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Last weekend the dogs and I went hiking.  Awhile after we got home I was cleaning up the house a bit and found a foxtail on the bedroom floor.  I figured either the dogs or I must have brought it home from our hike, perhaps it was stuck onto my clothing or the dogs' fur.  After finding that one on the floor I promptly checked over both the dogs to make sure they didn't bring any other hitchhikers home.

For most people, the word "foxtail" doesn't conjure up images of horror.  But ask any unfortunate pet owner whose pet has had a run in with these pesky plants, and you'll most likely hear at least a few horror stories.  They may look innocent enough, but foxtails can present some very real dangers to pets. ...continue reading "Protect Your Pets From Foxtails"

Pretend for a moment that you're outside taking a walk instead of reading this.  You're walking down the street - maybe on your own, with family members or friends, or perhaps you have your dog with you.  You turn a corner and see someone walking a dog who is wearing a muzzle.  What's the first thing that pops into your head?  How do you react? ...continue reading "Breaking the Stereotypes of Dog Muzzles"

I feel a bit like a broken record sometimes mentioning how busy I am.  Besides working on this blog, I also work a 'regular' job, and my fiance Chris and I are slowly trying to open our own business.  Lately my job has been giving me double the hours that I'm used too, which is awesome when I get my paychecks but not so awesome when it comes to time management.  Of course all that is on top of everything I do to care for our home and pets, plus the volunteer work I like to do whenever I can find the time too. ...continue reading "Take Care of Yourself to Better Take Care of Others"

Spring is in the air!  For lots of people, the warming weather means they can get back to gardening.  Whether you have a massive garden and a green thumb, or just have a tiny bit of turf to tend, pet owners know that some plants can present health risks to our furry family members.  Seemingly unrelated, almost all pet owners also know all about the danger of chocolate.  Why am I talking about chocolate in a post that started off being about gardening?  Because of cocoa mulch, that's why!  Don't let your pet become a victim of the mulchacre (get it - mulch massacre?)!  The dangers that cocoa mulch can present to pets is no laughing matter. ...continue reading "The Dangers Of Cocoa Mulch"

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Most veterinarians will recommend, to reduce the chances of your pet becoming sick from parasite borne diseases, that pet owners use flea and tick preventatives on their pets. Usually this means using a monthly topical flea/tick preventative. These topical treatments are usually applied to the pets' skin at the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades. Once applied, the animals' oil glands soak up the medication and spread it all over the surface of the pets skin. When a flea or tick goes to bite your pet, they are exposed to the preventative on the pets skin and usually killed or repelled. ...continue reading "Alternatives to Traditional Chemical Flea and Tick Prevention"

Eventually I need to get around to filing my 2016 taxes.  I work from home as an independent contractor and also make a bit of side money through various outlets so, as you can probably imagine, my taxes are always a bit of a nightmare.  But what do taxes have to do with pets?  Although most pet owners will probably tell you that they consider their pets to be a part of the family, and I personally don't even want to think about how much a year I spend on mine, the IRS seems to take the stance that dependents have to be human.  Since they can't be claimed as dependents you might be asking, is there anyway pet owners can claim pet expenses on taxes?
...continue reading "Can You Claim Pets On Taxes?"

Millions of homeless pets are euthanized in animal shelters each year. One sure way to make sure that your beloved pets do not contribute to this tragic number is to get them spayed or neutered. However, depending on where you live and what type of pet you have the surgery to have your pet fixed can be quite expensive.  Luckily, there are a number of different programs that offer lower cost spaying or neutering services. ...continue reading "Low Cost Spay and Neuter Programs"

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Happy Valentine's Day!  While plenty of Americans will be out looking for love, those of us with dogs don't have far to go to find it.  Your dogs won't care if you forgot to get them Valentine's Day gifts - and who would make a better snuggle buddy than your dog?  He won't even make fun of you if you decide to spend the evening in your pajamas watching cheesy romance movies!  I almost never quote politicians, but in the words of George G. Vest, "The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog". ...continue reading "6 Signs Your Dog Loves You!"

Before I discovered essential oil diffusers, I was a big fan of scented candles.  Who doesn't love when their house smells nice?  Unfortunately having pets and stinky neighbors means that our house doesn't always smell quite as fresh as I'd like.  Candles can help set the atmosphere in our homes, serve as decorations, and fill our homes with their pleasant odors.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be common knowledge that some candles can also be dangerous and/or not environmentally friendly. ...continue reading "Is it Safe to Burn Candles Around Pets?"

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