Black Cat Superstitions

1016305_10152703909425743_7973457700186399501_nIt’s a little known fact that for most of my life, I actually considered myself to be more of a cat person than a dog person.  So you’re probably wondering where all the cat posts are right?  Or why, since starting my blog back in 2010, I’ve never talked about owning a cat?  The simple, but unfortunate, answer is that my fiance is allergic to cats.  That, coupled with the fact that I also own small animals that might be seen as prey to a cat, probably means that we’ll always be cat free.  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t admire them from afar!  I’ve always especially admired black cats, despite the fact that some superstitions label them as bad luck. Continue reading

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Retractable Leash Safety

tttI’m going to just come out and admit it – Yes I sometimes use a retractable leash to walk Kitsune.

I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding their use.  A Google search for ‘retractable leash’ turns up page after page of websites listing the many ways these leashes can be dangerous.  In most situations I agree that regular leashes should be used over retractable leashes.  I also don’t deny that retractable leashes do come with their share of problems, most of which are caused when they are used irresponsibly.  However, I also believe that, under the right circumstances, retractable leashes can be a great tool to give well behaved dogs a little extra freedom. Continue reading

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“Wordless” Wednesday: Bunny Bonding!


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Trick or … Halloween Dog Treat Giveaway!

kThe Paw Print Pack hopes that everyone is having an awesome October so far!

Some of you may remember back in August when we ran our Treat Your Dog Right Giveaway.  To celebrate Halloween this year, we decided to run another, very similar, giveaway in October!  5 lucky winners will receive a sample pack containing 4 different types of Merrick dog treats, as well as an autographed /pawtographed copy of our dog treat recipe book, Cooking with Canines! Continue reading

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Flea & Tick Preventative Dosages for Multipet Households


ttThe picture to the left is a picture of the flea preventative I’ve been using on Kitsune.  I can understand why some of you are probably very confused!  That box of Advantage II is for extra large dogs, and my Kitsune, although large for his breed, is only 22 lbs.  But don’t worry, I’m not overdosing my dog on flea medication!  Quite the opposite, in fact.

Kitsune is getting a more precisely measured dosage for his weight then he would be getting if I were to use flea medications packaged for a dog his size.  This is because Advantage II currently only comes in four dosage sizes for dogs, one of which is for dogs from 21 – 55 lbs.  But why would a dog that’s only 22 lbs need the same amount of chemicals as one that’s 55?  The answer – they don’t.  By dosing Kitsune’s flea medication myself, based on his weight, I can not only save money, but I can also make sure that I’m not giving my pet any more chemicals than what he needs! Continue reading

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Introducing Poppet!

DSCN0592Happy Friday everyone!  On my picture post from this past Wednesday I eluded to Miss Poppet, our newest addition.  She’s actually been here since the first day of fall, September 23rd.  I was going to post about her sooner, but then Haku passed away on the 24th and I thought it more appropriate to post about him at the time.

Poppet started out as our foster rabbit.  But I’m horrible at fostering I guess, because to date I have adopted every pet I attempted to foster!  Anyways, no big surprise, I fell in love with Poppy and ended up officially adopting her just 5 days after I started fostering her, on the 27th – which coincidentally was also International Rabbit Day! Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Happy Fall!


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Basic Leopard Gecko Care Sheet

1901204_10203160231748235_1181328650_nGeneral Information:

Leopard geckos, (Eublepharis macularius), are small, nocturnal, desert dwelling lizards that originated from the Middle East.   Adults are generally between 7 to 10 inches in length, and weigh between 50 to 100 grams.  Leopard geckos (leos) have an average lifespan of between 10 and 15 years, though some have been known to live well into their 20’s.  Their ease of care, readiness to breed in captivity, and placid nature has led them to become one of the most commonly kept pet reptiles. Continue reading

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In Loving Memory of Haku (7/17/2008 – 9/24/2014)


I’m posting with a very heavy heart today.  Haku, my male snow blizzard het. diablo blanco leopard gecko, passed away yesterday morning.  For anyone who hasn’t been following his story, he started going downhill back in June.  I don’t really want to get into the details of his condition in this post, but if you search my blog or just scroll through the posts I’ve made since June (2014) you can read about his struggles.  I’d rather focus on his life than his death now, but I will say that he did pass peacefully.  He was an awesome little lizard and will be missed.  Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Kitsune’s New Blanket!


111**Not so wordless** It’s not all that often that I’m on the receiving end of a giveaway.  But I guess everyone gets lucky every once in awhile right?  The other week Kitsune and I were very happy to win fellow pet blogger TXpups’ Coccolino pet bed giveaway!  We got to select an item from the Coccolino Creations Etsy store.   Check out the store if you get a chance, they sell some really adorable stuff, mostly pet beds and blankets.  Kit has quite a few beds already, and almost always prefers just to sleep in our bed, but a dog can never have too many blankets!  We selected a really cute pet blanket for our prize and, as you can see, Kitsune has been loving it.  Continue reading

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