy than most puppies do.  No matter how many times I explain the concept of neighbors to him, he still feels the need to bark at the “monsters” in the hallway.  Yes, even if it is 2 in the morning.  It’s not exceedingly uncommon for him to decide not to come when called, but the sound of someone crunching on a piece of popcorn, even from all the way across the house, will have him running at record speeds to the source of the snacks.  And I find myself wondering, on an almost daily bases, why I even bother picking up his toys – two minutes later and he’s got them strewn all over the house again!

When Nature’s Recipe® asked me to take part in their #RecipeForMoments blog campaign, I had so many different ideas about what type of story I’d share about Kitsune.  After all, my little guy lives for adventure.  As I’ve said before, he’s an expert at finding new and exciting ways of getting himself into trouble.  In fact – Trouble is (really!) his middle name!   Continue reading

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What You Need To Know About Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)

H1N1 Flu Virus, photo from Wikimedia Commons

H1N1 Flu Virus, photo from Wikimedia Commons

The other week I posted about some relatively new research that suggests that, on rare occasions, pets can in fact catch the flu from their human counterparts.  The instances of pets contracting the flu from their humans may be very low, but, as many dog owners probably already know, dogs have their own strain of the flu to worry about.  Is your furry friend at risk of contracting canine influenza?  What are the symptoms of dog flu, and are there any precautions pet owners can take to help their pets to avoid becoming sick?  Read on to find out! Continue reading

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